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Martin Jarvis chooses and performs five Richmal Crompton stories new to radio, starring as ever the immortal William Brown, and featuring in supporting roles his loyal Outlaws, the long-suffering members of his family, assorted local inhabitants and visitors, and, in today's opening story, a special guest appearance by the ineffable Violet Elizabeth Bott.
Producer Rosalind Ayres
Repeated at 12.30am
BBC Radio Collection: A collection of Just William stories is available on audio cassette at good retail outlets or [web address removed] Several stones are also available on CD. Call [number removed]

Contributors

Author:
Richmal Crompton
Reader:
Martin Jarvis
Producer:
Rosalind Ayres

Archaeologist Julian Richards explores how and why towns take shape, using the evidence still present in their streets and buildings.
6: Wharram Percy. Up to 3,000 medieval villages have disappeared from our landscape and the only remaining clue to their existence is often a single church surrounded by farmland. One such deserted village in North Yorkshire is the setting for this exploration of how an entire way of life was lost. and why explanations from fire and plague to divine wrath were proposed to account for a village's destruction. Producer John Byrne

Contributors

Unknown:
Julian Richards
Unknown:
Wharram Percy.
Producer:
John Byrne

Malcolm Bradbury 's satire of campus politics.
3: Howard Kirk finds himself accused of givinggood marks to female students in return for sexual favours Dramatised in six parts by Dominic Power
Director Michael Fox

Contributors

Unknown:
Malcolm Bradbury
Unknown:
Howard Kirk
Director:
Michael Fox
Howard:
Michael Mueller
Barbara:
Annabelle Apsion
Annie:
Jayne McKenna
Henry:
Malcolm James
Myra:
Anna Farnworth
George:
Vincent Penfold
Alan:
Geoffrey Whitehead
Flora:
Victoria Carling
Felicity:
Caroline Devlin
Benita:
Rachel Smith
Pete:
Garry Crystal
Narrator:
Gerrard McArthur

By Kenneth Grahame. Dramatised by Martyn Wade.

The lives of five orphans growing up in the idyllic English countryside, looked after by assorted aunts and uncles, are filled with fun and games, as they transform their toys and surroundings into magical fantasies and adventures.

But the time will come when the toys are sent away and the dreaded threat of boarding-school looms to put an end forever to the innocent pleasures of childhood.
Original Music Composed by Elizabeth Parker
Directed by Cherry Cookson

Contributors

The man:
James Fleet
Miss Smedley:
MacIa Warren
The boy:
Jesse Jeune
Charlotte:
Alexandra Stone
Edward:
Oliver Cookson
Harold:
Harry Francis
Uncle Thomas:
David Timson
Aunt Eliza:
Ann Beach
Mr Hodgitts:
Ian Masters
Aunt Maria:
Patience Tomlinson
Uncle William:
Gerard McDermott
Martha and the deer:
Hannah Dee

This week Heather Beal, David Cormell, Kimberley Hale and Jack Young - four young fans of Arthur Ransome's Swallows and Amazons - arrive in the Lake District. With the help of friendly natives Claire Kendall-Price and Roger Wardale, who have written books on the subject, they try to discover the disguised locations in his stories. The reader is Gabriel Woolf. 1: Wild Cat Island Producer Andy Cartwright

Contributors

Unknown:
Heather Beal
Unknown:
David Cormell
Unknown:
Kimberley Hale
Unknown:
Jack Young-Four
Unknown:
Arthur Ransome
Unknown:
Claire Kendall-Price
Unknown:
Roger Wardale
Unknown:
Gabriel Woolf.
Producer:
Andy Cartwright

Gavin Esler returns with more international conversation on everything from art to anthropology and politics to popular culture, beginningwith a look at British Bank Holiday obsessions - do any other cultures share our infatuation with gardening and DIY? Producer Amber Dawson

Contributors

Unknown:
Gavin Esler
Producer:
Amber Dawson

Special guests joining Nigel Rees to exchange favourite quotes and anecdotes this week are
Marcel Berlins , Ruth Brandon , Paul Gambaccini and Juliet Stevenson. The reader is Meryl O'Keeffe. Producer Carol Smith Email: quote.unquote@bbc.co.uk Repeated Sunday 12.04pm

Contributors

Unknown:
Nigel Rees
Unknown:
Marcel Berlins
Unknown:
Ruth Brandon
Unknown:
Paul Gambaccini
Unknown:
Juliet Stevenson.
Producer:
Carol Smith

Mark Lawson takes to the road with the English Touring Theatre, whose production of Ibsen's Ghosts, starring Diana Quick , opens in Malvern and visits Warwick and Blackpool as part of a ten-week national tour. Producer Robyn Read

Contributors

Unknown:
Mark Lawson
Unknown:
Diana Quick

By Jyll Bradley with Jonquil Panting. A horticomedy in five parts featuringthe adventures of four rampant
- climbers at the St Plover's School for Lady Gardeners.
1: Four Budding Gardeners. In which Head Perennial Miss Bowermount welcomes four new gals.
With Sandra Clark , Helen Longworth and Carl Prekopp Song sung by the Farlington School Choir Director Jonquil Panting Repeat of 10.45am

Contributors

Unknown:
Jyll Bradley
Unknown:
Jonquil Panting.
Unknown:
Sandra Clark
Unknown:
Helen Longworth
Unknown:
Carl Prekopp
Miss Bowermount/Pops:
Patrick Barlow
Clover:
Celia Imrle
Violet:
Julie Hesmondhalgh
Iris/Myrtle:
Rosie Cavaliero
Sorrel:
Matilda Ziegler
Remming:
Beth Chalmers
Miss Haigh/Miss Bates:
Ann Beach
Miss Godfrey:
Rachel Atkins

Margaret Metcalfe grew up believing that the father she'd never known was a war hero. But in a painful journey into history, she uncovers the real truth of how he betrayed his family and his country, and became the only British officer to fight for the Nazis.

Contributors

Unknown:
Margaret Metcalfe
Producer:
Mark Handscomb
Editor:
David Ross

Zimbabweans on the Move. The recent upheavals in Zimbabwe have led thousands of people to leave their home country to try to build better lives elsewhere in southern Africa. Mark Ashurst hears some of their stories, looks at the impact they are making on their adopted countries and gains a fresh perspective on the country they've left behind. Repeated from Thursday

The first of a two-part series in which Andrew Luck-Baker looks at the extraordinary biology of isolated communities and how by studying them we can lean more about Planet Earth.
Producer Alexandra Feachem E-MAIL: radioscience@bbc.co.uk

Contributors

Producer:
Alexandra Feachem

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