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4.0 Mexican Journey The first of four programmes by HUGH O'SHAUGHNESSY 1: The People A visit to the cave-dwelling Tarahumara Indians, an afternoon at a rodeo and an evening of mariachi music. Producer MICK WEBB (R)
4.30 Plato to NATO An introduction to political thought: seven programmes presented by BRIAN REDHEAD 3: Machiavelli and Calvin Niccolo Machiavelli (1469-1527) lived during a period of constant turmoil and war. His book, The Prince, was written to show the new prince of the Medici how to gain, hold, and increase political power. Jean Calvin (1509-64), a prime mover of the Reformation, believed that all rightful authority is derived from God. With PROFESSOR SYDNEY ANGLO of the University College of Swansea and HARRO HOPFL of the University of Lancaster. Producer CHRISTOPHER STONE Programme consultant IAIN HAMPSHER-MONK (R)
5.0 Worldmakers Ten programmes in which ANGUS CALDER shows how human beings respond to challenge. 2: Women with Hoes, Men on Horseback The planting of seeds was probably started by women, while animals were tamed by men. And was it milk that enabled us to migrate north as far as Britain? Producer JOAN GRIFFITHS (R)
5.30 Get By in Spanish A series of five programmes for beginners, with MARIA ANTONIA MARCOS and EDUARDO DELGADO 1: Getting Food and Drink Course writer JANE FREELAND Producer CHRISTOPHER STONE (R)
0 INFO: page 77
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Woman's Hour

Introduced from Bristol by Jenni Murray
The Council for National Parks is celebrating its 50th anniversary this month.
SANDI MARSHALL reflects on its past and considers what the next half-century will hold.
Producer jill MARSHALL BBCBristol Serial:
Watcher in the Shadows (4)
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Britain has been accused of being 'the dirty old man of Europe' and of trying to resist European efforts to clean up industrial effluent and sewage in the North Sea.
Eric Robson goes out on a 'dumping expedition' to find out whether the accusations hold water.
Presented by Hugh Sykes Producer GAYNOR SHUTTE
(Re-broadcast next Saturday)
0 INFO: page 93
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4.0 Nursing History Ten programmes With MARGARET KORVING 3: After the Crimea The cash donated by a grateful nation set up the Nightingale School, a potent influence in the gradual reform of hospital practice, public health and workhouse care.
4.30 Parties and Party Hats Four programmes giving a picture of local politics and politicians.
2: All Those in Favour The ward party is no place for the razzmatazz of political conferences and press briefings. It makes policy decisions on the hoof. If enough members are angry about dumping in hedgerows they'll try and get something done. But there's no substitute for a tactful word in the right ear. Presented by CHRIS HAWKSWORTH Producer SIMON MAJOR 0 INFO: page 77
5.0 So You Want to Be a Writer Ten programmes written and presented by DEREK PARKER 4: Getting Down to It Derek Parker talks to established and up-and-coming writers about their methods of working. Producer DENNIS SIMMONS (R)
5.30 Groundswell Britain has been accused of being 'the dirty old man of Europe'. ERIC ROBSON finds out if the accusations hold water. Presented by HUGH SYKES
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Sport on 4

Presented by Chris Brasher
Amid the green and glamour of Wimbledon a clutch of crowns, considerable glory and pots of money are at stake this weekend. Which pair will lead the first dance at the annual ball?
The Indian heat is on as England's cricketers battle away in the Third Test at
Edgbaston. Will the weather hold or will the good old British summer spoil the fun? Producer PETER GRIFFITHS
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A current religious or moral topic is examined.
For the Sake of Conscience
The human rights organisation Amnesty International is
25 years old this year. Trevor Barnes asks who are today's
'prisoners of conscience'? What motivates them to continue to hold on to their beliefs, knowing they risk imprisonment, torture and even death?
Researcher AMANDA PHILLIPS Producer CAROLINE DONNE Series editor JOHN NEWBURY (R) revised
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Communities in Crisis

What is it that holds a community together? It is only in a crisis that the skeleton of a community is exposed. In a series of four programmes Margaret Percy looks at how different communities have coped with different types of crisis. 2: Oil
In 1971 oil was discovered in the North Sea to the east of Shetland. The traditional lifestyle of the remote rural community was threatened by the arrival of a massive multi-billion-pound industry. The fishermen and crofters of Shetland Island Council had to take on the might of the giant oil companies in what they saw as a battle for Shetland's future. Producer BRIAN KING BBCBirmingham (R)
BBC Radio 4 FM

Saturday-Night Theatre: Looneys

by John Antrobus
with Robert Stephens as Arnold Gosport
Arnold Gosport, playing 'Elephant Bill', was big box office. Now the years have passed and his crazy family are driving him to drink. Things get worse when two escaped lunatics break into their home and hold them hostage.
Can 'Elephant Bill' prevent his home and life becoming a personal madhouse?
(Re-broadcast on Monday at 3. Opm)
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Music from the People

A series of ten programmes on the folk-song revival in England 4:No More Folk Songs
In 1922 Cecil Sharp died. Ralph Vaughan Williams , although still deeply involved in folk music, ceased his collecting activities. Many of the young men who would have replaced them had been killed in the First World War. The Folk Society struggled on, with most members holding the view that all the best folk songs had been collected.
Producer GEOFFREY HEWITT BBC Birmingham. Stereo (R)
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The Impresarios

'You have to finance it yourself, cast it, put the whole thing together and then hold it together - and pray God they're all going to be well on the night!' For nearly 20 years
Alan Sievewright and Denny Dayviss have periodically mounted concert performances of opera featuring the world's greatest singers.
They recall some of the triumphs (and a few near-catastrophes) in conversation with Daniel Snowman. Producer DANIEL SNOWMAN Stereo (e)
(Re-broadcast New Year's Eve at 9.0pm)
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News and German Election Special

National and international news from London; and from
Bonn, a special programme on today's Federal German Elections introduced by Alexander MacLeod with Diana Goodman , BBC Correspondent in West Germany.
Can Chancellor Helmut Kohl 's conservative Christian
Democrats extend their hold on power? Will his coalition partners, the liberal Free
Democrats, be squeezed out of the Bundestag, thereby allowing the Government to move further to the right? Or can the left-wing forces of the Social Democrats and the Greens alter the political scene in a more fundamental way? Producers HARRY SCHNEIDER and GUDRUN DAUBOR in Bonn
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The Cross and the Crescent

A History of the Crusades
A series of eight programmes presented by Malcolm Billings 3: Jerusalem fell to the First
Crusade on 15 July 1099. Soon, most of the crusaders, their sacred duty done, returned to the West, leaving only 300
Christian knights to hold the new settlement of Jerusalem.
How would they now govern the territory under their control, making a living as well as protecting pilgrim routes and the holy places? Series consultant
PROFESSOR JONATHAN RILEY-SMITH Producer CHRISTOPHER STONE (e) Book. same title, £9.95 paperback, £14.95 hardback, from booksellers
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The Cross and the Crescent

A History of the Crusades
A series of eight programmes presented by Malcolm Billings 5: Jerusalem fell to Saladin in 1187. The call for a new crusade went out almost at once and the first to respond was the German Emperor - followed by the King of France and Richard the Lionheart. After two years campaigning, Richard eventually came home, a disappointed man. Subsequent crusades failed to regain
Jerusalem for any length of time, although the crusaders did maintain a hold on the Holy
Land, with the port of Acre as their capital. But how long could it last?
Series consultant
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The Sunday Feature

Explorers Extraordinary
The third of six programmes written by JOHN KEAY 3: Paddling for Christ with Narrator John Rowe
With John Rye and Brian Smith The unique approach of John MacGregor to the business of exploration was that he did it all in his own purpose-built canoe: it served both as his home and his means of transportation. He also, on his travels, distributed evangelical tracts. His climactic journey to explore the sources of the River Jordan brought him close to death: 'English one, Arabs many,' he cried as an Arab took aim with his rifle. But MacGregor survived to hold audiences spellbound with a dramatised account of his adventures.
Producer ALAN HAYDOCK. Stereo (R)
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Legacy of Empire

Self interest is the name of the game, and our little black speck on the map really doesn matter to Britain. (BANKER. BARBADOS) We must accept that economies today are closely interlinked and there is no way one can break away from past holdings.
With almost half Britain's exports concentrated on Europe, trade with the Commmonwealth has become marginal. Nick Clarke asks are our politicians and businessmen doing enough to cash in on the legacy of the past? Or do we have to concede more territory to the Americans and Japanese every year? Producer ANNE SLOMAN
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Holding the Fort
Stereo (Details on Friday at 4.5pm)
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Third of seven programmes on family influences and traditions Holding the Fort
The small fortified town of Galle juts out into the Indian ocean, at the south-western corner of Sri Lanka. Within the ramparts, by the crumbling YWCA building, Mrs Bwldjens is selling her home-made fudge.
She is proud of her Dutch name. In a small room at the back, Gracie Bartholomeus is teaching English elocution to Muslim children; while across the road, inside the old Dutch church, Nesta Brohier polishes a brass plate bearing her daughter's name.
Melanie Butler meets the three remaining members of a disappearing tribe - the last Burghers of Galle.
Local adviser JOHN M. GORNER
Producer NIGEL ACHESON. Stereo
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Start the Week

In the first of a special summer season, Noel Edmonds heads a team of television personalities, including Janet Street-Porter and Ian McCaskill , into a later than usual breakfast encounter. Will they deliver some 'golden eggs' or be left with egg on their faces as they meet guests for whom the week holds something a bit special?
Later in the series teams of comedy writers, novelists, columnists, reporters and scientists will take up the challenge as the home team. Producers ROD MACRAE and JULIA BICKNELL. Stereo
BBC Radio 4 FM

The Monday Play

Fey byFRANK ASH with
David Lynn , obsessed with guilt over the death of his wife in a car crash, decides to re-visit the scene of their honeymoon in Scotland. He is also an actor, and as his obsession takes hold, fantasy and reality become increasingly blurred, particularly when he meets
Shelagh, a stranger, on a train.
Directed by PAT TRUEMAN. Stereo (Re-broadcast next Saturday)
BBC Radio 4 FM

The Afternoon Play

Fey by FRANK ASH with David Lynn, obsessed with guilt over the death of his wife in a car crash, decides to re-visit the scene of their honeymoon in Scotland. He is also an actor, and as his obsession takes hold, fantasy and reality become increasingly blurred, particularly when he meets
Shelagh, a stranger, on a train. Directed by PAT TRUEMAN. Stereo

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