6/6. Friends, Neighbours and Big Brothers.
Dermot Murnaghan 's series on the way British people talk concludes with an investigation on the possible effects that the television, radio and the internet are having on local dialects. He also asks what is the likely impact of chatroom communication on speech in 21st-century Britain. Producer Laurence Grissell Shortened repeat at 9.30pm EMAIL: email@example.com
3/5. Mars. Dava Sobel's planetary exploration reaches Mars and finds that our knowledge of the planet has been enhanced by the discovery of a small meteorite called Allan Hills 84001. For details see Monday Repeated at 12.30am
5/6. Chipping Campden. Julian Richards examines how this Cotswold village became the perfect home for the arts and crafts movement at the beginning of the 20th century. But what lasting effect did these artists have on the streetscape, and why does the 21st-century visitor see a town centre that's apparently changed very little in 500 years? Producer John Byrne
1/3. Vongole. A series of comedies about unconscious yearnings. Bill Nighy plays Professor Swann, whose obsession is seducing female students over a languorous meal of spaghetti vongole. But what is he really looking for? Written by Michael Butt.
Producer/Director Peter Kavanagh
3/6. Clement Freud and Alastair Little are among food critic and journalist Jay Rayner 's gastronomic guests trying to deduce the difference between a Dublin Bay prawn and a langoustine; the identity of the south-east-Asian fruit banned from public transport, hotels and aeroplanes; and the principle duties of a sin eater. Producer Rebecca Wells
Paul Morrison 's magical drama draws on his grandfather, Abram Moskovitch 's passionate love letters, written 100 years ago, to the girl he left behind in Odessa. Will he persuade his lover, Olga, to come and join him in London? And will he help Paul find the key to his own sense of belonging? Starring Andrew Sachs and Janet Suzman. Paul Morrison Himself
Producer/Director Mark Smalley
3/5. Blood Strangers. "I had no time to recognise or clarify the uproar in my head." The story's narrator attempts to come to terms with the death of his mother. Written by Jim Crace. Read by Jeremy Swift. For details see Monday
3/4. What are the origins of the bridie? Ian McMillan finds out when he visits Forfar, where Bill McLaren 's family has been baking bridies since 1893. And poet WN Herbert introduces McMillan to the infinite variety of Scottish pies, including such delights as the baked-bean pie and the macaroni Stovie. For details see Monday
Human behaviour, institutions and conventions are put under the microscope as Laurie Taylor leads the discussion on topical items and issues coming out of the academic and research world.
Producer Natasha Maw
2/4. From Not Only but Also through to Behind the Fridge, Michael Palin trawls Peter Cook 's prolific back catalogue, which this week includes material from the period Cook later referred to as the happiest time in his career. Featuring interviews from the 1970s with Michael Parkinson and David Dimbleby , an account of Peter's short-lived career as a chat-show host, spoof arts-documentary footage and rare sketches from Not Only but Also and Goodbye Again. Producer Lucy Armitage
2/3. Conquering. You've learned how to survive the party conference, now you want to become a conference darling. How do you make your speech and make your mark? Gyles Brandreth , former MP and minister and a seasoned conference hand, knows how it's done. Here, he lays down his rules for conguering the conference. Producer Chris Bond Repeated from Sunday at 10.45pm
When you argue with your partner or find work a trial, what is going on in the body to produce that feeling of stress, and what are the consequences? Vivienne Parry investigates the biological basis of stress. Producer Alexandra Feachem
New series 1/4. John Weak puts the man into management. He's randy, devious, sexist and drink-sodden, a high-powered marketing director with the morals of a skunk, the skin of a rhino and the brain of a one-celled organism. Comedy series written by Guy Browning and starring Alexander Armstrong.
Producer/Director Jonquil Panting
Ian Peacock explores how the fonts people dress their words in send secret, subliminal messages about who the authors are, arguing that fonts are as much a fashion statement as clothes are. Producer Erika Wright
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