1/4. Frustrated with his cramped London lifestyle, travel writer Tahir Shah decided to set up home in Morocco. But when he bought the Caliph's House, he and his family discovered they were getting more than they'd bargained for. Abridged by Laurence Wareing and read by Shiv Grewal. Producer Kirsty Williams Repeated at 12.30am RT DIRECT: The Caliph's House -a Year in Casablanca by Tahir Shah is available for E13.50 (rrp E15.00) including p&p (UK delivery only). To order, send a cheque payable to RT Direct. Address: [address removed] Call: [number removed] (calls from land lines cost no more than 8p per minute), quoting RT, or visit www.rtdirect.sparkiedirect.com
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10.45 Friends like These 1/5. Comic plays about friendship, each featuring a different comedy partnership. Helen and Gail, by Fay Rusling and Oriane Messina. The Woman's Hour drama. For details see drama repeat at7.45pm
3/6. Travel. Pam Ayres reads more of her poetry, tells anecdotes and performs sketches, with the help of Felicity Montagu and Geoffrey Whitehead. Producer Claire Jones BBC AUDIO: Ayres on the Air, featuring excerpts from the programme, is available on audio cassette and CD from www.bbcshop.com ana from all good retail outlets, or by calling [number removed]
New series 1/4. A Piece of Cake. The celebrated chef
Pierre-Henri Escaffre is the toast of the city. Only McLevy is immune from gastronomic temptation. Which is just as well, since burglary and murder are about to make an appearance on the menu. By David Ashton.
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1/5. London Terminal. Colin's hypochondria colours the way he reacts to a fellow passenger as he waits for his train at Paddington station. This story by Richard Francis , read by Rupert Wickham , begins a series of tales each of which is inspired by a place created by Isambard Kingdom Brunei, in celebration of his bicentenary. producer Mary Ward Lowery
1/5. What motivates the private art collector? Alvin Hall seeks out the world's most glittering art collections and finds out from their patrons whether it is a canny investment or the thrill of the chase that gets their juices running. Today he visit a man with so much art he has to hang it on the toilet door. Producer Richard Vadon
3/9. Swapping quotes and anecdotes are the Daily
Telegraph's Celia Haddon , comedian Natalie Haynes , poet Ruth Padel and art critic Brian Sewell.
The reader is William Franklyn. Presented by Nigel Rees. Producer Tilusha Ghelani Repeated on Sunday at 12.04pm
1/5. Helen and Gail. Helen and Gail are best friends, separated only by the fact that Gail is in prison for trying to murder Helen. When visiting time comes round, their relationship takes an odd turn. The first of five comic plays about friendship, each celebrating a different comedy partnership, is by Fay Rusling and Oriane Messina.
Producer/Director Claudine Toutoungi Repeated from 10.45am
3/3. Testing, Testing. For almost 20 years, hundreds of scientists at Sandwich in Kent have been working to bring a new HIV/Aids drug to the marketplace. The BBC has been tracking them for the past five years, and has been given unique access to make this radio diary. But just as the drug moves into the global test phase, rival treatments also racing to market hit trouble. Peter Day asks whether it is right to trust big business to keep us healthy. Producer Neil Koenig
9/13. Italy. Abortion has become a hot political issue as Italy goes to the polls on 9 April. Rosie Goldsmith meets those on both sides of the debate and hears stories from the women caught in the crossfire. Repeated from Thursday
Once a notorious prison, Alcatraz now stands empty and in ruins. But among the crumbling cellblocks, seabirds have flocked to make this grim place their home. Aubrey Manning finds out how these new jailbirds have made SUCh a success of life on Alcatraz. Producer Melinda Barker
rl/5. May 1593: Christopher Marlowe , playwright, poet and spy, is summoned to London to appear before the Privy Council. Perhaps the Queen requires his service? Or perhaps it's something more sinister? An Elizabethan thriller by Louise Welsh, read by Dexter Fletcher. Abridger/Producer Chris Wallis
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1/5. A Slap in the Face. The Queen's accession was seen as the dawn of a new Elizabethen age. But how long would the euphoria last? Anthony Howard looks back at the Queen's reign from its beginnings to the present day. Continues tomorrow. Producer Mark Savage
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