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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 Carolyn Quinn.
6.25,7.25,8.25 Sports News With Garry Richardson.
6.45 Yesterday in Parliament
With Susan Hulme and David Wilby.
7.48 Thought for the Day With John Bell.
8.31 L W only Yesterday in Parliament


Unknown: James Naughtie
Unknown: Carolyn Quinn.
Unknown: Garry Richardson.
Unknown: Susan Hulme
Unknown: David Wilby.
Unknown: John Bell.

: Midweek

Diverse and lively conversation with Libby Purves and her guests. Producer Chris Paling Shortened repeat at 9.30pm


Unknown: Libby Purves

: Book of the Week: Telling Some Tales

3/5. A certain fame comes the actress's way with a role in the notorious film Peeping Tom. Anna Massey continues to read from her memoirs of a lifetime in the acting trade. For details see Monday Repeated at 12.30am


Unknown: Tom. Anna Massey

: Daily Service

Led by Clair Jaquiss. Inspired by Love and Anger (Salley Gardens). Deuteronomy 15, vv4-11. When I Needed a Neighbour (Carter, arr Rose). Beauty for Brokenness (Kendrick). Director of music Gordon Stewart.


Unknown: Clair Jaquiss.
Music: Gordon Stewart.

: Woman's Hour

Presented by Jenni Murray.
10.45 Beach Huts 3/5. Mrs Doings. By Oily Smith. The Woman's Hour drama. For details see repeat at7.45pm


Presented By: Jenni Murray.
Unknown: Mrs Doings.

: John Stuart Mill - the Utility Man

Born on 20 May 1806, John Stuart Mill could read Greek at the age of three, Latin at eight and, unsurprisingly, had a nervous breakdown at 20.
He wrote influential works on liberty, utilitarianism and sexual equality, became an MP and was a major political reformer. Peter Cave , himself a follower of Mill's
Utilitarianism (acting for the greatest happiness of the greatest number of people), considers how this Victorian thinker has influenced the world 200 years after his birth.
Producer Julian Mayers


Unknown: John Stuart Mill
Unknown: Peter Cave
Producer: Julian Mayers

: No Commitments: Upstaging

4/6. As Emily's wedding approaches, its time once again for Roger and Victoria to meet her fiance s parents. Written by Simon Brett.


Writer/Producer: Simon Brett
Anna: Rosemary Leach
Victoria: Angela Thorne
Charlotte: Celia Imrie
Roger: Jonathan Coy
Emily: Lisa Coleman
Kathryn: Bridget McConnell
Brian: James Vaughan

: You and Yours

Topical consumer affairs, presented by Sheila McClennon and Winifred Robinson.


Presented By: Sheila McClennon
Presented By: Winifred Robinson.

: The World at One

National and international news, with Shaun Ley.


Unknown: Shaun Ley.

: The Write Stuff

6/6. Another chance to enjoy highlights from past series of the popular literary quiz show. James Walton presides over team captains Sebastian Faulks and John Walsh with guests Sue Limb and Joanne Harris. The author of the week is Jane Austen , and the reader is Beth Chalmers. Producers Dawn Ellis and Katie Marsden


Unknown: James Walton
Unknown: Sebastian Faulks
Unknown: John Walsh
Unknown: Joanne Harris.
Unknown: Jane Austen
Unknown: Beth Chalmers.
Unknown: Katie Marsden

: The Archers

Repeated from yesterday at 7pm

: Afternoon Play: The Child That Books Built

Francis Spufford recalls his voracious childhood reading habit and the poignant family drama that lay behind it.
In this adaptation of his acclaimed memoir, he hears again the stories that once filled his head.
Producer/Director Beaty Rubens


Unknown: Francis Spufford
Director: Beaty Rubens
Mother: Sylvestra Le Touzel
Father: Jonathan Keeble
Young Francis: Harry Blumenau
Teenage Francis: Jack Blumenau
Sister: Brooke Theis

: Gardeners' Question Time

More horticultural hints from Chris Beardshaw,
Bob Flowerdew and Carol Klein , who are at Whitminster, near Stroud. Chaired by Eric Robson. Including at 3.25
Gardening Weather Forecast. Shortened 2pm


Unknown: Bob Flowerdew
Unknown: Carol Klein
Unknown: Eric Robson.

: Movie Matinees

3/5. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. By L Frank Baum , read by Lorelei King. A cyclone sets Dorothy and Toto gently down in the land of the Munchkins, an awfully long way, as thegirl said, from Kansas. For further details see Monday


Unknown: Frank Baum
Read By: Lorelei King.

: This Sceptred Isle: Empire

68/90. Omdurman and Churchill. In 1898 the death of General Gordon in Khartoum was finally avenged, but at enormous cost. Young Winston was in the thick of it, and left a startling first-hand account of the battle.
By Christopher Lee. Readings by Jack Davenport and JPSsAckland. For further details see Monday


Unknown: Young Winston
Unknown: Christopher Lee.
Unknown: Jack Davenport

: Thinking Allowed

Human behaviour, institutions and conventions come under the microscope as Laurie Taylor leads the discussion on topical items and issues arising from the academic and research world. Editor Sharon Banoff


Unknown: Laurie Taylor
Editor: Sharon Banoff

: 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. Repeated from yesterday at 9pm


Unknown: Dr Mark Porter

: PM

News and analysis, presented by Eddie Mair.


Presented By: Eddie Mair.

: Heresy

2/6. David Baddiel chairs a third series of the comic discussion programme that strives to tear apart our most deep-seated assumptions, such as "All politicians are liars" and "There is no such thing as bad publicity". Producer Alison Vernon-Smith


Unknown: David Baddiel
Producer: Alison Vernon-Smith

: The Archers

David gets a taste of his own medicine. For cast see page 37 Repeated tomorrow at 2pm

: Front Row

Mark Lawson introduces the arts magazine, with news, reviews and interviews. Producer Martin Smith


Introduces: Mark Lawson
Producer: Martin Smith

: Beach Huts

3/5. Mrs Doings. By Oily Smith. Charlie's pensioner dad has been thrown out of home and has moved into
Mrs Doings 's beach hut. But was it really just because he broke Charlie's mother's computer?
For further details see Monday Repeated from 10.45am


Unknown: Mrs Doings.
Unknown: Mrs Doings
Dad: Ian Lindsay
Charlie: James Garnon
Roland: Oily Smith
Mum: Delia Lindsay

: What Is Left? What Is Right?

2/2. What Is Right? A debate exploring the apparently relentless trend of politics towards the centre asks whether right-wing ideologies still have any role in mainstream British political life. Recorded before an audience at the Centre for Policy Studies, The Spectator editor Matthew D'Ancona asks a panel of self-proclaimed right-wing ideologues and Conservative Party modernisers, including, respectively, Lord Tebbit and Theresa May , if anything remains of the right. Producer Brian King Repeated on Saturday at 10.15pm


Editor: Matthew D'Ancona
Editor: Theresa May

: In the Think Tanks

2/3. Dennis Sewell looks at the work of think tanks concerned with the environment.
Producer Sheila Cook Repeated from Sunday at 10.45pm Repeated on Sunday 21 May at 5.45am


Unknown: Dennis Sewell
Producer: Sheila Cook

: Frontiers

2/6. It flies when we are having fun, drags when we are bored and we never seem to have enough of it.
Peter Evans explores how humans perceive time, and why our internal clocks seem to vary so often from the relentless ticking of the clock on the wall. Producer Alexandra Feachem


Unknown: Peter Evans
Producer: Alexandra Feachem

: Midweek

Diverse and lively conversation with Libby Purves and her guests. Shortened repeat from 9am


Unknown: Libby Purves

: The World Tonight

National and international news and analysis, presented by Julian Worricker.


Presented By: Julian Worricker.

: Book at Bedtime: Canvey Island

3/5. With Martin and Claire's marriage already under strain, Claire leaves with their daughter Lucy to join the protestors on Greenham Common. By James Runcie. For cast and further details see Monday


Unknown: James Runcie.

: All the Way from Memphis

New series 1/6. James Walton returns with a second series of the show that tests and tickles the knowledge of industry pundits and people who are passionate about pop. Regulars Tracey MacLeod and Andrew Collins are joined by this week's guests: Radio 1 DJ Mary Anne Hobbs and comedian Dave Gorman who, as well as being quizzed, reveal their favourite most bizarre musical moments. The reader is Beth Chalmers.
Producer Dawn Ellis


Unknown: James Walton
Unknown: Tracey MacLeod
Unknown: Andrew Collins
Unknown: Mary Anne Hobbs
Unknown: Dave Gorman
Unknown: Beth Chalmers.
Producer: Dawn Ellis

: Today in Parliament

Highlighting Prime Minister's Questions, presented by Robert Orchard.


Presented By: Robert Orchard.

: News

: Book of the Week: Telling Some Tales

3/5. Anna Massey 's memoirs. Repeated from 9.45am


Unknown: Anna Massey

: Analysis

: Battle for Babylon


: On Screen

: News

: Outlook

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