3/5. This batch of valedictory dispatches from British ambassadors back home bemoans the hardships of foreign service, including rat-infested rooms, defunct plumbing and death threats. Presented by Matthew Parris. Producer Andrew Bryson
2/5. Still struggling to make ends meet, Maugham has a change of fortune when his play Lady Frederick is staged at the Royal Court Theatre. By Selina Hastings. For details see yesterday Repeated at 12.30am
New series. 1/3. Under One Flag. Three top German programme-makers explore aspects of the post-1989 nation, beginning with Thomas Franke 's travels with the German army in Kosovo. Producer ThomasFranke
2/2. When does destruction become an act of creation? Lawrence Pollard explores what lies behind some of the more bizarre assaults on contemporary art, including an artist who destroyed every one of his possessions and art that has been both urinated on and whacked with a hammer. Producer Alison Crawford
in London's East End, a team of craftsmen preserves a set of skills dating back to the 1500s, turning out bells for churches and cathedrals across Britain and around the world. Poet and closet campanologist Ian McMillan spends a day with Whitechapel's foundrymen, and follows the birth of a new ring of bells set to bring back life to a church tower that has stood silent since the Second World War. Producer Michael Surcombe
6/6. Why Are We in Afghanistan? Charles Dickens and his team get entangled with spies, intrigue and dark goings-on at the Russian
Embassy that end up in a heroic balloon chase across the London skyline. By Mike Walker.
Director Tracey Neale
1/3. My Father's Photo Album. When the Dutch-Moroccan at the centre of this story learns that his mother is ill, he is forced to make an overdue visit to his parents in Rotterdam. By Abdelkader Benali , translated by David McKay and read by Khalid Abdalla. Producer Emma Harding
27/30. The Garden Indoors. By the mid-19th century, the majority of the British population lived in filthy, polluted towns. Yet, as Amanda Vickery discovers, the Victorians contrived increasingly ingenious ways to domesticate nature, capturing ferns and sea anemones under glass in their parlours. For details see yesterday
5/9. Novelists Catherine OTIynn and Kate Pullinger join Sue McGregor to discuss their favourite paperbacks, including titles by Gordon Burn, Don Delillo and Alaa al Aswany. Producer Mary Ward-Lowery Rptd on Friday at 11pm
4/4. Waft Tourist Information resurrects an old Waft tradition of the Day of the Pie in which the ugliest boy of the village eats a pork pie on the village green.
Tourist information machine:
2/5. Getting Back on the Horse. Rosie has an interview for promotion and Tom has his first date for years. Who is the more nervous single parent? By Sue Teddern.
For cast and details see yesterday Repeated from 10.45am
3/5. Satirist Craig Brown presents a bundle of parody, satire and social observation.
Narrated by Juliet Stevenson and Steve Wright , with John Humphrys , Ronni Ancona , Jon Culshaw , Lewis MacLeod , Ewan Bailey and Margaret Cabourn-Smith . Producer Victoria Lloyd
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