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An exploration of the lives of the ordinary working men and women of Britain at six critical moments across the last 1,000 years. 2. Who Was Then the Gentleman? Melvyn Bragg listens to accounts of some of those who marched with the Peasants' Revolt of 1381, which almost toppled the government. Producer Simon Elmes Repeated 9.30pm

Contributors

Unknown:
Melvyn Bragg
Producer:
Simon Elmes

Brazil. In Brazil's Amazon frontier, modern slaves are trapped in debt bondage and forced labour, cutting down the rainforest to make wayfor cattle ranches. The landowners enjoy impunity and are free to export their beeftothe UK. Olenka Frenkiel joins a federal squad on a raid of a ranch. But can Brazil keep its promise to get rid of slavery by the end of the year? Editor Maria Balinska Repeated Monday 8.30pm

Contributors

Editor:
Maria Balinska

Deborah Bull dances her way through fourcentunes, from the Renaissance to Romanticism.
4: The Forbidden Dance. When Lord Byron first witnessed a waltz in 1821 he was horrified: "Imagine my surprise to see poor dear Mrs Hornem with her arms half round the loins of a huge Hussar-looking gentleman, and his arms rather more than half round her waist, turning round and round to a damned see-saw up and down sort of tune." Producer Kate McAII

Contributors

Unknown:
Deborah Bull
Unknown:
Mrs Hornem
Producer:
Kate McAii

By Jane Austen. Dramatised by Robin Brooks.
An unconstrained comedy of youthful rebellion, love at first sight, door-slamming, theft, elopement and death, written when the novelist was only 14. Two young heroines substitute the quivering emotions of sensibility for common sense in this exuberant parody of the sentimental and romantic novels of the day. It's truly Jane Austen as you've never heard her before.

Contributors

Author:
Jane Austen
Dramatised By:
Robin Brooks
Director:
Fiona McAlpine
Laura:
Victoria Hamilton
Edward:
David Tennant
Augustus:
Jasper Britton
Sophia:
Ruth Platt
Sir Edward:
David Horovitch
Grandfather:
David Horovitch
Aunt Philippa:
Janet Jefferies
Augusta:
Sarah Eedle
Dorothea:
Lara Haworth
Janetta:
Lara Haworth
Bridget:
Daisy Smith

Beaumaris. By Pavel Nevulski. A university lecturer takes a young student on a historical research tripto Beaumaris castle. Will he use the opportunityto seduce her? Read by Robin Soans. Producer Joanne Reardon

Contributors

Unknown:
Pavel Nevulski.
Read By:
Robin Soans.
Producer:
Joanne Reardon

One of the more imaginative explanations for Britain's recent foot-and-mouth epidemic is that disease-causing pathogens were carried in atmospheric dust clouds from North Africa. With Dr Jim Haywood from the Met Office and Dr Richard Washington from Oxford University, Quentin Cooper asks if global climate change is responsible. Producer John Watkins E-mail: [email address removed]

Contributors

Presenter:
Quentin Cooper
Guest:
Dr Jim Haywood
Guest:
Dr Richard Washington
Producer:
John Watkins

Graeme Garden hosts another comedy debate, Gyles Brandreth , Harriet Hayridge , Sir Bernard Ingham ,
Steve Punt and Arthur Smith compete to prove their arguments for or against the motions before them. Producer Jane Berthoud

Contributors

Unknown:
Graeme Garden
Unknown:
Gyles Brandreth
Unknown:
Harriet Hayridge
Unknown:
Sir Bernard Ingham
Unknown:
Steve Punt
Unknown:
Arthur Smith
Producer:
Jane Berthoud

By Annie Caulfield. 4: Alma Cogan is befriended by John Lennon. She faces the pressures of being in the entertainment business in the maelstrom of the 1960s with courage and style.
Pianist Neil Brand Director Marilyn Imrie Repeated from 10.45am

Contributors

Unknown:
Annie Caulfield.
Unknown:
Alma Cogan
Unknown:
John Lennon.
Director:
Marilyn Imrie
Alma:
Jessica Martin
Fay:
Alison Steadman
John Lennon:
Ralph Little
Director:
Henry Goodman
Lauren Bacall:
Teresa Gallagher

During the heyday of the British Empire, the most prized manuscripts were the travel journals of Victorian explorers such as David Livingstone and John Hanning Speke. David Stenhouse explores the rivalry between two Edinburgh publishing families who fought tooth and nail over these authors, only to discover that explorers don't necessarily make the best writers. Producer Elizabeth Clark

Contributors

Unknown:
David Livingstone
Unknown:
John Hanning Speke.
Unknown:
David Stenhouse
Producer:
Elizabeth Clark

The Expired Mandate. John Kampfner asks why European influence on Israel and the Palestinian
Authority is now virtually non-existent. Is American power primarily responsible, or is the problem Europe's dark history of anti-Semitism and the present-day resurgence of its far Right? Editor Nicola Mayrick Repeated Sunday 9 30pm

Contributors

Unknown:
John Kampfner
Editor:
Nicola Mayrick

Do you desperately fancy someone in your office? Can you resist the bar of chocolate in the fridge? Once a desire takes hold it's hard to resist.
Peter Evans looks at the biology behind some of our most common desires and discovers how we cope with ancient urges in the modern world.
Producer Julia Durbin E-MAIL: radioscience@bbc.co.uk

Contributors

Unknown:
Peter Evans
Producer:
Julia Durbin

The second series of Gerard Foster 's popular comedy drama starring Geoffrey Palmer and Angela Thorne as the parents of a stereotypical middle-class, middle-England family. Part 3.
Producer Jane Berthoud

Contributors

Unknown:
Gerard Foster
Unknown:
Geoffrey Palmer
Unknown:
Angela Thorne
Producer:
Jane Berthoud
George:
Geoffrey Palmer
Beverly:
Angela Thorne
Alex:
Gerard Foster
Rose:
Miranda Hart
Hosanna:
Debra Stephenson
Roger:
Richie Webb

Charismatic Welsh-Italian actor Victor Spinetti reminisces about his life and some of the stars he's worked with, including the Beatles, Peter Sellers , HuwWeldon, Marlene Dietrich and Warren Beatty. Producer Claire Jones

Contributors

Unknown:
Victor Spinetti
Unknown:
Peter Sellers
Unknown:
Marlene Dietrich
Unknown:
Warren Beatty.
Producer:
Claire Jones

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