1/5. Life in a Changing China. A fascinating lookatthe rapid changes that China is undergoing, examining what it is like for the Chinese people to live through the complete transformation of their society. Written and read by former BBC China correspondent Duncan Hewitt , and featuring Sarah Lam , Su-Lin Looi , Tom Wu and David Yip. Abridged by Louise Armitage. Producer Louise Armitage Repeated at 12.30am RT DIRECT: Getting Rich First is available for E13.50 (RRP £14.99) incl p&p. To order, send a cheque payable to RT Direct BookOTe to [address removed]or call [number removed] (calls from land lines cost no more than 8p per min) quoting RT or visit www.rtdirect.sparkledirect.com
Author and journalist Geraldine Bedell investigates the huge increase in the number of plastic surgery procedures undergone in the UK and asks why the numbers have risen so high; what the motives are of the people going under the knife; and ultimately, tnese operations are doing any good. Producer cuve Brill
6/6. Perpetual Emotion. It's Edinburgh; it's the Festival.
Our Celtic trio deal with a pair of pleading ex-lovers, a disconcertingly charming stranger and a life-and-death bedside vigil. Who needs drama on the Fringe?
Concluding the bittersweet comedy by Hilary Lyon.
Producer Gordon Kennedy ; Director Marilyn Imne (K) A new series is due later this year
Neil Brand's dramatisation of the arrest of popular seaside-postcard creator Donald McGill , just after his 80th. birthday in July 1954, on charges of obscene publication.
Producer/Director David Hunter
Listeners' personal finance questions are answered by Vincent Duggleby and his guests. Producer Lesley McAlpine
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I 1/5. Naturally. In 1997 the film director
Francis Coppola founded a story-and-art magazine.
Zoetrope: All-Story, as a showcase for the world's finest literature. Daniel Handler 's story, in which a ghost finds the love that escaped him in life, is the first of a week-long series taken from the magazine. Handler also writes under the name Lemony Snicket, author of A Series of Unfortunate Events. Producer David Roper
6/10 Feet Unbound. Few Chinese women came to Britain until the 1960s but there are some intriguing accounts handed down within families of a small number who did.
Anna Chen hears of one young woman who walked all the way to Britain from Hubei on her unbound, claw-like feet. Producer Mukti Jain Campion
3/6. David Mitchell hosts this game in which panellists are encouraged to tell lies and compete against one another to see how many items of truth they are able to smuggle past their opponents. Tonight's combatants are Jeremy Hardy , Alan Davies , Jo Brand and Clive Anderson. Producer Jon Naismith Repeated on Sunday at 12.04pm
Mark Lawson follows the tenor Ian Bostridge as he prepares to perform the role of Aschenbach in Britten's Death in Venice for the first time, in a new production for English National Opera. Producer Timothy Prosser
6/10. Georgie's Dilemma. Lucia breaks the news to
Georgie that she has sold The Hurst in Riseholme and is to set up permanent residence in Tilling. Continuing Ned Sherrin 's dramatisation of EF Benson's comic novel.
Director Celia de Wolff Repeated from 10.45am
Billy Bragg meets the surviving members of a unique social community made up of conscientious objectors during the Second World War. In the Lincolnshire village of Holton-cum-Beckering, three communities of pacifists lived and worked together in what they considered the perfect model of social cohabitation. Producer Richard Mcilroy
2/9. A Hundred Years of British Birds. One of the most influential ornithological journals, British Birds, reaches its centenary in June this year. With the help of leading ornithologists, Brett Westwood looks back at a history that mirrors the growth of birdwatching in the UK. He also discusses some of the stories the publication has uncovered during its century in print. Repeated tomorrow at 11am
6/15. It's a year and a month since Tony Blair swept to power and Jack Raven is dealing with the life changes of that fateful day in May when he rang home to speak to his wife and the phone was answered by a worried friend. Continuing Blake Morrison 's novel, abridged by Jill Waters , and read by Douglas Hodge. Producer Jill waters
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A special report by Robert Orchard on the highs and lows of Tony Blair 's Parliamentary career - from proudly declaring his socialism in his maiden speech to apologising for mistakes Over Iraq. Producer Peter Mulligan
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