Radio: Pick of the Day

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COR BLIMEY GUVNOR, a new comedy drama about a cheeky Cockney con- man, whisked out of prison to serve the rest of his sentence rehabilitating a community centre on a riot-torn council estate. Jim Eldridge's Coming Alive (11.30am R4) certainly tries to palm you off with a few dodgy stereotypes (Karl Howman, in the lead, loudhailers every line), but it has an immediately persuasive charm.

Our Pet (9pm R2) is not a homage to a hamster but a thoughtful tribute to the biggest- selling British female singer to date, Petula Clark (right), who has now had 50 years "in the business". Sir Peter Ustinov and Honor Blackman are among those providing useful links between the star and her music.

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