4/4. Faced with vast amounts of information about the food we eat, how do we decide which messages to believe? Roger Bolton meets politicians, nutritionists and food manufacturers, all of whom have good reasons for trying to influence the choices we make about our food. And as Britain faces up to an epidemic of overeating, what steps should the Government be takingto persuade us to adopt a healthier diet? Producer John Watkins Repeated at 9.30pm
4/5. How the Whale Got Its Throat. Alistair McGowan takes a look at Rudyard Kipling's classic children's story involving a mariner being swallowed by a giant cetacean. He asks whether a human ever has, or could be, swallowed by a marine mammal, producer Jolyon Jenkins
1/5 A life of comic genius PG Wodehouse, best known for creating Bertie Wooster and the omniscient Jeeves. Moving from Edwardian London to Hollywood via Broadway in the Jazz age, and being interned in wartime Germany, Wodehouse lived life to the hilt. Written by Robert McCrum and read by Robert Daws. Producer Jill Waters Repeated at 12.30am
We Are Called to Be God's People (Festival). Isaiah 43, wl-4. If with All Your Hearts (Mendelssohn). You Never WalkAlone(Rodgers).PresentedbyCanon Noel Vincent , with Joshua Ellicott (tenor) and Christopher Stokes (organ).
A 70th-anniversary look at one of the most pioneering construction projects of the modern age: the Mersey Tunnel. Among those paying tribute are Peter Sissons ,
George Melly and many of those who were there on the day the tunnel opened in 1934. Presented by Stewart Henderson. Producer David Prest
1/5. By Agatha Christie , dramatised by Michael Bakewell. The terrified detective Hercule Poirot pays a visit to his dentist, but he can hardly anticipate the gruesome events that are to follow ... _ gruesome events that are to follow ...
Music by Tom Smail Producer/Director Enyd Williams
Written in verse, in the traditional fairy-tale style,
Wendy Cope 's play looks at love and loss through Isis, a magical river girl who falls hopelessly in love with a mortal poet and begs Father Thames to free her from the river. Perfect family listening. __ .
Music by Gary Yershon Director Susan Roberts
The other poet:
1/5. Peter White refutes the idea that blind people miss out on beauty and compares notes with other visually impaired people about notions of what is beautiful. Today he explores the sounds, smells and textures involved in the simple act of walking. First broadcast earlier this year. Producer Cheryl Gabriel
The multi award-winning sketch show returns for an August Bank Holiday special, featuring ear-defyingly accurate impressions of politicians, sports stars, celebrities and Radio 4 personalities. Starring
Jon Culshaw , Jan Ravens , Mark Perry , Kevin Connelly and Phil Cornwall. Producer Katie Tyrrell Repeated on Sunday at 12.04pm BBC RADIO COLLECTION: Episodes from both the BBC Radio 4 and TV series, featuring Jon Cuishaw and Jan Ravens , are available on audio cassette and CD from retail outlets or from www.bbcshop.com Call [number removed]
In conversation with Mark Lawson , the writer
David Lodge discusses his new novel Author, Author, which explores the friendship between Henry James and the Punch artist George du Maurier. Lodge also reflects on envy, life after death, and why his fourth book is virtually Unreadable. Producer Robyn Read
New series 1/5. The award-winning investigative history series returns.
Guinea Pig Kids. Apparently, some of society's most vulnerable children have been used by pharmaceutical companies to test the safety of drugs. Presenter Mike Thomson goes on a paper chase that takes him back decades in Britain and leads him to Ireland and then to America. He encounters chilling stories of cocktails of powerful drugs being administered to infants and children "in the care" of the church or the state and asks whetherthiS practice is still going on. Producer Neil George
Growing up on the mean streets of the "Village" in New York, Donald Semenza seemed destined forthe kind of life depicted in the movies of Martin Scorsese. He shared the language, the behaviour and the neighbourhood of mobsters and "made men". But Donald's life, as he traces it during an evening watching his favourite Mafia movie, takes a different turn. This is the true story of Donald Semenza - poet, pianist, family man and wise guy. Producers Pejk Malinovski and Sabine Hviid
6/8. Aubrey Manning continues his exploration of animal sounds and discovers what a complex song tells a female about a prospective mate, how in human language there's more to meaning than getting the words in the right order, and how knowing your alarm calls could be the key to survival.
1/10. Psychological thriller in which Patrick Balfour , a successful headmaster with a high media profile, faces ruin when he's framed as a thief and a paedophile. Written and abridged by Jonathan Smith. Read by Christian Rodska. Producer Bruce Young
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