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With Sue Macgregor and Edward Stourton.
6.25,7.25,8.25 Sports News
7.45 Thought for the Day
With Chief Rabbi Dr Jonathan Sacks.

Contributors

Unknown:
Edward Stourton.
Unknown:
Dr Jonathan Sacks.

Jeremy Paxman and guests set the cultural agenda for the week when the latest new ideas and issues are up for discussion.
Producer Virginia Crompton. Shortened repeat at 9.30pm

Contributors

Unknown:
Jeremy Paxman
Producer:
Virginia Crompton.

Regional Variations (2)

Tony Robinson reads five weekday extracts from Neil Hanson 's new account of the Great Fire of London. 1: The capital is in the grip of plague. Citizens are being flogged forfailing to light fires to keep the pestilence at bay. Abridged by Lisa Osborne. Producer Jane Ray. Repeated at 12.30am

Contributors

Unknown:
Tony Robinson
Unknown:
Neil Hanson
Abridged By:
Lisa Osborne.
Producer:
Jane Ray.

Bestselling author Penny Vincenzi discusses her latest novel, Something Dangerous, which is set against the social and political uncertainties of the thirties. Presented by Jenni Murray. Drama: A
Monkey with a Box of Paints by Jane Beeson. Part 1. Drama repeated at 7.45pm

Contributors

Presented By:
Jenni Murray.
Unknown:
Jane Beeson.

The Portland Vase now on display in the British Museum has been buried, sold, hidden and cherished, and even dropped and smashed, but it remains an astonishing work of art. Robin Brooks 's documentary feature, using the letters of Josiah Wedgwood , Horace Walpole and others, charts the history of the vase and its owners.
Director Clive Brill

Contributors

Unknown:
Robin Brooks
Unknown:
Josiah Wedgwood
Unknown:
Horace Walpole
Director:
Clive Brill
Walpole:
Christopher Whittingham
Hamilton:
Michael Sheldon
Wedgwood:
Mark Spalding
Mary:
Sarah Eedle

Concluding Lyndon Mallet 's comedy in which two flatmates' struggles for tolerance are expressed via their wildly differing diaries. 6: Smarting from the humiliation of losing his job, Rex establishes a charade of going to work then sneaking home wheneverthe house is empty. Convinced the house is haunted, Jessica decides to hold a seance.
Director Kate Valentine

Contributors

Unknown:
Lyndon Mallet
Director:
Kate Valentine
Jessica:
Frances Barber
Rex:
David Bamber

A nationwide general knowledge contest to find this year's Brain of Britain. Including Beat the Brains, in which listeners put their own questions to the contestants. Chairman Robert Robinson. First round: the north of England.
Producer Richard Edis. Repeated Saturday 11pm

Contributors

Unknown:
Robert Robinson.
Producer:
Richard Edis.

William Davidson is opposed to an oppressive government that is contemptuous of civil liberty. He is passionately committed to political reform and has to decide whether to be a traitor to his principles or to his country. Tanika Gupta's drama is based on the Cato Street conspiracy of 1820.

Contributors

Writer:
Tanika Gupta
Producer:
Pam Fraser-Solomon
Davidson:
Ray Fearon
Edwards:
Danny Webb
Arthur:
Jeremy Clyde
Charles:
Malcolm Frederick
Sarah:
Natasha Pyne
MrGurney:
John Rowe
Richard:
David Holt
Judge:
Garard Green

Financial experts answer listeners' personal finance questions. Presented by Paul Lewis. Lines are open on [number removed]from 1.30pm. Producer Jennifer Clarke

Contributors

Presented By:
Paul Lewis.
Producer:
Jennifer Clarke

A series in which Emilia Fox reads four of Katherine Mansfield 's stories, written while suffering from tuberculosis in Montana, Switzerland. 1: Marriage a la Mode. Isobel has a tender, happy marriage until she falls in with a racy set and begins to neglect her adoring husband. Abridged by Richard Hamilton. Producer Anne-Marie Cole

Contributors

Unknown:
Emilia Fox
Unknown:
Katherine Mansfield
Abridged By:
Richard Hamilton.
Producer:
Anne-Marie Cole

Five weekday programmes in which comedian and novelist ArdalO'Hanlon talks to the Irishmen who helped build Britain's roads and motorways and now live in Arlington House, a hostel in London's Camden Town. 1: How difficult was emigration?
Producer Rachel Hooper. Executive producer Kathleen Carragher

Contributors

Unknown:
Camden Town.
Producer:
Rachel Hooper.
Producer:
Kathleen Carragher

Immediately after his election victory in June,
Tony Blair disbanded the Ministry of Agriculture, Rsheries and Food and replaced it with the new Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. Derek Cooper charts the history of MAFF from its beginnings in the 19th centuryto its eventual demise, and considers the changing relationship between our government and the food we eat. Extended repeat from yesterday 12.30pm

Contributors

Unknown:
Tony Blair
Unknown:
Derek Cooper

A special edition of the panel show recorded at this year's Edinburgh Festival. Nigel Rees 's guests are Dillie Keane , Owen Dudley Edwards , Ben Moor and Joyce McMillan. The reader is William Franklyn.
Producer Carol Smith. EMAIL quote.unquote@bbc.co.uk. Rptd Sunday BBC RADIO COLLECTION: Quote.... Unquote is available on cassette at all good retailers and www.bbcshop.com. Call [number removed].

Contributors

Unknown:
Nigel Rees
Unknown:
Dillie Keane
Unknown:
Owen Dudley Edwards
Unknown:
Joyce McMillan.
Unknown:
William Franklyn.
Producer:
Carol Smith.

Mark Lawson meets cellist Steven Isserlis , who has written Why Beethoven Threw the Stew, a book for children about the lives of great composers. Producer Sally Spurring

Contributors

Unknown:
Mark Lawson
Unknown:
Steven Isserlis

A five-part series by Jane Beeson looking at the female impressionist painter Berthe Morisot through her correspondence with her mother and sister.
1: As the first impressionist exhibition opens to the ridicule of the critics, the first stirrings of Berthe's talent are recalled with an early encounterwith Manet.
Director Peter Leslie Wild. Repeated from 10.45am

Contributors

Unknown:
Jane Beeson
Unknown:
Berthe Morisot
Director:
Peter Leslie Wild.
Berthe:
Sarah-Jane Holm
Cornelie:
Pauline Munro
Mane:
.Simon Chandler
Edma:
Alison Pettitt
> Guichard:
Robert Uster
Woolf:
Ian Brooker

Two years after the Paddington train crash, Sheena McDonald charts the progress of two survivors whose common experience of trauma has led to a firm friendship - despite leading different lives on Opposite Sides of the Atlantic. Producer Jane MacSorley.

Contributors

Unknown:
Sheena McDonald
Producer:
Jane MacSorley.

Arts Factory. The training and community enterprise of Ferndale in the Rhondda Valley has been hugely
, successful in placing people injobs as well as providing free leisure facilities. Sandra Sykes meets the visionaries involved. Repeated from Friday

Contributors

Unknown:
Sandra Sykes

Turtles in Trouble. Mark Carwardine investigates the responsibilities that the United Kingdom bears in protecting marine turtles from exploitation on theirtropical breeding beaches, and finds that, closerto home, the rare leatherback turtle presents us with a conservation challenge off our own shores. Producer Brett Westwoood. Repeated tomorrow 11am

Contributors

Unknown:
Mark Carwardine
Producer:
Brett Westwoood.

Henry James 's novel is abridged in ten parts by Alison Joseph and read by Stuart Milligan. 6:
Strether is aware that his opinion of Madame de Vionnet has Changed radically. Producer Gaynor Macfarlane

Contributors

Unknown:
Henry James
Unknown:
Alison Joseph
Read By:
Stuart Milligan.
Unknown:
Madame de Vionnet
Producer:
Gaynor MacFarlane

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