Pick of the Day: Radio

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AFTER THE success of last year's festive interview with the 112-year-old percussion maestro Manfred Sturmer, Private Passions (12noon R3) is entertained by Lady Pilar Woffington, Argentine beauty and operatic entrepreneur. She is obviously rather smitten by presenter Michael Berkeley - a real "Renovated Man" she flatters; she is also, a little too obviously, John Sessions.

In I Had to Go Sick (10pm R3) Harold Pinter (right) reads a Kafkaesque tale by Julian Maclaren-Ross of the perils of falling ill in the army.

The Saturday Play (3pm R4) is a swaggering, melodramatic production by Sally Avens of Moonfleet, J Meade Falkner's classic tale of smuggling.

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