3/3. The subsistence farmers of Inner Mongolia are among the poorest people in the world untouched as yet by China's economic miracle. Peter White concludes his series by meeting Niu Rui , who left his father's s farm to earn money for medicine to save his mother life, but returned with one foot on the professional ladder. Producer Cheryl Gabriel
4/6. The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Lover. It's Edinburgh, it's summer, and the living isn't easy. Caroline's ex-husband finds himself a new husband, Fionas mother finds herself lost and Ruth gets lost trying to find herself. Our Celtic trio struggle to make sense of it all, but booze and bedlam ensue. Hilary Lyon 's second series of the comedy drama centred on the lives of three 40-ish women who've been friends for years. Producer Gordon Kennedy ; Director Marilyn Imrie
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Tom is only 26 and already he's slept with 53 women. Then he finds a mysterious book that has an odd effect on him - he starts falling in love, for the first time. He is changing and discovering his feminine side - literally. By Mark Mlis. Music by Sally Doherty ; Cellist Liz Hanks : Producer/Director Polly I nomas
5/s Professor David Cannadine on Arthur Balfour David Cannadine , historian and chairman of the trustees at the National Portrait Gallery, is gripped by John Singer Sargent's portrait of Arthur Balfour. He contrasts this impressive elongated and imperious portrait with the lamentable career of a man said to be the "second-worst Tory leader of the 20th century". For details see Monoay
6/6. Steve Punt and Hugh Dennis and the team are up at the Edinburgh Fringe, with guest stand-up Maria Bamford , topical sketches and comical songs.
Producer Colin Anderson Repeated tomorrow at 12.30pm
Jonathan Dimbleby chairs the discussion as an audience in Wolverhampton poses topical questions from the week's news to a panel that includes the writer and commentator Joan Bakewell , Times columnist and broadcaster Matthew Parris , poet Linton Kwesi Johnson ; and the former director-general of the CBI, Sir Digby Jones. Producer Lisa Jenkinson Repeated tomorrow at 1.10pm
nAs smoking becomes increasingly "outlawed" in public as an anti-social, masochistic habit,
Marcy Kahan 's comic play follows Oscar's efforts to give up, which include aversion therapy and looking back at the 20 most significant ciggies of his life. There's a lot at stake: his girlfriend Suki has agreed to marry him only if he drops his lifelong companion - the cigarette.
Producer/Director Saly Avens
2/8. Max Miller. TV critic Garry Bushell proposes Max Miller , one of the most popular comedians of the 20th century, whose risque humour got him banned from the BBC. Bushell believes he represented the true voice of working-class humour and, with the help of Roy Hudd , who worked with Miller, he examines the career of the "cheeky Chappie". Repeated from Tuesday at 4.30pm
One of the perks of becoming a government minister is the access it gives to a treasure trove of British art. ranging from Hogarth to Hirst. It's called the Government Art Collection. It also has the delicate job of placing works of art in British embassies overseas. Mark Whitaker explores a fascinating world where fine art meets politics and diplomacy. Producer Mark Whitaker
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