TV and radio
C4, Monday-Friday, September 25-30, 9.30-9.55am
The puritanical streak in the British character has always been censorious about those who get into debt; but you don't need to be Oliver Cromwell to feel that a 21-year-old with aspirations to be an actress and no regular income would probably be better off without debts of pound;23,000 (and rising). And you may start to wonder if the worship of Mammon, the demon of love of money, is the reason why Amanda and the other young people featured in this series, with their glamorous lifestyles, high ambitions and wallets full of credit cards, find themselves in something of a downward spiral.
The Story of One
BBC1, Wednesday, September 29 (time to be announced)
Not (as you might think from the title) a royal autobiography, but pop maths with Terry Jones, who goes back to prehistoric times for the earliest traces of arithmetic on a cave wall. The Sumerians subtracted, the Egyptians built triangles, the Greeks made music and the Indians went back to zero.
Tales from the Green Valley
BBC2, Friday, September 23, 7.30-8pm
We are now halfway through this fascinating experiment in which a team of social historians survives a year in the conditions they would have had to endure as farmers in 1620.
It is now February and there is not a lot to do in the fields, but the old privy needs mending. This provides an excuse for the team to tell us more about compost and ammonia than we probably want to know. The joy of the series is observing these genteel academics, with their modern specs and haircuts, wearing their own, homemade clothes, butchering their chickens, cooking their meals and wassailing on winter eves with flagons of home-brew.
BBC Radio 4, Tuesdays, September 20-November 29, 3.30-3.45pm
A new series for pre-school children, using music, stories and rhymes to develop a sense of rhythm. Each programme takes as its starting point a well-known song, from "Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush" to "Ring a Ring o'Roses", and is designed to be used in nursery schools or at home.
BBC Radio 4, Wednesdays, September 21-November 30, 3.15-3.35am
A dance series for five and six-year-olds, with three new groups, each of three programmes, for the autumn term. We start with Adventures at Sea; this is followed by African Safari, and the term ends with Orchestral Journey. The emphasis is on encouraging listeners to develop their own ideas around the theme of each programme: mermaids, seahorses, lions, elephants and different musical instruments.