2/6. Bel Mooney and her guest explore the territory between belief and unbelief. Today, she meets journalist Justine Picardie , author of If the Spirit Moves You, about the year in her life after the death of her sister Ruth from breast cancer. Producer Malcolm Love Repeated at 9.30pm
2/5. Another chance to hear stories about the transforming power of dance. Antonia Franceschi was the ballet star in Fame, the movie, but her real life on the streets of Manhattan was violent and neglected. With contributions from Patsy Rodenburgh of the National
Theatre, with whom Antonia is developing ways of telling her story. Producer Frances Byrnes
Presented by Roanne Pascoe. Father, Hear the Prayer We
Offer (Sussex). Philippians 4, vv4-9. A Sarum Blessing (Lole). Praise, My Soul, the King of Heaven (Praise, My
Soul). With Coventry Blue Coat Church of England School Choir. Director of music Philip Formstone.
New series 1/5. John Simpson entertains an audience with some of his favourite pieces of writing, read by Jilly Bond and Michael Elwyn. There are classics from fellow journalists, poems by Seamus Heaney and Edward Thomas , and some nonsense from Lewis Carroll and the Marx Brothers. Producer Viv Beeby Repeated on Sunday at 12.15am
Two linked stories - about a prison inmate in the 21st century who is determined to learn how to write, and Henry Stephens , the man who created the first commercially available ink in 1832 because he needed something to write with. Written by Shelley Silas and inspired by Stephens's artefacts and ink recipes at Avenue House, Finchley.
Director Claire Grove
New series 1/7 Anaesthesia. Pain relief is just part of the anaesthetist's job, which includes assessing a patient's fitness, monitoring them while in theatre and returning them to consciousness. if you have any concerns, put your questions to leading anaesthetist Dr David Wilkinson. Presented by Barbara Myers.
Producer Erika Wright
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4/5. Do You Know Where I Am? In Sherman Alexie 's story, two college sweethearts rescue a lost cat - an act that will have profound consequences for the rest of their lives together. Read by Otter Ochampaugh. For details see Monday
Chloroform. Chloroform was discovered by accident in 1831 when an eccentric amateur pharmacist, Dr Samuel Guthrie , mixed hen-house disinfectant with whisky. it quickly became used as a powerful, but sometimes deadly, anaesthetic. Ouentin Cooper is joined by Linda Stratmann , author of Chloroform - the Quest for Oblivion. The debate surrounding the chemical's safety divided the medical community for 100 years until, in the 1950s, tests proved that inhaling chloroform caused cardiac arrest.
Since then, chloroform has found a safe, effective use as a solvent for DNA profiling. Producer Michelle Martin
3/6. Do the bright lights of television beckon for Mel and Vicki? Written by and starring Mel Hudson and Vicki Pepperdine with Martin Hyder and Jim North. Additional material by Paul Kerensa , Rhodri Crooks , Jim North , Danny Robins and Dan Tetsell. Music by Richie Webb Producer Chris Neill
Mark Lawson meets novelist John Irving, who discusses his newly published novel Until I Find You, and looks back on a career that produced The World According to Garp, A Prayer for Owen Meany and The Cider House Rules.
4/5. Liz's investigations can only go so far in Gascony and she flies back to Birmingham to see what she can discover about the past life of one of her neighbours. By Nick McCarty.
For cast and details see Monday Repeated from 10.45am
An extraordinary glimpse behind the bars of Belmarsh
Prison, through the correspondence between a Scottish grandmother and a Muslim man fighting extradition to France. Rachid Ramda - accused of the Paris Metro bombing - sends letters filled with poetry, descriptions of the Sahara, and discussions about English literature. Executive producer Lynne Mennie
4/9. Love Thy Neighbour. Politicians of all parties talk of making local services more accountable to local people. But recent initiatives - from antisocial behaviour orders to high-hedge legislation - don't seem to encourage neighbourliness. David Walker examines the prospects for community in an individualistic age. Repeated on Sunday at 9.30pm
New series 1/6. Grown in Africa, Asia and South America, flowers should prove that fair trade can work and provide a way out of poverty. But do they? Miriam O'Reilly goes to Africa to investigate the real cost of the flower trade. Producer Hugh O'Donnell
Paul Vickers follows the sirocco as it moves from the Sahara north across the Mediterranean, meeting the people who, every year, brace themselves for the arrival of this hot, dry, desiccating wind. Producer Paul Vickers
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