Johnny Vegas contemplates the possibility of a future career on Spain Costa Blanca. With the demise of the British working-man's club and the unforgiving nature of popular culture, many comedic household names have followed their audiences to the Costas. Vegas asks if
Benidorm is the entertainer's elephants graveyard or a tribute to the glory of Comedy. Producer Sally Harrison
1/2. Micky Flanagan presents highlights from the Edinburgh Fringe, featuring performances from Russell Kane , Fred MacAulay , Rich Hall and Ali McGregor. Producer Paul Russell
1/2. Kit Hesketh-Harvey follows
Birmingham-based chorus Second city
Sound as its members prepare to compete in the 2008 Ladies Association of British Barbershop Singers in Harrogate. Producer Rosie Boulton
1/5. Berlin Diary (Winter 1932-33) Readings from the works of five different authors writing about Berlin.
Today Adam Godley reads extracts from
Christopher Isherwood 's Goodbye to Berlin that show a city on the cusp as the author's friends deal with the coming of Nazism. Producer Rosalynd Ward
I/5. In the first of five stories recorded in front of a live audience at the 2008 Latitude Festival in Suffolk, Milton Jones reads his new tale about the travails of a comedian on the road. Producer Jane Greenwood
Some of the 12 multi-ethnic children who were adopted by cabaret star Josephine Baker talk to Kate Meynell about their unusual upbringing. Producer Kate Meynell
Some of the 12 multi-ethnic children who were adopted by cabaret star Josephine Baker talk to Kate Meynell about their unusual upbringing. They also talk about their mother's increasingly eccentric behaviour. Producer Kate Meynell
The Desert I nn, scene of one of Noël Coward's greatest cabaret triumphs, is the setting for a "highly probable Noël Coward murder mystery", complete with Judy Garland , a showgirl, a Broadway agent, an unlikely croupier, and a US Congressman. Another crime to be solved with the Master's favourite weapon: wit. By Marcy Kahan.
Producer/Director Ned Chaillet
To mark the centenary of the birth of WH Auden, writer Alexander McCall Smith explores the poet's fascination with music and song, including a look at Auden's collaboration with Benjamin Britten on cabaret songs and the 1941 musical Paul Bunyan , as well as Auden's libretto for Stravinsky's 1951 opera The Rake's Progress. Producer Jo Wheeler
Mark Lawson reports from New York on major theatre openings, including Vanessa Redgrave in The Year of Magical Thinking, and new shows from the creators of Les Misérables and Cabaret. Producer Robyn Read
With Mark Lawson , including an interview with Javier De Frutos , artistic director of Phoenix Dance Theatre, and choreographer of the revival of Cabaret. Producer Robyn Read
Mark Lawson looks back at a notable year for the musical with John Kander , composer of Cabaret and Chicago, and Claude-Michel Schonberg , co-creator of Les Misérables. Producer John Goudie Repeated on New Year's Eve at 8.04pm
With Mark Lawson , who looks back at the creation of the musical Cabaret with its composer John Kander and writer Joe Masterhoff. Producer Stephen Hughes
Bon Jovi at Wembley? Or By Jovi at The Swan,
Stockwell? Abba or Björn Again? From the acts that recreate every nuance of the original artist's performance to those who struggle by with little more than a pun and a guitar to recommend them
Andrew Collins explores how and why tribute bands have developed into a huge industry and investigates the legal, artistic and cultural ramifications.
Producer Ben Moody Repeated on Saturday at 3.30pm
1/3. Cabaret. Paul Gambaccini turns the spotlight on the 1972 Oscar-winning film, Cabaret. He meets stars Liza Minnelli and Michael York and explores the social and political background of the era when the film was produced. Repeated from Tuesday
New series 1/3. Cabaret. Paul Gambaccini turns the spotlight on the transfer from stage to screen of cabaret, the 1972 multiple Oscar-winning film. He meets its stars, Liza Minnelli and Michael York , who recall their time filming at the Bavarian Studios in Munich under the director Bob Fosse , and explores the social and political background of the era when Cabaret was produced. Producer Adrian Edwards Repeated on Saturday at 3.30pm
2/2. David Baddiel reveals the impact Allen's style had in the UK and how his material has influenced and inspired many British comedians. Includes rare footage of Allen's stand-up appearances in Britain. With contributions from Harry Hill , Lee Hurst and Mark Thomas. Producer Stephen Garner
1/2. Another chance to hear David Baddiel 's examination of the early stand-up career of film-maker Woody Allen. Allen's early work as a writer for great American comics encouraged him to perform his own comedy routines at venues such as the Blue Angel in New York and, later, on the Las Vegas circuit. Along with many moments from classic Woody Allen monologues, the programme features exclusive interviews with US comedy giants Sid Caesar , Carl Reiner and Larry Gelbart. Producer Stephen Garner
Cabaret queen Ute Lemper takes a tour of the seductive, smoke-filled cabaret clubs of Berlin, past and present A century after cabaret first arrived in Berlin, the city is still synonymous with the art form. Lemper traces the development of cabaret and asks the latest generation of performers whether the contemporary German kabarett has retained its reputation for topical satire and political iconoclasm. Has the current international climate created a new generation of Pirate Jennys? Producer Emma Harding
The day's events from Westminster. With David Wilby.