_ SUNDAY Home on Sunday (BBC 1, 6.30 pm). The idea of this programme is to chat to some interesting person and get him or her to choose some hymns. This week Sue MacGregor talks to Carla Lane, the creator of "The Liver Birds". She was brought up on Merseyside and her choice of hymns reflects the comedy and sorrows of life in Liverpool. The singing is done by the Bulmershe Girls Choir and the Reading Male Voice Choir.
The Diary of a Nobody (BBC; 8.40 pm). Tonight's 15 minutes worth is the first of a nine-part dramatisation of George and Weedon Grossmith's hilarious and touching record of the life of Charles Pooter, a meek clerk in genteel Holloway, written by himself. The book is a comic masterpiece, admired by all writers with pretensions to humour ever since. It is the obvious source, for example, of Mrs Wilson's Diary, which ran successfully in Private Eye.
The book's transference to the glittering screen in hazardous. A straight reading on the wireless would be a surer success. An even safer way would be to turn off the television, settle at the fireside with the family and read the book.
TUESDAY The Prince Regent (BBC 1, 9.25 pm), The BBC have put a lot of
money into this new eight-part drama series. The subject, the life of the Prince Regent from his coming or age in 1763 to his accession in 1820, is perfect for television.
. The balls and splendid houses provide spectacle and the wits of the age ought to give us the dialogue. If they make a mess of this series, trade in your set.
The first episode deals with the prince's love for Mrs Fitzherbert, the young Catholic widow whom the prince MCCiS at his birthday ball at Carlton House. To come. we should have the clandestine, illegal marriage; the official marriage to the ill-fated Princess Caroline: and George III's growing madness (he greeted an oak tree in Windsor Park as the King of Prussia).
There is a well-known cast — Nigel Davenport as George Susannah York as Mrs Fitzherbest, Frances White as Queen Charlotte and Keith Barron as Charles James Fox.
THURSDAY Tomorrow's World (BBC I, 6.55 pm). The first of a new series. Now, and in the next few weeks, there will be four reports from the Philippines, including an extraordinary account of alternative medicine. The team of presenters is the same as for the last popular series, with the addition of a new occasional reporter, Su Ingle.