(All times pm unless stated.) Composer of the Week
Book of the Week (9.45 R4) is Mauve by Simon Garfield.
What If? (10.00 am, repeated 1.00, 4.00, 7.00, 10.00 BBC Knowledge). 1914 – could the Germans have won the war in the first year?
Random Edition (11.00 am R4). Peter Snow examines a copy of The Parliamentary Intelligencer for 1660 and asks historians (Ronald Hutton, John Morrill, Penny Corfield, Simon Thurley) about Charles II's restoration.
Morning Performance (11.30 am R3 and the rest of the week). "China Week", with works by contemporary Chinese composers, and Western music inspired by China.
Saving the Patient (8.00 R4). Examining the latest NHS rescue plans – a new series that begins by considering the relationship between the Health Service and private medicine.
To the Ends of the Earth: Quest for the Lost City (8.00 C4). The search for Mayan capital in Guatemala (repeat).
University Challenge (8.00 BBC2). Imperial vs. Cranfield.
What the Romans Did for Us (8.30 BBC2). The military might of the Romans, with Adam Hart-Davis reconstructing (or simulating) their engineering, carpentry and martial skills.
Andes to Amazon (9.00 BBC2). The wildlife of the Amazon basin.
Growing Science (9.00 R4). Pippa Greenwood in search of the perfect plant.
Private Lives of the Pharaohs (9.00 C4). The first of a three part Secrets of the Dead special featuring DNA samples from Egyptian mummies – that sort of thing …
Night Waves Feature: Chinese Cities – Boom or Bust? (9.30 R3). On the impact of migration from China's countryside into urban areas - Isabel Hilton presents an investigation. Visit Radio 3's China season website.
Meetings with Remarkable Trees (9.50 BBC2). The Tree House at Pitchford - Britain's largest broad-leaf lime tree.
Omnibus - John Barry (10.35 BBC1). The film composer profiled.
A History of Britain with Simon Schama (11.25 BBC1). A repeat of last week's episode about Queen Elizabeth I.
48 Preludes and Fugues (just before midnight, BBC2, and until Thursday). BBC2 is using this Bach series as fillers when necessary it seems, and with scant regard to order; Radio Times tells us that this week's performances are of Book Two's B major (tonight); Book One's C major (Tues), Book One's D minor (Wed) and Book One's A minor (Thurs). I wouldn't guarantee that's what you'll get, as I'm sure I've seen Andrei Gavrilov play the C major one already …
The Late Book (12.30 am R4) is Simon Singh's The Code Book.
(All times pm unless stated.)
Composer of the Week(9.00 am R3 and rest of week) is Szymanowski.