2/5. John Wilson charts the relationship between British government and the nation's cultural life since the 1940s. Idealists in Vans. Mike Leigh , David Hare and Willy Russell were among a generation of artists in the 1960s and 70s who took theatre to new audiences. Today, government insists that arts organisations broaden their appeal in ordertojustify financial support. But at what cost to artistic integrity?
Producer Laurence Grissell Repeated at 9.30pm
1/4. The Wheelbarrow. Builder Andy Cook and physicist Jeff Odell join Len Fisherto demonstrate how the science of the wheelbarrow is all a question of leverage. Music by Tom Bancroft Producer Amanda Hargreaves
1/5. William Hague reads his biography of Britain's youngest prime minister, who took office at the age of 24. Today, Pitt's political destiny and his march into the Commons. Producer Duncan Minshull Rptd at 12.30am
New series 1/3. RoisinMcAuleytakesalookat how major events in living memory have affected communities in the UK. She speaks to the villagers of Arkwright, Derbyshire, whose lives changed for ever when, in November 1988, methane gas leaked into one of their houses, resulting in this small mining village being rebuilt only yards down the road. Producer Sharon Mair
3/5. Did Hercule Poirot 's dentist commit suicide or was he murdered? Suicide would connect him to the death of a patient; murder to an international conspiracy.
By Agatha Christie , dramatised by Michael Bakewell.
Music by Tom Smail Director Enyd Williams
It's 1974 and 16-year-old Billy escapes the Troubles in Belfast for a camping trip in the country with his three best mates. A madcap adventure becomes a rite-of-passage as the power of friendship is tested. By Robert Calvert.
1/5. A week of stories thattake as theirtheme the saiior's never-ending battle with the elements.
The Far Side of the World. Jack Aubrey and Stephen Maturin relax in the balmy South Pacific as the ship slips easily along. An extract from the novel by Patrick 0' Brian, read by Benedict Cumberbatch. Producer Lisa Osborne
1/5. Pianist and broadcaster David Owen Norris examines the early gramophone and phonograph industry, featuring only recordings made in the 19th century.
The 1890s saw cut-throat competition between cylinder-and disc-recording companies on both sides of the Atlantic. Norris asks what kinds of music recorded best, who the early recording stars were, and how customers were able to listen to the product. Producer Andrew Green Adam Hart-Davis on extracting the hiss: page 30
This week's panellists are Paul Merton , Clement Freud , Steve Frost and Victor Spinetti. Nicholas Parsons puts them through their paces, asking them to speak on a subject without hesitation, repetition or deviation. From the Grand Theatre in Swansea.
Producer Claire Jones Repeated on Sunday at 12.04pm
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1/20. Stephen Fry narrates William Makepeace Thackeray's great comic novel. Dramatised by Stephen Wyatt.
Wilful orphan Becky Sharp and herwealthy sweet-natured friend Amelia Sedley leave their Chiswick school.
Producer/DirectorClaire Grove Repeated from 10.45am
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3/5. Weapons of Mass Deception. The recent Butler Report into intelligence failures has focused attention on the relationship between the elected government and security services. Presenter Mike Thomson investigates an earliertime when weapons, spies and public interest collided - and exploded. He examines boardroom tussles at the arms firm Astra Holdings in the early 1990s, the work of an intelligence agent and the shadowy world Of selling weapons. Producer Neil George
The common perception of Alzheimer's is that it leaves a person with no sense of awareness or personal identity. John Killick disputes this. For the last ten years he has been working with people with dementia-listening to them, talking with them and finding poems in theirwords. Producer Erin Riley
1/10. 1968. In a hospital in Massachusetts, 8,000 miles from her homeland, Ashima Ganguli gives birth to a baby boy. Pulitzer Prize-winning author JhumpaLahiri's lyrical and compelling new novel about fate, family and identity, abridged by Sally Marmion and read by Hari Dhillon. Producer Speirs
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