The Periodic Tales
At ten points throughout today, a much-loved Radio 4 voice introduces an element from the Periodic Table and the unique role it plays in human existence.
7.29 Hedii Nicklaus on the Superman element, krypton.
8.58 Brian Perkins dramatises the effects of helium.
9.42 Trevor Harrison discovers the properties of silver.
10.58 Charlotte Green on the deadly history of arsenic.
12.54 Carole Boyd unearths a bizarre element: selenium.
1.58pm Brian Perkins on oxygen.
4.29 Hedii Nicklaus on the "goblin" element, cobalt.
5.58 Carole Boyd on palladium.
7.15 Charlotte Green on iodine's place in brain development.
9.30 Trevor Harrison on nickel, material of space stations. Producer Richard Collins See also The Periodic Table, Mon-Fri at 3.45pm
1/5. Childhood. Munch's early years were beset by poverty and tormented by the early death of his beloved mother and sister. He came to believe that fear, sorrow and death would be his constant companions. Read by Louis Hillyer. Abridged by Polly Coles. Producer Clive Brill Repeated at 12.30am RT DIRECT, Edvard Munch - Behind the Scream is available for E22.50 (RRP E25.00) including p&p. To order, send a cheque payable to RT DirectAddress: [address removed] Call [number removed]042 (national rate), quoting RT. or visit www.rtdirect.sparkledirect.com
New series 1/3. "I didn't think it was enough to have 'Made a lot of money' written on my tombstone. I want to make a difference." Jo Morris meets three people who've turned their backs on lucrative careers and have chosen to retrain as teachers. Producer Sarah Taylor
5/6. The Wizard of Evesham. Starring Penelope Keith.
Agatha is alarmed when her new wizard of a hairdresser seems keen to take care of more than just her split ends.
She soon discovers that everyone in his salon has a secret and that he practises a very dark magic indeed.
Dramatised by David Semple from the novel by MC Beaton .
Producer Carol Smith
Consumer affairs, with Winifred Robinson and John Waite. Five hundred people a day are diagnosed with dementia, and the numbers are rising. In the first of a daily series this month, examining the causes, treatments and impact of dementia, those living with the disease tell their story.
14/17. The second semi-final of the nationwide general knowledge quiz, with contestants from the Midlands and the north-west of England. Chaired by Robert Robinson. Producer Richard Edis Repeated on Saturday at 11pm
By members of the Mind Arts Project, Stockport.
In a city where stolen dreams are being traded on street corners, private detective Jack Mackenzie tries to find a missing person and gets more than he bargained for.
Producer/Director Nadia Molinari
1/5. Night in the Front Line. A week of short stories written during the Second World War by and about women. In Molly Lefebure 's story, feisty Mrs Minnow , bombed out of her house, has had just about enough of Mr Hitler. Read by Julia McKenzie. Producer Martin Jarvis
1/5. Marking the 200th anniversary of the first atomic table, comedian Chris Addison begins his quest for new insights into the elements that 30 years ago inspired Primo Levi 's autobiographical work The Periodic Table. His search begins with a look at hydrogen. Producer Vicky shepherd
9/9. Exchanging favourite quotations and anecdotes this week are barrister and author of Rumpole of the Bailey John Mortimer , Eats, Shoots and Leaves writer Lynne Truss , ex-MP Matthew Parris and writer and comedian Jeff Green. Producer Tilusha Ghelani Repeated on Sunday at 12.04pm
Five writers search for their identities.
1/5. India-Lite. By Sonali Bhattacharyya. In 1993, the teenage Sonali was taken on a family holiday to India. Here she joins a rowdy, local tour group to a sanitised ashram, with Caucasian devotees drinking cafe lattes and practising "Zennis".
Director Shabina Aslam Repeated from 10.45am
Michael Portillo tells the story of 4,000 Basque children who came to the UK to escape the horrors of the Spanish Civil War. Although the motivation to bring them here was humanitarian, the children were soon to become pawns in a game of national and international politics as the dark clouds of fascism gathered over Europe. Producer Simon Evans
8/9. Autumn Review. With the current shift in the seasons, and spring and autumn arriving earlier, Paul Evans follows up on a few wildlife stories that made the headlines this year. He investigates whether certain species are just experiencing a natural flux in numbers or whether changes affecting their food sources and habitat conditions are a result of warming temperatures and will become irreversible trends. Producer Sheena Duncan Repeated tomorrow at Ham
1/5. By Alice Greenway. A tale of two sisters and the summer that ends their childhood. Vicki Simon reads a vivid and tender first novel, set in 1960s Hong Kong and told through the eyes of a 12-year-old.
Abridged by Jules Wilkinson. Producer Amber Barnfather
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