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2/6. Bel Mooney and her guest explore the territory between belief and unbelief. Today, she meets journalist Justine Picardie , author of If the Spirit Moves You, about the year in her life after the death of her sister Ruth from breast cancer. Producer Malcolm Love Repeated at 9.30pm

Contributors

Unknown:
Bel Mooney
Unknown:
Justine Picardie

2/5. Another chance to hear stories about the transforming power of dance. Antonia Franceschi was the ballet star in Fame, the movie, but her real life on the streets of Manhattan was violent and neglected. With contributions from Patsy Rodenburgh of the National
Theatre, with whom Antonia is developing ways of telling her story. Producer Frances Byrnes

Contributors

Unknown:
Antonia Franceschi
Unknown:
Patsy Rodenburgh
Producer:
Frances Byrnes

Regional Variations (2)

Book of the Week: The Last HumanCannonball

BBC Radio 4 FM

Presented by Roanne Pascoe. Father, Hear the Prayer We
Offer (Sussex). Philippians 4, vv4-9. A Sarum Blessing (Lole). Praise, My Soul, the King of Heaven (Praise, My
Soul). With Coventry Blue Coat Church of England School Choir. Director of music Philip Formstone.

Contributors

Presented By:
Roanne Pascoe.
Music:
Philip Formstone.

New series 1/5. John Simpson entertains an audience with some of his favourite pieces of writing, read by Jilly Bond and Michael Elwyn. There are classics from fellow journalists, poems by Seamus Heaney and Edward Thomas , and some nonsense from Lewis Carroll and the Marx Brothers. Producer Viv Beeby Repeated on Sunday at 12.15am

Contributors

Unknown:
John Simpson
Read By:
Jilly Bond
Read By:
Michael Elwyn.
Unknown:
Seamus Heaney
Unknown:
Edward Thomas
Unknown:
Lewis Carroll
Producer:
Viv Beeby

Two linked stories - about a prison inmate in the 21st century who is determined to learn how to write, and Henry Stephens , the man who created the first commercially available ink in 1832 because he needed something to write with. Written by Shelley Silas and inspired by Stephens's artefacts and ink recipes at Avenue House, Finchley.
Director Claire Grove

Contributors

Unknown:
Henry Stephens
Written By:
Shelley Silas
Director:
Claire Grove
Henry Stephens:
Paul Rhys
George:
Don Gilet
Jackie:
Nina Sosanya
John Keats:
Paul Bazely
Mackreth:
Andrew Harrison

New series 1/7 Anaesthesia. Pain relief is just part of the anaesthetist's job, which includes assessing a patient's fitness, monitoring them while in theatre and returning them to consciousness. if you have any concerns, put your questions to leading anaesthetist Dr David Wilkinson. Presented by Barbara Myers.
Producer Erika Wright
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Contributors

Unknown:
Dr David Wilkinson.
Presented By:
Barbara Myers.
Producer:
Erika Wright

4/5. Do You Know Where I Am? In Sherman Alexie 's story, two college sweethearts rescue a lost cat - an act that will have profound consequences for the rest of their lives together. Read by Otter Ochampaugh. For details see Monday

Contributors

Unknown:
Sherman Alexie
Read By:
Otter Ochampaugh.

Mariella Frostrup visits the Parati literary festival in Brazil, talks to Peter Robb about his new book A Death in Brazil, and finds out about the Brazilian Dickens.
Repeated from Sunday at 4pm

Contributors

Unknown:
Mariella Frostrup
Unknown:
Peter Robb

Chloroform. Chloroform was discovered by accident in 1831 when an eccentric amateur pharmacist, Dr Samuel Guthrie , mixed hen-house disinfectant with whisky. it quickly became used as a powerful, but sometimes deadly, anaesthetic. Quentin Cooper is joined by Linda Stratmann , author of Chloroform - the Quest for Oblivion. The debate surrounding the chemical's safety divided the medical community for 100 years until, in the 1950's, tests proved that inhaling chloroform caused cardiac arrest.
Since then, chloroform has found a safe, effective use as a solvent for DNA profiling. Producer Michelle Martin

Contributors

Unknown:
Dr Samuel Guthrie
Unknown:
Quentin Cooper
Unknown:
Linda Stratmann
Producer:
Michelle Martin

3/6. Do the bright lights of television beckon for Mel and Vicki? Written by and starring Mel Hudson and Vicki Pepperdine with Martin Hyder and Jim North. Additional material by Paul Kerensa , Rhodri Crooks , Jim North , Danny Robins and Dan Tetsell. Music by Richie Webb Producer Chris Neill

Contributors

Unknown:
Mel Hudson
Unknown:
Vicki Pepperdine
Unknown:
Martin Hyder
Unknown:
Jim North.
Unknown:
Paul Kerensa
Unknown:
Rhodri Crooks
Unknown:
Jim North
Unknown:
Danny Robins
Unknown:
Dan Tetsell.
Music By:
Richie Webb
Producer:
Chris Neill

An extraordinary glimpse behind the bars of Belmarsh
Prison, through the correspondence between a Scottish grandmother and a Muslim man fighting extradition to France. Rachid Ramda - accused of the Paris Metro bombing - sends letters filled with poetry, descriptions of the Sahara, and discussions about English literature. Executive producer Lynne Mennie

Contributors

Producer:
Lynne Mennie

4/9. Love Thy Neighbour. Politicians of all parties talk of making local services more accountable to local people. But recent initiatives - from antisocial behaviour orders to high-hedge legislation - don't seem to encourage neighbourliness. David Walker examines the prospects for community in an individualistic age. Repeated on Sunday at 9.30pm

Contributors

Unknown:
David Walker

New series 1/6. Grown in Africa, Asia and South America, flowers should prove that fair trade can work and provide a way out of poverty. But do they? Miriam O'Reilly goes to Africa to investigate the real cost of the flower trade. Producer Hugh O'Donnell

Contributors

Unknown:
Miriam O'Reilly
Producer:
Hugh O'Donnell

4/4. Radio9 has much to say but no idea how to say it. Written by Johnny Daukes and Hils Barker. Producers Johnny Daukes and Claire Jones

Contributors

Written By:
Johnny Daukes
Written By:
Hils Barker.
Producers:
Johnny Daukes
Producers:
Claire Jones

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