3/4. For modern athletes, an awareness of the importance of nutrition has become a necessary part of training. Roger Bolton asks what lessons the rest of us can learn from athletes.
Producer John Watkins Repeated at9.30pm
3/5. How the Giraffe Got Its Neck. AlistairMcGowan asks how the giraffe got its long neck. For 200 years zoologists have assumed that it's to reach the top leaves of the trees. The real explanation, he learns, is rather less savoury. Producer Jolyon Jenkins
1/5. Jack Davenport reads this frank and vivid account of the life of a young teacher in an inner-city school. Written by Francis Gilbert. Francis is rescued from a year of doing menial jobs in Brighton by a post-graduate course in teacher training. If only it was that simple. Producer Chris Wallis Repeated at 12.30am
In the early 1960s a jigsaw puzzle, based on an abstract expressionist painting by Jackson Pollock called Convergence caused a sensation in America. Alan Dein pieces together the bizarre story of the jigsaw dubbed the World's Most Difficult Puzzle.
4/4 A Very Nice Love. Cabbie and student philosopher Dave-who's perfectly happy with partner Lisa - finds himself face to face with a dilemma in the delectable shape of Jane, the love of his youth. As always, he can rely on the advice of his friends, not to mention his beloved Radio 4, to make him even more confused. By Dave Lamb. Guest starring Mariella Frostrup. Producer Graham Frost
Eve Arnold's photographs of the great Hollywood stars set a new style in photojournalism. Scenes dramatised by Elizabeth Lewis, combined with archive interviews, bring some of these sessions to life.
1/5. Peter France narrates the story of the life and times of a village pond in Oxfordshire and its resident frogs, from its creation in Anglo-Saxon England to its destruction in the 21st century. Despite the cold morning, a group of villagers prepare a large hole in the field north oftheirvillage and wait for the autumn rains to fill the pond and the arrival of the first frog. Sound recordist Chris Watson Producer Sarah Blunt
7/10. Nicholas Parsons chairs the devious panel game in Edinburgh, where the panellists Paul Merton and Clement Freud are joined bytwo Fringe performers. Producer Claire Jones Repeated on Sunday at 12.04pm
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1/5. The first of this week's stories by American writer Sarah Orne Jewett , dramatised by David James and starring, among others, Susannah York ,
Angela Pleasence and Alec McGowen.
Miss Tempy's Watchers. Two estranged friends find their old bonds of affection as they watch over the body of a beloved friend the night before herfuneral.
Director Ned Chaillet Repeated from 10.45am
Faynia Williams visits the town of Sejny in north-east
Poland, where once the population was mostly Jewish but nowadays has no Jewish inhabitants. She looks at the Borderland Foundation, whose work is to reintroduce the populace to their Jewish history and culture, and to spread a message of tolerance. Producer Merilyn Harris
Veronique Marot has run over 60,000 miles in training and competed in more than 40 major marathons. But what drives her to push herself to the limit and beyond? Marotgives an insight as she runs the route of the London Marathon. Interviews by Peter Nichols. Producer Karen Rose
5/8. Sound is even more important for communication underwater than it is on land or in the air. Aubrey Manning eavesdrops on whistling dolphins, crooning whales, tapping walrus and a remarkable chorus offish.
1/5. Strangers on a Train. William Bradshaw , a young teacher of English in Berlin, gets caught up in the weird world of the enigmatic Mr Norris. Written by Christopher Isherwood , abridged by Roy Apps and narrated by Benedict Cumberbatch. Producer John Tydeman
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