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A MONK AND TWO PEAS, Episode 5 of 5

A radio programme

BBC Programme Number: 00FK6207

First broadcast on 2000-05-26

Recorded on 2000-05-19

Producer: JANE RAY

Notes: MASTER TAPE INDEXED BY SOUND ARCHIVE MC DO NOT EDIT

Next in series: SIR VIV, 1:MY ISLAND IN THE SUN

Previous in series: A MONK AND TWO PEAS, Episode 4 of 5

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mendel's theory of heredity

genetics research

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26 May 2000 09:45-10:00 (RADIO 4)

Contributors

Doreen Estall (adap)

Robin Henig (Author)

Jane Ray (Producer)

Michael Williams (rdr)

20040419

Will Randall was a disenchanted supply teacher in a London school when a chance meeting took him to india, and changed his life. His funny and touching account of the summer he spent teaching English to orphans in a slum is read by Paul Bhattacharjee, and abridged by Lauris Morgan-Griffiths.

1/5. A Sparkle in the Sand.

The extraordinary Maria-Helena von Würfelwerfer takes will to the indian city of Poona, where he finds that teachers are highly respected.

20040420

Will Randall was a disenchanted supply teacher in a London school when a chance meeting took him to india, and changed his life. His funny and touching account of the summer he spent teaching English to orphans in a slum is read by Paul Bhattacharjee, and abridged by Lauris Morgan-Griffiths.

1/5. A Sparkle in the Sand.

The extraordinary Maria-Helena von Würfelwerfer takes will to the indian city of Poona, where he finds that teachers are highly respected. Then Sailing By.

Indian Summer.

2/5. Namaste.

Will is introduced to the ashram and its enchanting children.

20040421

Indian Summer.

Will Randall was a disenchanted supply teacher in a London school when a chance meeting took him to india, and changed his life. His funny and touching account of the summer he spent teaching English to orphans in a slum is read by Paul Bhattacharjee, and abridged by Lauris Morgan-Griffiths.

3/5. Saviour of the Universe.

Can an ancient Hindu epic hero avert the threat to the slum school? Then News.

2/5. Namaste.

Will is introduced to the ashram and its enchanting children.

20040422

Indian Summer.

Will Randall was a disenchanted supply teacher in a London school when a chance meeting took him to india, and changed his life. His funny and touching account of the summer he spent teaching English to orphans in a slum is read by Paul Bhattacharjee, and abridged by Lauris Morgan-Griffiths.

4/5. Defeating the Demon

Tragedy in the slum and chaos on stage. Then News.

3/5. Saviour of the Universe.

Can an ancient Hindu epic hero avert the threat to the slum school?

20040423

Indian Summer

Will Randall was a disenchanted supply teacher in a London school when a chance meeting took him to India, and changed his life. His funny and touching account of the summer he spent teaching English to orphans in a slum is read by Paul Bhattacharjee, and abridged by Lauris Morgan-Griffiths.

5/5. The Blessings of Ganesh

The children's play is a great success and the school is saved.

The children's play is a great success and the school is saved. Then News.

4/5. Defeating the Demon

Tragedy in the slum and chaos on stage.

20040504

Two Sides of the Moon

By David Scott and Alexei Leonov

Parallel accounts of the space race from American astronaut David Scott and Russian cosmonaut Alexei Leonov.

2/5. Leonov becomes the first man to walk in space.

Read by Bob Sherman and Boris Isarov

Abridged by Richard Hamilton

Produced by Emma Harding

20040505

Two Sides of the Moon

By David Scott and Alexei Leonov

Parallel accounts of the space race from American astronaut David Scott and Russian cosmonaut Alexei Leonov.

3/5. David Scott and his commander Neil Armstrong face near disaster on the Gemini 8 Mission.

Read by Bob Sherman and Boris Isarov.

Abridged by Richard Hamilton. Then News.

2/5. Leonov becomes the first man to walk in space.

Abridged by Richard Hamilton

Produced by Emma Harding

20040506

Two Sides of the Moon

By David Scott and Alexei Leonov

Parallel accounts of the space race from American astronaut David Scott and Russian cosmonaut Alexei Leonov.

4/5. In 1971, David Scott commands the Apollo 15 mission, spending three days on the surface of the moon.

Read by Bob Sherman and Boris Isarov.

Abridged by Richard Hamilton. Then News.

3/5. David Scott and his commander Neil Armstrong face near disaster on the Gemini 8 Mission.

Abridged by Richard Hamilton.

2004050620040508

Two Sides of the Moon

By David Scott and Alexei Leonov

Parallel accounts of the space race from American astronaut David Scott and Russian cosmonaut Alexei Leonov.

5/5. Alexei Leonov commands the Soyuz spacecraft in the joint Apollo-Soyuz mission of 1973.

Read by Bob Sherman and Boris Isarov.

Abridged by Richard Hamilton.

20040507

Two Sides of the Moon

By David Scott and Alexei Leonov

Parallel accounts of the space race from American astronaut David Scott and Russian cosmonaut Alexei Leonov.

5/5. Alexei Leonov commands the Soyuz spacecraft in the joint Apollo-Soyuz mission of 1973.

Read by Bob Sherman and Boris Isarov.

Abridged by Richard Hamilton. Then News.

4/5. In 1971, David Scott commands the Apollo 15 mission, spending three days on the surface of the moon.

Abridged by Richard Hamilton.

20040510

In Praise of Slow.

By Carl Honoré

1/5. The Slow Movement

"While the rest of the world roars on, a large and growing minority is choosing not to do everything at full-throttle."

Read by Douglas Hodge

Abridged by Alison Joseph

20040511

In Praise of Slow.

By Carl Honoré

2/5. Time.

"No matter how fast we go there are never enough hours in the day."

Read by Douglas Hodge

Abridged by Alison Joseph Then News.

1/5. The Slow Movement.

"While the rest of the world roars on, a large and growing minority is choosing not to do everything at full-throttle."

Abridged by Alison Joseph

20040512

In Praise of Slow.

By Carl Honoré

2/5. Time.

"No matter how fast we go there are never enough hours in the day."

Read by Douglas Hodge

Abridged by Alison Joseph Then Sailing By.

In Praise of Slow. 3/5. Food: By Carl Honoré. "On the farm, in the kitchen, and at the table, they are slowing down." Read by Douglas Hodge, abridged by Alison Joseph. [Rptd Thu 12.30am]

20040513

In Praise of Slow.

4/5. Modern Life. Douglas Hodge reads from Carl Honore's exploration of the Slow movement, a reaction against the belief that faster is better. Abridged by Alison Joseph. Then News.

In Praise of Slow. 3/5. Food: By Carl Honoré. "On the farm, in the kitchen, and at the table, they are slowing down." Read by Douglas Hodge. [Rpt of Wed 9.45am]

20040514

In Praise of Slow.

4/5. Modern Life. Douglas Hodge reads from Carl Honore's exploration of the Slow movement, a reaction against the belief that faster is better. Abridged by Alison Joseph.

20040601

2/5. Countdown to D-Day

Peter Caddick-Adams introduces a week of extracts from journals and memoirs.

Field Marshall Montgomery's first critical reactions to the Overlord plan, his close working relationship with Churchill, and the unusual tactics he adopted for inspiring loyalty in the ranks in the weeks before D-Day.

Extracts from Montgomery's memoirs introduced by Peter Caddick-Adams.

Field Marshall Montgomery is read by Jeremy Child.

2004060220040609

Countdown to D-Day

Peter Caddick-Adams introduces a week of extracts from journals and memoirs.

3/5. General de Gaulle, unhappy at being excluded from the d-Day plans, is invited to London by Churchill on June 4th, has several tense encounters with British and American military planners, and gives a rousing speech to his countrymen.

Introduced by Peter Caddick-Adams.

De Gaulle is read by Cornelius Garret; Churchill by Robert Hardy.

Extracts taken from 'General de Gaulle: War Memoirs', translated by Richard Howard and 'De Gaulle: The Rebel' by Jean Lacouture. Then News.

2/5. Countdown to D-Day

Field Marshall Montgomery's first critical reactions to the Overlord plan, his close working relationship with Churchill, and the unusual tactics he adopted for inspiring loyalty in the ranks in the weeks before D-Day.

Extracts from Montgomery's memoirs introduced by Peter Caddick-Adams.

Field Marshall Montgomery is read by Jeremy Child.

20040603

Countdown to D-Day:

Peter Caddick-Adams introduces extracts from journals and memoirs.

4/5.

General Omar Bradley, commander of all American land forces on D-Day, describes the military preparations for the invasion, including the disastrous rehearsal for the Normandy landings on Slapton Sands in Devon, which led to more than 700 American deaths.

General Bradley is read by Colin Stinton. Then News.

3/5. Countdown to D-Day

Peter Caddick-Adams introduces a week of extracts from journals and memoirs.

General de Gaulle, unhappy at being excluded from the d-Day plans, is invited to London by Churchill on June 4th, has several tense encounters with British and American military planners, and gives a rousing speech to his countrymen.

Introduced by Peter Caddick-Adams.

De Gaulle is read by Cornelius Garret; Churchill by Robert Hardy.

Extracts taken from 'General de Gaulle: War Memoirs', translated by Richard Howard and 'De Gaulle: The Rebel' by Jean Lacouture.

20040604

Countdown to D-Day

Peter Caddick-Adams introduces extracts from journals and memoirs.

5/5.

Winston Churchill and King George VI both want to be present at the Normandy landings; their letters and journal entries reveal their intense desire to be part of the action, and the depth of their disappointment when their requests were turned down.

Churchill is read by Robert Hardy; George VI by Andrew Hilton and Admiral Ramsay by Cornelius Garret.

Churchill is read by Robert Hardy; George VI by Andrew Hilton and Admiral Ramsay by Cornelius Garret. Then News.

4/5.

General Omar Bradley, commander of all American land forces on D-Day, describes the military preparations for the invasion, including the disastrous rehearsal for the Normandy landings on Slapton Sands in Devon, which led to more than 700 American deaths.

General Bradley is read by Colin Stinton.

20040607

Kandahar Cockney

James Fergusson reads from his autobiographical tale of two worlds, abridged by Libby Spurrier.

1/5. In 1997 James Fergusson, a British correspondent on assignment in rebel-controlled Afghanistan, is helped by a resourceful 19-year-old interpreter called Mir. But because of his association with the western media, the young Afghan is forced to flee to London - where the guided becomes the guide.

20040608

Kandahar Cockney

James Fergusson reads from his autobiographical tale of two worlds, abridged by Libby Spurrier.

1/5. In 1997 James Fergusson, a British correspondent on assignment in rebel-controlled Afghanistan, is helped by a resourceful 19-year-old interpreter called Mir. But because of his association with the western media, the young Afghan is forced to flee to London - where the guided becomes the guide.

Then Sailing By.

Kandahar Cockney. 2/5. James Fergusson reads his tale of two worlds, abridged in five parts by Libby Spurrier. Having secured asylum, James's Afghan friend gets a job. [Rptd Wed 12.30am]

20040609

Kandahar Cockney. 3/5. James Fergusson reads his tale of two worlds, abridged in five parts by Libby Spurrier. [Rptd Thu 12.30am] Then News.

Kandahar Cockney. 2/5. James Fergusson reads his tale of two worlds, abridged in five parts by Libby Spurrier. [Rpt of Tue 9.45am]

20040610

Kandahar Cockney. 4/5. James Fergusson reads his tale of two worlds, abridged in five parts by Libby Spurrier. Mir introduces James to the politics of radical Islam. [Rptd Fri 12.30am] Then News.

Kandahar Cockney. 3/5. James Fergusson reads his tale of two worlds, abridged in five parts by Libby Spurrier. [Rpt of Wed 9.45am]

20040611

Kandahar Cockney. 5/5. James Fergusson reads his tale of two worlds, abridged by Libby Spurrier. James and Mir return to Afghanistan to meet Mir's family. [Rpt of Fri 9.45am]

Kandahar Cockney. 5/5. James Fergusson reads his tale of two worlds, abridged in five parts by Libby Spurrier. James and Mir return to Afghanistan to meet Mir's family. [Rptd Sat 12.30am] Then News.

Kandahar Cockney. 4/5. James Fergusson reads his tale of two worlds, abridged in 5 parts by Libby Spurrier. Mir introduces James to the politics of radical Islam. [Rpt of Thu 9.45am]

20040614

1/5. Stephen Spender, The Authorised Biography. Childhood and Harold

By John Sutherland

Abridged by Polly Coles.

Stephen Spender's fascinating life begins here in the first extract from John Sutherland's new biography. Long after he had been orphaned, Stephen Spender viewed himself in direct relation to his dynamic, but essentially unfulfilled father, Harold.

Stephen was, as his titles put it, a 'backward son' an 'ambitious son', the 'public son of a public man'. Harold Spender dominated his four children's lives, in death as in life. None more so than Stephen, for whom his father was the epitome of 'failure'.

Read by Stephen Boxer.

20040622

Attention All Shipping: A Journey Round the Shipping Forecast.

The shipping forecast on BBC radio is as familiar as the sound of Big Ben chiming the hour. Yet recognisable though the

sea areas are by name, few people give much thought to where they are or what they contain. So Charlie Connelly sets off

on a journey into the forecast to find out.

2/5.

Dogger, Fisher, German Bight

'I cursed the arbitrary nature of the shipping forecast map for forcing me to spend a weekend of my life here.'

Read by Tom Goodman Hill and abridged by Beatrice Colin.

20040623

Attention All Shipping: A Journey Round the Shipping Forecast.

The shipping forecast on BBC radio is as familiar as the sound of Big Ben chiming the hour. Yet recognisable though the

sea areas are by name, few people give much thought to where they are or what they contain. So Charlie Connelly sets off

on a journey into the forecast to find out.

2/5.

Dogger, Fisher, German Bight

'I cursed the arbitrary nature of the shipping forecast map for forcing me to spend a weekend of my life here.'

Read by Tom Goodman Hill and abridged by Beatrice Colin. Then Sailing By.

By Charlie Connelly

3/5.

Wight, Portland, Fitzroy

'There is probably no better place to earn a sense of your own mortality than the headland at Finisterre'

Read by Tom Goodman Hill and abridged by Beatrice Colin.

20040624

Attention All Shipping: A Journey Round the Shipping Forecast.

By Charlie Connelly

The shipping forecast on BBC radio is as familiar as the sound of Big Ben chiming the hour. Yet recognisable though the

sea areas are by name, few people give much thought to where they are or what they contain. So Charlie Connelly sets off

on a journey into the forecast to find out.

4/5. Fastnet, Irish Sea, Rockall

"I wasn't able to visit the next sea area on the list, but then until relatively recently, more people had been to the moon than had been to Rockall."

Read by Tom Goodman Hill and abridged by Beatrice Colin.

Then News.

3/5.

Wight, Portland, Fitzroy

'There is probably no better place to earn a sense of your own mortality than the headland at Finisterre'

2004062420040626

Attention All Shipping: A Journey Round the Shipping Forecast.

By Charlie Connelly

The shipping forecast on BBC radio is as familiar as the sound of Big Ben chiming the hour. Yet recognisable though the

sea areas are by name, few people give much thought to where they are or what they contain. So Charlie Connelly sets off

on a journey into the forecast to find out.

5/5. Hebrides, Faeroes, South East Iceland

"Believe me, you truly know you're getting on a bit when you're older than a flipping volcano."

Read by Tom Goodman Hill and abridged by Beatrice Colin.

2004062520040702

Attention All Shipping: A Journey Round the Shipping Forecast.

By Charlie Connelly

The shipping forecast on BBC radio is as familiar as the sound of Big Ben chiming the hour. Yet recognisable though the

sea areas are by name, few people give much thought to where they are or what they contain. So Charlie Connelly sets off

on a journey into the forecast to find out.

5/5. Hebrides, Faeroes, South East Iceland

"Believe me, you truly know you're getting on a bit when you're older than a flipping volcano."

Read by Tom Goodman Hill and abridged by Beatrice Colin.

Then News.

4/5.

Fastnet, Irish Sea, Rockall

"I wasn't able to visit the next sea area on the list, but then until relatively recently, more people had been to the moon than had been to Rockall."

20040628

The 8.55 to Baghdad: 1/5. Andrew Eames retraces the journey of Agatha Christie who, after the break-up of her marriage, made a spontaneous decision to travel alone to Baghdad. [Rptd Tue 12.30am]

1/5. Poison Farm: A Murderer Unmasked After 60 Years.

William Murfitt was poisoned in 1938 and despite an extensive investigation by Scotland Yard's finest officers the identity of the murderer has remained a mystery until now.

A Suffolk village was turned upside down in the summer of 1938 when one of its wealthiest inhabitants died from a lethal dose of potassium cyanide. Several people had a motive to kill the man who was a womaniser. His wronged wife? The husband of his last lover, and a close friend? As the drama unfolds we discover exactly who the poisoner is?

Read by Robert Lindsay

20040629

The 8.55 to Baghdad: 1/5. Andrew Eames retraces the journey of Agatha Christie, who made a spontaneous decision to travel alone to Baghdad. [Rpt of Mon 9.45am] Then Sailing By.

2/5. Poison Farm: A Murderer Unmasked After 60 Years. True story by David Williams. A murder in 1938 leads the police to uncover a trail of deception and intrigue. [Rptd Wed 12.30am] News follows.

1/5. Poison Farm: A Murderer Unmasked After 60 Years.

William Murfitt was poisoned in 1938 and despite an extensive investigation by Scotland Yard's finest officers the identity of the murderer has remained a mystery until now.

A Suffolk village was turned upside down in the summer of 1938 when one of its wealthiest inhabitants died from a lethal dose of potassium cyanide. Several people had a motive to kill the man who was a womaniser. His wronged wife? The husband of his last lover, and a close friend? As the drama unfolds we discover exactly who the poisoner is?

Read by Robert Lindsay.

20040630

3/5. Poison Farm: A Murderer Unmasked After 60 Years. True story by David Williams. A murder in 1938 leads the police to uncover a trail of deception and intrigue. [Rptd Thurs 12.30am] Then News.

2/5. Poison Farm: A Murderer Unmasked After 60 Years. True story by David Williams. A murder in 1938 leads the police to uncover a trail of deception and intrigue.

2004070120040708

Poison Farm. A Murderer Unmasked: True story by David Williams, read by Robert Lindsay. 4/5. The mystery of William Murfitt's murder begins to unravel. [Rptd Thurs 12.30am] Then News.

3/5. Poison Farm: A Murderer Unmasked After 60 Years. True story by David Williams. A murder in 1938 leads the police to uncover a trail of deception and intrigue. [Rpt of Wed 9.45am]

20040702

5/5. True story by David Williams, read by Robert Lindsay. The identity of William Murfitt's murderer is finally revealed. [Rpt of Fri 9.45am]

Poison Farm. A Murderer Unmasked: True story by David Williams, read by Robert Lindsay. 5/5. The identity of William Murfitt's murderer is finally revealed. [Rptd Sat 12.30am] Then News.

4/5. Poison Farm. A Murderer Unmasked: True story by David Williams, read by Robert Lindsay. The mystery of William Murfitt's murder begins to unravel. [Rpt of Thurs 9.45am]

20040726

1914: The Diary of King George V

1/5. Country Squire and Stamp Collector.

The monarch's personal account of the opening days of the year the Great War began, broadcast for the first time with special permission from Her Majesty the Queen to mark the 90th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War.

Read by Timothy West and presented by historian Robert Lacey on location at Sandringham.

20040727

1914: The Diary of King George V

1/5. Country Squire and Stamp Collector.

The monarch's personal account of the opening days of the year the Great War began, broadcast for the first time with special permission from Her Majesty the Queen to mark the 90th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War.

Read by Timothy West and presented by historian Robert Lacey on location at Sandringham.

Then Sailing By.

2/5. Man of the People and a Mutiny in Ireland.

The personal thoughts of the Queen's grandfather in the Spring before the Great War, broadcast for the first time by special permission of Her Majesty the Queen.

Read by Timothy West and presented by historian Robert Lacey on location at Windsor Castle.

20040728

1914: The Diary of King George V

3/5. Pioneering Royal Visits and a Distant Assassination

Blazing June and there's still no mention of war as the Queen's grandfather records his private thoughts and sets up his office in a tent on the lawn a Buckingham Palace.

Broadcast with special permission from Her Majesty the Queen.

Read by Timothy West and presented by historian Robert Lacey on location at Buckingham Palace.

Then News.

2/5. Man of the People and a Mutiny in Ireland.

The personal thoughts of the Queen's grandfather in the Spring before the Great War, broadcast for the first time by special permission of Her Majesty the Queen.

Read by Timothy West and presented by historian Robert Lacey on location at Windsor Castle.

20040729

1914: The Diary of King George V

4/5. Peacemaker and Blackmail Victim

As June turns to July the King hosts delicate peace negotiations to solve the Irish problem, as the whiff of an old scandal threatens to reappear.

Broadcast with special permission from Her Majesty the Queen.

Read by Timothy West and presented by historian Robert Lacey on location inside Buckingham Palace.

Then News.

3/5. Pioneering Royal Visits and a Distant Assassination

Blazing June and there's still no mention of war as the Queen's grandfather records his private thoughts and sets up his office in a tent on the lawn a Buckingham Palace.

Read by Timothy West and presented by historian Robert Lacey on location at Buckingham Palace.

20040730

1914: The Diary of King George V.

5/5. Countdown to War

The Queen's grandfather records his growing anxiety as the country is dragged into war, and cheering jingoistic crowds gather as the Royal Family establish a new tradition by appearing on the balcony at Buckingham Palace.

Broadcast with special permission from her Majesty the Queen to mark the 90th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War.

Read by Timothy West and presented by historian Robert Lacey on location at Buckingham Palace.

4/5. Peacemaker and Blackmail Victim

As June turns to July the King hosts delicate peace negotiations to solve the Irish problem, as the whiff of an old scandal threatens to reappear.

Broadcast with special permission from Her Majesty the Queen.

Read by Timothy West and presented by historian Robert Lacey on location inside Buckingham Palace.

Then Sailing By.

20040802

Television and Me: 1. Telephones, Diamonds and Socks. The memoirs of John Logie Baird. The young inventor dreams of television, but how can he make a living? [Rptd Tue 12.30am]

20040803

Television and Me

More from John Logie Baird's memoirs, read by John Gordon Sinclair.

2/5

Jam, Soap and Shadows

After making jam in Trinidad and selling soap in London, Baird remembers his dream of 'seeing by wireless'. Then News

Television and Me: 1. Telephones, Diamonds and Socks. The memoirs of John Logie Baird. The young inventor dreams of television, but how can he make a living? [Rpt of Mon 9.45am]

20040804

Television and Me

More from John Logie Baird's memoirs, read by John Gordon Sinclair.

2/5

Jam, Soap and Shadows

After making jam in Trinidad and selling soap in London, Baird remembers his dream of 'seeing by wireless'. Then Sailing By.

By John Logie Baird, read by John Gordon Sinclair.

3/5. 'It is of no use.'

Baird finds it very hard to convince sceptical scientists of the value of his invention.

20040805

Television and Me: The Memoirs of John Logie Baird

4/5. Cocktails and Colour Television

Acclaim at last for Baird, and transmissions begin.

Read by John Gordon Sinclair.

Then News.

Television and Me: The memoirs of John Logie Baird. 3/5. It Is of No Use. Baird has trouble convincing scientists of the value of television. [Rpt of Wed 9.45am]

20040806

Television and Me

By John Logie Baird, read by John Gordon Sinclair and Jilly Bond.

5/5. A Bitter Blow

The BBC rejects Baird's system, and his health worsens. His widow completes the story.

Television and Me: The Memoirs of John Logie Baird

4/5. Cocktails and Colour Television

Acclaim at last for Baird, and transmissions begin.

Read by John Gordon Sinclair.

Then Sailing By.

20040813

Making Babies - Stumbling into Motherhood

By Anne Enright

Read by Niamh Cusack, and abridged by Polly Coles.

5/5.

Anne tries to explain what motherhood actually does to a woman, and gives oddly practical advice on how to get drunk while breast feeding.

20040816

The Swamp of Death

By Rebecca Gowers

1/5. In February 1890, three young gentlemen set out from England for the backwoods of Canada, each hoping to make his fortune. Within days, one of the men is found murdered in a Canadian swamp.

Read by James D'Arcy

Abridged by Doreen Estall.

20040817

The Swamp of Death

By Rebecca Gowers.

2/5. Douglas Pelly has agreed to invest in the Canadian farm business of one Reginald Birchall. As the two men prepare to leave for Canada in February 1890, Pelly is alarmed to discover that they are to be accompanied by a strange young man.

Read by James D'Arcy.

Then News.

1/5. In February 1890, three young gentlemen set out from England for the backwoods of Canada, each hoping to make his fortune. Within days, one of the men is found murdered in a Canadian swamp.

Abridged by Doreen Estall

20040818

The Swamp of Death

By Rebecca Gowers.

2/5. Douglas Pelly has agreed to invest in the Canadian farm business of one Reginald Birchall. As the two men prepare to leave for Canada in February 1890, Pelly is alarmed to discover that they are to be accompanied by a strange young man.

Read by James D'Arcy.

Then Sailing By.

The Swamp of Death, by Rebecca Gowers.

3/5. It is March 1890. Three young Englishmen have come to America, in the hope of making their fortunes. Within days of arriving, one is dead and the other two are arrested for murder.

20040819

The Swamp of Death, by Rebecca Gowers.

4/5. Reginald Birchall stands trial for the murder of Frederick Benwell. Will newspaper coverage of the case affect the course of justice?

Read by James D'Arcy.

Then News.

3/5. It is March 1890. Three young Englishmen have come to America, in the hope of making their fortunes. Within days of arriving, one is dead and the other two are arrested for murder.

20040820

The Swamp of Death, by Rebecca Gowers.

5/5

Reginald Birchall has been tried for the murder of Frederick Benwell. He and the international press wait to hear the jury's verdict. Read by James D'Arcy.

4/5. Reginald Birchall stands trial for the murder of Frederick Benwell. Will newspaper coverage of the case affect the course of justice?

Read by James D'Arcy.

Then Sailing By.

20040823

I'm a Teacher, Get Me Out of Here

By Francis Gilbert

A frank and vivid account of the life of a young teacher in an inner-city school..

1/5. Francis is rescued from a year of doing menial jobs in Brighton by a Post-grad in Teacher Training. If only it was that easy.

Read by Jack Davenport.

20040824

I'm a Teacher, Get Me Out of Here

By Francis Gilbert

A frank and vivid account of the life of a young teacher in an inner-city school..

1/5. Francis is rescued from a year of doing menial jobs in Brighton by a Post-grad in Teacher Training. If only it was that easy.

Read by Jack Davenport.

Then Sailing By.

Part two of the author's frank and vivid account of the life of a young teacher in an inner-city school.

2/5. Francis gets his first job teaching in an East London secondary school.

2004082520040901

I'm a Teacher Get Me Out of Here!

By Francis Gilbert

Part two of the author's vivid account of life as a teacher.

2/5. Francis gets his first job teaching in an East London secondary school.

Read by Jack Davenport.

Part three of the author's frank and vivid account of the life of a young teacher in an inner-city school.

3/5. Francis has to stand in for a sick colleague, and things get rather out of control.

20040826

I'm a Teacher Get Me Out of Here! By Francis Gilbert. 4/5. It's Francis' second year at Truss Comp. Time to make a fresh start, and let his class know who's boss. [Rpt of Thu, 9.45am]

I'm a Teacher Get Me Out of Here!

By Francis Gilbert

Part three of the author's frank and vivid account of the life of a young teacher in an inner-city school.

3/5. Francis has to stand in for a sick colleague, and things get rather out of control.

Read by Jack Davenport.

Then Sailing By

I'm a Teacher Get Me Out of Here! By Francis Gilbert. 4/5. It's Francis' second year at Truss Comp. Time to make a fresh start, and let his new class know who's boss. [Rptd Fri 12.30am]

20040902

Wodehouse: A Life

By Robert McCrum.

The life of the comic genius best known for creating Bertie Wooster and the omniscient Jeeves, as well as innumerable formidable aunts and a pig-loving peer. From Edwardian London to Hollywood via Broadway in the Jazz Age, and much later, his controversial internment in wartime Germany, Wodehouse lived life to the hilt.

Read by Robert Daws.

Then Sailing By."

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4/5. The life of the comic genius best known for creating Bertie Wooster and the omniscient Jeeves, as well as innumerable formidable aunts and a pig-loving peer. From Edwardian London to Hollywood via Broadway in the Jazz Age, and much later, his controversial internment in wartime Germany, Wodehouse lived life to the hilt.

20040903

Wodehouse: A Life

By Robert McCrum.

5/5. The life of the comic genius best known for creating Bertie Wooster and the omniscient Jeeves, as well as innumerable formidable aunts and a pig-loving peer. From Edwardian London to Hollywood via Broadway in the Jazz Age, and much later, his controversial internment in wartime Germany, Wodehouse lived life to the hilt.

Read by Robert Daws.

Then News."

4/5. The life of the comic genius best known for creating Bertie Wooster and the omniscient Jeeves, as well as innumerable formidable aunts and a pig-loving peer. From Edwardian London to Hollywood via Broadway in the Jazz Age, and much later, his controversial internment in wartime Germany, Wodehouse lived life to the hilt.

20040906

Lives for Sale: Selection of essays by leading biographers. Michael Holroyd reads Finding a Good Woman and Fiona MacCarthy reads Baptism by Fire. [Rptd Tue 12.30am]

20040907

Lives for Sale: Selection of essays by leading biographers. Michael Holroyd reads Finding a Good Woman and Fiona MacCarthy reads Baptism by Fire. [Rpt of Mon 9.45am] Then Sailing By.

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Lives for Sale: Selection of essays by leading biographers, edited by Mark Bostridge. Lyndall Gordon reads The Death Mask and Ann Wroe reads Caught in the Net. [Rptd Wed 12.30am] Then News."

20040908

Lives for Sale: Selection of essays by leading biographers. Ian Thomson reads My Race not to be the Second Primo and Antonia Fraser reads Optical Research. [Rptd Thu 12.30am] Then News.

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Lives for Sale: Selection of essays by leading biographers, edited by Mark Bostridge. Lyndall Gordon reads The Death Mask and Ann Wroe reads Caught in the Net. [Rpt of Tue 9.45am] Then Sailing By."

20040909

Lives for Sale: Selection of essays by leading biographers. Robert Skidelsky reads Confessions of a Long Distance Biographer and Hilary Spurling reads Glendower Syndrome. [Rptd Fri 12.30am] Then News.

Lives for Sale: Selection of essays by leading biographers. Ian Thomson reads My Race not to be the Second Primo and Antonia Fraser reads Optical Research. [Rpt of Wed 9.45am]

20040910

Lives for Sale: Selection of essays by leading biographers. Andrew Wilson reads Personality Rights and Beryl Bainbridge reads Waiting for the Biographer. [Rpt of Fri 9.45am]

Lives for Sale: Selection of essays by leading biographers. Andrew Wilson reads Personality Rights and Beryl Bainbridge reads Waiting for the Biographer. [Rptd Sat 12.30am] Then News.

Lives for Sale: Essays by leading biographers. Robert Skidelsky reads Confessions of a Long Distance Biographer; Hilary Spurling reads Glendower Syndrome. [Rpt of Thu 9.45am]

20040914

William Pitt The Younger.

William Hague reads from his eagerly awaited biography of Britain's youngest Prime Minister, who took office aged twenty four.

2/5. Who was Pitt? A look at his friendships, homes, and wayward financial dealings.

Abridged by Katrin Williams.

20040916

William Pitt The Younger.

William Hague reads from his eagerly awaited biography of Britain's youngest Prime Minister, who took office aged twenty four.

4/5. In 1793, Pitt's hopes for a short war with the French fail to materialise.

Abridged by Katrin Williams.

20040917

William Pitt The Younger.

William Hague reads from his eagerly awaited biography of Britain's youngest Prime Minister, who took office aged twenty four.

5/5. Even political powerhouses are seen to wane - the drama, the stress, the addiction to port. And what was Pitt's legacy?

Abridged by Katrin Williams.

William Pitt the Younger: William Hague on the life of Britain's youngest Prime Minister. 4/5. In 1793, Pitt's hopes for a short war with the French falter. [Rptd of Thu 9.45am] Then Sailing By.

20040920

How to be a Birdwatcher

By Simon Barnes

The award-winning sports writer and RSPB columnist reads from his newly published book in which he describes his passion for birds, how he first discovered the joys of birdwatching, and the ways in which it now defines his entire attitude to life.

1/5. "I am a bad birdwatcher. Not a scientist, not an ornithologist, not a twitcher, not a monomaniac of any kind. I just happen to like birds, and when it comes to enjoying birds, I am world class," claims Simon Barnes. "I don't go birdwatching. I am birdwatching. Birdwatching is a state of being, not an activity."

20040928

The Life of Graham Greene

2/5. The Third Man and Other Friends

We follow the making of the famous film, scripted by Greene. It's destination Vienna for parties and strolls in the sewer system.

20040929

The Life of Graham Greene

To mark the centenary of the author's birth, five extracts from a prestigious biography recall the author's wanderlust.

3/5. White Night In Albany

In Greene's flat, strange memories of Hanoi.

With Malcolm Sinclair as Graham Greene.

Narrated by David Horovitch.

Abridged by Andrew Simpson.

Then News.

The Life of Graham Greene. 2/5. The Third Man and Other Friends: Five extracts from Norman Sherry's biography recall the author's wanderlust. [Rpt of Tue 9.45am]

20040930

The Life of Graham Greene

To mark the centenary of the author's birth, five extracts from a prestigious biography recall the author's wanderlust.

3/5. White Night In Albany

In Greene's flat, strange memories of Hanoi.

With Malcolm Sinclair as Graham Greene.

Narrated by David Horovitch.

Abridged by Andrew Simpson.

Then Sailing By.

4/5. I Shall Arise And Go Now. Five extracts from Norman Sherry's biography recall the author's wanderlust. Today, a strange trip to Moscow. [Rptd Fri 12.30am]

20041001

The Life of Graham Greene

To mark the centenary of the author's birth, five extracts from a prestigious biography recall the author's wanderlust.

5/5. Bonjour La France

Greene is decorated and flees to France.

With Malcolm Sinclair as Graham Greene.

Narrated by David Horovitch.

Abridged by Andrew Simpson.

Then News.

4/5. I Shall Arise And Go Now. Five extracts from Norman Sherry's biography recall the author's wanderlust. Today, a strange trip to Moscow. [Rpt of Thu 9.45am]

20041004

Will of the World

By Stephen Greenblatt

A reconstruction of Shakespeare's life, work and the age he lived in.

There have, of course, been many biographies of Shakespeare. The problem each one faces is the thin amount of material surrounding his life. They lead us through the available traces but leave us no closer to understanding how the playwright's astonishing achievements came about. Will in the World aims to be the first fully satisfying account of Shakespeare's character and the blossoming of his talent. It's also a fascinating social history of Elizabethan and early Jacobean England, replete with the sights, smells and sounds of the past.

Stephen Greenblatt paints a vivid portrait of the birth of modern day theatre and of the colourful characters who created it, such as Christopher Marlowe, Ben Jonson and Robert Greene. The theatre for which Shakespeare wrote and acted was a cut-throat commercial entertainment industry. Yet his plays were also intensely alert to the social and political realities of their times. Shakespeare had to make concessions to the commercial world, for the theatre company in which he was a shareholder had to draw some 1,500 to 2,000 paying customers a day into the round wooden walls of the playhouse to stay afloat. In order to do this, Shakespeare had to engage with the deepest desires and fears of his audience.

1/5. The young Will has his first encounter with the heady world of theatre.

20041005

Will of the World

By Stephen Greenblatt

A reconstruction of Shakespeare's life, work and the age he lived in.

There have, of course, been many biographies of Shakespeare. The problem each one faces is the thin amount of material surrounding his life. They lead us through the available traces but leave us no closer to understanding how the playwright's astonishing achievements came about. Will in the World aims to be the first fully satisfying account of Shakespeare's character and the blossoming of his talent. It's also a fascinating social history of Elizabethan and early Jacobean England, replete with the sights, smells and sounds of the past.

Stephen Greenblatt paints a vivid portrait of the birth of modern day theatre and of the colourful characters who created it, such as Christopher Marlowe, Ben Jonson and Robert Greene. The theatre for which Shakespeare wrote and acted was a cut-throat commercial entertainment industry. Yet his plays were also intensely alert to the social and political realities of their times. Shakespeare had to make concessions to the commercial world, for the theatre company in which he was a shareholder had to draw some 1,500 to 2,000 paying customers a day into the round wooden walls of the playhouse to stay afloat. In order to do this, Shakespeare had to engage with the deepest desires and fears of his audience.

2/5. In today's episode, nineteen-year-old Will meets and marries Anne Hathaway.

Then News.

1/5. There have, of course, been many biographies of Shakespeare. The problem each one faces is the thin amount of material surrounding his life. They lead us through the available traces but leave us no closer to understanding how the playwright's astonishing achievements came about. Will in the World aims to be the first fully satisfying account of Shakespeare's character and the blossoming of his talent. It's also a fascinating social history of Elizabethan and early Jacobean England, replete with the sights, smells and sounds of the past.

Rpt of Mon 9.45am]

20041006

Will of the World

By Stephen Greenblatt

A reconstruction of Shakespeare's life, work and the age he lived in.

There have, of course, been many biographies of Shakespeare. The problem each one faces is the thin amount of material surrounding his life. They lead us through the available traces but leave us no closer to understanding how the playwright's astonishing achievements came about. Will in the World aims to be the first fully satisfying account of Shakespeare's character and the blossoming of his talent. It's also a fascinating social history of Elizabethan and early Jacobean England, replete with the sights, smells and sounds of the past.

Stephen Greenblatt paints a vivid portrait of the birth of modern day theatre and of the colourful characters who created it, such as Christopher Marlowe, Ben Jonson and Robert Greene. The theatre for which Shakespeare wrote and acted was a cut-throat commercial entertainment industry. Yet his plays were also intensely alert to the social and political realities of their times. Shakespeare had to make concessions to the commercial world, for the theatre company in which he was a shareholder had to draw some 1,500 to 2,000 paying customers a day into the round wooden walls of the playhouse to stay afloat. In order to do this, Shakespeare had to engage with the deepest desires and fears of his audience.

2/5. In today's episode, nineteen-year-old Will meets and marries Anne Hathaway.

Then Sailing By.

Will in the World

Continuing this vivid reconstruction of Shakespeare's life, work and the age he lived in.

3/5. The young playwright finds his feet in London.

20041007

Will in the World

Continuing this vivid reconstruction of Shakespeare's life, work and the age he lived in.

4/5. After the death of his eleven year old son, Hamnet, Will throws himself into his work, producing some of his greatest plays.

Abridged by Miranda Davies and produced by Emma Harding. Then News.

By Stephen Greenblatt

3/5. The young playwright finds his feet in London.

20041008

Will in the World: Extracts from Stephen Greenblatt's reconstruction of Shakespeare's life. 5/5. The playwright meditates on retirement and old age. [Rpt of Fri, 9.45am]

Will in the World

Continuing this vivid reconstruction of Shakespeare's life, work and the age he lived in.

4/5. After the death of his eleven year old son, Hamnet, Will throws himself into his work, producing some of his greatest plays.

Abridged by Miranda Davies and produced by Emma Harding. Then Sailing By.

Will in the World: Five extracts from Stephen Greenblatt's reconstruction of Shakespeare's life. 5/5. The forty-year-old playwright meditates on retirement and old age. [Rptd Sat, 12.30am]

20041011

No Room for Secrets

One of this country's best loved actors, Joanna Lumley, reads from her new autobiography.

1/5. The Hall

The early years in India and boarding school back in England.

20041012

No Room for Secrets

One of this country's best loved actors, Joanna Lumley, reads from her new autobiography.

2/5. The Drawing Room

Life as a model and breaking into acting.

Then News.

1/5. The Hall

The early years in India and boarding school back in England.

20041013

No Room for Secrets

One of this country's best loved actors, Joanna Lumley, reads from her new autobiography.

3/5. The Kitchen

Home life, holidays and a glimpse of old age.

Then News.

2/5. The Drawing Room

Life as a model and breaking into acting.

20041014

No Room for Secrets

One of this country's best loved actors, Joanna Lumley, reads from her new autobiography.

3/5. The Kitchen

Home life, holidays and a glimpse of old age.

Then Sailing By.

No Room For Secrets. An insight into the life of Joanna Lumley. 4/5.The Dressing Room. Getting the Role of Patsy: How Joanna first felt about Absolutely Fabulous. [Rptd Fri 12.30am]

20041015

No Room for Secrets

One of this country's best loved actors, Joanna Lumley, reads from her new autobiography.

5/5. The Music Room and The Attic

Married life and contemplating future resolutions.

Then News.

No Room For Secrets. An insight into the life of Joanna Lumley. 4/5.The Dressing Room. Getting the Role of Patsy: How Joanna first felt about Absolutely Fabulous. [Rpt of Thu 9.45am]

20041018

The Two of Us: My Life with John Thaw

1/5. Sheila Hancock reads from her enthralling new book about her deep and passionate partnership with her late husband, John Thaw. Today, she tells of Sheila, the girl, and John, the boy, in their very different starts to life, framed by her diaries of their maturity. [Rptd Tue 12.30am]

20041019

The Two of Us: My Life with John Thaw. 1/5. Sheila Hancock reads from her book about her partnership with her late husband. She describes their different early years. Then News. [Rpt of Mon 9.45am]

The Two of Us. My Life with John Thaw

Sheila Hancock reads from her book about her partnership with her late husband, John Thaw.

2/5

Sheila's story reaches the stage of her life when she has determined to go on the stage, while in the diaries of her maturity her husband John Thaw begins to have trouble with his voice, having played Captain Hook in Peter Pan.

Read by Sheila Hancock

Directed by Ned Chaillet Then News

20041020

The Two of Us. My Life with John Thaw

Sheila Hancock reads from her book about her partnership with her late husband, John Thaw.

2/5

Sheila's story reaches the stage of her life when she has determined to go on the stage, while in the diaries of her maturity her husband John Thaw begins to have trouble with his voice, having played Captain Hook in Peter Pan.

Read by Sheila Hancock

Directed by Ned Chaillet Then Sailing By.

Sheila Hancock reads from her book about her deep and passionate partnership with her late husband.

3/5. In their past, Sheila and John Thaw come together as actors, with the promise of something more. In her diaries of their lives together, they are devastated when John is diagnosed with cancer of the oesophagus.

20041021

The Two of Us - My Life with John Thaw

Sheila Hancock reads from her book about her deep and passionate partnership with her late husband.

4/5. Sheila's diaries record that John Thaw's cancer is terminal. In the past, her story of their lives together records some rocky years, with alcohol threatening their union.

Then News.

3/5. In their past, Sheila and John Thaw come together as actors, with the promise of something more. In her diaries of their lives together, they are devastated when John is diagnosed with cancer of the oesophagus.

2004102220041029

The Two of Us - My Life with John Thaw

Sheila Hancock reads from her book about her deep and passionate partnership with her late husband.

5/5. In the past, John Thaw has given up alcohol for good; in the present, Sheila confronts her grief at his death, and learns something new about his life.

The Two of Us - My Life with John Thaw

Sheila Hancock reads from her book about her deep and passionate partnership with her late husband.

5/5. In the past, John Thaw has given up alcohol for good; in the present, Sheila confronts her grief at his death, and learns something new about his life.

Then News.

4/5. Sheila's diaries record that John Thaw's cancer is terminal. In the past, her story of their lives together records some rocky years, with alcohol threatening their union.

20041025

Mimi and Toutou Go Forth

By Giles Foden

Abridged in five episodes by Andrew Simpson.

The story of Commander Geoffrey Basil Spicer Simpson, who fought heroic battles against the Germans on Lake Tanganyika, East Africa. He had infamous tattoos. He also wore a skirt.

Read by Jeff Rawle

2004102620041102

Mimi and Toutou Go Forth

By Giles Foden

Abridged in five episodes by Andrew Simpson.

The story of Commander Geoffrey Basil Spicer Simpson, who fought heroic battles against the Germans on Lake Tanganyika, East Africa. He had infamous tattoos. He also wore a skirt.

Read by Jeff Rawle

Then News. [Rpt of Mon 9.45am]

2/5

Getting the British boats onto Lake Tanganyika was an extraordinary adventure.

2004102720041102

Mimi and Toutou Go Forth

By Giles Foden

Abridged in five episodes by Andrew Simpson.

3/5

Battles on the Lake commence, and some outrageous behaviour by skirt-wearing Commander Spicer Simpson.

Read by Jeff Rawle Then News.

2/5. Mimi and Toutou Go Forth: By Giles Foden, abridged by Andrew Simpson. Getting the British boats onto Lake Tanganyika is an extraordinary adventure in itself. [Rpt of Tue 9.45am]

20041028

Mimi and Toutou Go Forth

By Giles Foden

Abridged in five episodes by Andrew Simpson

4/5.

British success on the lake as the Holo Holo make a god of Commander Spicer Simpson.

Read by Jeff Rawle.

Then News.

3/5

Battles on the Lake commence, and some outrageous behaviour by skirt-wearing Commander Spicer Simpson.

20041029

Mimi and Toutou Go Forth

By Giles Foden

Abridged in five episodes by Andrew Simpson

5/5. Despite British success on the lake, Commander Spicer Simpson takes to his trucklebed and fades into obscurity.

Read by Jeff Rawle.

Then News.

4/5.

British success on the lake as the Holo Holo make a god of Commander Spicer Simpson.

20041105

Lizzie Siddal

By Lucinda Hawksley

Abridged by Doreen Estall

5/5. Lizzie's ill-fated affair with Rossetti and her poor health finally take their toll.

Read by Susannah Harker.

20041108

Lizzie Siddal by Lucinda Hawksley

1/5

Struck by her good looks and her pale copper hair, the pre-raphaelites made Lizzie Siddal one of the best known faces of the Victorian era. An artist's model from London's slums, Lizzie also made her mark as a poet and artist.

Her extraordinary story is read by Susannah Harker.

Abridged by Doreen Estall. Then News

20041109

Lizzie Siddal by Lucinda Hawksley

2/5

Lizzie falls in love but quickly finds herself in a vulnerable position. Her life as an artist's model reaches new heights when she poses for John Everett Millais painting of Ophelia.

Her extraordinary story is read by Susannah Harker.

Abridged by Doreen Estall.

Then News.

1/5

Struck by her good looks and her pale copper hair, the pre-raphaelites made Lizzie Siddal one of the best known faces of the Victorian era. An artist's model from London's slums, Lizzie also made her mark as a poet and artist.

20041110

Lizzie Siddal by Lucinda Hawksley

2/5

Lizzie falls in love but quickly finds herself in a vulnerable position. Her life as an artist's model reaches new heights when she poses for John Everett Millais painting of Ophelia.

Her extraordinary story is read by Susannah Harker.

Abridged by Doreen Estall.

Then Sailing By.

Lizzie Siddal

By Lucinda Hawksley

3/5. Lizzie s lover Dante Rossetti introduces her to John Ruskin, and her own career as an artist begins to take off.

Read by Susannah Harker.

20041111

Lizzie Siddal

By Lucinda Hawksley

Abridged by Doreen Estall

4/5. A trip to France sees Lizzie's health improve. However, Rossetti's philandering is troubling their relationship.

Read by Susannah Harker.

Then News.

3/5. Lizzie s lover Dante Rossetti introduces her to John Ruskin, and her own career as an artist begins to take off.

20041112

Lizzie Siddal

By Lucinda Hawksley

Abridged by Doreen Estall

5/5. Lizzie's ill-fated affair with Rossetti and her poor health finally take their toll.

Read by Susannah Harker.

Then News.

4/5. A trip to France sees Lizzie's health improve. However, Rossetti's philandering is troubling their relationship.

20041113
20041115

Joe's War. My Father Decoded

1/5

The Silent Slav

"It didn't occur to me to ask my father as I grew up, why he had nothing from his past before the war, no pictures of himself when young, no family photographs, no mementos of any kind. He was a man without a past, and I failed to notice."

Annette Kobak reads from her moving account of a daughter's quest to understand her father and, through his life, the Czech and Polish experience of the Second World War. Then Sailing By

Annette Kobak reads from her moving account of a daughter's quest to understand her father and, through his life, the Czech and Polish experience of the Second World War.

2/5

The Dream Dissolves

Hardship during the Depression drives the Kobak family across the border from Czechoslovakia into Poland. Then war breaks out, and Joe runs east to escape the Germans, only to meet the Russian army coming the other way. Then News

Annette Kobak reads from her moving account of a daughter's quest to understand her father and, through his life, the Czech and Polish experience of the Second World War. Then News

20041117

Joe's War. My Father Decoded.

Annette Kobak reads from her moving account of a daughter's quest to understand her father and, through his life, the Czech and Polish experience of the Second World War.

3/5

Journey Into Silence

When a warrant is put out for his arrest, nineteen year old Joe has to run for his life. Then News.

2/5

The Dream Dissolves

Hardship during the Depression drives the Kobak family across the border from Czechoslovakia into Poland. Then war breaks out, and Joe runs east to escape the Germans, only to meet the Russian army coming the other way.

20041118

Joe's War: My Father Decoded

Annette Kobak reads from her moving account of a daughter's quest to understand her father and, through his life, the Czech and Polish experience of the Second World War.

4/5. Poles Apart

The story of what happened to Joe's two homelands, during and after the war, begin to yield the clues to his silence.

Then News.

3/5

Journey Into Silence

When a warrant is put out for his arrest, nineteen year old Joe has to run for his life.

20041119

Joe's War - My Father Decoded

Annette Kobak reads from her moving account of a daughter's quest to understand her father and, through his life, the Czech and Polish experience of the Second World War.

5/5. Aftershocks

The last piece of the jigsaw falls into place when Joe reveals that he was a spy.

4/5. Poles Apart

The story of what happened to Joe's two homelands, during and after the war, begin to yield the clues to his silence.

Then Sailing By.

20041122

Tuning Up at Dawn.

1/5. Deia View

Philip Jackson reads the memoirs of musician and designer Tomas Graves, son of the poet Robert Graves. Having been brought up on Majorca and lived there for most of his adult life, this memoir explores the parts of the holiday island and its culture that tourists don't reach.

2004112320041130

Tuning Up at Dawn.

2/5. Honeymoon Island

Philip Jackson reads the memoirs of musician and designer Tomas Graves, son of the poet Robert Graves.

Although aways a destination for the artistic community, three wars - World War One, the Spanish Civil War and World War Two - took their toll on Majorca's tourist trade. Clearly, a little marketing was required.

20041124

Tuning up at Dawn

By Tomas Graves

3/5

Little Rocks in the Sea

The death of General Franco precipitated a major shift in Spanish culture which reverberated throughout the mainland. But Franco had been governor of Majorca, and in the villages who supported him, party politics doesn't exist.

Read by Philip Jackson. Then News.

2/5. Honeymoon Island

Philip Jackson reads the memoirs of musician and designer Tomas Graves, son of the poet Robert Graves.

Although aways a destination for the artistic community, three wars - World War One, the Spanish Civil War and World War Two - took their toll on Majorca's tourist trade. Clearly, a little marketing was required.

20041125

Tuning Up at Dawn

4/5. The Second Most Famous Unknown Band in the World

Philip Jackson reads the memoirs of musician and designer Tomas Graves, son of the poet Robert Graves.

The life of the peripatetic musician is the same the whole world over, but at least in Majorca the weather's good.

Then News.

3/5. Little Rocks in the Sea

The death of General Franco precipitated a major shift in Spanish culture which reverberated throughout the mainland. But Franco had been governor of Majorca, and in the villages who supported him, party politics doesn't exist.

20041126

Tuning Up at Dawn.

5/5. The Big One

Philip Jackson reads the memoirs of musician and designer Tomas Graves, son of the poet Robert Graves.

1992 saw three major international events - the Olympics, an Expo and Madrid as Cultural Capital of Europe. Tomas documents how it marked a coming out party for the nation after a rather difficult adolescence.

Then News.

4/5. The Second Most Famous Unknown Band in the World

Philip Jackson reads the memoirs of musician and designer Tomas Graves, son of the poet Robert Graves. The life of the peripatetic musician is the same the whole world over, but at least in Majorca the weather's good.

20041129

Josiah Wedgwood.

1/5. James Masters reads from Brian Dolan's new biography of the master potter Josiah Wedgwood.

Born in 1730, in a 'dirty spot of earth', in the Midlands, Josiah could have ended up in the workhouse, but from an early age he showed exceptional talent and determination for self-improvement.

2004113020041207

Josiah Wedgwood.

2/5. James Masters reads from Brian Dolan's new biography of the master potter Josiah Wedgwood.

Then News.

1/5.

James Masters reads from Brian Dolan's new biography of the master potter Josiah Wedgwood.

Born in 1730, in a 'dirty spot of earth', in the Midlands, Josiah could have ended up in the workhouse, but from an early age he showed exceptional talent and determination for self-improvement.

20041201

Josiah Wedgwood

Brian Dolan's biography of the master potter, abridged in 5 parts by Libby Spurrier.

3/5

Josiah's model factory on the new Trent and Mersey Canal is completed, and customers from London to St. Petersburg are queueing up for the latest 'Etruscan' ware. Then News

James Masters reads Brian Dolan's biography of the master potter Josiah Wedgwood.

2/5

Josiah branches out on his own, gets married and acquires a patron. Then Sailing By

20041202

Josiah Wedgwood

Brian Dolan's biography of the master potter, abridged in 5 parts by Libby Spurrier.

3/5

Josiah's model factory on the new Trent and Mersey Canal is completed, and customers from London to St. Petersburg are queueing up for the latest 'Etruscan' ware. Then Sailing By

4/5

Sally Wedgwood takes a personal interest in the welfare of the workforce, while Josiah supervises the quality of his pottery by smashing with his stick any item that falls below standard.

20041203

Josiah Wedgwood

Brian Dolan's biography of the master potter, abridged in 5 parts by Libby Spurrier.

5/5

As the air quality in the Burslem Hills deteriorates, Josiah warns workers contemplating emigration of the terrible consequences that could befall them. Then Sailing By

Brian Dolan's biography of the master potter, abridged by Libby Spurrier.

4/5. Sally Wedgwood takes an interest in the welfare of the workforce.

Then Sailing By.

5/5. As the air quality in the Burslem Hills deteriorates, Josiah warns workers contemplating emigration of the terrible consequences that could befall them.

20041206

Wrong About Japan

Inspired by his son's interest in Japanese comics, prize-winning novelist Peter Carey decided to investigate the ways in which traditional Japanese culture can still be discerned in the manga and animated films which obsess modern Japan.

Read by Jonathan Hyde.

1/5. In Tokyo, nothing is what they expect it to be.

20041207

Wrong About Japan

By Peter Carey

Inspired by his son's interest in Japanese comics, prize-winning novelist Peter Carey decided to investigate the ways in which traditional Japanese culture can still be discerned in the manga and animated films which obsess modern Japan.

Read by Jonathan Hyde.

2/5. Peter and Charley begin their adventures in Tokyo in traditional cartoon style, meeting gangsters and swordsmen. Read by Jonathan Hyde.

Inspired by his son's interest in Japanese comics, prize-winning novelist Peter Carey decided to investigate the ways in which traditional Japanese culture can still be discerned in the manga and animated films which obsess modern Japan. Read by Jonathan Hyde.

1/5. In Tokyo, nothing is what they expect it to be.

Then Sailing By.

20041228

Just William: Doin' Good.

Martin Jarvis reads five seasonal stories by Richmal Crompton, starring the heroically optimistic William Brown.

2/5. William and the League of Perfect Love

A house guest of the Botts turns out to be an Honourable, with potentially disastrous consequences for the village cricket club and for William's brother.

20041229

Just William: Doin' Good.

Martin Jarvis reads five seasonal stories by Richmal Crompton, starring the heroically optimistic William Brown.

3/5. Fireworks Strictly Prohibited

The Outlaws' habitual impecuniousness threatens a miserable fireworks night. Can William come up with a plan?

Then News.

2/5: William and the League of Perfect Love

A house guest of the Botts turns out to be an Honourable, with potentially disastrous consequences for the village cricket club and for William's brother

20041230

Just William: Doin' Good.

Martin Jarvis reads five seasonal stories by Richmal Crompton, starring the heroically optimistic William Brown.

4/5. William the Psychiatrist

William's lifetime ambition to be a diver is cast aside when he discovers something that seems easier to achieve.

Then News.

3/5. Fireworks Strictly Prohibited

The Outlaws' habitual impecuniousness threatens a miserable fireworks night. Can William come up with a plan?

20041231

Just William: Doin' Good.

Martin Jarvis reads five seasonal stories by Richmal Crompton, starring the heroically optimistic William Brown.

5/5. William Joins the Waits

William and the Outlaws discover that some intended Christmas presents are doomed to disappoint. Can William come up with a seasonal idea to solve the problem?

Then News.

4/5. William the Psychiatrist

William's lifetime ambition to be a diver is cast aside when he discovers something that seems easier to achieve.

20050103

Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim.

David Sedaris - one of America's sharpest and funniest writers - reads from his essays on his childhood and family, revealing the absurdity lurking beneath the ordinary surface of life.

1. Us and Them.

A Halloween visit from the neighbours brings out the worst in the Sedaris children.

20050104

Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim.

David Sedaris - one of America's sharpest and funniest writers - reads from his essays on his childhood and family, revealing the absurdity lurking beneath the ordinary surface of life.

2. The Ship Shape

The Sedaris family take a holiday and nearly acquire a second home.

Then News.

1. Us and Them.

A Halloween visit from the neighbours brings out the worst in the Sedaris children.

20050105

Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim.

David Sedaris - one of America's sharpest and funniest writers - reads from his essays on his childhood and family, revealing the absurdity lurking beneath the ordinary surface of life.

3: Consider the Stars

The adolescent Sedaris confronts the power of the popular crowd and the agony of embarrassment a parent can bring.

Then News.

2. The Ship Shape

The Sedaris family take a holiday and nearly acquire a second home.

20050106

Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim

David Sedaris - one of America's sharpest and funniest writers - reads from his essays on his childhood and family, revealing the absurdity lurking beneath the ordinary surface of life.

4: Nuit of the Living Dead

Unexpected late-night visitors interrupt a scene of brutal cruelty on the front porch.

Then News.

3. Consider the Stars

The adolescent Sedaris confronts the power of the popular crowd and the agony of embarrassment a parent can bring.

20050107

Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim.

David Sedaris - one of America's sharpest and funniest writers - reads from his essays on his childhood and family, revealing the absurdity lurking beneath the ordinary surface of life.

5: Repeat After Me

Parrots can talk, but unfortunately they have no idea what they're actually saying; writers know all too well, and their families learn to be wary.

5/5. Repeat After Me

Then News.

4. Nuit of the Living Dead

Unexpected late-night visitors interrupt a scene of brutal cruelty on the front porch.

20050110

The Last Duel

Robert Glenister reads Eric Jager's tale of crime and scandal, set in turbulent 14th-century France.

1/5. The friendship between Jean de Carrouges and Jacques Le Gris will turn to enmity.

20050111

The Last Duel

Robert Glenister reads Eric Jager's tale of crime and scandal, set in turbulent 14th-century France.

2/5. A crime is committed against Jean De Carrouges' beautiful wife, Marguerite, and he vows vengeance.

Then News.

1/5. The friendship between Jean de Carrouges and Jacques Le Gris will turn to enmity.

20050112

The Last Duel

Robert Glenister reads Eric Jager's tale of crime and scandal, set in turbulent 14th-century France.

3/5. Jean de Carrouges sets out for Paris, determined to secure an audience with the King and air his grievances against Jacques le Gris.

Then News.

2/5. A crime is committed against Jean De Carrouges' beautiful wife, Marguerite, and he vows vengeance.

20050113

The Last Duel

Robert Glenister reads Eric Jager's tale of crime and scandal, set in turbulent 14th-century France.

3/5. Jean de Carrouges sets out for Paris, determined to secure an audience with the King and air his grievances against Jacques le Gris.

Then Sailing By.

Robert Glenister reads Eric Jager's tale of crime and scandal, set in 14th-century France.

4/5. Jean de Carrouges and Jacques Le Gris prepare to fight. Much is at stake.

20050114

The Last Duel

Robert Glenister reads Eric Jager's tale of crime and scandal, set in 14th-century France.

5/5. The knight and the squire battle it out in the grounds of the Paris monastery. Who will win this deadly fight?

Then News.

4/5. Jean de Carrouges and Jacques Le Gris prepare to fight. Much is at stake.

20050117

Extracts from George Rosie's collection of essays on some of the more unexpected aspects of Scottish history.

1/5. Operation Vegetarian

The story of the plan to drop millions of anthrax-infected cakes on the cattle of Hitler's Germany.

Read by Simon Tait.

20050118

Extracts from George Rosie's collection of essays on some of the more unexpected aspects of Scottish history.

1/5. Operation Vegetarian

The story of the plan to drop millions of anthrax-infected cakes on the cattle of Hitler's Germany during World War II.

Read by Simon Tait.

Extracts from George Rosie's collection of essays on aspects of Scottish history.

2/5. The McKlansmen

How Scottish influences played a key part in the development of the Ku Klux Klan.

20050119

Extracts from George Rosie's essays on peculiar aspects of Scottish history.

3/5. The Drug Barons

How two Scottish businessmen made a fortune from opium and engaged the British government in a war with China.

Then News.

Extracts from George Rosie's collection of essays on aspects of Scottish history.

2/5. The McKlansmen

How Scottish influences played a key part in the development of the Ku Klux Klan.

20050120

Extracts from George Rosie's essays on peculiar aspects of Scottish history.

3/5. The Drug Barons

How two Scottish businessmen made a fortune from opium and engaged the British government in a war with China.

Curious Scotland.

4/5. What Knox Did for Us

Beyond the caricature of John Knox the fiery preacher lies a complex relationship with Mary, Queen of Scots and a radical mission to educate 16th century Scottish society.

20050121

Curious Scotland

Extracts from George Rosie's essays on peculiar aspects of Scottish history.

5/5. As Others See Us

Amusing and outrageous comments on Scots through the ages.

Amusing and outrageous comments on Scots through the ages, including some undisputably true ones.

Then News

4/5. What Knox Did for Us

Beyond the caricature of John Knox the fiery preacher lies a complex relationship with Mary, Queen of Scots and a radical mission to educate 16th century Scottish society.

20050124

The Fringes of Power

By John Colville.

1: May - June 1940

In 1939 the young diplomat John Colville was seconded from the Foreign Office to Number 10 Downing Street, and went on to serve as Winston Churchill's Private Secretary for much of the Second World War. The Downing Street Diaries he kept, against all regulations, offer an extraordinary insider's view of the public and private face of Churchill throughout those momentous years.

Jamie Bamber reads selected extracts, abridged by Peter Caddick-Adams.

In this first episode, the new Prime Minister takes up residence, Germany invades France and the British Expeditionary Force is evacuated from Dunkirk.

20050125

The Fringes of Power

By John Colville

Jamie Bamber reads a further extract from Colville's revealing Downing Street Diaries of the years in which he was Private Secretary to Winston Churchill. Abridged by Peter Caddick-Adams.

2/5. June - August 1940

The collapse of France; Britain readies for invasion.

Then News.

1: May - June 1940

In 1939 the young diplomat John Colville was seconded from the Foreign Office to Number 10 Downing Street, and went on to serve as Winston Churchill's Private Secretary for much of the Second World War. The Downing Street Diaries he kept, against all regulations, offer an extraordinary insider's view of the public and private face of Churchill throughout those momentous years.

Jamie Bamber reads selected extracts, abridged by Peter Caddick-Adams.

In this first episode, the new Prime Minister takes up residence, Germany invades France and the British Expeditionary Force is evacuated from Dunkirk.

20050126

The Fringes of Power

By John Colville

Jamie Bamber reads a further extract from Colville's revealing Downing Street Diaries of the years in which he was Private Secretary to Winston Churchill. Abridged by Peter Caddick-Adams.

3/5. August 1940 - Jan 1941

Air attacks on London intensify.

Then News.

2/5. June - August 1940

The collapse of France; Britain readies for invasion.

20050127

The Fringes of Power

By John Colville.

Jamie Bamber reads a further extract from Colville's revealing Downing Street Diaries of the years in which he was Private Secretary to Winston Churchill. Abridged by Peter Caddick-Adams.

3/5. August 1940 - Jan 1941

Air attacks on London intensify.

Then Sailing By.

Abridged by Peter Caddick-Adams.

Jamie Bamber reads a further extract from Colville's revealing Downing Street Diaries of the years in which he was Private Secretary to Winston Churchill.

4/5. May - September 1941

Germany invades Russia.

20050128

The Fringes of Power

By John Colville

Jamie Bamber reads a further extract from Colville's revealing Downing Street Diaries of the years in which he was Private Secretary to Winston Churchill. Abridged by Peter Caddick-Adams.

4/5. August 1944 - May 1945

The liberation of Paris heralds the eventual collapse of Germany and the end of the war in Europe.

Then News.

4/5 May - September 1941

Germany invades Russia.

20050131

Rio de Janeiro

By Ruy Castro.

Abridged by Katie Campbell.

A playful and informative account of the South American city celebrating its history, people and the Carnival, which starts this week.

1/5. Savages with Soul

Read by Colin MacFarlane

20050201

Rio de Janeiro

By Ruy Castro.

Abridged by Katie Campbell.

A playful and informative account of the South American city celebrating its history, people and the Carnival, which starts this week.

2/5. Those Samba Beats

Read by Colin MacFarlane.

Then News.

1/5. Savages with Soul.

20050202

Rio de Janeiro

By Ruy Castro.

Abridged by Katie Campbell.

A playful and informative account of the South American city celebrating its history, people and the Carnival, which starts this week.

3/5. It's a Woman's World

Read by Colin MacFarlane.

Then News.

2/5. Those Samba Beats.

20050203

Rio de Janeiro

By Ruy Castro.

Abridged by Katie Campbell.

A playful and informative account of the South American city celebrating its history, people and the Carnival, which starts this week.

4/5. Buildings and Food.

Read by Colin MacFarlane.

Then News.

3/5. It's a Woman's World

20050204

Rio de Janeiro

By Ruy Castro.

Abridged by Katie Campbell.

A playful and informative account of the South American city celebrating its history, people and the Carnival, which starts this week.

5/5. Copacabana Beach.

Read by Colin MacFarlane.

Read by Colin MacFarlane. Then News.

4/5. Buildings and Food.

20050207

Evening in the Palace of Reason

By James Gaines

Abridged By Miranda Davies

1/5. To the 'Enlightened despot' Frederick the Great of Prussia, the composer Johann Sebastian Bach embodies everything that is outmoded and Baroque.

One spring evening he summons 'old Bach' to his court and challenges him to a musical duel.

Bill Paterson reads from this vivid portrait of a tumultuous age.

20050208
20050214

Ghosting

1/5

Jennie Erdal's account of her double life working as personal editor and ghostwriter for a man she called Tiger.

For 15 years Jennie Erdal lived a double life. Officially she worked as a personal editor for one particular man, Tiger, but in reality she was his ghostwriter. During this time she wrote a great deal that appeared under his name including two novels, newspaper columns and business correspondence.

Ghosting moves from startlingly vivid evocations of Jennie's austere Scottish upbringing in Fife, to portraits of working life at a London-based publishing house. It also provides an intriguing picture of her relationship with the larger-than-life Tiger.

The reader is Colette O'Neil.

20050215

Ghosting

By Jennie Erdal

2/5. Jennie exchanges the familiarity of domestic life in Fife for the strange new world of the London publishing scene.

The reader is Colette O'Neil.

Then News.

1/5

Jennie Erdal's account of her double life working as personal editor and ghostwriter for a man she called Tiger.

For 15 years Jennie Erdal lived a double life. Officially she worked as a personal editor for one particular man, Tiger, but in reality she was his ghostwriter. During this time she wrote a great deal that appeared under his name including two novels, newspaper columns and business correspondence.

Ghosting moves from startlingly vivid evocations of Jennie's austere Scottish upbringing in Fife, to portraits of working life at a London-based publishing house. It also provides an intriguing picture of her relationship with the larger-than-life Tiger.

20050216

Ghosting

By Jennie Erdal

3/5

Jennie struggles to write sex scenes from a male perspective.

Read by Colette O'Neil.

2/5

Jennie exchanges the familiarity of domestic life in Fife for the strange new world of the London publishing scene.

The reader is Colette O'Neil.

20050217

Ghosting

Jennie Erdal's account of the double life she lived for 15 years, working as editor and ghost writer for a man she called Tiger.

4/5

Jennie and Tiger embark upon their second novel. Then News.

By Jennie Erdal

3/5

Jennie struggles to write sex scenes from a male perspective.

Read by Colette O'Neil.

20050218

Ghosting

Jennie Erdal's account of the double life, working as personal editor and ghost writer for a man she called Tiger.

5/5

Jennie is increasingly uncertain about her future as Tiger's personal editor and ghostwriter. But can she face giving up the ghost?

The reader is Colette O'Neil.

The reader is Colette O'Neil. Then News.

Jennie Erdal's account of the double life she lived for 15 years, working as editor and ghost writer for a man she called Tiger.

4/5

Jennie and Tiger embark upon their second novel.

20050221

Swimming with My Father

1/5. Tim Pigott-Smith reads from Tim Jeal's portrait of his parents. Young Tim is torn between a worldly mother and an eccentric father.

20050222

Swimming with My Father

Tim Pigott-Smith reads from Tim Jeal's portrait of his parents.

2/5. Tim is sent off to boarding school, his mother anxious that he meet people who are less cranky than his father.

Then News.

1/5. Tim Pigott-Smith reads from Tim Jeal's portrait of his parents. Young Tim is torn between a worldly mother and an eccentric father.

20050223

Swimming with My Father

3/5. Tim Pigott-Smith reads from Tim Jeal's portrait of his parents. Disaster strikes when Tim persuades his father to buy him a toy boat to sail on the pond in Kensington Gardens.

Then News.

2/5. Tim Pigott-Smith reads from Tim Jeal's portrait of his parents. Tim is sent off to boarding school, his mother anxious that he meet people who are less cranky than his father.

20050224

Swimming with My Father

4/5. Tim's gentle eccentric father is beginning to show signs of dementia. His mother's 17 cats are making their presence felt at home.

Then News.

3/5. Tim Pigott-Smith reads from Tim Jeal's portrait of his parents. Disaster strikes when Tim persuades his father to buy him a toy boat to sail on the pond in Kensington Gardens.

20050225

Swimming with My Father

Tim Pigott-Smith from Tim Jeal's portrait of his mother and father, drawn from the author's childhood and from his parents' declining years.

5/5. Tim's mother uses her newly acquired false teeth to entertain her grandchildren. Lying on the floor at her former accompanist's house, Tim's father has a religious experience.

Tim Pigott-Smith reads the final episode from Tim Jeal's portrait of his mother and father, drawn from the author's childhood and from his parents' declining years.

4/5. Tim's gentle eccentric father is beginning to show signs of dementia. His mother's 17 cats are making their presence felt at home.

Followed by Sailing By.

20050228

Perdita

By Sarah Gristwood

Abridged by Libby Spurrier

The biography of one of the most celebrated and beautiful women of Georgian society, the actress, royal mistress and writer Mary Robinson.

Her life was a rollercoaster ride, from the debtor's prison to the courts of London and Paris, from success at Drury Lane to public slander and eventual literary acclaim.

1/5. Mary has married young, but her husband is a spendthrift. She sets out to conquer fashionable London society and win influential admirers.

Read by Emma Fielding.

20050301

Perdita

By Sarah Gristwood.

Abridged by Libby Spurrier.

The biography of one of the most celebrated and beautiful women of Georgian society, the actress, royal mistress and writer Mary Robinson.

Her life was a rollercoaster ride, from the debtor's prison to the courts of London and Paris, from success at Drury Lane to public slander and eventual literary acclaim.

2/5. Now a successful actress, often in the scandal sheets, Mary catches the eye of the young Prince of Wales.

Read by Emma Fielding.

Then News.

1/5. Mary has married young, but her husband is a spendthrift. She sets out to conquer fashionable London society and win influential admirers.

20050302

Perdita

By Sarah Gristwood

Abridged by Libby Spurrier

The biography of one of the most celebrated and beautiful women of Georgian society, the actress, royal mistress and writer Mary Robinson.

Her life was a rollercoaster ride, from the debtor's prison to the courts of London and Paris, from success at Drury Lane to public slander and eventual literary acclaim.

3/5. Penniless and ridiculed after the ending of her royal affair, Mary Robinson flees to Paris to conquer the French court.

Read by Emma Fielding.

Then News.

2/5. Now a successful actress, often in the scandal sheets, Mary catches the eye of the young Prince of Wales.

20050303

Perdita

By Sarah Gristwood.

Abridged by Libby Spurrier.

The biography of one of the most celebrated and beautiful women of Georgian society, the actress, royal mistress and writer Mary Robinson.

Her life was a rollercoaster ride, from the debtor's prison to the courts of London and Paris, from success at Drury Lane to public slander and eventual literary acclaim.

4/5. A passionate relationship with a military hero and aspiring politician keeps Mary in the most influential circles of the day.

Read by Emma Fielding.

Then News.

3/5. Penniless and ridiculed after the ending of her royal affair, Mary Robinson flees to Paris to conquer the French court.

20050304

Perdita

By Sarah Gristwood

Abridged by Libby Spurrier

The biography of one of the most celebrated and beautiful women of Georgian society, the actress, royal mistress and writer Mary Robinson.

Her life was a rollercoaster ride, from the debtor's prison to the courts of London and Paris, from success at Drury Lane to public slander and eventual literary acclaim.

5/5. Ill-health makes Mary focus on her writing as a source of income, and she becomes a best selling poet and novelist.

Read by Emma Fielding.

Then News.

4/5. A passionate relationship with a military hero and aspiring politician keeps Mary in the most influential circles of the day.

Followed by Sailing By.

20050307

A Tale of Love and Darkness

By Amos Oz. Abridged by Chris Wallis.

1/5. 'Jews go back to Palestine' the graffiti in 1930s Lithuania urged, so Amos Oz's family, and many like them, went. Then later the walls of Europe shouted 'Jews get out of Palestine'.

Prize-winning Israeli author Amos Oz's story of his childhood and adolescence in war-torn Jerusalem from the 1930s to the 1950s is also the story of the birth of Israel itself.

Read by Henry Goodman.

20050308

A Tale of Love and Darkness

By Amos Oz. Abridged by Chris Wallis.

2/5. The Klausner family's arrival in Palestine in 1933 creates as many problems as it solves, but at least they are home. They have left behind their roots in central Europe, their home for generations.

Read by Henry Goodman.

Then News.

1/5. 'Jews go back to Palestine' the graffiti in 1930s Lithuania urged, so Amos Oz's family, and many like them, went. Then later the walls of Europe shouted 'Jews get out of Palestine'.

Prize-winning Israeli author Amos Oz's story of his childhood and adolescence in war-torn Jerusalem from the 1930s to the 1950s is also the story of the birth of Israel itself.

20050309

A Tale of Love and Darkness

By Amos Oz. Abridged by Chris Wallis

3/5. Eight year old Amos is taken to a reception in an Arab house, where his attempts to forge meaningful links between the two peoples end in disaster.

Read by Henry Goodman.

Then News.

2/5. The Klausner family's arrival in Palestine in 1933 creates as many problems as it solves, but at least they are home. They have left behind their roots in central Europe, their home for generations.

20050310

A Tale of Love and Darkness

by Amos Oz

On 29th November 1947 the UN General Assembly met to vote on the proposal for the establishment of the state of Israel. The vote took place at midnight, Jerusalem time, and everyone was out in the street, waiting for the result, including young Amos Oz. Then News.

Abridged by Chris Wallis

3/5. Eight year old Amos is taken to a reception in an Arab house, where his attempts to forge meaningful links between the two peoples end in disaster.

Read by Henry Goodman.

20050311

A Tale of Love and Darkness

By Amos Oz

5/5. The establishment of the state of Israel heralds a whole new set of problems for the Jewish people, and Amos has more than his fair share.

Then News.

By Amos Oz. Abridged by Chris Wallis.

4/5. On 29th November 1947, the UN General Assembly meets to vote on the proposal for the establishment of the state of Israel.

Read by Henry Goodman.

20050314

Nature Cure

Written and read by Richard Mabey. Abridged by Julian Wilkinson.

1/5. When the nation's foremost nature writer found himself in the grip of a severe depression, the natural world, a lifelong source of inspiration, became meaningless. This book charts the first year of his recovery, the adventure of re-engaging with nature.

20050315

Nature Cure

Written and read by Richard Mabey. Abridged by Julian Wilkinson.

2/5. Discovering the fens and a lover's whim encourage the country's foremost nature writer begin to regain his imaginative relationship with the world beyond his illness.

Then News.

1/5. When the nation's foremost nature writer found himself in the grip of a severe depression, the natural world, a lifelong source of inspiration, became meaningless. This book charts the first year of his recovery, the adventure of re-engaging with nature.

20050316

Nature Cure

Written and read by Richard Mabey.

2/5. Discovering the fens and a lover's whim encourage the country's foremost nature writer begin to regain his imaginative relationship with the world beyond his illness.

Read by Henry Goodman.

Then Sailing By.

Nature Cure, 3/5

"I liked to persuade myself that the Chiltern landscape, with its folds and free-lines, shaped my prose, and maybe me too. " The nature writer dares to return to the hills of his childhood and adulthood for the sale of a wood.

Abridged by Julian Wilkinson and produced by Elizabeth Allard.

20050317

Nature Cure. 4/5

Written and read by Richard Mabey.

The migrant birds signalling the start of spring appear to be late. The nature writer fears for their them.

Abridged by Julian Wilkinson and produced by Elizabeth Allard.

Then News.

Nature Cure. 3/5

"I liked to persuade myself that the Chiltern landscape, with its folds and free-lines, shaped my prose, and maybe me too. " The nature writer dares to return to the hills of his childhood and adulthood for the sale of a wood.

20050318

Nature Cure

Nature writer Richard Mabey reads from his account of the first year of his recovery from severe depression.

5/5

Towards the end of his first year in East Anglia, the nature writer sets out for Breckland "to listen to nightjars, whose churring song is the epitome of hot summer dusks."

Abridged by Julian Wilkinson.

Abridged by Julian Wilkinson. Then News.

Nature Cure. 4/5

Written and read by Richard Mabey.

The migrant birds signalling the start of spring appear to be late. The nature writer fears for their them.

Abridged by Julian Wilkinson and produced by Elizabeth Allard.

20050321

Robert Louis Stevenson

By Claire Harman. Abridged by Polly Coles.

1/5. Childhood

As a boy, Stevenson was often confined to bed with mystery illnesses. But this fuelled his imagination and fantasies, spurred on by his Calvinist nanny who thought melodramas and the theatre in particular, were the work of the devil.

Read by David Tennant.

20050322

Robert Louis Stevenson

By Claire Harman. Abridged by Polly Coles.

2/5. Fanny Osbourne

Stevenson met his future American wife in an artists' colony in France. Within days he was hooked by her tales of the Wild West and so began his dogged pursuit of her across the length and breadth of the States.

Read by David Tennant.

Then News.

Robert Louis Stevenson, by Claire Harman. 1/5. Childhood: As a boy, Stevenson was often confined to bed with mystery illnesses. [Rpt of Mon 9.45am].

20050323

Robert Louis Stevenson

By Claire Harman.

Abridged by Polly Coles

3/5. Jekyll and Hyde

One of the most famous stories in the world came to Stevenson in a dream. The first draft was thrown into the fire, but within ten weeks he acquired international fame.

Read by David Tennant

Then News.

2/5. Fanny Osbourne

Stevenson met his future American wife in an artists colony in France. Within days he was hooked by her tales of the Wild West and so began His dogged pursuit of her across the length and breadth of the States.

20050324

Robert Louis Stevenson

By Claire Harman.

Abridged by Polly Coles

3/5. Jekyll and Hyde

One of the most famous stories in the world came to Stevenson in a dream. The first draft was thrown into the fire, but within ten weeks he acquired international fame.

Read by David Tennant

Then News.

4/5. Robert Louis Stevenson. Fame: David Tennant reads from Claire Harman's biography of the celebrated author, abridged by Polly Coles.

After the death of his father, Stevenson moved to the States for health reasons. Accompanied by his mother and an extended family he was soon to discover what becoming a celebrity entailed.

20050325

Robert Louis Stevenson

By Claire Harman. Abridged by Polly Coles.

5/5. Samoa

Almost on a whim, Stevenson decided to go on an extended yachting cruise to the South Pacific. The longer he was at sea, the happier and healthier he became, before finally settling on Samoa, the island that was to become his final home.

Read by David Tennant.

5/5. Robert Louis Stevenson. Samoa: David Tennant reads from Claire Harman's biography of the celebrated author, abridged by Polly Coles.

Then News.

4/5. Robert Louis Stevenson. Fame: David Tennant reads from Claire Harman's biography of the celebrated author, abridged by Polly Coles.

After the death of his father, Stevenson moved to the States for health reasons. Accompanied by his mother and an extended family he was soon to discover what becoming a celebrity entailed.

20050328

Matisse the Master. 1/5. Eleanor Bron reads from Hilary Spurling's biography of the great French artist. Abridged by Doreen Estall. [Rptd Tue 12.30am]

20050329

Matisse the Master

By Hilary Spurling. Abridged by Doreen Estall.

2/5

With his family scattered across France, Matisse tries to express the horror and uncertainty of the First World War through his paintings, including the pivotal Bathers by a River.

Read by Eleanor Bron.

Then News.

Matisse the Master. 1/5. Eleanor Bron reads from Hilary Spurling's biography of the great French artist. Abridged by Doreen Estall. [Rpt of Mon 9.45am].

20050330

Matisse the Master

By Hilary Spurling. Abridged by Doreen Estall.

3/5.

Henri Matisse's trip to Tahiti in 1930 marks the last of the dramatic shifts of vision that liberated him at intervals throughout his life.

Read by Eleanor Bron.

Then News.

2/5

With his family scattered across France, Matisse tries to express the horror and uncertainty of the First World War through his paintings, including the pivotal Bathers by a River.

20050331

Matisse the Master

By Hilary Spurling. Abridged by Doreen Estall.

4/5.

For Henri Matisse, now in his sixties, the upheaval of the Second World War was compounded by discord in his marriage, and his failing health.

Read by Eleanor Bron.

Then News.

3/5

Henri Matisse's trip to Tahiti in 1930 marks the last of the dramatic shifts of vision that liberated him at intervals throughout his life.

20050401

Matisse the Master

By Hilary Spurling. Abridged by Doreen Estall.

5/5

In one of his last artistic endeavours, Henri Matisse applied his extraordinary scissor and paper technique to the design of the interior of the chapel at Vence.

Read by Eleanor Bron.

Then News.

4/5

For Henri Matisse, now in his sixties, the upheaval of the Second World War was compounded by discord in his marriage, and his failing health.

20050404

With Billie

By Julia Blackburn. Abridged by Emma Harding.

1/5. A biography of Billie Holiday, told through the voices of those who knew the great singer.

Narrated by Julia Blackburn

Christine Scott....Kate Harper

Mary 'Pony' Kane....Alibe Parsons

Then News.

"

20050405

With Billie

By Julia Blackburn. Abridged by Emma Harding.

2/5. A biography of Billie Holiday, told through the voices of those who knew the great singer. Billie's singing career begins to swing in 1930s Harlem.

Narrated by Julia Blackburn

Pop Foster....Kennie A Andrews

Mae Barnes....Alibe Parsons

Bobby Henderson....Rhashan Stone

Claire Lievenson....Kate Harper

Then News.

1/5. A biography of Billie Holiday, told through the voices of those who knew the great singer.

Christine Scott....Kate Harper

Mary 'Pony' Kane....Alibe Parsons

Then Sailing By.

20050406

With Billie

By Julia Blackburn. Abridged by Emma Harding.

3/5. A biography of Billie Holiday, told through the voices of those who knew the great singer. Billie's relationship with her mother comes under strain.

Narrated by Julia Blackburn

Ruby Helena....Kate Harper

Billie Holiday....Alibe Parsons

Abel Meeropol....Rhashan Stone

Then News.

2/5. A biography of Billie Holiday, told through the voices of those who knew the great singer. Billie's singing career begins to swing in 1930s Harlem.

Pop Foster....Kennie A Andrews

Mae Barnes....Alibe Parsons

Bobby Henderson....Rhashan Stone

Claire Lievenson....Kate Harper.

Then Sailing By.

20050407

With Billie

By Julia Blackburn. Abridged by Emma Harding.

4/5. Billie Holiday's life, as told by her friends Stump Daddy and Jimmy Rowles. Billie charms her fellow musicians with her unique lyrical style.

Narrated by Julia Blackburn

James "Stump" Cross....Kennie A Andrews

Jimmy Rowles....Rhashan Stone

Then News.

3/5. A biography of Billie Holiday, told through the voices of those who knew the great singer. Billie's relationship with her mother comes under strain.

Ruby Helena....Kate Harper

Billie Holiday....Alibe Parsons

Abel Meeropol....Rhashan Stone

Then Sailing By.

20050408

With Billie

By Julia Blackburn. Abridged by Emma Harding.

5/5. A biography of Billie Holiday, told through the voices of those who knew her. Billie refuses to be cowed, even when the going gets tough.

Narrated by Julia Blackburn

Bobby Tucker....Rhashan Stone

Jimmy Fletcher....Kennie A Andrews

Billie Holiday....Alibe Parsons

Alice Vrbsky....Kate Harper

Then Sailing By.

"

Then News.

4/5. Billie Holiday's life, as told by her friends Stump Daddy and Jimmy Rowles. Billie charms her fellow musicians with her unique lyrical style.

James "Stump" Cross....Kennie A Andrews

Jimmy Rowles....Rhashan Stone

20050411

The Cook and the Gardener

By Amanda Hesser

1/5. As the new cook at a 17th century Chateau in Burgundy, Amanda Hesser decides that to make the best of the home grown produce, she must befriend the gardener, the gruff 80 year old Monsieur Milbert, and discover his secrets. Read by Emma Fielding.

20050412

The Cook and the Gardener

By Amanda Hesser

1/5. As the new cook at a 17th century Chateau in Burgundy, Amanda Hesser decides that to make the best of the home grown produce, she must befriend the gardener, the gruff 80 year old Monsieur Milbert, and discover his secrets. Read by Emma Fielding.

Then Sailing By.

2/5. It's March in Burgundy and the new cook at the local Chateau is continuing her efforts to befriend the gardener. But negotiations between cook and gardener have traditionally been tricky, as the cook always wants vegetables a month before they're ready, whereas the gardener would much rather deliver the world's largest carrot to the kitchen.

20050413

The Cook and the Gardener

By Amanda Hesser

2/5. It's March in Burgundy and the new cook at the local Chateau is continuing her efforts to befriend the gardener. But negotiations between cook and gardener have traditionally been tricky, as the cook always wants vegetables a month before they're ready, whereas the gardener would much rather deliver the world's largest carrot to the kitchen.. Then Sailing By.

3/5. In May, after a spell of bitter cold weather traditionally known in Burgundy at les saints de glace, the gardener, Monsieur Milbert, is finally persuaded to deliver some of his precious asparagus to the kitchen.

Read by Emma Fielding

20050414

The Cook and the Gardener

By Amanda Hesser

4/5. It's June and the cook can barely keep up with the produce delivered to the Chateau kitchen by the elderly gardener, Monsieur Milbert. But Bibb lettuce, and chives, fresh berries and cherries provide inspiration for some deliciously simple meals.

Read by Emma Fielding

Then News.

3/5. In May, after a spell of bitter cold weather traditionally known in Burgundy at les saints de glace, the gardener, Monsieur Milbert, is finally persuaded to deliver some of his precious asparagus to the kitchen.

20050415

The Cook and the Gardener

By Amanda Hesser

5/5. As winter approaches once more in Burgundy and the stream of produce from the garden slows, the gardener tucks his scarf firmly back round his neck and the cook investigates the delights of the precious root cellar.

Read by Emma Fielding

4/5. It's June and the cook can barely keep up with the produce delivered to the Chateau kitchen by the elderly gardener, Monsieur Milbert. But Bibb lettuce, and chives, fresh berries and cherries provide inspiration for some deliciously simple meals.

Then Sailing By.

20050418

The Way We Wore

Written and Read by Robert Elms.

Abridged by Lauris Morgan-Griffiths.

1/5. An account of 'a life in threads', entranced by clothes and style.

Growing up on a London council estate in the 1960s, Robert finds that looking smart is in his blood.

20050419

The Way We Wore

Written and Read by Robert Elms

Abridged by Lauris Morgan-Griffiths

1/5. An account of "a life in threads", entranced by clothes and style.

Growing up on a London council estate in the 1960s, Robert finds that looking smart is in his blood.

Then Sailing By.

The Way We Wore: Robert Elms reads from his own account of a life entranced by clothes and style. 2/5. As a young skinhead, Robert yearns for a Ben Sherman. [Rptd Wed 12.30am]

20050420

The Way We Wore: Robert Elms reads from his own account of a life entranced by clothes and style. 3/5. Skinhead goes sour, and Oxford bags appear. [Rpt of Wed 9.45am]

The Way We Wore: Robert Elms reads his account of a life entranced by clothes and style. 3/5. Skinhead goes sour, and Oxford bags appear. Abridged by Lauris Morgan-Griffiths. [Rptd Thu 12.30am]

The Way We Wore: Robert Elms reads from his own account of a life entranced by clothes and style. 2/5. As a young skinhead, Robert yearns for a Ben Sherman. Abridged by Lauris Morgan-Griffiths..

20050422

The Way we Wore. 4/5. Robert Elms reads from his account of a life influenced by clothes and style. Robert falls in love with punk. [Rpt of Fri 9.45am]

The Way we Wore. 4/5. Robert Elms reads from his account of a life influenced by clothes and style. Robert falls in love with punk. Abridged by Lauris Morgan-Griffiths. [Rptd Sat 12.30am]

20050425

Chernobyl Strawberries, by Vesna Goldsworthy. 1/5. The Name of the Mother: How would you make sense of your life if you thought it might end tomorrow? [Rptd Tue 12.30am]

20050426

Chernobyl Strawberries, by Vesna Goldsworthy. 2/5. A Poem for Comrade Tito. Vesna recalls her experiences as a young poet in Yugoslavia. [Rptd Wed 12.30am] Then News.

Chernobyl Strawberries, by Vesna Goldsworthy. 1/5. The Name of the Mother: How would you make sense of your life if you thought it might end tomorrow? [Rpt of Mon 9.45am]

20050427

Chernobyl Strawberries, by Vesna Goldsworthy. 3/5. The Princess and the Commissar. Love and romance come into Vesna's life as she comes of age and leaves Belgrade. [Rptd Thu 12.30am] Then News.

Chernobyl Strawberries, by Vesna Goldsworthy. 2/5. A Poem for Comrade Tito. Vesna recalls her experiences as a young poet in Yugoslavia. [Rpt of Tue 9.45am]

20050428

Chernobyl Strawberries, by Vesna Goldsworthy. 4/5. Books, War and Radio: Vesna describes her time at the BBC World Service reporting for the Serbian Service. [Rptd Fri 12.30am]. Then News.

Chernobyl Strawberries, by Vesna Goldsworthy. 3/5. The Princess and the Commissar. Love and romance come into Vesna's life as she comes of age and leaves Belgrade. [Rpt of Wed 9.45am]

20050429

Chernobyl Strawberries, by Vesna Goldsworthy. 5/5. England My England: Having spent the first half of her life in Yugoslavia, Vesna explores her cultural identity. [Rpt of Fri 9.45am]

Chernobyl Strawberries, by Vesna Goldsworthy. 5/5. England My England: Having spent the first half of her life in Yugoslavia, Vesna explores her cultural identity. [Rptd Sat 12.30am] Then News.

Chernobyl Strawberries, by Vesna Goldsworthy. 4/5. Books, War and Radio: Vesna describes her time at the BBC World Service reporting for the Serbian Service. [Rpt of Thu 9.45am]

20050502

Sleeping Arrangements

By Laura Shaine Cunningham. Abridged by Jane Marshall.

1/5. For the first four years of her life, Lily Cunnningham was waiting for her father to return from the war. Meanwhile she and her mother moved in a holding pattern from one relative's apartment to another, sleeping in odd slices of space on sofas or collapsible cots, even under dining tables. Meanwhile her father's legend grew.

Read by Miriam Margolyes.

20050503

Sleeping Arrangements

By Laura Shaine Cunningham. Abridged Jane Marshall.

1/5. For the first four years of her life, Lily Cunnningham was waiting for her father to return from the war. Meanwhile she and her mother moved in a holding pattern from one relative's apartment to another, sleeping in odd slices of space on sofas or collapsible cots, even under dining tables. Meanwhile her father's legend grew.

Read by Miriam Margolyes.

Then Sailing By.

By Laura Shaine Cunningham. Abridged by Jane Marshall.

2/5. Lily Cunnningham has moved into a brand new apartment in the Bronx. It is the first time the five-year-old has had a home to call her own and she and her mother luxuriate in their new found privacy. But their happiness is tragically short lived.

20050504

Sleeping Arrangements

By Laura Shaine Cunningham. Abridged by Jane Marshall.

3/5. After the death of her mother, the seven year old Lily Cunnningham finds herself with two new flat mates in her apartment in the Bronx, as her two old bachelor uncles move in to take care of her.

Read by Miriam Margolyes.

Then News.

Sleeping Arrangements, by Laura Shaine Cunningham. 2/5. Lily Cunnningham has moved into a brand new apartment in the Bronx. [Rpt of Tue 9.45am]

20050506

Sleeping Arrangements

By Laura Shaine Cunningham. Abridged by Jane Marshall.

5/5. Having learnt to live with her with her eccentric old bachelor uncles, Lily Cunningham has a new challenge to face when they introduce a fourth member of the team into the apartment in the Bronx. But Lily's grandmother is far from the Nana of her dreams. In fact Etka from Minsk proves to be the greatest challenge of them all.

Read by Miriam Margolyes.

2005050720050514
20050509

Curious Pursuits

Margaret Atwood's new collection of essays cover the concerns and passions of a lifetime.

1/5. Travels Back

She recalls those dramas to do with reading her work to audiences, and why national identity intrigues her.

Read by Liza Ross.

20050510

Curious Pursuits

Margaret Atwood's new collection of essays covers the concerns and passions of a lifetime.

2/5. The Grunge Look

Coming to Britain in the '60s was a quest for culture, but she got caught up in fashion and chat-up moments at museums.

Read by Liza Ross. Then News.

Margaret Atwood's new collection of essays cover the concerns and passions of a lifetime.

1/5. Travels Back

She recalls those dramas to do with reading her work to audiences, and why national identity intrigues her.

Read by Liza Ross.

20050511

Curious Pursuits

Margaret Atwood's new collection of essays covers the concerns and passions of a lifetime.

3/5. Introduction to She

She praises an old pot-boiler of a book with an infamous heroine and asks why it gripped her.

Read by Liza Ross.

Then News.

Curious Pursuits. Margaret Atwood's collection of essays cover the passions of a lifetime. 2/5. The Grunge Look: Coming to Britain was a quest for culture. [Rpt of Tue 9.45am]

20050512

Curious Pursuits

Margaret Atwood's new collection of essays covers the concerns and passions of a lifetime.

3/5. Introduction to She

She praises an old pot-boiler of a book with an infamous heroine and asks why it gripped her.

Read by Liza Ross. Then Sailing By.

Margaret Atwood's new collection of essays cover the concerns and passions of a lifetime.

4/5. Victory Gardens

The test of a good cook was whether she could use up every left-over morsel. Ah, those were the days.

Read by Liza Ross.

20050513

Margaret Atwood's new collection of essays cover the concerns and passions of a lifetime.

5/5. Mortification/Edinburgh Festival

Two short essays look at some author mishaps and Scotland's fair city through the decades.

Read by Liza Ross.

Curious Pursuits

Read by Liza Ross. Then News.

4/5. Victory Gardens

The test of a good cook was whether she could use up every left-over morsel. Ah, those were the days.

20050516

John the Painter

By Jessica Warner. Abridged by Laurence Wareing.

A biography of Britain's first terrorist.

1/5. The Fire is Lit

James Aitken was born into a poor family in the late 18th century. Although he became well educated, his disaffection with his mundane job as a house painter led him to seek other avenues to create a name for himself: violence and terror.

Read by Wendy Seager.

20050517

John the Painter

By Jessica Warner. Abridged by Laurence Wareing.

A biography of Britain's first terrorist.

2/5. Rebel With a Cause

After his unsuccessful American sojourn, Aitken returns to England with little to show for his time in the colony. While drinking in an Oxford pub he hears a conversation that will change the course of his life: his fellow drinkers discuss how dependent the Navy is on the royal dockyards, in other words, destroy the dockyards and the American War of Independence would be as good as lost.

In the space of an afternoon, James Aitken finds an outlet for his cunning, and a cause to which he can dedicate his life.

Read by Wendy Seager. Then News.

1/5. The Fire is Lit

James Aitken was born into a poor family in the late 18th century. Although he became well educated, his disaffection with his mundane job as a house painter led him to seek other avenues to create a name for himself: violence and terror.

Read by Wendy Seager.

20050518

John the Painter

By Jessica Warner. Abridged by Laurence Wareing.

A biography of Britain's first terrorist.

3/5. The First Attack

Having met the American Congress representative in Paris, Aitken plans to set fire to the Portsmouth naval dockyards.

Read by Wendy Seager.

Then News.

2/5. Rebel With a Cause

After his unsuccessful American sojourn, Aitken returns to England with little to show for his time in the colony. While drinking in an Oxford pub he hears a conversation that will change the course of his life: his fellow drinkers discuss how dependent the Navy is on the royal dockyards - in other words, destroy the dockyards and the American War of Independence would be as good as lost.

In the space of an afternoon, James Aitken finds an outlet for his cunning, and a cause to which he can dedicate his life.

20050519

John the Painter

By Jessica Warner. Abridged by Laurence Wareing.

A biography of Britain's first terrorist.

4/5. Panic and Paranoia

While the Portsmouth dockyards smoulder, Aitken escapes to Bristol, where he sets more fires. Panic ensues and Aitken's actions inspire copycat arsonists across the country.

Read by Wendy Seager.

Then News.

3/5. The First Attack

Having met the American Congress representative in Paris, Aitken plans to set fire to the Portsmouth naval dockyards.

20050520

John the Painter

By Jessica Warner. Abridged by Laurence Wareing.

A biography of Britain's first terrorist.

5/5. Trial and Execution

Aitken's lonely life and terrible exploits are put before the court. In Portsmouth he is hung from a mast: a symbolic act that gained the dubious distinction of being a hanging from the highest gallows ever erected in England.

Read by Wendy Seager.

Then News.

4/5. Panic and Paranoia

While the Portsmouth dockyards smoulder, Aitken escapes to Bristol, where he sets more fires. Panic ensues and Aitken's actions inspire copycat arsonists across the country.

20050527

5/5. On Being African

The last of five autobiographical extracts from the lives of writers across Africa.

Black Gold of the Sun, by Ekow Eshun

At the age of 33, the British-born journalist tackled the vexed question: 'Where are you from?' He did it with a trip back to his parents' homeland of Ghana, where he lived for three years as a child before returning to the playground taunts and endemic racism of Britain in the 1970s.

Read by Israel Aduramo.

At the age of 33, the British-born journalist tackled the tricky question: 'Where are you from?' He did it with a trip back to his parents' homeland of Ghana, where he lived for three years as a child before returning to the playground taunts and endemic racism of Britain in the 1970s.

20050530

1/5. My Life So Far

By Jane Fonda.

Jane Fonda reads the first extract from her extraordinary autobiography. Born into Hollywood's aristocracy in 1937, Jane Fonda's early years were marked by tragedy, and her father Henry was often remote.

20050531

2/5. My Life So Far

By Jane Fonda.

Jane's marriage to Roger Vadim, finds her experiencing the heady world of 1960s Paris and motherhood. She also establishes her career as a star of the silver screen, with the making of films like the cult classic, Barbarella, and They Shoot Horses, Don't They?

Then News.

1/5. My Life So Far

Jane Fonda reads the first extract from her extraordinary autobiography. Born into Hollywood's aristocracy in 1937, Jane Fonda's early years were marked by tragedy, and her father Henry was often remote.

2005060120050608

3/5. My Life So Far

By Jane Fonda.

As the conflict in Vietnam continues into the 1970s, Fonda finds herself taking an increasingly active role in opposing the war. A trip to Hanoi reveals the extent of the suffering of the Vietnamese people, and defines her as Hanoi Jane for a whole generation.

Then News.

2/5. My Life So Far

Her marriage to Roger Vadim, finds her experiencing the heady world of 1960s Paris and motherhood. She also establishes her career as a star of the silver screen, with the making of films such as the cult classic, Barbarella, and They Shoot Horses Don't They.

20050602

4/5. My Life So Far

By Jane Fonda.

Fonda produced On Golden Pond in which she starred alongside Katherine Hepburn and her father. The making of the film that won Henry Fonda, and Katherine Hepburn Oscars offers poignant insights into the relationship between father and daughter. Then News.

3/5. My Life So Far

As the conflict in Vietnam continues into the 1970s, Fonda finds herself taking an increasingly active role in opposing the war. A trip to Hanoi reveals the extent of the suffering of the Vietanmese people, and defined her as Hanoi Jane for a whole generation.

20050603

5/5. My Life So Far

By Jane Fonda.

Dating Ted Turner, and marrying him in her mid fifties, sees Jane Fonda embark on yet another incarnation. As the wife of the charismatic media mogul she travelled the world, and met some of the most influential leaders of the 1990s. Then News.

4/5. My Life So Far

Fonda produced On Golden Pond in which she starred alongside Katherine Hepburn and her father. The making of the film that won Henry Fonda, and Katherine Hepburn Oscars offers poignant insights into the relationship between father and daughter.

2005060420050611

5/5. My Life So Far

By Jane Fonda.

Dating Ted Turner, and marrying him in her mid fifties, sees Jane Fonda embark on yet another incarnation. As the wife of the charismatic media mogul she travelled the world, and met some of the most influential leaders of the 1990s.

20050606

1/5. The Farm

By Richard Benson. The family had farmed in Yorkshire for as long as anyone could remember. Then Benson got a call from his dad saying they would have to sell up. It's the story of one family and the English countryside.

Read by Andrew Dunn.

20050607

2/5. The Farm

By Richard Benson. The family tradition in farming meant that Richard should have gone into the family business, but the farming gene seemed to be missing.

Read by Andrew Dunn.

Then News.

1/5. The Farm

By Richard Benson. The family had farmed in Yorkshire for as long as anyone could remember. Then Benson got a call from his dad saying they would have to sell up. It's the story of one family and the English countryside.

20050608

3/5. The Farm

By Richard Benson. It's the day of the sale, and the Benson family watch as their livelihood is sold off to the highest bidder.

Read by Andrew Dunn.

Then News.

2/5. The Farm

By Richard Benson. The family tradition in farming meant that Richard should have gone into the family business, but the farming gene seemed to be missing.

20050609

The Farm

By Richard Benson.

4/5. Richard's mother and brother seem to be coming to terms with their new life, but his father seems dangerously depressed.

Read by Andrew Dunn.

Read by Andrew Dunn. Then News.

3/5. The Farm

By Richard Benson. The day of the sale, and the Benson family watch as their livelihood is sold off to the highest bidder.

20050613

1/5. Rowing without Oars

By Ulla-Carin Lindquist.

The Swedish television newsreader Ulla-Carin Lindquist is trying to put her boat into shore in a heavy wind when she goes to pick up the oars and they are as heavy as lead, as though frozen into the water. It is at that moment, her husband tells her later, that he realises that something is wrong.

Read by Barbara Flynn. Then News.

"

20050614

2/5. Rowing without Oars

By Ulla-Carin Lindquist.

On her fiftieth birthday, the Swedish television newsreader Ulla-Carin Lindquist is diagnosed with ALS, an aggressive form of motor neurone disease. But driving home to her party she decides to enjoy herself, laugh, toss her head and carry her secret.

Read by Barbara Flynn. Then News.

1/5. Rowing without Oars

The Swedish television newsreader Ulla-Carin Lindquist is trying to put her boat into shore in a heavy wind when she goes to pick up the oars and they are as heavy as lead, as though frozen into the water. It is at that moment, her husband tells her later, that he realises that something is wrong.

Read by Barbara Flynn. Then Sailing By.

20050615

3/5. Rowing without Oars

By Ulla-Carin Lindquist.

As the course of Ulla-Carin's illness progresses, she becomes a case for municipal bureaucracy. But as the carers move in and the indignities increase, she finds laughter in the most bizarre situations.

Read by Barbara Flynn. Then News.

2/5. Rowing without Oars

On her fiftieth birthday, the Swedish television newsreader Ulla-Carin Lindquist is diagnosed with ALS, an aggressive form of motor neurone disease. But driving home to her party she decides to enjoy herself, laugh, toss her head and carry her secret.

Read by Barbara Flynn. Then Sailing By.

20050616

4/5. Rowing without Oars

By Ulla-Carin Lindquist.

As Ulla-Carin becomes increasingly dependent on her carers she enjoys the closeness and comfort they offer. And as this most independent of women learns to relax into their care, she discovers a new and unexpected freedom.

Read by Barbara Flynn. Then News.

3/5. Rowing without Oars

As the course of Ulla-Carin's illness progresses, she becomes a case for municipal bureaucracy. But as the carers move in and the indignities increase, she finds laughter in the most bizarre situations.

Read by Barbara Flynn.

Then Sailing By.

20050617

5/5. Rowing without Oars

By Ulla-Carin Lindquist.

It's Christmas 2003 and as her life draws to a close Ulla-Carin reflects that, strange though it seems, she wouldn't wish to be without this part of her life. "It's now for the first time that I feel myself to be living in the present".

Read by Barbara Flynn. Then Sailing By.

"

Read by Barbara Flynn. Then News.

4/5. Rowing without Oars

As Ulla-Carin becomes increasingly dependent on her carers she enjoys the closeness and comfort they offer. And as this most independent of women learns to relax into their care, she discovers a new and unexpected freedom.

20050620

Mao - The Unknown Story

By Jung Chang and Jon Halliday, abridged by Penny Leicester.

A biography of China's former leader.

1/5. Childhood

Mao was born into a peasant family who lived in the remote and beautiful province of Shaoshan. He enjoyed a carefree existence but knew he was destined to escape his roots.

Read by Pik-Sen Lim.

20050621

Mao - The Unknown Story

By Jung Chang and Jon Halliday, abridged by Penny Leicester.

A biography of China's former leader.

2/5. The 1920s

Mao is in the pay of the Russians and enlarges his power base. He develops a liking for purges and condemns his foes to death by writing poems to them.

Read by Pik-Sen Lim. Then News.

1/5. Childhood

Mao was born into a peasant family who lived in the remote and beautiful province of Shaoshan. He enjoyed a carefree existence but knew he was destined to escape his roots. Then Sailing By.

Read by Pik-Sen Lim.

20050622

Mao - The Unknown Story

By Jung Chang and Jon Halliday, abridged by Penny Leicester.

A biography of China's former leader.

3/5. The 1930s

Always putting himself first, Mao abandons his second wife and young family in the city of Changsha as military manoeuvres intensify. His deadly foe is now Chiang Kai-shek.

Read by Pik-Sen Lim. Then News.

1/5. The 1920s

Mao is in the pay of the Russians and enlarges his power base. He develops a liking for purges and condemns his foes to death by writing poems to them.

Read by Pik-Sen Lim.

20050623

Mao - The Unknown Story

By Jung Chang and Jon Halliday, abridged by Penny Leicester.

A biography of China's former leader.

3/5. The 1930s

Always putting himself first, Mao abandons his second wife and young family in the city of Changsha as military manoeuvres intensify. His deadly foe is now Chiang Kai-shek.

Read by Pik-Sen Lim. Then Sailing By.

4/5. The Long March

This famous event which involved 80,000 people on foot was central to Mao's grasp for power. Of course, events surrounding the march were often made up and passed into Chinese myth.

Read by Pik-Sen Lim.

20050624

By Jung Chang and Jon Halliday, abridged by Penny Leicester.

A biography of China's former leader.

5/5. The Final Move

Mao's rise in the late 1940s is unstoppable. He has married his fourth wife, the infamous Madame Mao, and as Supreme Leader will address the crowds at Tiananmen Gate in a flat and spluttering voice!

Read by Pik-Sen Lim.

Read by Pik-Sen Lim. Then News.

4/5. The Long March

This famous event which involved 80,000 people on foot was central to Mao's grasp for power. Of course, events surrounding the march were often made up and passed into Chinese myth.

20050627

The Life and Adventures of William Cobbett

By Richard Ingrams, abridged by Andrew Simpson.

A biography of the renowned author, political reformer and ardent agriculturalist.

1/5. The early rural years and a fateful coach journey to London inadvertently offers Cobbett army life and then wedlock.

Narrated by Oliver Ford Davies.

William Cobbett....Stephen Critchlow

20050628

The Life and Adventures of William Cobbett

By Richard Ingrams, abridged by Andrew Simpson.

A biography of the renowned author, political reformer and ardent agriculturalist.

2/5. Political activism lands Cobbett in Newgate Prison, where his main worries are lack of exercise and bad food.

Narrated by Oliver Ford Davies

William Cobbett....Stephen Critchlow Then News.

1/5. The early rural years and a fateful coach journey to London inadvertently offers Cobbett army life and then wedlock.

William Cobbett....Stephen Critchlow

20050629

The Life and Adventures of William Cobbett

By Richard Ingrams, abridged by Andrew Simpson.

A biography of the renowned author, political reformer and ardent agriculturalist.

3/5. In the 1820s Cobbett sets off around England on his horse to survey the agricultural scene and this lead to publication of Rural Rides.

Narrated by Oliver Ford Davies

William Cobbett....Stephen Critchlow Then News.

2/5. Political activism lands Cobbett in Newgate Prison, where his main worries are lack of exercise and bad food.

William Cobbett....Stephen Critchlow

20050630

The Life and Adventures of William Cobbett

By Richard Ingrams, abridged by Andrew Simpson.

A biography of the renowned author, political reformer and ardent agriculturalist.

4/5. Now in his sixties Cobbett still has much he wants to accomplish, with support of political reform the top priority. He becomes an MP, which disconcerts the House of Commons!

Narrated by Oliver Ford Davies

William Cobbett....Stephen Critchlow Then News.

3/5. In the 1820s Cobbett sets off around England on his horse to survey the agricultural scene and this lead to publication of Rural Rides.

William Cobbett....Stephen Critchlow

20050701

The Life and Adventures of William Cobbett

By Richard Ingrams, abridged by Andrew Simpson.

A biography of the renowned author, political reformer and ardent agriculturalist.

5/5. Time is nearly up for Cobbett as he pens a last register. But even at the farm on his death-bed some merriment shines through.

Narrated by Oliver Ford Davies

William Cobbett....Stephen Critchlow

William Cobbett....Stephen Critchlow Then News.

4/5. Now in his sixties Cobbett still has much he wants to accomplish, with support of political reform the top priority. He becomes an MP, which disconcerts the House of Commons!

20050704

Under Water to Get Out of the Rain

By Trevor Norton.

A marine biologist celebrates a love affair with the sea on an aquatic journey from Whitley Bay to the Hebrides and from the Canary Islands to California.

1/5. The Sea of Surprises

Mermaids, manatees and a giant shark called Megamouth.

20050705

Under Water to Get Out of the Rain

By Trevor Norton.

A marine biologist celebrates a love affair with the sea on an aquatic journey from Whitley Bay to the Hebrides and from the Canary Islands to California.

2/5. All at Sea

The breeding habits of eels, the kingdom of cucumbers and night fishing for squid. Then News.

1/5. The Sea of Surprises

Mermaids, manatees and a giant shark called Megamouth.

20050706

Under Water to Get Out of the Rain

By Trevor Norton.

A marine biologist celebrates a love affair with the sea on an aquatic journey from Whitley Bay to the Hebrides and from the Canary Islands to California.

3/5. Brace Yourself

Learning to dive, encounters with an amorous dolphin, and the unlikely benefits of ozone. Then News.

2/5. All at Sea

The breeding habits of eels, the kingdom of cucumbers and night fishing for squid.

20050707

Under Water to Get Out of the Rain

By Trevor Norton.

A marine biologist celebrates a love affair with the sea on an aquatic journey from Whitley Bay to the Hebrides and from the Canary Islands to California.

4/5. The Pleasure of Piers

Britain's ornate seaside pavilions, Hebridean fire-breathing dragons, and an unfortunate encounter with the Royal Yacht Britannia. Then News.

3/5. Brace Yourself

Learning to dive, encounters with an amorous dolphin, and the unlikely benefits of ozone.

20050708

Under Water to Get Out of the Rain

By Trevor Norton.

A marine biologist celebrates a love affair with the sea on an aquatic journey from Whitley Bay to the Hebrides and from the Canary Islands to California.

5/5. Sardines and Scarlatti

The rise and fall of Monterey's Cannery Row, and the hard-drinking marine biologist who influenced John Steinbeck.

The rise and fall of Monterey's Cannery Row, and the hard-drinking marine biologist who influenced John Steinbeck. Then News.

4/5. The Pleasure of Piers

Britain's ornate seaside pavilions, Hebridean fire-breathing dragons, and an unfortunate encounter with the Royal Yacht Britannia.

20050711

Olga's Story

By Stephanie Wiliams, Abridged by Miranda Davies.

1/5. Stephanie Williams sets off on the trail of her grandmother Olga, born in a remote Siberian frontier town at the dawn of the Russian Revolution.

Read by Sara Kestelman.

20050712

Olga's Story

By Stephanie Wiliams, Abridged by Miranda Davies.

2/5. After the revolution of 1905, life in Olga's town in Siberia continues as peacefully as before. It's not long, however, before the townspeople become aware of unrest elsewhere in Russia.

Read by Sara Kestelman. Then News.

1/5. Stephanie Williams sets off on the trail of her grandmother Olga, born in a remote Siberian frontier town at the dawn of the Russian Revolution.

Read by Sara Kestelman.

20050713

Olga's Story

By Stephanie Wiliams, Abridged by Miranda Davies.

3/5. It is now 1914 and Russia has entered into the war against Germany. Before long the effects of the war, and the first whispers of revolution, have reached even Olga's remote Siberian town.

Read by Sara Kestelman. Then News.

2/5. After the revolution of 1905, life in Olga's town in Siberia continues as peacefully as before. It's not long, however, before the townspeople become aware of unrest elsewhere in Russia.

Read by Sara Kestelman.

20050714

Olga's Story

By Stephanie Wiliams, Abridged by Miranda Davies.

4/5. It is now 1917 and Russian is suffering terrible losses in the war against Germany. The Tsar has abdicated and the people of Siberia are hoping for greater freedom and democracy under the new regime. But a small band of Bolsheviks is gathering power...

Read by Sara Kestelman. Then News.

3/5. It is now 1914 and Russia has entered into the war against Germany. Before long the effects of the war, and the first whispers of revolution, have reached even Olga's remote Siberian town.

Read by Sara Kestelman.

20050715

Olga's Story

By Stephanie Wiliams, Abridged by Miranda Davies.

5/5. By the summer of 1918, Olga's town in Siberia has fallen to the Bolsheviks. Her brother Volodya is living across the border in Mongolia where he's assembling a force to fight the Reds. He sends a message to Olga, asking her to meet him in Mai-mai C'hen.

Read by Sara Kestelman.

Read by Sara Kestelman. Then News.

4/5. It is now 1917 and Russian is suffering terrible losses in the war against Germany. The Tsar has abdicated and the people of Siberia are hoping for greater freedom and democracy under the new regime. But a small band of Bolsheviks is gathering power...

20050718

1/5. Istanbul

By Orhan Pamuk, read by Michael Maloney and translated by Maureen Freely.

The Turkish novelist explores his idea of Istanbul, combining personal memoir with an atmospheric portrait of the city he has never left.

20050719

Istanbul

By Orhan Pamuk, abridged by Doreen Estall and translated by Maureen Freely.

2/5. Orhan Pamuk considers one of the most beautiful and potent symbols of Istanbul: the Bosphorus. He explores the waterway's place in the Istanbullu imagination, as well as its relationship with disaster.

Read by Michael Maloney. Then News.

1/5. Istanbul

By Orhan Pamuk, read by Michael Maloney and translated by Maureen Freely.

The Turkish novelist explores his idea of Istanbul, combining personal memoir with an atmospheric portrait of the city.

20050720

Istanbul

By Orhan Pamuk, abridged by Doreen Estall and translated by Maureen Freely.

3/5. Pamuk considers the peculiarly Turkish condition of hüzün, a type of melancholy that seems to infuse the very stones of post-Ottoman Istanbul.

Read by Michael Maloney. Then News.

2/5. Orhan Pamuk considers one of the most beautiful and potent symbols of Istanbul: the Bosphorus. He explores the waterway's place in the Istanbullu imagination, as well as its relationship with disaster.

Read by Michael Maloney.

20050721

Istanbul

By Orhan Pamuk, abridged by Doreen Estall and translated by Maureen Freely.

4/5. Pamuk considers the various reactions of Westerners to his city, from sentimental 'orientalism' to clear-eyed criticism.

Read by Michael Maloney. Then News.

3/5. Pamuk considers the peculiarly Turkish condition of hüzün, a type of melancholy that seems to infuse the very stones of post-Ottoman Istanbul.

Read by Michael Maloney.

20050722

Istanbul

By Orhan Pamuk, abridged by Doreen Estall and translated by Maureen Freely.

5/5. The young Orhan has ambitions to be a painter, but his relationship with Istanbul gradually leads him towards his true vocation.

Read by Michael Maloney.

Read by Michael Maloney. Then News.

4/5. Pamuk considers the various reactions of Westerners to his city, from sentimental 'orientalism' to clear-eyed criticism.

20050725

The Last Human Cannonball

Author Byron Rogers goes in search of his heroes and meets some rather quirky and singular candidates.

1/5. A visit to the treasure house of one million theatrical costumes.

Read by Crawford Logan.

20050726

The Last Human Cannonball

Author Byron Rogers goes in search of his heroes and meets some rather quirky and singular candidates.

2/5. A visit to Tombstone to examine some myths of the old American West. Then News.

1/5. A visit to the treasure house of one million theatrical costumes.

Read by Crawford Logan.

20050727

The Last Human Cannonball

Author Byron Rogers goes in search of his heroes and meets some rather quirky and singular candidates.

3/5. A Hollywood extra reveals that it's a tough job when one is being crucified. Then News.

2/5. A visit to Tombstone to examine some myths of the old American West.

20050728

The Last Human Cannonball

Author Byron Rogers goes in search of his heroes and meets some rather quirky and singular candidates.

4/5. The strange tale of Mrs Hitler's Diaries.

Read by Crawford Logan. Then News.

2/5. A Hollywood extra reveals that it's a tough job when one is being crucified.

20050729

The Last Human Cannonball

Author Byron Rogers goes in search of his heroes and meets some rather quirky and singular candidates.

An inside view of how it feels to be shot from a cannon.

Read by Crawford Logan.

Read by Crawford Logan. Then News.

4/5. The strange tale of Mrs Hitler's Diaries.

20050801

The Price of Water in Finistère

By Bodil Malmsten, translated by Frank Perry, abridged by Jill Waters.

1/5. At the age of 55, the author decided to pack up and leave her native Sweden. With no particular destination in mind, she drives south and finds herself on the northwest coast of France, in Finistère. And so begins this wryly humorous love story about a place she chooses to make her home. It is also a story about writer's block, gardening, bureaucracy, roses, the French language and water.

Read by Eleanor Bron.

20050802

The Price of Water in Finistère

By Bodil Malmsten, translated by Frank Perry, abridged by Jill Waters.

2/5. Our feisty and opinionated heroine (the author) has an encounter with her formidable neighbour Madame C, who declares that her friend the Swedish writer, absolutely must write a book about her life in Finistère.

Read by Eleanor Bron. Then News.

1/5. At the age of 55, the author decided to pack up and leave her native Sweden. With no particular destination in mind, she drives south and finds herself on the northwest coast of France, in Finistère. And so begins this wryly humorous love story about a place she chooses to make her home. It is also a story about writers block, gardening, bureaucracy, roses, the French language and water.

Read by Eleanor Bron.

20050803

The Price of Water in Finistère

By Bodil Malmsten, translated by Frank Perry, abridged by Jill Waters.

3/5. Gardening in a foreign land means encountering foreign gardeners - the confederacy of gardeners is not always as tolerant as our heroine supposed.

Read by Eleanor Bron. Then News.

2/5. Our feisty and opinionated heroine (the author) has an encounter with her formidable neighbour Madame C, who declares that her friend the Swedish writer absolutely must write a book about her life in Finistère.

Read by Eleanor Bron

20050804

The Price of Water in Finistère

By Bodil Malmsten, translated by Frank Perry, abridged by Jill Waters.

4/5. Negotiating the rules and indeed the more subtle behaviour patterns of a foreign country are as challenging as creating a new garden. Finistère is not much like Sweden, but that is its essential charm.

Read by Eleanor Bron. Then News.

3/5. Choosing to make her home in France exposes the author to the unspeakable accusation of being an expatriate.

Read by Eleanor Bron.

20050805

The Price of Water in Finistère

By Bodil Malmsten, translated by Frank Perry, abridged by Jill Waters.

5/5. Madame C, the prime mover behind the author's avowed intention to write a book about her life in Finistère, is getting increasingly anxious about the lack of progress.

Read by Eleanor Bron.

Read by Eleanor Bron. Then News.

4/5. Negotiating the rules and indeed the more subtle behaviour patterns of a foreign country are as challenging as creating a new garden. Finistère is not much like Sweden, but that is its essential charm.

20050808

The Hungry Years or Confessions of a Food Addict

By William Leith, abridged by Neville Tenner.

1/5. The Fattest Day of My Life

It's early in 2003 and journalist William Leith steps onto the scales to discover that he is 16 stone 12 pounds, the fattest he has ever been in his life. On arrival in New York to interview diet guru Robert Atkins whom he is hoping may be his saviour, he follows along the pavements of Manhattan an obese 20 stone plus woman, who serves him the horrible reminder that he is fat!

Read by John Sessions.

20050809

The Hungry Years or Confessions of a Food Addict

By William Leith, abridged by Neville Tenner.

2/5. French Fries

William Leith cannot resist popping in for a portion of French fries at one of the plentiful fast food restaurants in Manhattan. Who can he blame for being so fat? And why haven't all the diets he has tried worked? He is introduced to Dr. Robert Atkins. Can this man be his salvation where all others have failed?

Read by John Sessions. Then News.

1/5. The Fattest Day of My Life

It's early in 2003 and journalist William Leith steps onto the scales to discover that he is 16 stone 12 pounds, the fattest he has ever been in his life. On arrival in New York to interview diet guru Robert Atkins whom he is hoping may be his saviour, he follows along the pavements of Manhattan an obese 20 stone plus woman, who serves him the horrible reminder that he is fat!

Read by John Sessions.

20050810

The Hungry Years or Confessions of a Food Addict

By William Leith, abridged by Neville Tenner.

3/5. Dr Robert C Atkins

Continuing the memoirs of journalist William Leith and his struggle in 2003 against his habit of food bingeing. He interviews diet guru Robert Atkins, and immediately starts a low-carb diet. He starts to lose weight but meanwhile the world is getting fatter. 45 days after his interview Dr Atkins is in a coma fighting for his life.

Read by John Sessions. Then News.

2/5. French Fries

William Leith cannot resist popping in for a portion of French fries at one of the plentiful fast food restaurants in Manhattan. Who can he blame for being so fat? And why haven't all the diets he has tried worked? He is introduced to Dr. Robert Atkins. Can this man be his salvation where all others have failed?

Read by John Sessions.

20050811

The Hungry Years or Confessions of a Food Addict

By William Leith, abridged by Neville Tenner.

4/5. The Paradigm Theory

As Dr Atkins lies in a coma, the author, now much slimmer, argues the theory that the low-carb diet could be a scientific revolution. After 30 years of fat is bad, carbs are good, along comes Atkins to rock the boat for the second time. Following his death, the Atkins backlash comes into being.

Read by John Sessions. Then News.

3/5. Dr Robert C Atkins

Continuing the memoirs of journalist William Leith and his struggle in 2003 against his habit of food bingeing. He interviews diet guru Robert Atkins, and immediately starts a low-carb diet. He starts to lose weight but meanwhile the world is getting fatter. 45 days after his interview Dr Atkins is in a coma fighting for his life.

Read by John Sessions.

20050812

The Hungry Years or Confessions of a Food Addict

By William Leith, abridged by Neville Tenner.

5/5. The Solution

In the final part of Leith's memoirs of his struggle to lose weight and overcome his addictions, he visits Fat is a Feminist Issue author Susie Orbach who recommends therapy sessions. During the year Leith has become slimmer, but what is the answer to the world obesity crisis as society becomes fatter, lazier, more anxious and depressed?

Read by John Sessions.

Read by John Sessions. Then News.

4/5. The Paradigm Theory

As Dr Atkins lies in a coma, the author now much slimmer argues the theory that the low-carb diet could be a scientific revolution. After 30 years of the paradigm - fat is bad, carbs are good - along comes Atkins to rock the boat for the second time. Following his death, the Atkins backlash comes into being.

20050815

Room Full of Mirrors

By Charles R Cross. Rhashan Stone reads from this new biography of rock icon Jimi Hendrix.

1/5. As a child, the only instrument Jimi Hendrix has to play on is a broom. But he soon graduates to a real guitar, with only one string.

20050816

Room Full of Mirrors

By Charles R Cross. Rhashan Stone reads from this new biography of rock icon Jimi Hendrix.

2/5. The 21-year-old Jimi Hendrix arrives in New York, determined to make his mark on the music scene.

Then News.

1/5. As a child, the only instrument Jimi Hendrix has to play on is a broom. But he soon graduates to a real guitar, with only one string.

20050817

Room Full of Mirrors

By Charles R Cross. Rhashan Stone reads from this new biography of rock icon Jimi Hendrix.

3/5. Jimi Hendrix arrives in Britain for the first time in September 1966 and soon takes swinging London by storm.

Then News.

2/5. The 21-year-old Jimi Hendrix arrives in New York, determined to make his mark on the music scene.

20050818

Room Full of Mirrors

By Charles R Cross. Rhashan Stone reads from this new biography of rock icon Jimi Hendrix.

5/5. The Jimi Hendrix Experience makes a bid for fame in the United States with a legendary performance at the Monterey Festival.

Then News.

3/5. Jimi Hendrix arrives in Britain for the first time in September 1966 and soon takes swinging London by storm.

20050819

Room Full of Mirrors

By Charles R Cross. Rhashan Stone reads from this new biography of rock icon Jimi Hendrix.

5/5. By the time of the Woodstock Festival of 1969, Jimi Hendrix is at the peak of his career, but his hedonistic lifestyle inevitably leads to tragedy.

5/5. The Jimi Hendrix Experience makes a bid for fame in the United States with a legendary performance at the Monterey Festival.

Then Sailing By.

20050822

My First Seven Years (Plus a Few More)

By Dario Fo. Macello Magni reads Dario Fo's characteristically bawdy and irreverent acount of his youth on the shores of Lake Maggiore.

1/5: The discovery that God is also supreme head of the Italian state railway.

Fo spent his early years being shunted from one railway station to the next around Lake Maggiore. When he is taken to Milan Central Station one day, the young Dario has a moment of enlightenment.

20050823

My First Seven Years (Plus a Few More)

By Dario Fo. Macello Magni reads Dario Fo's characteristically bawdy and irreverent acount of his youth on the shores of Lake Maggiore.

1/5: The discovery that God is also supreme head of the Italian state railway.

Fo spent his early years being shunted from one railway station to the next around Lake Maggiore. When he is taken to Milan Central Station one day, the young Dario has a moment of enlightenment.

Then Sailing By.

2/5: Grandfather Bristin

The young Fo is reluctant to spend his summer with his grandfather, but, compelled to accompany his grandfather on his trips to town to sell vegetables, Fo finds himself being taught his first lesson in clowning.

20050824

My First Seven Years (Plus a Few More)

By Dario Fo. Macello Magni reads Dario Fo's characteristically bawdy and irreverent acount of his youth on the shores of Lake Maggiore.

2/5: Grandfather Bristin

The young Fo is reluctant to spend his summer with his grandfather, but, compelled to accompany his grandfather on his trips to town to sell vegetables, Fo finds himself being taught his first lesson in clowning.

Then Sailing By.

By Dario Fo, abridged by Jenny Worton. Macello Magni reads Fo's characteristically bawdy and irreverent account of his youth on the shores of Lake Maggiore.

3/5. The Mystery of the Amorous Statues

When the family move to Porto Valtravaglia, Fo becomes acquainted with the fabulatore, the local storytellers - and their stories.

20050825

My First Seven Years (Plus a Few More)

By Dario Fo, abridged by Jenny Worton. Macello Magni reads Fo's characteristically bawdy and irreverent account of his youth on the shores of Lake Maggiore.

4/5. Fleeing to Switzerland

Fo is persuaded to help smuggle a group of prisoners of war over the border to Switzerland. A job which demands the assistance of make-up, wigs and local women.

Then News.

3/5. The Mystery of the Amorous Statues

When the family move to Porto Valtravaglia, Fo becomes acquainted with the fabulatore, the local storytellers - and their stories.

20050826

My First Seven Years (Plus a Few More)

By Dario Fo.

5/5. Pa Fo's funeral

Fo's father dies. But the funeral is a comic farce truly worthy of him.

5/5. Pa Fo's funeral. Fo's father dies. But the funeral is a comic farce truly worthy of him.

Then News.

By Dario Fo, abridged by Jenny Worton. Macello Magni reads Fo's characteristically bawdy and irreverent account of his youth on the shores of Lake Maggiore.

4/5. Fleeing to Switzerland

Fo is persuaded to help smuggle a group of prisoners of war over the border to Switzerland. A job which demands the assistance of make-up, wigs and local women.

20050829

Tales from the Country Matchmaker

By Patricia Warren, abridged by Libby Spurrier.

Patricia runs a marriage bureau for farmers and country people.

1/5. Dolls in the Attic, Farmers in the Cow Shed

One of Patricia's earliest memories is matching up her dolls as lifelong partners. If she ran short she would make up a gentleman out of a clothes peg: everyone ended up with someone.

Read by Annette Badland.

20050830

Tales from the Country Matchmaker

By Patricia Warren.

Patricia runs a marriage bureau for farmers and country people.

1/5. Dolls in the Attic, Farmers in the Cow Shed.

One of Patricia's earliest memories is matching up her dolls as lifelong partners. If she ran short she would make up a gentleman out of a clothes peg: everyone ended up with someone.

Read by Annette Badland. Then Sailing By.

By Patricia Warren, abridged by Libby Spurrier.

2/5. Compatible Aspects in Relation to Country Life

Patricia reveals the paraphernalia of a modern day cupid. But there's an awkward moment when Andy's 'introduction', Beth, discovers why his first wife left him after only three months.

Read by Annette Badland.

20050831

Tales from the Country Matchmaker

By Patricia Warren, abridged by Libby Spurrier.

Patricia runs a marriage bureau for farmers and country people.

3/5. What's For You Won't Go By You

This pithy motto quoted endlessly by a remote (in every sense of the word) Scottish sheep farmer wears a little thin when he goes on a date with a sophisticated London actress. Particularly after he books a double room for their first date.

Read by Annette Badland. Then News.

2/5. Compatible Aspects in Relation to Country Life

Patricia reveals the paraphenalia of a modern day cupid. But there's an awkward moment when Andy's 'introduction', Beth, discovers why his first wife left him after only three months.

Read by Annette Badland.

20050901

Tales from the Country Matchmaker

By Patricia Warren, abridged by Libby Spurrier.

Patricia runs a marriage bureau for farmers and country people.

4/5. I Can't Believe it is Howard

Patricia is invited to the marriage of another successful introduction. But her plans for a triumphant entrance in a blue silky frock are rearranged by a calving cow, which knocks her unconcious.

Read by Annette Badland. Then News.

3/5. What's For You Won't Go By You

This pithy motto quoted endlessly by a remote (in every sense of the word) Scottish sheep farmer wears a little thin when he goes on a date with a sophisticated London actress. Particularly after he books a double room for their first date.

Read by Annette Badland.

20050902

Tales from the Country Matchmaker

By Patricia Warren, abridged by Libby Spurrier.

Patricia runs a marriage bureau for farmers and country people.

5/5. Difficult Cases

Patricia meets Harry, a farmer with a severely disfigured back who's only 4 foot 4 inches tall. She decides to do her utmost for him.

And a country bank manager uses all his powers of accountancy to judge whether a potential match is a good risk.

Read by Annette Badland.

Read by Annette Badland. Then News.

4/5. I Can't Believe it is Howard

Patricia is invited to the marriage of another successful introduction. But her plans for a triumphant entrance in a blue silky frock are rearranged by a calving cow, which knocks her unconcious.

20050905

The Planets. Dava Sobel's survey of our solar system. 1/5. Sun and Moon: A look at those heavenly bodies most familiar to us. [Rptd Tue 12.30am]

20050906

The Planets. Dava Sobel's survey of our solar system. 2/5. Mercury and Jupiter: How Mercury gained mythological status and how views of Jupiter's red spot have evolved. [Rptd Wed 12.30am] Then News.

The Planets. Dava Sobel's survey of our solar system. 1/5. Sun and Moon: A look at those heavenly bodies most familiar to us. [Rpt of Mon 9.45am]

20050907

The Planets. Dava Sobel's survey of our solar system. 3/5. Mars: How our recent knowledge of the planet has been greatly enhanced by the discovery of a small meteorite. [Rptd Thu 12.30am] Then News.

The Planets. Dava Sobel's survey of our solar system. 2/5. Mercury and Jupiter: How Mercury gained mythological status and how views of Jupiter have evolved. [Rpt of Tue 9.45am]

20050908

The Planets. Dava Sobel's survey of our solar system. 4/5. Venus and Saturn: How Venus became known as the prettiest planet and why Saturn's rings are so intriguing. [Rptd Fri 12.30am] Then News.

The Planets. Dava Sobel's survey of our solar system. 3/5. Mars: How our recent knowledge of the planet has been greatly enhanced by the discovery of a meteorite. [Rpt of Wed 9.45am]

20050909

The Planets. Dava Sobel's survey of our solar system. 5/5. Uranus, Neptune, Pluto. The two ice giants of the solar system are barely touched by heat from the sun. [Rpt of Fri 9.45am]

The Planets. Dava Sobel's survey of our solar system. 5/5. Uranus, Neptune, Pluto. The two great ice giants of the solar system are barely touched by heat from the sun. [Rptd Sat 12.30am] Then News.

The Planets. Dava Sobel's survey of our solar system. 4/5. Venus and Saturn: How Venus became known as the prettiest planet and why Saturn's rings are intriguing. [Rpt of Thu 9.45am]

20050912

Persian Fire

By Tom Holland.

The story of the first world empire and the battle for the West.

1/5. Xerxes, the King of Kings

Xerxes, heir of Darius, becomes the King of Kings, and stands resplendent as leader of the Persian people.

Read by William Gaminara.

20050913

Persian Fire

By Tom Holland.

The story of the first world empire and the battle for the West.

2/5. Sparta

The Spartans stand up to the might of Persia.

Read by William Gaminara. Then News.

1/5. Xerxes, the King of Kings

Xerxes, heir of Darius, becomes the King of Kings, and stands resplendent as leader of the Persian people.

Read by William Gaminara.

20050914

Persian Fire

By Tom Holland.

The story of the first world empire and the battle for the West.

3/5. The Road to Thermopylae

The Great King Xerxes marshalls his troops and heads for Europe.

Read by William Gaminara. Then News.

2/5. Sparta

The Spartans stand up to the might of Persia.

Read by William Gaminara.

20050915

Persian Fire

By Tom Holland.

The story of the first world empire and the battle for the West.

4/5. Thermopylae

Against almost impossible odds, the Greeks continue to hold out against Xerxes' army.

Read by William Gaminara. Then News.

3/5. The Road to Thermopylae

The Great King Xerxes marshalls his troops and heads for Europe.

Read by William Gaminara.

20050916

Persian Fire

By Tom Holland.

The story of the first world empire and the battle for the West.

5/5. Why Do they Hate Us?

The legacy of the first major conflict between East and West.

Read by William Gaminara.

Read by William Gaminara. Then News.

4/5. Thermopylae

Against almost impossible odds, the Greeks continue to hold out against Xerxes' army.

20050919

Judge Sewall's Apology

By Richard Francis.

The Salem witch trials in 1692, now a byword for terrible injustice, were seen then as a battle between God and Satan for the souls of the new Americans. But one of the trial judges, Samuel Sewall, became so troubled by what he had helped to do that he made a remarkable public apology. His extraordinary act of recantation five years later was a turning point in his own life, and also, believes writer Richard Francis, marked the moment when modern American values and attitudes came into being.

1/5. The vision of a heaven on Earth is troubled by conflict with the native Americans and fear of the supernatural.

Read by Richard Mitchley.

20050920

Judge Sewall's Apology

By Richard Francis.

The Salem witch trials in 1692, now a byword for terrible injustice, were seen then as a battle between God and Satan for the souls of the new Americans. But one of the trial judges, Samuel Sewall, became so troubled by what he had helped to do that he made a remarkable public apology. His extraordinary act of recantation five years later was a turning point in his own life, and also, believes writer Richard Francis, marked the moment when modern American values and attitudes came into being.

2/5. Accusations of witchcraft have begun in Salem Village. The panic spreads rapidly, as the afflicted girls start to name respectable members of the community.

Read by Richard Mitchley. Then News.

1/5. The vision of a heaven on Earth is troubled by conflict with the native Americans and fear of the supernatural.

Read by Richard Mitchley.

20050921

Judge Sewall's Apology

By Richard Francis.

The Salem witch trials in 1692, now a byword for terrible injustice, were seen then as a battle between God and Satan for the souls of the new Americans. But one of the trial judges, Samuel Sewall, became so troubled by what he had helped to do that he made a remarkable public apology. His extraordinary act of recantation five years later was a turning point in his own life, and also, believes writer Richard Francis, marked the moment when modern American values and attitudes came into being.

3/5. It seems as if Satan is setting up a rival colony, and a minister is accused of witchcraft. Sewall is beginning to be troubled. A confession of guilt can save the accused, yet most protest their innocence and go to the gallows.

Read by Richard Mitchley. Then News.

2/5. Accusations of witchcraft have begun in Salem Village. The panic spreads rapidly, as the afflicted girls start to name respectable members of the community.

Read by Richard Mitchley.

20050922

Judge Sewall's Apology

By Richard Francis.

The Salem witch trials in 1692, now a byword for terrible injustice, were seen then as a battle between God and Satan for the souls of the new Americans. But one of the trial judges, Samuel Sewall, became so troubled by what he had helped to do that he made a remarkable public apology. His extraordinary act of recantation five years later was a turning point in his own life, and also, believes writer Richard Francis, marked the moment when modern American values and attitudes came into being.

4/5. The witchcraft trials are losing support, and come to an end. Four years later, a public fast with prayers is held to atone for what was done. But Sewall feels the need to go further.

Read by Richard Mitchley. Then News.

3/5. It seems as if Satan is setting up a rival colony, and a minister is accused of witchcraft. Sewall is beginning to be troubled - a confession of guilt can save the accused, yet most protest their innocence and go to the gallows.

Read by Richard Mitchley.

20050923

Judge Sewall's Apology

By Richard Francis.

The Salem witch trials in 1692, now a byword for terrible injustice, were seen then as a battle between God and Satan for the souls of the new Americans. But one of the trial judges, Samuel Sewall, became so troubled by what he had helped to do that he made a remarkable public apology. His extraordinary act of recantation five years later was a turning point in his own life, and also, believes writer Richard Francis, marked the moment when modern American values and attitudes came into being.

5/5. Sewall has become acutely sensitive to injustice, and continues to take a public stance. He campaigns to ban slavery, and then a rather more idiosyncratic cause: against the wearing of wigs.

Read by Richard Mitchley.

Read by Richard Mitchley. Then News.

4/5. The witchcraft trials are losing support, and come to an end. Four years later, a public fast with prayers is held to atone for what was done. But Sewall feels the need to go further.

20050926

Someone Like Me

By Miles Kington, abridged by Richard Hamilton.

Miles Kington reads from his account of an endearingly eccentric childhood.

1/5. Miles recalls his earliest memory, of an event before his own birth, as well as the drama of his first kidnapping.

20050927

Someone Like Me

By Miles Kington, abridged by Richard Hamilton.

Miles Kington reads from his account of an endearingly eccentric childhood.

2/5. He relates the findings of his Uncle Walter's research into the wearing of fig leaves.

Then News.

1/5. Miles recalls his earliest memory, of an event before his own birth, as well as the drama of his first kidnapping.

20050928

Someone Like Me

By Miles Kington, abridged by Richard Hamilton.

Miles Kington reads from his account of an endearingly eccentric childhood.

3/5. Miles recalls the ups and downs of living with a mother who would frequently retire to her 'deathbed'.

Then News.

2/5. He relates the findings of his Uncle Walter's research into the wearing of fig leaves.

20050929

Someone Like Me

By Miles Kington, abridged by Richard Hamilton.

Miles Kington reads from his account of an endearingly eccentric childhood.

4/5. Miles and his brother Ralph enter the shadowy worlds of Sherlock Holmes, blackmail and revolution.

Then News.

3/5. Miles recalls the ups and downs of living with a mother who would frequently retire to her 'deathbed'.

20050930

Someone Like Me

By Miles Kington, abridged by Richard Hamilton.

Miles Kington reads from his account of an endearingly eccentric childhood.

5/5. Miles' father presents his adult son with a bill for his childhood.

Then News.

4/5. Miles and his brother Ralph enter the shadowy worlds of Sherlock Holmes, blackmail and revolution.

20051003

Clarice Cliff

By Lynn Knight. Abridged by Julian Wilkinson.

A biography of one the world's best known ceramicists.

1/5. The beginning of Clarice Cliff's extraordinary journey from the factory floor to the height of artistic fame.

Read by Holly Aird.

20051004

Clarice Cliff

By Lynn Knight. Abridged by Julian Wilkinson.

A biography of one the world's best know ceramicists.

2/5. Clarice Cliff leaves the factory floor behind her when her talents as a designer are recognised. At the same time a clandestine romance blossoms.

Read by Holly Aird. Then News.

1/5. The beginning of Clarice Cliff's extraordinary journey from the factory floor to the height of artistic fame.

Read by Holly Aird.

20051005

Clarice Cliff

By Lynn Knight. Abridged by Julian Wilkinson.

A biography of one the world's best known ceramicists.

3/5. In the same year that women were finally granted the vote, Clarice Cliff launched 'Bizarre', the chinaware that quickly made her a household name.

Read by Holly Aird. Then News.

A biography of one the world's best know ceramicists.

2/5. Clarice Cliff leaves the factory floor behind her when her talents as a designer are recognised. At the same time a clandestine romance blossoms.

Read by Holly Aird.

20051006

Clarice Cliff

By Lynn Knight. Abridged by Julian Wilkinson.

A biography of one the world's best known ceramicists.

4/5. Throughout the 1930s, the success of Clarice's brightly coloured chinaware continues to grow.

Read by Holly Aird. Then News.

A biography of one the world's best know ceramicists.

3/5. In the same year that women were finally granted the vote, Clarice Cliff launched 'Bizarre', the chinaware that quickly made her a household name.

Read by Holly Aird.

20051007

Clarice Cliff

By Lynn Knight. Abridged by Julian Wilkinson.

A biography of one the world's best known ceramicists.

5/5. The post war years see the decline in the passion for all things art deco, and so Clarice Cliff's popularity wanes. Her long standing love affair with Colley Shorter takes an unexpected turn.

Read by Holly Aird.

Then News.

4/5. Throughout the 1930s, the success of Clarice's brightly coloured chinaware continues to grow.

20051010

Untold Stories

1/5. Wanting to Go Unnoticed

Alan Bennett reads five extracts from the extended essay that gives his new book its name.

The untold stories he tells us are about his family and, in particular, his mother, his father, and his two favourite aunts. His mother and father were devoted to each other; a devotion sustained through the regular bouts of chronic depression from which his mother, Lilian, suffers and which leads to her spending much of her later life in and out of hospitals.

Though intensely shy - as is her husband - Lilian is also a woman of great generosity and fun, with modest, but deeply-held social ambitions. She longs to go to coffee mornings and cocktail parties, even though she has no idea what a cocktail is, and thinks a sausage on a stick an emblem of extraordinary sophistication. Her husband, Walter, is a gentle and caring man, whose dream of retiring to the country, and pottering away in his garden, is rudely shattered by his wife's ill-health.

20051011

Untold Stories

2/5. Dad

Alan Bennett reads five extracts from the extended essay that gives his new book its name.

The untold stories he tells us are about his family and, in particular, his mother, his father, and his two favourite aunts. His mother and father were devoted to each other; a devotion sustained through the regular bouts of chronic depression from which his mother, Lilian, suffers and which leads to her spending much of her later life in and out of hospitals.

Though intensely shy - as is her husband - Lilian is also a woman of great generosity and fun, with modest, but deeply-held social ambitions. She longs to go to coffee mornings and cocktail parties, even though she has no idea what a cocktail is, and thinks a sausage on a stick an emblem of extraordinary sophistication. Her husband, Walter, is a gentle and caring man, whose dream of retiring to the country, and pottering away in his garden, is rudely shattered by his wife's ill-health.

1/5. Wanting to Go Unnoticed

20051012

Untold Stories

3/5. Aunty Myra

Alan Bennett reads five extracts from the extended essay that gives his new book its name.

The untold stories he tells us are about his family and, in particular, his mother, his father, and his two favourite aunts. His mother and father were devoted to each other; a devotion sustained through the regular bouts of chronic depression from which his mother, Lilian, suffers and which leads to her spending much of her later life in and out of hospitals.

Though intensely shy - as is her husband - Lilian is also a woman of great generosity and fun, with modest, but deeply-held social ambitions. She longs to go to coffee mornings and cocktail parties, even though she has no idea what a cocktail is, and thinks a sausage on a stick an emblem of extraordinary sophistication. Her husband, Walter, is a gentle and caring man, whose dream of retiring to the country, and pottering away in his garden, is rudely shattered by his wife's ill-health.

2/5. Dad

20051013

Untold Stories

4/5. Aunty Kathleen

Alan Bennett reads five extracts from the extended essay that gives his new book its name.

The untold stories he tells us are about his family and, in particular, his mother, his father, and his two favourite aunts. His mother and father were devoted to each other; a devotion sustained through the regular bouts of chronic depression from which his mother, Lilian, suffers and which leads to her spending much of her later life in and out of hospitals.

Though intensely shy - as is her husband - Lilian is also a woman of great generosity and fun, with modest, but deeply-held social ambitions. She longs to go to coffee mornings and cocktail parties, even though she has no idea what a cocktail is, and thinks a sausage on a stick an emblem of extraordinary sophistication. Her husband, Walter, is a gentle and caring man, whose dream of retiring to the country, and pottering away in his garden, is rudely shattered by his wife's ill-health.

Then News.

3/5. Aunty Myra

20051014

Untold Stories

5/5. Mam

Alan Bennett reads five extracts from the extended essay that gives his new book its name.

The untold stories he tells us are about his family and, in particular, his mother, his father, and his two favourite aunts. His mother and father were devoted to each other; a devotion sustained through the regular bouts of chronic depression from which his mother, Lilian, suffers and which leads to her spending much of her later life in and out of hospitals.

Though intensely shy - as is her husband - Lilian is also a woman of great generosity and fun, with modest, but deeply-held social ambitions. She longs to go to coffee mornings and cocktail parties, even though she has no idea what a cocktail is, and thinks a sausage on a stick an emblem of extraordinary sophistication. Her husband, Walter, is a gentle and caring man, whose dream of retiring to the country, and pottering away in his garden, is rudely shattered by his wife's ill-health.

Then News.

4/5. Aunty Kathleen

20051017

Two Lives

By Vikram Seth. His new book, abridged in five parts by Alison Joseph, is a voyage around two remarkable relatives called Auntie Henny and Shanti Uncle who had exotic beginnings, but ended up happily in Hendon until their respective deaths.

1/5. He was from Biswas, she was from Berlin and certainly 'towered' over him.

Read by Sam Dastor and Renu Setna.

2005101820051025

Two Lives

By Vikram Seth. His new book, abridged in five parts by Alison Joseph, is a voyage around two remarkable relatives called Auntie Henny and Shanti Uncle who had exotic beginnings, but ended up happily in Hendon until their respective deaths.

2/5. Shanti Uncle takes lodgings at the Caro family apartment in Berlin and destiny calls to him on the eve of war.

Read by Sam Dastor and Renu Setna.

Then News.

1/5. He was from Biswas, she was from Berlin and certainly 'towered' over him.

20051019

Two Lives

By Vikram Seth. His new book, abridged in five parts by Alison Joseph, is a voyage around two remarkable relatives called Auntie Henny and Shanti Uncle who had exotic beginnings, but ended up happily in Hendon until their respective deaths.

3/5. Uncle Shantis describes how he lost an arm in combat and still succeeded in his vocation - dentistry.

Read by Sam Dastor and Renu Setna.

Then News.

2/5. Shanti Uncle takes lodgings at the Caro family apartment in Berlin and destiny calls to him on the eve of war.

20051020

Two Lives

By Vikram Seth. His new book, abridged in five parts by Alison Joseph, is a voyage around two remarkable relatives called Auntie Henny and Shanti Uncle who had exotic beginnings, but ended up happily in Hendon.

4/5: Shanti and Henny enjoy a brisk marriage ceremony and someone breaks a lot of glasses.

Then News.

By Vikram Seth. His new book, abridged in five parts by Alison Joseph, is a voyage around two remarkable relatives called Auntie Henny and Shanti Uncle who had exotic beginnings, but ended up happily in Hendon until their respective deaths.

3/5. Shanti Uncle takes lodgings at the Caro family apartment in Berlin and destiny calls to him on the eve of war.

Read by Sam Dastor and Renu Setna.

2005102120051028

Two Lives

By Vikram Seth. His new book, abridged in five parts by Alison Joseph, is a voyage around two remarkable relatives called Auntie Henny and Shanti Uncle who had exotic beginnings, but ended up happily in Hendon.

5/5. Shanti is ailing and the author must decipher some remaining details of his life.

Then News.

4/5: Shanti and Henny enjoy a brisk marriage ceremony and someone breaks a lot of glasses.

20051022

Two Lives

By Vikram Seth. His new book, abridged in five parts by Alison Joseph, is a voyage around two remarkable relatives called Auntie Henny and Shanti Uncle who had exotic beginnings, but ended up happily in Hendon.

5/5. Shanti is ailing and the author must decipher some remaining details of his life.

20051024

Margrave of the Marshes

The memoirs of broadcasting legend John Peel, completed by the woman who knew him best - his wife, Sheila.

Loved and admired by millions - whether for his unstinting championing of musical talent on Radio 1 or for his wildly popular Radio 4 show Home Truths - this is the astonishing book John Peel began to write before his untimely death in October 2004.

The first half of the book, written by John, describes with characteristic humour his early life, including his school days, National Service and his time in the United States. He talks with his usual openness about bullying and beatings at public school, about his joy at discovering Lonnie Donegan and Elvis and about many of the weird and wonderful moments in his broadcasting career.

The second section, written by Peel's wife and soulmate of many years, Sheila Ravenscroft, gives us an intimate portrait of the man and his music, and the highs and lows of everyday life at Peel Acres. The completion of this book has been a labour of love for John's family and is a fitting tribute to a hugely inspirational and much missed broadcaster.

1/5. John recalls his childhood and the dark days of boarding school.

Read by Michael Angelis.

20051025

Margrave of the Marshes

The memoirs of broadcasting legend John Peel, completed by the woman who knew him best his wife, Sheila.

Loved and admired by millions - whether for his unstinting championing of musical talent on Radio 1 or for his wildly popular Radio 4 show Home Truths - this is the astonishing book John Peel began to write before his untimely death in October 2004.

The first half of the book, written by John, describes with characteristic humour his early life, including his school days, National Service and his time in the United States. He talks with his usual openness about bullying and beatings at public school, about his joy at discovering Lonnie Donegan and Elvis and about many of the weird and wonderful moments in his broadcasting career.

The second section, written by Peel's wife and soulmate of many years, Sheila Ravenscroft, gives us an intimate portrait of the man and his music, and the highs and lows of everyday life at Peel Acres. The completion of this book has been a labour of love for John's family and is a fitting tribute to a hugely inspirational and much missed broadcaster.

1/5. John recalls his childhood and the dark days of boarding school.

Read by Michael Angelis.

Then Sailing By.

The memoirs of broadcasting legend John Peel, completed by the woman who knew him best - his wife, Sheila. Abridged by Doreen Estall and read by Michael Angelis.

2/5. John looks back at some of his stranger experiences at Radio 1.

Produced by Emma Harding.

20051026

Margrave of the Marshes

The memoirs of broadcasting legend John Peel, completed by the woman who knew him best - his wife, Sheila. Abridged by Doreen Estall, read by Michael Angelis and Carolyn Pickles.

Loved and admired by millions - whether for his unstinting championing of musical talent on Radio 1 or for his wildly popular Radio 4 show Home Truths - this is the astonishing book John Peel began to write before his untimely death in October 2004.

The first half of the book, written by John, describes with characteristic humour his early life, including his school days, National Service and his time in the United States. He talks with his usual openness about bullying and beatings at public school, about his joy at discovering Lonnie Donegan and Elvis and about many of the weird and wonderful moments in his broadcasting career.

The second section, written by Peel's wife and soulmate of many years, Sheila Ravenscroft, gives us an intimate portrait of the man and his music, and the highs and lows of everyday life at Peel Acres. The completion of this book has been a labour of love for John's family and is a fitting tribute to a hugely inspirational and much missed broadcaster.

3/5. After a brief stint as a soldier, Gunner Ravenscroft J turns into John Ravenscroft Gentleman. But it's not long before his father packs him off to the USA in anticipation of a more responsible future.

Produced by Emma Harding.

Followed by News.

The memoirs of broadcasting legend John Peel, completed by the woman who knew him best - his wife, Sheila. Abridged by Doreen Estall and read by Michael Angelis.

2/5. John looks back at some of his stranger experiences at Radio 1.

20051027

Margrave of the Marshes

The memoirs of broadcasting legend John Peel, completed by the woman who knew him best - his wife, Sheila. Abridged by Doreen Estall, read by Michael Angelis and Carolyn Pickles.

Loved and admired by millions - whether for his unstinting championing of musical talent on Radio 1 or for his wildly popular Radio 4 show Home Truths - this is the astonishing book John Peel began to write before his untimely death in October 2004.

The first half of the book, written by John, describes with characteristic humour his early life, including his school days, National Service and his time in the United States. He talks with his usual openness about bullying and beatings at public school, about his joy at discovering Lonnie Donegan and Elvis and about many of the weird and wonderful moments in his broadcasting career.

The second section, written by Peel's wife and soulmate of many years, Sheila Ravenscroft, gives us an intimate portrait of the man and his music, and the highs and lows of everyday life at Peel Acres. The completion of this book has been a labour of love for John's family and is a fitting tribute to a hugely inspirational and much missed broadcaster.

3/5. After a brief stint as a soldier, Gunner Ravenscroft J turns into John Ravenscroft Gentleman. But it's not long before his father packs him off to the USA in anticipation of a more responsible future.

Produced by Emma Harding.

Followed by Sailing By.

The memoirs of broadcasting legend John Peel, completed by the woman who knew him best - his wife, Sheila.

Abridged by Doreen Estall, read by Carolyn Pickles.

4/5. Sheila recalls taking John to meet her parents for the first time, and explains how John Ravenscroft became John Peel.

20051028

Margrave of the Marshes

The memoirs of broadcasting legend John Peel, completed by the woman who knew him best - his wife, Sheila. Abridged by Doreen Estall, read by Carolyn Pickles.

Loved and admired by millions - whether for his unstinting championing of musical talent on Radio 1 or for his wildly popular Radio 4 show Home Truths - this is the astonishing book John Peel began to write before his untimely death in October 2004.

The first half of the book, written by John, describes with characteristic humour his early life, including his school days, National Service and his time in the United States. He talks with his usual openness about bullying and beatings at public school, about his joy at discovering Lonnie Donegan and Elvis and about many of the weird and wonderful moments in his broadcasting career.

The second section, written by Peel's wife and soulmate of many years, Sheila Ravenscroft, gives us an intimate portrait of the man and his music, and the highs and lows of everyday life at Peel Acres. The completion of this book has been a labour of love for John's family and is a fitting tribute to a hugely inspirational and much missed broadcaster.

5/5. Sheila reflects on domestic life at Peel Acres and on the debut of Radio 4's Home Truths.

Produced by Emma Harding.

Followed by Sailing By.

Followed by News.

4/5. Sheila recalls taking John to meet her parents for the first time, and explains how John Ravenscroft became John Peel.

20051031

Wild Horse Diaries

By Lizzie Spender, read by Carolyn Pickles.

1/5. When Lizzie was eight, her father - the poet Stephen Spender - was given £50 to buy her a pony, but for one reason and another it never materialised. It was nearly 50 years later before she was presented with the horse she'd longed for all her life - a wild horse that she'd seen from a helicopter when flying above the deserted Kimberley in North West Australia.

20051101

Wild Horse Diaries

By Lizzie Spender, read by Carolyn Pickles.

2/5. Lizzie has been given the horse she's longed for all her life, a wild horse she spotted from a helicopter whilst flying over a remote area of North West Australia. But is this dream horse just a nice idea, something to be talked about once she returns home, or can she make her dream a reality?

Can she go back to the Kimberley and find her horse again, and if she finds it how will she capture it and break it in?

Then News.

1/5. When Lizzie was eight, her father, the poet Stephen Spender, was given £50 to buy her a pony, but for one reason and another it never materialised. It was nearly 50 years later before she was presented with the horse she'd longed for all her life - a wild horse that she'd seen from a helicopter when flying above the deserted Kimberley in North West Australia.

20051102

Wild Horse Diaries

By Lizzie Spender, read by Carolyn Pickles.

3/5. Lizzie has decided to leave her husband, Barry Humphries, to get on with his work commitments alone whilst she goes back to the remote cattle station in North West Australia where she has been given the horse of her dreams.

But the horse is a wild horse, and first she has to find it in the huge expanse of the Kimberley, and with the help of a horse whisperer, catch and gentle it.

Then News.

2/5. Lizzie has been given the horse she's longed for all her life, a wild horse she spotted from a helicopter whilst flying over a remote area of North West Australia. But is this dream horse just a nice idea, something to be talked about once she returns home, or can she make her dream a reality?

Can she go back to the Kimberley and find her horse again, and if she finds it how will she capture it and break it in?

20051103

Wild Horse Diaries

By Lizzie Spender, read by Carolyn Pickles.

4/5. The horse whisperer has arrived at the remote cattle station in North West Australia to help Lizzie find her wild horse. But her adventure is fraught with danger and on the day of the muster, she wakes to the knowledge that even if they find her dream horse, rounding it up into one of the makeshift yards with the help of a helicopter and quad bikes is a skilled and risky job.

3/5. Lizzie has decided to leave her husband, Barry Humphries, to get on with his work commitments alone while she goes back to the remote cattle station in North West Australia where she has been given the horse of her dreams.

But the horse is a wild horse, and first she has to find it in the huge expanse of the Kimberley, and with the help of a horse whisperer, catch and gentle it.

20051104

Wild Horse Diaries

By Lizzie Spender, read by Carolyn Pickles.

5/5. Lizzie can hardly believe that she has not just one, but more than 20 wild horses in the yard at the remote outback cattle station. But now she faces an agonising choice, which of the beautiful Australian brumbies will she choose to make her own?

Then News.

4/5. The horse whisperer has arrived at the remote cattle station in North West Australia to help Lizzie find her wild horse. But her adventure is fraught with danger and on the day of the muster, she wakes to the knowledge that even if they find her dream horse, rounding it up into one of the makeshift yards with the help of a helicopter and quad bikes is a skilled and risky job.

20051107

Edvard Munch, Behind the Scream

Abridged by Polly Coles, read by Louis Hillyer.

1/5. Munch's early years were beset by poverty and tormented by the early deaths of his beloved mother and sister. He came to believe that fear, sorrow and death would be his constant companions.

Producer Clive Brill.

20051108

Edvard Munch, Behind the Scream

Abridged by Polly Coles, read by Louis Hillyer.

2/5. Munch gains his first major recognition after an exhibition in Berlin sends the German traditionalists wild with fury. He begins work on his first major series of

paintings that will culminate in The Scream.

Produced by Clive Brill. Then News.

1/5. Munch's early years were beset by poverty and tormented by the early deaths of his beloved mother and sister. He came to believe that fear, sorrow and death would be his constant companions.

Produced by Clive Brill.

20051109

Edvard Munch, Behind the Scream

Abridged by Polly Coles, read by Louis Hillyer.

3/5. Munch meets the heiress Tulla Larsen who is desperate to educate herself in art. So begins a relentless cat and mouse game in which Tulla turns from captivating

lover to relentless stalker.

Producer Clive Brill. Then News.

2/5. Munch gains his first major recognition after an exhibition in Berlin sends the German traditionalists wild with fury. He begins work on his first major series of

paintings that will culminate in The Scream.

Produced by Clive Brill.

20051110

Edvard Munch, Behind the Scream

By Sue Prideaux, abridged by Polly Coles, read by Louis Hillyer.

4/5. Alcoholism

Munch admits himself into a private clinic to try and deal with his chronic alcoholism. But he also realises that he needs to be tormented by demons in order to paint his best work.

Producer Clive Brill. Then News.

3/5. Tulla Larsen

Munch meets the heiress Tulla Larsen who is desperate to educate herself in art. So begins a relentless cat and mouse game in which Tulla turns from captivating

lover to relentless stalker.

Producer Clive Brill.

20051111

Edvard Munch, Behind the Scream

Abridged by Polly Coles, read by Louis Hillyer.

5/5. In the last years of his life, Munch finds himself first denigrated by the invading Nazis, and then hailed as a hero. Despite all protests, Munch's funeral arrangements are forcibly organised by the Third Reich.

Produced by Clive Brill.

By Sue Prideaux, abridged by Polly Coles, read by Louis Hillyer.

5/5. A Stolen Funeral

In the last years of his life Munch finds himself first denigrated by the invading Nazis and then hailed as a hero. Despite all protests, Munch's funeral arrangements are forcibly organised by the Third Reich.

Producer Clive Brill. Then News.

4/5. Alcoholism

Munch admits himself into a private clinic to try and deal with his chronic alcoholism. But he also realises that he needs to be tormented by demons in order to paint his best work.

Producer Clive Brill.

20051114

Isabella - She Wolf of France, Queen of England

By Alison Weir, abridged by Miranda Davies and read by Janet McTeer.

1/5. Queen Isabella has gone down in history as an adulteress who was very possibly responsible for the horrific murder of her husband, Edward II. This new biography revisits the facts of Isabella's life to paint a portrait of an astonishing and much-maligned queen.

Produced by Emma Harding.

20051115

Isabella - She Wolf of France, Queen of England

By Alison Weir, abridged by Miranda Davies and read by Janet McTeer.

2/5. Piers Gaveston has been disposed of, but Edward soon falls under the malign influence of another ambitious favourite. Meanwhile, the outbreak of hostilities with her native France has a devastating impact on Isabella's position and marriage.

Produced by Emma Harding. Then News.

1/5. Queen Isabella has gone down in history as an adulteress who was very possibly responsible for the horrific murder of her husband, Edward II. This new biography revisits the facts of Isabella's life to paint a portrait of an astonishing and much-maligned queen.

Produced by Emma Harding.

20051116

Isabella - She Wolf of France, Queen of England

By Alison Weir, abridged by Miranda Davies and read by Janet McTeer.

3/5. Isabella assembles an army in France and prepares to free England from the tyrannical reign of her husband, Edward II.

Produced by Emma Harding. Then News.

2/5. Piers Gaveston has been disposed of, but Edward soon falls under the malign influence of another ambitious favourite. Meanwhile, the outbreak of hostilities with her native France has a devastating impact on Isabella's position and marriage.

Produced by Emma Harding.

20051117

Isabella - She Wolf of France, Queen of England

By Alison Weir, abridged by Miranda Davies and read by Janet McTeer.

4/5. Isabella and her lover Mortimer are now ruling the country on behalf of her son Edward III. The deposed Edward II remains in captivity, but with various plots to free him and put him back on the throne, can Isabella and Mortimer afford to keep him prisoner indefinitely?

Produced by Emma Harding. Then News.

3/5. Isabella assembles an army in France and prepares to free England from the tyrannical reign of her husband, Edward II.

Produced by Emma Harding.

20051118

Isabella - She Wolf of France, Queen of England

By Alison Weir, abridged by Miranda Davies and read by Janet McTeer.

5/5. Isabella's son, the young Edward III, is gaining in maturity and influence. But there are rumours that his father, the deposed King Edward II, may not be dead after all.

Produced by Emma Harding.

Produced by Emma Harding. Then News.

4/5. Isabella and her lover Mortimer are now ruling the country on behalf of her son Edward III. The deposed Edward II remains in captivity, but with various plots to free him and put him back on the throne, can Isabella and Mortimer afford to keep him prisoner indefinitely?

20051121

Bamboo

William Boyd takes this old Chinese proverb for non-fiction essays which provide a fascinating counterpoint to the world of his novels.

1/5. Oxford

'The university buildings, the colleges are so close to their imagined forms that I felt I was being inveigled into some unwitting cameo role in a monstrous cinematic project.'

Read by Anton Lesser.

20051122

Bamboo

William Boyd takes this old Chinese proverb for non-fiction essays which provide a fascinating counterpoint to the world of his novels.

2/5. Being Translated, Adaptations and Three Act Structure

'I remember meeting one of my translators at a British Council do somewhere abroad and he was virtually monoglot... I could barely understand a word he said, so thick was his accent and wayward his syntax.'

Read by Anton Lesser.

Then News.

1/5. Oxford

'The university buildings, the colleges are so close to their imagined forms that I felt I was being inveigled into some unwitting cameo role in a monstrous cinematic project.'

20051123

Bamboo

William Boyd takes this old Chinese proverb for non-fiction essays which provide a fascinating counterpoint to the world of his novels.

3/5. The Trench

'Anxiety. No let's not beat about the bush, high anxiety. I am being driven down the M4 towards the studios in Windsor where, in an hour or so, we will begin filming my first film as director.'

Read by Anton Lesser.

Then News.

2/5. Being Translated, Adaptations and Three Act Structure

'I remember meeting one of my translators at a British Council do somewhere abroad and he was virtually monoglot... I could barely understand a word he said, so thick was his accent and wayward his syntax.'

20051124

Bamboo

A collection of essays by William Boyd.

'Plant one bamboo shoot - cut bamboo for the rest of your life'.

William Boyd takes this old Chinese saying as the inspiration for these essays, read by Anton Lesser.

4/5. The British Caff

Pubs have gone up-market, are franchised, themed. The caff resists this gentrification doggedly and triumphantly. Caffs exist nowhere else, indeed no other country in the world would want them.

Then News.

3/5. The Trench

'Anxiety. No let's not beat about the bush, high anxiety. I am being driven down the M4 towards the studios in Windsor where, in an hour or so, we will begin filming my first film as director.'

Read by Anton Lesser.

20051125

Bamboo

A collection of essays by William Boyd.

'Plant one bamboo shoot - cut bamboo for the rest of your life'.

William Boyd takes this old Chinese saying as the inspiration for these essays, read by Anton Lesser.

5/5. Montevideo

'There was one very good reason why I shouldn't have planned a visit: the opening pages of my last novel are set in the place and I have found it's a very bad idea to check out the validity of your research after the book has been published.'

Then News.

4/5. The British Caff

Pubs have gone up-market, are franchised, themed. The caff resists this gentrification doggedly and triumphantly. Caffs exist nowhere else, indeed no other country in the world would want them.

20051205

Memoir

John McGahern reads his memoir about growing up in County Leitrim.

1/5. He makes a return to the land he walked with his mother.

Producer Frances Byrnes.

20051206

Memoir

By John McGahern

The author reads his memoir about growing up in County Leitrim.

1/5. He makes a return to the land he walked with his mother.

Producer Frances Byrnes.

Then Sailing By.

2/5. John's mother disappears for a while, coming home to make a brief heaven for her oldest son.

20051207

Memoir

By John McGahern.

The author reads his memoir about growing up in County Leitrim.

3/5. A priest and a violent guard, the boy's father, each take John by the ear.

Producer Frances Byrnes.

Then News.

2/5. John's mother disappears for a while, coming home to make a brief heaven for her oldest son.

20051208

Memoir

By John McGahern

The author reads his memoir about growing up in County Leitrim.

4/5. John is taken from the house in which his mother is dying to live with his father in the barracks.

Producer Frances Byrnes.

Then News.

3/5. A priest and a violent guard, the boy's father, each take John by the ear.

20051209

Memoir

By John McGahern.

The author reads his memoir about growing up in County Leitrim.

5/5. After his mother's death, John moves with his siblings to live with her memory, and his difficult father, at the police barracks.

Producer Frances Byrnes.

Then News.

4/5. John is taken from the house in which his mother is dying to live with his father in the barracks.

20051212

Santa - A Life

By Jeremy Seal

1/5. Jeremy Seal sets off on his journey to trace the story of Santa Claus from his roots in fourth century Byzantium to a Christmas grotto in Birmingham

20051213

Santa - A Life

By Jeremy Seal

2/5. The Byzantine bishop Saint Nicholas becomes the saint of all things nautical and embarks on his long journey around the world towards his modern role as Santa Claus.

Then News.

1/5. Jeremy Seal sets off on his journey to trace the story of Santa Claus from his roots in fourth century Byzantium to a Christmas grotto in Birmingham.

20051214

Santa - A Life

By Jeremy Seal

3/5. The battle ensues for the bones of Saint Nicholas (one day to be Santa Claus) in an 11th century Europe obsessed with relics.

Then News.

2/5. The Byzantine bishop, Saint Nicholas, becomes the saint of all things nautical and embarks on his long journey around the world towards his modern role as Santa Claus.

20051215

Santa - A Life

By Jeremy Seal

4/5. Leaving southern Europe behind, Saint Nicholas heads north for Amsterdam where he becomes Sinterklaas and starts to play a very different role in the lives of his devotees.

Producer Clive Brill.

Then News.

3/5. The battle ensues for the bones of Saint Nicholas (one day to be Santa Claus) in an 11th century Europe obsessed with relics.

20051216

Santa - A Life

By Jeremy Seal.

5/5. The Santa Claus we know today is now fully fledged in 19th-century America and England. Jeremy Seal ends his journey of discovery in Santa Claus' new home at the northernmost point of the globe.

Producer Clive Brill.

Then News.

4/5. Leaving southern Europe behind, Saint Nicholas heads north for Amsterdam where he becomes Sinterklaas and starts to play a very different role in the lives of his devotees.

20051219

Lost Worlds

By Michael Bywater, read by Stephen Fry.

Struck by the realisation that we understand little about the quiet storm of loss that blows about our lives and histories, Michael Bywater decided that in this age of lists - what was required is a compendium of the things that have gone.

1/5. Entries include Absurdity, Angels and Bakelite.

Produced and abridged by Jill Waters.

20051220

Lost Worlds

By Michael Bywater, read by Stephen Fry.

Struck by the realisation that we understand little about the quiet storm of loss that blows about our lives and histories, Michael Bywater decided that in this age of lists - what was required is a compendium of the things that have gone.

2/5. Entries include Banks, Proper; Bottles, Water, Hot; Call Centres and Common Prayer, the Book of.

Produced and abridged by Jill Waters. Then News.

1/5. Entries include Absurdity, Angels and Bakelite.

Produced and abridged by Jill Waters.

20051221

Lost Worlds

By Michael Bywater, read by Stephen Fry.

Struck by the realisation that we understand little about the quiet storm of loss that blows about our lives and histories, Michael Bywater decided that in this age of lists - what was required is a compendium of the things that have gone.

3/5. Entries include Fishing rods, Built Cane; Gloves, LPs and Noddy.

Produced and abridged by Jill Waters. Then News.

2/5. Entries include Banks, Proper; Bottles, Water, Hot; Call Centres and Common Prayer, the Book of.

Produced and abridged by Jill Waters.

20051222

Lost Worlds

By Michael Bywater, read by Stephen Fry.

Struck by the realisation that we understand little about the quiet storm of loss that blows about our lives and histories, Michael Bywater decided that in this age of lists - what was required is a compendium of the things that have gone.

4/5. Entries include Patchouli and Poofs; as well as the demise of Dunwich and other submerged towns.

Produced and abridged by Jill Waters. Then News.

3/5. Entries include Fishing rods, Built Cane; Gloves, LPs and Noddy.

Produced and abridged by Jill Waters.

20051223

Lost Worlds

By Michael Bywater, read by Stephen Fry.

Struck by the realisation that we understand little about the quiet storm of loss that blows about our lives and histories, Michael Bywater decided that in this age of lists - what was required is a compendium of the things that have gone.

5/5. Entries include Death and Cartography, plus Tonic, My and Weasel, Pop, Goes the.

Produced and abridged by Jill Waters.

Produced and abridged by Jill Waters. Then News.

4/5. Entries include Patchouli and Poofs; as well as the demise of Dunwich and other submerged towns.

20051226

Mozart's Women

Lindsay Duncan reads from Jane Glover's chronicle of the women closest to the musical genius.

1/5. The Mozart parents proudly show off the prodigious talents of the young Wolfgang and his sister Nannerl.

Music includes:

Opening: Overture, Le Nozze di Figaro

Track 1, Vienna Haydn Orchestra/Istvan Kertesz

Mozart Weekend, Eine Kleine Nachtmusik etc

Decca

Sonata in D, KV 7, Allegro Molto

Track 5

Annegret Diedrichsen (violin)

Desmond Wright (piano)

Die Sonaten Für Klavier Und Violine, LP

Bellaphon Records

Miserere mei, Allegri

Track 6

Oxford Camerata/Jeremy Summerly

Allegri: Miserere and other Choral Masterpieces

Naxos

Sonata in D Major, K381, Andante

Track 9

Martha Argerich and Alexandre Rabinovitch (piano)

Mozart Sonatas (duets)

Teldec

Closing: Flute Quartet in D, K285, Rondeau

Track 9, Grumiaux Trio

Introducing the Complete Mozart Edition

Philips

20051227

Mozart's Women

Lindsay Duncan reads from Jane Glover's chronicle of the women closest to the musical genius.

2/5. As a young man in Mannheim, Wolfgang encounters the vivacious and talented Weber sisters, who are to play major roles in the story of his life.

Music Includes:

Opening: Allelujah from Exultate, Jubilate, K165

Track 3

Kiri Te Kanawa (soprano)

John Constable (organ)

London Symphony Orchestra and Chorus

Arthur Oldham (chorus master)

Sir Colin Davis (conductor)

Introducing the Complete Mozart Edition

Philips

Alcandro, lo confesso - Non sò donde viene, KV294

Track 6

Lucia Popp (soprano)

Mozarteum-Orchester-Salzburg/ Leopold Hager

Konzert-Arien, LP

Deutsche Grammophon

Adagio, KV540

Track 7

Ronald Brautigan (fortepiano)

The Complete Piano Music, Vol 9

Grammofon

Overture

The Abduction from the Seraglio

Track 1, Ambrosian Singers

The Bath Festival Orchestra/Yehudi Menuhin

Chandos

Singt dem grossen Bassa Lieder from Die Entführing aus dem Serail (The Abduction from the Seraglio), K384

John Alldis Choir

Academy of St Martin in the Fields/ Sir Colin Davis

Track 1, Introducing the Complete Mozart Edition

Then News.

1/5. The Mozart parents proudly show off the prodigious talents of the young Wolfgang and his sister Nannerl.

Opening: Overture, Le Nozze di Figaro

Track 1, Vienna Haydn Orchestra/Istvan Kertesz

Mozart Weekend, Eine Kleine Nachtmusik etc

Decca

Sonata in D, KV 7, Allegro Molto

Track 5

Annegret Diedrichsen (violin)

Desmond Wright (piano)

Die Sonaten Für Klavier Und Violine, LP

Bellaphon Records

Miserere mei, Allegri

Oxford Camerata/Jeremy Summerly

Allegri: Miserere and other Choral Masterpieces

Naxos

Sonata in D Major, K381, Andante

Track 9

Martha Argerich and Alexandre Rabinovitch (piano)

Mozart Sonatas (duets)

Teldec

Closing: Flute Quartet in D, K285, Rondeau

Track 9, Grumiaux Trio

20051228

Mozart's Women

Lindsay Duncan reads from Jane Glover's chronicle of the women closest to the musical genius.

3/5. Wolfgang and his new wife Constanze take delight in their new status, but they still have to win the approval of Wolfgang's father, Leopold.

Music includes:

Opening: Symphony No 35, First movement

Track 4

London Mozart Players/ Jane Glover

Mozart Symphonies 34, 35 and 39

ASV (Academy Sound and Vision)

Piano Sonata No 11 in A, K331, Third movement - Ronda alla Turca

Track 12

Wilhelm Backhaus (Piano)

Mozart Weekend - Eine Kleine Nachtmusik etc

Decca

Et incarnatus est, Missa Solemnis (Great Mass in Cm), K427

Missa Solemnis, Exultate, Jubilate

Concentus Musicus Wien/ Nikolaus Harnoncourt

Teldec

Piano Concerto in Dm, KV 466, Allegro

Track 1

Mozart: Klavierkonzerte No 20 and 24

Alfred Brendel Collection Vol 6

Alfred Brendel (piano)

Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields/ Sir Neville Marriner

Closing: Ein musikalischer Spass (A Musical Joke), Fourth Movement, K522

Track 4, Mozart: A Little Light Music

Orpheus Chamber Orchestra

Deutsche Grammophon

Then News.

2/5. As a young man in Mannheim, Wolfgang encounters the vivacious and talented Weber sisters, who are to play major roles in the story of his life.

Opening: Allelujah from Exultate, Jubilate, K165

Track 3

Kiri Te Kanawa (soprano)

John Constable (organ)

London Symphony Orchestra and Chorus

Arthur Oldham (chorus master)

Sir Colin Davis (conductor)

Introducing the Complete Mozart Edition

Philips

Alcandro, lo confesso - Non sò donde viene, KV294

Track 6

Lucia Popp (soprano)

Mozarteum-Orchester-Salzburg/ Leopold Hager

Konzert-Arien, LP

Adagio, KV540

Track 7

Ronald Brautigan (fortepiano)

The Complete Piano Music, Vol 9

Grammofon

Overture

The Abduction from the Seraglio

Track 1, Ambrosian Singers

The Bath Festival Orchestra/Yehudi Menuhin

Chandos

Singt dem grossen Bassa Lieder from Die Entführing aus dem Serail (The Abduction from the Seraglio), K384

John Alldis Choir

Academy of St Martin in the Fields/ Sir Colin Davis

Track 1, Introducing the Complete Mozart Edition

20051229

Mozart's Women

Lindsay Duncan reads from Jane Glover's chronicle of the women closest to the musical genius.

4/5. Money worries force Wolfgang to take on a daunting workload, but his devoted wife Constanze endeavours to assist him.

Opening: Overture, Don Giovanni, KV 527

Berliner Philharmoniker/Daniel Barenboim

Track 1, Don Giovanni

Erato

Symphony No 41, Fourth movement

Track 8

London Mozart Players/ Jane Glover

Mozart Symphonies 40,41 and 37

ASV (Academy Sound and Vision)

Quintet for Clarinet and Strings in A, K581, Second movement

Track 5

Clarinet Concerto, Clarinet Quintet

Joan Enric Lluna (bass clarinet)

Brodsky Quartet

English Chamber Orchestra/Antony Pay

United

Der Hölle Rache kocht in meinem Herzen, from Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute)

Sumi Jo (Queen of the Night), Track 5, Die Zauberflöte

Wiener Phiharmoniker/ Sir Georg Solti

Decca

Lacrimosa, from Requiem in Dm, K626

Mozart: Requiem

Then News.

3/5. Wolfgang and his new wife Constanze take delight in their new status, but they still have to win the approval of Wolfgang's father, Leopold.

Music includes:

Opening: Symphony No 35, First movement

Track 4

Mozart Symphonies 34, 35 and 39

Piano Sonata No 11 in A, K331, Third movement - Ronda alla Turca

Track 12

Wilhelm Backhaus (Piano)

Mozart Weekend - Eine Kleine Nachtmusik etc

Et incarnatus est, Missa Solemnis (Great Mass in Cm), K427

Missa Solemnis, Exultate, Jubilate

Concentus Musicus Wien/ Nikolaus Harnoncourt

Teldec

Piano Concerto in Dm, KV 466, Allegro

Track 1

Mozart: Klavierkonzerte No 20 and 24

Alfred Brendel Collection Vol 6

Alfred Brendel (piano)

Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields/ Sir Neville Marriner

Closing: Ein musikalischer Spass (A Musical Joke), Fourth Movement, K522

Track 4, Mozart: A Little Light Music

Orpheus Chamber Orchestra

Deutsche Grammophon

20051230

Mozart's Women

Lindsay Duncan reads from Jane Glover's chronicle of the women closest to the musical genius.

5/5. After Mozart's death, his wife and sister both do all they can to safeguard his musical legacy.

Opening: Confutatis maledictus Requiem in Dm, K626

Track 7

Mozart: Requiem

London Mozart Players/ Jane Glover

ASV (Academy Sound and Vision)

Piano Concerto in Dm, KV 466, Rondo

Track 3

Mozart: Klavierkonzerte No 20 and 24

Alfred Brendel Collection Vol 6

Alfred Brendel (piano)

Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields/ Sir Neville Marriner

Piano trio in E, K542, Andante grazioso

Beaux Arts Trio

Track 18

Introducing the Complete Mozart Edition

Philips

Closing: Symphony No 41, Fourth movement

Track 8

Mozart Symphonies 40,41 and 37

Then News.

4/5. Money worries force Wolfgang to take on a daunting workload, but his devoted wife Constanze endeavours to assist him.

Opening: Overture, Don Giovanni, KV 527

Berliner Philharmoniker/Daniel Barenboim

Track 1, Don Giovanni

Erato

Symphony No 41, Fourth movement

Quintet for Clarinet and Strings in A, K581, Second movement

Track 5

Clarinet Concerto, Clarinet Quintet

Joan Enric Lluna (bass clarinet)

Brodsky Quartet

English Chamber Orchestra/Antony Pay

United

Der Hölle Rache kocht in meinem Herzen, from Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute)

Sumi Jo (Queen of the Night), Track 5, Die Zauberflöte

Wiener Phiharmoniker/ Sir Georg Solti

Decca

Lacrimosa, from Requiem in Dm, K626

20060102

Road Fever

By Tim Cahill, abridged by Neville Teller.

An account of a journey from Argentina to Alaska in a truck.

1/5. Tim sets off with the very intense Garry, who chooses to drive first.

Read by Stuart Milligan.

Producer Duncan Minshull.

20060103

Road Fever

By Tim Cahill, abridged by Neville Teller.

An account of a journey from Argentina to Alaska in a truck.

2/5. Travelling from Argentina to Chile means military roadblocks and lots of paperwork.

Read by Stuart Milligan.

Producer Duncan Minshull.

Then News.

Road Fever, by Tim Cahill. An account of a journey from Argentina to Alaska in a truck. 1/5. Tim sets off with the very intense Garry, who chooses to drive first. [Rpt of Mon 9.45am]

20060104

Road Fever

By Tim Cahill, abridged by Neville Teller and read by Stuart Milligan.

An account of a journey from Argentina to Alaska in a truck.

2/5. Travelling from Argentina to Chile means military roadblocks and lots of paperwork.

Producer Duncan Minshull.

Then Sailing By.

By Tim Cahill, abridged by Neville Telle, and read by Stuart Milligan.

3/5. More snow, more leaking fuel tanks, and milk-shakes all round for any bemused spectators.

20060105

Road Fever

By Tim Cahill, abridged by Neville Teller.

An account of a journey from Argentina to Alaska in a truck.

4/5. Yet more paperwork to present in Colombia and it all stacks up like War And Peace, reckons the author.

Read by Stuart Milligan.

Producer Duncan Minshull.

Then News.

By Tim Cahill, abridged by Neville Telle, and read by Stuart Milligan.

3/5. More snow, more leaking fuel tanks, and milk-shakes all round for any bemused spectators.

20060106

Road Fever

By Tim Cahill, abridged by Neville Teller.

An account of a journey from Argentina to Alaska in a truck.

5/5. Honduras, Guatemala, Mexico, then through the States towards that record. There's less paperwork now and all seems possible.

Read by Stuart Milligan.

Producer Duncan Minshull.

Then News.

4/5. Yet more paperwork to present in Colombia and it all stacks up like War and Peace, reckons the author.

20060109

Agincourt

Jane Lapotaire reads Juliet Barker's book about the battle of Agincourt and the events leading up to it.

1/5. Exploring the kingdom Henry V inherited from his father, Henry IV.

20060110

Agincourt

Jane Lapotaire reads Juliet Barker's book about the battle of Agincourt and the events leading up to it.

2/5. Henry begins preparations to reclaim his territories in France. He has 12 ships, but he needs 700.

Then News.

1/5. Exploring the kingdom Henry V inherited from his father, Henry IV.

20060111

Agincourt

Jane Lapotaire reads Juliet Barker's book about the battle of Agincourt and the events leading up to it.

3/5. History shows there are two key elements in winning a war - men and money. Henry V has the men, but can he get the money to pay them?

Then News.

2/5. Henry begins preparations to reclaim his territories in France. He has 12 ships, but he needs 700.

20060112

Agincourt

Jane Lapotaire reads Juliet Barker's book about the battle of Agincourt and the events leading up to it.

4/5. After a successful five-week siege of the city of Harfleur, which cost him half his army, Henry has marched the remainder of his journey for three weeks in the pouring rain to meet the enemy at Agincourt. The French outnumber him at least four to one.

Then News.

3/5. History shows there are two key elements in winning a war - men and money. Henry V has the men, but can he get the money to pay them?

20060113

Agincourt

Jane Lapotaire reads Juliet Barker's book about the battle of Agincourt and the events leading up to it.

5/5. Generous to his own men, the victorious Henry was unforgiving to his enemies.

Then News.

4/5. After a successful five-week siege of the city of Harfleur, which cost him half his army, Henry has marched the remainder of his journey for three weeks in the pouring rain to meet the enemy at Agincourt. The French outnumber him at least four to one.

20060114

Agincourt

Jane Lapotaire reads Juliet Barker's book about the battle of Agincourt and the events leading up to it.

5/5. Generous to his own men, the victorious Henry was unforgiving to his enemies.

20060116

Stuart: A Life Backwards

By Alexander Masters, abridged by Libby Spurrier.

1/5. Stuart Cuts Loose

One weekday between 4 and 5pm the 12 year old Stuart transformed from a happy go lucky little boy into a nightmare Clockwork Orange figure. This is that story. It's funny, sad, strange.

Stuart has finally got himself sorted but typically he throws it all away to live in a local park and get drunk. Why?

Narrator....Alexander Masters

Stuart....Mark Burley

Producer Matt Thompson.

20060117

Stuart: A Life Backwards

By Alexander Masters, abridged by Libby Spurrier.

2/5. The Post Office Job

The story of an unlikely friendship between a nerdy writer and a violent homeless drug addict, with a bizarre take on everyday life. Funny, sad, strange.

It goes wrong almost before it has begun and another five years of Stuart's life go up in a puff of cigarette smoke in a prison cell.

Narrator....Alexander Masters

Stuart....Mark Burley

Producer Matt Thompson.

Then News.

1/5. Stuart Cuts Loose

One weekday between 4.00pm and 5.00pm, the 12-year-old Stuart transformed from a happy-go-lucky little boy into a nightmare Clockwork Orange figure. This is that story. It's funny, sad, strange.

Stuart has finally got himself sorted, but typically he throws it all away to live in a local park and get drunk. Why?

20060118

Stuart: A Life Backwards

By Alexander Masters, abridged by Libby Spurrier.

3/5. Romance of the Glue Sniffer

The story of an unlikely friendship between a nerdy writer and a violent homeless drug addict with a bizarre take on everyday life. Funny, sad, strange.

Stuart is on three tins a day but someone still loves him. A picnic by the river ends abruptly.

Then News.

2/5. The Post Office Job

It goes wrong almost before it has begun and another five years of Stuart's life go up in a puff of cigarette smoke in a prison cell.

Narrator....Alexander Masters

Stuart....Mark Burley

Producer Matt Thompson.

20060119

Stuart: A Life Backwards

By Alexander Masters, abridged by Libby Spurrier.

4/5. The Day He Discovered Violence

The story of an unlikely friendship between a nerdy writer and a violent homeless drug addict with a bizarre take on everyday life. Funny, sad, strange.

Schoolboy Stuart takes on his bullies in a festival of head butts, unleashing the violence within him.

Then News.

3/5. Romance of the Glue Sniffer

Stuart is on three tins a day but someone still loves him. A picnic by the river ends abruptly.

20060120

Stuart: A Life Backwards

By Alexander Masters, abridged by Libby Spurrier.

The story of an unlikely friendship between a nerdy writer and a violent homeless drug addict with a bizarre take on everyday life.

5/5. What Murdered the Boy I Was

Stuart has 'blown away' all the memories of childhood but Alexander relentlessly pursues the past to find out what went wrong.

The story of an unlikely friendship between a nerdy writer and a violent homeless drug addict with a bizarre take on everyday life. Funny, sad, strange.

Then News.

4/5. The Day He Discovered Violence

Schoolboy Stuart takes on his bullies in a festival of head butts unleashing the violence within him.

20060123

The Year of the Jouncer

By Simon Gray, read by Nigel Anthony.

1/5. Playwright Simon Gray begins his diaries for 2004 sitting at his usual table in the bar of a hotel in Barbados. He remembers the reason his family christened him a Jouncer.

Abridged and produced by Jane Marshall.

20060124

The Year of the Jouncer

Nigel Anthony continues to read from playwright Simon Gray's diary for 2004.

'It's difficult to enjoy eating a variety of puddings when three pairs of eyes, however sympathetic, are trained on you'.

Abridged and produced by Jane Marshall. Then News.

By Simon Gray, read by Nigel Anthony.

1/5. Playwright Simon Gray begins his diaries for 2004 sitting at his usual table in the bar of a hotel in Barbados. He remembers the reason his family christened him a Jouncer.

Abridged and produced by Jane Marshall.

20060125

The Year of the Jouncer

Nigel Anthony continues to read from playwright Simon Gray's diary for 2004.

3/5. 'I would be tranquil, I really think I would be, if I weren't beginning to be convinced that I'm the victim of a conspiracy'.

Abridged and produced by Jane Marshall. Then News.

2/5. 'It's difficult to enjoy eating a variety of puddings when three pairs of eyes, however sympathetic are trained on you'.

Abridged and produced by Jane Marshall.

20060126

The Year of the Jouncer

Nigel Anthony continues to read from playwright Simon Gray's diary for 2004.

'Over dinner, the director and his wife assured the author and his wife, and vice versa, that the evening had gone as well as can be expected on a first night with a new play...'

Abridged and produced by Jane Marshall. Then News.

3/5. Nigel Anthony continues to read from playwright Simon Gray's diary for 2004.

'I would be tranquil, I really think I would be, if I weren't beginning to be convinced that I'm the victim of a conspiracy'.

Abridged and produced by Jane Marshall.

20060127

The Year of the Jouncer

Nigel Anthony continues to read from playwright Simon Gray's diary for 2004.

5/5. 'When I see a member of the audience bored or made irritable by my work, it seems to me manifestly my fault that they're having a terrible evening...'

Abridged and produced by Jane Marshall.

Abridged and produced by Jane Marshall. Then News.

4/5. 'Over dinner, the director and his wife assured the author and his wife, and vice versa, that the evening had gone as well as can be expected on a first night with a new play...'

20060130

Tete a Tete

Eleanor Bron reads from Hazel Rowley's biography of Jean Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir.

Simone De Beauvoir and Jean Paul Sartre are one of the world's most iconic couples. They had a notoriously open relationship and produced some of the century's most influential writing on modern thought.

1/5. The two meet as students at the Sorbonne.

20060131

Tete a Tete

Eleanor Bron reads from Hazel Rowley's biography of Jean Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir.

Simone De Beauvoir and Jean Paul Sartre are one of the world's most iconic couples. They had a notoriously open relationship and produced some of the century's most influential writing on modern thought.

2/5. De Beauvoir introduces Sartre to one of her brightest students, Olga Kosakiewicz, who becomes the first young woman to join the couple's inner circle, known as 'the family'. Then News.

1/5. The two meet as students at the Sorbonne.

20060201

Tete a Tete

Eleanor Bron reads from Hazel Rowley's biography of Jean Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir.

Simone De Beauvoir and Jean Paul Sartre are one of the world's most iconic couples. They had a notoriously open relationship and produced some of the century's most influential writing on modern thought.

3/5. After the Second World War, their first publications make them famous, but their private relationship becomes precarious. De Beauvoir begins a love affair with American writer Nelson Algren.

Then News.

2/5. De Beauvoir introduces Sartre to one of her brightest students, Olga Kosakiewicz, who becomes the first young woman to join the couple's inner circle, known as 'the family'.

20060202

Tete a Tete

Eleanor Bron reads from Hazel Rowley's biography of Jean Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir.

Simone De Beauvoir and Jean Paul Sartre are one of the world's most iconic couples. They had a notoriously open relationship and produced some of the century's most influential writing on modern thought.

4/5. Sartre's refusal to accept the Nobel Prize causes controversy.

Then News.

3/5. After the Second World War, their first publications make them famous, but their private relationship becomes precarious. De Beauvoir begins a love affair with American writer Nelson Algren.

20060203

Tete a Tete

Eleanor Bron reads from Hazel Rowley's biography of Jean Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir.

Simone De Beauvoir and Jean Paul Sartre are one of the world's most iconic couples. They had a notoriously open relationship and produced some of the century's most influential writing on modern thought.

5/5. The two writers' funerals each cause a widespread outpouring of public grief.

Then News.

4/5. Sartre's refusal to accept the Nobel Prize causes controversy.

20060206

Foreign Babes in Beijing.

Rachel De Woskin's entertaining account of how she became an actress in a Chinese TV soap watched by 600 million viewers.

1/5. She describes the chaotic experience of filming a love scene, Beijing style.

Read by Laurel Lefkow.

20060207

Foreign Babes in Beijing.

Rachel De Woskin's entertaining account of how she became an actress in a Chinese TV soap watched by 600 million viewers.

2/5. Rachel arrives in China to work for an American PR firm.

Read by Laurel Lefkow.

Then News.

1/5. She describes the chaotic experience of filming a love scene, Beijing style.

20060208

Foreign Babes in Beijing

Rachel De Woskin's account of how she became an actress in a Chinese TV soap watched by 600 million viewers.

3/5. Rachel goes to an audition at the Beijing film studios.

Read by Laurel Lefkow.

Then News.

2/5. Rachel arrives in China to work for an American PR firm.

20060209

Foreign Babes in Beijing

Rachel De Woskin's account of how she became an actress in a Chinese TV soap watched by 600 million viewers.

4/5. As the Chinese winter bites, the TV soap director demands more passion from his actors.

Read by Laurel Lefkow.

Then News.

3/5. Rachel goes to an audition at the Beijing film studios.

20060210

Foreign Babes in Beijing

Rachel De Woskin's account of how she became an actress in a Chinese TV soap watched by 600 million viewers.

5/5. The soap stirs up wildly different reactions in the audience, the Chinese media and the international press.

Read by Laurel Lefkow.

Then News.

4/5. As the Chinese winter bites, the TV soap director demands more passion from his actors.

20060213

Point of Departure

Key moments of the 20th Century, as recorded by journalist James Cameron.

1/5. The extraordinary spectacle of the Atom bomb test at Bikini Atoll.

Read by Nigel Cooke and abridged by Polly Coles.

20060214

Point of Departure

Key moments of the 20th Century, as recorded by journalist James Cameron.

2/5. An astonishing night in the Himalaya Hotel in Tibet. A bizarre evening with the Tibetan aristocracy, rum and a lesson in how to execute Samba.

Read by Nigel Cooke and abridged by Polly Coles. Then News.

1/5. The extraordinary spectacle of the Atom bomb test at Bikini Atoll.

Read by Nigel Cooke and abridged by Polly Coles.

20060215

Point of Departure

Key moments of the 20th Century, as recorded by journalist James Cameron.

3/5. A disturbing account of how James was at the forefront of a blistering attack at Inchon during a major offensive of the Korean war. For some reason that no one could explain, the armed boat containing the journalists was the first to hit the shoreline under a deafening barrage.

Read by Nigel Cooke and abridged by Polly Coles. Then News.

2/5. An astonishing night in the Himalaya Hotel in Tibet. A bizarre evening with the Tibetan aristocracy, rum and a lesson in how to execute Samba.

Read by Nigel Cooke and abridged by Polly Coles.

20060216

Point of Departure

Key moments of the 20th Century, as recorded by journalist James Cameron.

4/5. After a ten-year estrangement, James is summoned by Lord Beaverbrook to Monte Carlo. His curiosity overwhelms his antipathy and he finds himself at dinner

with two unexpected guests - Aristotle Onassis and Sir Winston Churchill.

Read by Nigel Cooke and abridged by Polly Coles. Then News.

3/5. A disturbing account of how James was at the forefront of a blistering attack at Inchon during a major offensive of the Korean war. For some reason that no one could explain, the armed boat containing the journalists was the first to hit the shoreline under a deafening barrage.

Read by Nigel Cooke and abridged by Polly Coles.

20060217

Point of Departure

Key moments of the 20th Century, as recorded by journalist James Cameron.

5/5. A trip to Albania, formerly closed to tourists and journalists alike. Posing as a tourist, Cameron makes the mistake of wiring a brief message to his editor, after which, every moment of his stay is scrutinised by the Albanian Secret Police.

Read by Nigel Cooke and abridged by Polly Coles.

Read by Nigel Cooke and abridged by Polly Coles. Then News.

4/5. After a ten-year estrangement, James is summoned by Lord Beaverbrook to Monte Carlo. His curiosity overwhelms his antipathy and he finds himself at dinner

with two unexpected guests - Aristotle Onassis and Sir Winston Churchill.

20060220

The Sailor in the Wardrobe

By Hugo Hamilton, abridged by Jill Waters, read by Stanley Townsend.

Young Hugo longs to be released from the confused identity he has inherited from his German mother and his militantly nationalist Irish father. But the backdrop of his mother's shame at the hands of Allied soldiers in the aftermath of the Second World War, along with his German cousin's mysterious disappearance somewhere on the Irish coast and the spiralling troubles in the North, seem determined to trap him in history.

1/5. Hugo seeks to escape his fanatically anti-British Gaelic-speaking father down at the local harbour near Dublin. But other troubles await him there.

Director Chris Wallis.

20060221

The Sailor in the Wardrobe

By Hugo Hamilton, abridged by Jill Waters, read by Stanley Townsend.

Young Hugo longs to be released from the confused identity he has inherited from his German mother and his militantly nationalist Irish father. But the backdrop of his mother's shame at the hands of Allied soldiers in the aftermath of the Second World War, along with his German cousin's mysterious disappearance somewhere on the Irish coast and the spiralling troubles in the North, seem determined to trap him in history.

2/5. Despite it being forbidden, Hugo cannot resist playing his Beatles record on his father's new stereo.

Director Chris Wallis.

Then News.

1/5. Hugo seeks to escape his fanatically anti-British Gaelic-speaking father down at the local harbour near Dublin. But other troubles await him there.

20060222

The Sailor in the Wardrobe

By Hugo Hamilton, abridged by Jill Waters, read by Stanley Townsend.

Young Hugo longs to be released from the confused identity he has inherited from his German mother and his militantly nationalist Irish father. But the backdrop of his mother's shame at the hands of Allied soldiers in the aftermath of the Second World War, along with his German cousin's mysterious disappearance somewhere on the Irish coast and the spiralling troubles in the north, seem determined to trap him in history.

3/5. Life at the harbour is disturbed by an old feud.

Director Chris Wallis.

Then News.

2/5. Despite it being forbidden, Hugo cannot resist playing his Beatles record on his father's new stereo.

20060223

The Sailor in the Wardrobe

By Hugo Hamilton, abridged by Jill Waters, read by Stanley Townsend.

Young Hugo longs to be released from the confused identity he has inherited from his German mother and his militantly nationalist Irish father. But the backdrop of his mother's shame at the hands of Allied soldiers in the aftermath of the Second World War, along with his German cousin's mysterious disappearance somewhere on the Irish coast and the spiralling troubles in the north, seem determined to trap him in history.

4/5. Appalled at the brutality of his teacher, Hugo decides to steal the instrument of torture.

Director Chris Wallis.

Then News.

3/5. Life at the harbour is disturbed by an old feud.

20060224

The Sailor in the Wardrobe

By Hugo Hamilton, abridged by Jill Waters, read by Stanley Townsend.

Young Hugo longs to be released from the confused identity he has inherited from his German mother and his militantly nationalist Irish father. But the backdrop of his mother's shame at the hands of Allied soldiers in the aftermath of the Second World War, along with his German cousin's mysterious disappearance somewhere on the Irish coast and the spiralling troubles in the north, seem determined to trap him in history.

5/5. A death at the harbour signals the end of an era, and it's time for Hugo to leave.

Director Chris Wallis.

Then News.

4/5. Appalled at the brutality of his teacher, Hugo decides to steal the instrument of torture.

20060227

Lost Cosmonaut

By Daniel Kalder, read by Mark Bonnar and abridged by Fiona McAlpine.

Daniel goes in search of the obscurest places on the planet.

1/5. A visit to Kazan, capital of Tartastan. Daniel enters the empty mosque of Kul Sherif and the Tatar parliament.

20060228

Lost Cosmonaut

By Daniel Kalder, read by Mark Bonnar and abridged by Fiona McAlpine.

Daniel goes in search of the obscurest places on the planet.

2/5. A visit to Kalmykia, the size of Scotland with 300,000 inhabitants. Daniel dines at the much recommended but hard to find Café Sputnik. Then News.

1/5. A visit to Kazan, capital of Tartastan. Daniel enters the empty mosque of Kul Sherif and the Tatar parliament.

20060301

Lost Cosmonaut

By Daniel Kalder, read by Mark Bonnar and abridged by Fiona McAlpine.

Daniel goes in search of the obscurest places on the planet.

3/5. A quest for the fabled Chess City in Kalmykia. Along the way, Daniel attends a new rock opera at the State Opera House. Then News.

2/5. A visit to Kalmykia, the size of Scotland with 300,000 inhabitants. Daniel dines at the much recommended but hard to find Café Sputnik.

20060302

Lost Cosmonaut

By Daniel Kalder, read by Mark Bonnar and abridged by Fiona McAlpine.

Daniel goes in search of the most obscure places on the planet.

4/5. Kalder's inquisitiveness lands him in trouble with the Kalmykian police, who keep a cage in their station for troublesome individuals. Upon release, he finds the only Protestant church in Elista and is tempted to sell his hair. Then News.

3/5. A quest for the fabled Chess City in Kalmykia. Along the way, Daniel attends a new rock opera at the State Opera House.

20060303

Lost Cosmonaut

By Daniel Kalder, read by Mark Bonnar and abridged by Fiona McAlpine.

Daniel goes in search of the most obscure places on the planet.

5/5. In the republic of El Mari, Kalder finds the last true pagans of Europe and has an audience with the Chief Druid himself. He also hunts down Kalashnikov - the inventor of the AK 47.

5/5. In the republic of El Mari, Kalder finds the last true pagans of Europe and has an audience with the Chief Druid himself. He also hunts down Kalashnikov - the inventor of the AK 47. Then News.

4/5. Kalder's inquisitiveness lands him in trouble with the Kalmykian police, who keep a cage in their station for troublesome individuals. Upon release, he finds the only Protestant church in Elista and is tempted to sell his hair.

20060306

Suburban Shaman

By Cecil Helman, read by Miles Anderson and abridged by Doreen Estall.

1/5. Helman recalls his medical training within the rigid segregation of apartheid South Africa.

Producer Emma Harding.

20060307

Suburban Shaman

By Cecil Helman, read by Miles Anderson and abridged by Doreen Estall.

2/5. As a newly qualified doctor, Helman leaves South Africa for London. His first medical job finds him as a ship's doctor on a budget Mediterranean cruise, where he discovers the essential solitude of the healer.

Producer Emma Harding. Then News.

1/5. Helman recalls his medical training within the rigid segregation of apartheid South Africa.

Producer Emma Harding.

20060308

Suburban Shaman

By Cecil Helman, read by Miles Anderson and abridged by Doreen Estall.

3/5. As a London GP, Helman discovers that a patient's profession can determine the way in which a doctor should best treat him.

Producer Emma Harding. Then News.

2/5. As a newly qualified doctor, Helman leaves South Africa for London. His first medical job finds him as a ship's doctor on a budget Mediterranean cruise, where he discovers the essential solitude of the healer.

Producer Emma Harding.

20060309

Suburban Shaman

By Cecil Helman, read by Miles Anderson and abridged by Doreen Estall.

4/5. London GP and anthropologist Cecil Helman considers how contemporary medicine could be made more humane and less mechanistic. He visits a sangoma, a traditional South African healer, and wonders whether modern doctors might learn from the more holistic approach of the shaman.

Producer Emma Harding. Then News.

3/5. As a London GP, Helman discovers that a patient's profession can determine the way in which a doctor should best treat him.

Producer Emma Harding.

20060310

Suburban Shaman

By Cecil Helman, read by Miles Anderson and abridged by Doreen Estall.

5/5. When GP Cecil Helman has an accident and becomes an NHS patient himself, he is disturbed to find a system that seems to reduce patients to paper statistics and doctors to slaves of the machine. He considers whether the latest generation of 'techno-doctors' could learn from the way in which medicine is practised in the developing world.

Producer Emma Harding.

Producer Emma Harding. Then News.

4/5. London GP and anthropologist, Cecil Helman, considers how contemporary medicine could be made more humane and less mechanistic. He visits a sangoma, a traditional South African healer, and wonders whether modern doctors might learn from the more holistic approach of the shaman.

20060313

Adrift in Caledonia

The story of journalist Nick Thorpe's quest to circumnavigate Scotland by the sole means of boat-hitching. Read by Greg Powrie and abridged by Nick Thorpe.

1/5. Thorpe's journey of 2500 miles begins with his first hitch - on a boat from outside his home on the Union Canal in Edinburgh.

Producer Kirsteen Cameron.

20060314

Adrift in Caledonia

The story of journalist Nick Thorpe's quest to circumnavigate Scotland by the sole means of boat-hitching. Read by Greg Powrie and abridged by Nick Thorpe.

2/5. Thorpe's aquatic adventure continues as he hitches a lift on a most unusual vessel - a canvas rowing boat manned by evangelical monks.

Producer Kirsteen Cameron.

Then News.

1/5. Thorpe's journey of 2500 miles begins with his first hitch - on a boat from outside his home on the Union Canal in Edinburgh.

20060315

Adrift in Caledonia

The story of journalist Nick Thorpe's quest to circumnavigate Scotland by the sole means of boat-hitching. Read by Greg Powrie and abridged by Nick Thorpe.

3/5. Thorpe's quest is jeopardised by a swarm of ferocious midges.

Producer Kirsteen Cameron.

Then News.

2/5. Thorpe's aquatic adventure continues as he hitches a lift on a most unusual vessel - a canvas rowing boat manned by evangelical monks.

20060316

Adrift in Caledonia

The story of journalist Nick Thorpe's quest to circumnavigate Scotland by the sole means of boat-hitching. Read by Greg Powrie and abridged by Nick Thorpe.

4/5. Nick reaches the northernmost point of his boat-hitching journey, and gains some philosophical insights from a man known as Captain Calamity.

Producer Kirsteen Cameron.

Then News.

3/5. Thorpe's quest is jeopardised by a swarm of ferocious midges.

20060317

Adrift in Caledonia

The story of journalist Nick Thorpe's quest to circumnavigate Scotland by the sole means of boat-hitching. Read by Greg Powrie and abridged by Nick Thorpe.

5/5. Nick Thorpe gazes across the Forth to Edinburgh, and the end of his 2500-mile, four-month long, circumnavigation of Scotland lies tantalisingly in sight.

Producer Kirsteen Cameron.

Then News.

4/5. Nick reaches the northernmost point of his boat-hitching journey, and gains some philosophical insights from a man known as Captain Calamity.

20060320

White on Black

Ruben Gallego's memoirs read by Stephen Tompkinson.

Ruben Gallego was born in Moscow in 1968 with severe cerebral palsy. His grandfather, Secretary-General of the Spanish Communist Party, was unbearably ashamed and banished him to a state orphanage, telling Ruben's mother that her son had died. But Ruben was tenacious. Born without the use of hands and feet, fighting for survival was second nature and the occasional kindnesses shown to him - a fig, a mouthful of chocolate, a conversation - fed his passion for life. This memoir won the Russian equivalent of the Booker Prize and is now translated into English for the first time.

1/5. Gallego is brought up by the Russian State in a series of children's homes and hospitals.

20060321

White on Black

Ruben Gallego's memoirs, read by Stephen Tompkinson.

Ruben Gallego was born in Moscow in 1968 with severe cerebral palsy. His grandfather, Secretary-General of the Spanish Communist Party, was unbearably ashamed and banished him to a state orphanage, telling Ruben's mother that her son had died. But Ruben was tenacious. Born without the use of hands and feet, fighting for survival was second nature and the occasional kindnesses shown to him - a fig, a mouthful of chocolate, a conversation - fed his passion for life. This memoir won the Russian equivalent of the Booker Prize and is now translated into English for the first time.

2/5. "I'm convinced that life and literature have more than enough of the dark side.... I write about goodness, triumph, joy and love. The strength that breaks through all barriers to triumph."

Then News.

1/5. Gallego is brought up by the Russian State in a series of children's homes and hospitals.

20060322

White on Black

Ruben Gallego's memoirs read by Stephen Tompkinson.

Ruben Gallego was born in Moscow in 1968 with severe cerebral palsy. His grandfather, Secretary-General of the Spanish Communist Party, was unbearably ashamed and banished him to a state orphanage, telling Ruben's mother that her son had died. But Ruben was tenacious. Born without the use of hands and feet, fighting for survival was second nature and the occasional kindnesses shown to him - a fig, a mouthful of chocolate, a conversation - fed his passion for life. This memoir won the Russian equivalent of the Booker Prize and is now translated into English for the first time.

3/5. 'The classroom supervisor is giving us political instruction. We're being told about the horrors of the Western way of life. I'm absolutely convinced that most people in America are living on the streets in cardboard boxes.'

Then News.

2/5. "I'm convinced that life and literature have more than enough of the dark side.... I write about goodness, triumph, joy and love. The strength that breaks through all barriers to triumph."

20060323

White on Black

Ruben Gallego's memoirs read by Stephen Tompkinson.

Ruben Gallego was born in Moscow in 1968 with severe cerebral palsy. His grandfather, Secretary-General of the Spanish Communist Party, was unbearably ashamed and banished him to a state orphanage, telling Ruben's mother that her son had died. But Ruben was tenacious. Born without the use of hands and feet, fighting for survival was second nature and the occasional kindnesses shown to him - a fig, a mouthful of chocolate, a conversation - fed his passion for life. This memoir won the Russian equivalent of the Booker Prize and is now translated into English for the first time.

4/5. 'I'd been afraid of ending up in a loony bin or an old folks home since I was ten. It was easy not to end up in a loony bin. You just had to obey your elders. Everyone who couldn't walk ended up in an old folks home.'

Then News.

3/5. 'The classroom supervisor is giving us political instruction. We're being told about the horrors of the Western way of life. I'm absolutely convinced that most people in America are living on the streets in cardboard boxes.'

20060324

White on Black

Ruben Gallego's memoirs, read by Stephen Tompkinson.

Ruben Gallego was born in Moscow in 1968 with severe cerebral palsy. His grandfather, the Secretary-General of the Spanish Communist Party, was unbearably ashamed and banished him to a state orphanage, telling Ruben's mother that her son had died. But Ruben was tenacious. Born without the use of hands and feet, fighting for survival was second nature and the occasional kindnesses shown to him - a fig, a mouthful of chocolate, a conversation - fed his passion for life.

This memoir won the Russian equivalent of the Booker Prize and is now translated into English for the first time.

5/5. 'A wheelchair. An American wheelchair. I have a joystick in my hand. The machine moves my motion deprived body down the street of a small American town. A woman in a wheelchair races by me at full tilt. On the side is a colourful message in big letters - I LOVE LIFE.'

Ruben Gallego was born in Moscow in 1968 with severe cerebral palsy. His grandfather, the Secretary-General of the Spanish Communist Party, was unbearably ashamed and banished him to a state orphanage, telling Ruben's mother that her son had died. But Ruben was tenacious. Born without the use of hands and feet, fighting for survival was second nature and the occasional kindnesses shown to him - a fig, a mouthful of chocolate, a conversation - fed his passion for life. This memoir won the Russian equivalent of the Booker Prize and is now translated into English for the first time.

Then News.

4/5. 'I'd been afraid of ending up in a loony bin or an old folks home since I was ten. It was easy not to end up in a loony bin. You just had to obey your elders. Everyone who couldn't walk ended up in an old folks home.'

20060327

Part of the Pattern, Memoirs of a Wife at Westminster

Sarah Badel reads the memoirs of former Chancellor Denis Healy's wife, Edna - who experienced political life from a unique viewpoint. She recounts her years with Denis, both in power and opposition, surrounded by great and interesting people.

1/5. After humble beginnings, Edna's mother and teacher are determined she will try for Oxford.

Abridged by Libby Spurrier and produced by Joanna Green.

20060328

Part of the Pattern, Memoirs of a Wife at Westminster

Sarah Badel reads the memoirs of former Chancellor Denis Healy's wife, Edna - who experienced political life from a unique viewpoint. She recounts her years with Denis, both in power and opposition, surrounded by great and interesting people.

1/5. After humble beginnings, Edna's mother and teacher are determined she will try for Oxford.

Abridged by Libby Spurrier and produced by Joanna Green.

Then Sailing By.

Sarah Badel reads the memoirs of former Chancellor Denis Healy's wife, Edna - who experienced political life from a unique viewpoint. She recounts her years with Denis, both in power and in opposition, surrounded by great and interesting people.

2/5. Chamberlain has declared war and Edna embarks on her first teaching job.

20060329

Part of the Pattern, Memoirs of a Wife at Westminster

Sarah Badel reads the memoirs of former Chancellor Denis Healy's wife, Edna, who experienced political life from a unique viewpoint. She recounts her years with Denis, both in power and opposition, surrounded by great and interesting people.

3/5. With Denis' political career on the rise, Edna accompanies him on some unforgettable foreign visits.

Abridged by Libby Spurrier and produced by Joanna Green. Then News.

2/5. Chamberlain has declared war and Edna embarks on her first teaching job.

Abridged by Libby Spurrier and produced by Joanna Green.

20060330

Part of the Pattern, Memoirs of a Wife at Westminster

Sarah Badel reads the memoirs of former Chancellor Denis Healy's wife, Edna - who experienced political life from a unique viewpoint. She recounts her years with Denis, both in power and opposition, surrounded by great and interesting people.

4/5. With Labour back in power, Denis is appointed Chancellor of the Exchequer and Edna oversees the move to Number 11.

Abridged by Libby Spurrier and produced by Joanna Green. Then News.

3/5. With Denis' political career on the rise, Edna accompanies him on some unforgettable foreign visits.

Abridged by Libby Spurrier and produced by Joanna Green.

20060331

Part of the Pattern, Memoirs of a Wife at Westminster

Sarah Badel reads the memoirs of former Chancellor Denis Healy's wife, Edna - who experienced political life from a unique viewpoint. She recounts her years with Denis, both in power and opposition, surrounded by great and interesting people.

5/5. As the wife of a politician, life can sometimes be lonely, but Edna forged her own career as a lecturer, broadcaster and writer.

Abridged by Libby Spurrier and produced by Joanna Green.

Abridged by Libby Spurrier and produced by Joanna Green. Then News.

Sarah Badel reads the memoirs of former Chancellor Denis Healy's wife, Edna - who experienced political life from a unique viewpoint. She recounts her years with Denis, both in power and in opposition, surrounded by great and interesting people.

4/5. With Labour back in power, Denis is appointed Chancellor of the Exchequer and Edna oversees the move to Number 11.

20060410

The Yellow House

By Martin Gayford, read by Jamie Glover.

1/5. In October 1888, Paul Gauguin arrived in the town of Arles in the South of France. His arrival at The Yellow House was greeted with delight by his host Vincent van Gogh. Eight weeks of the most celebrated cohabitation in art history were to follow.

Abridged and produced by Jill Waters.

20060411

The Yellow House

By Martin Gayford, read by Jamie Glover.

2/5. Vincent and Gauguin settle in to the Yellow House in Arles, domestic arrangements are made and paintings begun.

Abridged and produced by Jill Waters.

Then News.

1/5. In October 1888, Paul Gauguin arrived in the town of Arles in the South of France. His arrival at The Yellow House was greeted with delight by his host Vincent van Gogh. Eight weeks of the most celebrated cohabitation in art history were to follow.

20060412

The Yellow House

By Martin Gayford, read by Jamie Glover.

3/5. Work continues apace in the South of France but in a confined studio space, Vincent and Gauguin sometimes find their tempers fraying.

Abridged and produced by Jill Waters. Then News.

2/5. Vincent and Gauguin settle in to the Yellow House in Arles, domestic arrangements are made and paintings begun.

Abridged and produced by Jill Waters.

20060413

The Yellow House

By Martin Gayford, read by Jamie Glover.

4/5. A day trip to an art gallery seems to offer a little respite from tensions between Van Gogh and Gauguin, living at 2, Place Lamartine.

Abridged and produced by Jill Waters.

Then News.

3/5. Work continues apace in the South of France but in a confined studio space, Vincent and Gauguin sometimes find tempers fraying.

20060414

The Yellow House

By Martin Gayford, read by Jamie Glover.

5/5. Van Gogh and Gauguin quarrel and Vincent wields his razor. The citizens of Arles lose their patience.

Abridged and produced by Jill Waters.

Then News.

4/5. A day trip to an art gallery seems to offer a little respite from tensions between Van Gogh and Gauguin, living at 2, Place Lamartine.

20060417

The Queen at 80. The Biographer's View

Excerpts from different biographies of the monarch.

1/5. The Little Princesses

By Marion Crawford, abridged by Doreen Estall and read by Hannah Gordon.

The early years of the Queen's life, as told by her affectionate governess 'Crawfie', in the first royal biography to rock the Palace. 'Lilibet' has to attend the funeral procession for her grandfather George V, and move to Buckingham Palace with its endless corridors when her own father becomes King.

20060418

The Queen at 80. The Biographer's View

Excerpts from different biographies of the monarch.

2/5. George VI

By Sarah Bradford, abridged by Doreen Estall and read by Anne-Marie Duff.

Princess Elizabeth meets initial resistance to her choice of husband and becomes Queen at 25 while watching rhino in Kenya. Then News.

1/5. The Little Princesses

By Marion Crawford, abridged by Doreen Estall and read by Hannah Gordon.

The early years of the Queen's life, as told by her affectionate governess 'Crawfie', in the first royal biography to rock the Palace. 'Lilibet' has to attend the funeral procession for her grandfather George V, and move to Buckingham Palace with its endless corridors when her own father becomes King.

20060419

The Queen at 80: The Biographer's View

Extracts from a selection of biographies of the Queen to mark her 80th birthday on 21st April.

3/5. Royal: Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth

By Robert Lacey, abridged by Doreen Estall, read by Alex Jennings.

The 1960s bring winds of change. The royal family are the subject of satirical sketches on television and decide to take part in a landmark television documentary. Then News.

Excerpts from different biographies of the monarch.

2/5. George VI

By Sarah Bradford, abridged by Doreen Estall and read by Anne-Marie Duff.

Princess Elizabeth meets initial resistance to her choice of husband and becomes Queen at 25 while watching rhino in Kenya.

20060420

The Queen at 80: The Biographer's View

Extracts from a selection of biographies of the Queen to mark her 80th birthday on 21st April.

4/5. The Firm

By Penny Junor, abridged by Miranda Davis, read by Emma Fielding.

The extract from this biography explores the 1980s. The monarchy is rocked by the divorce of Charles and Diana. Then News.

3/5. Royal: Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth

By Robert Lacey, abridged by Doreen Estall, read by Alex Jennings.

The 1960s bring winds of change. The royal family are the subject of satirical sketches on television and decide to take part in a landmark television documentary.

20060421

The Queen at 80: The Biographer's View

Extracts from a selection of biographies of the Queen to mark her 80th birthday.

5/5. The Queen

By Ben Pimlott, abridged by Miranda Davis, read by Geoffrey Palmer.

There's a change of royal style following the death of Princess Diana, and in a new millennium questions are asked about how to make contemporary sense of the institution of monarchy.

There's a change of royal style following the death of Princess Diana, and in a new millennium questions are asked about how to make contemporary sense of the institution of monarchy. Then News.

Extracts from a selection of biographies of the Queen to mark her 80th birthday on 21st April.

4/5. The Firm

By Penny Junor, abridged by Miranda Davis, read by Emma Fielding.

The extract from this biography explores the 1980s. The monarchy is rocked by the divorce of Charles and Diana.

20060424

Penguins Stopped Play

By Harry Thompson, abridged by Andrew Simpson.

Before his death last year, Harry Thompson completed this comic travelogue about playing his favourite sport - cricket - on seven continents. Narrated by Nicholas Boulton.

1/5. The first match is oddly interrupted as Harry stands on an ice-floe with bat in hand...

20060425

Penguins Stopped Play

By Harry Thompson, abridged by Andrew Simpson.

Before his death last year, Harry Thompson completed this comic travelogue about playing his favourite sport - cricket - on seven continents. Narrated by Nicholas Boulton.

1/5. The first match is oddly interrupted as Harry stands on an ice-floe with bat in hand... Then Sailing By.

Before his death last year, Harry Thompson completed this comic travelogue about playing his favourite sport - cricket - on seven continents.

2/5. Prospects for The Captain Scott XI are improved with the three O'Herlihys brothers, who are always late for matches - and the tour starts in Malaysia.

Narrated by Nicholas Boulton.

20060426

Penguins Stopped Play

By Harry Thompson, abridged by Andrew Simpson.

Before his death last year, Harry Thompson completed this comic travelogue about playing his favourite sport - cricket - on seven continents. Narrated by Nicholas Boulton.

3/5. In the West Indies, the XI are told about 'getting some licks' ahead of a match with the frighteningly talented North Stars team.

Producer Duncan Minshull.

2/5. Prospects for The Captain Scott XI are improved with the three O'Herlihys brothers, who are always late for matches - and the tour starts in Malaysia.

20060427

Penguins Stopped Play

By Harry Thompson, abridged by Andrew Simpson.

Before his death last year, Harry Thompson completed this comic travelogue about playing his favourite sport - cricket - on seven continents. Narrated by Nicholas Boulton.

4/5. In a very louche nightclub, Harry and co ponder their chances against an Argentine XI. But is there even cricket in South America?

Producer Duncan Minshull.

3/5. In the West Indies, the XI are told about 'getting some licks' ahead of a match with the frighteningly talented North Stars team.

20060428

Penguins Stopped Play

By Harry Thompson, abridged by Andrew Simpson.

Before his death last year, Harry Thompson completed this comic travelogue about playing his favourite sport - cricket - on seven continents. Narrated by Nicholas Boulton.

5/5. Last stop is South Africa against a bullish Rygersdaal XI. Then home to a series of domestic matches and also sad news...

Producer Duncan Minshull.

Then News.

4/5. In a very louche nightclub, Harry and co ponder their chances against an Argentine XI. But is there even cricket in South America?

20060502

The Caliph's House: A Year in Casablanca

Abridged by Laurence Wareing and read by Shiv Grewal.

1/4. Frustrated with his cramped London lifestyle, travel writer Tahir Shah decides to set up home in Morocco. But, when he buys the Caliph's house, he and his family discover they've got more than they'd bargained for: the property is looked after by three guardians who are convinced the house is full of ill-tempered jinns who don't want a new owner moving in on their territory.

Producer Kirsty Williams.

20060503

The Caliph's House: A Year in Casablanca

Abridged by Laurence Wareing and read by Shiv Grewal.

3/4. As the building work progresses, Tahir feels respect for the traditional skills of Moroccan workers. Meanwhile, problems begin with the house's guardians as the shanty town they live in is threatened with demolition and they move to the Caliph's house. But, after only a few days, and an inundation of unwanted visitors, they tire of their new home and decide to return to the shanty town, leaving the Shahs in peaceful bliss.

However, sickness hits the household. When their doctor discovers they've all been poisoned because the guardians have been leaving daily offerings for the jinns in the well, he prescribes an exorcism.

Producer Kirsty Williams.

Then News.

2/4. Tahir sets about renovating his new home and is beset by difficulties caused by a team of builders. Manmade problems are followed by a host of natural plagues: rats, locusts and bees, not to mention the house's jinns, send out strong messages of displeasure. So Tahir decides to appoint an assistant who has an uncanny knack of solving problems. Together they seek out an antique bath during Ramadan - it is, he suggests, the perfect time for such a purchase.

Producer Kirsty Williams. Then News.

1/4. Frustrated with his cramped London lifestyle, travel writer Tahir Shah decides to set up home in Morocco. But, when he buys the Caliph's house, he and his family discover they've got more than they'd bargained for: the property is looked after by three guardians who are convinced the house is full of ill-tempered jinns who don't want a new owner moving in on their territory.

2006050520060507

The Caliph's House: A Year in Casablanca

Abridged by Laurence Wareing and read by Shiv Grewal.

4/4. Tahir agrees to have an exorcism to get rid of the house's jinns: he visits a sorceress to advise him and then employs a team of exorcists, who seem to be very laid back about getting the job done.

But after a dose of hallucinogenic tea and some financial prompts, they eventually set to work and prepare to sacrifice a goat. The exorcism is carried out and, despite himself, Tahir is in awe of the spiritual power it yields.

Producer Kirsty Williams.

The Caliph's House: A Year in Casablanca

Abridged by Laurence Wareing and read by Shiv Grewal.

4/4. Tahir agrees to have an exorcism to get rid of the house's jinns: he visits a sorceress to advise him and then employs a team of exorcists, who seem to be very laid back about getting the job done.

But after a dose of hallucinogenic tea and some financial prompts, they eventually set to work and prepare to sacrifice a goat. The exorcism is carried out and, despite himself, Tahir is in awe of the spiritual power it yields.

Producer Kirsty Williams.

20060508

A Patriot for Us

By John Heilpern, read by Gareth Thomas and abridged by Robert Evans.

Biography of playwright John Osborne, who changed the face of British theatre with an ironing board. Osborne's most famous protagonist, Jimmy Porter, first burst onto the English stage in the ground-breaking play Look Back in Anger, 50 years ago on March 8, 1956.

1/5. Osborne's childhood in Fulham, where he was weaned on reproach and failure by his neurotically clean mother Nelly Beatrice.

Producer Lu Kemp.

20060509

A Patriot for Us

By John Heilpern, read by Gareth Thomas and abridged by Robert Evans.

Biography of playwright John Osborne, who changed the face of British theatre with an ironing board. Osborne's most famous protagonist, Jimmy Porter, first burst onto the English stage in the ground-breaking play Look Back in Anger, 50 years ago on March 8, 1956.

2/5. Look Back in Anger, Osborne's most renowned play, was a mirror of his own first marriage to Pamela Lane. Osborne replicated details of their meeting, the battle with her family (who wished to prevent their marriage) and their tempestuous short life together - with cruel precision.

Producer Lu Kemp.

Then News.

1/5. Osborne's childhood in Fulham, where he was weaned on reproach and failure by his neurotically clean mother Nelly Beatrice.

20060510

A Patriot for Us

By John Heilpern, read by Gareth Thomas and abridged by Robert Evans.

Biography of playwright John Osborne, who changed the face of British theatre with an ironing board. Osborne's most famous protagonist, Jimmy Porter, first burst onto the English stage in the ground-breaking play Look Back in Anger, 50 years ago on March 8, 1956.

3/5. With the success of Look Back In Anger and his second play The Entertainer, Osborne's fortunes changed overnight, and the actor in him embraced the limelight both in London and New York in the company of Dietrich and Gielgud among others.

Producer Lu Kemp.

Then News.

2/5. Look Back in Anger, Osborne's most renowned play, was a mirror of his own first marriage to Pamela Lane. Osborne replicated details of their meeting, the battle with her family (who wished to prevent their marriage) and their tempestuous short life together - with cruel precision.

20060511

A Patriot for Us

By John Heilpern, read by Gareth Thomas and abridged by Robert Evans.

Biography of playwright John Osborne, who changed the face of British theatre with an ironing board. Osborne's most famous protagonist, Jimmy Porter, first burst onto the English stage in the ground-breaking play Look Back in Anger, 50 years ago on March 8, 1956.

4/5. After countless failed marriages and affairs, Osborne finally finds happiness with Helen Dawson. But even Helen is unable to save Osborne from the terrible depression that plagued his life - a depression that deepens when his greatest friend and supporter George Devine dies. Osborne's daughter suffers the consequences.

Producer Lu Kemp.

Then News.

3/5. With the success of Look Back In Anger and his second play The Entertainer, Osborne's fortunes changed overnight, and the actor in him embraced the limelight both in London and New York in the company of Dietrich and Gielgud, among others.

20060512

A Patriot for Us

By John Heilpern, read by Gareth Thomas and abridged by Robert Evans.

Biography of playwright John Osborne, who changed the face of British theatre with an ironing board. Osborne's most famous protagonist, Jimmy Porter, first burst onto the English stage in the ground-breaking play Look Back in Anger, 50 years ago on March 8, 1956.

5/5. Finally having found peace with Helen, Osborne is however bankrupt with terrible debts. Despite that, he continues to entertain one and all on champagne - not a helpful tactic when trying to get financial help from the bank manager.

Producer Lu Kemp.

Then News.

4/5. After countless failed marriages and affairs, Osborne finally finds happiness with Helen Dawson. But even Helen is unable to save Osborne from the terrible depression that plagued his life - a depression that deepens when his greatest friend and supporter George Devine dies. Osborne's daughter suffers the consequences.

20060515

Telling Some Tales

A new memoir by Anna Massey which celebrates the highs, lows and hilarities of a lifetime in the acting trade, abridged by Penny Leicester.

1/5. The author is born into a theatre family, who theatrically fall out and her destiny is sealed.

Producer Duncan Minshull.

20060516

Telling Some Tales

A new memoir by Anna Massey which celebrates the highs, lows and hilarities of a lifetime in the acting trade, abridged by Penny Leicester.

2/5. The acting jobs start to arrive and the author gets to dance with Senator Jack Kennedy.

Producer Duncan Minshull.

Then News.

1/5. The author is born into a theatre family, who theatrically fall out and her destiny is sealed.

20060517

Telling Some Tales

A new memoir by Anna Massey which celebrates the highs, lows and hilarities of a lifetime in the acting trade, abridged by Penny Leicester.

3/5. A certain fame arrives with a role in the notorious film Peeping Tom.

Producer Duncan Minshull.

Then News.

2/5. The acting jobs start to arrive and the author gets to dance with Senator Jack Kennedy.

20060518

Telling Some Tales

A new memoir by Anna Massey which celebrates the highs, lows and hilarities of a lifetime in the acting trade, abridged by Penny Leicester.

4/5. From working with Roger Corman, to getting hired by Alfred Hitchcock. And how entering analysis helps with learning lines...

Producer Duncan Minshull.

Then News.

3/5. A certain fame arrives with a role in the notorious film Peeping Tom.

20060519

Telling Some Tales

A new memoir by Anna Massey which celebrates the highs, lows and hilarities of a lifetime in the acting trade, abridged by Penny Leicester.

5/5. The leading role in Hotel Du Lac and how a lavish cake presented at a party tells her about friendship!

Producer Duncan Minshull.

Then News.

4/5. From working with Roger Corman, to getting hired by Alfred Hitchcock. And how entering analysis helps with learning lines...

20060522

Brain Matters

The strange ways of the brain and the evolution of a neurosurgeon, as told by Katrina Firlik, who is herself a young American neurosurgeon, one of the scarce females from a rare species in medicine.

Read by Vicki Simon.

1/5. The author meets a carpenter with a nail in his skull.

20060523

The strange ways of the brain and the evolution of a neurosurgeon, as told by Katrina Firlik, who is herself a young American neurosurgeon, one of the scarce females from a rare species in medicine.

Read by Vicki Simon.

1/5. The author meets a carpenter with a nail in his skull.

Then News.

Brain Matters

2/5. The author learns how to remove a life-threatening blood clot.

20060524

The strange ways of the brain and the evolution of a neurosurgeon, as told by Katrina Firlik, who is herself a young American neurosurgeon, one of the scarce females from a rare species in Medicine.

Read by Vicki Simon.

3/5. Herbal remedies for an ear infection endanger a seven year old's life.

Then News.

2/5. The author learns how to remove a clot.

20060525

The strange ways of the brain and the evolution of a neurosurgeon, as told by Katrina Firlik, who is herself a young American neurosurgeon, one of the scarce females from a rare species in Medicine.

Read by Vicki Simon.

3/5. Herbal remedies for an ear infection endanger a seven year old's life. Then Sailing By.

Brain Matters

4/5. The author witnesses a character transformation as a result of brain surgery.

20060526

Brain Matters

The strange ways of the brain and the evolution of a neurosurgeon, as told by Katrina Firlik, who is herself a young American neurosurgeon, one of the scarce females from a rare species in medicine.

Read by Vicki Simon.

5/5. The author considers the future of cosmetic brain surgery.

Then News.

4/5. The author witnesses a character transformation as a result of brain surgery.

20060529

Wild Mary

Patrick Marnham's biography of author Mary Wesley, abridged by Polly Cole and read by Felicity Kendal.

1/5. Mary Wesley was a rebellious child, trapped in an existence where she did not trust those who should have protected her. Naturally impulsive, she awaited an opportunity to express her anger in some mutinous act.

20060530

Wild Mary

Patrick Marnham's biography of author Mary Wesley, abridged by Polly Cole and read by Felicity Kendal.

3/5. Mary Wesley, still married to one man, finds true love with another in anarchic wartime London.

Then News.

2/5. As war clouds gathered in Europe, marriage to an acceptable husband was the only escape from her parents' home for Mary Wesley. Once the war began, she found release in a London radically changed by the conflict.

2/5. As war clouds gathered in Europe, marriage to an acceptable husband was the only escape from her parents' home for Mary Wesley. Once the war began, she found release in a London radically changed by the conflict. Then News.

1/5. Mary Wesley was a rebellious child, trapped in an existence where she did not trust those who should have protected her. Naturally impulsive, she awaited an opportunity to express her anger in some mutinous act.

20060601

Wild Mary

Patrick Marnham's biography of author Mary Wesley, abridged by Polly Cole and read by Felicity Kendal.

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.

Then News.

3/5. Mary Wesley, still married to one man, finds true love with another in anarchic wartime London.

20060602

Wild Mary

Patrick Marnham's biography of author Mary Wesley, abridged by Polly Cole and read by Felicity Kendal.

5/5. When life seems all but over for Mary Wesley: living in extreme poverty, her sons grown up and gone, her beloved husband tragically dead, a novel is finally accepted for publication and she enters upon her last richly creative years.

5/5. When life seems all but over for Mary Wesley: living in extreme poverty, her sons grown up and gone, her beloved husband tragically dead, a novel is finally accepted for publication and she enters her last richly creative years.

Then News.

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.

20060605

Commonwealth of Thieves

By Tom Keneally, abridged by Doreen Estall.

The story of the birth of a nation.

1/5. In may 1787, a great convict flotilla set sail from England for the fringes of the known world. The prisoners - mostly petty thieves - and their guardians were expected to start a settlement in Botany Bay on the New South Wales coast. It was a gruelling eight-month voyage.

Read by Jonathan Hyde.

20060606

Commonwealth of Thieves

By Tom Keneally, abridged by Doreen Estall.

The story of the birth of a nation.

2/5. On 18 January 1788, the first convict fleet arrives in Botany Bay, coming 'as ghosts through cracks in the cosmos' to the native Eora people. Captain Phillip decides to start a settlement on a verdant stretch of shore he names Sydney Cove.

Read by Jonathan Hyde. Then News.

1/5. In may 1787, a great convict flotilla set sail from England for the fringes of the known world. The prisoners - mostly petty thieves - and their guardians were expected to start a settlement in Botany Bay on the New South Wales coast. It was a gruelling eight-month voyage.

Read by Jonathan Hyde.

20060607

Commonwealth of Thieves

By Tom Keneally, abridged by Doreen Estall.

The story of the birth of a nation.

3/5. The fledgling colony of New South Wales struggles to survive its first year. Famine and disease strike, and relations with the native Eora people remain edgy.

Read by Jonathan Hyde. Then News.

2/5. On 18 January 1788, the first convict fleet arrives in Botany Bay, coming 'as ghosts through cracks in the cosmos' to the native Eora people. Captain Phillip decides to start a settlement on a verdant stretch of shore he names Sydney Cove.

Read by Jonathan Hyde.

20060608

Commonwealth of Thieves

By Tom Keneally, abridged by Doreen Estall.

The story of the birth of a nation.

4/5. In 1790, the second convict fleet arrives in New South Wales, with many sick and dying. A young native man is captured as part of Governor Phillip's 'aboriginal diplomatic experiment'.

The fascinating new history of the beginning of modern Australia continues.

Read by Jonathan Hyde.

Then News.

3/5. The fledgling colony of New South Wales struggles to survive its first year. Famine and disease strike, and relations with the native Eora people remain edgy.

20060609

Commonwealth of Thieves

By Tom Keneally, abridged by Doreen Estall.

The story of the birth of a nation.

5/5. Five and half years after leading the first convict fleet to found a colony in New South Wales, governor Phillip prepares to return to England. It is with the children of his settlers, known as currency children or cornstalks, that his name will achieve immortality.

The fascinating new history of the beginning of modern Australia concludes, read by Jonathan Hyde.

Then News.

4/5. In 1790, the second convict fleet arrives in New South Wales, with many sick and dying. A young native man is captured as part of Governor Phillip's 'aboriginal diplomatic experiment'.

The fascinating new history of the beginning of modern Australia continues.

Read by Jonathan Hyde.

20060612

Passionate Minds

By David Bodanis.

1/5. The story of the love affair of the Enlightenment between the famous French man of letters, Voltaire, and Emilie du Chatelet - a noble woman who gave up her life at the sparkling Court of Versailles to live with him at the remote Chateau de Cirey.

Read by Barbara Flynn and David Troughton.

20060613

Passionate Minds

By David Bodanis.

1/5. The story of the love affair of the Enlightenment between the famous French man of letters, Voltaire, and Emilie du Chatelet - a noble woman who gave up her life at the sparkling Court of Versailles to live with him at the remote Chateau de Cirey.

Read by Barbara Flynn and David Troughton. Then Sailing By.

By David Bodanis, read by Barbara Flynn and David Troughton.

2/5. Emilie du Chatelet has just met Voltaire, France's most famous poet, and they have fallen deeply in love. At last Emilie has found someone with whom she can share her passion for Newton, whilst Voltaire is inspired to add a new section to his influential 'letters from England'.

20060614

Passionate Minds

By David Bodanis, read by Barbara Flynn and David Troughton.

3/5. Fleeing from the court at Versailles, Voltaire has moved to the crumbling Chateau de Cirey and begun to renovate it. When Emilie joins him, they establish an unconventional lifestyle that allows Emilie the intellectual freedom of which she has always dreamed. Then News.

2/5. Emilie du Chatelet has just met Voltaire, France's most famous poet, and they have fallen deeply in love. At last Emilie has found someone with whom she can share her passion for Newton, whilst Voltaire is inspired to add a new section to his influential 'letters from England'.

20060615

Passionate Minds

By David Bodanis, read by Barbara Flynn and David Troughton.

4/5. Voltaire has decided to enter the prestigious annual prize competition run by the academy of sciences. But as he flounders with his expensive equipment, unknown to him, Emilie is working on her own submission late at night in her rooms. Then News.

3/5. Fleeing from the court at Versailles, Voltaire has moved to the crumbling Chateau de Cirey and begun to renovate it. When Emilie joins him, they establish an unconventional lifestyle that allows Emilie the intellectual freedom of which she has always dreamed.

20060616

Passionate Minds

By David Bodanis, read by Barbara Flynn and David Troughton.

5/5. On their return to Paris, Emilie and Voltaire discover they have become the most sought after couple in the capital. The fame of their work at Cirey has spread and news of their unconventional lifestyle intrigues leading thinkers of the day. But Emilie's success in the science competition has undermined Voltaire's confidence.

5/5. On their return to Paris, Emilie and Voltaire discover they have become the most sought after couple in the capital. The fame of their work at Cirey has spread and news of their unconventional lifestyle intrigues leading thinkers of the day. But Emilie's success in the science competition has undermined Voltaire's confidence. Then News.

4/5. Voltaire has decided to enter the prestigious annual prize competition run by the academy of sciences. But as he flounders with his expensive equipment, unknown to him, Emilie is working on her own submission late at night in her rooms.

20060619

1/5. And Still I Rise: Seeking Justice for Stephen

By Doreen Lawrence, read by Josette Simon.

20060703

The Plimsoll Sensation

By Nicolette Jones.

The story of maritime safety campaigner Samuel Plimsoll.

1/5. In 1876, the Board of Trade recorded that 856 British merchant ships were lost within ten miles of the British coast in conditions that were no worse than a strong breeze. However, successive governments did little to protect the lives of merchant seamen or combat various shipping malpractices. Samuel Plimsoll, the sailor's friend, was the philanthropist whose tireless campaigning finally saved hundreds of lives. But though he was lauded by the public he faced obstruction and ridicule, both in parliament and from the powerful ship owners of the time.

Read by Paul Copley. Then News.

20060704

The Plimsoll Sensation

By Nicolette Jones.

The story of maritime safety campaigner Samuel Plimsoll.

2/5. The sailor's friend, Samuel Plimsoll, is elected MP for Derby and pledges to "do all in my power to put an end to the unseaworthy ships owned by the greedy and the unscrupulous". Although Parliament is slow to respond to his call, the press take up his case after the horrors of the Bridlington Gale.

Read by Paul Copley. Then News.

The Plimsoll Sensation

By Nicolette Jones.

The story of maritime safety campaigner Samuel Plimsoll.

1/5. In 1876, the Board of Trade recorded that 856 British merchant ships were lost within ten miles of the British coast in conditions that were no worse than a strong breeze. However, successive governments did little to protect the lives of merchant seamen or combat various shipping malpractices. Samuel Plimsoll, the sailor's friend, was the philanthropist whose tireless campaigning finally saved hundreds of lives. But though he was lauded by the public he faced obstruction and ridicule, both in parliament and from the powerful ship owners of the time.

Read by Paul Copley.

Then Sailing By.

20060705

The Plimsoll Sensation

By Nicolette Jones.

The story of maritime safety campaigner Samuel Plimsoll.

3/5. Plimsoll's cause to end the scandalous shipping malpractices of the Victorian era runs into trouble as he faces the wrath of some powerful shipowning MPs. But public opinion is beginning to swing behind him.

Read by Paul Copley. Then News.

The Plimsoll Sensation

By Nicolette Jones.

The story of maritime safety campaigner Samuel Plimsoll.

2/5. The sailor's friend, Samuel Plimsoll, is elected MP for Derby and pledges to "do all in my power to put an end to the unseaworthy ships owned by the greedy and the unscrupulous". Although Parliament is slow to respond to his call, the press take up his case after the horrors of the Bridlington Gale.

Read by Paul Copley. Then Sailing By.

20060706

The Plimsoll Sensation

By Nicolette Jones.

The story of maritime safety campaigner Samuel Plimsoll.

4/5. Five years after the beginning of his campaign to put a stop to the scandalous overloading of merchant ships, the long anticipated bill is talked out of Parliament in a cynical attempt not to upset the powerful ship owning MPs. Samuel Plimsoll spectacularly loses his temper in the House of Commons.

Read by Paul Copley. Then News.

The Plimsoll Sensation

By Nicolette Jones.

The story of maritime safety campaigner Samuel Plimsoll.

3/5. Plimsoll's cause to end the scandalous shipping malpractices of the Victorian era runs in to trouble as he faces the wrath of some powerful shipowning MPs. But public opinion is beginning to swing behind him.

Read by Paul Copley. Then Sailing By.

20060707

The Plimsoll Sensation

By Nicolette Jones.

The story of maritime safety campaigner Samuel Plimsoll.

4/5. Five years after the beginning of his campaign to put a stop to the scandalous overloading of merchant ships, the long anticipated bill is talked out of Parliament in a cynical attempt not to upset the powerful ship owning MPs. Samuel Plimsoll spectacularly loses his temper in the House of Commons.

Read by Paul Copley. Then Sailing By.

The Plimsoll Sensation

By Nicolette Jones, read by Paul Copley.

The story of maritime safety campaigner Samuel Plimsoll.

5/5. In the aftermath of the uproar in Parliament following the talking out of the Merchant Shipping Bill, Disraeli realises he has badly misjudged public opinion. He is forced to make concessions which dramatically alter the life expectancy of the merchant seamen who have for so long needlessly risked their lives at sea. Finally, the Plimsoll line becomes law. Then News.

20060708

The Plimsoll Sensation

By Nicolette Jones, read by Paul Copley.

The story of maritime safety campaigner Samuel Plimsoll.

5/5. In the aftermath of the uproar in Parliament following the talking out of the Merchant Shipping Bill, Disraeli realises he has badly misjudged public opinion. He is forced to make concessions which dramatically alter the life expectancy of the merchant seamen who have for so long needlessly risked their lives at sea. Finally, the Plimsoll line becomes law. Then Sailing By.

20060710

Running for the Hills

Read and written by Horatio Clare, abridged by Doreen Estall.

1/5. One summer's day in the late 1960s, two young Londoners fell in love with a ramshackle sheep farm in South Wales. They had almost no money, no idea about sheep and their marriage was uncertain from the start.

This evocative memoir chronicles their changing relationship with the landscape - and with each other.

2006071120060718

Running for the Hills

Read and written by Horatio Clare, abridged by Doreen Estall.

2/5. Novice farmers Robert and Jenny experience their first lambing at their newly-bought Welsh hill farm. They are forced to confront the harsh realities of farming and the horror of 'nature red in tooth and claw'. Then News.

1/5. One summer's day in the late 1960s, two young Londoners fell in love with a ramshackle sheep farm in South Wales. They had almost no money, no idea about sheep and their marriage was uncertain from the start.

This evocative memoir chronicles their changing relationship with the landscape - and with each other.

2006071220060719

Running for the Hills

Read and written by Horatio Clare, abridged by Doreen Estall.

2/5. Novice farmers Robert and Jenny experience their first lambing at their newly-bought Welsh hill farm. They are forced to confront the harsh realities of farming and the horror of 'nature red in tooth and claw'. Then Sailing By.

Read and written by Horatio Clare, abridged by Doreen Estall. Also read by Saskia Wickham.

3/5. The financial hardships of running the farm divide Robert and Jenny. With no hope of ever making a profit, Robert makes the pragmatic suggestion to sell the farm, but Jenny refuses to abandon her dream to give her children a country childhood.

20060713

Running for the Hills

Read and written by Horatio Clare, abridged by Doreen Estall. Also read by Saskia Wickham.

4/5. Horatio and his brother experience the thrill of badger watching. Their mother Jenny is still torn between trying to make their life in the countryside work and taking them back to London. Meanwhile her relationship with Robert seems to have fractured beyond repair. Then News.

3/5. The financial hardships of running the farm divide Robert and Jenny. With no hope of ever making a profit, Robert makes the pragmatic suggestion to sell the farm, but Jenny refuses to abandon her dream to give her children a country childhood.

20060714

Running for the Hills

Read and written by Horatio Clare, abridged by Doreen Estall.

5/5. Jenny and the boys are snowed in after a fierce blizzard. How much longer will it be feasible for them to stay on at the farm?

Read and written by Horatio Clare, abridged by Doreen Estall. Also read by Saskia Wickham.

4/5. Horatio and his brother experience the thrill of badger watching. Their mother Jenny is still torn between trying to make their life in the countryside work and taking them back to London. Meanwhile her relationship with Robert seems to have fractured beyond repair. Then Sailing By.

20060724

Falling Blossom

By Peter Pagnamenta and Momoko Williams.

1/5. Based on a chest full of 800 letters from a British army officer to a young Japanese woman, this is a true story of a love affair that spanned decades and continents. It begins in 1904 as Arthur Hart-Synnot sets out to learn Japanese.

20060725

Falling Blossom

By Peter Pagnamenta and Momoko Williams.

2/5. Captain Hart-Synnot and Masa Suzuki meet under the plum blossom trees of the Army Officers Club in Tokyo. It is 1904 and Japan is at war with Russia over their conflicting interests in Manchuria. But Arthur is beginning to find romance more appealing than following the news from the front.

Then News.

1/5. Based on a chest full of 800 letters from a British army officer to a young Japanese woman, this is a true story of a love affair that spanned decades and continents. It begins in 1904 as Arthur Hart-Synnot sets out to learn Japanese.

20060726

Falling Blossom

By Peter Pagnamenta and Momoko Williams.

3/5. The story of the growing love between Capt Arthur Hart-Synnot and Masa Suzuki. As Arthur is posted away further and further away from Tokyo, the letters he sends back to Masa increase - as does their frustration at being separated.

2/5. Captain Hart-Synnot and Masa Suzuki meet under the plum blossom trees of the Army Officers Club in Tokyo. It is 1904 and Japan is at war with Russia over their conflicting interests in Manchuria. But Arthur is beginning to find romance more appealing than following the news from the front.

20060727

Falling Blossom

By Peter Pagnamenta and Momoko Williams.

Read by David Horovitch.

4/5. Arthur is still determined to rejoin Masa in Japan but the war in Europe threatens their future happiness.

3/5. The story of the growing love between Capt Arthur Hart-Synnot and Masa Suzuki. As Arthur is posted away further and further away from Tokyo, the letters he sends back to Masa increase - as does their frustration at being separated.

2006072720060729

Falling Blossom

By Peter Pagnamenta and Momoko Williams.

Read by David Horovitch.

5/5. Despite tragedy and heartbreak the letters continue - and the story reaches down through the generations.

20060728

Falling Blossom

By Peter Pagnamenta and Momoko Williams.

Read by David Horovitch.

5/5. Despite tragedy and heartbreak the letters continue - and the story reaches down through the generations.

4/5. Arthur is still determined to rejoin Masa in Japan but the war in Europe threatens their future happiness.

20060731

Magic Bus

By Rory Maclean, read by Kerry Shale.

In the Sixties, hundreds of thousands of young Westerners blazed the hippie trail from Istanbul to Kathmandu. Aboard the weirdest procession of unroadworthy vehicles ever to rattle across the face of the Earth, they reached for a new kind of life.

1/5. Rory Maclean retraces their wide-eyed adventures along a route reopened for the first time in a generation.

20060801

Magic Bus

By Rory Maclean, read by Kerry Shale.

In the Sixties, hundreds of thousands of young Westerners blazed the hippie trail from Istanbul to Kathmandu. Aboard the weirdest procession of unroadworthy vehicles ever to rattle across the face of the Earth, they reached for a new kind of life.

2/5. Rory Maclean meets one of the original Flower Children making a nostalgic return visit to Turkey. But the country she knew has changed almost beyond recognition and this generation's backpackers have little in common with the original Intrepids.

1/5. Rory Maclean retraces their wide-eyed adventures along a route reopened for the first time in a generation.

20060802

Magic Bus

By Rory Maclean, read by Kerry Shale.

In the Sixties, hundreds of thousands of young Westerners blazed the hippie trail from Istanbul to Kathmandu. Aboard the weirdest procession of unroadworthy vehicles ever to rattle across the face of the Earth, they reached for a new kind of life.

3/5. Rory reaches Afghanistan. But the days of dope smoking Londoners in stinking fur coats is a distant memory, as today's Western visitors search for oil or remain holed up at Bagram air base, separated by wire fencing from the country that so enchanted the Flower Power Generation.

2/5. Rory Maclean meets one of the original Flower Children making a nostalgic return visit to Turkey. But the country she knew has changed almost beyond recognition and this generation's backpackers have little in common with the original Intrepids.

20060803

Magic Bus

By Rory Maclean, read by Kerry Shale.

In the Sixties, hundreds of thousands of young Westerners blazed the hippie trail from Istanbul to Kathmandu. Aboard the weirdest procession of unroadworthy vehicles ever to rattle across the face of the Earth, they reached for a new kind of life.

4/5. As he retraces the hippie trail, Rory leaves the Turkish and Persian empires behind him and crosses the border into Pakistan.

3/5. Rory reaches Afghanistan. But the days of dope smoking Londoners in stinking fur coats is a distant memory, as today's Western visitors search for oil or remain holed up at Bagram air base, separated by wire fencing from the country that so enchanted the Flower Power Generation.

2006080320060805

Magic Bus

By Rory Maclean, read by Kerry Shale.

In the Sixties, hundreds of thousands of young Westerners blazed the hippie trail from Istanbul to Kathmandu. Aboard the weirdest procession of unroadworthy vehicles ever to rattle across the face of the Earth, they reached for a new kind of life.

5/5. Rory has reached Rishikesh, mother of pop ashrams - where the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi played host to The Beatles at his Academy for Transcendental Meditation. But Rory is not just interested in the effect that Rishikesh had on the young Westerners who visited it in the '60s, but the effect that they on it and the legacy they left behind.

20060804

Magic Bus

By Rory Maclean, read by Kerry Shale.

In the Sixties, hundreds of thousands of young Westerners blazed the hippie trail from Istanbul to Kathmandu. Aboard the weirdest procession of unroadworthy vehicles ever to rattle across the face of the Earth, they reached for a new kind of life.

5/5. Rory has reached Rishikesh, the mother of pop ashrams - where the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi played host to The Beatles at his Academy for Transcendental Meditation. But Rory is not just interested in the effect that Rishikesh had on the young Westerners who visited it in the '60s, but the effect that they on it and the legacy they left behind.

Then News.

4/5. As he retraces the hippie trail, Rory leaves the Turkish and Persian empires behind him and crosses the border into Pakistan.

20060807

Preferred Lies

Written and abridged by Andrew Grieg. Read by Simon Tait.

A growth on his brain put Scottish poet and novelist Andrew Grieg in a coma that nearly killed him. But a 35-year-old memory of playing golf helped bring him back from the brink.

1/5. As part of his recovery he set out on a tour of Scottish golf courses.

20060808

Preferred Lies. 2/5. Scottish poet and novelist Andrew Greig plays golf on Orkney with only the sheep and the voice of his dead father for company. [Rptd Wed 12.30am] News follows.

Preferred Lies. 1/5. A growth on his brain put Scottish poet and novelist Andrew Greig in a coma that nearly killed him. But a memory of playing golf saved him. [Rpt of Mon 9.45am]

20060809

Preferred Lies. 3/5. On Arran, Andrew Greig meets a golfer who has played the same course for 70 years. [Rptd Thu 12.30am] Then News.

Preferred Lies. 2/5. Scottish poet and novelist Andrew Greig plays golf on Orkney with only the sheep and the voice of his dead father for company. [Rpt of Tue 9.45am]

20060810

Preferred Lies. 4/5. Andrew Greig looks for his golfing heaven. [Rptd Fri 12.30am] Then News.

Preferred Lies. 3/5. On Arran, Andrew Greig meets a golfer who has played the same course for 70 years. [Rpt of today 9.45am]

20060811

Preferred Lies. 5/5. Andrew Greig reflects on the devil, sex and golf. [Rptd Sat 12.30am] Then News.

Preferred Lies. 4/5. Andrew Greig looks for his golfing heaven. [Rpt of Thu 9.45am] Followed by Sailing By.

20060812

Preferred Lies. 5/5. Andrew Greig reflects on the devil, sex and golf. [Rpt of Fri 9.45am] Followed by Sailing By.

20060814

I Was Vermeer

By Frank Wynne, abridged by Katrin Williams and read by Anton Lesser.

An account of how the Nazis and Holland's art world were duped by master forger Han Van Meegeren.

1/5. How Van Meegeren learns his trade.

Then News

20060815

I Was Vermeer

By Frank Wynne, abridged by Katrin Williams and read by Anton Lesser.

An account of how the Nazis and Holland's art world were duped by master forger Han Van Meegeren.

2/5. Han tackles the Master.

Then News.

1/5. How Van Meegeren learns his trade.

20060816

I Was Vermeer

By Frank Wynne, abridged by Katrin Williams and read by Anton Lesser.

An account of how the Nazis and Holland's art world were duped by master forger Han Van Meegeren.

3/5. Hans' destiny is sealed by Abraham Bredius. Then News.

2/5. Han tackles the Master.

20060817

I Was Vermeer

By Frank Wynne, abridged by Katrin Williams and read by Anton Lesser.

An account of how the Nazis and Holland's art world were duped by master forger Han Van Meegeren.

4/5. Suddenly there's a knock at the door.

Then News.

3/5. Hans' destiny is sealed by Abraham Bredius.

Followed by Sailing By.

20060818

I Was Vermeer

By Frank Wynne, abridged by Katrin Williams and read by Anton Lesser.

An account of how the Nazis and Holland's art world were duped by master forger Han Van Meegeren.

5/5. Han and the show-trial.

5/5. Han and the show-trial. Then News

4/5. Suddenly there's a knock at the door.

Followed by Sailing By.

20060821

The Girl from Hockley

By Kathleen Dayus, read by Diana Bishop and abridged by Julian Wilkinson.

A vivid and spirited memoir of life below the poverty line in industrial Birmingham. Born into the slums of the city's Jewellery Quarter in 1903, Kathleen became a legend in her own time, publishing four volumes of autobiography.

1/5. Kathleen recalls some of the formidable characters of her childhood.

Producer Emma Harding. Then News

20060822

The Girl from Hockley

By Kathleen Dayus, read by Diana Bishop and abridged by Julian Wilkinson.

A vivid and spirited memoir of life below the poverty line in industrial Birmingham. Born into the slums of the city's Jewellery Quarter in 1903, Kathleen became a legend in her own time, publishing four volumes of autobiography.

2/5. The Great War has brought about a boom in the metal trades of Birmingham and Kathleen's mother is keen to capitalise on it. She sends her 14-year-old daughter out to find her first job, working a factory press.

Producer Emma Harding. Then News

1/5. Kathleen recalls some of the formidable characters of her childhood.

Producer Emma Harding.

20060823

The Girl from Hockley

By Kathleen Dayus, read by Diana Bishop and abridged by Julian Wilkinson.

A vivid and spirited memoir of life below the poverty line in industrial Birmingham. Born into the slums of the city's Jewellery Quarter in 1903, Kathleen became a legend in her own time, publishing four volumes of autobiography.

3/5. Kathleen and Charlie marry in great happiness in 1921, but a series of tragedies and hardships during the first years of their marriage force Kathleen to make a heartbreaking decision.

Producer Emma Harding. Then News

2/5. The Great War has brought about a boom in the metal trades of Birmingham and Kathleen's mother is keen to capitalise on it. She sends her 14-year-old daughter out to find her first job, working a factory press.

Producer Emma Harding.

20060824

The Girl from Hockley

By Kathleen Dayus, read by Diana Bishop and abridged by Julian Wilkinson.

A vivid and spirited memoir of life below the poverty line in industrial Birmingham. Born into the slums of the city's Jewellery Quarter in 1903, Kathleen became a legend in her own time, publishing four volumes of autobiography.

4/5. Kathleen desperately wants to escape from the poverty of the Jewellery Quarter and to bring her children home from Dr Barnados, but saving the necessary funds takes much longer than she anticipates.

Then News.

3/5. Kathleen and Charlie marry in great happiness in 1921, but a series of tragedies and hardships during the first years of their marriage force Kathleen to make a heartbreaking decision.

Producer Emma Harding.

20060825

The Girl from Hockley, by Kathleen Dayus. Llife below the poverty line in industrial Birmingham. 5/5. The Second World War brings both prosperity and tragedy. [Rpt of Fri 9.45am]

The Girl from Hockley

By Kathleen Dayus, read by Diana Bishop and abridged by Julian Wilkinson.

A vivid and spirited memoir of life below the poverty line in industrial Birmingham. Born into the slums of the city's Jewellery Quarter in 1903, Kathleen became a legend in her own time, publishing four volumes of autobiography.

4/5. Kathleen desperately wants to escape from the poverty of the Jewellery Quarter and to bring her children home from Dr Barnados, but saving the necessary funds takes much longer than she anticipates.

Then Sailing By.

The Girl from Hockley, by Kathleen Dayus. A memoir of life below the poverty line in industrial Birmingham. 5/5. The Second World War brings both prosperity and tragedy. [Rptd Sat 12.30am]

20060828

Love and Louis XIV

The women in the life of the Sun King, read by Lia Williams and abridged by Robin Brooks.

1/5. The Infanta Maria Theresa

The prospect of peace between Spain and France is greatly enhanced by this most splendid of marriages.

Followed by A Little Bit of Betjeman and News.

20060829

Love and Louis XIV

The women in the life of the Sun King, read by Lia Williams and abridged by Robin Brooks.

2/5. Henriette-Anne and Louise de la Valliere

Henriette-Anne and Louise de la Valliere were Louis' first two mistresses - and emerged from the queen's group of ladies in waiting.

Then News.

1/5. The Infanta Maria Theresa

The prospect of peace between Spain and France is greatly enhanced by this most splendid of marriages.

Followed by A Little Bit of Betjeman and Sailing By.

20060830

Love and Louis XIV

The women in the life of the Sun King, read by Lia Williams and abridged by Robin Brooks.

3/5. Athenais de Mortemart

A married woman becomes Louis' next conquest.

Then News.

2/5. Henriette-Anne and Louise de la Valliere

Henriette-Anne and Louise de la Valliere were Louis' first two mistresses - and emerged from the queen's group of ladies in waiting.

20060831

Love and Louis XIV

The women in the life of the Sun King, read by Lia Williams and abridged by Robin Brooks.

4/5. Francoise d'Aubigne

The pious Francoise d'Aubigne sees it as almost an act of religion to become the king's constant companion.

Then News.

3/5. Athenais de Mortemart

A married woman becomes Louis' next conquest.

20060901

Love and Louis XIV

The women in the life of the Sun King, read by Lia Williams and abridged by Robin Brooks.

5/5. With the death of the queen - Louis has to decide if he will ever marry again.

Then News.

4/5. Francoise d'Aubigne

The pious Francoise d'Aubigne sees it as almost an act of religion to become the king's constant companion.

20060904

The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid

Written and read by Bill Bryson; abridged and produced by Chris Wallis.

1/5. The new book from the great observer of the comedy of modern life, about his childhood in the 1950s and 60s, growing up in Des Moines, Iowa.

20060905

The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid

Written and read by Bill Bryson; abridged and produced by Chris Wallis.

2/5. The young Bill discovers the Sacred Jersey of Zap and realises that he is not of this planet.

Then News.

1/5. The new book from the great observer of the comedy of modern life, about his childhood in the 1950s and 60s, growing up in Des Moines, Iowa.

Followed by Sailing By.

20060906

The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid

Written and read by Bill Bryson; abridged and produced by Chris Wallis.

3/5. The Kid goes to elementary school, where he is deeply unimpressed by nuclear attack drill - but falls in love with Dick and Jane.

Then News.

2/5. The young Bill discovers the Sacred Jersey of Zap and realises that he is not of this planet.

20060907

The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid

Written and read by Bill Bryson; abridged and produced by Chris Wallis.

4/5. The Kid discovers that adults are not to be trusted, especially the ones with missiles, and that his Mom is a great looker. Imagine!

Then News.

3/5. The Kid goes to elementary school, where he is deeply unimpressed by nuclear attack drill - but falls in love with Dick and Jane.

20060908

The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid

Written and read by Bill Bryson; abridged and produced by Chris Wallis.

5/5. The Kid goes to high school, where he learns the facts of life, and melts the heart of the careers teacher - but not in a good way.

Then News.

4/5. The Kid discovers that adults are not to be trusted, especially the ones with missiles, and that his Mom is a great looker. Imagine!

20060911

Bringing the House Down

A new book by John Profumo's son David, exploring how the family coped with events in 1963. Abridged by Penny Leicester and narrated by Robert Glenister.

1/5. Two glamorous people meet at the Chelsea Arts Club Ball.

20060912

Bringing the House Down

A new book by John Profumo's son David, exploring how the family coped with events in 1963. Abridged by Penny Leicester and narrated by Robert Glenister.

2/5. The glamorous couple marry, ride the crest of a wave, then visit Cliveden...

Then News.

1/5. Two glamorous people meet at the Chelsea Arts Club Ball.

Followed by Sailing By.

20060913

Bringing the House Down

A new book by John Profumo's son David, exploring how the family coped with events in 1963. Abridged by Penny Leicester and narrated by Robert Glenister.

3/5. The scandal breaks and a young boy tries to make sense of it all.

Then News.

2/5. The glamorous couple marry, ride the crest of a wave, then visit Cliveden...

20060914

Bringing the House Down

A new book by John Profumo's son David, exploring how the family coped with events in 1963. Abridged by Penny Leicester and narrated by Robert Glenister.

4/5. The paparazzi give chase and the Profumo family goes to ground.

Then News.

3/5. The scandal breaks and a young boy tries to make sense of it all.

20060915

Bringing the House Down

A new book by John Profumo's son David, exploring how the family coped with events in 1963. Abridged by Penny Leicester and narrated by Robert Glenister.

5/5. The author learns about his father's secret - in the school library.

Then News.

4/5. The paparazzi give chase and the Profumo family goes to ground.

20060918

Iran Awakening

By Shirin Ebadi, abridged by Lauris Morgan-Griffiths. Read by Souad Faress.

In 2003, Shirin Ebadi, an Iranian lawyer, was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for her work for human rights, the first Iranian and the first Muslim to win the prize. In her memoirs, she describes growing up under the Shah, the initial euphoria and later horror of the Islamic Revolution, and her battles against injustices in Iran's Islamic penal code.

1/5. Ebadi's political awakening came as a student in Tehran in the 1960s. In a miniskirt and beehive hairdo, she studied law and protested against government corruption.

Followed by News and Uncovering Iran: Its Country and Its People.

20060919

Iran Awakening

By Shirin Ebadi, abridged by Lauris Morgan-Griffiths. Read by Souad Faress.

In 2003, Shirin Ebadi, an Iranian lawyer, was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for her work for human rights, the first Iranian and the first Muslim to win the prize. In her memoirs, she describes growing up under the Shah, the initial euphoria and later horror of the Islamic Revolution, and her battles against injustices in Iran's Islamic penal code.

1/5. Ebadi's political awakening came as a student in Tehran in the 1960s. In a miniskirt and beehive hairdo, she studied law and protested against government corruption.

Followed by Sailing By.

2/5. Now a highly regarded young judge, Shirin supports the overthrow of the Shah, but is swiftly disappointed by the Islamic Revolution.

20060920

By Shirin Ebadi, abridged by Lauris Morgan-Griffiths. Read by Souad Faress.

In 2003, Shirin Ebadi, an Iranian lawyer, was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for her work for human rights, the first Iranian and the first Muslim to win the prize. In her memoirs, she describes growing up under the Shah, the initial euphoria and later horror of the Islamic Revolution, and her battles against injustices in Iran's Islamic penal code.

3/5. No longer allowed to practise law, Shirin witnesses the horrors of the war with Iraq, and the cruelty of Iran's new rulers.

Followed by News.

2/5. Now a highly regarded young judge, Shirin supports the overthrow of the Shah, but is swiftly disappointed by the Islamic Revolution.

20060921

By Shirin Ebadi, abridged by Lauris Morgan-Griffiths. Read by Souad Faress.

In 2003, Shirin Ebadi, an Iranian lawyer, was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for her work for human rights, the first Iranian and the first Muslim to win the prize. In her memoirs, she describes growing up under the Shah, the initial euphoria and later horror of the Islamic Revolution, and her battles against injustices in Iran's Islamic penal code.

4/5. Following the death of Ayatollah Khomeini, Ebadi returns to the courtroom - this time to fight for women and children oppressed by the Islamic penal code.

Followed by News.

3/5. No longer allowed to practise law, Shirin witnesses the horrors of the war with Iraq, and the cruelty of Iran's new rulers.

20060922

By Shirin Ebadi, abridged by Lauris Morgan-Griffiths. Read by Souad Faress.

In 2003, Shirin Ebadi, an Iranian lawyer, was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for her work for human rights, the first Iranian and the first Muslim to win the prize. In her memoirs, she describes growing up under the Shah, the initial euphoria and later horror of the Islamic Revolution, and her battles against injustices in Iran's Islamic penal code.

5/5. Ebadi's quest for justice leads to her imprisonment, but there is growing international support for her human rights work.

Followed by News and Uncovering Iran: Its Country and Its People.

4/5. Following the death of Ayatollah Khomeini, Ebadi returns to the courtroom - this time to fight for women and children oppressed by the Islamic penal code.

20060925

The Last Mughal

By William Dalrymple, read by Robert Bathurst and abridged by Libby Spurrier.

When in 1857 Bahadur Shah Zafar II, the last Mughal Emperor, gave his blessing to a rebellion among the Company's own Indian troops, it transformed an army mutiny into the largest uprising the British Empire ever had to face.

1/5. 1852 - After months of careful preparation, the marriage procession of Zafar's favourite son leaves Delhi's Red Fort in the most spectacular fashion.

Followed by News and Uncovering Iran: Its Country and Its People.

20060926

The Last Mughal

By William Dalrymple, read by Robert Bathurst and abridged by Libby Spurrier.

When in 1857 Bahadur Shah Zafar II, the last Mughal Emperor, gave his blessing to a rebellion among the Company's own Indian troops, it transformed an army mutiny into the largest uprising the British Empire ever had to face.

2/5. With the British and Mughal societies growing further and further apart, the scene is set for a clash of rival fundamentalisms.

Then News.

1/5. 1852 - After months of careful preparation, the marriage procession of Zafar's favourite son leaves Delhi's Red Fort in the most spectacular fashion.

20060927

The Last Mughal

By William Dalrymple, read by Robert Bathurst and abridged by Libby Spurrier.

When in 1857 Bahadur Shah Zafar II, the last Mughal Emperor, gave his blessing to a rebellion among the Company's own Indian troops, it transformed an army mutiny into the largest uprising the British Empire ever had to face.

3/5. On May 11, 1857, the mutineers seize control of Delhi. With an army intent on the massacre of all Christians, the British flee to safety outside the city walls.

Then News.

2/5. With the British and Mughal societies growing further and further apart, the scene is set for a clash of rival fundamentalisms.

20060928

The Last Mughal

By William Dalrymple, read by Robert Bathurst and abridged by Libby Spurrier.

When in 1857 Bahadur Shah Zafar II, the last Mughal Emperor, gave his blessing to a rebellion among the Company's own Indian troops, it transformed an army mutiny into the largest uprising the British Empire ever had to face.

4/5. With the Christians expelled from the city, Zafar's greatest fear becomes reality as tensions rise between Delhi's Muslims and Hindus. And the British are rallying their remaining troops for a bloody revenge.

Then News.

3/5. On May 11, 1857, the mutineers seize control of Delhi. With an army intent on the massacre of all Christians, the British flee to safety outside the city walls.

20060929

The Last Mughal

By William Dalrymple, read by Robert Bathurst and abridged by Libby Spurrier.

When in 1857 Bahadur Shah Zafar II, the last Mughal Emperor, gave his blessing to a rebellion among the Company's own Indian troops, it transformed an army mutiny into the largest uprising the British Empire ever had to face.

5/5. The British launch their long awaited assault on Delhi and the last of the Mughal Emperors spends his final night in the Red Fort. This 350-year-old dynasty faces a tragic and bloody end.

Then News.

4/5. With the Christians expelled from the city, Zafar's greatest fear becomes reality as tensions rise between Delhi's Muslims and Hindus. And the British are rallying their remaining troops for a bloody revenge.

20061002

England's Mistress - The Infamous Life of Emma Hamilton

By Kate Williams, read by Polly Walker and abridged by Emma Harding.

A new biography of Emma, Lady Hamilton, charting her incredible rise from prostitute to consort of the most famous man in Britain.

1/5. Born in a bleak coal mining village on the Wirral, Emma's teenage years see her climb the social ladder to mistress of the aristocracy.

20061003

England's Mistress - The Infamous Life of Emma Hamilton

By Kate Williams, read by Polly Walker and abridged by Emma Harding.

A new biography of Emma, Lady Hamilton, charting her incredible rise from prostitute to consort of the most famous man in Britain.

2/5. When she is discarded as the mistress of the profligate Sir Harry Featherstonhaugh, pregnant Emma falls upon the charity of another young aristocrat. Through him she meets the recently widowed Sir William Hamilton.

1/5. Born in a bleak coal mining village on the Wirral, Emma's teenage years see her climb the social ladder to mistress of the aristocracy.

20061004

England's Mistress - The Infamous Life of Emma Hamilton

By Kate Williams, read by Polly Walker and abridged by Emma Harding.

A new biography of Emma, Lady Hamilton, charting her incredible rise from prostitute to consort of the most famous man in Britain.

3/5. Now married to Sir William Hamilton, Emma is living the high life at the Neopolitan court. When Horatio Nelson pays a visit, Emma sets out to captivate the rising naval star.

2/5. When she is discarded as the mistress of the profligate Sir Harry Featherstonhaugh, pregnant Emma falls upon the charity of another young aristocrat. Through him she meets the recently widowed Sir William Hamilton.

20061005

England's Mistress - The Infamous Life of Emma Hamilton

By Kate Williams, read by Polly Walker and abridged by Emma Harding.

A new biography of Emma, Lady Hamilton, charting her incredible rise from prostitute to consort of the most famous man in Britain.

4/5. Nelson and the Hamiltons return to England, where Emma gives birth to their daughter Horatia. Desperate to spend all his time on shore with Emma, Nelson searches for the perfect country house.

3/5. Now married to Sir William Hamilton, Emma is living the high life at the Neopolitan court. When Horatio Nelson pays a visit, Emma sets out to captivate the rising naval star.

20061006

England's Mistress - The Infamous Life of Emma Hamilton

By Kate Williams, read by Polly Walker and abridged by Emma Harding.

A new biography of Emma, Lady Hamilton, charting her incredible rise from prostitute to consort of the most famous man in Britain.

5/5. Nelson and Emma are briefly reunited, but within a fortnight, Nelson has to leave to face the French fleet off the Cape of Trafalgar.

4/5. Nelson and the Hamiltons return to England, where Emma gives birth to their daughter Horatia. Desperate to spend all his time on shore with Emma, Nelson searches for the perfect country house.

20061009

Michael Palin Diaries - The Python Years

Michael reads extracts from his diaries as Monty Python's success escalates during the 1970s.

1/5. The Holy Grail

The making of the first Python film, The Holy Grail.

Abridged by Lauris Morgan-Griffiths.

20061010

Michael Palin Diaries - The Python Years

Michael reads extracts from his diaries as Monty Python's success escalates during the 1970s.

2/5. Branching Out

The fun and mayhem continues as the Pythons head to the US to promote The Holy Grail, but at home - the team are making tentative moves away from Python with their own ventures.

Abridged by Lauris Morgan-Griffiths.

1/5. The Holy Grail

The making of the first Python film, The Holy Grail.

20061011

Michael Palin Diaries - The Python Years

Michael reads extracts from his diaries as Monty Python's success escalates during the 1970s.

3/5. My Father

A touching and poignant episode about Michael's relationship with his ailing father.

Abridged by Lauris Morgan-Griffiths.

2/5. Branching Out

The fun and mayhem continues as the Pythons head to the US to promote The Holy Grail, but at home - the team are making tentative moves away from Python with their own ventures.

20061012

Michael Palin Diaries - The Python Years

Michael reads extracts from his diaries as Monty Python's success escalates during the 1970s.

4/5. Saturday Night Live

Michael's surreal experiences surrounding an appearance as the guest host of Saturday Night Live, including a visit to an Andy Warhol party at Studio 54 in New York.

Abridged by Lauris Morgan-Griffiths.

3/5. My Father

A touching and poignant episode about Michael's relationship with his ailing father.

20061013

Michael Palin Diaries - The Python Years

Michael reads extracts from his diaries as Monty Python's success escalates during the 1970s.

5/5. The Life of Brian

The Monty Python team meet up to film The Life of Brian.

Abridged by Lauris Morgan-Griffiths.

4/5. Saturday Night Live

Michael's surreal experiences surrounding an appearance as the guest host of Saturday Night Live, including a visit to an Andy Warhol party at Studio 54 in New York.

20061016

The Blunkett Tapes

David Blunkett reads from his new memoir, which describes his eventful life on the front benches.

1/5. On a bright sunny day in May 1997, the author walks his dog Lucy after election victory and ponders the work ahead.

Abridged by Neville Teller.

20061017

The Blunkett Tapes

David Blunkett reads from his new memoir, which describes his eventful life on the front benches.

2/5. Blunkett describes the pressure, the workload and the difficulties faced by a blind politician.

Abridged by Neville Teller.

1/5. On a bright sunny day in May 1997, the author walks his dog Lucy after election victory and ponders the work ahead.

20061018

The Blunkett Tapes

David Blunkett reads from his new memoir, which describes his eventful life on the front benches.

3/5. Momentous days at the Home Office loom large. Lucy retires and is succeeded by Sadie.

Abridged by Neville Teller.

2/5. Blunkett describes the pressure, the workload and the difficulties faced by a blind politician.

20061019

The Blunkett Tapes

David Blunkett reads from his new memoir, which describes his eventful life on the front benches.

4/5. The author faces difficulties in his private life, the press are in a frenzy - and Sadie acts strangely in the House of Commons.

Abridged by Neville Teller.

3/5. Momentous days at the Home Office loom large. Lucy retires and is succeeded by Sadie.

20061023

Haydn Gwynne reads from Claire Tomalin's biography of the great Victorian novelist, abridged by Doreen Estall. 1/5: Hardy rose from uncertain and humble beginnings. [Rptd Tue 12.30am]

20061024

Thomas Hardy: Haydn Gwynne reads from Claire Tomalin's biography of the great Victorian novelist, abridged by Doreen Estall. 2/5: Hardy is captivated by Emma Gifford. [Rptd Wed 12.30am] Then News.

Haydn Gwynne reads Claire Tomalin's biography of the great Victorian novelist, abridged by Doreen Estall. 1/5: Hardy rose from uncertain and humble beginnings. [Rpt of Mon 9.45am]

2006102520061101

Thomas Hardy: Haydn Gwynne reads from Claire Tomalin's biography of the Victorian novelist, abridged by Doreen Estall. 2/5: Hardy is captivated by Emma Gifford. [Rptd Wed 12.30am] Then Sailing By.

Thomas Hardy: Haydn Gwynne reads Claire Tomalin's biography of the Victorian novelist. 3/5: By the 1880s, success brought Hardy financial stability and social standing. [Rptd Thu 12.30am]

20061026

Thomas Hardy, The Time-Torn Man

Haydn Gwynne reads Claire Tomalin's biography of the novelist.

4/5. The death of Hardy's wife Emma inspires a series of elegiac poems.

Thomas Hardy: Haydn Gwynne reads Claire Tomalin's biography of the Victorian novelist. 3/5: By the 1880s, Hardy achieved financial stability and social standing. [Rpt of Wed 9.45am] Then Sailing By.

4/5. The death of Hardy's wife Emma inspires a series of elegiac poems. Then News

20061030

Dear Charlie: Letters to a Lost Daughter

1/5. Following the tragic death of his 13-year-old daughter Charlie in a train accident in December 2005, Reg Thompson began writing to her in an attempt to bring her closer and - and to make sense of the waste of a young life. Jeff Rawle reads from the poignant epistles, as the family try to come to terms with their loss.

1/5. Following the tragic death of his 13-year-old daughter Charlie in a train accident in December 2005, Reg Thompson began writing to her in an attempt to bring her closer and make sense of the waste of a young life. Jeff Rawle reads from his poignant epistles as the family try to come to come to terms weith their loss.

20061102

Dear Charlie: Letters to a Lost Daughter

4/5. Following the tragic death of his 13-year-old daughter Charlie in a train accident in December 2005, Reg Thompson began writing to her in an attempt to bring her closer and make sense of the waste of a young life. Jeff Rawle reads from his poignant epistles as the family try to come to come to terms weith their loss.

20061103

Dear Charlie: Letters to a Lost Daughter.

5/5. Following the tragic death of his 13-year-old daughter Charlie in a train accident in December 2005, Reg Thompson began writing to her in an attempt to bring her closer and make sense of the waste of a young life. Jeff Rawle reads from his poignant epistles as the family try to come to come to terms weith their loss.

5/5. Following the tragic death of his 13-year-old daughter Charlie in a train accident in December 2005, Reg Thompson began writing to her in an attempt to bring her closer and make sense of the waste of a young life. Jeff Rawle reads from his poignant epistles as the family try to come to come to terms with their loss.

4/5. Following the tragic death of his 13-year-old daughter Charlie in a train accident in December 2005, Reg Thompson began writing to her in an attempt to bring her closer and - and to make sense of the waste of a young life. Jeff Rawle reads from the poignant epistles, as the family try to come to terms with their loss.

20061106

The North Face of Soho

The fourth in the series of Clive James' Unreliable Memoirs.

1/5. The author discusses his pre-nuptial fashion sense and how he attempted to bring The Cambridge Footlights Review into the West End.

Read by Clive James and abridged by Polly Coles. Followed by News.

2006110720061114

The North Face of Soho

The fourth in the series of Clive James' Unreliable Memoirs.

2/5. Kenneth Tynan offers Clive a job and he finds himself backstage at the first ever TV appearance of The Sex Pistols as guests of Bill Grundy.

Read by Clive James and abridged by Polly Coles. Followed by News.

1/5. The author discusses his pre-nuptial fashion sense and how he attempted to bring The Cambridge Footlights Review into the West End.

Read by Clive James and abridged by Polly Coles. Then Sailing By.

20061108

The North Face of Soho

The fourth in the series of Clive James' Unreliable Memoirs.

3/5. Clive gets his first TV show and has his last experience with Marijuana.

Read by Clive James and abridged by Polly Coles. Followed by Sailing By.

Read by Clive James and abridged by Polly Coles.

20061113

Seize the Hour

By Margaret Macmillan, read by Clare Higgins.

1/5. When Richard Nixon became President of the United States, he was determined to open up relations with China. Together with his National Security Advisor Henry Kissinger, he set about 'giving history a nudge'.

20061114

Seize the Hour

By Margaret Macmillan.

2/5. When Nixon decided that he wanted Henry Kissinger to get him into China, both men decided that the exploratory talks should be kept secret, not just from the American public but even from their own State Department.

Read by Clare Higgins.

1/5. When Richard Nixon became President of the United States, he was determined to open up relations with China. Together with his National Security Advisor Henry Kissinger, he set about 'giving history a nudge'.

Read by Clare Higgins. Followed by Sailing By.

20061115

Seize the Hour

By Margaret Macmillan.

2/5. When Nixon decided that he wanted Henry Kissinger to get him into China, both men decided that the exploratory talks should be kept secret, not just from the American public but even from their own State Department.

Read by Clare Higgins. Then Sailing By.

3/5. Kissinger was delighted to be invited to China to arrange the details of the first visit of an American President. Unwilling to share the information with the State Department, he arranged a fact-finding tour of Asia and had himself smuggled to China from Pakistan under the very noses of the American officials accompanying him on the trip.

Read by Clare Higgins.

20061116

Seize the Hour

By Margaret Macmillan. 3/5.

Kissinger was delighted to be invited to China to arrange the details of the first visit of an American President. Unwilling to share the information with the State Department, he arranged a fact-finding tour of Asia and had himself smuggled to China from Pakistan under the very noses of the American officials accompanying him on the trip.

Read by Clare Higgins. Followed by Sailing By.

Seize the Hour: When Nixon Met Mao

By Margaret Macmillan.

4/5. In Beijing, an ageing and sick Chairman Mao Tse-tung wakes early and has his first shave in months in preparation for his historic meeting with the President of the United States.

Read by Clare Higgins.

20061117

Seize the Hour: When Nixon Met Mao

By Margaret Macmillan.

5/5. When Nixon met Mao Tse-tung, the Chairman's doctor hovered outside the room, anxious that his patient might be taken ill. But though the meeting was only scheduled for 15 minutes, the two world leaders talked for an hour. The famous photograph of their historic handshake made headline news around the world.

Read by Clare Higgins.

4/5. In Beijing, an ageing and sick Chairman Mao Tse-tung wakes early and has his first shave in months in preparation for his historic meeting with the President of the United States.

20061120

Decca: The Letters of Jessica Mitford

1/5. The life of Jessica Mitford as told through her letters, with links and commentary by her friend and biographer, Peter Y Sussman.

20061121

Decca: The Letters of Jessica Mitford

2/5. The life of Jessica Mitford as told through her letters, with links and commentary by her friend and biographer, Peter Y Sussman.

Then News.

1/5. The life of Jessica Mitford as told through her letters, with links and commentary by her friend and biographer, Peter Y Sussman.

20061122

Decca: The Letters of Jessica Mitford

3/5. The life of Jessica Mitford as told through her letters, with links and commentary by her friend and biographer, Peter Y Sussman.

Then News.

2/5. The life of Jessica Mitford as told through her letters, with links and commentary by her friend and biographer, Peter Y Sussman.

20061123

Decca: The Letters of Jessica Mitford

4/5. The life of Jessica Mitford as told through her letters, with links and commentary by her friend and biographer, Peter Y Sussman.

Then News.

20061124

Decca: The Letters of Jessica Mitford

The life of Jessica Mitford as told through her letters, with links and commentary by her friend and biographer, Peter Y Sussman.

5/5. The life of Jessica Mitford as told through her letters, with links and commentary by her friend and biographer, Peter Y Sussman.

20061127

Point to Point Navigation

Hollywood actor Tim Robbins reads extracts from the newly published memoir by the celebrated essayist, novelist and critic, Gore Vidal.

1/5. Life, Literature and the Movies

Vidal became enthralled with the big screen from the moment he saw his first film at the age of four.

20061128

Point to Point Navigation

Hollywood actor Tim Robbins reads extracts from the newly published memoir by the celebrated essayist, novelist and critic, Gore Vidal.

2/5. Royals and Romance

Vidal recalls the international social scene of the sixties, including a dinner party with a Thai princess and Barbara Cartland, and his friendship with Princess Margaret.

1/5. Life, Literature and the Movies

Vidal became enthralled with the big screen from the moment he saw his first film at the age of four.

Followed by Sailing By.

20061129

Point to Point Navigation

Hollywood actor Tim Robbins reads extracts from the newly published memoir by the celebrated essayist, novelist and critic, Gore Vidal.

2/5. Royals and Romance

Vidal recalls the international social scene of the sixties, including a dinner party with a Thai princess and Barbara Cartland, and his friendship with Princess Margaret.

Followed by Sailing By.

3/5. A Moon over Rome

Vidal settles in Rome, writes a novel in a month, goes sailing with Paul Newman and contemplates the Moon landing.

20061130

Point to Point Navigation

Hollywood actor Tim Robbins reads extracts from the newly published memoir by the celebrated essayist, novelist and critic, Gore Vidal.

4/5. Meetings With Remarkable Writers

Vidal recounts his friendships with Tennessee Williams, Paul Bowles, Saul Bellow and Christopher Isherwood.

20061201

By Gore Vidal.

American actor Tim Robbins reads extracts from the newly published memoir by America?s most celebrated and flamboyant essayist, novelist and critic.

5/5. A Life in Film

Vidal?s unique take on some of the century?s greatest movie names, including Orson Welles, Coppola, Fellini, Grace Kelly and Garbo.

Point to Point Navigation

Hollywood actor Tim Robbins reads extracts from the newly published memoir by the celebrated essayist, novelist and critic, Gore Vidal.

4/5. Meetings With Remarkable Writers

Vidal recounts his friendships with Tennessee Williams, Paul Bowles, Saul Bellow and Christopher Isherwood.

Followed by Sailing By.

20061204

Sound Bites: Eating on Tour with Franz Ferdinand

1/5. The Scottish indie rockers' frontman Alex Kapranos reads from his witty account about what he ate while touring the world. The eating experience is sometimes appalling, sometimes phenomenal, but never predictable.

Abridged by Richard Hamilton and produced by Elizabeth Allard.

20061205

Sound Bites: Eating on Tour with Franz Ferdinand

The Scottish indie rockers' frontman Alex Kapranos reads from his witty account about what he ate while touring the world.

2/5. In Paris he finds it difficult to convince his band-mates of the merits of a salad made from gizzards.

Abridged by Richard Hamilton and produced by Elizabeth Allard.

1/5. The eating experience is sometimes appalling, sometimes phenomenal, but never predictable.

20061206

Sound Bites

Eating on Tour with Franz Ferdinand

2/5. In Paris he finds it difficult to convince his band-mates of the merits of a salad made from gizzards.

Abridged by Richard Hamilton and produced by Elizabeth Allard.

Followed by Sailing By.

Sound Bites: Eating on Tour with Franz Ferdinand

The Scottish indie rockers' frontman Alex Kapranos reads from his witty account about what he ate while touring the world.

3/5. On a break from touring, the taste of home comes in the shape of the much maligned haggis, a good curry, and a saveloy dip.

20061207

Sound Bites: Eating on Tour with Franz Ferdinand

The Scottish indie rockers' frontman Alex Kapranos reads from his witty account about what he ate while touring the world.

3/5. On a break from touring, the taste of home comes in the shape of the much maligned haggis, a good curry, and a saveloy dip.

Abridged by Richard Hamilton and produced by Elizabeth Allard.

Then Sailing By.

4/5. In Singapore, a snobbish and overbearing hotel manager gets his comeuppance in a story of fast food and brutal vengeance.

20061208

Sound Bites: Eating on Tour with Franz Ferdinand

The Scottish indie rockers' frontman Alex Kapranos reads from his witty account about what he ate while touring the world.

5/5. Exotic flavours continue to delight, but the end of the tour approaches.

Abridged by Richard Hamilton and produced by Elizabeth Allard.

Followed by Sailing By.

Followed by News.

4/5. In Singapore, a snobbish and overbearing hotel manager gets his comeuppance in a story of fast food and brutal vengeance.

20061211

The Beagle Diary

Charles Darwin's first hand account of his epic five-year voyage on board HMS Beagle at the age of 22, which provided the material that helped form his theory of evolution.

1/5. Darwin waits impatiently at Devonport for the Beagle to set sail. After many weather delays, Darwin finally finds out the true meaning of what it is to be sea-sick.

20061212

The Beagle Diary

Charles Darwin's first hand account of his epic five-year voyage on board HMS Beagle at the age of 22, which provided the material that helped form his theory of evolution. Abridged by Polly Coles.

2/5. A year after leaving Plymouth, the Beagle arrives off the coast of Patagonia - where Darwin finds his first dinosaur remains