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: World News

: Prayer for the Day

With the Rev Nick Holtam.


Unknown: Nick Holtam.

: Farming Today

Presented by Mark Holdstock.


Presented By: Mark Holdstock.

: Today

With Edward Stourton and Sarah Montague.
6.25,7.25,8.25 Sports News With Steve May.
7.48 Thought for the Day With Akhandadhi Das.


Unknown: Edward Stourton
Unknown: Sarah Montague.
Unknown: Akhandadhi Das.

: Midweek

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


Unknown: Vikram Seth
Unknown: Charles Yeats
Unknown: Libby Purves

: Book of the Week: Persian Fire

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

: Daily Service

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.


Presented By: Becky Harris.
Music: Gordon Stewart.

: Woman's Hour

Presented by Jenni Murray.
10.45 15 Minutes That Changed the World 3/5. The Woman's Hour drama. For details see drama repeat at 7.45pm


Presented By: Jenni Murray.

: Mapping the Town

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


Unknown: Bram Stoker
Unknown: Julian Richards

: Hopes and Desires

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


Director: Peter Kavanagh
Dmitri: Kenneth Cranham
Annoushka: Eleanor Bron
Claire: Sylvestra Le Touzel
Robert: Stephen Critchlow

: You and Yours

Topical consumer news and reports, presented by Liz Barclay and Sheila McClennon.


Presented By: Liz Barclay
Presented By: Sheila McClennon.

: The World at One

National and international news and analysis, Presented by Nick Clarke.


Presented By: Nick Clarke.

: The Food Quiz

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


Unknown: Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall
Unknown: Marguerite Patten
Unknown: Jay Rayner
Producer: Paula McGinley

: The Archers

Repeated from yesterday at 7pm

: Afternoon Play: The Egyptian Collection

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


Unknown: Kate Pullinger
Unknown: Sylvia Syms.
Director: Peter Kavanagh
Dorothy: Ellie Beaven
Mrs Brackett: Sylvia Syms
Mr Budge: Jonathan Coy
Museum director: Ian Masters
Pharaoh Sety/Dr Ross: Harry Myers
Caroline: Susan Jameson

: Gardeners' Question Time

John Cushnie , Bob Flowerdew and Anne Swithinbank answer questions posed by gardeners in Cheshire. With Eric Robson in the chair. Including at
3.25 Gardening Weather Forecast. Shortened


Unknown: John Cushnie
Unknown: Bob Flowerdew
Unknown: Anne Swithinbank
Unknown: Eric Robson

: The Laws of Evening

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


Unknown: Mary Yukari Waters.

: Soundscape: The Rats' Tales

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


Unknown: Jane Lapotaire.

: Thinking Allowed

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


Unknown: Laurie Taylor
Producer: Natasha Maw

: Case Notes

Repeated from yesterday at 9pm

: PM

'News and analysis, presented by Carolyn Quinn.


Presented By: Carolyn Quinn.

: Peter Cook in His Own Words

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


Unknown: Michael Palin
Unknown: Dudley Moore
Producer: Lucy Armitage

: The Archers

Lynda refuses to admit defeat.
For cast see page 35 Repeated tomorrow at 2pm

: Front Row

Singer Alison Krauss is interviewed by Kirsty Lang on the arts magazine Show. Producer Jerome Weatherald


Singer: Alison Krauss
Interviewed By: Kirsty Lang
Producer: Jerome Weatherald

: 15 Minutes That Changed the World

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


Unknown: Ralph Bolland.
Churchill: Gareth Thomas
Roosevelt: Crawford Logan
Anna: Samantha Young
Aide: Nick Underwood

: The Commission

7/8. Red-Tape Revolution. Nick Ross asks if red tape and a growing bureaucracy is tying the UK in knots. Producer Anne Reevell Repeated on Saturday at 10.15pm


Unknown: Nick Ross
Producer: Anne Reevell

: The Brandreth Rules: Party Conferences

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


Unknown: Gyles Brandreth

: The Architecture of Health

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


Unknown: Sheena McDonald
Producer: Susan Marling

: Midweek

Shortened repeat from 9am

: The World Tonight

National and international news and analysis.

: Book at Bedtime: Le Pere Goriot

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


Unknown: Eugene de Rastignac

: Weak at the Top

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


Unknown: John Weak
Unknown: Gavin Smedley
Written By: Guy Browning
Unknown: Alexander Armstrong.
John: Alexander Armstrong
Hayley: Clare Perkins
Sir Marcus: Geoffrey Whitehead
Bill: Ron Cook
Gavin: Gerard McDermott
Gary: Ewan Bailey
Paul: Harry Myers

: Wild Cards

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


Unknown: Raj Persaud
Unknown: Simon Singh
Unknown: Jonathan Fildes

: News

: Book of the Week: Persian Fire

3/5. By Tom Holland. Repeated from 9.45am


Unknown: Tom Holland.

: Analysis

: News

: The Music Biz

: News

: Discovery

: News

: Outlook

: Off the Shelf

Stories by Somerset Maugham (4/5) The Poet, read by Anton Lesser


Stories By: Somerset Maugham
Read By: Anton Lesser

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