The Happiness Lectures

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199C01David Attenborough19990703

The pursuit and definition of happiness has occupied humanity since time immemorial and continues to be pondered in four highlights of the annual Happiness Lectures at the University of Birmingham.

1: `David Attenborough'.

199C02Maureen Lipman19990710

The pursuit and definition of happiness has occupied humanity since time immemorial and continues to be pondered in four programmes devoted to highlights of the annual Happiness Lectures at the University of Birmingham.

2: Writer and actress Maureen Lipman reveals what makes her happy.

199C03John Mortimer19990717

The pursuit and definition of happiness has occupied humanity since time immemorial and continues to be pondered in highlights of the annual Happiness Lectures at the University of Birmingham.

3: Barrister, author and playwright John Mortimer gives a potted history of happiness through the ages and talks about the lonely, but rewarding happiness of the writer.

199C04Richard Wilson19990724

The pursuit and definition of happiness has occupied humanity since time immemorial and continues to be pondered in the last of four highlights of the annual Happiness Lectures at the University of Birmingham.

Actor and director Richard Wilson presents his views on happiness and reveals the thrill he gets from Japanese cinema.

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200C01Peter Ustinov2000092420001007

The first of four programmes featuring highlights from the annual Happiness Lectures at the University of Birmingham.

Peter Ustinov, author, actor and raconteur, outlines his vision of happiness as a tricky customer, as well as a master of disguise.

200C02Lord Mackay2000100120001014

The second of four programmes featuring highlights from the annual Happiness Lectures at the University of Birmingham.

Mathematician and ex-Lord Chancellor Lord Mackay of Clashfern ponders how a sense of place and limited ambition can contribute to a feeling of well-being.

200C03Shirley Williams2000100820001021

The third of four programmes featuring highlights from the annual Happiness Lectures at the University of Birmingham.

Shirley Williams explores how the pursuit of happiness has intrigued politicians as well as poets and philosophers through the ages.

200C04 LASTDavid Lodge2000101520001028

The last of four programmes featuring highlights from the annual Happiness Lectures at the University of Birmingham.

Novelist David Lodge muses on happiness and the novel.