New Series 1/4. Pioneers. Evan Davis charts the surprising and controversial history of the comprehensive school. Today he rediscovers the pioneers of the new ideas and hears from some of the first pupils to go to a "comp" - years earlier than many might expect. Producer Phil Tinline Repeated at 9.30pm
2/4. David Grindley. In 1992, David Grindley won a bronze as part of Britain's 4x400m relay team in Barcelona. He was just 19 and a glittering career lay ahead of him. A year later, injury shattered his dreams. Diane Modahl meets him and learns of his anger with the sporting authorities who turned their back on him. Producer Rebecca Sandles <R)
4/5. 1 Can't Believe It Is Howard. Patricia is invited to the wedding of another successful "introduction". But her plans for a triumphant entrance in a blue silky frock are rearranged by a calving cow, which knocks her unconscious. For details see Monday Repeated at 12.30am
One of the lesser-known perks of becoming a government minister is the access it gives to a treasure trove of British art, ranging from Hogarth to Hirst. It's called the Government Art Collection, and ministers vie with each other for its best canvases to adorn their office walls. What does their artistic taste say about our political masters? The collection also has the delicate job of placing works of art in British embassies overseas. Mark Whitaker explores a fascinating world where fine art meets politics and diplomacy. Producer Mark Whitaker Repeated on Sunday at 12.15am
Alice is shocked to see an old friend begging on the high street. Mark was always the centre of the art student crowd. He has changed beyond recognition, but so has she. Starring Julia Ford and Lloyd Hutchinson. By Christopher Harris. Producer/Director Claire Grove
6/7. Having an abnormal level of cholesterol in the blood is a proven cause of heart attack. Cholesterol can be controlled by the use of Statins, a drug that reduces the risk of heart problems by about 30 per cent.
Unfortunately, they usually require long-term use and they do have side effects, including stomach upsets, muscle ache and liver problems. if you have a question about Statins please call Barbara Myers. producer Erika Wright PHONE: [number removed] from 1.30pm on day of broadcast
4/5. Matthew Parris discovers rare bats in disused London Underground tunnels, takes a closer look at the lives of the mice he's spent many hours watching from Tube platforms, and learns that the Underground also has its own unique species Of mosquito. For details see Monday
Lurking at the bottom of every puddle and pond are tiny life forms called diatoms. Looking more like space ships than cells, the 20,000 species of diatom are now known to take more carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere than all the world's rainforests. Ouentin Cooper talks to Professor David Mann from the Royal Botanical Gardens in Edinburgh about a life spent hunting these creatures, and hears how the glass-like cell walls of diatoms can provide a window on climate conditions millions Of years ago. Producer Marnie Chesterton
The "antidote to panel games" makes a long-awaited return visit to the Edinburgh Festival. Chairman Humphrey Lyttelton and panellists Tim Brooke-Taylor , Graeme Garden , Barry Cryer and Ross Noble provide more homespun wireless entertainment for the young at heart. With Colin Sell at the piano. Producer Jon Naismith
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2/3. Neet is the Government's latest buzz word - an acronym for young people Not in Education, Employment or Training. Policy makers are now trying to catch potential Neets at an early stage. Simon Cox looks at the projects targeting boys at infant school and those before the teenage years. Producer Richard Vadon ; Editor Nicola Meyrick
9/9. Goodbye Autocratic Allies. What sort of governments would free and fair elections produce in the Middle East and North Africa? Recent indications suggest that Islamist, anti-Western parties would fare better than the liberal secularists. But the US Government seems prepared to accept the will of the Middle Eastern people, and it is now putting pressure to reform on those unelected regimes it previously supported. The UK Government has given the policy its cautious support. Hugh Miles assesses the risks of replacing autocratic allies with democratic foes. producer Innes Bowen : Editor Nicola Meyrick Repeated Sunday 9.30pm
6/6. Saving the Life Aquatic. British seas are increasingly in demand - tourists, fishermen, anglers, dredgers and wind farms are all competing for a slice of the action, while ecologists are calling for protected areas and no-fishing zones. The Government is planning a new marine bill, hoping to balance the needs of wildlife protection and industry. Can a bill achieve this goal? Tom Heap travels to the Isle of Mull to explore the battle for the oceans while sea kayaking, whale watching and examining the relationship between people and the sea. Producer Cathryn Wood
Another chance to hear a tribute to the comic
Malcolm Hardee , who died earlier this year. Arthur Smith comperes as a host of top comics wheel out their best material. Producers Alison Vernon-Smith and Julian Mayers
2/2. Pigging It. Julian Barnes and Hermione Lee follow in the tyre tracks of a journey around France made by Henry James and Edith Wharton in 1907. Today, at Nohant, the home of George Sand. Producer Robyn Read
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