The Translation Movement. Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss the introduction of Greek ideas into Arabic from the ninth century onwards. From grand philosophical concepts to advanced medical techniques, translators gave the Arabic language the capacity to express Greek ideas. Without those ideas coming from Greek through Arabic into Latin, the European Renaissance might not have happened. With Peter Adamson, Amira Bennison and Peter Pormann.
Shortened repeat at 9.30pm
4/5. Having abandoned a career in nursing for her long-cherished dream of acting, Julie Walters finds herself in London working for the first time with Victoria Wood , and then being cast as a hairdresser called Rita in a play that was to change her life. For details see Monday Repeated at 12.30am
2/7. A lively collection of dispatches from the BBC's foreign correspondents, who report on stories in their regions. Presented by Kate Adie. Producer Tony Grant
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Francis Bacon 's austere paintings are regarded by many as among the finest of the 20th century. Novelist James Maw examines the life of the artist and bon viveur by talking to his Soho drinking companions and trying to track down some of the works he gave away. Producer Laurence Grissell
Annie Caulfield's poignant comedy about high art, low life and the triumph of the human spirit. Aisha is an Algerian artist taking refuge from death threats in Margate. The town is trying to reinvent itself as the new St Ives, but those inconvenient asylum seekers might just get in the way.
Producer Mary Ward-Lowery
4/5. The Naked Palms. Sereni remembers life with her grandparents, a country on the brink, and the fleeting painful memories of her parents whose passion for the revolution eclipsed their love for her. Revolutionary Cuba is evoked in this story by a serving prisoner, read by Emily Watson. For details see Monday
Quentin Cooper hears about a study that looked at eye movements of Caucasians and East Asian observers. It found that different cultures process faces in different ways. The results have great implications for social interactions and for identifying criminals.
1/2. Rob Watson explores one of the most sensitve fault lines in American politics when he investigates the role of race and religion in the battle for the White House. In 2004, George W swayed the religious vote for the Republicans, but as Watson discovers in his visit to Ohio, the Democrats are trying to claim God on their side in the presidential campaign. Producer Joanna Carr
6/8. Forty per Cent Female. In 2008 Norway enshrined in law that 40 per cent of company boards must be made up of women. Peter Day asked four years ago why the country intended to take such drastic action. Now he wonders whether other countries will follow suit Producer Rosamund Jones Repeated on Sunday at 9.30pm
New series 1/6. Douglas Adams's fantasy detective story, starring Harry Enfield as Dirk Gently, is dramatised by Dirk Maggs with John Langdon. Dirk loses a secretary and Odin sells his soul.
Music by Philip Pope Producers Dirk Maggs and Jo Wheeler; Director Dirk Maggs.
Unless you've recently eaten mushrooms of an unknown nature or licked the backs of certain toads, you might struggle a tad to make sense of Douglas Adams's second outing for his distinctly dressed detective. Which is OK, because Dirk Gently believes in the "fundamental interconnectivity of all things", so all will be revealed in the end. Possibly. Harry Enfield returns to play Gently (above), supported by a welter of well-known names who do a grand job bringing together the strands of satire, lunacy, mystery and fantasy. If you can spot the links between a fridge with attitude, a client who thinks a goblin is following him, a freak act of indoor global warming, down-and-out gods Thor and Odin, a soft-drink machine and an advertising campaign for a Demon Drink featuring the Devil, you had better go see a doctor - quickly. Absolutely mind-blowing. Frances Lass
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3/3. Steve Punt turns private investigator, examining mysteries that fascinate and confound. Today, he turns his attention to the mystery surrounding the air crashes of Dark Peak, Britain's own Bermuda Triangle, where 50 planes went down in 20 years. For details see Tuesday
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