1/5. The adventures of author Tim Cahill , who in the 1980s sped from Argentina to Alaska in a truck because he wanted to break records. Today he sets off from the edge of the world with the very intense Garry, who chooses to drive first. Read by Stuart Milligan. Abridged by Neville Teller. Producer Duncan Minshull Repeated at 12.30am RT DIRECT: Road fever by Tim Cahill is available for £7.99, including P&p. To order, send a cheque payable to RT Direct. Address: [address removed] Call [number removed]042 (calls from land lines cost no more than 8p per minute), quoting RT, or visit www.rtdirect.sparkledirect.com
1/2. Courts in England and Wales sentence offenders to more than eight million hours of community service, or unpaid work, every year. Yet the public still sees this alternative to prison as a soft option and no deterrent to crime. Nick Baker finds out who gets selected for this kind of punishment. He joins some of them as they serve their sentences (clearing overgrown parks), and discovers how their lives have changed. Producer Brian King
New series 1/6. Love in a Cottage. Stella's looking forward to early retirement, but her grown-up children refuse to leave home. Lucy Clare and Ian Davidson 's sitcom about a topsy-turvy family returns for a third series, in which daughter Alison has gone to live with her boyfriend - thus making it one down, three to go. Stella and Patrick are thinking of retiring and give weekending in the country a go. But what aoes on back home while they're away?
Producer/Director Elizabeth Freestone
In 1875, Abel Ryder. a prosperous Oxfordshire shopkeeper, broke the law and refused to have his child vaccinated against smallpox. His stand led to his arrest and trial, and a public uproar that helped change the compulsory vaccination law. A true story told by Hugh Costello. and Producer/Director Jeremy Howe
1/5. In a tribute to Eric Thompson , the voice behind the iconic TV series The Magic Roundabout, actresses Phyllida Law (his widow) and Sophie Thompson (his daughter) read a selection of his witty tales, abridged by Richard Hamilton. In the first, Brian spearheads an ambitious plan to rebuild Dougal's house, and an evening of magical trickery at Zebedee's leads to an unexpected disappearance. Read by Sophie Thompson. Producer Elizabeth Allard
1/5. A Spare Pair of Arms, and Eyes in the Back of My Head In a series that looks at how the body might work if we had a go at remaking ourselves, Len Fisher picks up some tips from the animal kingdom. Producer Monise Durrani
New series 1/11. Nicholas Parsons invites Paul Merton ,
Gyles Brandreth , Sue Perkins and Graham Norton to start the new year without hesitation, repetition or deviation. Producer Claire Jones Repeated on Sunday at 12.04pm
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1/5. They're back. Prunella Scales and Patricia Routledge star as grandmothers Irene and Vera. Determined to escape the aftermath of their respective Christmasses from hell, first Vera nabs a package deal to Ibiza, then Irene sets out to rescue her friend when she falls prey to the charms of Gaston the seductive Gascon. By Lou Wakefield and Carole Havman.
Irene Prunella Scales
Vera Patricia Routledge
Producer Claudine Toutoungi Repeated from 10.45am
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Howard Davies , former deputy governor of the Bank of England and former chairman of the UK's Financial
Services Authority, looks at the impact and legacy of Alan Greenspan , the chairman of the Federal Reserve who retires this month. Producer Paul O'Keeffe
7/8. The Twilight Years. Ageing and death come to us all. Aubrey Manning looks at what dictates the length of an animal's life; whether a long life brings respect and wisdom in the wild, and why poor old male antechinuses from
Australia literally die from too much sex. Producer Mary Colwell
1/5. The Year's Midnight. Her enjoyable swim at the pool is interrupted by a wailing child. Where is mother? The first in a series of short stories by Helen Simpson , abridged by Katrin Williams , that reflect on themes of hardship with an ironic and comic eye. Read by Niamh Cusack. Producer Duncan Minshull
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