3/5. By the 1880s Hardy finds that social success and financial stability are just some of the trappings of literary success. He is soon to embark on one of his greatest novels, Tess of the d'Urbervilles. For further details see Monday Repeated at 12.30am
Fifty years ago, Soviet leader Khrushchev denounced the brutality of his predecessor Stalin, and preceded to launch his own brand of brutality on the people of Hungary. These events were eye-opening for the loyal members of the British Communist Party, shattering their dreams of glory, freedom and brotherhood through
Communism. Although the Party staggered on until 1991, it was the events of 1956 that knocked its heart out. One of the disillusioned that year was Jack Gaber , who lay dying of cancer as his dreams died around him. His son,
Ivor, talks to Jack's contemporaries, including Denis Healey and playwright Arnold Wesker , about the political appeal of Communism in the 1930s and the gradual disillusionment that led to the Party's eventual collapse. Producers Fiona Ledger and Ivor Gaber
New series 1/6. The Murderous Marriage.
Penelope Keith stars as Agatha Raisin , about to marry the handsome colonel next door after pursuing him for nearly four years. But there's just one little problem....
Dramatised by David Semple from the novel by MC Beaton .
Producer Carol Smith
3/6. John Simpson presents a geographical game that journeys around the globe in 30 minutes, celebrating the cultural diversity of the world and proving the theory that travel broadens the mind. With guests Simon Brett , Alex Butterworth and Kamila Shamsie. Producer Liz Anstee
Graham's life is not going the way he wants it to - and he really starts to worry when he realises he's being interviewed for a job by his imaginary friend from childhood, now all grown up. Written by Laurence Marks and Maurice Gran.
Producer Liz Anstee ; directors Laurence Marks and Maurice Gran Gareth McLean talks to Maurice Gran : page 125
Bob Flowerdew , Pippa Greenwood and Anne Swithinbank answer listeners' questions sent in by post. Peter Gibbs is in the chair. Including at 3.25 Gardening Weather Forecast. Shortened repeat from Sunday at 2pm
3/5. Bach, Handel and Me. John Taylor toured Europe performing miraculous cataract surgery. But there were two operations that didn't go quite to plan. By Jonathan Lennie. Read by Bill WalliS. For further details see Monday
23/30. Cutting the Slum Mind Off at the Root
Michael Morpurgo traces how concern for children was at the heart of the making of the Welfare State. The readers are Adam Godley , Sara Kestelman , Anna Maxwell Martin , ChariS Taplin and Timothy West. For further details see Monday
In his weekly round-up of academic research
Laurie Taylor looks at the lives of some of the most significant breadwinners in working-class homes between the two world wars: young women. Social historian Dr Selina Todd explains how maids, female factory workers, shop assistants and office clerks transformed the workplace into the 1950S and beyond. Producer Tamsin Hughes
4/6. The return of the panel game, hosted by Andrew Collins , in which the guests hammer out what's hot and what's not by coming up with their definitive "top threes" in categories covering anything from Four Weddings and a Funeral to Five Guys Named Moe. This week's panellists include Richard Herring, Russell Howard and Julia Morris. Producer Richard Grocock
3/5. Angela agrees to be hypnotised by Fred, in the hope that her psychic connection with her twin Amy will yield some information on her whereabouts.
For cast and further details see Monday Repeated from 10.45am
4/11. Michael Buerk chairs a live debate in which Melanie Phillips , Steven Rose , Claire Fox and Clifford Longley cross-examine expert witnesses on the moral issues behind the week's news.
Producer David Coomes Repeated on Saturday at 10.15pm
2/2. What drives us to support particular political causes? How are some attracted to extremism? What is the future of political parties, when their membership is currently in decline? Drawing on the results of new studies,
Geoff Mulgan , former Number Ten adviser and now director of the Young Institute, reflects on our sense of political belonging. Producer Jim Frank Repeated from Sunday at 10.45pm
8/10. She Wouldn't Stop Screaming. Esme's tragic fate is sealed amid the genteel new-year celebrations of well-heeled Edinburgh society, in this powerful and disturbing episode of Maggie O'Farrell 's coruscating novel about a stolen life. For further details see Monday
3/4. When Mel unexpectedly turns up with a baby - and it turns out to be hers - Vicki is understandly somewhat put out. Written by and starring Mel Hudson and Vicki Pepperdine with Martin Hyder , Dave Lamb and Jim North additional material by Richie Devlin and Jim North. Music by Richie Webb Producer Chris Neill
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