Countdown [documentary]

Ten views of life in this century.

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01An Early-morning Swim19970702

Rudolf Strauss was born in Augsburg, Germany, in 1913. When Hitler rose to power, he departed for Britain, where he has lived ever since. Winter and summer, he begins the day with a swim in the ponds of London's Hampstead Heath. Producer Piers Plowright

02Kitchen Gods19970709

2: `Kitchen Gods'.

Iva Chin Shue was born in Jamaica in 1941.

Her first husband was Chinese and her second American.

She came to ENGLAND in 1963.

She now divides her time between three countries, her wonderful cooking and a career as a hypnotherapist.

2: Kitchen Gods. Iva Chin Shue divides her time between three countries, her wonderful cooking and a career as a hypnotherapist.

Producers Sara Lloyd and Piers Plowright

03Just!19970716

3: `Just!' Richard Leonard is an Australian Jesuit priest in his thirties.

In the week he studies at the LONDON International Film School, at the weekend he preaches in a North LONDON church.

He is celibate in an age of sexual hype, and idealistic at the cynical end of what some, but not he, would call a burnt-out century.

3: Just! Richard Leonard is an Australian Jesuit priest. During the week he studies at the London International

Film School, at the weekend he preaches in a north London church. Producer Piers Plowright

04The Ideal Age19970723

4: `The Ideal Age'.

Clarice Scruton was six when Queen Victoria died.

Not clever enough to have been a suffragette, she says, but always a rebel.

At home in Hull she bakes scones for her `young' friend FRANCEs and takes on establishments past and present.

4: The Ideal Age. Clarice Scruton was six when Queen Victoria died. Not clever enough to have been a suffragette, she says, but always a rebel. At home in Hull she takes on establishments past and present. Producers Sara Lloyd and Piers Plowright

05The Colours Of The Street19970730

5: `The Colours of the Street'.

Artist Oliver Bevan has always painted cities.

In their crowds, spaces, traffic and light, he finds a useful metaphor for the 20th century.

5: The Colours of the Street. Artist

Oliver Bevan has always painted cities, and finds them a useful metaphor for the 20th century. Producers Piers Plowright

06A Quiet Country Smoke19970813

6: `A Quiet Country Smoke'.

His pipes and his garden are all Robert Brophy wants.

He feels they are the best antidote to a stony century of Irish history, whose beginning he saw as a boy in Kilkenny.

6: A Quiet Country Smoke. His pipes and his garden are all Robert Brophy wants. They are the best antidote to a hundred years of Irish history.

Producers Sara Lloyd and Piers Plowright

06Away From Home19970806

Adhaf Soueif was born in Cairo in 1950 and spent her childhood moving between Britain and Egypt.

Now living in LONDON, married to a British husband and with two children at an ENGLISH school, she reflects on the changes, particularly for women, she has seen in half a century.

6: Away from Home. Adhaf Soueif was born in Cairo in 1950 and spent her childhood moving between Britain and Egypt. Now living with her family in London, she reflects on the changes, particularly for women, she has seen in half a century.

Producer Piers Plowright

07A Quiet Country Smoke19970813
08Going To The Dogs19970820

8: `Going to the Dogs'.

Peter Okay, born in LONDON in 1972 to Nigerian parents, shares a pint with friends and places a couple of bets on the end of the century.

8: Going to the Dogs. Peter Okay, born in London in 1972 to Nigerian parents, places a couple of bets on the end of the century. Producer Piers Plowright

09In The Tree House19970827

9: `In the Tree House'.

10-year-old Cian and his best friends leave their playground for a little reflection on life, love, power and promise.

9: In the Tree House. Ten-year-old

Cian and his best friends leave their playground for a little reflection on life, love, power and promise.

Producers Piers Plowright and Pam Wardell

10 LASTThe Swing Of Our Hips19970903

DJ Debra Richards reflects on women, dance and the music of the spheres.

10: The Swing of Our Hips. DJ Debra Richards reflects on women, dance and the music of the spheres. Producer Piers Plowright