New series 1/5. John Wilson begins a series charting the relationship between the British government and the nation's cultural life since the 1940s.
Death to Hollywood! Churchill's government wanted to remind the British people what exactly they were fighting for in the early 1940s - so they sent classical music, ballet, theatre and artworks to arms factories across the land. And who was the man in charge of this cultural mobilisation? Britain's leading economist:
John Maynard Keynes. Producer Laurence Grissell Repeated at 9.30pm
1/5. Essays by leading biographers to mark the publication of the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Michael Holroyd reads Finding a Good Woman, which explains why he has never witten a biography of a woman, and Fiona MacCarthy reads Baptism by Fire about how her biography of Eric Gill caused a sensation. Abridged by Mark Bostridge. Producer Clive Brill
Repeated at 12.30am
Cattle-roads and Motorcades. Luke Freeman fulfils his life's dream to drive a herd of cattle along the old drove-paths of Madagascar and ends up armed with a diplomatic passport jetting around Africa as chief speechwriter to the President, producer Adam Fowler
2/5. By Agatha Christie, dramatised by Michael Bakewell.
Hercule Poirofs dentist has been found shot dead in his surgery. Japp reckons there are several very plausible suspects.
Music by Tom Smail
Director Enyd Williams
In occupied Japan at the end of the Second World War, a 16-year-old schoolgirl gets hold of a copy of the training manual of kamikaze pilots. Itteaches her how to avenge the death of her father and the occupation of her homeland. By Lavinia Greenlaw.
Music by Mia Soteriou Director Jeremy Howe
The kamikaze handbook:
1/5. A week of short stories inspired by a sneeze.
Sneeze on Monday, Sneeze for Danger. Someone on the inside is protecting local drugs baron Greg Thomas , who somehow never gets brought to book. As Chrissie listens in to Thomas's apartment one night she hears nothing except a violent sneezing fit. In the morning Thomas is found dead. By Val McDermid. Producer Lu Kemp
1/5. Sweet spots are everywhere. It's that unique place on a bat where you can hit a ball withoutjarring yourself, but it's also the perfect tuning point of a musical instrument, the point of balance in a circus act, and the combination of factors that produces one solitary gigantic ocean wave.
Sport. Physicist Len Fisher is joined bytennis coach Peter Bendell , England rugby coach Dave Aldred and scientist Jeff Odell to find the sweet spots in sports. Producer Amanda Hargreaves
Nicholas Parsons chairs the devious panel game in Edinburgh, where the panellists are Paul Merton ,
Clement Freud , Rob Brydon and Marcus Brigstocke. Producer Claire Jones Repeated on Sunday at 12.04pm
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1/5. And the Winner Is.... Joanhaswon"amanwho does" for a fortnight. But what's he going to do for her? Her house is spotless. By Claire Dowie.
Joan Bridget Turner
Gordon Shaun Dooley
Producer/Director Mary Peate Repeated from 10.45am
2/5. The Land of the Unfree. Mike Thomson follows a trail of documents that show that many of the first settlers of the American colonies were not freemen at all. They were, in fact, some 50,000 of Britain's most dangerous criminals. A dark secret in the genealogical pastof a nation. Producer Philip Sellars
Out of the icy seas off the south-west coast of Iceland in November 1963, a massive volcanic eruption gave birth to the island of Surtsey. The same year in west
Yorkshire, the poet Simon Armitage was born. They had never met until now. Four decades later, island and poet get together to compare how it's going. Producers Tim Dee
7/8. Soundings from the Future. Aubrey Manning explores the consequences of noise pollution for animal communication and examines whether this man-made noise is drowning out the natural song of the Earth. Producer Sarah Blunt
6/10. Psychological thriller in which Patrick Balfour , a successful headmasterwith a high media profile, faces ruin when he's framed as a thief and a paedophile.
Patrick's daughter reveals some surprising truths about his school. Written and abridged by Jonathan Smith. Read by Christian RodSka. Producer Bruce Young
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