1/5. Excerpts from the diary of King George V broadcast by special permission of Her Majesty the Queen Read by Timothy West and presented by historian Robert Lacey on location atSandrmgham. Country Squire and Stamp Collector. The monarch s personal account of the opening days of the year in which the Great War began. Producers Susan Roberts and Felicity Goodall Repeated at 12.30am
Presented by Jenni Murray.
10.45 The Invincible Violet By Chris Burgess. 1/5. The Woman's Hour drama. For details see drama repeat at 7.45pm BBC RADIO COLLECTION: Many selections of Woman Hour short stories are available on audio cassette from good retail outlets or from www.bbcshop.com Call [number removed]
Laurie Taylor investigates the long and strange history of attempts by employers to make recruitment more objective process. Examples include the Civil Service exams in the 1850s, early psychological tests and the forms that encouraged interviewers to grade a candidate's face and hands. producerjohnGoudie
4/4 This week's theme on Pam Ayres s poetry and sketch show is children. There are poems about being pregnan and on the challenge of gettingchildren off to school in the morning, plus sketches on parental pride at the Nativity play and how to survive a visit from the grandchildren. Featuring actors Geoffrey Whitehead and Felicity Montagu. Producer Claire Jones
When four men miss the 6.32 train they find themselves spending the evening in the station bar. Sam the bartender becomes a confidante as each man tells why he wanted to be on that particular train. By Tanika Gupta.
1/5 Rachel Seiffert 's new collection of short stories. Reach. Lesley Sharp reads this tale about Alice and her seven-year-old daughter. Kim, a tale that poignantly explores the emotional distance that lies between them. Abridged by Richard Hamilton. Producer Elizabeth Allard
1/5. Joan Armatrading , the famous singer/songwriter, talks to people whose creative output overlaps with her own. Today she discusses lyrics with poets Benjamin Zephaniah and Andrew Motion at the Poetry Cafe in Covent Garden. Producers Kate Bland and Susan Marling JoanArmatradingtalkstoRT: page 24
Sheila Dillon takes a look at cafe culture in Britain, tracing its history from the 17th-century London coffee houses through the cappuccino bars of the 1950s to today's corporate coffee bars, which are seen as emblems of globalisation. Extended repeat from yesterday at 12.30pm
The venerable panel game comes this week from the Grand Theatre in Swansea, with Nicholas Parsons in charge of panellists who will try not to repeat, deviate or hesitate as they speak on a subject for a minute. Producer Claire Jones Repeated on Sunday at 12.04pm
BBC RADIO COLLECTION: Many selections of Just a Minute are available on audio cassette from good retail outlets or from www.bbcshop.com Call [number removed]
1/5. By Chris Burgess. Violet Van der Elst did more than anyone to secure the abolition of capital punishment in Britain. She was also one of the most colourful eccentrics of the 20th century. So why is she a forgotten woman?
Director Jane Morgan Repeated from 10.45am
van Der Elst
1/2. Tristram Hunttracesthesee-sawingreputation of key historical events as they are manipulated and misinterpreted by subsequent generations.
Magna Carta. Starting life as an agreement sealed between King John and rebellious barons in 1215 at
Runnymede, the Magna Carta was, centuries later, still playing a part in the English Civil War, the American War of Independence and even arguments over the European Union. Why has it endured for such a longtime? Producer Matthew Dodd
6/8. Grey Power. Within ten years, a third of the German population are expected to be aged over 60 and there is a fearthatthere will not be enough money to cope. Paul Henley taps into Germany's "grey power" to discover how the country is preparing for the new age. Across the border in Belgium he meets the pensioners who are defying stereotypes, determined to shape their Own future. Repeated from Thursday
New series 1/8. Aubrey Manning sets out to discover why the natural world sounds the way it does. Frogs, elephants, owls, whales, dolphins, garden birds and many more all make appearances over the coming weeks.
First Sounds. Manning starts by digging into prehistory to find the first animal to communicate with sound. What did it look like, what did it sound like and what did it say? Producer Grant Sonnex
Nature's soundbites: page 33
6/10. Written by Patricia Highsmith and read by Stanley Tucci. Tom Ripley , one of the most outrageous characters in modern crime fiction, has to pit his wits against dangerous adversaries in a genteel part of France. Gun and garrotte have done their business. So will life return to normal Tom and Jonathan? Abridged by Neville Teller. Producer Duncan Minshull
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