Christopher Frayling presents a tribute to Italian film score composer Ennio Morricone to mark his 80th birthday. His soundtracks have featured in more than 500 film and television productions, including A Fistful of Dollars, Once upon a Time in America and The Mission. With contributions from Goldfrapp, Chris Rea, Nitin Sawhney, Anne Billson and Andrew Paresi. Producer Sarah Cuddon
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 for
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6/9. Fred MacAulay and Jeremy Hardy are among the guests joining host Sandi Toksvig forthe topical comedy panel game, featuring cryptic questions, acerbic satire and humorous newspaper cuttings sent in by listeners. Repeated from yesterday
Jonathan Broadbent 's adaptation for radio of Robert Nye 's play. As a boy actor, Pickleherring played Viola, Juliet and Cleopatra. He was Shakespeare's favourite. Now in his 80s, he finally discovers what it means to fall in love.
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The Saturday Play: The Late Mr Shakespeare
2.30pm Radio 4 Jim Broadbent turns in the best performance of any radio drama thus far this year as an ageing actor, known as Pickleherring, who claims to have been hired as a child by Shakespeare. It's a bawdy romp through the Bard's life that throws up some hitherto unimagined episodes that seem deliciously possible. Adapted from Robert Nye's brilliant novel, this screams "quality" - in the style of Lady Macbeth in her nightdress. Jane Anderson radio editor
2/3. Gypsy. In the musical inspired by the memoirs of the stripper Gypsy Rose Lee , the role of her mother was written for Ethel Merman and played on screen by Rosalind Russell. Paul Gambaccini unravels this controversial choice of casting with actress Angela Richards , who played Merman on stage, and talks to Patti LuPone , who starred in a recent Broadway production. With contributions from composer Stephen Sondheim and writer Arthur Laurents. Repeated from Tuesday
Clare Balding presents highlights of the weekday Woman's Hour programmes.
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In the mid-1960s, US General Ed Lansdale taped sessions of Gis singing war songs alongside Vietnamese colleagues at his villa in Saigon, as part of a musical hearts-and-minds campaign. With the help of some of those involved, Martin Bell plays the tapes and reveals the stories behind their making. Producer Vince Hunt
2/2. Andy Barrett 's fast-moving adaptation of Daniel Defoe 's sequel reveals how the hero found his way to the far North and why the ruby is having such a profound effect on him.
Repeated from Sunday
1/3. Dr Susan Blackmore challenges what she sees as society's hypocritical attitudes towards drink and drugs, arguing that individuals should be free to decide what they take. Edward Stourton is in the chair for this debate. Repeated from Wednesday
7/7. Brigid Zengeni and Richard McCabe join Roger McGough to read a selection of verse celebrating the natural world, with works by Ted Hughes , DH Lawrence , Elizabeth Jennings and Shakespeare. Plus a chance to hear some of the winning entries of this year's BBC Wildlife Magazine poetry competition. Repeated from Sunday
3/5. Thirst. By Rachel Cusk. In the cold sunlight of wintry Venice, amid the old glories of Italian paintings and Renaissance architecture, a mother discovers in her daughter a new woman. Another story taken from Zoetrope: All-Story, the director's literature magazine. Producer David Roper
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