Meridian Music: Verdi (9.05 am, repeated Thursday 1.05am). First of two programmes with Michael Oliver. (Next Saturday is a Verdi Day on R3.)
A Revolution in Five Acts (11.00 am R4, repeated 9.30). Ian Hislop and historians (Jeremy Black, Lucy Bland, Lesley Hall et al .) on the Contagious Diseases Act.
Victorian Love Stories (3.30 R4). An Old Wife’s Tale by Ellen T. Fowler.
The Disease Detectives (9.00 R4). Epidemiology series begins with the story of a 1854 cholera outbreak in London and scientific hero John Snow. (Also part of the Victorian season.)
» Night Waves (9.30 R3). Can fans be critics?
All the Rage (11.20 BBC1, 12.35am in Wales). Last in series about the possible solutions for chronic anger, with Dublin psychologist Joe Griffin advising two subjects. Nowhere are the words “cognitive behaviour therapy” mentioned, but that’s what it seems to be.