Programme Index

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Encountering the Desert. Considering how an encounter with the desert affects the human spirit, with BBC world affairs correspondent Mike Wooldridge. Producer Eley McAinsh Repeated at 11.30pm

Contributors

Unknown:
Mike Wooldridge.
Producer:
Eley McAinsh

New series 1/4. With the arrival of spring, peacock
I butterflies hibernating in disused Second World War bunkers on the south coast of Devon are just about to wake up. Lionel Kelleway takes a look. Producer Stuart Reading

Contributors

Unknown:
Lionel Kelleway

Professor Lesley Regan appeals on behalf of the Miscarriage Association.
Donations: [address removed] Credit cards: Freephone [number removed]44
Producer Sally Flatman Repeated at 9.26pm and on Thursday at 3.27pm

Contributors

Unknown:
Professor Lesley Regan
Producer:
Sally Flatman

Laughter in Heaven. Ken Dodd joins Canon Noel Vincent and the Manchester Chamber Choir for a joyful celebration of Eastertide from Emmanuel Church,
Didsbury, in Manchester. Dodd explores the laughter and humour in the Bible and in everyday life as an expression of the Easter joy at the heart of Christian faith. Director of music Christopher Stokes. Producer Philip Billson

Contributors

Unknown:
Canon Noel Vincent
Music:
Christopher Stokes.
Producer:
Philip Billson

'0/11. With Clement Freud. Tony Hawks, Pam Ayres and Julian Clary. Nicholas Parsons is in the chair. From the New Theatre, Oxford. Repeated from Monday

Contributors

Unknown:
Clement Freud.
Unknown:
Pam Ayres
Unknown:
Julian Clary.
Unknown:
Nicholas Parsons

Take a huge wooden drum and ride a vintage motorbike around its walls at 40 miles an hour while carrying out a series of gravity-defying stunts. The Wall of Death is a spectacle that has enthralled funfair audiences in Britain for75 years and it still draws in the crowds today.
Andy Kershaw explores the history of this most spectacular of all fairground Shows. Producer Jeremy Grange

Contributors

Unknown:
Andy Kershaw
Producer:
Jeremy Grange

Anne Swithinbank , Bunny Guinness and John Cushnie answer questions posed by gardeners in Warwickshire. And Roy Lancaster talks to nurseryman Peter Catt , who has been responsible for cultivating some of the most
Popular plants in Britain today. Eric Robson is in the chair. deluding at 2.25 Gardening Weather Forecast. Producer Trevor Taylor Shortened
BBC AUDIO: 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]19

Contributors

Unknown:
Anne Swithinbank
Unknown:
John Cushnie
Talks:
Roy Lancaster
Unknown:
Peter Catt
Unknown:
Eric Robson
Producer:
Trevor Taylor

I New series 1/5. Chantilly. Susan Marling explores extraordinary gardens that tell of their creators' fantasies, their political aspirations, their sense of humour and their scholarship. In this first programme, she visits the grandeur of Chantilly, created by Andre Le Notre in the 17th century. Producer Kate Bland

Contributors

Unknown:
Andre Le Notre

2/2. The high adventures and low behaviour of the renowned bounder Sir Harry Flashman VC. Dramatised by George MacDonald Fraser from one of his celebrated novels. Now a reluctant agent of the Underground Railroad - a secret organisation dedicated to helping escaped slaves - Flashman finds himself fleeing for dear life up the Mississippi River.
Producer/Director Patrick Rayner Repeated on Saturday at 9pm

Contributors

Unknown:
Sir Harry Flashman
Dramatised By:
George MacDonald Fraser
Director:
Patrick Rayner
Old Flashman:
Joss Ackland
Young Flashman:
Rhys Meredith
Cassy:
Ndidi Del Fatti
Crixus:
Nigel Anthony
Randolph:
Damian Lynch
Capt Spring:
Christian Rodska
Lincoln:
William Hope
Buck:
Stuart Milligan
Mrs Payne:
Emily Wachter
Lt Comber:
Robert Hastie

7/12. Not England. Much of British poetry is made up of poems that are nourished by a landscape that is decidedly not England. How have these places come into our poetry and what have they brought? With contributions from Neal Ascherson and Joyce Macmillan , and poems by Gwyneth Lewis , Linton Kwesi Johnson , Dylan Thomas , Nuala Ni Dhomhnaill and Robert Burns. Producer Tim Dee Repeated on Saturday at 11.30pm

Contributors

Unknown:
Neal Ascherson
Unknown:
Joyce MacMillan
Unknown:
Gwyneth Lewis
Unknown:
Linton Kwesi Johnson
Unknown:
Dylan Thomas
Unknown:
Nuala Ni Dhomhnaill
Unknown:
Robert Burns.
Producer:
Tim Dee

9/9. An investigation into whether patients are being put at risk by family doctors no longer having to be "on call" after hours. With reporter Matthew Hill. Rptd from Tuesday

Contributors

Reporter:
Matthew Hill.

2/2. The Binds That Chafe. American satirist
PJ O'Rourke skewers perceptions of Britain and America with his potent mix of candour and razor-sharp wit. Producer Andrie Morris Repeated on Saturday at 5.45am

Contributors

Unknown:
Pj O'Rourke
Producer:
Andrie Morris

Children's magazine programme presented by Barney Harwood. The drama Fergus Crane by Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell continues, with Fergus having a visit from a magical flying horse. Producers Abi Awojobi and Rebecca Armstrong

Contributors

Presented By:
Barney Harwood.
Unknown:
Paul Stewart
Unknown:
Chris Riddell
Producers:
Abi Awojobi
Producers:
Rebecca Armstrong

1/5. Boat Burning. A funeral on the coast, recalling ancient traditions, serves to remind a family of what once brought them together. Written and read by Raffaella Barker. The first in a series of stories by writers for whom being East Anglian is important. Producer Ivan Howlett <R)

Contributors

Read By:
Raffaella Barker.
Producer:
Ivan Howlett

1/6. More radio gems from around the world, with Rosie Goldsmith. She samples Soviet muzak and the delights of the theremin, and also provides an introduction to the latest radio craze - podcasting. Repeated from Friday

Contributors

Unknown:
Rosie Goldsmith.

5/9. Going to the Blogs? In last year's US election the internet was a key political battlefield, with thousands debating the issues on their own web pages, or "blogs". With a general election imminent. Kenan Malik explores the world of blogs and looks at how it might change journalism, political debate and even democracy itself. Repeated from Thursday

Contributors

Unknown:
Kenan Malik

As the political parties prepare for the electoral struggle, Robin Denselow looks at Things Can Only Get Better and other party tunes.
Editor Terry Dignan Party Tunes repeated on Wednesday at 8.45pm

Contributors

Unknown:
Robin Denselow
Editor:
Terry Dignan

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