Paul Gambaccini explores a neglected aspect of the White House: its role as a cultural centre. He hears from artists who have performed there, and from some of the politicians who heard them. Producer John Sugar
A lively collection of dispatches from the BBC's foreign correspondents. Presented by Kate Adie. Producer Tony Grant
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4/9. Phill Jupitus , Jeremy Hardy , Fred MacAulay and Sue Perkins join host Sandi Toksvig tor an edition of the topical comedy panel game recorded at the Cheltenham Literature Festival. Repeated from yesterday
Topical debate, hosted by Jonathan Dimbleby , from Accrington in Lancashire, where the panel includes the Justice
Secretary Jack Straw , artistic director of the Southbank Centre Jude Kelly, and physicist Professor Brian Cox. Repeated from yesterday
Victorian detective and former actress Dorcas Dene is commissioned by a desperate mother to save her son from the gallows after he is accused of the brutal murder of his wife. Humorous, forensically logical and a mistress of disguise, Dorcas Dene is one of the better-drawn stars from the golden age of the English detective short story. By
George R Sims , dramatised by Roger Danes.
Producer Patrick Rayner
4/4. What a Wonderful World. This song was written for Louis Armstrong and recorded by him in America in 1967 amid civil rights demonstrations and protests againt the Vietnam war. But was it meant as a powerful anthem to peace? Repeated from Tuesday
Jane Garvey presents highlights of the weekday Woman's Hour programmes.
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Radio comedy has been a barometer of British social mores and political moods for years. Through rarely heard archive, interviews with writers, performers and comedians across the decades,
Nicholas Parsons investigates how radio comedy has affected public attitudes. Contributors include Paul Merton , Barry Cryer , Ray Galton and Alan Simpson , and Sanjeev Bhaskar. Producer Jo Meek
2/2. Having been Resident Magistrate for ten years in West Cork, Major Sinclair Yeates has become accustomed to the eccentricity of his position and of those around him - except for his nemesis, Flurry Knox. Comedy drama by Somerville and Ross, dramatised by Christopher Fitz-Simon .
Repeated from Sunday
7/7. Michael Buerk chairs a debate in which panellists Claire Fox , Kenan Malik , Clifford Longley and Melanie Phillips cross-examine experts on the moral issues behind the week's news. Repeated from Wednesday
5/7. Brigid Zengeni , Richard McCabe and Jonjo O'Neill join Roger McGough to read an autumnal love poem by Gillian Clarke , verses about sleep and waking by Keats and Robert Frost , and a Poetry Please favourite about a cat by Harold Monro. And Pablo Neruda 's friend and translator Alastair Reid introduces two Of Neruda's poems. Repeated from Sunday
1/5. Naturally by Daniel Handler. In1997 the film director Francis Coppola founded a story-and-art magazine, Zoetrope:
All-Story, as a showcase for some of the world's finest literature. Daniel Handler 's story, in which a ghost surprisingly finds the love that escaped him in life, is the first taken from the magazine. Handler also writes under the name Lemony Snicket, author of A Series of Unfortunate Events. Producer David Roper
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