Dominic Arkwright presents a special edition from the Hay festival. Up for discussion is the word "luwies". Initially defined by its theatrical Dickie Attenborough-origins , luvvies has moved on to attach itself to all manner of groups, from the media to New Labour and on to PR. But is there something distinctly un-British about the typical luvvie displays of emotion and froth? Producer Miles Warde
By John Mortimer.
Having avoided an Asbo, Rumpole hopes to become a QC at last as he prepares to defend a young man charged with murder. Starring Timothy West and Prunella Scales.
Det Insp Bellrage:
9/10. Stewart Henderson presents the interactive problem-solving programme.
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4/30. Mirror of the Earth. Heather Couper considers how ancient civilisations, from
Babylon to China, would link events in the skies with good or bad fortunes, reflecting on how emperors would often look to early astrologers for explanations and strategical advice. The by-product of this activity was the creation of the earliest accurate astronomical records, recording eclipses, comets and exploding stars thousands of years before our scientific era. For details see Monday
Quentin Cooper in conversation with scientists at the Hay festival. His guests include geneticist Professor Steve Jones of University College London and David King, formerly the Government's chief science adviser.
4/10. By Barbara Pym. Jane meets the famous Dr Grampian while on a trip uptown to visit Prudence, who is anticipating an encounter with the infamous Fabian Driver. For cast and details see Monday Repeated from 10.45am
Tibet has been part of China since the 13th century, according to the Chinese, but Tibetans dispute the claim. Rob Gifford , former China correspondent for the American National Public Radio, examines the history of the plateau region in Central Asia. Repeated from Sunday at 1.30pm
5/9. Mr Bottom Line. As chairman of the International Accounting Standards Board, Sir David Tweedie is the man who tries to keep global capitalism honest in the face of bubbles (economic cycles characterised by rapid expansion followed by a contraction), corporate lies, corruption, and huge changes in what companies do and the way they value their businesses. Tweedie tells
Peter Day about his ceaseless quest for clarity in a world of often baffling facts and figures.
Producer Sandra Kanthal Repeated on Sunday at 9.30pm
5/6. All Wrapped Up and Nowhere to Go. Plastic bags and packaging are an environmentalist's bête noir, thanks in part to a government-led drive to start a consumer rebellion against excess packaging at the supermarket. But at the same time, what it's wrapped in can help sell a product and how many of us can honestly deny that attractive packaging has never influenced our buying choices?
This edition delves into the debate over wrapping and asks how much packaging our food actually needs, whether biodegradable bags are better or worse for the environment, and if some of the plastic we so despise could actually be saving us money at the till.
Producer Maggie Ayre Repeated tomorrow at 3pm
Comedy written by and starring Graham Duff.
3/6. The team travel to Atlantis, where the Professor battles the legendary Kraken and Paula receives some startling news.
3/3. Programmes and Profits 2/2.
Paul Jackson asks whether the TV industry can afford to keep making pilots for programmes that are never aired and extending episodes for series that are then axed. For details see Tuesday
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