4/4. Once a prestigious and highly profitable enterprise, the Great Western Railway faced bankruptcy in the 1860s.
Jonathan Freedland and his guests compare the action taken to rescue the railways in the 19th century with the challenges facing the networks in the present recession
Producer Laurence Grissell Repeated at 9.30pm
5/5. From North to South. From his home in a log cabin in the North Carolina mountains, Bruce Greene recalls the pull of the traditional music of the Appalachians that lured from his New Jersey birthplace. Producer Rachel Hopkin
2/5. Marriage to an older man offers escape from the claustrophobia of Edinburgh social microcosm - but the excesses of living in colonial Africa prove overwhelming. By Martin Stannara. For details see yesterday Repeated at 12.30am
For 40 years the research vessel Calypso was the flagship of the controversial
French underwater explorer, Jacques Cousteau. Now, with the Calypso being restored, Nick Haslam sets out to re-evaluate the battle over his legacy and his boat.
2/5. Journalist and political commentator
Anthony Howard chooses some of his favourite pieces of writing, which are brought to life in front of an audience by Nigel Anthony and Eleanor Bron. Producer Christine Hall
He slaughtered his unfaithful wife and her paramour, then he composed six books of madrigals about the joys of love. Aled Jones examines the bizarre life and tormented music of Carlo Gesualdo , Prince of Venosa. Producer Geoff Ballinger Rptd on Sat at 3.30pm Stuart Maconie 's choice: page 32
4/4. The Reckoning. Jean is busy with preparations for Hannah and Donald's wedding. But somewhere in the city someone is planning a terrible revenge. By David Ashton.
Producer/Director Patrick Rayner
1/3. The Mumpers. Distant memories mingle with the present as an old woman at the end of her life is cared for by her nurse. Laura Smales reads Eleanor Thorn 's story inspired by the 50th anniversary of the first pictures of Earth from orbit. Producer Eilidh McCreadie
2/5. The Early Romantic. Writer Stephen Plaice revisits Marburg where he was a student 35 years ago. He reconsiders the subjective philosophy of Fichte and Schelling's idea of the world SOUl. For details see yesterday
4/6. The business practice of giving a presentation has spread into all areas of modern life, but still people find it an ordeal. Chris Ledgard looks at the words and language, influenced by the software package PowerPoint, used in presentations. Producer Jolyon Jenkins Repeated on Monday at 11pm
New series. 1/9. Andrew Motion selects poet Alfred Lord Tennyson , author of The Charge of the Light Brigade, for great-life status.
Ann Thwaite provides the detail on his often troubled life. Part of the celebrations to mark the 200th anniversary of Tennyson's birth. Producer Miles Warde Repeated on Friday at 11pm
Should there be increased transparency over the links between top psychiatrists and the pharmaceutical industry? Matthew Hill investigates the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, the diagnostic "bible" produced by a panel of members from the American Psychiatric Association. For this edition, they are required to declare any outside interest. But does this go far enough? Producer Geraldine Fitzgerald Repeated on Sunday at 5pm
3/10. Mark Porter visits the Centre of Evidence Based Dermatology in Nottingham to look at the latest treatments for eczema, including a study on the effects of water softeners on childhood eczema.
Producer Helen Sharp Repeated tomorrow at 4.30pm
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