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19971014

The first of six programmes.

Sydney.

On 29 December 1889, a letter from Sydney complained of suffering Christmas at 109 degrees in the shade.

Today, most Sydneysiders will be on the beach, a far cry from earlier visitors washed up on the barren shores of Botany Bay.

Red Harrison, the BBC's correspondent in Sydney, selects letters sent from the city over the past two centuries.

19971021

BBC correspondent Chris Nutall returns to Istanbul to compare notes with the writings of earlier visitors.

19971028

Athens.

As the BBC's Southern Europe Correspondent, Orla Guerin is based in Rome, but her patch extends as far as Athens.

She, along with much earlier correspondents, compares the two ancient cities and assesses how they have survived in the modern world.

Berlin19971111

The first of six programmes.

`Berlin'.

George Eliot, Marx, Lenin and Wagner all corresponded from `this most right-angled of cities', while Harold Nicholson witnessed its post-war ruins.

The BBC's former Berlin correspondent, Caroline Wyatt, selects from their letters and gives her own view of the city today.

Genome: [r4 Bd=19970105]
Genome: [r4 Bd=19970105]

Six BBC correspondents look back at the history of their adopted cities through the writings of earlier visitors. 4: Istanbul. Chris Nuttall returns to the only city situated on two continents. Producer Kate Whitehead

Genome: [r4 Bd=19970105]
Genome: [r4 Bd=19970105]

Producer: Kate Whitehead

Genome: [r4 Bd=19970112]
Genome: [r4 Bd=19970112]

Six BBC correspondents look back at the history of their adopted cities through the writings of earlier visitors. 5: Athens. Orla Guerin compares the ancient cities of Athens and Rome Producer Kate Whitehead

Genome: [r4 Bd=19970112]
Genome: [r4 Bd=19970119]
Genome: [r4 Bd=19970119]

The last in the series in which BBC correspondents look back at the history of their adopted cities.

St Petersburg. Angus Roxburgh looks at Russia's second city in winter. Producer Kate Whitehead

Genome: [r4 Bd=19970119]
Genome: [r4 Bd=19970119]

Unknown: Angus Roxburgh

Producer: Kate Whitehead

Genome: [r4 Bd=19971007]

The first of six programmes.

London, In 1869 it was "this murky metropolis". But by 1880 it had become "the best point of view in the world". Henry James 's opinion of London improved the longer he stayed. New Yorker Michael Goldfarb remains ambivalent after his 11 years as a foreign correspondent in Britain, and he finds earlier correspondents equally mixed in their views.

Producer Kate Whitehead Repeat

Genome: [r4 Bd=19971007]

Unknown: Henry James

Unknown: Michael Goldfarb

Producer: Kate Whitehead

Genome: [r4 Bd=19971014]

The second of six programmes. Sydney. Red Harrison, the BBC's correspondent in Sydney, selects letters sent from the city over the past two centuries. Producer Kate Whitehead Repeat

Genome: [r4 Bd=19971014]
Genome: [r4 Bd=19971021]

Istanbul. BBC correspondent Chris Nuttall returns to Turkey's second city, one-time capital of a huge empire, to compare notes with the writings of earlier visitors. Producer Kate Whitehead Repeat

Genome: [r4 Bd=19971021]

Unknown: Chris Nuttall

Producer: Kate Whitehead

Genome: [r4 Bd=19971028]

Athens. As the BBC's southern Europe correspondent, Orla Guerin is based in Rome, but her patch extends as far as Athens. Along with much earlier correspondents, she compares the two ancient cities and assesses how they have survived in the modern world. Producer Kate Whitehead Repeat

Genome: [r4 Bd=19971028]

Unknown: Orla Guerin

Producer: Kate Whitehead

Genome: [r4 Bd=19971104]

St Petersburg. Angus Roxburgh , formerly the BBC's Moscow correspondent, looks back at earlier correspondents' views of Russia's second city in the depths of winter. Producer Kate Whitehead Repeat

Genome: [r4 Bd=19971104]
Genome: [r4 Bd=19971111]

The first of six programmes. Berlin. George Eliot, Marx, Lenin and Wagner all corresponded from "this most right-angled of cities", while Harold Nicholson witnessed its postwar ruins. The BBC's former Berlin correspondent, Caroline Wyatt. selects from their letters and gives her own view of the city today. Producer Kate Whitehead Repeat

Genome: [r4 Bd=19971111]

Unknown: Harold Nicholson

Unknown: Caroline Wyatt.

Producer: Kate Whitehead

Genome: [r4 Bd=19971116]

Six programmes in which current correspondents compare notes with correspondence of the past.

1: San Francisco. Bridget Kendal heads west from the BBC Washington Bureau. Producer Kate Whitehead

Genome: [r4 Bd=19971116]

Unknown: Bridget Kendal

Producer: Kate Whitehead

Genome: [r4 Bd=19971123]

Six BBC correspondents look back at the history of their adopted cities through the writings of earlier visitors. 2: Geneva. With Owen Bennett Jones. Producer Kate Whitehead

Genome: [r4 Bd=19971123]

Unknown: Owen Bennett Jones.

Producer: Kate Whitehead

Genome: [r4 Bd=19971130]

Six correspondents look back at the history of their adopted cities through the writings of earlier visitors.

3: Edinburgh. With Colin Blane. Producer Kate Whitehead

Genome: [r4 Bd=19971130]

Unknown: Colin Blane.

Producer: Kate Whitehead

Genome: [r4 Bd=19971207]

Six correspondents look back at the history of their adopted cities. 4: Madrid. With Adela Gooch. Producer Kate Whitehead

Genome: [r4 Bd=19971207]

Unknown: Adela Gooch.

Producer: Kate Whitehead

Genome: [r4 Bd=19971214]

Six correspondents look back at the history of their adopted cities.

5: Khartoum. Fergus Nicoll presents a picture of the Sudanese capital through the letters of some of the most famous names in British history.

Producer Kate McAII

Genome: [r4 Bd=19971214]

Producer: Kate McAii

Genome: [r4 Bd=19971221]

Six correspondents look back at the history of their adopted cities through the writings of earlier visitors. In this last programme of the series, Lesley Downer presents a Picture of Tokyo. Producer Kate McAII

Genome: [r4 Bd=19971221]

Unknown: Lesley Downer

Producer: Kate McAii

London19971007

The first of six programmes.

`London'.

In 1869 it was `this murky metropolis'.

But by 1880 it had become `the best point of view in the world'.

Henry James's opinion of London improved the longer he stayed.

New Yorker Michael Goldfarb remains ambivalent after his 11 years as a foreign correspondent in Britain, and he finds earlier correspondents equally mixed in their views.

Programme Catalogue - Details: Calcutta19960107

Producer: K.WHITEHEAD

Next in series: VENICE

Previous in series: CAPETOWN

Description

Mark Tully compares the views of earlier correspondents with his own attitude towards his birth place and occasional work place, Calcutta.

Produced by Kate WHITEHEAD.

TULLY paints a picture of Calcutta using historical letters.

Subject Categories

calcutta (india)

readings programmes (programme format)

travel and exploration programmes (genre)

Broadcast history

07 Jan 1996 11:45-12:15 (RADIO 4)

Contributors

Mark Tully

Sean Barrett (rdr)

Juliet Aubrey (rdr)

Recorded on 1995-11-28

Programme Catalogue - Details: Dublin (short)19960223

Producer: K.WHITEHEAD

Next in series: CAPE TOWN (SHORT)

Previous in series: VENICE

Broadcast history

23 Feb 1996 10:02-10:30 (RADIO 4)

Recorded on 1996-01-25

Programme Catalogue - Details: Venice19960114

Producer: K.WHITEHEAD

Next in series: DUBLIN (SHORT)

Previous in series: CALCUTTA

Broadcast history

14 Jan 1996 11:45-12:15 (RADIO 4)

Recorded on 1996-01-10

Programme Catalogue - Details: Washington19960216

First broadcast on 1995-12-17

Producer: KATE WHITEHEAD

Next in series: DUBLIN

Previous in series: MOSCOW

Broadcast history

17 Dec 1995 11:45-12:15 (RADIO 4)

16 Feb 1996 10:02-10:30 (RADIO 4)

Recorded on 1995-09-20

St Petersburg19971104

`St Petersburg'.

St Petersburg, Petrograd, then Leningrad.

Russia's second city has come full circle.

Angus Roxburgh, formerly the BBC's Moscow correspondent, looks back at earlier correspondents' views of the city in the depths of a Russian winter.

197D0119971116

Six programmes in which correspondents of the present compare notes with correspondence of the past.

1: San Francisco.

Bridget Kendal heads west from the BBC Washington Bureau.

Earlier visitors to the city went in search of gold or the California sunshine, and Janis Joplin wrote home of her increasing fame during San Francisco's hippie heyday.

197D0219971123

Six programmes in which correspondents of the present compare notes with correspondence of the past.

2: Geneva.

Owen Bennett Jones emerges from his BBC base in the United Nations building to see how earlier visitors to Geneva viewed the city.

Byron was struck by the cow bells, Mary Shelley by the beauty of the lake, and Charles Dickens by the remarkable order of a Swiss revolution.

197D03Edinburgh19971130

Six BBC correspondents look back at the history of their adopted cities through the writings of earlier visitors.

3: `Edinburgh'.

Colin Blane travels east from his home base of Glasgow to Edinburgh, for centuries a magnet for travellers.

197D0419971207

Six correspondents look back at the history of their adopted cities through the writings of earlier visitors.

4: Madrid.

Guardian correspondent Adela Gooch is half Spanish and quite at home in the capital.

Earlier visitors to Madrid were often less at ease, writing home of the barbarism of the bullfight, the use of garlic in the cuisine and the unsettlingly seductive use made of the Spanish fan.

197D0519971214

Six correspondents look back at the history of their adopted cities through the writings of earlier visitors.

5: Where the waters of the Blue and White Nile meet lies the city of Khartoum.

World Service correspondent Fergus Nicoll presents a picture of the Sudanese capital through the letters of some of the most famous names in British history.

197D0619971221

Six correspondents look back at the history of their adopted cities through the writings of earlier visitors.

Lesley Downer presents a picture of Tokyo, from where four centuries of correspondents have written home.