With James Naughtie.
6.25 ,7.25,8.25 Sports News With Steve May.
6.45 Yesterday in Parliament
With Robert Orchard and David Wilby.
7.48 Thought for the Day
With the Rev Dr Alan Billings.
8.31 Yesterday In Parliament
New series 1/4. The partially sighted opera singer, Denise Leigh talks to the BBC's disability affairs correspondent, Peter White , in the first of a series in which he interviews inspirational figures in public life about their attitudes to their own disabilities. Producer Susan Mitchell Shortened repeat at 9.30pm
1/4. Music of the Spheres. From Mount Olympus, home of the Greek gods, James O'Donnell , master of music at Westminster Abbey, looks at the attempts in ancient
Greece to associate certain types of music and certain instruments with religious expression. Producer Mark O'Brien
4/5. What Knox Did for Us. Beyond the caricature of John Knox the fiery preacher lies his complex relationship with Mary, Queen of Scots and a radical mission to educate 16th-century Scottish society. By George Rosie. For details see Monday Repeated at 12.30am
New series 1/5. Shazia Mirza , the UK's only female
Muslim stand-up comedian, introduces some of the prose, poetry and songs that have inspired her. Her choices include works by Harold Pinter , Alan Bennett and Sue Townsend , and are read by Mina Anwar , Elizabeth Berrington , Jon Glover and David Bamber. Producer Viv Beeby Repeated on Sunday at 12.15am
American actor M Emmet Walsh makes his radio debut in a snappy tale set in 1920s New York. An art dealer is all set to sell an ancient illustrated manuscript to a steel billionaire but his partner and the text have gone missing. By Sebastian Baczkiewicz.
Director Claire Grove
4/5. Annunciation. Since her mother's death, Morag has lived quietly with her father in the old house beside the church. Today, however, is a day unlike any other. Written by Sue Gee and read by Stella Gonet. For details see Monday
What happened to the people who made the statues of Easter Island or the architects of the pyramids of the Maya? Pulitzer Prize-winning scientist Jared Diamond talks to Ouentin Cooper about the complex environmental and ecological reasons why some societies collapse while others flourish. Cooper finds out why understanding the lessons of the past could help stave off the ecological threats to global society today. Producer Michelle Martin
4/6. The talk show in which one well-known star chooses another one to interview continues with last week's interviewee Johnny Vegas talking to Stewart Lee. He quizzes him on Lee and Herring, Jerry Springer , the Opera and on being the most middle-class person in Britain. Producer Tilusha Ghelani
In 1952 Albert Speer 's 15-year-old daughter, Hilde, won an exchange scholarship to a school near New York. While she was there, she was fostered by a Quaker family, the Days. Seven years earlier, the same family had fostered three Jewish girls who had been in Belsen. Hilde Speer now meets, for the first time, one of the Jewish women, Mirjam Wiener (now Finkelstein), and they compare their experiences. Producer David Perry
3/8. Patents Make Perfect. New ideas are now the assets that companies need in order to survive, and the grant of patents to protect them has vastly increased in recent years. Peter Day finds out why, and hears from the critics who say that the patent system no longer functions properly. Producer Amir Amirani Repeated on Sunday at 9.30pm
2/3. Continuing a celebration of the 100th anniversary of Einstein's annus mirabilis with a look today at what cosmology owes to the great man. Einstein's theory of general relativity was his towering achievement and followed ten years after his ground-breaking work on special relativity in 1905. Dr Brian Cox visits Jodrell Bank to find out how general relativity has influenced our understanding of the nature and shape of the universe, and how Einstein's so-called biggest blunder could actually hold the key to one of the greatest mysteries in Cosmology today. Producer Alexandra Feachem
Horizon: Einstein's Unfinished Symphony is on BBC2 at 9pm
By Graham Duff.
3/6. Mark Gatiss stars as Professor Nebulous, the director of KENT (the Key Environmental Non-judgemental Taskforce) in 2099. With dust levels at an all time high, Nebulous and his team find themselves battling an intelligence of pure filth.
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