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Every day millions of people try to get the better of the quiz-setters. But who are the people who sit and scratch their heads, trying to fulfil the nation's insatiable demand for the "next question please"? Simon Fanshawe explores the art of the question setter. He finds out just how much of a challenge it is to come up with a hundred questions on the theme of pink. And he discovers why quizzing is so pervasive and popular in Britain today. Producer Adam Fowier

Contributors

Unknown:
Simon Fanshawe
Producer:
Adam Fowier

Insight, colour, wit and analysis as the BBC's foreign correspondents look at the stories in their regions. Presented by Kate Adie. Producer Tony Grant
RT DIRECT: From Our Own Correspondent, edited by Tony Grant , is available for E15.99 (RRP E16.99) including p&p. Call [number removed]042 (national rate)

Contributors

Presented By:
Kate Adie.
Producer:
Tony Grant
Edited By:
Tony Grant

3/6. Series 11 of the peerless impression show in which politicians, celebrities, sports stars and Radio 4 favourites are all subject to merciless topical lampooning. Starring
Jon Culshaw , Jan Ravens , Kevin Connelly and Mark Perry. From the New Theatre, Cardiff. Repeated from yesterday

Contributors

Unknown:
Jon Culshaw
Unknown:
Jan Ravens
Unknown:
Kevin Connelly
Unknown:
Mark Perry.

4/16. Jonathan Dimbleby chairs the discussion as an audience in Cardiff puts topical questions to a panel that includes Peter Hain , Secretary of State for Wales and Secretary of State for Northern Ireland; Theresa May , shadow Secretary of State for Family and Culture, Media and Sport; John Harris , writer; Menzies Campbell , deputy leader and chief Foreign Affairs spokesperson for the Liberal Democrats. Repeated from yesterday

Contributors

Unknown:
Jonathan Dimbleby
Unknown:
Peter Hain
Unknown:
Theresa May
Unknown:
John Harris
Unknown:
Menzies Campbell

Listeners' calls and emails, taken by Jonathan Dimbleby in response to Any Questions. Producer Peter Griffiths PHONE: [number removed]0444 Lines open from 12.30pm email: any.answers@bbc.co.uk

Contributors

Unknown:
Jonathan Dimbleby
Producer:
Peter Griffiths

By John Mortimer. In January 1824, Lord Byron
1 arrived in Missolonghi determined to fight for Greek independence from Turkish rule. The story of his three months as commander-in-chief of a small and unruly force of mercenaries and freedom fighters is also the story of the last days of his extraordinary life.
Producer/Director Jeremy Mortimer

Contributors

Unknown:
John Mortimer.
Director:
Jeremy Mortimer
Lord Byron:
Michael Sheen
William Fletcher:
Nicky Henson
Col Stanhope:
Gerard Murphy
Pietro:
Stuart McLoughlin
William Parry:
Owen Teale
Prince Mavrocorda:
Peter Polycarpou
Dr Bruno/Servant 3:
Harry Myers
Cpt James Kennedy:
Hugh Ross
Lukas/Servant 2:
Jamie Doyle

The recent discovery of the remains of a lyre in the grave of a Saxon prince at Prittlewell, Essex, prompts musician and instrument maker Zachary Taylor to reconstruct the instrument. In the process, he enters the heroic world of the Anglo-Saxon mead hall, a place of feasting and poetry and music. Repeated from Tuesday

Contributors

Unknown:
Zachary Taylor

The best of the week on Woman's Hour, presented by Martha Kearney. Producer VibekeVenema; Editor Jill Burridge EMAIL: womanshour@bbc.co.uk
BBC AUDIO: The recently released Woman's Hour: a Celebration of Mothers, featuring excerpts from the programme, is available on audio cassette and CD from www.bbcshop.com and from all good retail outlets, or by calling [number removed]

Contributors

Presented By:
Martha Kearney.
Editor:
Jill Burridge

3/15. Every week an international writer reflects on the latest developments - political, cultural and social - in their part of the world. Today Vinod Mehta looks at events making waves in India. Producer Sue Ellis Repeated from 5.45am

Contributors

Unknown:
Vinod Mehta

The award-winning science-fiction author Brian Aldiss examines the social history of science fiction on the radio and asks: "Does science fiction hold a mirror up to progress?" This Archive Hour features radio drama, satire, commercials and music, and looks at the news and debate from which the sci-fi series sprang. Producers Frank Stirling and Andy Foster

Contributors

Unknown:
Brian Aldiss
Producers:
Frank Stirling
Producers:
Andy Foster

2/3. By Jane Austen. Catherine receives an invitation to stay at Northanger Abbey. She is delighted to leave Bath with Henry Tilney and his sister, Eleanor, but she is wary of their father, the terrifying General Tilney. Dramatised by Dominic Power.
Music by Peter Wiegold ; Producer/Director Pam Fraser Solomon Repeated from Sunday

Contributors

Unknown:
Jane Austen.
Unknown:
Henry Tilney
Dramatised By:
Dominic Power.
Music By:
Peter Wiegold
Director:
Pam Fraser Solomon
Jane Austen:
Amanda Root
Catherine:
Emily Wachter
Henry:
David Harewood
General Tilney:
John Shrapnel
Eleanor:
Saskia Reeves
Isabella:
Claire Skinner
Mrs Allen:
Julia McKenzie
MrsThorpe:
Jenny Aqutter
John:
Jonathan Keeble
James:
Shiv Grewal
Mr Allen:
John Rowe
Frederick:
Harry Myers

Which way now for the Conservatives after three consecutive defeats? Andrew Marr chairs a discussion with Douglas Hurd , Norman Tebbit and David Willetts to assess whether the Thatcher legacy is a liability or a boon in the party's quest to regain power. Repeated from Wednesday

Contributors

Unknown:
Andrew Marr
Unknown:
Douglas Hurd
Unknown:
Norman Tebbit
Unknown:
David Willetts

1/8. Roger McGough returns with more lively and varied selections of poems requested by listeners, many of which are read by the poets themselves. With readers Bill Wallis and Susan Jameson. Repeated from Sunday

Contributors

Unknown:
Roger McGough
Readers:
Bill Wallis
Readers:
Susan Jameson.

1/5. A miscellany of stories from new and established radio writers.
A Resurrection. A trip to Venice brings painful memories and an awkward encounter. Written by Christina Koning and read by John Telfer. Producer Sara Davies

Contributors

Written By:
Christina Koning
Read By:
John Telfer.
Producer:
Sara Davies

Hitler in Therapy By Carey Harrison.
Successful psychoanlayst Geoffrey (Rupert Frazer ) is helped through his nervous breakdown by his elderly German aunt, who was also a psychologist. She tells him about her most remarkable client - Hitler. But is this a true story or a metaphor for therapy itself?

Contributors

Unknown:
Carey Harrison.
Unknown:
Rupert Frazer

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