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With John Humphrys and James Naughtie.
6.25, 7.25, 8.25 Sports News With Steve May.
7.48 Thought for the Day With the Rev Joel Edwards.

Contributors

Unknown:
John Humphrys
Unknown:
James Naughtie.
Unknown:
Joel Edwards.

Regional Variations (2)

4/5. The war is over, but Mary Wesley and her husband Eric find themselves trapped in a more personal conflict with a chillingly persistent stalker. Biography by Patrick Marnham. Read by Felicity Kendal. For details see Monday Repeated at 12.30am

Contributors

Unknown:
Mary Wesley
Unknown:
Patrick Marnham.
Read By:
Felicity Kendal.

The Brothers Grimm are responsible for producing some of the best-loved fairy tales of all time and have inspired countless spin-offs by writers, film-makers, composers and artists down the years. Michael Rosen investigates where stories like Snow White, Little Red Riding Hood and Hansel and Gretel came from, and how a project that started as a serious scholarly endeavour could turn into one of the biggest cultural phenomena ever.
Producer Deborah Preston Repeated on Sunday at 12.15am

Contributors

Unknown:
Michael Rosen
Producer:
Deborah Preston

A lakeland fantasy about mid-life crisis and the romantic imagination. London schoolteacher Tom Quincey is in disgrace after being caught in possession of drugs on school premises. To escape the publicity, he flees to the heart of the Lake District, where he sets about rethinking his life and troubled marriage. By Nigel Richardson.
Producer/Director Karen Rose

Contributors

Unknown:
Tom Quincey
Unknown:
Nigel Richardson.
Director:
Karen Rose
Tom:
Mark Heap
Mr Wilson:
Paul Copley
Catherine:
Becky Hindley
Johnny:
Daniel Ryan
Gordon:
Daniel Ryan
Landlord:
Daniel Ryan
Headmaster:
Ian Masters
AA reporter:
Peter Jefferson
Weatherman:
Peter Jefferson
John Humphrys:
Himself

8/10. The problem-solving programme, presented by Stewart Henderson. Producer Emily Williams
PHONE: [number removed] (calls from land lines cost no more than 8p per minute) email: questions.questions@bbc.co.uk

Contributors

Presented By:
Stewart Henderson.
Producer:
Emily Williams

4/5. When the Dark Is Light Enough. Written by Gina Ochsner and read by Madlena Nedeva and Vicki Simon. The intriguing encounter between an obsessive crime scene investigator and a murdered Russian woman. For details see Monday

Contributors

Written By:
Gina Ochsner
Read By:
Madlena Nedeva
Read By:
Vicki Simon.

79/90. Defending the Empire. As the Empire grew, so did the cost of protecting it, and so did the difficulty of organising that protection. No other nation had a problem as big as this. By Christopher Lee. Narrated by Juliet Stevenson , with readings by Charlie Higson ,
Jack Davenport and Rupert Degas. For further details see Monday

Contributors

Unknown:
Christopher Lee.
Unknown:
Juliet Stevenson
Unknown:
Charlie Higson
Unknown:
Jack Davenport
Unknown:
Rupert Degas.

Forecasting Evolving Coastlines. England's 130 million square metres of shoreline - much of it wildlife habitat - is under constant threat; environmental agencies such as English Nature say that much of the vital terrain will have disappeared by 2025. How this impacts on man and wildlife will depend on our ability to forecast the way sands, mud and sediments move around our coasts. In n order to make these predictions scientists need to establish mathematical models, allowing for the complicated effects of tides and changing waves. That's just what a team of researchers in the Netherlands has embarked on. They join Quentin Cooper to discuss what the lessons they've learned can tell us about whether we should invest in a property by the sea. Producer Colin Grant

Contributors

Unknown:
Quentin Cooper
Producer:
Colin Grant

WC Fields, comic genius and an original anti-hero, has become a cult figure on both sides of the Atlantic. In this special tribute, Geoffrey Palmer looks at the influence Fields had on British culture. He also reveals how Fields developed an appreciation of British music-hall comedy and English literature that reverberated throughout his stage and screen career. With contributions from comedy historian Glenn Mitchell and a rare archive recording of Benny Hill impersonating Fields. Producer Stephen Garner

Contributors

Unknown:
Geoffrey Palmer
Unknown:
Glenn Mitchell
Unknown:
Benny Hill
Producer:
Stephen Garner

John Wilson with arts news and an interview with novelist Douglas Coupland , whose new novel JPod follows a lowly video game designer working for a vast corporation. Producer Philippa Ritchie

Contributors

Unknown:
John Wilson
Unknown:
Douglas Coupland
Producer:
Philippa Ritchie

4/5. Bertie goes to America. The love affair between
Bertrand Russell and Lady Ottoline Morrell , dramatised by Derek Bowskill from their letters and journals. For cast and details see Monday Repeated from 10.45am

Contributors

Unknown:
Bertrand Russell
Unknown:
Lady Ottoline Morrell
Dramatised By:
Derek Bowskill

As pressure grows for a cull of badgers, is there a case for preserving this protected species when other wildlife is culled with little debate? Miriam O'Reilly investigates. Producer Fran Barnes

Contributors

Unknown:
Miriam O'Reilly
Producer:
Fran Barnes

5/9. Hush Hush. The Silent Plane is just one of the projects being pursued by the transatlantic Cambridge-MIT Institute. Peter Day finds out what happens when you put two brainy institutions together.
Producer Sandra Kanthal Repeated on Sunday at 9.30pm

Contributors

Unknown:
Peter Day

2/9. Geoff Watts reports on the latest news from the world of science, and talks to the scientists hitting the headlines this week. Producer Alexandra Feachem

Contributors

Unknown:
Geoff Watts
Producer:
Alexandra Feachem

1/6. The sketch show that laughs out loud at our lives. Written and performed by Susie Donkin ,
Charlotte McDougall , Oriane Messina and Fay Rusling , and featuring Dave Lamb. Producer Carol Smith

Contributors

Unknown:
Susie Donkin
Unknown:
Charlotte McDougall
Unknown:
Oriane Messina
Unknown:
Fay Rusling
Unknown:
Dave Lamb.
Producer:
Carol Smith

2/3. South Africa. Sun City in South Africa is hosting the "Face of Africa", with contestants from all over the continent. Until the end of apartheid, segregation also took place in beauty contests. If "Miss South Africa" once showcased the typical blonde, blue-eyed, long-legged beauty, "Face of Africa" today features mainly black women. In this new post-apartheid era, Rosie Goldsmith asks what African beauty is, and why there are no white finalists this year. For details see yesterday

Contributors

Unknown:
Rosie Goldsmith

4/5. Patrick Marnham 's biography of novelist Mary Wesley. Read by Felicity Kendal. Repeated from 9.45am
World Briefing 1.40 Analysis 1.50 Sports Round-up 2.00 News
2.05 Assignment 2.30 The Beat 3.00 News 3.05 Outlook
4.00 World Today 5.00 World Briefing

Contributors

Unknown:
Patrick Marnham
Unknown:
Mary Wesley.
Read By:
Felicity Kendal.

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