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