3/4. In his Enigma variations Edward Elgar depicted both his friends and the Malvern Hills, where he lived for most of his life. Ruth Padel , in this series marking Elgar birth
150 years ago, asks how much landscape was a critical component in his creativity and how much it influenced his music. Producer Emma Kingsley
2/5. Life in a Changing China. As China aspires to better things, its welfare system no longer provides the safety net it once did. Written and read by Duncan Hewitt. For further details see yesterday Repeated at 12.30am
2/9. A Hundred Years of British Birds. One of the most influential ornitholgical 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, including the first arrival of the collared dove and the scandal of the Hastings rarities.
Repeated from yesterday at 9pm
Jay-Z is a rap music star with a personal fortune of $320 million. Ten years ago, he was spurned by every record label, so he started his own. A decade on, with 20 million CD sales under his belt, he is now a major music industry player, and currently reigns as president of Def Jam records. He owns a clothing line, a chain of clubs, his own brand of vodka, and is part-owner of a professional basketball team. Finance guru Alvin Hall explores the Jay Z business empire and charts his rise from the notorious
Marcy Projects in Brooklyn, to CEO's office, revealing the story of a man who has become a brand in his own right.
Consumer and public interest reports, with John Waite and Peter White. Including at 12.30 Call You and Yours.
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2/3. Bright Phoebus. Music journalist Pete Paphides reveals the stories and music behind some o the great lost albums. Folk heroes Mike Waterson , Martin canny and Ashley Hutchings talk about the writing ana recording of the album Bright Phoebus, which was shunned by critics and audiences alike when it was released. Producer Laura Parfitt Repeated on Saturday at 3.30pm
Charles Fenton feels trapped: trapped in his job; trapped in his marriage. How can he escape the stultifying routine? A little random murder, perhaps? Based on a story by Daphne du Maurier, and dramatised by Vanessa Rosenthal.
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Vanessa Collingridge and the team follow up more listeners' historical questions to reveal further insights into Our past.
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2/5. On the Lake. A family home, idyllically set on the edge of a lake in Iceland, where a mother witnesses her husband in an act of unforgivable transgression.
Ola Olafsson 's story is taken from Francis Coppola 's literary Showcase magazine. For details see yesterday
7/10. Mixed Blessings. Early Chinatowns in Britain were really Eurasiatowns. Since there were virtually no Chinese women, Chinese men arriving as sailors and laundrymen usually married local women. But their wives and children often faced discrimination as Anna Chen discovers.
For details see yesterday
6/9. Mata Hari. The presenter Fiona Bruce champions the claim to greatness of notorious femme fatale, international spy and exotic dancer, Mata Hari. Was she a dangerous double-agent or a casualty of war, and how did her name become synonymous with sleaze and betrayal? Presenter Matthew Parris is joined by historian Julie Wheelwright. Producer John Byrne
2/4. This week Milton Jones decides he's a world-famous explorer as, clad only in his trusty cagoule, he tries to find the source of the longest zip in the world. Starring Milton Jones , with Tom Goodman-Hill , Dave Lamb and Lucy Montgomery. Written by Milton Jones and James Cary. Music by Guy Jackson ; Producer David Tyler
As the dust settles on May's local elections,
Gerry Northam traces the rise of the Far Right and investigates its claims to Christian roots and respectability. And why, in a recent nationwide poll, did a high percentage said they would "consider" voting BNP in the next general election? Producer David Coomes Repeated on Sunday at 5pm
New series 1/9. Radiology. Radiology began with the discovery of x-rays in 1895, a major turning point in detecting disease because it allowed physicians a way of "seeing" inside the body without having to operate. Dr Mark Porter explores current medical applications of radiology, including filmless x-rays, upright MRI scanners and a new form of radiotherapy used to treat prostate cancer. Producer Deborah Cohen Repeated tomorrow at 4.30pm
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