Composer of the Week (9.00 am R3 and rest of week) is Heinrich von Biber.
Book of the Week (9.45 am R4 and rest of week) is The Letters of Oscar Wilde read by Simon Callow.
Work in Progress (10.00 am R3 and rest of week). Filmmaker Vadim Jean.
Random Edition (11.00 am R4). Peter Snow peruses the Daily Express of 11 October 1982.
Shroud of Turin (6.00 History Channel). The latest in shroud science.
Living with Colour (from 7.00 R5). A bunch of programmes on multicultural Britain, including the results of a specially commissioned opinion poll, a live debate (7.30), The Gravy Train (9.00), on the race relations “industry”, and Do Not Adjust Your Set (10.30), on Black and Asian achievements in film and TV.
China Evening II (7.30 R3). Final night of Radio 3’s season is about China today, with a special emphasis on current Chinese youth culture and the first generation from one-child families. »BBC Radio 3
Pyramids and Prophets (8.00 C4). Egyptological repeat.
Saving the Patient (8.00 R4). Part 3: the NHS and the elderly.
University Challenge (8.00 BBC2). Wycliffe Hall, Oxford, v Bristol U.
Animal ER (8.30 C5). Featuring staff and students at the Royal Veterinary College’s Hertfordshire campus. » RVC website
What the Romans Did for Us (8.30 BBC2, not N Ireland). Adam Hart-Davis on straight roads, mining techniques, etc. (the Open University is re-running its 1998 series The Romans in Britain (12.30 am BBC2)): this week Guy de la Bédoyère re-reveals archaeological evidence about the "golden age" of Roman rule.
Animals that Changed the World (9.00 R4). New series on animals in history and culture, beginning with the horse – Genghis Khan, the Wild West, etc.
Private Lives of the Pharaohs (9.00 C4). Final programme in series focuses on a mummy in the Manchester Museum.
War Months (9.00 Discovery Channel). Two more episodes mixing newsreel and personal recollection from the second world war. » Discovery Channel website
Meetings with Remarkable Trees (9.50 BBC2). See pick of the week at the top of the page.
What If? (10.00 BBC Knowledge). A Battle of Britain special supposes the Germans might have won.
The Whitechapel Murders (10.00 C4). Repeat of Secret History doc on Jack the Ripper.
Omnibus (10.35 BBC1; 11.15 in N Ireland) is about Kingsley Amis, the only ex-Swansea University lecturer ever to have won the Booker Prize.
Aids: The Global Killer (11.05 C4). Zambia. Russia and the UK are the locations visited for Nick Danziger’s 90-minute special.