1/5. The Fire Is Lit. The life of James Aitken , an 18th-century housepainter whose disaffection with his job led him to seek a name for himself using violence and terror Warner, than 200 years later, his story, written by Jessica Warner , provides startling parallels with our own troubled times Abridged by Laurence Wareing and read by Wendy Seager , Producer David Ian Neville Repeated at 12.30am
By the time Eilish Heaney was expecting her 14th child, she had a cot at the bottom of the bed and one either side of her. Olivia O'Leary tells the story generation of Irish women for whom large families were the norm. She speaks to the mothers about how they managed so many pregnancies, and to the children about what it was like having so many siblings and about the choices they have made about their own families.
programmes looking at
11.30 Another chance to hear two programmes looking at
1/2. Another chance to hear two programme^ great comic fictional characters in a school setting.
The Papers of AJ Wentworth BA Though liked by the boys,
Wentworth, the maths master at Burgrove, has problems maintaining discipline Starring Chris Lang as Wentworth and Simon Greenall as the headmaster. Adapted
Wentworth and Simon Greenall a the head second by Emma Kennedy from the book by HF Ellis. The second programme can be heard at the same timenextweek. Producer/Director Elizabeth Freestone 11.30am
See also The Papers of AJ Wentworth (Retd) on Wednesday
aspect of music are
2/13. Answering questions on every aspect ofmusic are three contestants from the north of England. Ned Sherrin three contestants from the 10, ayatlipm is in the Chair. Producer Paul Bajona Repeated onSaturday
Marty Ross's play is based on the dramatic events in the life of the composer Arnold Schoenberg. pberg. s triumph and tragedy go hand in hand as Schoenberg's wife, Mathilde, and his friend Gerstl begin an affair that spurs the compers into revolutionary musical creativity. Spurs the composer into
Director Bruce Young
1/5. Written while imprisoned in Reading gaol, this is
1/5. Written account of his relationship with Lord Alfred Oscar Wilde 's account of Douglas. At times a vitriolic indictment of Douglas's conduct, it is also a profound meditation onhuman suffering and a testament to Wilde's enduring love of his young "Narcissus". Abridged by Robert Forrest and read by Simon Russell Beale. Producer Lu Kemp
Lord Alfred Oscar
1/5.TheLittleMermaid. The plaintive story of a mermaid who becomes human but walks in agony - is it an ode to love, a Christian message or a depiction of its creator Hans Christian Andersen , himself? On the 200th anniversary of his birth, poet Ruth Padel finds out why Andersen's tales still speak to us and what they tell us about the man who wrote them. Producer Emma Kingsley
Sheila Dillon cracks open nature's perfect meal and asks just how safe and versatile eggs really are. She also finds out how hen-keeping has developed into a popular hobby. Repeated from Sunday at 12.30pm
ns and anecdotes this
6/7. Exchanging favourite quotations and anecdotes this week are theac gademic Germaine Greer, television screen writer and adapter Andrew Davies, comedian Richard
Herring and former schools inspector Gervase Phinn.
Hosted by Nigel Rees. The reader is William Franklyn. PmrinrerTilushaGhelani Repeated on Sunday at 12.04pm
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Mark Lawson presents the arts show and reports from Locomotion, the national railway museum, in Shildon,
Durham, one of the finalists for the Gulbenkian Prize for Museum of the Year. Producer Rebecca Nicholson
1/10. This sequel to The L-Shaped Room begins with unmarried Jane living with her small baby in the cottage inherited from her aunt. One night, she has a surprise visitor. By Lynne Reid Banks, dramatised by Juliet Ace.
Producer/Director Alison Hindell Repeated from 10.45am
4ew series 1/4. Michael Portillo revisits moments in listory to discover that they often conceal other ?vents of equal but forgotten importance.
The Battle of Mers-el-Kebir. Churchill's rhetoric and its powerful images made the Battle of Britain unforgettable
- but should our understanding of this country's salvation from invasion pay more attention to events thousands of miles away in an Algerian port. where the British Navy killed 1,500 of its former ally's seamen in just one day? Producer Philip Sellars
Michael Portillo and the spin on history: page 119
In the beginning there was nothing. And then? Did the universe begin when an enormous cow licked the head of a giant buried in ice? Were people brought into being by a bored princess on the banks of the Yellow River, looking for playmates? Creation myths from around the world reveal how it all began. Producers Kim Normanton and Nigel Acheson
New series 1/8. Peregrines in the City. The peregrine falcon is the fastest animal in the world and a supreme aerial hunter. Brett Westwood joins the nature detectives to follow a trail of clues to discover why cities are proving to be such a magnet for these magnificent creatures, which have traditionally been associated with jagged sea cliffs, open landscapes and quarries.
Producer Sarah Blunt Repeated tomorrow at llam
9.30 Start the Week Shortened repeat from 9am
6/10 Angus Wilson 's novel of life in 1960s Britain.
Disenchanted with all she has discovered about Carshall
New Town and its inhabitants, Sylvia has retreated behind her son's front door to the television and her books. But her crusading son and his friends have other plans for her. Read by Tim Pigott-Smith . Abridger/Producer Jane Marshall
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