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BBC Radio 3

The Verb

Ian McMillan 's spoken word cabaret features a new commission from award-winning writer
Frank Cottrell Boyce and an audacious linguistic experiment by Verb language spy Alex Horn. Plus news of an exciting public poetry project from poet Alec Finlay. Producer Laura Thomas
BBC One London

Torchwood: Children of Earth

3/5; series three. Day Three. As Britain becomes the focus of the world's attention, the announce their arrival with a huge pillar of fire that is targeted against London, leaving Torchwood members in a personal battle to save kith and kin.
Continues tomorrow at 9pm. See choice, page 62.
Writers Russell T Davies , James Moran
Repeated at 12.15am on BBC3 Simulcast in HD on the BBC HD channel
Moment of the Week: page 5; Burning bright: p14 Subscribe to RT and receive a Torchwood DVD: p
BBC Radio 4 FM

Classic Serial: Coram Boy

1/2. The Coram Man. It is 1741. The young aristocrat Alexander Ashbrook and his best friend Thomas, a carpenter's son, are parted when Alexander's father forces him to work on the estate. So he runs away. Dramatised by Jamila Gavin from her children's novel.
Other roles played by Ian Masters , Roger May , Richard Owens , David Holt , Sara Markland , Thomas Deediqan. Zooey Gleaves , Sam Shiels , Abigail Sitton. Sam Hoiles and Tom Glenister Repeated from Sunday
BBC Radio 4 FM

Island Blue

3/5. April's growing friendship with John provokes pangs of jealousy in Malky. By Ian Finlay MacLeod.
For cast and further details see Monday Rptd from 10.45am
BBC Radio 4 FM

The Saturday Play: Dover Beats the Band

Who would want to kill a mild-mannered philatelist in a holiday camp? Inspector Dover doesn't much care. But as the investigation begins to uncover a conspiracy, even Scotland Yard's laziest detective becomes determined to catch the killer. Comedy thriller by Joyce Porter, dramatised by Paul Mendelson.
Producer/Director David Ian Neville
BBC One London

Doctor Who: Blink

10/13; series three. In an abandoned house, the Weeping Angels wait. But when people start to disappear, a young woman called Sally finds cryptic messages from a mysterious stranger who is trapped in 1969. Can she decipher them before the Angels claim their prize?
Doctor Who Confidential follows on BBC3.
Repeated tomorrow at 8pm on BBC3
Hell's angels: page 14; plus video clips and trivia at [web address removed]
BBC Radio 4 FM

Afternoon Play: Dave - the Dead Lefty

The surviving members of a radica 1970s theatre group are reunited at the funeral of their former roadie. Old loves are rekindled, old wounds re-opened - and old secrets dug up. By Mervyn Stutter.
Producer/Director David Ian Neville
BBC Radio 4 FM

Guiding Lights

1/5. The Kitchen Child. In Angela Carter 's tale, dramatised by lain Finlay Macleod , a young man wants to know more about the identity of his father.
Producer/Director David Ian Neville Repeated from 10.45am
BBC Radio 4 FM

Afternoon Play: Long Road to Iona

By Janette Walkinshaw.
Jean, a feisty, elderly widow, decides to escape the oppressive "good intentions" of her son and daughter-in-law by leaving home.
BBC Radio 4 FM

The Saturday Play: Rebus -Resurrection Men

2/2. Rebus is on the trail of detectives who may have stolen E3m from a drug dealer. Written by Ian Rankin __ and dramatised by Bert Coules. Producer/Director Bruce Young
BBC Radio 4 FM

The Saturday Play: Rebus - Resurrection Men

1/2 As a murder inquiry into the death of an Edinburgh art dealer begins, Rebus is ordered to undergo
"retraining". It's a cover that allows him to investigate suspected crooked officers, but as they work on the killing of a small-time gangster, Rebus wonders who is actually being investigated. Written by Ian Rankin , and dramatised byBertCoules.
Producer/Director Bruce Young (RI
BBC Radio 4 FM

The Saturday Play: The Haverstock Hill Murder

The renowned Victorian detective and former actress Dorcas Dene is commissioned by a desperate mother to save her son from the gallows after he is accused of the brutal murder of his wife. Dorcas has her work cut out to solve the case, given that the victim has named her husband as the assailant with her dying breath. Humorous, forensically logical and a resourceful mistress of disguise, Dorcas Dene is one of the better-drawn stars from the golden age of the English detective short story.
By George R Sims, dramatised by Roger Danes.
Producer Patrick Rayner; Director David Ian Neville
BBC One London

Submarine Rescue

Powerful drama-documentary recalling the events of last summer when a mini submersible, the Priz, and its crew of seven were trapped 620ft down off the Kamchatka peninsula in Russia's far east. Five years previously, a British team watched in agony as their offer to help another submarine, the Kursk, was thwarted by red tape. Would history repeat itself? Narrated by Peter Capaldi.
Producer/Director Andrew Thompson
BBC Radio 3

Night Waves

Isabel Hilton explores the ways in which gardens have engaged with and expressed philosophical ideas, focusing on Ian Finlay Hamilton 's garden Little Sparta in the Pentland Hills, which draws on classical myth, the Scottish Enlightenment and the French Revolution. Producer ArianeKoek
BBC Radio 4 FM

The Gowk Storm

6/10. A year has gone by, but can Julia move on from the heartbreak of last winter? Set in the Highlands in the late 19th century, the drama unfolds as the sisters embark on their first romantic adventures. By Nancy Brysson Morrison, dramatised by Gerda Stevenson.
Other parts played by members of the cast
Producer/Director David Ian Neville Repeated from 10.45am
BBC Radio 4 FM

The Saturday Play: Rebus: Resurrection Men

2/2. By Ian Rankin, dramatised by Bert Coules. Rebus is investigating several detectives who may have stolen £3 million from a drug dealer. DS Clarke is investigating the murder of the art dealer, Edward Marber. Her inquiries lead her to suspect the Edinburgh gangster Morris Cafferty - a man who knows a great deal about the past life of one John Rebus...

Other parts played by members of the cast

BBC RADIO COLLECTION: Resurrection Men is available on CD from good retail outlets or from Call [number removed]
BBC Radio 4 FM

The Saturday Play: Rebus-Resurrection Men

1/2. By Ian Rankin , dramatised by Bert Coules. As a murder inquiry begins into the death of an Edinburgh art dealer, Rebus is ordered to undergo "retraining". This drama concludes next Saturday. Other parts played by members of the cast Director Bruce Young BBC RADIO COLLECTION: Resurrection Men is available on CD from good retail outlets or from www.bbcshop.com Call [number removed]
BBC Radio 3

Midsummer Night Dreams

Fiona Talkington and Ian McMillan host an evening of drama, music, commissioned poetry, reportage and listener contributions in celebration of the summer solstice.
With studio sessions from Finnish folk band
Varttina and English singer June Tabor.
Mendelssohn Overture: A Midsummer Night's Dream BBC National Orchestra of Wales, conductor Richard Hickox
6.45 A Midsummer Night's Dream
ByWilliam Shakespeare. Another chance to hear a star-studded production of one of Shakespeare's best-loved comedies, first broadcast in 1999. Introduced by Richard Eyre.
Music composed and performed by Robin Rimbaud Director Susan Roberts
Midsummer Serenades and Renga
During the three intervals, updates on work in progress at Yorkshire Sculpture Park, near
Wakefield, where Alec Finlay is leading the creation of a 100-verse poem in the Japanese renga tradition. Plus seasonal music by Haydn, Paul Patterson and Grainger performed by the Galliard Ensemble.
9.45 The Posthumous Life of Pagan England 1/2. Historian Ronald Hutton takes Ian McMillan around Solsbury Hill near Bath, where a fiery wheel-rolling tradition persisted.
10.00 Midsummer in Midsomer Norton
Ian McMillan visits the Somerset town to see if its romantic name makes summers special there.
10.15 The Land of Giving In Lavinia Greenlaw 's poetic account of midsummer bathed in 24-hour sunlight on the Lofoten Islands, Norway.
10.30 A Midsummer Light's Nighthouse
WN Herbert reads a poem from his lighthouse.
10.45 The Posthumous Life of Pagan England 2/2. Ronald Hutton tours the ancient stone circles atStanton Drew, near Bristol.
11.00 Of Fowls and Foula Poet Kathleen Jamie and musician Don Paterson share the midsummer light on the Shetland island of Foula.
11.25 Magic Meadow Drums Novelist and poet James Lasdun calls in from Woodstock in New York state, still a hippy gathering-place.
11.30 Midsummer Legumes and Brass Ian McMillan finds out what's going on at his brother John's allotment.
11.50 Midsummer Renga
An update on the progress of Alec Finlay 's communal poetry creation.
11.55 The Nights Are Drawing In Ian McMillan performs his own countdown poem for midnight. Email throughout the evening with your midsummer moments and memories to radio3midsummer@bbc.co.uk
Producers Tim Dee , Lyndon Jones and Susan Roberts
BBC Two England


Drama exploring the story behind Beethoven's revolutionary Third Symphony, the Eroica, set over the course of a single day in June 1804. At the Viennese palace of his patron, Prince Lobkowitz, Beethoven hears his music for the first time, and waits to hear the answer to his proposal of marriage from the woman he adores.
Written by Nick Dear ; Producer Liza Marshall
Director Simon Cellan Jones www.bbc.co.uk/music/classicaltv/eroica
Great Composers: Beethoven follows on BBC4 at 10.40pm
BBC Two England

The Life Laundry

A passion for all things retro has seen Donna and Ian Finlay acquire vintage tea services, period clothes and even an Art Deco house. But they are in danger of being swamped by their possessions. Dawna Walter helps them to ditch the rose-tinted nostalgia and get ruthless with their clutter. Series producer Sara Woodford ; Executive producer Jerry Foulkes

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