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We Are Stardust. Mark Tully explores our developing knowledge of the essential elements of life. Once thought to be earth, air, fire and water, life is now understood to be made up of myriad forms and particles that orginated in "Stardust". Producer EleyMcAinsh Repeated at 11.30pm

Contributors

Unknown:
Mark Tully

Judith Chalmers appeals on behalf of Tourism for All. Donations: [address removed]Credit cards: [number removed] Producer Sally Flatman
Repeated at9.26pm and on Thu at 3.28pm

Contributors

Unknown:
Judith Chalmers
Producer:
Sally Flatman

From Pluscarden Abbey in Morayshire, Scotland, Mass, in traditional Gregorian chant, sung by the Benedictine monks who live a life of quiet work, reflection and worship and are part of the 13th-century abbey s story of patient restoration from ruin. producer Mo McCullough

Contributors

Producer:
Mo McCullough

Regional Variations (2)

Letter from America - a Celebration

BBC Radio 4 FM

Duration: 15 minutes

on BBC Radio 4 FM

Available for over a year

The legendary broadcaster recounts his first proper encounter with a native American in Spring 1947. (1970s rerecording).

Swapping quotations with Nigel Rees are Emily Buchanan
Naomi Gryn , Chris Langham and Michael Rosen. The reader is Meryl O'Keefe. Repeated from Monday

Contributors

Unknown:
Nigel Rees
Unknown:
Emily Buchanan
Unknown:
Naomi Gryn
Unknown:
Chris Langham
Unknown:
Michael Rosen.
Unknown:
Meryl O'Keefe.

Sheila Dillon investigates the pricing policies of our restaurants and finds out if British diners are being ripped off.
(Extended repeat tomorrow at 4pm)

Is there any rhyme or reason to the price we pay to dine at a restaurant? Or are we simply being conned?

The Food Programme 12.30pm R4

Ever been left feeling uncomfortable at the end of a meal in a restaurant - by the size of the bill rather than the food? Sheila Dillon follows the progress of our food from farm to dinner plate, beginning at dawn as vegetables are plucked from a field, finding out what the mark-up is on them as they're sold to restaurants, through to the juggling act chefs or managers make between covering their costs, ensuring a profit and deciding what price diners will pay. We hear about the restaurant where none of the dishes are priced: you simply leave what you think the meal was worth. And at the other end of the scale, people who have eaten at Sketch - one of London's most extravagant and expensive eateries - say what they made of the meal and how they felt about the price they paid for the experience.

Contributors

Reporter:
Sheila Dillon
Producer:
Sarah Tempest

Bob Flowerdew , Matthew Biggs and Anne Swithinbank answer questions from gardeners in Derbyshire. Pippa
Greenwood has the definitive guide to choosingthe right compost. Including Gardening Weather Forecast. Eric Robson is in the chair.
Producer Trevor Taylor
BBC RADIO COLLECTION: A specially recorded edition of Gardeners Question Time, featuring regular team members. is available on audio cassette and CD from retail outlets or from www.bbcshop.com Call [number removed]
Alan Titchmarsh defends his craft: page 35

Contributors

Unknown:
Bob Flowerdew
Unknown:
Matthew Biggs
Unknown:
Anne Swithinbank
Unknown:
Eric Robson
Producer:
Trevor Taylor
Unknown:
Alan Titchmarsh

4/4. A Dose of Wholesome Horehound
Caroline Holmes talks to Tudor physic-garden expert Sue Thompson about plants that should come with a health warning. Producer Mukti Jain Campion

Contributors

Talks:
Caroline Holmes
Unknown:
Sue Thompson
Producer:
Mukti Jain Campion

1/2. In Stella Gibbons 's gentle comedy,
Margaret Steggles moves to London in 1943 to take up her new teachingjob. Through a dropped ration book she meets the Challises who live at Westwood, an elegant house in Highgate. The charming Challis family, with the casual selfishness of the privileged, soon take advantage of Margaret's slavish admiration. Adapted by Lynne Truss. See Open Book, which follows this programme at 4pm.
Director Kate McAII Repeated on Saturday at 9pm
Lynne Truss loves Westwood: page 113

Contributors

Unknown:
Stella Gibbons
Unknown:
Margaret Steggles
Adapted By:
Lynne Truss.
Director:
Kate McAii
Narrator:
Rosemary Leach
Lady Challis:
Rosemary Leach
Margaret:
Juliet Aubrey
Gerard:
Michael Fenton Stevens
Hilda:
Saffron Burrows
Hebe:
Caroline Harker
Zita:
Mia Soteriou
Seraphina:
Phyllida Nash
Dick:
Jonathan Nibbs
Mrs Steggles:
Angela Barlow
Mr Hudson:
Chris Donnelly
Grantey:
Jacqueline Tong
Earl:
Martin T Sherman
Mrs Wilson:
Barbara Kellerman

Mariella Frostrup discusses the work of Stella Gibbons , author of Cold Comfort Farm and the Classic Serial this week, Westwood.
Producer Sally Spurring Repeated on Thursday at 4pm June Bookclub: The Scold's Bridle by Minette Walters

Contributors

Unknown:
Mariella Frostrup
Unknown:
Stella Gibbons
Unknown:
Minette Walters

2/6. Roger McGough celebrates the legacy of the former poet laureate John Betjeman , who died 20 years ago this week. McGough interviews his biographer Bevis Hillier and there is a reading from Betjeman's verse autobiography, Summoned by Bells. The readers are Alice Arnold and Peter Marinker.
Producer Mark Smalley Repeated on Saturday at 11.30pm

Contributors

Unknown:
Roger McGough
Unknown:
John Betjeman
Unknown:
Bevis Hillier
Unknown:
Peter Marinker.
Producer:
Mark Smalley

2/2. The Arab nations have oil, gas and lots of well-educated people, yet they've failed to keep up with the global economic boom of the last 20 years. Dr Maha Azzam travels across the Arab world to ask why it has failed to develop and provide jobs for its citizens, and meets women who say they've been left out of the race for progress. She also hears from the experts who put the blame on overpopulation, corruption and red tape. Repeated from Tuesday

Contributors

Unknown:
Dr Maha Azzam

3/3. Through the letters that she sent each week to her parents, the Rev Dr Joyce Bennett tells the story of her ordination in the Anglican Communion in Hong Kong in 1971. It would be another 23 years before women would be ordained in the Church of England.
Producer Sally Flatman Repeated on Saturday at 7.45pm

Contributors

Unknown:
Dr Joyce Bennett
Producer:
Sally Flatman

Quentin Cooper presents his selection of excerpts from BBC radio over the past seven days. Producer Kate Murphy PHONE: [number removed] Fax: [number removed] email: potw@bbc.co.uk

Contributors

Unknown:
Quentin Cooper
Producer:
Kate Murphy

Barney Harwood hosts the children's magazine programme, with stories, competitions, features and interviews. Including the third episode of The Snow Spider by Jenny Nimmo , read by Dylan Williams. Producer Rob Carter

Contributors

Unknown:
Barney Harwood
Unknown:
Jenny Nimmo
Read By:
Dylan Williams.
Producer:
Rob Carter

3/5. Stories about fathers and adolescents.
The Mysterious Affair. Written by John Mortimer and read by Bernard Cribbins. Freddy becomes convinced that his father has played a gruesome part in his grandfather's Sudden disappearance. Producer Emma Harding

Contributors

Written By:
John Mortimer
Read By:
Bernard Cribbins.
Producer:
Emma Harding

Roger Boiton with listeners' opinions and comments on BBC radio programmes and policy.
ADDRESS: Feedback, PO Box 2100, London W1A 1QT Phone: [number removed] Fax: [number removed] email: feedback@bbc.co.uk Repeated from Friday

Contributors

Unknown:
Roger Boiton

Digital Treatment. The NHS is spending billions on computer power. Peter Day finds out what the money will buy and asks if healthcare is ready to respond to the digital revolution. Repeated from Thursday

Contributors

Unknown:
Peter Day

Andrew Rawnsley previews the week's political events.
10.45 Tales from the Cutting Room
1/3. Michael Cockerell tells the behind-the-scenes story of his dealings with Margaret Thatcher.
Editor Terry Dignan Tales from the Cutting Room repeated Wed 8.45pm

Contributors

Unknown:
Andrew Rawnsley
Unknown:
Michael Cockerell
Unknown:
Margaret Thatcher.
Editor:
Terry Dignan

Broadcaster and journalist Stuart Maconie and actress Rebecca Front talk to Sue MacGregor about their favourite books.

(Repeated from Tuesday)

Contributors

Presenter:
Sue MacGregor
Panellist:
Stuart Maconie
Panellist:
Rebecca Front

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