As Cumbria's industrial coastline is given a makeover, Matt Baker finds out if tourists to the Lake District can be persuaded to travel further west to this unlovely yet fascinating area. Producer Alasdair Cross Rptd on Thursday at 3pm
Like millions of readers, the crime writer Mark Billingham has long been fascinated and repelled by the suavely amoral Tom Ripley. In a quest to get closer to the mysterious Mr Ripley , Mark tracks down those with a real insight into the character's ambiguities and attractions for the contemporary reader. producer Erin Riley See The Saturday Play at 2.30pm Radio features: pages 116-117
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West Indies v England
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New series 1/5. A season of Patricia Highsmith 's novels about Tom Ripley , a mischievous anti-hero with a taste for the finer things in life. Tom is barely one step ahead of his creditors when a stranger offers him a free trip to Europe and a fresh start. He wants money and success and is willing to kill for it. Dramatised by Stephen Wyatt. Director Claire Grove Radio features: pages 116-117
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Lee Hall - writer of Spoonface Steinberg and Billy Elliot - uncovers a hidden history of English poetry in which shipyard workers hang out with Allen Ginsberg and errant Geordie schoolboys commune with Ezra Pound. He focuses on the unlikely meeting between the poet Tom Pickard as a 16-year-old and one of the great modernists of English literature, Basil Bunting , that resulted in Newcastle flowering as an international centre for the Beatnik generation. Producer Kate Rowland Shortened rpt on Mon at 3pm
2/2. William falls in love and finds himself in the middle of a revolution. Concluding part of Evelyn Waugh 's satirical depiction of 1930s journalism, dramatised by Jeremy Front. Producer/Director Sally Avens Repeated from Sunday
4/4. Vanishing Point. A small man helps a young lady in distress. Luke Sutherland 's story is the last in a series inspired by the Scouting movement's famous motto, read by Sandy Grierson. Producer Kirsty Williams
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