The Consolations of Philosophy.
Melvyn Bragg and guests AC Grayling, Melissa Lane and Roger Scruton discuss Boethius's The Consolations of Philosophy, written while he was awaiting execution for treason.
Shortened repeat at 9.30pm
4/5. "Of course, all supermarket trolleys are designed not to go in a straight line, but mine would be particularly wayward...." Andrew Martin 's wry guide to housework With men in mind. For details see Monday 29 December Rptd at 12.30am
Jenni Murray presents another chance to hear a special edition on the life, writings and legacy of Simone de Beauvoir. (Revised rpt)
10.45 Seventy-Odd 4/5 The Woman's Hour drama.
For details see drama repeat at 7.45pm
From Somerset House overlooking the Thames, Francine Stock and guests celebrate the Frost Fairs that were once held on the river. From 1309 to 1814 the river froze 23 times, sometimes so solidly that fairs were held on it, where entertainments such as fox-hunting, ox-roasting, swing boats, music, dancing and theatre were enjoyed. Reflecting on these sparkling occasions and the effect of ice on the British imagination are the writers Seamus Heaney , Michael Morpurgo and Carol Ann Duffy. Producer Beaty Rubens
The black market in housing and building materials is thought to be huge in Cuba. In a nation where it is illegal to buy and sell property, Linda Pressly discovers Cubans have come up with unique ways of getting around the regulations and securing a new home.
Repeated from Monday 29 December
Phil Jupitus examines the enduring appeal of TV puppets by interviewing Jelly and Jackson, current favourites on CBeebies, and Zippy from Rainbow. He also talks to Phil Cornwell, the voice of Gilbert the Alien, and Ronnie le Drew, the voice of Zippy.
Locked out of her apartment, Poppy can either wait for dawn in the lobby or accept Arthur's invitation to explore
Hong Kong by night. From the market on Temple Street to the slaughterhouses of Mong Kok they find themselves and each other in the neon wonderland. In-Sook Chappell 's invp storv about loneliness and belonging.
Director Abigail le Fleming
4/5 Producers and Commissioning Editors Producer John Lloyd talks about his experience of creating pilots and Radio 4 commissioning editor Caroline Raphael discusses the role pilots play in making great shows. For details see Monday 29 December
Quentin Cooper joins scientists, artists and musicians on a research cruise to Disko Bay in Greenland to explore the cultural response to climate change in the Arctic. Among those taking part are Jarvis Cocker, KT Tunstall, Feist, Robyn Hitchcock, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Martha Wainwright, Jonathan Dove and Marcus Brigstocke.
6/6. Simon Mayo hosts a comedy show that pits the comic generations against each other to find out which is the funniest. With
Jon Richardson , Lucy Porter and Roy Walker. Producers Ashley Blaker and Bill Matthews
4/5. Reg becomes a gooseberry and Bill reveals the truth, but mystery surrounds what he has been doing with his life-savings. Written by Rachel Joyce.
For cast and details see Mon 29 Dec Rptd from 10.45am
Scientists have recently discovered that sharks, turkeys and even komodo dragons are among the animals who practise parthenogenesis - virgin birth. With so many species making a success of virgin births, Aarathi Prasad explores whether it could be an option for humans. Producer Amanda Harqreaves
The first production of Howard Brenton 's play Never So Good recently dramatised the experiences of Harold Macmillan.
Peter Curran discusses the production with Jeremy Irons , who played Macmillan, the playwright Brenton and Lord Alexander Stockton , the grandson of Macmillan. Producer Kevin Dawson
In the late 1970s, cities such as Portsmouth and Birmingham became the stars of a group of B-movies created by the late director Harold Bairn. Laurie Taylor tells the unexpected story of how and why these films were made. Producer Howard Shannon
7/10. 10,000,000 Rupees. Thomas must answer a difficult question about the Bollywood tragedy queen, Neelima Kumari. Fortunately, he was once her house-boy.
By Ayeesha Menon from the novel by Vikas Swarup. For cast and details see Sat 27 December
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