4/5. A Bridge over the River Usk. Adam Hart-Davis meets the team of bridge engineers who've built a new arched bridge in Newport, South Wales. Producer Sarah Taylor Repeated at 9.30pm
Adam Hart-Davis on building bridges: page 28
3/4. The Bouncing Universe. When our universe ends, will it start all over again? Or do we need to escape to another universe while we have the time? The science of the ancient Greek atomists provides some clues as to where our universe is heading. Presented by Brother Guy Consolmagno. Producer John Byrne
Led by the Rev Ernest Rea. Be Still, My Soul (Finiandia). Luke 18, wl-8. Jesu, Grant Me This I Pray (Gibbons, arr Bairstow). May the Mind of Christ My Saviour (St Leonards). Director of music Gordon Stewart.
From the Oval, the first day of the final Test of the series. With commentary by Jonathan Agnew , Henry Blofeld ,
Tony Cozier and Christopher Martin-Jenkins , and expert analysis from Graeme Fowler , Viv Richards and Mike Selvey. Including at 12.35 News and County Talk.
Producer Peter Baxter * Approximate time
2/5. Children's writer Anne Fine entertains an audience at this summer's Swindon Literary Festival with her choices of favourite prose and poetry, from Kit Wrightto Raymond Carver. Read by Jenny Coverack and Michael Elwyn. Producer Viv Beeby Repeated on Sunday at 12.15am
A couple go to Southend to walk the longest pier in the world. She is an academic; he is a bass player; and the pier is a triumph of fun over common sense. The play, set in real time, is about couples, communication and cracking seaside humour.
By Christopher Green.
Janette Scott, daughter of the late Dame Thora Hird, appeals on behalf of the John Grooms charity, which helps disabled people to achieve greater independence. Donations: [address removed] Credit cards: [number removed] Repeated from Sunday at 7.55am
4/5. TheWalk. Aneasywalkforayounggirlis complicated by the need for it to be made at night. Her cousin goes with her but offers little protection when they encounterthe "thing" that beckons. Written by Merle Collins and read by AdjoaAndoh. For details see Monday
4/5. Raed Ahmed. Iraqi national weightlifting champion Raed Ahmed carried the Iraqi flag at the opening ceremony in Atlanta in 1996, but then he defected. Back in Iraq he was immediately sentenced to death. Diane Modahl tells how his family was rounded up and imprisoned in Baghdad. For details see Monday
By studying how bones and cartilage respond to the mechanical loads that walking, sitting and breathing put on our skeletons, researchers are discovering new ways to repair skeletal damage and possibly slow down the ageing process. Quentin Coopertalks to Vic Duance and Brendon Noble about "mechanotransduction" -the process by which physical force is translated into biochemical Signals in our bodies. Producer Pamela Rutherford
A re-run of three comic plays starring Stanley Baxter.
1/3. All Locals Great and Small. By Georgia Pritchett.
An affectionate look at those "new vet in the Highlands" yarns, usually starring Dirk Bogarde.
Producer Graham Frost
The new vet:
2/2. Church of England curates Carolyn Cooke and Liz Law are taking theirfirst tentative steps into a demanding world. How will they cope with the general pressures of parish life? Both women talk openly about their ambition and faith, their doubts and fears. Producer Brian King
7/9. Just Wars or Just More Wars? The Persian Gulf,
Kosovo, East Timor and Iraq have all shown that there is no longer an agreed means of telling if a war is "just".
Now terrorism, pre-emptive action and how we confront tyrannies have made it even more complicated. Felipe FernSndez-Armesto asks if we still need a concept of a just war and, if so, what practical form it can take. Producer Simon Coates Repeated on Sunday at 9.30pm
5/6. Matthew Modine. The star of Full Metal Jacket famously turned down Tom Cruise 's role in Top Gun, because he didn't want to be a hero who kills. With comedian Andrew Clover , he improvises a story that tests that morality to the limit. Producer Gary Reich
Matthew Modine appears in Short Cuts, Mon 10,10pm Sky Movies 9, Orphans, Mon 3.40am Sky Movies 1 and Fri 10pm Sky Movies 9, and Vision Quest, Fri 2.10am Sky Cinema 1
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