1/5. When John Constable fell in love with Maria Bicknell , he little knew that it would be seven long years before he could marry her. The impediment to their marriage was simple: "that necessary article - cash . in the interim, he became one of the greatest painters of the 19th century. Martin Gayford 's biography is read by Anton Lesser. Abridged by Lu Kemp. Producer Jill Waters Repeated at 1230am RT DIRECT: To pre-order Constable in Love (released 26 Feb) for D8.00(RRP £20.00) incp&P, call [number removed] (national rate) quoting RT. or visit www.rtdirect.sparkledirect.com
Jon Silverman presents this unique take on youth gangs and violent crimes from the perspectives of a mother who lectures on criminology and her teenage son who has first-hand experience of gangs and prison life. Producer Vera Frankl
3/5. Deuceace. The comic memoirs of a canny Regency footman. Charles finds himself in Paris in attendance on a young aristocrat of very dubious morals who nas fled England to escape his creditors. By
WM Thackeray , adapted by Stephen Wyatt
Director Jessica Dromgoole
5/6. Nigel Rees quizzes Celia Walden ,
Katharine Whitehorn , Richard Coles and Simon Singh on the sources of a range of quotations in exchange for amusing sayings that they have personally collected. The reader is Peter Jefferson.
Producer Sam Bryant Repeated on Saturday at 11pm
In 1553 Lady Jane Grey was proclaimed queen of England at the age of 16. Nine days later she was in the Tower. Within a year she was dead. Amanda Whittington tells the story of her trial for high treason.
Producer Luke Fresle
56/90. From Boom to Bust. The story of the Wall Street Crash, the Great Depression and the failure of Herbert Hoover. A history of America, written and presented by David Reynolds. Producer Rosamund Jones
RT DIRECT: America: Empire of Liberty Vol I CD is available for E17.00 (RRP E25) inc p&p. Call [number removed] (standard rate) quoting [number removed], or visit www.bbcshop.com and enter [number removed] at the checkout
9/12. Chairman Nicholas Parsons is joined at the Radio Theatre, London, by Paul Merton , Clement Freud , Sheila Hancock and new boy David Mitchell for the panel game that rewards those with the gift of the gab and the cheek of the Devil.
Producer Claire Jones Repeated on Sunday at 12.04pm RT DIRECT: Justa a Minute: the Best of 2008 CD is available for E8.83 (RRP E12.99) inc p&p, call [number removed]
(standard rate), quoting [number removed], or visit www.bbcshop.com and enter code [number removed] at the checkout
1/5. Rachel Samstat , a successful cookery writer and broadcaster, is seven months pregnant when she discovers her husband, a Washington columnist, is having an affair. Sparks fly. Nora Ephron 's sassy story of a marriage break-up is adapted by Michelene Wandor.
Producer/Director Sara Davies Repeated from 10.45am
Miranda Carter , a high-flying civil servant, astonished friends and family when she announced that she was applying for a licence as a boxing promoter. By day she continues to work in Whitehall. But in the evenings and at weekends she mixes with the raucous boxing crowd of York Hall, Bethnal Green, in London's East End. Jackie Ashley tells the story of how one of her closest friends took up a new career in her 50s. Producer Richard Clemmow
2/3. A series of damning reports has shown up the dismal state of science in Islamic countries. Speaking to young scientists in Pakistan, Ehsan Masood assesses whether new investment in scientific research is having an effect, and asks whether science could once again play a key role in the fortunes of the Islamic world. Producer Monise Durrani
1/10. Sagar Arya reads Aravind Adiga 's biting satire on contemporary India. Balram Halwai, the son of a rickshaw puller, escapes the poverty of his village for the bright lights and corruption of the city. Abridged by Lauris Morgan-Griffiths . Producer Paul Dodgson RT DIRECT: To pre-order The White Tiger (published
1 March) for E7.59 RRP £7.99) inc pSp. Call [number removed] (national rate)quoting RT,or visit wwwrt.direct.sparkledirect.com
1/6. Former director-general of the British Council David Green, poet Attilla the Stockbroker, and writer Jay Griffiths join presenter Dominic Arkwright to discuss the word "organisation". Repeated from Thursday
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