3/4. The Blackest Day? Evan Davis charts the controversial rise of the comprehensive school. In the 1970s the battle over comprehensives entered the classroom, with arguments about "mixed ability" teaching. Was this the natural conclusion of the "comp" revolution or the final descent into trendy madness? Davis revisits his old school to relive the excitement and turmoil of "going Comp" in 1976. Producer Phil Tinline Repeated at 9.30pm
4/4. Fatima Gerashi. The youngest competitor at the Sydney Games was a 12-year-old girl from Bahrain, Fatima Gerashi. She'd never entered a swimming competition before and trained for just a month. Diane Modahl travels to the Middle East to meet the Gerashi family and hears how Fatima gained her wildcard entry to the Games. Producer Rebecca Sandles
With the Rt Rev George Stack. Spirit of Faith, By Faith Be
Mine (Little Stanmore). 1 Corinthians 2. vv1-5, 11-16. Come Down, 0 Love Divine (Harris). Filled with the Spirit's Power (Farley Castle). Director of music Richard Tanner.
Joanna Trollope takes a look at Jane Austen , showing how the jostling for partners, property and power that imbue Austen's novels are as much a result of her own life story as a reflection of her time. And she demonstrates that there is a much darker side to her favourite author than is usually acknowledged. Producer Rebecca Stratford Repeated on Sunday at 12.15am
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What links a dying palaeontologist in 1847 with a young girl and a woman stranded on the beach in 2005? Set in Lyme Regis, this play by Fiona Mackie links three women s doubts, fears and obsessions over the centuries.
Producer/Director Sally Avens
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New series 1/10. Stewart Henderson presents the interactive problem-solving programme for those intriguing questions from everyday life. Producer Emily Williams
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4/5. Rationing. Saburo's relationship with his father is defined by the conventions of respect and courtesy. The distance that lies between them is challenged by sudden illness. By Mary Yukari Waters. For details see Monday
4/5. In Suffolk, the farm rat falls victim to the farmer's grandson and his air rifle, while on Tyneside, the pest control officers descend underground to exterminate the rats in the sewer. Narrated by Jane Lapotaire. Fordetails see Monday
Whether it's a rude awakening by the dawn chorus or the accompaniment to a stroll through the countryside, nature's music - birdsong - is all around. But why do they sing? Is it really a form of music or is it closer to language? Ouentin Cooper is joined by Professor Peter Slater to share the secrets of the avian chorus, from virtuoso performances in Central America to the "pulling" tactics of the British sedge warbler. Producer Julian Siddle
New series 1/6. "Britain's funniest Milton" bestrides the globe as an expert in his field - with no ability whatsoever. This week, he is a world-famous visionary architect. Starring Milton Jones. With Debbie Chazen , Tom Goodman-Hill , Steven Kynman and Lucy Montgomery. Written by Milton Jones and James Cary. Music by Guy Jackson ; Producer David Tyler
4/5. The Watergaw. By lain F Macleod. The last day of term.... the last 15 minutes of school that Todd will ever need to attend. There's just one last thing to be sorted out before he leaves school for ever. A darkly comic tragedy about taking revenge.
For details see Monday Repeated from 10.45am
There are some poverty-stricken pensioners living in Zimbabwe who have been stranded by inflation of 600 per cent. Some are scraping crumbs from the supermarket bread cutter to survive, others have lost all their savings. Adam Fowler uncovers the plight of these elderly people who still have some allegiance to Britain and asks if Britain should feel responsible for them.
Producer Anna Scott-Brown
2/9. Scared New World. War and conflict usually spell
"money" - money being made and money being lost. To whom does one turn to when one wants to steer an honest path through the conflict zone to do business? A veritable army of advisers has grown up to show the way. The programme investigates this new industry of risk control. Producer Amir Amirani Repeated on Sunday at 9.30pm
2/10. Why are some adults able to appreciate the subtleties of Bulgarian folk rhythms while to others it all sounds the same? Researchers at the University of Toronto now believe it has something to do with listening habits in the early months of infancy. This and other science news With Geoff Watts. Producer Anna Buckley
2/5. Armando lannucci introduces a golden look back to earlier this year when his superlative series dealt with such thorny issues as when Britain went sudoku crazy, the Great BBC Weather Map Controversy and, of course, trivia like the general election. With special guests. Producer David Tyler
Christopher Frayling travels across London to assess the legacy of that master of light and colour, Henri Matisse , who died 50 years ago. Contributors include Will Alsop and Zandra Rhodes. Producer Kate Bland
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