4/5. G: Newton's Gravitational Constant. Ever since Newton included G in his equations that define the strength of gravity there has been an ever greater desire to measure this tiny number with increasing accuracy. But what does the value of G mean for the universe? If G was different it would mean that stars would either burn too quickly or not form at all. So is G perfectly tuned for life? Simon Singh continues his look at the history and merits Of key numbers. Producer Adrian Washbourne
Presented by Michael Wakelin. Who Can Measure Heaven and Earth? (Lucerna laudoniae). Job 28, vv20-28. 0 Lord, Increase Our Faith (Loosemore). 0 Lord My God (How Great Thou Art). Director of music Gordon Stewart.
2/5. Sparta. Sparta stands up to the might of Persia. "These were not people to bow their necks to any master, not even the 'king of kings'." William Gaminara continues to read Tom Holland 's new examination of classical history. For details see yesterday Repeated at 12.30am
Afghanistan's greatest monument - two giant
Buddhas - were destroyed by the Taliban in 2001. But legend has it that there may be a third Buddha in Bamiyan, possibly five times larger than the others.
Lyse Doucet joins Afghanistan's leading archaeologist,
Professor Zemaryalai Tarzi , as he attempts to find the first archaeological evidence of this mythical Buddha, not Seen for 1,000 years. Producer Adele Armstrong
5/6. June. The character of middle-class, middle-aged June Medford from Terry and June is the focus of this week's programme as Barry Cryer explores the ins and outs of June's uncomplicated suburban life. Producer Angela Sherwin
2/2. The great conductors are among the most powerful and glamorous figures in the classical music world. Yet on the concert platform, they alone make no music. Michael Brearley , psychoanalyst and former cricketer, talks to conductors, managers and players to uncover the secrets of the art of conducting.
Producer Martin Smith Repeated on Saturday at 3.30pm
3/4. The Kalahari Typing School for Men. Mma Ramotswe discovers that the agency has competition, and Mma Makutsi embarks on an entrepreneurial enterprise. Written and dramatised by Alexander McCall Smith.
Producer/Director Gaynor Macfarlane
9/13. Richard Daniel discusses listeners' questions about the environment and the developing world. Producer Nick Patrick
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2/5 A fight breaks out underground when an intruder invades the territory of the Tyneside sewer rats.
Meanwhile in Suffolk, one of the litter embarks on a fatal journey across the farm. For details see yesterday
6/6. The sketch show that takes a peek at modern life from a different perspective with an assortment of women behaving oddly. Written and performed by Susie Donkin , Charlotte McDougall , Oriane Messina ,
Fay Rusling , and featuring Dave Lamb. Producer Carol smith
2/5. Mrs McCaulay Is Carried Forward. Mrs McCaulay 's greatest desire has been thwarted by time and biology. But she's a practical woman. If plan A isn't going to work, it's time for plan B. A bittersweet comedy about trying to do something good. By Gowan Calder.
For details see yesterday Repeated from 10.45am
As Germany prepares to go the polls, Paul Henley assesses the chances of the centre-right CDU candidate, Angela Merkel , becoming Germany's first female
Chancellor. What would a Merkel government look like and is she the woman to rescue Germany's ailing economy? Producer Sue Ellis Repeated on Sunday at 5pm
2/8. New Choices in the NHS. Choose and Book is a new electronic service that allows patients to select which hospital they are referred to. A recent survey showed that cleaner hospitals were a top patient priority while "where to have an operation" came bottom. So Dr Mark Porter asks why this new system is being implemented and whether it will really help patients get better healthcare. Producer Erika Wright Repeated tomorrow at 4.30pm
2/10. Eugene de Rastignac sets out to conquer Parisian society and gets a glimpse into Old Goriot's heart. Balzac's towering and compassionate classic, set in 1819, read by Benedict Cumberbatch. For details see yesterday
2/4. It's a Dad's Life. Scouse comedian Steve Gribbin takes a musical romp through the highs and lows of fatherhood. Starring Martin Hyder , Jo Enright and Lydon Connah. Music by Steve Gribbin : Producer Helen Williams
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