With Pauline Webb.
Presented by Miriam O'Reilly.
Producer Steve Peacock
With Sarah Montague and Edward Stourton.
6.25,7.25,8.25 Sports News
6.45 Yesterday in Parliament
6.59 Good Friday Hymn
When I Survey the Wondrous Cross.
7.45 Yesterday in Parliament
7.48 Thought for the Day
With the Rt Rev Richard Harries.
Presented by Martha Kearney.
Drama: Voices from Vindolanda. Part 5.
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The last in the series in which comedians return to their homelands to perform. This week
Kulvinder Ghir , star of Goodness Gracious Me, visits India, which has no stand-up comedy tradition to speak of. ln a funny, touching and uplifting story he starts a comedy club at the Taj Mahal Hotel and learns many lessons about the power comedy has for unifying people. Producer Graham Frost
Christopher Fitz-Simon 's six-part comedy-drama.
4: The Nearys' plan to open an amusement arcade right next doorto Butler's Funeral Furnishers seems set to win approval, unless Frances can dig the dirt on PJ―the Rev Cynthia Bannister might be the one to help her do it.
Music by Neil Brand Director Eoin O'Callaghan
With Liz Barclay and John Waite.
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With Nick Clarke. Editor Kevin Marsh
Roger Bolton airs your views and opinions on BBC Radio programmes and policy. producer Brian King Write to: Feedback, PO Box 2100, London W1A 1QT PHONE: [number removed] FAX [number removed]
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Repeated from yesterday 7 pm
Authors Will Self, Bonnie Greer and Ali Smith have dramatic encounters with their personal icons in a series of short plays about Dorian Gray, Shakespeare's Dark Lady and Dusty Springfield. Will Self, Bonnie Greer and Ali Smith play themselves Director Michael Fox
What links Dusty Springfield with Dorian Gray and Shakespeare's Dark Lady? They are all icons for three modern writers.
Afternoon Play: Letters to an Icon 2.15pm R4 This slot is nothing if not innovative and today fiction and reality make interesting bedfellows as three prominent writers appear in their own encounter with a figure they regard as iconic. Thus do Shakespeare's Dark Lady, Wilde's Dorian Gray and the singer Dusty Springfield find themselves occupying the same radio space. The three are icons for, respectively, Bonnie Greer, Will Self and Ali Smith. Greer cross-examines Shakespeare about his exact relationship with the bordello keeper, Self meets the famed Gray image in a top floor apartment at a London hotel and Smith encounters Springfield in a car.
A Good Friday Meditation on the Crucified
Christ Neil MacGregor , director of the National Gallery and the Rev Nicholas Holtam , vicar of St Martin in the Reids, London, discuss howtwo artists have interpreted the Passion of Christ: Velazquez in Christ after the Flagellation Contemplated by the Christian
Soul and Michelangelo in The Entombment. The Choir of St Martin in the Reids is directed by Nicholas Danks. Producer Stephen Shipley E-MAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org
Older people from different religious backgrounds, including Dorothy Davis , Rabbi Albert Friedlander ,
_ Munawar Hussain Gilani , Gerard Hughes ,
Kamlesh Patel and Roseanne Semple , talk about how their faith has changed overtime, producer RosieBouiton
With growing disquiet about the performance of the criminal justice system, Marcel Berlins asks what needs to change to ensure the guilty are punished, the innocent protected and victims get a fair deal. Producer Simon Coates Repeated Sunday 8.30pm
Jenni Murray and guests discuss how current media trends affect modern life. Producer Kevin Mousley
With Eddie Mair and Carolyn Quinn. Editor Kevin Marsh
With Francis Wheen , Linda Smith andJohn O'Farrell, chaired by Simon Hoggart.
Producer Lucy Armitage Repeated Saturday 12.30pm
Caroline is feeling grey.
Written by Adrian Flynn
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Leading pianists, including Vladimir Ashkenazy ,
Andras Schiff , Dave Brubeck , Mitsuko Uchida and Joanna MacGregor , discuss life at the keyboard and reflect on repertoire, lessons, bad instruments, practice and how they look after their hands. Producer Sally Spurring
By Catherine Czerkawska. 5: Coventina. A near-fatal accident involving Lepidina's daughter is the catalyst for a confrontation with Coventina.
For details see Monday Repeated from 10.45am
Jonathan Dimbleby chairs the debate from
Twickenham, Middlesex. Guests on the panel include journalist and author Greg Palast and the general secretary of the transport trade union RMT, Bob Crow.
Producer Lisa Jenkinson
With veteran commentator AlistairCooke. Repeated Saturday 5.45am and Sunday8.45am
New Zealand v England -the Third Test at Auckland
Commentary on the first day's play at Eden Park in the final Test of the series, by Jonathan Agnew , Henry Blofeld , Vic Marks , Christopher Martin-Jenkins , Mike Selvey and Bryan Waddle. The scorer is Bill Frindall. Producer Peter Baxter
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5: Barbary escapes to London. Fordetails see Monday
Playwright Amy Rosenthal and sociologist Frank Furedi join Chris Bigsbyto discuss the Seven Deadly Sins. Are they relevant in today's secular society, do we need new ones, and is it true that Chris has committed all seven at Once? Producer Miles Warde
Liz Kershaw tells the story of feminism in country music, with the help of Mary Chapin Carpenter , Emmylou Harris and Dolly Parton. Producers Nick Barraclough and Peter Everett
Otter Part 5. Repeated from 9.45am