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Why Do We Sing? Professor Arnold Maran was a leading surgeon who specialised in the voice and operated on some of the world's leading opera and pop singers. But why should we be able to sing in the first place? Producer Matt Thompson Repeated at 11.30pm

Contributors

Unknown:
Professor Arnold Maran
Producer:
Matt Thompson

Actor Simon Callow appeals on behalf of the Terrence Higgins Trust.
Donations: [address removed]; Credit cards: Freephone [number removed]
Producer Sally Flatman Repeated at 9.26pm and on Thursday at 3.27pm

Contributors

Unknown:
Simon Callow
Unknown:
Terrence Higgins
Producer:
Sally Flatman

Choral Matins from St Anne 's Cathedral, Belfast Led by the Rev Stephen Fielding. Preacher the Very Rev
Dr Houston McKelvey , Dean of Belfast. Director of music Philip Stopford. Assistant organist Ian Barber , producer Bert Tosh

Contributors

Unknown:
St Anne
Unknown:
Stephen Fielding.
Unknown:
Dr Houston McKelvey
Organist:
Ian Barber
Producer:
Bert Tosh

2/6. Jeremy Hardy joins Tim Brooke-Taylor , Barry Cryer and Graeme Garden. With Humphrey Lyttelton in the chair and Colin Sell at the piano. Repeated from Monday

Contributors

Unknown:
Jeremy Hardy
Unknown:
Tim Brooke-Taylor
Unknown:
Barry Cryer
Unknown:
Graeme Garden.
Unknown:
Humphrey Lyttelton
Unknown:
Colin Sell

Umami. Sheila Dillon is joined by molecular gastronome
Heston Blumenthal to investigate umami, the mysterious fifth flavour first identified by Japanese scientists about a hundred years ago and only recently recognised in Britain. Producer Dixi Stewart Repeated on Monday at 4pm

Contributors

Unknown:
Sheila Dillon
Unknown:
Heston Blumenthal
Producer:
Dixi Stewart

The playwright John B Keane 's home town of Listowel,
County Kerry, was the inspiration for much of his work.
It is there, and in Dublin, that his nephew journalist
Fergal Keane hears how a country publican became a writer of international fame. Producer chrisspurr

Contributors

Unknown:
John B Keane
Unknown:
Fergal Keane

Matthew Biggs, Bob Flowerdew and Anne Swithinbank answer questions put by members of the Cliveden Reach Horticultural Societies. Eric Robson is in the chair. Including at 2.25 Gardening Weather Forecast.
Producer Trevor Taylor
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 [web address removed] Call [number removed]

Contributors

Unknown:
Matthew Biggs
Unknown:
Bob Flowerdew
Unknown:
Anne Swithinbank
Producer:
Trevor Taylor

2/5. August. Britain's first ever tea crop is being cultivated at Tregothnan, Cornwall. Matthew Harvey continues to monitor its progress at this idyllic estate on the banks of the River Fal, where this week Evelyn Boscowen explains his family's seven-century-long passion for plants. And in the kitchen garden, rabbits have attacked the tea bushes. Producer Viv Beeby

Contributors

Unknown:
Evelyn Boscowen
Producer:
Viv Beeby

by Thomas Hardy.
1/3. While Eustacia Vye waits on Egdon Heath for her erstwhile lover Damon Wildeve, his fiancee Tamsin Yeobright has been jilted at the altar. Dramatised by David Calcutt.
(Repeated on Saturday at 9pm)

Contributors

Author:
Thomas Hardy.
Dramatised by:
David Calcutt.
Traditional music arranged and performed by:
Chris Leslie
Producer/Director:
Rosemary Watts
Thomas Hardy:
David Calder
Eustacia Vye:
Emma Fielding
Damon Wildeve:
Timothy Watson
Clym:
Adam Godley
Diggory:
Ben Crowe
Mrs Yeobright:
Annette Badland
Tamsin Yeobright:
Cathy Sara
Granter:
Gerry Hinks
Timothy:
Stephen Tomlin
Humphrey:
Martin Reeve
Christian:
Oliver Hembrough
Susan:
Sunny Ormonde
Johnny:
Ben Tibber
Captain Vye:
Martyn Read

Mariella Frostrup talks to Doris Lessing about her life and work as her new novel, The Story of General Dann and Mara's Daughter, Griotand the Snow Dog, is published. Producer Karen Holden Repeated on Thursday at 4pm

Contributors

Talks:
Mariella Frostrup
Unknown:
Doris Lessing
Producer:
Karen Holden

5/9 Roger McGough introduces requests to hear
Gerard Manley Hopkins 's masterpiece, The Wreck of the Deutschland, read by Janet Suzman.
Producer Mark Smalley Repeated on Saturday at 11.30pm
BBC AUDIO: A newly released special edition celebrating 25 years of Poetry Please is available on CD from all good retail outlets or from www.bbcshop.com. Call [number removed]19

Contributors

Introduces:
Roger McGough
Unknown:
Gerard Manley Hopkins
Read By:
Janet Suzman.
Producer:
Mark Smalley

2/11. In Britain, a string of food products have been withdrawn because of fears over possible risks from carcinogenic additives; but, as Jenny Cuffe reveals, it's farmers in India who are the trade's real victims. Repeated from Tuesday

Contributors

Unknown:
Jenny Cuffe

3/3. In this talk from Glasgow, celebrating the 250th anniversary of Samuel Johnson 's monumental dictionary, Joe Farrell remembers Johnson's quip about oats feeding both horses and the Scots as he investigates jokes, prejudices and the Scottish 18th century.
Producer Tim Dee Repeated on Saturday at 5.45am and 7.45pm

Contributors

Unknown:
Samuel Johnson
Unknown:
Joe Farrell
Producer:
Tim Dee

Simon Fanshawe presents his selection of excerpts from BBC radio over the past seven days. Producer Torquil MacLeod PHONE: [number removed]0400 Fax: [number removed]email: potw@bbc.co.uk

Contributors

Unknown:
Simon Fanshawe
Producer:
Torquil MacLeod

Barney Harwood visits the historic Portsmouth Dockyard, home of the Royal Navy, takes a trip round the magnificent ship, the Mary Rose , and visits the fascinating Mary Rose Museum. Producers Abi Awojobi and Rebecca Armstrong

Contributors

Unknown:
Barney Harwood
Unknown:
Mary Rose
Unknown:
Mary Rose
Producers:
Abi Awojobi

1/5. By the Sea. Mrs Owens and the Tuttlingens are staying at the same English villa on the Spanish coast, bored under the hot sun. There they encounter the formidable Mrs Parsters, a longtime local resident whose intuitions are almost infallible. Read by Phyllida Nash. Written by Canadian author Mavis Gallant. Producer Elisabeth Edwards

Contributors

Read By:
Phyllida Nash.
Unknown:
Mavis Gallant.
Producer:
Elisabeth Edwards

Roger Bolton , with listeners' opinions and comments on BBC radio programmes and policy. Repeated from Friday ADDRESS: Feedback, PO Box 2100. London W1A 10T
Phone: [number removed]0400 Fax: [number removed]email: feedback@bbc.co.uk

Contributors

Unknown:
Roger Bolton

Geoffrey Wheeler visits Paris to tell the story of the famous Folies-Bergeres. The theatre opened its doors in 1860 but has recently revamped its image as a straight theatre. Its history as one of Europe's finest music halls continues to draw visitors from all over the world.

Contributors

Presenter:
Geoffrey Wheeler
Producer:
Libby Cross

6/9. Africa Calling. Even in Africa, technology is touching the lives of the poor and bringing new opportunities to exiles returning home. Peter Day reports from Kenya and Ghana. Repeated from Thursday

Contributors

Unknown:
Peter Day

Andrew Rawnsley previews the week's political events.
10.45 The Letters Pages
3/3. A look at how certain letters in the British press have changed policy or influenced debate. Anthony Howard discusses the monetary policies that drove over three hundred economists to write to The Times in March 1981. Editor Terry Dignan The Letters Pages repeated on Wednesday at 8.45pm

Contributors

Unknown:
Andrew Rawnsley
Unknown:
Anthony Howard
Editor:
Terry Dignan

Russell Davies looks at the life of ukulele-player
George Formby. Featuring an archive recording of the late George Harrison discussing his admiration for Formby. Repeated from Thursday

Contributors

Unknown:
Russell Davies
Unknown:
George Formby.
Unknown:
George Harrison

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