5/11 Andrew Marr and guests, including Trevor Nunn , whose new production of Porgyand Bess opens in London this week, historian and biographer Rosemary Ashton novelist and political campaigner Tariq Ali , and Lord Ashcroft, who has a new book out about the Victoria Cross, set the cultural agenda for the week. Producer Alice Feinstein Shortened repeat at 9.30pm
1/5 Clive James reads the fourth volume of his Unreliable Memoirs. He begins by describing his pre-nuptial fashion sense, and how he tried to bring the Cambridge Footlights Review into the West End. Abridged by Polly Coles Producer Clive Brill
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2/2. With British container ports booming and set for further expansion, Heather Payton visits Teesport,
Felixstowe and Southampton to see what effect this growth will have on the roads and railways. And will ports in the north share in the spoils? producer Jasper Bouverie
5/5. Eliza's Son. Now a deeply dislikeable teenager, Ernest delivers his perspective on his parents. Promotion to partnership at his firm doesn't seem to have checked his father's tendency to blunders, nor his mother s saintly tolerance. But Ernest has a few secrets of his own. Written by Barry Pain and adapted by Jonathan Dryden Taylor.
Producer/Director Ellen Dryden
10/17. Four contestants from the North of England compete in the continuing first round of the nationwide general knowledge contest. Chaired by Robert Robinson. Producer Richard Edis Repeated on Saturday at 11pm
A play told through song and drama, based on research about the experience of being a teenage parent. The singers involved are from the local community in Yorkshire.
Bv Ronv Robinson , with original songs by Sally Goldsmith.
Singers: Jess Atkinson , Josh Ben Tovim. Lucy Huzzard. Sarah Noyce. Anna Rheingans and Charlotte Whitaker ; musicians: Jim Lunt (piano), Jim Lockey (bass), Joe Herzberg (percussion) Producer/Director Pauline Harris
1/5. Willy's List. The first of a series of tales inspired by Alfred Hitchcock 's favourite plot device, which he called the MacGuffin: an object or event in a book or film that serves as the impetus for the plot. but is not what the story itself is about. In this tale, a group of friends set out to assassinate a politician with the help of a little cardboard box filled with nothing but air. By Louise Welsh ; read by Jimmy Chisholm. Producer Kirsty Williams
1/5. Sally Magnusson journeys through the Scottish
Highlands in search of musicians giving traditional music a contemporary twist. She begins with a visit to
Chris Stout , a Shetland fiddler who combines classical and folk sounds to create innovative music that is helping to boost the local economy. Producer Claire White
1/5. Water. Set in the bordering countries of Dominica and Haiti in 1937. Orphaned Haitian Amabelle Desir works as housemaid for a powerful family in the Dominican Republic. She's in love with Sebastian, a migrant Haitian farmer of "bones" - Dominican sugar canes. Amabelle and her countrymen are never allowed to forget that although they are useful to the Dominicans, they are tolerated rather than really welcomed. By Edwidge Danticat. Dramatised by Jackie Kay.
Producer Marilyn Imrie ; Director Deborah Paige Repeated from 10.45am
New series 1/3. Misha Glenny presents the story of Europe's most influential dynasty. From humble origins in the lowlands of Switzerland, the Habsburgs emerged to become kings of Spain, Portugal, Hungary and Croatia, archdukes of Austria, grand princes of Transylvania, grand dukes of Tuscany, and Holy Roman Emperors for centuries on end. Some were bright, and some were halfwits.
9/9. Diary from a Strange Country. Paul Evans gives a personal account through his country diaries of this remarkable year: the changing sounds of the countryside and the wildlife that made the news in 2006. Producer Grant Sonnex Repeated tomorrow at 11am
6/10. Julian Rhind-Tutt reads the sixth instalment of Thomas Hardy 's novel. John falls from favour just as his regiment is ordered away, and Bob pines for Matilda. Abridged by Lisa Osborne. Producer Lisa Osborne
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2/3. Geoffrey Wheeler continues his history of American vaudeville. In Memphis the vaudeville performers mixed with a new generation of musicians who were producing the exciting new sounds of jazz and blues. Even in the days of segregation, black and white performers were able to mingle freely in the buzzing creative atmosphere of Beale Street, at the long-gone Palace Theater, and the still-thriving Orpheum. Producer LibbyCross
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