Midsummer Sins

Joan Bakewell takes a 21st century look at the Seven Deadly Sins and asks if sins are that sinful any more.

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Episodes

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01Envy20040714

In this edition she looks at envy.

02Lust20040721

Karen Armstrong and Sam Roddick discuss the sinful matters of lust.

03Gluttony20040728

Vanessa Feltz, A C Grayling and Matthew Fort discuss gluttony.

04Anger20040804

"When angry, count to four; when very angry, swear." - Mark Twain
Janet Street-Porter, Jo Berry and Brett Kahr discuss the most irascible sin - anger.

05Greed20040811

Frank Buchman, Lord Joffe, Julian Baggini and Alexandra Shulman discuss greed.

06Sloth20040818

'A perpetual holiday is a good working definition of hell' - George Bernard Shaw
Beryl Bainbridge, Tom Hodgkinson and AC Grayling discuss the easiest of sins to commit, Sloth. You don't need to do anything at all.

07Pride20040825

"Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall" - Proverbs.
Jonathan Aitken, David Shayler and Julian Baggini discuss the deadliest sin from which all others arise - Pride.

08 LASTThe Eigth Sin20040901

"All sin tends to be addictive, and the terminal point of addiction is what is called damnation" - W H Auden

In the final programme in the series, Janet Street-Porter, Karen Armstrong and Alain De Botton evaluate nominations for a contemporary eighth sin.