New series Writer Vikram Seth and former Amnesty International prisoner of conscience Charles Yeats are among Libby Purves 's guests for diverse and lively
Conversation. Producer Chris Paling Shortened repeat at 9.30pm
3/5. The Road to Thermopylae. Tom Holland's gripping account of the war between Greece and Persia continues. The great King Xerxes marshalls his troops and heads for Europe, "the sound of their feet falling like a thunderclap On Greek ears". For details see Monday Repeated at 12.30am
Presented by Becky Harris. When I Survey the Wondrous Cross (Rockingham). 1 Corinthians 1, vv21-30. Crux Fidelis (King John IV of Portugal). Lift High the Cross (Crucifer). Director of music Gordon Stewart.
6/6. Whitby. Used as the setting for Bram Stoker 's Dracula and sought out for its great fish and chips. there is much more to this fishing town than fiction and food, as Julian Richards discovers. Producer Nichoia west
2/3. The Non-Entity. Another comedy in this series about unconscious longings. Moscow: Dmitri once made a good living writing dull social-realist stories that pleased the ruling Communist party. Now times have changed and his work is ignored. So why has a young woman publisher flown from London to meet him? By March Kahan. Producer/Director Peter Kavanagh
4/6. Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall and Marguerite Patten are among food critic and journalist Jay Rayner 's gastronomic guests trying to establish: the components of a classic bouquet garni; after whom the pizza
Margherita is named; and which 1980s diet featured an awful lot Of pineapple. Producer Paula McGinley
London, First World War. Schoolgirl Dorothy believes she is related to an Egyptian pharaoh. She spends every available moment in the Egyptian rooms of the British
Museum. As the German assault poses terrible danger to the antiquities, can she save the priceless collection from destruction? By Kate Pullinger and featuring Sylvia Syms.
Producer/Director Peter Kavanagh
Pharaoh Sety/Dr Ross:
3/5. Aftermath. "Makiko is grateful the war is over. But she cannot ignore a niggling sense that Japan's surrender has spawned a new threat, more subtle, more diffuse." By Mary Yukari Waters. For details see Monday
3/5. A terrible storm floods the underground sewer on Tyneside and the brown rat and her family are forced to swim for their lives. On Merseyside, a sparrowhawk spies one of the harbour rats along on the quayside. Narrated by Jane Lapotaire. 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
3/4 Michael Palin presents rare, insightful footage from the archive of a seriously funny man. Including extracts from the mid-1970s through the late 1980s, such as Derek and Clive, The Secret Policeman's Ball and Dudley Moore 's departure to LA. Producer Lucy Armitage
3/5. The Big Two. By Ralph Bolland. During the Yalta conference in 1945, Churchill decides to make an impromptu visit - before breakfast - to Roosevelt's personal quarters to remind his old friend of the strength of their own alliance.
For details see Monday Repeated from 10.45am
3/3. Plotting. Whenever two politicians gather together, there's bound to be a plot. At the party conferences, there are hundreds of politicians and nearly as many plots. Sometimes they're trivial; sometimes they're no more than party horse-trading; but sometimes they can cause the downfall of a leader or the emergence of a new one. Gyles Brandreth , former MP and minister, and an experienced conference hand, offers his rules for plotting at conference time. producer Chris Bond Repeated from Sunday at 10.45pm
1/2. It is known that good hospital design contributes to patient recovery and well-being. But if the evidence is overwhelming, why are hospitals still being built the old way? Sheena McDonald investigates. producer Susan Marling
3/10. Eugene de Rastignac makes a faux-pas as well as a vital friendship. He also learns the truth about Goriot's relationship to the young women who visit him. Honore de Balzac's classic tale of love, ambition and filial betrayal. For details see Monday
2/4. Smoked Meat. Randy, devious, sexist and work-shy, John Weak puts the man into management. Sir Marcus wants a global web presence by the end of the week. Weak descends to the IT netherworld to do battle with Gavin Smedley , an IT director grown from the sweat of a techie's armpit. Comedy series written by Guy Browning and starring Alexander Armstrong.
Producer/Director Jonquil Panting
Raj Persaud and Simon Singh take on three card sharps to bring you everything you wanted to know about poker but were afraid to ask. Can psychology and maths outwit the seasoned professionals? Or will it be deuces for our two plucky amateurs? Producers RamiTzabar and Jonathan Fildes
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