1/5. The Little Princesses. By Marion Crawford. A week-long series of excerpts from different royal biographies. The early years of the Queen, as told by her affectionate governess "Crawfie", in the first royal biography to rock the palace. In today's episode "Lilibet" has to attend the funeral procession for her grandfather King George V and move to Buckingham Palace when her father becomes king. Abridged by Doreen Estall and read by Hannah Gordon. Producer Kate Howells Repeated 12.30am See also The Queen at 80: Writing the Royals at 8pm
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2/3. Clare English follows three new, fast-tracked prison governors as they find their feet. In an environment where drug smuggling, suicide attempts and violence are part of the daily diet, there is much to learn. And, with many staff hostile to the fast-track scheme, there s the added pressure of fitting in. Within a year, with little experience of life, let alone prison, they'll be managing staff old enough to be their parents. Producer Deborah Dudgeon
5/6 The Old Days. Pam Ayres 's mix poetry, anecdotes and sketches is themed around nostalgia this week. She's joined by Felicity Montagu and Geoffrey Whitehead. Producer Claire Jones
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7/13 Contestants from Essex and Oxfordshire join
Ned Sherrin in the musical general knowledge quiz that includes a host of anecdotes and musical extracts. Producer Paul Bajoria Repeated on Saturday at 11pm
3/4. Sins of the Fathers. A runaway bridegroom and a vicious blackmailer bring double trouble for McLevy and deadlv dancer for Constable Mulholland. By David Ashton.
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Listeners' personal finance questions answered by Paul Lewis and his guests. Producer Louise Greenwood PHONE: [number removed] (calls from land lines cost no more than 8p per minute) Lines open from 1.30pm
1/5. The Case of the Scream in the Night. When a mysterious Miss Jane Eyre calls at Sherlock Holmes 's Baker Street residence, little does he suspect just how mysterious her case will turn out to be. This story, by Eilis Nf Dhuibhne , read by Michael Maloney , starts a week of literary mayhem as some of fiction's best-loved characters stumble into the pages of the wrong books.
Producer Heather Brennon
1/5. In the week of the Queen's 80th birthday, poet Lemn Sissay begins an arduous journey in search of the hopes, fears and foibles of Her Majesty's subjects - as seen through the bottom of a glass in pubs that bear her name. Gay Bar. At the Queen's Head in Brighton, the female-impersonating landlord has replaced the pub sign with a picture of Freddie Mercury. Lemn finds a lesbian anarchist, a male voice choir and a man who believed the Queen was his mother. Producer Philip Sellars
5/9. Exchanging favourite quotations, jokes and anecdotes are journalist Anna Ford , actor Simon Jones , Welsh national poet Gwyneth Lewis and comedian Mark Steel. Hosted by Nigel Rees , with reader William Franklyn. Producer Tilusha Ghelani Repeated on Sunday at 12.04pm
Baby Peggy was a child film star in the 1920s, worth millions of dollars at the age of five, and over the hill at the age of eight. Now aged 87, she reflects on her career in conversation with Mark Lawson. Producer Stephen Hughes
1/5. A series of exchanges between contemporary poets living in the UK and Europe. Over several months, pairs of poets correspond through email, giving an insight into the online life of a modern-day poet. Today the Shetlandic poet Christine de Luca and Rina Katajavuori from Finland discuss politics, poetry, children, global warming, landscape and language.
Producer Susan Roberts Repeated from 10.45am
Library and bookshop shelves bulge with biographies about the monarchy, dating back as far as the royal institution itself. From hagiography to political salvos, their motivation and character varies enormously - yet few are labelled "official". Denys Blakeway explores the spectacle and spin involved in writing royal biographies and talks to authors such as Philip Ziegler , Hugo Vickers and Jonathan Dimbleby. Producer Joanne Coombs
11/13. Who Will Succeed President Fidel Castro ?
President Castro is nearing 80. Nick Caistor explores the options for, and immense pressures on, this revolutionary Caribbean nation in the era following El Presidente. Repeated from Thursday
An organic pesticide, a spermicide, a weapon against malaria, a natural toothbrush - many claim the great neem tree of South Asia can deliver all these benefits and more. Charles Haviland freshens his mouth with a neem twig and explores the science behind the tree known in India as the village pharmacy. Producer Anna Horsbrugh-Porter
6/15. In 1947 Viv was having an affair with Reggie; Helen and Julia were living uneasily together; and Duncan was living with Mr Mundy. But what were they all doing three years before? The story shifts to 1944. Read by Rosalind Ayres. By Sarah Waters. Abridger/Producer Martin Jarvis
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