With John Humphrys and James Naughtie.
6.25,7.25,8.25 Sports News With Steve May.
6.45 Yesterday in Parliament
Presented by Robert Orchard and David Wilby.
7.48 Thought for the Day With the Rev Dr Giles Fraser.
8.31 L W only Yesterday in Parliament
Melvyn Bragg and his guests examine the story of the Siege of Orleans and see how the myth of Joan of Arc and the failure of the English army fed into subsequent drama and literature, including William Shakespeare's Henry VI.
Shortened repeat at 9.30pm
4/5. The army has finally caught up with Ishmael and, unable to feed him unless he earns his keep, he finds himself - at 13 years old - trained as a soldier and sent out into the forest to kill the enemy. Chuk Iwuji continues to read Ishmael Beah 's autobiography of a child-killing machine. For further details see Monday Repeated at 12.30am
An act of worship led by Canon Chris Chivers. The Head
That Once Was Crowned with Thorns (St Magnus). 2 Peter 1, vv3-11. Asithi Amen (trad South African). Siyahamba (trad South African). Director of music Barry Smith. Organist
Richard Tanner. With the St George's Singers, Cape Town.
"The highest-paid typist in history" is how Spike Milligan described Larry Stephens. But who was he, how significant was his contribution to The Goon Show and how seriously should we take Milligan's flippant comment about the friend who all but died in his arms?
John Antrobus looks back to find out.
By Simon Bovey. The discovery of a dead sheep on a farm sets in motion a family tragedy. It turns out that the animal was killed by a big cat roaming the valley, and while the farmer sees it as a threat to be disposed of, his son develops a strange fascination with the predator - especially when he realises it is a female with cubs. With Neil Dudgeon and Shaun Dooley.
Producer/Director Marc Beeby
Interactive problem-solving programme providing answers to life's niggling dilemmas. Presented by Stewart Henderson. Producer Sarah Cuddon
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Fay Weldon appeals on behalf of ERIC (Education and Resources for Improving Childhood Continence). Repeated from Sunday at 7.55am and 9.26pm
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3/4. Letter From the Mobile Librarian. A letter from the chief librarian of the mobile library in Tumdrum, provides an idiosyncratic view of life on the road. Written and read by Ian Sansom. For further details see Tuesday
"Plastics" was the one-word career advice to
Dustin Hoffman 's character in The Graduate. Once a byword for cheapness, plastics are now ubiquitous in medicine and hygiene, and the key to lightweight, "green" cars. Marking the centenary of its invention, Quentin Cooper finds out about plastic's past and future, from bakelite to plant-based polymers. Producer Roland Pease
New series 1/6. A third series of their Sony Silver-winning comedy show brings David Mitchell and Robert Webb back to their spiritual home for another lot of silly, brainy and sometimes decidedly odd sketches New characters include a rally driver and his navigator who squabble like a married couple and two Stone Age men who are sure that this new, shiny bronze is just a fad. With Olivia Colman and James Bachman. Producer Gareth Edwards RT DIRECT: To order the That Mitchell and Webb Sound- Series 1 CD for just E9.99 (RRP E15.99) plus free pSp, call [number removed] (land-line calls cost no more than 8p per min) or send a cheque payable to BBC Shop to: [address removed]or visit www.bbcshop.com and enter code [number removed] at the checkout
4/5. 1937. Dora and Billy's daughter Ruby has big ideas for her husband Edward, and she won't listen to anyone who tries to stop her. But the bureau holds a family secret which stops her in her tracks. By Ellen Dryden. For cast and further details see Monday
Belfast's Assembly opened for business on 8 May, with former enemies sitting down to work together in Northern Ireland. With access to the minister for Northern Ireland
Peter Hain , Jenny Cuffe goes behind the scenes at Stormont as the British government hands over power to the new political body. She charts the optimism and the suspicion the political tensions and the practical hiccups during the first week Of historic power sharing. Producer Sally Chesworth
4/9. Music Machine. Some record companies are starting to use computer programmes to predict the next big hits And film studios are following suit. Peter Day listens to the music people who are embracing the new technology - and to those who think the idea is distinctly off key. Producer Samantha Kanthal Repeated on Sunday at 9.30pm
5/6. War on Waste. The drive to recycle rubbish rather than send it to landfill is fast becoming a source of controversy
But with different systems of waste disposal in virtually every borough in England and Wales, it's no wonder the public are confused and fed-up. Councils are reducing their waste collection to once a fortnight, they say, to encourage recycling, but many people think it's just a cost-cutting exercise. Miriam O'Reilly investigates the reality of recycling Producer Maggie Ayre Repeated tomorrow at 3pm
New series 1/4. Comedy about life onboard the nuclear stealth submarine HMS Goliath, packed with incompetence ambition and military know-not-how, written by and starring
Jim Field Smith and Ben Willbond. A new crew member, a noxious gas, a beetroot smoothie and a bad haircut spell disastro for Trainor, Wade, Fairbanks and the crew.
Director David Tyler
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