Four Seasons

Episodes

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Autumn Anthology20160922

A short anthology of autumn poems, old and new, to mark the beginning of the season. Liz Berry and Choman Hardi read their poems and Simon Russell Beale sings a Shakespeare song.

Four Seasons will return three more times through the year. These solstitial and equinoctial turning points in the seasonal year still - even in our mostly centrally heated and waterproofed lives - operate on us all and continue to drive and shape the national mood. How far into our adult lives do we feel the back to school tang of September? How keenly do we detect a clouded sky greying and weighing up for snow? Producer: Tim Dee.

Autumn Poems20160925

Four Seasons: Autumn Poems old and new read by actors and poets to mark the equinox and the new season.

Despite our centrally heated and waterproofed lives seasonal change still operates on the country's imagination and the national mood. Poets are writing about the weather and the turning year as much as ever. New poems from Helen Mort, Zaffar Kunial, Choman Hardi, Liz Berry and Robin Robertson join celebrated and loved poems by Edward Thomas, Keats, Gerard Manley Hopkins, Emily Bronte, W. B. Yeats and Seamus Heaney which are read by Anton Lesser, Sinead Cusack and Noma Dumezweni. To end the anthology Simon Russell Beale sings Feste's bitter-sweet song, The Rain it Raineth Everyday, from Shakespeare's Twelfth Night. Producer: Tim Dee.

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NEW programmes spanning the year,

Phil Smith gets out and about to record the impact of spring on everyday life. Producer Gillian Hush

Contributors

Unknown: Phil Smith

Producer: Gillian Hush

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Unknown: Phil Smith

Producer: Gillian Hush

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In the second of four programmes, spanning the year, Phil Smith gets out and about to record the impact of summer on everyday life.

Producer Gillian Hush

Contributors

Unknown: Phil Smith

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Unknown: Phil Smith

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In the last programme of this series, which has spanned the year,

Phil Smith gets out and about to record the impact of winter on everyday life. Producer Gillian Hush

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In the first of four programmes Phil Smith records the impact of spring on everyday life. Producer Gillian Hush

Genome: [r4 Bd=19920819]
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In the second of four programmes spanning the year, Phil Smith gets out and about to record the impact of summer on everyday life.

Producer Gillian Hush

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In the third of four programmes, Phil Smith gets out and about to record the impact of autumn on everyday life. Producer Gillian Hush

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In the last programme of this series which has spanned the year,

Phil Smith gets out and about to record the impact of winter on everyday life. Producer Gillian Hush

Genome: [r4 Bd=19920909]
Gerard Manley Hopkins: Hurrahing In Harvest20160922

A poem for the beginning of Autumn - Gerard Manley Hopkins' Hurrahing in Harvest. Read by Simon Russell Beale. A celebration of fruitfulness on the autumn equinox. Part of Four Seasons - a day of poems for the turning year. Producer: Tim Dee.

W. B. Yeats: The Wild Swans At Coole20160922

W. B. Yeats: The Wild Swans at Coole. Read by Sinead Cusack. An encounter with exquisite birds new arrived from the arctic north. Part of Four Seasons - a day of poems for the turning year. Producer: Tim Dee.