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Radio: Pick of the Day

AS IRAN CELEBRATES the 20th anniversary of the overthrow of the Shah, Crossing Continents (11am R4) looks at what life is like in the country today and, with more than half the population under 20, canvasses young Iranians as to what the future may hold.

The Afternoon Play (2.15pm R4), "The Virgin Knife" by David Pownall, is the first work in a series themed around historical assassinations. Samantha Bond (right) stars as Charlotte Corday, the ex-nun who took it upon herself to plunge a knife into one of the architects of the French Revolution, Jean Paul Marat, while he was in his bath.

On John Peel (10.10pm R1), PJ Harvey drops by to warble and chat.