New series 1/4. Peter Snow rediscovers intriguing stories in archive newspapers, including Penny London Post's coverage of the Royal Fireworks in London's Green Park ln1749, which featured new musical accompaniment by Handel.
Producer Andrew Green
5/6. Human Doings. Ruth jumps off the Wagon when her boyfriend's past catches up with him, Caroline falls at the final adoption hurdle and Fiona tries to get everyone to just stand still. Comedy by Hilary Lyon.
Producer Gordon Kennedy ; Director Marilyn Imrie
5/6. Fatherhood. John Simpso -, who became a father for the third time at the age of 61, joins aspiring superdad Will Cohu and charity worker Shaun Bailey to discuss the challenges of modern fatherhood with Presenter Dominic Arkwright.
Producer Isobel Eaton Repeated on Sunday at 11pm
2/4. The Best Profession fora Blackmailer
Mr Polopetsi , part-time mechanic and would-be detective, takes on a case of his own and Mma Makutsi finds out if blue shoes are the key to happiness. By Alexander McCall Smith. For details see yesterday
1/9 The Voice. Dr Mark Porter explores the causes and treatments of sore throats. Visting the Royal National Throat, Nose and Ear Hospital, he tests out a device that relaxes the vocal cords. Repeated from yesterday at 9pm
3/5 Week One: And Is There Honey Still for Tea? immigration is the topical issue of the day as the Aliens Act is passed, and Ada's relationship with her husband deteriorates. For cast and details see New Year's Eve Rptd from 10.45am
2/3. Justin Rowlatt brings together a panel of criminal-justice experts, relatives of murder victims and a convicted criminal to discuss the future of victims' rights and whether crime victims should be involved in dispensing justice. Producer Mukul Devichand Repeated on Saturday at 10.15pm
Are our politicians funny or just plain laughable? Stand-up comedian
Marcus Brigstocke assesses the performances of our elected representatives - the cringeworthy as well as the noteworthy - and lets us into some of the secrets of making people laugh. Producer Mandy Baker
Simon Singh witnesses the first man-versus-machine poker championships in Vancouver, Canada, between the world's best poker-playing robot, Polaris, and the human poker champions Ali Esiami and Phil Laak. Artificial intelligence has already beaten human skill in chess but poker, with its unpredictable random elements, is the Ultimate Challenge. Producer Amanda Hargreaves
8/10. By Dorothy L Sayers. When gentleman thief and prime suspect Nobby Cranton is finally brought to ground, he recounts his own hair-raising story.
Meanwhile, the Thoday brothers seem to know more than they're letting on. For details see Christmas Eve
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