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New series 1/8. The Hunting Instinct. Every year tens of thousands of birds are shot or trapped in Italy. The hunters are breaking both Italian and European law, but it's a tradition and it's big business. Yet while some Italian hunters are driving endangered birds to extinction, their counterparts in Portugal are helping to preserve the Iberian lynx, working with environmentalists to restore the rabbit population, on which the wild cat depends for its food supply. Producer Emma Rippon

Contributors

Producer:
Emma Rippon

Soprano Emma Kirkby tells the story of Maria Hackett , who took on the might of the ecclesiastical establishment in the early 19th century in a bid to improve the welfare and education of St Paul's choristers. The reforms for which she argued laid the foundations of the British choral tradition, which is now admired worldwide. Producer Andrew Green Repeated on Sunday at 12.15am

Contributors

Soprano:
Emma Kirkby
Unknown:
Maria Hackett

A man and a younger woman embark on an affair that they promise each other will not end in love, until they find that life cannot be so simply ordered. By Nick McCarty.
Producer Nicholas Newton ; Director John Burgess

Contributors

Unknown:
Nick McCarty.
Producer:
Nicholas Newton
Director:
John Burgess
Liz:
Sally Hawkins
Paul:
Ewan Stewart
Aian:
Sean Chapman
Mary:
Claire Cox

8/10. Stewart Henderson presents the interactive, problem-solving programme for those intriguing questions from everyday life. producer David Prest
PHONE: [number removed] email: questions.questions@bbc.co.uk

Contributors

Unknown:
Stewart Henderson
Producer:
David Prest

4/5. By Elizabeth von Arnim.
Charles Quest-Ritson is a garden writer, expert on roses and author of Gardens of Germany. He introduces an extract from the autobiographical novel in which the young Elizabeth von Arnim tells of her delight in escaping the oppressive rigours of polite society in Germany by devoting herself to the creation of a garden. Read by Claire Skinner.
(For details see Monday)

Contributors

Presenter:
Charles Quest-Ritson
Author (Gardens of Germany):
Elizabeth von Arnim
Reader:
Claire Skinner.

In this special about parenting John O'Farrell joins Mariella Frostrup to talk about his new book May Contain Nuts, a comic look at devoted parents whose lives are dominated by their offspring. Plus, the battle of the baby-care manuals. See Choice: page 124. Repeated from Sunday at 4pm

Contributors

Unknown:
John O'Farrell
Unknown:
Mariella Frostrup

Spacious, precision engineered, with air-con as standard, could the termite mound be the ultimate "des res"? Quentin Cooper talks to Dr Rupert Soars , principal investigator on project Termes, which will take detailed scans of termite mounds. By building up 3-D models of their intricate network of tunnels and capillaries, he's beginning to understand how termites engineer perfect thermostatic control over their homes. Cooper finds out why termite technology will help build the home of the future and what lessons architects and engineers can learn from the insect master builder. Producer Tracey Logan

Contributors

Talks:
Quentin Cooper
Unknown:
Dr Rupert Soars
Producer:
Tracey Logan

2/6 Written by The Now Show's Steve Punt and Hugh Dennis a topical sitcom focused on the life of frustrated backbench MP Duncan Stonebridge. He believes his career is going nowhere, ever since he fell off the stage live on Question Time. Duncan is a man trapped in limbo, struggling to deal on a local level with the edicts handed down from Westminster. Producer Adam Bromley

Contributors

Unknown:
Steve Punt
Unknown:
Hugh Dennis
Unknown:
Duncan Stonebridge.
Producer:
Adam Bromley
Duncan:
James Fleet
Arthur:
Simon Greenall

With Mark Lawson , including a report from the newly opened Jerwood Centre in the Lake District, dedicated to the life and work of William Wordsworth , whose Dove Cottage is nearby. Producer Rebecca Nicholson

Contributors

Unknown:
Mark Lawson
Unknown:
William Wordsworth
Producer:
Rebecca Nicholson

4/5. Float On. Newly single Dave checks in to a flotation tank for a session that proves to be far from relaxing. By
Trevor Lloyd. Another in the series of plays set in the dark.
Directed by Claudine Toutoungi Repeated from 10.45am

Contributors

Unknown:
Trevor Lloyd.
Directed By:
Claudine Toutoungi
Dave:
Robert Webb
Daisy:
Katy Carmichael
Hal:
Nicholas Boulton

Candida Harris revisits the dilemmas she faced when deciding to have a baby. With a disability that affects her mobility and a 50 per cent chance of passing her condition on to her children, could she justify bringing a baby into the world? Yet if she had a termination, would she be denying the value of her own life? She talks to the professionals who helped shape her decisions and meets other parents who have faced equally tough choices. Producer Linda Pressly

Contributors

Unknown:
Candida Harris
Producer:
Linda Pressly

5/9. Look No Wires. One of the great obsessions of modern technology is getting rid of the wires that have linked people together since mass communications began. Peter Day finds out why wireless is so important, and where it's taking business.
Producer Neil Koenig Repeated on Sunday at 9.30pm

Contributors

Unknown:
Peter Day
Producer:
Neil Koenig

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The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

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The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

Quintessential Phase

Fit the Twenty-Third

Duration: 30 minutes

Arthur returns to where Earth should be to find a barely occupied planet, and no Fenchurch. Stars Simon Jones. From 2005. Show more

in 1995 Benedict Allen underwent the brutal initiation ceremony of the Niowra people who live in the remote lowland swamps of New Guinea. It gave him an insight into their ways as well as permanent scars. He relives his youthful experience with the aid of tapes recorded during his time among the tribe. Producer Sara Jane Hall

Contributors

Unknown:
Benedict Allen
Producer:
Sara Jane Hall

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