New series 1/5. In the Beginning Was Sound
This year's Reith lecturer is the eminent conductor and pianist Daniel Barenboim, a leading cultural figure of our time. "Music," argues Barenboim, "lies at the heart of what it is to be human". In his lecture, recorded in front of an audience at the Cadogan Hall in London, he draws on a lifetime of musical experience to point a way forward for us all through music. "Music is a way to make sense of the world: our history, our politics, our future.... our very essence." Repeated on Saturday at 10.15pm
It is now 50 years since the Nato alphabet, in common use by aviators, the police, Ryanair booking clerks etc, was devised. The original intent was to have a system of linguistic purity that would avoid some of the catastrophic misunderstandings arising from miscommunications during the Great War. Here, the story of this phonetic alphabet, including testimony to its usefulness, is told. Alongside historical evidence and linguistic analysis, there are also snatches of eavesdropped sound from air-control conversations with aircraft, interviews with police officers (remember Zed Victor One?), and secrets of Army signals operatives working in code. producer David Roper
New series 1/6. A second series for the comedy drama set in a Cambridge College that is riven by argument between the traditionalists and the modernisers, starring Geoffrey Palmer and Samuel West. College is battling against ever present finance savings and Simon finds himself bereft of a job. Could this be the perfect opportunity for Gilbert to furnish the college with a more popular course and upset the Dean in the process? Written by Mark Tavener.
Producer/Director Dawn Ellis
Big conspiracy comes to a small town in this light-hearted comedy. The town's local hero hasn't stepped out of her house for years until Pedro arrives from Colombia determined to make a miracle happen in Mecklington.
6/6. Old Winchester Hill, Hampshire. Charles Collingwood and Judy Bennett , aka The Archers' Brian Aldridge and Shula Hebden Lloyd , ramble up Old Winchester Hill in Hampshire. With Clare Balding. Producer Karen Gregor
5/5. Coursework. Zoe is going back home from college, over the Tamar Bridge. The train stops there and makes her feel unsteady - it's too high, and there's nothing to catch you if you fall. By Steve May , read by Lisa Coleman. For details see Monday
New series 1/8. Series 18 of the comic look through the week's news. Steve Punt and Laura Shavin riffle through the knicker drawer of the topical and the current, with humorous help from Mitch Benn , Jon Holmes and the ever-angry Marcus Brigstocke.
Producer Colin Anderson Repeated tomorrow at 12.30pm
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With Kirsty Lang , including an interview with novelist Jake Arnott , whose books include The Long Firm trilogy and now Johnny Come Home, featuring a character called Johnny Chrome, a glam-rock star of the early 70s. Producer Sally Spurring
5/5. Casualties. An eventful road-trip along the M6 reunites ex-boy-band members Mick and Alvin and forces them to confront their long-lost glory years. By Neil Warhurst and Paul Barnhill.
For details see Monday Repeated from 10.45am
Jonathan Dimbleby chairs the discussion as an audience in Shouldham, Norfolk, put questions on issues of the week to a panel that includes the co-chair of the Conservatives' Quality of Life policy group John Gummer MP, and Liberal Democrat MP Jo Swinson. Producer Lisa Jenkinson Repeated tomorrow at 1.10pm
Award-winning playwright and reporter Peter Morgan revisits Belgrade for a quizzical look at the aftermath of Slobodan Milosevic , combining documentary interviews with the confessions of a fictional henchman. Starring Roger Allam as Milan, with Melanie Walters , Simon Armstrong and lestyn Jones. Producer/Director Alison Hindell
5/5. In the final part of this Elizabethan thriller, death and a fragment of black linen lead Christopher Marlowe to the impostor Tamburlaine. By Louise Welsh and read by Dexter Fletcher. For details see Monday
5/5. Doom and Gloom. Anthony Howard looks back at the key episodes that have marked the Queen's reign.
1992 will forever be remembered as the Queen's annus horribilis, and five years later the Princess of Wales was killed in a car crash, plunging the Palace into another crisis. Yet the monarchy has survived and has lately found itself sailing through calmer waters. For details see Monday
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