(All times pm unless stated.)
Composer of the Week (9.00 am R3 and rest of week) is Gesualdo.
Start the Week (9.00am R4). With Anthony Gottlieb on philosophy and science; plus Rachel Bowlby, Shula Marks and John Mortimer.
Book of the Week (9.45 am R4 and rest of week) is Norman Lewis’s In Sicily.
What If? (10.00 am, repeated 1.00, 4.00, 7.00, 10.00 BBC Knowledge). Supposing Charles I had won the Civil War… historian Ronald Hutton and others speculate.
Running the Empire (11.00 am R4). Peter Jones on Nero (repeat).
Last of the Medicine Men (7.30 BBC2). Benedict Allen samples peyote in western Mexico.
The Top Job (8.00 R4). The last in Peter Hennessy’s series about the Prime Minister’s job is entitled "The Messiah Complex". Now who could that refer to?
University Challenge (8.00 BBC2). UMIST vs. Balliol, Oxford.
Equinox: Science of Stress (9.00 C4). See Pick of the week at the top of the page.
War Months (9.00 Discovery Channel). Episodes nine and ten cover April and May 1941: U-boats prowl, the Bismarck sinks, the Germans take Crete, etc.
Night Waves (9.30 R3). The disappearance of Europe’s villages – the cultural cost, plus German novelist Ingo Schultze.