The Kiss

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20030622

A kiss is never just a kiss, it is a unique form of communication; a display of affection, desire, romance, or love, and an accepted greeting between friends and family.

Kissing plays a fundamental role throughout our lives from cradle to grave.

But to press your mouth against another's is a truly bizarre activity.

Another chance to hear this revealing, informative and entertaining journey beyond the lips, as Dr Gillian Rice explores the origin of the kiss, the sexual chemistry, physiology and cultural significance of the kiss, and why that first romantic kiss is such a powerful memory.

20030311

Kissing is a symbol of desire, romance, love and affection.

An accepted greeting between friends and family, it plays a role throughout our lives from cradle to grave.

The origins of this bizarre custom, however, are still something of a mystery to scientists.

In this intriguing, informative and entertaining journey beyond the lips, Dr Gillian Rice investigates the theories about the origins of the kiss, and the sexual chemistry, physiology and cultural significance of this most powerful symbol of trust or betrayal.

After all a kiss, is anything but just a kiss; it's a unique form of communication.

We are people of lips - something that sets us apart from almost all other life - and our lips are everted, making them the most exposed erogenous zone of our body.

The area of the brain stimulated by a brush against the lips, is larger than that concerned with the entire reproductive organs! As to its origin, some anthropologists believe that kissing evolved from sniffing.

Some indigenous cultures do rub noses rather than kissing.

It is a primal urge to sample another persons scent, and test their sexual chemistry.

An alternatively view is that kissing may evolved from 'kiss feeding', in which mothers masticate food before passing it on to a baby.

The programme also explores the role of the lips when it comes to attraction.

Over 34 facial muscles are involved in making a pout, and, for most of us, the first romantic kiss is an unforgettable experience.

But is all this kissing good for you? Well over 5 million bacteria are exchanged between you and your partner in one long, lingering passionate kiss.

20080211

Short stories by Katie Hims with an osculatory theme.

1/5.

Waterloo East

Dan breaks up with Jeanie on the platform of Waterloo East Station.

She is heartbroken, but they have the best break-up kiss she has ever had.

A year later they meet again and he wants her back.

Jeanie knows how feckless he is, but she did love that kiss.

Jeanie....Claire Rushbrook

Dan....Lee Ross

Myrtle....Sheila Reid

Directed by Jessica Dromgoole.

20080212

Short stories by Katie Hims with an osculatory theme.

2/5.

The Advertiser

A 73-year-old woman sees an astonishingly beautiful kiss at Waterloo East and determines that she wants to kiss someone for the first time in her life.

She places an advert in a national newspaper.

Myrtle....Sheila Reid

Gary....Jacob Krichefski

Brian/Albert....John Dougall

Directed by Jessica Dromgoole.

20080213

Short stories by Katie Hims with an osculatory theme.

3/5.

The Kiss That Never Happened

Ted has imagined kissing Liesl over several years, while she has dated, got engaged, married and become a mother.

Now, when he thinks her marriage is in trouble, he feels closer than ever to the long-sought kiss.

Liesl....Kate Ashfield

Ted....Ben Crowe

Directed by Jessica Dromgoole.

20080214

Short stories by Katie Hims with an osculatory theme.

4/5.

The Accident

When Sean dies in an accident, his father Ray kisses him for the first time and is shocked by how cold his skin is.

Ray begins to kiss everything, from photographs and soft toys to geckos, walls and windows.

Ray....Harry Towb

Barbara....Susan Porrett

Ted....Ben Crowe

Directed by Jessica Dromgoole.

20080215

Short stories by Katie Hims with an osculatory theme.

5/5.

Jacob Lennon

Everyone at school is in love with Jacob Lennon.

Andrea and Sophie imagine that kissing him must be like eating melted marshmallows.

Then Andrea finds out the truth.

Andrea....Sophie Pemberton

Sophie....Laura Molyneux

Jacob....Lloyd Thomas

Milton....Baxter Willis

Mr Chester....Alex Lanipekun

Directed by Jessica Dromgoole.