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: World News

: Prayer for the Day

With the Rev Mary Stallard.


Unknown: Mary Stallard.

: Farming Today

Mark Holdstock asks if yachting could be the saviour of communities devastated by the collapse of the fishing industry.

: Today

With Edward Stourton and Sarah Montague.
6.25, 7.25,8.25 Sports News
7.48 Thought forthe Day With Canon David Winter.


Unknown: Edward Stourton
Unknown: Sarah Montague.

: The Square Meal

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


Unknown: Roger Bolton
Producer: John Watkins

: The Real Just So Stories

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


Unknown: Alistair McGowan
Producer: Jolyon Jenkins

: Book of the Week: Wodehouse - a Life

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


Unknown: Bertie Wooster
Written By: Robert McCrum
Read By: Robert Daws.

: Daily Service

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).


Unknown: Canon Noel Vincent
Tenor: Joshua Ellicott
Tenor: Christopher Stokes

: Woman's Hour

Presented by Jenni Murray.
10.45 The Morning After The Woman's Hour drama. 1/5. Trafalgar. ByChloe Moss. For details see drama repeat at 7.45pm


Presented By: Jenni Murray.
Unknown: Bychloe Moss.

: We Built the Mersey Tunnel, Boys

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


Unknown: Peter Sissons
Unknown: George Melly
Presented By: Stewart Henderson.
Producer: David Prest

: One, Two, Buckle My Shoe

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


Unknown: Agatha Christie
Dramatised By: Michael Bakewell
Music By: Tom Smail
Director: Enyd Williams
Hercule Poirot: John Moffatt
Alfred: Tom George
Morley: Matthew Devereaux
Miss Seale: Joanna McCallum
CI Japp: Philip Jackson
Georgina: Caroline Wildi
Gladys: Sophie Arnold
Reilly: Stephen Tompkinson
Alistair: Philip Franks
Jane: Amanda Waring

: You and Yours

Presented by Liz Barclay and Stuart Flinders.


Presented By: Liz Barclay
Presented By: Stuart Flinders.

: The World at One

Presented by Nick Clarke.


Presented By: Nick Clarke.

: Brain of Britain ,

8/18. The first round of the general knowledge contest continues with contestants from the Midlands and East Anglia. Robert Robinson is in the chair.
Producer Richard Edis Repeated on Saturday at 11pm


Unknown: Robert Robinson
Producer: Richard Edis

: The Archers

Repeated from yesterday at 7pm

: Afternoon Play: The River Girl

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


Unknown: Wendy Cope
Music By: Gary Yershon
Director: Susan Roberts
Narrator: Alex Jennings
Isis: Victoria Brazier
John: James Nickerson
Father Thames: David Fleeshman
The woman: Christine Brennan
The other poet: James Quinn

: Inside Money

Extended rpt of Saturday at 12.04pm

: The Double Crossing

A short story written and read by Colin Dexter , in which the creator of the inimitable Inspector Morse brings a new detective tale to the airwaves.
Producer Di Speirs


Read By: Colin Dexter
Producer: Di Speirs

: Blind Man's Beauty

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


Unknown: Peter White
Producer: Cheryl Gabriel

: The Food Programme

Agricultural Workers. Sheila Dillon looks at changes in agricultural labour. Extended rptfromyesterdayatl2.30pm


Unknown: Sheila Dillon

: Beyond Belief

Ernie Rea in conversation with guests about the place of faith in today's complex world. Producer Rosemary Dawson


Unknown: Ernie Rea
Producer: Rosemary Dawson

: PM

With Eddie Mair.

: Dead Ringers Special

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]


Unknown: Jon Culshaw
Unknown: Jan Ravens
Unknown: Mark Perry
Unknown: Kevin Connelly
Unknown: Phil Cornwall.
Producer: Katie Tyrrell
Unknown: Jon Cuishaw
Unknown: Jan Ravens

: The Archers

Usha faces a big decision.
For cast see Friday Repeated tomorrow at 2pm

: Front Row

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


Unknown: Mark Lawson
Unknown: David Lodge
Unknown: Henry James
Artist: George du Maurier.
Producer: Robyn Read

: The Morning After: Trafalgar

1/5. A new series of short plays by women writers, inspired by recent news headlines.

A family showdown ensues when 60-year-old Margaret refuses point-blank to go to London to visit her son Michael because of the electricity blackout. By Chloe Moss.
(Repeated from 10.45am)


Writer: Chloe Moss
Director: Polly Thomas
Margaret: Ann Rye
Audrey: Eileen O'Brien
Michael: Terrence Mann
Jackie: Rlna Mahoney

: Document

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


Presenter: Mike Thomson
Producer: Neil George

: Wise Guy

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


Unknown: Donald Semenza
Unknown: Martin Scorsese.
Unknown: Donald Semenza
Producers: Pejk Malinovski
Producers: Sabine Hviid

: The Sound of Life: The Meaning of Sound

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.


Presenter: Aubrey Manning
Producer: Sarah Blunt

: The Square Meal

Repeated from 9am

: The World Tonight

With Claire Bolderson.


Unknown: Claire Bolderson.

: Book at Bedtime: Night Windows

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


Unknown: Patrick Balfour
Abridged By: Jonathan Smith.
Read By: Christian Rodska.
Producer: Bruce Young

: Home Truths

Repeated from Saturday at 9am

: News

: Book of the Week: Wodehouse - a Life

1/5. By Robert McCrum. Repeatedfrom9.45am


Unknown: Robert McCrum.

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