Lifestory

Six radio biographies, in which the private life of a public face is revealed.

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Genome: [r4 Bd=19970619]

The first of six radio biographies in which the private life of a public face is revealed.

1: Potboiler. Nick Baker tells the story of TV cook and columnist Fanny Cradock. Producer Julian Wilkinson

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Unknown: Nick Baker

Unknown: Fanny Cradock.

Producer: Julian Wilkinson

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The second of six radio biographies in which the private life of a public face is revealed.

Linus Pauling. Science historian Jon Turney recalls the life of this outstanding chemist, whose research subjects included vitamin C, with help from chemist Jack Dunitz , Nobel Prize-winners MF Perutz and MHF Wilkins , and Pauling's son Peter, a crystallographer. Producer Louise Greenberg

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Unknown: Linus Pauling.

Unknown: Jon Turney

Unknown: Jack Dunitz

Unknown: Mhf Wilkins

Producer: Louise Greenberg

Genome: [r4 Bd=19970703]

K: the Civilised World of Kenneth Clark.

Peggy Reynolds investigates the last of the gentlemen aesthetes, the man with the famous sixties TV series who was referred to as K.

Producer Sarah Bowen

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Unknown: Peggy Reynolds

Producer: Sarah Bowen

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Biographies in which the private life of a public face is revealed.

T Dan Smith - the Organiser.

Dick Hobbs remembers the life of council leader and entrepreneur T Dan Smith , a man who had a vision to make

Newcastle the "Venice of the North", substituting motorways with canals and high-rises with palaces. But eventually he was sent to prison. His son, Cliff Smith , discusses the corruption that ruined his family life. Producer Matt Bowen

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Unknown: Dan Smith

Unknown: Dick Hobbs

Unknown: Cliff Smith

Producer: Matt Bowen

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Six biographies in which the private life of a public face is revealed.

5: Peter Is My Rock. They met at a lunch party in 1937 and stayed together for 40 years.

Humphrey Carpenter presents a portrait of the tenor Peter Pears , who was the inspiration for and the exponent of almost all the music that

Benjamin Britten wrote. At home, Pears played the stout defender and guardian of his lover's genius. He was a bon viveur, but his partner Britten preferred the home comforts and safety of Suffolk. Producer Simon Elmes

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Unknown: Humphrey Carpenter

Tenor: Peter Pears

Unknown: Benjamin Britten

Producer: Simon Elmes

Genome: [r4 Bd=19970724]

The last of six biographies in which the private life of a public face is revealed. Benny's Bop. Dubbed the "king of swing", the legendary Benny Goodman brought a new jazz sound to America. John Fordham looks back at his career.

Producer Emma Kingsley

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Unknown: Benny Goodman

Producer: Emma Kingsley

01Potboiler19970619

Nick Baker tells the story of TV cook, Fanny Cradock.

Notoriously outspoken, she regularly offended studio guests and became an object of national parody.

But Fanny Cradock hid the truth of an unhappy childhood, two previous marriages and a serious accident that left her badly scarred.

02Linus Pauling19970626

Science historian Jon Turney recalls the life of the outstanding chemist of the century, with help from chemist Jack Dunitz, Nobel Prize-winners M F Perutz and M H F Wilkins, and Pauling's son Peter, a crystallographer.

Pauling's whole life was devoted to disseminating his discovers, whether in the field of science, politics or health.

03K: The Civilised World Of Kenneth Clark19970703

Peggy Reynolds explores the conundrum of the last of the gentlemen-aesthetes.

They called him Lord Clark of `Civilisation', cultural ambassador to the masses with his famous sixties television series.

As author, lecturer, museum director and patron, he held British culture - and the hearts of society women - in the palm of his hand.

Yet for some he was a middlebrow vulgariser, and for others an arrogant mandarin who discussed the Renaissance as though he had invented it.

04T Dan Smith - The Organiser19970710

Dick Hobbs remembers the life of council leader and entrepreneur T Dan Smith, a man who had a vision to make Newcastle the `Venice of the North', substituting motorways with canals and high-rises with palaces.

But he was corrupt and was eventually sent to prison.

His son, Cliff Smith, discusses the corruption that ruined his family life.

05Peter Is My Rock19970717

They met at a lunch party in 1937 and stayed together for forty years.

The tenor Peter Pears was the inspiration for and the exponent of almost all the music that Benjamin Britten wrote.

At home, Pears played the stout defender and guardian of his lover's genius.

Humphrey Carpenter presents a portrait of Pears the connoisseur, gourmet and, on occasion, bon viveur whose life-partner Britten enjoyed home comforts and the safety of Suffolk.

06 LASTBenny's Bop19970724

Dubbed the `king of swing', the legendary clarinet player Benny Goodman brought a new jazz sound to the audiences of America.

With his band of musicians, he set the teenagers of the 30s stomping and swinging and his supreme technique won him admirers all over the world.

John Fordham looks back at Benny Goodman's career, and with the help of those who were closest to him, uncovers the discrepancies between the public face and the private man.