Radio: Pick of the Day

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STARTING TODAY, there's a chance to experience a new adaptation of Mary Shelley's classic Frankenstein (9.15pm R2), albeit in disappointingly short weekly episodes. Sir Derek Jacobi (right) gives a fresh reading of Shelley's ideas-driven Gothic fable about a Genevan natural philosophy student who transforms bits of corpses into an icon of man-made misery.

The BBC Symphony Orchestra's annual weekend-long celebration of a 20th-century composer is devoted this year to Olivier Messiaen. Tonight in Visions (7.30pm and 10pm R3), concerts at Westminster Cathedral include the early love songs, Poemes pour Mi, and his final work, the monumental Eclairs sur l'Au-Dela.