With James Naughtie and Carolyn Quinn.
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 John Bell.
8.31 Yesterday in Parliament
Presented by the Rev Peter Whittaker. Jesus Calls Us Here to Meet Him (Gaelic arr Bell). James 1. vv19-25. Expectans Expectavi (Wood). Master, Speak! Your Servant's Listening (Magister). Director of music Paul Leddington Wright.
2/8. The Three Rs. While 20 per cent of British adults are deemed to have a literacy problem, illiteracy is almost unknown in Finland. Finnish schoolchildren top the world's literacy tables. So what are the Finns doing right? Eight years ago in Ireland, a guarter of adults were registered as having difficulties reading and writing. Since then the Irish have boosted spending on adult literacy more than tenfold and tens of thousands have taken up literacy classes. Paul Henley asks whether Finland and Ireland have lessons to offer the UK. Producer John Murphy
Repeated on Monday at 8.30pm
Russell Davies looks back on the life of the Lancashire entertainer George Formby who, for 40 years, had the world of entertainment at his feet. This programme features an exclusive archive recording of the late George Harrison , who was a huge fan of Formby's, discussing his admiration of the ukulele-playing star.
Producer David Perry Repeated on Sunday at 12.15am
Troubled teenager Gary takes his alcoholic Uncle Robert camping to try and help him dry out. Welcome to the North West's version of the Betty Ford Clinic, as Uncle
Robert is rationed to six cans of beer a day. The "holiday" is the catalyst for dark truths to emerge about the teenager's turbulent upbringing. By Carina Rodney.
Producer Pauline Harris
9/10. Stewart Henderson presents the interactive problem-solving programme for those intriguing questions from everyday life. Producer Sarah Cuddon PHONE: [number removed] email: firstname.lastname@example.org
4/5 Sentence First. "A fancy-dress party! I had a vision of a whole room full of White Rabbits, Walruses and Carpenters standing round me saying: 'What are you supposed to be?'" Written by Philip Gross and read by Manon Edwards. For details see Monday
4/5. Spaxton and the Prince of Love. The idyllic Somerset village of Spaxton was home to the 19th-century
Agapemone community. David McKie unearths the curious story of a lost utopia presided over by a charismatic but deranged clergyman called Prince. For details see Monday
Adrian Mole , with his unrequited love for Pandora and his terrible poetry, is almost a national treasure. His creator, Sue Townsend, joins James Naughtie and readers in Birmingham to discuss his first journal, The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 and 3/4. Repeated from Sunday at 4pm
What is going on inside the brain when we watch the bloody combat scenes in a film like Gladiator? Why do we feel so strongly at events we know to be fiction? At the Cheltenham Science Festival, film producer David Puttnam discusses the science behind the emotional response to films with the evolutionary psychologist Dylan Evans. They share their chilling insights with Ouentin Cooper. Producer Michelle Martin
3/6 A topical sitcom focused on the life of frustrated backbench MP Duncan Stonebridge. He is struggling with a tiny majority and a career that's going nowhere. Caught between the impossible demands of his constituents and Westminster, Duncan is having a crisis of confidence. He's not helped by the bane of all politicians: events. Written by Steve Punt and Hugh Dennis.
Producer Adam Bromley
Alexei Smertin , Chelsea FC's Siberian-born midfielder, was loaned to Portsmouth last season, the first Russian to play for the team. There he was guided through the complexities of English life by Jim Riordan , the only man to have played for a Soviet team. Over the course of a tumultuous season, Jim and Alexei find they are united by football but divided by recent Russian history. Producer Mark Burman
6/9. Africa Calling. Even in Africa, technology is touching the lives of the poor and bringing new opportunities to exiles returning home. Peter Day reports from Kenya and Ghana. Producers Sandra Kanthal and Richard Berenger Repeated on Sunday at 9.30pm
9/10. Alma comes close to finding the last, vital clue, as the three strands of Nicole Krauss 's new novel begin to intertwine. Readers are Sara Kestelman , Vicki Simon and Jesse Stecklow. For details see Monday
6/8. Quintessential Phase 2: Fit the Twenty-Fourth
In which Ford clears his expenses but exceeds his credit limit. Written by Douglas Adams. Guest stars include
Jonathan Pryce , Miriam Margolyes , Saeed Jaffrey and Rula Lenska.
For cast details see Tuesday Repeated from Tuesday
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