1/5. On the anniversary of his death, a tribute to the humorist Alan Coren. A selection of his works from each decade of his career is read through the week by John Sessions , beginning in the 1960s with Under the Influence of Literature. Abridged by Robin Brooks. Producer Clive Brill Repeated at 12.30am See also Remembering Alan tomorrow at 11.30am
With Jane Garvey.
10.45 The Color Purple 1/10
Alice Walker 's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel charting the adversities faced by a young black girl in the Deep South.
The Woman's Hourdrama.
For details see drama repeat at 7.45pm
Roger Bolton tells the story of the Codex Sinaiticus Bible, which was discovered in a monastery in the Sinai desert in 1844, then split between Egypt. Russia, Germany and the British Library. Producer David Coomes
New series 1/6. The Last Miaow. Ed has rekindled his relationship with author Mary Potter. Eigar the cat. however, is none too pleased. Curmudgeonly comedy by Christopher Doualas and Andrew Nickolds.
Other characters are played by Lewis MacLeog and Nicola Sanderson Producer Dawn Ellis
RT DIRECT: To order the CD of Ed Reardon 's Week for £11.99 (RRP E15.99) incl pSp, call [number removed] (landline calls cost no more than 5p per min), quoting RTD268, or visit www.bbcshop.com and enter code RTD268 at the checkout
Flight AE275 to Dubrovnik is delayed. The passengers are forced to wait - first in the departure lounge and, as the delay lengthens, in an airport hotel. Samantha Bond plays Laura Clarke , a doctor stuck in the past in Matthew Solon's story of lost love, broken promises, thp Balkan War and a 14-hour flight delay.
Other parts are played by Charlotte Mella , Hana Bachankova and Lois Tucker.
Producer/Director John Dryden
1/5. New writing on the theme of Englishness jointly commissioned by the BBC and Arts Council England. Andrew O'Hagan compares contemporary England with that described in a George Orwell essay published in 1941. Producer Paul Dodgson
16/30. War and Terror David Reynolds continues his epic history of the US. America gets involved in the struggle for imperial dominance between Britain and France. Producer sue Ellis RT DIRECT: To order the CD America, Empire of Liberty, Vol I (released 13 Nov) for E17.50 (RRP £25.00) inc p&p, call [number removed] (calls from landlines cost no more than 5p per minute) quoting RTD264, or visit www.bbcshop.com
New series 1/6. Lynne Truss and Mark Billingham are the guests in the literary panel show. James Walton presides over the teams led by captains Sebastian Faulks and John Walsh. The subject for pastiche this week is Raymond Chandler and the reader is
Beth Chalmers. Producers Katie Marsden and Sam Michell Repeated on Sunday at 12.04pm
1/10. Celie is a young black girl born into poverty and segregation in the Deep South between the wars. This story charts her struggle against adversity. Alice Walker 's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel is dramatised by Pat Cumper.
Producer/Director Pauline Harris Rptd from 10.45am RT DIRECT: To order The Color Purple for £6.64
(RRP £6.99) inc p&p, call [number removed] (national rate) quoting RT, or visit www.rtdirect.sparkledirect.com
John McCarthy investigates the belief held by some parents in America that God is using their children as evangelists to save souls. But is it the parents who are really the driving force? And what could be the long-term effects on the Children? Producer Kirsten Dwight
1/15. Gustave Flaubert 's story of passion and ambition set amid the turbulence and glamour of Parisian high society in the mid-19th century. Young Frederic meets Madame Arnoux for the first time and begins an infatuation of a lifetime. Abridged by Sally Marmion. Producer Di speirs RT DIRECT: To order Sentimental Education for £9.99 inc pSp, call [number removed] (national rate) quoting RT, or visitwww.rtdirect.sparkledirect.com
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