4/6. The biggest act of decolonisation occurred when the British pulled out of India at midnight on 14 August 1947. It marked the moment when Britain gave up the brightest diamond in the imperial crown, and the beginning of the end for the European empires.
Gavin Esler explores what it meant to move into a world without empire. Among his guests are Vikram Seth, Niall Ferguson and Sir Sonny Ramphal.
(Shortened repeat at 9.30pm)
1/5. Sun and Moon. Dava Sobel 's survey of the solar system begins with the two most familiar of the heavenly bodies - describing their first cataclysmic moments in the universe. Read by Nicholas Murchie and Lucy Robinson , abridged by Fiona McAlpine. Producer Clive Brill Rptdat12.30am RT DIRECT: Accompanying book available for £13.99 (RRP E14.99) including p&p. Call [number removed]042 (national rate) or visit www.rtdirect.sparkledirect.com
New series 1/5. An Agatha Christie mystery, dramatised by Michael Bakewell. It's 1916, and in a quiet English village Hercule Poirot and Captain Hastings are joyously reacquainted. But beneath the seeming tranquility, murder is brewing.
Producer/Director Enyd Williams
Maria hopes tango classes will help breathe new life into her marriage; Rose is searching for new love; and Connor is about to discover something that could change his life for ever. A play by Hazel Marshall about passion, fun, love and friendship, set in a tango class.
Producer/Director David Ian Neville
1/5. Mrs Hope and Me. To mark the centenary of Greta Garbo 's birth, a series of stories about being alone, inspired by the statement attributed to the Swedish screen icon and famous recluse.
Today, Eleanor Bron reads Jenny Diski 's story about a writer who, looking for inspiration, escapes to a remote cottage. She revels in the isolation, but others grow concerned when she doesn't appear for three days. Producer Gemma Jenkins
1/4. Ian McMillan , who likes a pie, travels the country sampling different varieties. First stop - Goddard's Pie
House in Greenwich, London, where he's initiated into the culinary mystery of pie, mash and liquor and discovers that there are secrets about this traditional London fare that jUSt can't be revealed. Producer Julian May
9/9. Joining chairman Nicholas Parsons in Edinburgh for tonight's show are Clement Freud , Paul Merton , Rhod Gilbert and John Sergeant.
Producer Claire Jones Repeated on Sunday at 12.04pm
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11/15.1956. Neely's Hollywood career has collapsed.
Back in New York she and Anne go to see Neely's old rival, Helen Lawson , in a new show. By Jacqueline Susann , dramatised by Yvonne Antrobus.
Director Claire Grove Repeated from 10.45am
3/4. Dad's Revolutionary Army. The investigative history series continues. This week, Mike Thomson examines the origins of Britain's wartime Home Guard. What he finds is far from the popular image of TV's Dad's Army. He discovers a left-wing revolutionary army trained to wage war on Downing Street should Britain ever capitulate. Producer Philip Sellars
Every afternoon since March 1951, the Fisheries
Broadcast has beamed across Newfoundland and Labrador. As well as being a vital lifeline, reporting on the weather and fishing news, it has created a cultural identity. Sean Street traces the history and importance of North America's longest running daily radio programme - and goes squid jigging. Producer Julian May
1/5. Robert Glenister reads the first volume of Adrian Bell 's farming trilogy. Written by the father of journalist and former MP Martin Bell , it's a semi-autobiographical account of a London boy's apprenticeship on a Suffolk farm, just after the First World War. Today he starts work in Suffolk, cutting marigolds and learning to milk. Producer Ivan Howlett Abridged by Roy Apps
Planet of the Apes (2/5) It is the year 2500 and a team of French astronauts make the first interstellar journey to
Betelgeuse, where they discover a planet very like Earth but with one or two surprises. Written by Pierre Boulle
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