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Scents and Sensibility. Mark Tully looks at why aromatic herbs, resins and oils have been used for millennia in religious rituals and in healing. Producer Beverley McAmsh. Repeated at 11.30pm

Contributors

Unknown:
Mark Tully
Producer:
Beverley McAmsh.

Melvyn Bragg speaks on behalf of a charity which offers over 60 services to blind and partially sighted people of all ages.
ProducerAnne Downing. DONATIONS: RNIB, [address removed] CREDIT CARDS: [number removed] Repeated at 9.25pm and Thursday 3.27pm

Contributors

Unknown:
Melvyn Bragg

From St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, as part of Radio 4's Victoria Season. A service of Choral Mattins introduced by the Rt Rev David Connor , Dean of Windsor. The chapel was the setting for
Queen Victoria's funeral on 2 February 1901. The Rev Dr Ian Bradley reflects on Victoria'sfaith within the Christian understanding of monarchy. Music by Prince Albert and Handel is sung by the chapel choir, directed by Jonathan Rees-Williams .

Contributors

Unknown:
David Connor
Unknown:
Dr Ian Bradley
Directed By:
Jonathan Rees-Williams

With Alistair Cooke. Repeated from Friday
BBC Radio Collection: two volumes of Alistair Cook 's Letter from America are available on audio cassette from all good retail outlets and [Web Address Removed]

Contributors

Unknown:
Alistair Cooke.

Nicholas Parsons chairs the panel game. Today he is joined by Julian Clary , Kit Hesketh-Harvey , Paul Merton and Linda Smith in King's Lynn. Repeated from Monday

Contributors

Unknown:
Nicholas Parsons
Unknown:
Julian Clary
Unknown:
Kit Hesketh-Harvey
Unknown:
Paul Merton
Unknown:
Linda Smith

This year Michelin adds pub food to its prestigious guide. Simon Parkes investigates whether British pub fare deserves this accolade. Producer Rebecca Moore. ACTION LINE: [number removed]
Extended repeat tomorrow 4pm

Contributors

Unknown:
Simon Parkes
Producer:
Rebecca Moore.

Russell Davies presents six new programmes looking at the stories behind the opening nights of well-known musicals. West Side Story
Downbeat, urban and rough, this musical shocked audiences in New York. When it opened in the West End in 1958 British theatregoers gave it the acclaim it merited. Sheridan Morley , who was at thatfirstnight, recalls the event. With memories ' from the stars and creators of the show, including Jerome Robbins , Stephen Sondheim , Chita Rivera and George Chakiris.
Producer Richard Bannerman. Repeated Saturday llpm

Contributors

Unknown:
Russell Davies
Unknown:
Sheridan Morley
Unknown:
Jerome Robbins
Unknown:
Stephen Sondheim
Unknown:
Chita Rivera
Unknown:
George Chakiris.
Producer:
Richard Bannerman.

John Cushnie , Bob Flowerdew and Bunny
Guinness answer questions posed by gardeners in Northumberland. With chairman Eric Robson.
Producer Trevor Taylor. Shortened 3pm

Contributors

Unknown:
John Cushnie
Unknown:
Bob Flowerdew
Unknown:
Eric Robson.
Producer:
Trevor Taylor.

Colin Dexter and guests, actor and composer Neil Innes and crossword setter Don Manley , examine and explain the key elements of the crossword puzzle with examples drawn from the previous week's broadsheets. Producer FelixRiley

Contributors

Unknown:
Colin Dexter
Unknown:
Neil Innes
Unknown:
Don Manley

The conclusion of Carlo Gebler 's dramatisation of Sam Hanna Bell 's novel. Servant girl Sarah bears a child to one of the Echlin brothers, farmers in late 19th-century rural Ulster. Her refusal to name the father alienates both herself and the Echlins from the puritanical local community and has far-reaching consequences for all concerned.
Bagpipes Robert Watt. Director Roland Jaquarello Repeated Saturday 9pm

Contributors

Unknown:
Carlo Gebler
Unknown:
Sam Hanna Bell
Director:
Roland Jaquarello
Sarah:
Monica Dolan
Frank:
Gerard Crossan
Hamilton:
Lalor Roddy
Andrew:
Dario Angelone
Martha:
Mary Moulds
Petie:
Gordon Fulton
Agnes:
Roma Tometty
Bridie:
Barbara Adair
Con:
Robert O'Hare
Rev Sorleyson:
Gerard McSorley
Mrs Sorteyson:
Linda Wray
Rev Isaac Sorleyson:
Tim Loane
Mr McFirbis:
Sean Caffrey
Molly:
Abigail McGibbon
MrScillen:
Mark Mulholland
Joe:
Duncan Keegan
Rev:
Hunter Johnkeyes
Willie:
Miceal McBrain

Charlie Lee Potter looks at the world of books, while Anna Raeburn picks the best paperbacks. Producer Fiona McLean. The next Bookclub on 4 February will be Margaret Drabble 's The Witch ofExmoor. Repeated Friday 4pm

Contributors

Unknown:
Charlie Lee Potter
Unknown:
Anna Raeburn
Producer:
Fiona McLean.
Unknown:
Margaret Drabble

Frank Delaney presents a selection of poems inspired by childhood, including verse by Thomas Hood and Roger McGough. Readers Susie Brann , Stephen Moore , Tim Piggot Smith and Bill Wallis. Producer Paul Dodgson. Repeated Saturday 11.30pm

Contributors

Unknown:
Frank Delaney
Unknown:
Thomas Hood
Readers:
Roger McGough.
Readers:
Susie Brann
Readers:
Stephen Moore
Readers:
Tim Piggot Smith
Readers:
Bill Wallis.
Producer:
Paul Dodgson.

Over one million people have had their investment hopes severely shaken by the Equitable Life disaster, as the country's oldest mutual assurance society suddenly closed its doors to new business last month. Paul Lewis asks if savings, anywhere, are really secure. Producer Paul O'Keeffe. Shortened 9pm

Contributors

Unknown:
Paul Lewis
Producer:
Paul O'Keeffe.

The Elves and the Shoemaker. Could the genial old shoemaker be an exponent of the sweat shop? The last of economist Bridget Rosewell 's mischievous readings reinterprets the popular fairy story as a guide to the ways of profit, loss and exploitation. Producer Michael Blastland. Repeated Saturday 7.45pm

Contributors

Unknown:
Bridget Rosewell
Producer:
Michael Blastland.

Peter Donaldson presents his selection of extracts from BBC radio over the past seven days. Producer Elaine Walker. PHONE: [number removed]
FAX: [number removed]. E-MAIL: potw@bbc.co.uk WEBSITE: www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/potw

Contributors

Unknown:
Peter Donaldson
Producer:
Elaine Walker.

Phil Hammond presents the discussion programme, looking at perceptions of various industries. This week Jenny Eclair ,
Elizabeth Hartley-Brewer , Shirley Lowe and Tom Robinson diSCUSS parenting. Producer Alison VernorvSmith

Contributors

Unknown:
Phil Hammond
Unknown:
Jenny Eclair
Unknown:
Elizabeth Hartley-Brewer
Unknown:
Shirley Lowe
Unknown:
Tom Robinson
Producer:
Alison Vernorvsmith

Scarily Good Health. Despite warnings about our unhealthy habits and lifestyles, the surprising thing about health in the modern west is that it is so good. Felipe Fernandez-Armesto investigates. Repeated from Thursday

Contributors

Unknown:
Felipe Fernandez-Armesto

Next week's political headlines with Andrew Rawnsley.
Including 10.45 It's a Nation Thing
What have the FA Cup final at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium and question time at the National Assembly for Wales got in common? Well, according to Welsh political commentator, Patrick Hannan, they are both great sporting occasions. Welsh politics, he claims, is the new football.

Contributors

Presenter:
Andrew Rawnsley
Reporter (It's a Nation Thing):
Patrick Hannan
Editor:
John Evans

In Women in Love, DH Lawrence despairs thafart should interpret industry as art once interpreted religion". Peter Stead explores this world in turmoil through the music of the novel and its characters. Reader JodyElen Machin. Producer Paul Evans (R)

Contributors

Unknown:
Dh Lawrence
Unknown:
Peter Stead
Reader:
Jodyelen MacHin.
Producer:
Paul Evans

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