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4: The idea that the British Empire ended with tea and ceremony takes a knock as Trevor Phillips hears from a Mau Mau general in Kenya, and the British soldier responsible for removing 91 dead bodies from the destruction of the King David hotel in Palestine. ProducerMilesWarde Repeatedat9.30pm

Contributors

Unknown:
Trevor Phillips
Unknown:
Mau Mau

Squashed tomatoes, potatoes and their taxonomic allies reside in their thousands in the vast Herbarium of the Natural History Museum. Quentin Cooper roots through some of them with botanist
Sandy Knapp to explore the secrets and value of this great botanical reference collection. Producer Andrew Luck-Baker

Contributors

Unknown:
Quentin Cooper
Unknown:
Sandy Knapp
Producer:
Andrew Luck-Baker

4: The Government Scientist. In the last of his series on flawed genius, Adam Hart-Davis explores how botanist Joseph Banks kept his grip on England's scientific endeavours for over 40 years, how he paid his way around the world with James Cook in 1769, started plant collections which form the basis of the Natural History Museum and Kew Gardens , and invented his own gigantic carriage. Plus, what did Banks get up to in the South Sea islands? The reader is Bill Wallis. Producer Mary Ward Lowery

Contributors

Unknown:
Adam Hart-Davis
Unknown:
Joseph Banks
Unknown:
James Cook
Unknown:
Kew Gardens
Unknown:
Bill Wallis.
Producer:
Mary Ward Lowery

By Georgia Pritchett.
A comedy about florists with attitude.

Ample and Winnie try to help a customer to woo his beloved. Meanwhile, a fortune teller predicts fame and fortune for Winnie - but things do not turn out as she'd hoped.

Contributors

Writer:
Georgia Pritchett
Director:
Beeban Kidron
Ample:
Miranda Richardson
Winnie:
Doon MacKichan
Robert:
David Morrissey
Sandra:
Imelda Staunton
Phil:
Robert Webb
Pauline/Fortune teller:
Ronni Ancona
Jack:
Geoffrey Whitehead
Customer:
Simon Greenall

A new season of the nationwide general-knowledge contest begins in London, chaired as always by Robert Robinson. The contestants are management consultant David Brown , civil servant Simon Croft , computer analyst David Gomm and house husband Richard Turner. Producer Richard Edis Repeated Saturday llpm

Contributors

Unknown:
Robert Robinson.
Unknown:
David Brown
Unknown:
Simon Croft
Unknown:
David Gomm
Unknown:
Richard Turner.
Producer:
Richard Edis

Whales and Seals by Helen Dunmore.
Brenda Blethyn reads the first in a week of short stories about flying the nest. Today's tale movingly explores the relationship between mothers and sons. Producer Elizabeth Allard

Contributors

Unknown:
Helen Dunmore.
Unknown:
Brenda Blethyn
Producer:
Elizabeth Allard

Paul Henley presents a series of profiles of five extraordinary Europeans who have made a difference to the people of their country - and sometimes beyond. 1: Jose Mantero. Producer Lucy Ash

Contributors

Unknown:
Paul Henley
Unknown:
Jose Mantero.
Producer:
Lucy Ash

Paul Merton , Clement Freud and Ross Noblejoin chairman Nicholas Parsons in Edinburgh. ProducerClaire Jones Rptd Sunday 12.04pm
BBC RADIO COLLECTION: A selection from this series is available on five volumes of audio cassette at good retail outlets or www.bbcshop.com Call [number removed]

Contributors

Unknown:
Paul Merton
Unknown:
Clement Freud
Unknown:
Ross Noblejoin
Unknown:
Nicholas Parsons

Mark Lawson interviews Martin Amis about his new book Koba the Dreadin which he deals with the attitude of western intellectuals to the "horrors of communism". Producer Ekene Akalawu

Contributors

Unknown:
Mark Lawson
Unknown:
Martin Amis
Producer:
Ekene Akalawu

The notorious 1950s bestseller by Grace Metalious that lifted the lid on the passions and scandal running underthe respectable surface of a small town in pre-war New England. Dramatised in ten parts by April de Angelis. 6: With her husband run out oftown, Nellie Cross descends into madness.
Director Sara Davies Repeat of 10.45am

Contributors

Director:
Sara Davies
Narrator:
Claire Bloom
Allison:
Usa Renee
Constance:
Maxine Howe
Tom:
Demetri Goritsas
Selena:
Polly Lee
Doc Swain:
Peter Marinker
Lucas:
John Sharian
Nellie:
Kathryn Akin
Norman:
Bruce Godfree
Old Men:
Ed Bishop
Old Men:
Sean Hagerty
Old Men:
Garrlck Hagon
Joey Cross:
Matthew Kane

The Kids' Company was established in south-east
London to support children whose parents are unable tocareforthem. Gwyneth Powell observes the work of this extraordinary charity and examines its mission to save children from the abyss. Producer Angela Hind

Contributors

Producer:
Angela Hind

The first in a six-part series in which Edward Stourton investigates one of the most influential and controversial figures in western history, on a quest to understand what turned an enthusiastic persecutor of the early church into a man whose zeal transformed the Christian world, producer Phil pegum

Contributors

Unknown:
Edward Stourton

In the first of a new series, Mark Carwardine reports on how Europe's wildlife will be transformed by new EU agriculture subsidies. He also discovers the biggest tuskers in Africa, hidden in Mozambique's forgotten wilderness. Producer Grant Sonnex RptdTuellam

Contributors

Unknown:
Mark Carwardine
Producer:
Grant Sonnex Rptdtuellam

r Jonathan Swift 's classic 18th-century satire, abridged in ten parts by Roger Pine. Read by John Sessions. 1: 4 May 1699. Lemuel Gulliver sets sail forthe first of his four epic voyages. He arrives in Lilliput, falls asleep and finds himself a prisoner. Producer Hilary Dunn

Contributors

Unknown:
Jonathan Swift
Unknown:
Roger Pine.
Read By:
John Sessions.
Unknown:
Lemuel Gulliver
Producer:
Hilary Dunn

It's a Funny Old Life. In Walton-on-Thames, Surrey, comedian Jack Russell lives on a 60ft-long barge. His nomadic childhood, combined with his current lifestyle, provide plenty of material for his comedy show. Producers Jenny Caynes and Simon Houlihan

Contributors

Unknown:
Jack Russell
Producers:
Jenny Caynes

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