New. The author and critic, who won the Booker Prize in 1990 for her novel Possession, talks about her career, revealing how she has managed to combine family life with the solitary world of a writer.
(Repeated on Wednesday at 1.55am)
New. The Alan Bennett tribute continues as the playwright and author discusses some of his well-known works, including The History Boys, Beyond the Fringe and the Talking Heads series. Some strong language.
(Repeated on Wednesday at 12.40am)
Talking to Alan: page 31
New. Award-winning crime writer Ian Rankin investigates The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde , tracing the origin of its creation from Robert Louis Stevenson's nightmare in 1885 back to his childhood. See page 66.
Marc Isaacs's eye-opening Storyville film explores the life of a Jewish antiques dealer from a small English seaside town who believes it is his Biblical birthright to take as many wives as he chooses.
The revolutionary composer and conductor Pierre Boulez celebrates his 80th birthday with a concert from the Barbican in which he conducts the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus. Presented by Charles Hazlewood. New.
Richard Hickox conducts the BBC National Orchestra of Wales in a new work by British composer Michael Berkeley , while soprano Susan Gritton sings four early songs by Benjamin Britten. Plus A London Symphony by Vaughan Williams. Richard Hickox and Michael Berkeley join Charles Hazlewood in the interval. BBC Radio 3 broadcasts the concert live from 7pm. INTERACTIVE: digital viewers can access music notes via the red button
1/4 A real-life murder investigation is laid out in compelling detail. Was the death in 2001 of novelist Michael Peterson's wife Kathleen an accident or a crime?
Directed by Oscar-winner Jean-Xavier de Lestrade.
Showing in the Storyville strand.
(Continues tomorrow at 9pm)
Death on the Staircase 9.00pm BBC4
This extraordinary real-life Murder One follows a three-month trial that gripped America. The makers were given access to the entire case, from scene-of-crime investigation right up to the verdict.
It begins with the death in 2001 of computer executive Kathleen Peterson at her North Carolina mansion, and the arrest of her novelist husband Michael. Prosecutors say he bludgeoned her to death; the defence insist she fell down the stairs.
The series, from Oscar-winning director Jean-Xavier de Lestrade, absorbs the minutiae of the case like a sponge. It puts you in the position of a juror, and as such ought to carry a warning, as the evidence is grisly.
And stretching out the sad tale over a series nearly six hours long is asking a lot of its audience. (Mark Braxton)
Country singer Jim White takes a road trip through the rural white American South in in an Arena documentary.
Driving through a terrain of truck stops and churches, he finds a community fiercely holding on to their religious beliefs - the perpetual struggle between Satan and God.
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