1/5. The Dark Child. The first of the week s extracts from autobiographical works of writers across Africa is written by Camara Laye. Born in 1924 in what was then described as French Guinea, it was this memoir of his childhood that launched his career as a writer in 1954. It's a poignant, sometimes nostalgic account of a distant era. This extract features an encounter with a snake and some wise words from his father. Translated by James Kirkup , read by BenOnukwe. Producer Jill Waters Repeated at 12.30am
The exodus from Britain of women who married Canadian servicemen during the Second World War was one of the strangest migrations in modern history. Edi Stark meets the women who gambled their whole lives on love. Producers Luisa Stucchi and Lynne Mennie
2/2. Jennings and Darbishire. Jennings and his sidekick
Darbishire are mischievous schoolboys of the classic Kinu.
Is there no end to the damage they can inflict? Especially when it is Jennings's birthday. By Anthony Buckendge.
Producer Elizabeth Freestone
1/5. Mad Girls in the Attic. A week of stories inspired by Charlotte Bronte's characters, marking the 150th anniversary of her death, begins with a tale by Michele Roberts. Sophie, Adele's French maid at Thornf leld Hall, tells of her life there as she travels back to Frances. Read by Deborah McAndrew. Producer GaynorMacfarlane
1/5. In the past decade a media revolution in Africa has changed the way Africans view the world, their thinking and their expectations. Journalist Adam Lusekelo meets the continent's key communication figures. Today it s the turn of Reginald Mengi , a businessman who privately owns or controls almost 70 per cent of Tanzania's media, previously in government hands. What are the implications of this dramatic shift in media control and is this healthy for the country's emerging democracy? producer Ruth Evans
7/7 Exchanging quotations and anecdotes are the satirist Alistair Beaton , broadcaster Sue MacGregor , journalist Andi ew Mueller and comedian Simon Munnery. Hosted by Nigel Rees. The reader is William Franklyn. Producer Tilusha Ghelani Repeated on Sunday at 12.04pm
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6/10. Jane can't understand why Dottie has been so prickly over Christmas, but the grand opening of the shop distracts both from their worries. By Lynne Reid Banks , dramatised by Juliet Ace.
Producer/Director Alison Hindell Repeated from 10.45am
2/4. The Spanish Armada. We remember a lot about the Spanish Armada of 1588: Drake and his game of bowls,
Elizabeth I on Tilbury Docks, a glorious naval victory - but are we remembering the right history? Michael Portillo investigates the real history of the Armada and its legacy and asks why we've forgotten so much. Producer Philip Sellars
Automated voices are everywhere: on railway stations, in the post office, on the phone, around the home. Humans or machines? Meet the talking kitchen, the man who says sorry more than anyone else, and the speakers who reach a captive audience of tens of millions every month. With music by lain Ballamy and Ashley Slater. "For further assistance, please tune in." Producers Peter McHugh and John Goudie
2/8. Birds of Paradise. David Attenborough and natural-history film-maker Huw Cordey share a fascination for birds of paradise. In conversation with Brett Westwood , they shed light on the lives of these beautiful creatures, that have been the stuff of myth, the centrepiece of ceremony for the tribes of Papua New Guinea, and the subject of scientific curiosity over millennia. it's a fascinating, intriguing, colourful, and noisy story. Producer Sarah Blunt Repeated tomorrow at 11am
1/5. Margarethe's present life in a stultifying German provincial town seems agreeable enough, until echoes of the past intrude as a meeting takes place. Elke Schmitter 's novel, translated by Carol Janeway
Brown, and abridged by Katrin Williams , has echoes of a German Madame Bovary as events romantic and criminal unfold in a small town. Read by Stella Gonet. Producer Duncan Minshull
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