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: World News

: Prayer for the Day

With the Rev Stephen Wigley.


Unknown: Stephen Wigley.

: Farming Today

Presented by Anna Hill.


Presented By: Anna Hill.

: Today

With James Naughtie and Edward Stourton.
6.25,7.25,8.25 Sports News With Steve May.
6.45 Yesterday in Parliament
With Susan Hulme and David Wilby.
7.48 Thought for the Day With Martin Palmer.
8.31 Yesterday in Parliament


Unknown: James Naughtie
Unknown: Edward Stourton.
Unknown: Susan Hulme
Unknown: David Wilby.
Unknown: Martin Palmer.

: Midweek

Diverse and lively conversation with Libby Purves and her guests. Producer Chris Paling Shortened repeat at 9.30pm


Unknown: Libby Purves

: Book of the Week: Tete-a-Tete

3/5. After the Second World War, Simone de Beauvoir and Jean-Paul Sartre achieve fame but their relationship becomes precarious and Beauvoir begins a love affair with American writer Nelson Algren. Eleanor Bron continues to read from Hazel Rowley 's biography. For details see Monday Repeated 12.30am


Unknown: Simone de Beauvoir
Unknown: Nelson Algren.
Unknown: Eleanor Bron
Unknown: Hazel Rowley

: Daily Service

Presented by the Rev Peter Whittaker. There's a Spirit in the Air (Lauds). Acts 9, vv10-18. Expectans, Expectavi (Wood). Forth in Thy Name, 0 Lord, I Go (Song 34). Director of music Stephen Jackson.


Unknown: Peter Whittaker.
Music: Stephen Jackson.

: Woman's Hour

Presented by Jenni Murray.
10.45 The Five-Year Sentence 3/5. By Bernice Rubens. The Woman's Hour drama.
For details see drama repeat at 7.45pm


Presented By: Jenni Murray.
Unknown: Bernice Rubens.

: Random Edition

4/4. The Daily Telegraph: Friday April 17th 1959
Peter Snow talks with veteran BBC reporter Charles Wheeler about his memories of the race to send back the story of the Dalai Lama 's escape from Chinese-held Tibet to India. And why had the stiff-upper-lipped Dr Frank Stableford , inventor of the golf-scoring system that bears his name, committed suicide? Zoologist Desmond Morris talks about his part in the 1950s revolution in broadcasting about animals, and there's news of Marty Wilde's fallen arches. Producer Andrew Green


Reporter: Charles Wheeler
Unknown: Dalai Lama
Unknown: Dr Frank Stableford
Talks: Desmond Morris
Producer: Andrew Green

: Front Row

Another chance to hear this programme, first broadcast in December. Kirsty Lang meets two of New Orleans's most famous musical sons: singer and pianist
Harry Connick Jr and saxophonist Branford Marsalis , who knew each other as children and have now recorded a disc of duets together. Producer Martin Smith (Revised repeat)


Unknown: Kirsty Lang
Pianist: Harry Connick Jr
Unknown: Branford Marsalis
Producer: Martin Smith

: You and Yours

Presented by Sheila McClennon and Winifred Robinson.


Presented By: Sheila McClennon
Presented By: Winifred Robinson.

: The World at One

News and analysis, presented by Shaun Ley.


Presented By: Shaun Ley.

: Land Lines

5/6. Kew Gardens, Venus, Mad King George and the original prime meridian feature in this week's puzzle from the banks of the Thames. Presented by Brett Westwood.
Producer Grant Sonnex


Presented By: Brett Westwood.
Producer: Grant Sonnex

: The Archers

Caroline meets a competitor. Repeated from yesterday at7pm

: Afternoon Play: Markheim

By Robert Louis Stevenson.

On Christmas Day 1886, with London shrouded in fog, a man shadows a girl across Blackfriars Bridge. His name is Markheim and his intentions are unremittingly dark. Stevenson's story is a dark morality tale in which he explores, with astonishing psychological accuracy, the mechanism of human guilt and the terrifying delusional fever to which it can lead.


Author: Robert Louis Stevenson.
Dramatist/Director: John Taylor
Markheim: Jack Klaff
Visitor: Anton Rodgers
Crispin: Anthony Jackson
Girl: Abigail Hollick
Tommy: Mark Straker

: Gardeners' Question Time

John Cushnie , Bob Flowerdew and Pippa Greenwood answer questions posed by gardeners in Surrey. Chaired by Gill Pyrah. Including at 3.25 Gardening Weather Forecast. Shortened


Unknown: John Cushnie
Unknown: Bob Flowerdew
Unknown: Pippa Greenwood
Unknown: Gill Pyrah.

: Addiction

3/5. The Eyes of the Soul. After a saleswoman knocks on her door, Jeanette's view on the world is changed for ever. Written by Michel Faber , and read by Jackie Morrison. For details see Monday


Written By: Michel Faber
Read By: Jackie Morrison.

: This Sceptred Isle: Empire

33/90. Australia - Captain Cook. When James Cook sailed to the Pacific in 1769 to observe the transit of Venus, he had no idea that the sealed envelope he took with him contained secret orders that would lead to his lasting fame. By Christopher Lee. For details see Monday


Unknown: James Cook
Unknown: Christopher Lee.

: Thinking Allowed

Human behaviour, institutions and conventions come under the microscope as Laurie Taylor leads the discussion on topical items and issues arising from the academic and research world. Producer Andrew Littlejohn


Unknown: Laurie Taylor
Producer: Andrew Littlejohn

: Case Notes

4/12. Repeated from yesterday at 9pm

: PM

News and analysis, presented by Eddie Mair.


Presented By: Eddie Mair.

: Clare in the Community

5/6. Mean Streets. Clare and the team volunteer for the street count, but helping the homeless becomes a competition between Clare and Irene. Meanwhile, Brian organises Simon's stag night. Written by Harry Venning and David Ramsden.
Producer Katie Tyrrell


Written By: Harry Venning
Written By: David Ramsden.
Producer: Katie Tyrrell
Clare: Sally Phillips
Megan: Nina Conti
Helen: Gemma Craven
Brian: Alex Lowe
Ray: Richard Lumsden
Irene: Ellen Thomas
Simon: Andrew Wincott
Tracey: Alex Tregear

: The Archers

Alistair heads for the lion's den.
For cast see page 31 Repeated tomorrow at 2pm

: Front Row

Kirsty Lang presents the arts magazine, with news, reviews and interviews. Producer Rebecca Nicholson


Unknown: Kirsty Lang
Producer: Rebecca Nicholson

: The Five-Year Sentence

3/5. Brian expands his business to other single ladies, and Jean dreams of wedding bells. By Bernice Rubens. For cast and details see Monday Repeated from 10.45am


Unknown: Bernice Rubens.

: The Moral Maze

2/10. Michael Buerk chairs the live debate in which
Melanie Phillips , Ian Hargreaves , Michael Portillo and Steven Rose cross-examine expert witnesses on the moral issues behind the week's news.
Producer David Coomes Repeated on Saturday at 10.15pm


Unknown: Michael Buerk
Unknown: Melanie Phillips
Unknown: Ian Hargreaves
Unknown: Michael Portillo
Unknown: Steven Rose

: Mr Ambassador

2/2. The former taoiseach of Ireland and now Europe's ambassador to the United States, John Bruton , talks about relations between American and the EU, which he regards as "the most important economic relationship in world history".
Producer Philippa Goodrich Repeated from Sunday at 10.45pm


Talks: John Bruton
Producer: Philippa Goodrich

: Say What You Think

1/2. Neuroscientist Dr Mark Lythgoe explores the science behind learning languages. His challenge is to master Spanish in two weeks, while discovering what's going on inside his brain. Is there a critical period during childhood when we are programmed to learn language? Producer Michelle Martin


Unknown: Dr Mark Lythgoe
Producer: Michelle Martin

: Midweek

Shortened repeat from 9am

: The World Tonight

Presented by Robin Lustig.


Presented By: Robin Lustig.

: Book at Bedtime: The Sea

3/5. Recently widowed Max Morden returns to the seaside village where he spent a memorable childhood holiday - and met a family who changed his life for ever. By John Banville. For details see Monday


Unknown: Max Morden
Unknown: John Banville.

: All Bar Luke

2/4. Luke and the Kebabs. Luke and his sick brother near the end of another awful night. But a quick stop for kebabs turns into a major incident. More poignant comedy drama from Tim Key , offering another glimpse into the disastrous social life of Luke Walsall, designated driver for his so-called "mates". Producer Seb Barweii


Unknown: Tim Key
Producer: Seb Barweii

: The Storyman with Andrew Clover

2/4. A nostalgic, moving romantic comedy with songs: this story finds Andrew Clover in Islington visiting the poet and comedian John Hegley. John journeys backwards in time to speak to Pam, a girlfriend he's not seen in 25 years. Director Gary Reich


Unknown: Andrew Clover
Unknown: John Hegley.
Director: Gary Reich

: Today in Parliament

The day's business in Westminster, highlighting Prime Minister's Questions. With Robert Orchard.

: News

: Book of the Week: Tete-a-Tete

3/5. By Hazel Rowley. Repeated from 9.45am


Unknown: Hazel Rowley.

: News

: Heritage

The Hejaz Railway (3/4)

: Music Biz

: News

: Discovery

Sell, Sell, Sell

: News

: Outlook

: Off the Shelf

Portrait of the Artist as a Young Dog by Dylan Thomas: (4/5) The Followers read by William Thomas

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