3/5. One group of fungi prefers grassland to woodland. Amateur naturalist Rosemary Winnall reveals the colourful delights of waxcaps, fairy clubs and earth tongues, from red to yellow, pink to green. Producer Sheena Duncan
Elinor Goodman visits the Chilterns, an area of natural beauty that begins in Oxfordshire in the Thames Valley and stretches through
Buckinghamshire and Bedfordshire to Hitchin in Hertfordshire, to find out if this part of the UK really does offer the best rural life.
Producer Helen Lennard Repeated on Thursday at 1.30pm
New series 1/4. John Sessions charts the history of popular entertainment in Britain from medieval minstrels to
Victorian freak shows. Rather than wading through the shifting sands of film and television celebrity, he covers the period before electronic media. He begins in medieval times and attempts to unpick a few myths about wandering minstrels and motley fools keeping toiling peasants amused. Producer Tom Alban Radio features: pages 118-119
A collection of dispatches from the BBC: foreign correspondents, who report on stones in their regions. Presented by Kate Adie. Producer Tony Grant
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Jonathan Dimbleby is in the chair for the topical debate from Worthing, West Sussex, where the panel comprises the former
Labour MP Tony Benn , the shadow Minister for immigration Damian Green , and the broadcaster and journalist David Aaronovitch. Repeated from yesterday
Alan Ayckbourn's 1977 bittersweet comedy about love, marriage and mothers, and a fundamentally well-meaning but emotionally constricted husband who literally drives his wife mad. Adapted and directed by Gordon House.
Jane Garvey presents highlights of the weekday Woman's Hour programmes.
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Chinese seafarers made up a considerable proportion of the merchant navy fleet during the Second World War. But after the war was over, they were no longer welcome in Britain and hundreds of Shanghai sailors were repatriated, many forced to leave behind their British-born wives and children. As a tribute to Ivan Howlett who died recently, this is another chance to hear his story of those Chinese seafarers from Liverpool. Producer Angela Hind
2/3. The family is stranded: Bramble is keen to continue their grand tour - but how can they leave London when Humphry Clinker is in jail? Tobias Smollett 's satire of 18th-century life is dramatised by Yvonne Antrobus.
Repeated from Sunday
2/7. Michael Portillo , Melanie Phillips ,
Clifford Longley and Kenan Malik cross-examine expert witnesses on the ethical issues behind the week's news.
Michael Buerk is in the Chair. Repeated from Wednesday
Poet Paul Farley explores ecology,
Englishness and the idea of home through John Clare 's landmark poem, written in the 1830s, about a tract of limestone heath near his Northamptonshire home. Repeated from Sunday
1/5. At an Italian restaurant in Islington in 1994, two men came to an agreement about which of them should lead their party. But what if a slightly different deal had been struck? Michael White's story, read by Simon Tait, begins a series of tales with a political slant, written by people better known for their non-fiction observations on Westminster. Producer David Jackson Young
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