On 23 October 1956 students and workers took to the streets of Budapest and issued a set of demands to the Soviet-backed government. But 12 days later Russian tanks crushed the revolt. Veteran foreign correspondent Charles Wheeler visits Hungary for the first time since he covered these events for the BBC and attempts to find out what happened to some of the people he met during the initial euphoria and subsequent tragedy.
Producers David Prest and Valeria Toth Shortened repeat at 9.30pm
1/5. Claire Tomalin's new biography of Thomas Hardy opens with a description of the great novelist and poet's uncertain and humble beginnings. Read by Haydn Gwynne. Abriged by Doreen Estall. Producer Elizabeth Allard
Rptd at 12.30am
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3/5. Eliza Getting On. A small legacy means that Eliza and her husband can afford to move to a larger house, although whether the one her husband chooses is "artistic"as he says, or "cock-eyed" as she does, is a matter of opinion.
But there is room for a larger family. Written by Barry Pain and adapted by Jonathan Dryden Taylor.
Producer/Director Ellen Dryden
8/17. Four contestants from the Midlands and East Anglia compete in the continuing first round of the nationwide general knowledge contest. The chairman is Robert Robinson. Producer Richard Edis Repeated on Saturday at 11pm
By Nick Warburton. Somewhere near a small fishing village a creature is pulled out of the sea. Is it harmless or does it represent some kind of threat? Clay and Rowena must decide what to do about it. Whatever they do, it seems certain to change their lives.
Music by David Pickvance : Director Peter Kavanagh
Paul Lewis and guests are on hand to answer listeners' personal finance questions. Producer Chris A'Court
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1/5. Tchaikovsky and Me. A series of monologues by those responsible for the deaths of some of the great composers. The Chief Prosecutor of the Russian Senate reflects on his involvement in the trial of "a certain degenerate composer" - his old friend Pyotr Illyich Tchaikovsky. By Jonathan Lennie. Read by Benjamin Whitrow. Producer Christine Hall
21/30. What Is the Meaning of Empire Day?
Michael Morpurgo explores how the British Empire affected children, whether they learned about it at school, were exiled to its dominions as punishment, or arrived in Britain as new immigrants. The readers are Poppy Friar, Adam Godley , Sara Kestelman and Anna Maxwell Martin. Producer Beaty Rubens
1/5. Susan Lynch returns as DI Sue Manson in a new five-part detective thriller by Bill Murphy. Manson has to find Amy, a missing heiress, whose abductor teases the police with riddles. Manson seeks help from Angela's twin, Amy.
Producer Lawrence Jackson Repeated from 10.45am
DI Sue Manson:
Dr Fred Johnson:
On 30 November 1967, the last British forces slipped out of Aden. Nearly 160 years of British rule unravelled rapidly in a welter of pain, recrimination and bloodshed. For both the British and the Arabs, the leavetaking left a deep sense of betrayal. Alan Dein hears from civilians, soldiers and ordinary Adenis on those last years and days of Britsh rule and the coming of independence. Producer Mark Burman
7/9. Ups and Downs. The English National Parks contain some of our most important historical landscapes, many of which have acquired a rich and fascinating wildlife. Paul Evans visits Dartmoor in search of bats and damself lies that depend on the fabric of these landscapes remaining intact and asks whether the conservation of these important species and habitats is the job of the National Parks themselves. Producer Paul Evans Repeated tomorrow at 11am
6/10. Like Sugar in Water. Iris has rescued her newly discovered great-aunt Esme from the institution where she has been for 61 years. But only her grandmother Kitty, who has Alzheimer's, remembers the story of Esme's past. Hannah Gordon, Frances Grey and Eleanor Bron continue Maggie O'Farrell 's poignant story about the shameful treatment of unconventional women in the 1930s and the lengths a woman might go to for the thing she wants most. Abridged by Sally Marmion. Producer Di Speirs
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The image of the aggressive, tailgating driver who cuts up other cars on the road while mouthing obscenities has become common currency, but how true is the stereotype? Rory Cellan-Jones goes out on the road to meet them. Producer Beaty Rubens
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