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BBC TV and Radio this week: epilepsy and gardening

Dan Slipper Dan Slipper | 09:53 UK time, Friday, 8 July 2011

During Bookclub on Radio 4 this week, James Naughtie talks to William Fiennes about The Music Room, his account of an extraordinary childhood growing up in the family castle with his brother who has epilepsy.

Other notable programmes include:

Listen - Radio 4 - All In The Mind
Claudia Hammond finds out what makes some people more likely to become problem gamblers, the power of gardening to improve mental health and the power of metaphors to shape our thinking.

Listen - Radio 4 - In Touch
What arrangements are being made for blind sports fans with Olympic tickets? Plus, the programme explores Audioboo - a form of social media which helps you make your own recordings and broadcast them.

Listen - Radio 4 - Four Thought - Penny Pepper
Writer and cabaret artist Penny Pepper gives her perspective on human identity from her experience as a disabled person and wheelchair user.

Listen - BBC Radio Scotland - Pioneers
Politician David Blunkett talks about how failure was simply not an option during his rise to high office. He talks openly about the isolation of attending boarding school from the age of four as well as the trauma of losing his father at the age of twelve.

Listen - Radio 4 - It's My Story - Letting Go Of James
Severely autistic 16-year-old James is starting full time residential care. This programme follows him and his family as they prepare for and adjust to the change.

Listen - Radio 4 - Dead Fishes
A young man with Down's Syndrome admits to killing his mother but then a woman turns up claiming a different story.

All these programmes are now on iPlayer although, please note, they may only be available for a limited time.

Coming Up

Listen - Radio 4 - Blind Man's Bete Noire - Monday 11 July 2011 09.30
In a new series Peter White explores some of the things which 'get up his nose' about blindness. The four programmes include The Countryside, Holidays, Being Introduced To Other Blind People and Going Slowly.

Watch - BBC Three - Small Teen Bigger World - Monday 11 July 2011 21.00
A follow up to last year's BBC Three documentary Small Teen, Big World, this series sees Jazz embarking on a life changing journey by leaving Colwyn Bay to study animal welfare at a residential college and meeting her father for the first time.



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