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: News Briefing

: Prayer for the Day

Presented by the Rev Stephen Shipley.


Unknown: Stephen Shipley.

: 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 Garry Richardson.
6.45 Yesterday in Parliament
With Rachel Hooper and Susan Hulme.
7.48 Thought for the Day With Anne Atkins.
8.31 Yesterday in Parliament


Unknown: James Naughtie
Unknown: Edward Stourton.
Unknown: Garry Richardson.
Unknown: Rachel Hooper
Unknown: Susan Hulme.
Unknown: Anne Atkins.

: Unreliable Evidence

6/8. A Criminal Code. Criminal law in Britain is criticised by many as being incoherent and inconsistent.
Clive Anderson and his guests debate whether Britain should have a clear, authoritative, written statement of its criminal law. Or would that now create more problems than it solves? Producer Brian King Repeated at 9.30pm


Unknown: Clive Anderson

: Views of Empire

New series 1/5. A View from Ghana. Nii Ayikwei Parkes is a writer who grew up in Ghana, the first African colony to gain independence. He looks back at the textbooks that taught him about the British rule of his nation and comments on the remnants of imperial absurdities. producer vibeke venema

: Book of the Week: Telling Some Tales

2/5. The acting jobs start to arrive and the author gets to dance with Senator Jack Kennedy. Anna Massey continues to read her memoirs. For details see yesterday Repeated at 12.30am


Unknown: Jack Kennedy.
Unknown: Anna Massey

: Daily Service

Led by Mgr Tony Rogers. God Is Love (Ubi Cantas).
1 John 4, vv16b-21. Come Down, 0 Love Divine (Harris). For the Fruits of His Creation (East Acklam). Director of music Ian Tracey.


Unknown: Mgr Tony Rogers.
Music: Ian Tracey.

: Woman's Hour

Presented by Jenni Murray.
10.45 Beach Huts
2/5. Consuming Desires. By Anita Sullivan.
The Woman's Hour drama. For details see repeat at 7.45pm


Presented By: Jenni Murray.
Unknown: Anita Sullivan.

: Nature

An Uphill Struggle. Paul Evans takes to the hills to find out why our moors and grasslands are under threat. Repeated from yesterday at 9pm


Unknown: Paul Evans

: The Tragicomic Life of Bert Williams

Lenny Henry tells the story of the first great black comedian, Bert Williams, whose biggest hit, Nobody, encapsulated both the isolation of everyman and the plight of the black man in America at the beginning of the 20th century. Producer Neil Rosser


Producer: Neil Rosser

: You and Yours

Presented by Winifred Robinson and Peter White. Including at 12.30 Call You and Yours.
PHONE: [number removed] (calls from land lines cost no more than 8p per minute) Lines open from 10am


Presented By: Winifred Robinson
Presented By: Peter White.

: The World at One

Presented by Shaun Ley.


Presented By: Shaun Ley.

: Why Is the 1812 So Popular?

Tchaikovsky considered it to have "no artistic merit", but the 1812 Overture has become his most popular piece.
Alasdair Malloy finds out from players and the conductor Barry Wordsworth how cannon-fire and church bells are co-ordinated at the piece's climax without danger to players and audience. Producer Richard Bannerman Repeated Sat 3.30pm


Unknown: Alasdair Malloy
Conductor: Barry Wordsworth
Producer: Richard Bannerman

: The Archers

Repeated from yesterday at 7pm

: Afternoon Play: Columbus, the Bones of the Story

Next Saturday is the 500th anniversary of the death ot
Christopher Columbus. To mark this event, an imaginative look of the man, told from the perspective of his "bones . By Robin Glendinninq.
Producer/Director Gemma McMullan


Unknown: Christopher Columbus.
Unknown: Robin Glendinninq.
Director: Gemma McMullan
Head: Nickolas Grace
Knee: Geoffrey Beevers
Big toe: Keith Allen
Queen Isabella: Joanna David
Historian: Gary Waldhom
Anacaona: Jacey Salles
Confessor: Miche Doherty
Captain: Simon Imrie
Officer: Kevin Jackson

: Making History

5/13. Sue Cook and the experts examine listeners' historical puzzles and passions. Producer Nick Patrick ADDRESS: [address removed]email: making.history@bbc.co.uk Phone: [number removed] (calls from land lines cost no more than 8p per minute)


Producer: Nick Patrick

: Movie Matinees

2/5. Ice Cold in Alex. By Christopher Landon , read by Ben Miles. It's the prospect of an ice-cold beer at the end of the journey that keeps Captain George Anson and his team just this side of sanity through the insane desert heat. For details see yesterday


Unknown: Christopher Landon
Read By: Ben Miles.
Unknown: Captain George Anson

: This Sceptred Isle: Empire

67/90. Diamond Jubilee. In the 60 years from the teenage Victoria's accession to the throne, the world had changed enormously, and the British Empire had reached its peak. By Christopher Lee. Readings by Joss Ackland and Jack Davenport and Jemma Redgrave. For details see yesterday


Unknown: Christopher Lee.
Unknown: Joss Ackland
Unknown: Jack Davenport
Unknown: Jemma Redgrave.

: Word of Mouth

7/8. Michael Rosen presents the series that takes a close look at the words we use, where they come from and how we play With them. Producer Peter Everett Repeated Sun 8.30pm


Unknown: Michael Rosen
Producer: Peter Everett

: Great Lives

7/10. Ignaz Semmelweis. Writer and broadcaster Frances Cairncross nominates a forgotten hero of medicine. in the mid-19th century Semmelweis discovered why women were dying after childbirth: doctors were spreading disease on their hands. The solution was regular hand-washing. But his message was ignored and women carried on dying. Semmelweis went mad and died in obscurity.
Chaired by Matthew Parris with the help of biographer
Sherwin Nuland. Producer Jolyon Jenkins Repeated on Friday at 11pm


Unknown: Ignaz Semmelweis.
Unknown: Frances Cairncross
Unknown: Matthew Parris
Unknown: Sherwin Nuland.
Producer: Jolyon Jenkins

: PM

News and analysis, presented by Carolyn Quinn .


Presented By: Carolyn Quinn

: Revolting People

3/6. Samuel realises he's in the middle of a war when half his shop is burnt down by colonists and the other half is burnt down by the British. He goes to see George Washington to complain. Comedy written by and starring Andy Hamilton and Jay Tarses.
Producer/Director Paul Mayhew-Archer


[Writer]: Andy Hamilton
[Writer]: Jay Tarses.
Director: Paul Mayhew-Archer
Sgt McGurk: Andy Hamilton
Samuel: Jay Tarses
Capt Brimshaw: James Fleet
Mary: Julia Hills
Joshua: Tony Maudsley
George Washington: Huqh Dennis
Jenny: Rebecca Front

: The Archers

Emma looks for maternal support.
For cast see page 37 Repeated tomorrow at 2pm

: Front Row

Mark Lawson with arts interviews and reviews, and news of the shortlist for this year's Turner Prize. Producer Jerome Weatherald


Unknown: Mark Lawson
Producer: Jerome Weatherald

: Beach Huts

2/5. Consuming Desires. Marty's relationship is on the rocks again. Stranded at 3am on the Brighton promenade he is drawn to a beach hut. Inside is an incredible luxury suite of everything he could ever have hoped for. But danger awaits. By Anita Sullivan.
For further details see yesterday Repeated from 10.45am


Unknown: Anita Sullivan.
Venus: Frances Barber
Marty: Carl Prekopp
Lou: Lucy Cowden

: The Stem Cell Swindle

There is a lucrative trade in stem cells from umbilical cords, sold as a treatment to sufferers of degenerative illnesses who are are willing to risk thousands of pounds on the slim chance that stem cells will cure them. Matthew Hill investigates the people behind this trade and asks how companies are able to offer this untested and costly treatment in Britain without check.
Producers Richard Mcilroy and David Cook Repeated on Sunday at 5pm


Unknown: Matthew Hill
Producers: Richard McIlroy
Producers: David Cook

: In Touch

News of interest to blind and partially sighted people, presented by Peter White. Producer Cheryl Gabriel


Presented By: Peter White.
Producer: Cheryl Gabriel

: Case Notes

2/9. Keyhole Surgery. Dr Mark Porter discovers how keyhole - or minimally invasive - surgery is being used to treat all kinds of conditions, including colorectal cancer, gynaecological problems and knee replacements. He asks how doctors and patients decide when this kind of surgery is preferable to the more conventional approach. Producer Paula McGrath Repeated tomorrow at 4.30pm


Unknown: Dr Mark Porter
Producer: Paula McGrath

: Unreliable Evidence

Repeated from 9am

: The World Tonight

Presented by Ritula Shah.


Presented By: Ritula Shah.

: Book at Bedtime: Canvey Island

2/5. As University looms, Martin is forced to break up with Linda - his one great love. But Cambridge proves an eye-opening experience. Written by James Runcie. For cast and further details see yesterday


Written By: James Runcie.

: Down the Line

3/6. A live phone-in show, hosted by award-winning talk-radio DJ Gary Bellamy , which is as well informed as the average Radio 4 listener. Producer Lucy Armitage


Unknown: Gary Bellamy
Producer: Lucy Armitage

: Today in Parliament

The day's events in Westminster. With Rachel Hooper.


Unknown: Rachel Hooper.

: News

: Book of the Week: Telling Some Tales

2/5. Anna Massey 's memoirs. Repeated from 9.45am


Unknown: Anna Massey

: Analysis

: News

: The Word

: News

: Outlook

: World Today

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