Radio: Pick of the Day

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THERE'S A CHANCE to hear the rated English Opera Group Ensemble recording of Facade - with Edith Sitwell reciting her exotic verse over William Walton's arch score - in Sound Stories (11am R3). Noel Coward famously parodied the piece and the Sitwell clan in his revue sketch The Swiss Family Whittlebot but this programme takes a kinder view.

Angela Lambert (right) has very little new to say about death in Lent Talks (8.45pm R4) but the fact that there's still a taboo about mortality is the chief concern of her candid chat.

The Ramp (9pm R4) follows the construction of a microchip fabrication plant in Ireland, a veritable cathedral to new technology.