Radio: Pick of the Day

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THE ART historian Alison Smith talks candidly about her marriage to Donald Swann, a man 40 years her senior, in The Musical Side of the Family (1.30pm R4). The programme contains recordings of his serious compositions including a setting of Yeats' poetry that he made in the last weeks of his life.

A Good Read (4pm R4) is back for another run - today Sarah LeFanu is joined by the science-fiction author Brian Aldiss and the paleontologist Dr Richard Fortey.

The Directors (10pm R2), concludes with an interview with Terry Gilliam (right). Mark Kermode adopts unashamedly reverential tones as the maverick ex-Python spills the beans about his creative process.