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: News Briefing

: Prayer for the Day

With the Very Rev John Cairns.


Unknown: John Cairns.

: Farming Today

Presented by Anna Hill. Producer Chris Impey


Presented By: Anna Hill.
Producer: Chris Impey

: Today

With Evan Davis and John Humphrys.
6.25, 7.25, 8.25 Sports News
6.45 Yesterday in Parliament
With Sean Curran and Susan Hulme.
7.48 Thought for the Day With Indarjit Singh.
8.31 Yesterday in Parliament


Unknown: Evan Davis
Unknown: John Humphrys.
Unknown: Sean Curran
Unknown: Susan Hulme.
Unknown: Indarjit Singh.

: The Choice

3/8. Single mother Alex Bell talks to
Michael Buerk about her decision to adopt children with Down's syndrome.
Producer Dawn Bryan Repeated at 9.30pm


Talks: Alex Bell
Unknown: Michael Buerk

: Parting Shots

2/5. Matthew Parris celebrates the wit and wisdom of the British ambassador s valedictory dispatch. In this edition, he looks at how diplomacy requires ambassadors to see beyond the shortcomings of their hosts. Producer Andrew Bryson


Unknown: Matthew Parris
Producer: Andrew Bryson

: Daily Service

Led by Michael Wakelin. The God of Abraham
Praise (Leoni). Isaiah 43, vv26-end; 44, wi-8.
Teach Me, 0 Lord (Byrd). Sing Praise to God Who Reigns Above (Palace Green).


Unknown: Michael Wakelin.

: Book of the Week: DearMrBigelow

2/5. As the nation mourns the death of a king, Frances gears up for her first driving lesson, learns how to deal with a firebomb and, with rationing still very much in force, is faced with the stark choice between kidney soup and consomme de tapioca. For details see yesterday Repeated at 12.30am

: Woman's Hour

With Jane Garvey.


Unknown: Jane Garvey.

: The Dead Hour

The Woman's Hour drama.
For details see drama repeat at 7.45pm

: Science v the Stradivarius

Can modern technology identify the elusive components that give a Stradivarius violin its unique sound? Trevor Cox finds out as analysts submit the instrument to a battery y Of tests. Producer Erika Wright


Producer: Erika Wright

: Art Attack

1/2. Tim Marlow discusses some of the most renowned attacks on art carried out in the name of politics and religion. He looks at the impact on the work itself and the wider cultural and social implications of defacing statues, photos and paintings. Producer Alison Crawford


Unknown: Tim Marlow
Producer: Alison Crawford

: Call You and Yours

Phone-in presented by Julian Worricker. PHONE: [number removed] (Lines open from 10am) EMAIL: [web address removed]


Presenter: Julian Worricker

: The World at One

Presented by Martha Kearney.


Presented By: Martha Kearney.

: Baroque and Roll:Townshend on Purcell

Rock star Pete Townshend reveals that the Baroque composer Henry Purcell has long influenced his songwriting for the Who and other projects. He tells how he was inspired by Purcell's dramatic genius for his most intriguing compositions, including Tommy.
Producer James Hale Repeated on Saturday at 3.30pm


Unknown: Pete Townshend
Unknown: Henry Purcell
Producer: James Hale

: The Archers

Rptd from yesterday at 7pm

: Afternoon Play: Dickens Confidential

516. Murder in the Red Barn. When the body of a baby is found floating in the Thames the Herald's chief correspondent is asked to investigate. The quest takes him and Charles Dickens into the poverty-stricken areas of the City. By Mike Walker.
Director Tracey Neale


Unknown: Charles Dickens
Unknown: Mike Walker.
Director: Tracey Neale
Charles Dickens: Dan Stevens
Agnes: Eleanor Howell
Daniel: Andrew Buchan
Mr Dudman: Henry Goodman
Mrs Dudman: Joan Walker
Sarah: Liz Sutherland
Mrs Kindly: Helen Longworth
The boatman: John Rowe
Equerry: Chris Pavlo
Stallholder: Chris Pavlo
PC: Chris Pavlo

: Making History

4/7. Vanessa Collingridge and the team try to discover if some green lanes and place names in southern England are a reminder of an earlier Welsh invasion. Producer Nick Patrick ADDRESS: [address removed] EMAIL: [web address removed] PHONE: [number removed]


Presenter: Vanessa Collingridge
Producer: Nick Patrick

: The Fantastic Book ofEverybody's Secrets

1/3. The Octopus Nest. Claire and Timothy have no idea why a strange woman appears in so many of their family photographs. The first of three chilling tales from crime writer Sophie Hannah 's first short story collection. Read by Helen Bradbury. Producer Melanie Harris


Unknown: Sophie Hannah
Read By: Helen Bradbury.
Producer: Melanie Harris

: A History of Private Life

22/30. Taste. Amanda Vickery tells the story, through diaries and letters, of the Graftons, an 18th-century couple who spent their married life together doing up their magnificent houses. For details see yesterday


Unknown: Amanda Vickery

: Law in Action

2/4. Clive Coleman talks to Ken MacDonald , the former Director of Public Prosecutions. Producer Ben Crighton Repeated on Thursday at 8pm


Talks: Clive Coleman
Unknown: Ken MacDonald
Producer: Ben Crighton

: A Good Read

4/9. Playwright David Edgar and novelist Helen Cross join Sue MacGregor to discuss their favourite books.
Producer Mary Ward-Lowery Rptd on Friday at 11pm


Unknown: David Edgar
Unknown: Helen Cross
Producer: Mary Ward-Lowery Rptd

: 1989: Day-by-Day

Egon Krenz agrees to release reformist protesters. For details see Saturday


Unknown: Egon Krenz

: PM

Presented by Eddie Mair.

: Too Much Information

3/4. The staff of Waft Tourist Information introduce local walks to entice visitors, but for one honeymooning couple, the walks end up painfully boring and spectacularly dangerous. Comedy by Neil Warhurst.
Producer Liz Webb


Comedy By: Neil Warhurst.
Producer: Liz Webb
Warren: Jeff Rawle
Douglas: Malcolm Tierney
Heather: Liza Sadovy
Lucy: Joannah Tincey
Bryan: Paul Barnhill
Roger: Piers Wehner
Becca: Emerald O'Hanrahan

: The Archers

Lilian makes an unexpected journey. For cast see Friday Repeated tomorrow at 2pm

: Front Row

Arts news, interviews and reviews, presented by Mark Lawson.


Presenter: Mark Lawson
Producer: Gavin Heard

: The Dead Hour

7/10. Paddy has a one-night stand with a policeman and falls out with her driver.
For cast and details see yesterday Repeated from 10.45am

: 1989: How the Wall Fell

John Tusa is in discussion with key insiders from British, German, US, Soviet and other governments about the aftermath of the fall of the Berlin Wall, when the dissolution of Cold War certainties posed all kinds of political and security challenges.
Producer Chris Bowlby Repeated on Sunday at 5pm


Unknown: John Tusa
Producer: Chris Bowlby

: In Touch

With Peter White. Producer Cheryl Gabriel


Unknown: Peter White.
Producer: Cheryl Gabriel

: Metaphor for Healing

The use of the right metaphor is a recognised tool in health care and healing. Phil Hammond talks to patients, doctors and therapists to discover why they should pay closer attention to the answers given to their routine question: "And what does it feel like?" Producer Jane Feinmann Repeated tomorrow at 4.30pm


Talks: Phil Hammond
Producer: Jane Feinmann

: The Choice

Repeated from 9am

: The World Tonight

Presented by Robin Lustig.


Presented By: Robin Lustig.

: Book at Bedtime: Heartland

2/10. Rob has returned home to the Black Country after an unsuccessful football career, and now helps out in his old school.
By Anthony Cartwright. For details see yesterday


Unknown: Anthony Cartwright.

: As Told to Craig Brown

3/6. Craig Brown presents parody and observation, narrated by Juliet Stevenson and Steve Wright , with the help of John Humphrys , Ronni Ancona , Jon Culshaw , Lewis Macleod , Sally Grace , Ewan Bailey and Margaret Cabourn-Smith . Producer Victoria Lloyd


Unknown: Craig Brown
Unknown: Juliet Stevenson
Unknown: Steve Wright
Unknown: John Humphrys
Unknown: Ronni Ancona
Unknown: Jon Culshaw
Unknown: Lewis MacLeod
Unknown: Sally Grace
Unknown: Ewan Bailey
Unknown: Margaret Cabourn-Smith
Producer: Victoria Lloyd

: Today in Parliament

Presented by Sean Curran.


Presented By: Sean Curran.

: News

: Book of the Week:

Dear Mr Bigelow 2/5. Repeated from 9.45am


Unknown: Mr Bigelow

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