5 Live Report (12 noon R5). “Degrees of Uncertainty”. Investigating the growth of “virtual” universities.
Music Matters (12.15 R3). Reports from China, including a piano factory and a potential new opera house.
The Classic Serial: Emma (3.00 R4). New two-part adaptation of Jane Austen.
Adventures in Poetry (4.30 R4). QMW’s Peggy Reynolds and others react to Lear’s The Owl and the Pussycat . Last in series.
Bach Year (4.45 R3). On the Art of Fugue and some of its unsolved questions.
A Samba for Saro-Wiwa (5.40 R4). Zina Saro-Wiwa, daughter of Ken S-W, on Salvador Da Bahia, the old Brazilian capital. (See also Tuesday’s Everyman.)
The Sunday Feature: China Beyond China (5.45 R3). Chinese artists living outside the mainland – poet Yang Lian, novelist Huang Pao-Lien and others – talk to Ian Buruma.
The Natural World (5.55 BBC2). Magadagascar, Land of Lemurs.
Changing Stages (7.30 BBC2). Part 4: “1956”. Richard Eyre on the impact of Osborne’s Look Back in Anger . David Hare and Harold Pinter are among those interviewed.
Sunday Play: Dr Ibsen’s Ghosts (7.30 R3). Paul Scofield plays the playwright in Robert Ferguson’s new play.
The Difference (8.00 C4). Part 2 of the population-genetics series concentrates on genetic differences in athletic ability and diet, with special reference to the runners of Kenya’s Kalenjin tribe and the inability of many non-Europeans to digest fresh milk. UCL’s Hugh Montgomery, a cardiovascular geneticist, talks about different strengths in different races; Birmingham City Hospital researcher Caroline Cleaver talks about lactose intolerance; and London School of Tropical Medicine epidemiologists Dave Leon and Lisa Hall comment on the diabetic tendencies of South Asian people eating Western diets. Also featuring Geoffrey Miller on sexual selection There’s a studio debate after the series’ final episode – if you’d like to be in the audience and add some academic authority, email email@example.com
Behold the Man (8.00 R2). “Jesus the Messiah.” The history and theology behind the New Testament gospels.
Madame Bovary (9.00 UK Drama). Rerun of all three episodes of the BBC's Flaubert adaptation, first shown in April on BBC2.
Take A Girl Like You (9.05 BBC1). Andrew ( A Very Peculiar Practice ) Davies’s adaptation of the 1960 Kingsley Amis novel. See also Monday’s Omnibus.
Humans: Who Are We? (10.00 National Geographic). Second half of Canadian-made documentary series travels from Neanderthals to the triumph of homo sapiens , and utilises the archaeological, genetic and anthropological expertise of Chris Stringer of the Natural History Museum, Steven Pinker, Derek Bickerton, Steve Mithen, Kathleen Gibson, Lee Berger… The list goes on. Panorama (10.15 BBC1). Could some men branded paedophiles be innocent?
The South Bank Show (10.45 ITV). Ron Howard.