4/4. 40 Years On. Evan Davis charts the controversial rise of the comprehensive school. To find out whether the comprehensive-teaching idea has thrived, survived or died, he visits one of the schools created to replace the comprehensive - the first City Technology College in the country, set up in the 1980s. Was it actually a comp by any Other name? Producer Phil Tinline Repeated at 9.30pm
Geralds Cottage in Cornwall, houses a literary treasure. Written in the visitors' book are two decades of griping British holidaymakers' comments. Broadcaster
Christopher Morris visits the cottage, opens the covers of the book, and vividly brings it to life. Producer Terry Lewis
4/5. The witchcraft trials are losing support and come to an end. Four years later, a public fast with prayers is held to atone for what was done. But Sewall feels the need to go further. By Richard Francis. For details see Monday Repeated at 12.30am
A week of pilgrimage following the spiritual journey or St Paul. Presented by the Rev Roger Hutchings from the Meteora Monasteries in Greece. Let All Mortal Flesh (Picardy). Eonia (Tavener). Ye Holy Angels Bright (Darwall's 148th). For more details see Sunday Worship at 8.10am
New series 1/3. The tenors Robert Tear and John Graham Hall compare their own interpretation of the same work. They reflect on love, lust and megalomania and marriage as they discuss their approaches to the role of Herod in Richard Strauss s
Opera Salome. Producer Lucy Lunt Repeated on Sunday at 12.15am
Jeff Young 's play is set in Liverpool in 1973. Kid, 16, and his best mate, Skeeter, crash through the streets, bumping into the city's characters - a host of lost heroes, glimpsed through a toy kaleidoscope nicked from a shop. A portrait of a friendship, funny and poignant, which may or may not stand the test of time.
Producer/Director Susan Roberts
2/10. Stewart Henderson presents the interactive problem-solving programme for those intriguing questions from everyday life. Producer Emily Williams EMAIL: email@example.com Phone: [number removed] from 1.30pm
4/5. The Shooting of Dan McGrew and The Cremation of Sam McGee. Robert Service's comic-strip style poems about frontiersmen and the American West - complete with square-jawed heroes and buxom gals - are read by Cal Macaninch . For details see Monday
4/5. The Bagel. Not only good enough to eat, the bagel is a useful shape for cooking dough, cracking codes and understanding space. Presented by the mathematician Marcus du Sautoy. For details see Monday
Ten per cent of the population claim to have had an out-of-body experience. Is this just a manifestation of hope for the afterlife or is it something to do with the way people see themselves? Ouentin Cooper talks to scientists at the University of Manchester who hope that a survey of human perceptions will shed some light on this bizarre phenomenon. Producer Julian Siddle
2/6 "Britain's funniest Milton" bestrides the globe as an expert in his field - with no ability whatsoever. This week, he is a musical genius. Starring Milton Jones. With Debbie Chazen , Tom Goodman-Hill , Steven Kynman and Lucy Montgomery. Written by Milton Jones and James Cary. producer David Tyler
In 1952 the scientists at Porton Down were carrying out secret germ-warfare trials off the coast of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides. One of the germs they were testing was plague - the Black Death. One evening, as a trial was about to start, a trawler sailed unexpectedly into the danger zone. Rather than stop the tests, the captain of the naval ship gave the order to continue, and the germs were released into the path of the trawler. Jolyon Jenkins pieces together the events and the subsequent cover-up, using newly declassified secret documents, interviews with witnesses, and the diary of the chief scientist to shed light on a virtually unknown episode of the cold war. Producer Jolyon Jenkins
3/9. Testing, Testing. Why do employers need to subject their workers to psychometric tests? What do they learn from them? Peter Day ticks some of the boxes to find out. Producer Robert McKenzie Repeated Sunday 9.30pm
3/10. Should children be encouraged to practise the piano in the hope that they may one day become accomplished players? New research from Sweden suggests that such endeavours are worthwhile. By studying the brains of concert pianists, and how much time they spent practising as they grew up, neuroscientist and concert pianist Fredrik Ullen found that practice, particularly in the early years, really does make perfect. With Geoff Watts. Producer Beth Eastwood
3/5. 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
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