During the reign of Queen Victoria, several families from Cumbria travelled the country advertising themselves as "rock bands". These bands were not playing some primitive version of rock 'n' roll - they were performing music on instruments made of rock. Solo percussionist Evelyn Glennie has always been fascinated by these instruments and the people who created them. In this programme, she travels to Cumbria to locate and play surviving examples of the strange musical instruments known variously as rock dulcimers, musical harmonicons and geological pianos.
Producer Bob Dickinson Repeated on Sunday at 12.15am
3/7. Andrew Dilnot is the man with all the most vital statistics in the numbers magazine that investigates subjects as diverse as medicine, the climate, speed cameras and plane crashes, and the statistics that underlie everyday claims to truth in the news, in politics and in life. Producer Michael Blastland
4/5. Phyllida Law narrates as Dougal and friends continue their winter holiday in Glen Dougal. High jinks ensue during a haggis hunt. And Ermintrude takes to her skis in a tobogganing expedition. By Eric Thompson. For details see Mon
George MacDonald Fraser took the bully from Tom Brown 's Schooldays and gave him a new lease of life in the army. James Naughtie presents a discussion on the first of the series - Flashman, a romp through Victorian military history. Recorded in Manchester with die-hard fans and readers new to the books. Rptd from New Year's Day at 4pm
In the last of the series of science debates, Quentin Cooper is joined by space scientists Benny Peiser , Simon Kelley and John Zarneki in Milton Keynes to explore the issue of Near-Earth Objects - the comets and asteroids that come alarmingly close to our planet. What are the chances of a direct hit? And what are we doing to detect and prevent a collision? Producer Fiona Roberts
4/4. John Weak - randy, devious, sexist and workshy - puts the "man" into management. This week he discovers there's a T missing from the end of HR, when Human
Resources has a communal hot flush at his witty entry on Deirdre Simmons 's leaving card. Comedy series written by Guy Browning.
Producer/Director Jonquil Panting
4/5. Irene is kept on the move by her island-hopping employees so is unable to prevent Lesley sending
Christopher, Irene's treasured only son, out to Moscow to bring back Vera. When Vera explains that she and Christopher are to go on a dangerous mission for MI6, Irene takes the desperate step of appealing to Nellie
Thoroughgood (Susan Jameson ), Chris's adoptive mother, for help. For cast and details see Monday Repeated from 10.45am
John Waite follows the progress of children like
Hannan Shihab and Ali Ismail Abbas , who have been injured in the Iraqi conflict and brought to Britain for specialist medical attention. Some of the injured children get help from recognised charities - others are aided by individuals moved by their plight. Producer Sue Mitchell
New series 1/8. Nuts about Brazil. Economists predict that Brazil may be one of the countries vaulting to supremacy as huge changes reshape the global economy over the next 30 years. But in fact they have been saying something like this for the past century. Peter Day asks whether Brazil's future is finally about to arrive. Producer Vicki Barker Repeated on Sunday at 9.30pm
2/2. In the 1950s, plastic became a cheap material for mass production. Today, there are layers of it wrapped around our supermarket purchases, and mountains of it at disposal sites. Richard Hollingham asks if recycling can stem the flood and looks at how plastic is becoming a key component in hi-tech industry and aerospace. Producer Martin Redfern
3/5. In a world where presentation is at the wheel and content is firmly bound and gagged in the back, Radio 9 finds itself with so much to say - but no idea how to say it. Written and performed by Johnny Daukes and Hils Barker. Produced by Johnny Daukes and Claire Jones
3/3. Judith Hann discovers how much information we reveal about ourselves through the subtle ways that we express our personalities. Whether it's the shape of our faces or the CDs on our shelves, we provide clues for other people to make up their minds about us - rightly or wrongly. For details see Tuesday
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