1/5. The Turkish novelist, Orhan Pamuk , explores his idea of Istanbul, combining personal memoir with a portrait of the city he has never left. Translated by Maureen Freely , abridged by Doreen Estall and read by Michael Maloney. Producer Emma Harding Repeated at 12.30am RT DIRECT: Accompanying book available for E15.99 (RRP E16.99) including p&p. Call [number removed]042 (national rate)
2/6. Wi Ma Hands Full o' Nothin': Poets from the Dundee Schemes. Gary works nights in a factory, Kevin used to box and Mark was a labourer. They come from Dundee s large estates on the edge of the city. Each of their lives has been transformed by writing poetry. They tell stones about the town of "jute, jam and journalism" in its own language and perform to its people in the pubs and clubs.
Now the world beyond is pricking up its ears. A series telling original stories about real lives in Britain today. Producer Julian May
4/6. As middle-aged, middle-class men who play golf,
Mike, Roger and Tom apparently run the world. But this doesn't help Mike save his marriage, Roger prevent his bachelorhood disappearing over the horizon, or stop Tom impotently fuming over the misuse of the apostrophe. Written by David Spicer.
Producer/Director Liz Anstee
The second of two programmes marking the death last month of Nick Darke, one of Cornwall's most celebrated writers. His comedy drama-documentary tells the story of a Cornish couple who are asked for their advice by a Londoner on how to fish for sea bass.
1/5. Because we are unique, it can come as a shock to discover that our names are not. Poet Ian McMillan takes a walk in the woods with one orienteering namesake in Huddersfield, and compares Ivor Novello tunes with another in Hertfordshire. For a man with a strong sense of self, does it give his ego a boost or a burst to know he shares his name with so many others?
3/13. Ernie Rea presents more conversations with guests about the place of faith in today's complex world, teasing out the hidden truths behind the experiences, values and traditions Of our lives. Producer Janet McLarty
2/9. Clement Freud, Paul Merton, Linda Smith and Kit Hesketh-Harvey try not to repeat, hesitate or deviate from the subject given to them by chairman Nicholas Parsons. This edition comes from the Rex Cinema, Berkhamsted.
(Repeated on Sunday at 1.30pm)
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Mark Lawson meets Ricky Gervais , co-creator of The Office, who discusses his new show Extras, in which he plays a struggling actor who only plays small non-speaking roles, and envies the high-profile stars. Producer Thomas Morris
1/5. "I wouldn't put it like that, but, yes, I am married to someone whose job description includes being prepared to die." The first of a week-long series of plays about women whose husbands are serving with the Armed Forces in Iraq. By Sarah Daniels.
Producer/Director Jeremy Howe Repeated from 10.45am
Thirty years ago the first drops of North Sea oil sailed up the Thames on a Texan tanker. Tom Morton celebrates the lives of the mavericks and risk-takers who created Britain's oil industry. Producer Alasdair Cross
7/8. Venezuela. President Hugo Chavez - man who has survived general strikes, civil unrest and a failed coup attempt - has taken control of the state's national oil company, PDVSA, and begun investing billions of petrodollars in health, education and employment projects.
Thousands of poor people have benefited from the move, but many middle-class Venezuelans and the political opposition argue the policy is unsustainable. Seasoned Latin American analyst Nick Caistor visits Caracas to assess the claims and counter-claims. Repeated from Thursday
2/4. Seaweed World. Lionel Kelleway is in Strangford Lough , Northern Ireland, where he discovers that some seaweed is more animal than plant and that there seems to be no end to its possible benefits to people. Producer Julian Hector
6/10. Nawja, born into a life of privilege in Sudan, now lives alone in London - her family disgraced, their money gone. Today she remembers when a letter from her first love promised a new future. Adjoa Andoh continues to read Leila Aboulela 's revealing account of a woman who loses everything. Abridged by Sally Marmion. Producer Di Speirs RT DIRECT: Accompanying book available for £11.99 (RRP E12.99) including p&p. Call [number removed]042 (national rate).
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