5/5. Repeat after Me. Parrots can talk but they have no idea what they're actually saying. Writers know all too well and their families learn to be wary. The final essay about family relationships from one of America's sharpest and funniest writers, David Sedaris. For details see Monday Repeated at 12.30am
I Alexis Soyer was Britain's first celebrity chef, 150 years before Jamie Oliver. He opened England first public restaurant, wrote bestselling cookery books and created relishes that his friends, Mssrs Crosse and Blackwell, marketed. He invented the soup kitchen as a means of alleviating the Irish Potato Famine and revolutionised army catering. Michel Roux tries out one of his most famous recipes while Ruth Brandon , Martin Jarvis and AN Wilson tell his remarkable story.
Producer Bill Lloyd
New series 1/6. The Swim. Does it seem that the media is run by idiots, lying charlatans and moronic
12-year-olds who should've been drowned at birth in a bucket of raw sewage? Welcome to the world of Ed Reardon , author, pipe smoker, consummate fare-dodger and master of the abusive email. Comedy drama by Christopher Douglas and Andrew Nickolds.
Producer Simon Nicholls
John Waite returns to the village of Newchurch in Staffordshire, where villagers have faced shocking intimidation for associating with a farmer who breeds guinea pigs for medical research, series editor Andrew smith PHONE: [number removed] email: firstname.lastname@example.org
5/6. Taxi drivers around the world are notorious for subjecting their passengers to their opinions. But what do they listen to? Lucy Ash finds out what cab drivers from Israel to Sierra Leone tune in to on the road.
Producer Tanya Datta Repeated on Sunday at 8pm
London, 1607: a penniless actor rushes drunkenly through the streets lamenting that his life is a failure. A failure made more painful because he is the youngest brother of the rather more successful William Shakespeare. Written by Gary Bleasdale.
Director Steven Canny
5/5. Collated by his secretary, Einstein's Komische Mappe , loosely translated as his curiosity file, is re-examined by Dr Brian Cox. It contained his amusing letters, hate mail, requests for autographs, his hand in marriage and his left shoe, as well as weird scientific theories. Readers Michael Roberts , Ewan Bailey , Alison Goldie and Jack Roberts.
For details see Monday
New series 1/10. "The finest topical comedy panel game known to radio" returns. With Simon Hoggart. Producer Katie Tyrrell Repeated tomorrow at 12.30pm
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5/5. The Letters of a Love-Hungry Farmer
John Bosco takes matters into his own hands and befriends a Casanova, Sylvester, in the hope he can learn the art of attracting women. The last of a week devoted to John B Keane 's most celebrated letters, abridged by Kerry Lee Crabbe.
For cast and details see yesterday Repeated from 10.45am
On Jonathan Dimbleby 's panel this week is Hilary Benn , Secretary of State for International Development, and Sir Christopher Meyer , chairman of the Press Complaints Commission and former ambassador to Washington. The discussion comes from Deepings Methodist Church, Deeping St James , Lincolnshire.
Producer Anne Peacock Repeated tomorrow at 1.10pm
A play inspired by the life of Jeanine Decker , the singing nun, who shot to fame with her song Dominique and whose life ended in tragedy. Written by Bruce Stewart.
Music by Mia Soteriou Producer/Director Jane Morgan
Two hundred years ago Luke Howard gave clouds their names and changed our understanding of them for ever. His biographer, Richard Hamblyn , explores the mysteries, myths and substance of the white stuff. Producer Mark Burman
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