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With Sarah Montague and James Naughtie.
6.25, 7.25,8.25 Sports News
7.48 Thought for the Day With the Rev Dr Colin Morns.

Contributors

Unknown:
Sarah Montague
Unknown:
James Naughtie.
Unknown:
Dr Colin Morns.

Jeremy Paxman asks Bill Clinton 's former adviser Philip Bobbit to defend his argument that the wars from 1914 to 1990 were in fact one " long war" to determinewhethercommunism.fascismor parliamentarianism would be the organising principle of modern states. They are joined by writer Eva Hoffman , who throws new light on questions of identity and difference.
Producer Eliane Glaser Shortened repeat at 9.30pm

Contributors

Unknown:
Jeremy Paxman
Unknown:
Bill Clinton
Unknown:
Philip Bobbit
Unknown:
Eva Hoffman
Producer:
Eliane Glaser

Regional Variations (2)

By Sarah Murgatroyd. 1: In 1860the Victorian Exploring Expedition, led by Robert O'Hara Burke and William Wills , set out to cross Australia's unforgiving desert from south to north. Despite the fanfare and excitement accompanying the expedition's departure, some newspaper columnists predicted that lives would be lost. The reader is Kerry Fox. Abridged in five parts by Doreen Estall. Producer Elizabeth Allard Repeated at 12.30am

Contributors

Unknown:
Sarah Murgatroyd.
Unknown:
Robert O'Hara Burke
Unknown:
William Wills
Unknown:
Kerry Fox.
Unknown:
Doreen Estall.
Producer:
Elizabeth Allard

The six-part drama documentary series that explores the life of the British soldier down the centuries. 3: The Surgeon's Mate. By Mike Dorrell
Ian Taggart (John Mackay ), surgeon's mate, tends a dying soldier in Philadelphia 1777, to the sounds of the American patriot army celebrating a victory over the British. Historical background to the American
War of Independence is provided by Toby McLeoa and Madge Dresser , producer Sara Davies

Contributors

Unknown:
Mike Dorrell
Unknown:
Ian Taggart
Unknown:
John MacKay
Provided By:
Toby McLeoa
Provided By:
Madge Dresser
Producer:
Sara Davies

A second series of Giovanni Guareschi's delightful stories about the Roman Catholic priest and the communist mayor fighting for the hearts and minds of the people of a little village in the Po valley.

Don Camillo and Peppone find themselves strangely united when a gunman takes over the church.

[Photo caption] Don Camillo, a Catholic priest, lives in a magical place where he must fight for the hearts and minds of the people

The Little World of Don Camillo 11.30am R4

The first series of these comic dramas crept modestly into the schedules last year, much like morning sunlight illuminating ripples on the River Po in Italy, where the stories are set. It soon became apparent that the adaptations of Giovanni Guareschi's fables would be a smash hit on radio so I am happy to welcome a second series. New listeners will only need to know that the setting is an ongoing village feud between the communist mayor and the Catholic priest, a feud hilariously played out via such vital civic matters as the right of the ungodly to swim in the river and the welfare of cows who have fallen victim to a strike by herdsmen. Joss Ackland plays God, Ian Hogg plays Don Camillo and the whole thing is an absolute delight.

Contributors

Author:
Giovanni Guareschi
Dramatised by:
Peter Kerry
Director:
Chris Wallis
God/Narrator:
Joss Ackland
Don Camillo:
Ian Hogg
Peppone:
Shaun Prendergast
Capt Mancini:
Ben Crowe
Smilzo:
Donald McBride
Biondo:
Trevor Fox
Mrs Castelino:
Charlie Hardwick

By Stephen James. Jacques receives a lettertnat revives the memory of a strange and obsessive love affair many years before, which has affected him more than he cares to acknowledge.
Director Janet Whitaker

Contributors

Unknown:
Stephen James.
Director:
Janet Whitaker
André:
Richard Johnson
Elizabeth:
Victoria Carling
Jacques:
Olivier Pierre
Jacques:
Peter Marinker

A series of four stories in which writers new to radio explore some of the best-known classical myths in a contemporary setting. 1: Coventry. By Mark Czanik. A man becomes obsessed with a woman called
Leda on his regularwalks home from school with his young child. Read by Anton Lesser , producer Hilary Dunn

Contributors

Unknown:
Mark Czanik.
Read By:
Anton Lesser
Producer:
Hilary Dunn

Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolfwas the inspiration behind this new series. Pupils from five schools were challenged to adapt and perform a local folk tale for radio, with incidental music which they wrote themselves. 1: The Grey Horse and the Widow's Daughters. Twelve-year-olds from St George 's
School for Girls in Edinburgh present their version of a storyfrom Fife that bears a strong resemblance to the Bluebeard legend.
Music animateur David Munro Producer Bill Lloyd

Contributors

Unknown:
St George
Unknown:
David Munro
Producer:
Bill Lloyd

Anne MacKenzie and guests roam the international agenda from politics to popular culture, sports to science, and art to anthropology. Producer Amber Dawson

Contributors

Unknown:
Anne MacKenzie
Producer:
Amber Dawson

Another half-hour of top-quality, desk-based entertainment for all the family, which comes once more from the Haymarket theatre in Leicester.
Jeremy Hardy joins show regulars Tim Brooke-Taylor, Graeme Garden, Barry Cryer and Humphrey Lyttelton. At the piano is Colin Sell.

(Repeated Sunday 12.04pm)

BBC Radio Collection: This series is available on six volumes of audio cassette, in addition to a specially designed box set, at good retail outlets or [web address removed]. Call [number removed]

Contributors

Unknown:
Tim Brooke-Taylor
Unknown:
Graeme Garden
Unknown:
Barry Cryer
Unknown:
Humphrey Lyttelton
Pianist:
Colin Sell
Producer:
Jon Naismith

Five short plays by Katie Hims.

Des sets out to buy a birthday present for his football-mad granddaughter, but has an encounter with a cardboard cut-out of a sixties Argentinean football star.
Directors Jeremy Mortimer and Mary Peate
(Repeat of 10.45am)

Contributors

Unknown:
Katie Hims
Director:
Jeremy Mortimer
Director:
Mary Peate
Des:
Tom Georgeson
Joely:
Sophie Stuckey
Love-and-hate man:
Neil Stuke

This week Dr Raj Persaud hears from the president-elect of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, Dr Mike Shooter , about how he plans to make his mark. He also talks about his own history of depression, and the programme examines what it's like to live with clinical depression. ProducerMarya Burgess Phone the BBC Action Line: [number removed]

Contributors

Unknown:
Dr Raj Persaud
Unknown:
Dr Mike Shooter

Orchid Resurrection. The Lady's Slipper orchid is one of the rarest and most beautiful plants in Britain, but it was almost wiped out by Victorian plant collectors. Mark Carwardine finds out how, thanks to hard work by conservationists and the latest genetic wizardry, the Lady's Slipper is returning to its former haunts. Producer Brett Westwood Repeated tomorrow 11am

Contributors

Unknown:
Mark Carwardine
Producer:
Brett Westwood

John McGahern continues reading his own ten-part adaptation of his latest novel: the story of a lake in the West of Ireland and of the people who live around it. 6: The Ruttledges and all their neighbours are invited to John Quinn 's wedding. Afterwards,
Jamesie has a secret that he is bursting to tell. Producer Kate Triggs

Contributors

Unknown:
John McGahern
Unknown:
John Quinn
Producer:
Kate Triggs

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