Nearest And Dearest

A week of stories about the complex nature of families.

Episodes

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Genome: [r4 Bd=19920429]

What do we really feel about the people we do not choose but are expected to love and live with? 1: Fathers To walk in his shadow or follow in his footsteps? Has being present at births improved paternal bonding? Anne Brown reports. Producer Lucy Lunt. Stereo

Genome: [r4 Bd=19920429]

Unknown: Anne Brown

Producer: Lucy Lunt.

Genome: [r4 Bd=19920506]

What do we really feel about our relations?

2: Mothers Why does the only person to soothe the fevered brow, mend the much-loved toy and kill the dragon under the bed turn into the sort of embarrassing, unsympathetic fool that we pray we'll never turn into or marry? Reporter Anne Brown. Producer Lucy Lunt Stereo

Genome: [r4 Bd=19920506]

Reporter: Anne Brown.

Genome: [r4 Bd=19920513]

What do we really feel about the people we do not choose but are expected to love and live with? 3: Siblings Can sibling rivalry lead to deep meaningful relationships in later life, and should we even care? Reporter Anne Brown. Producer Lucy Lunt. Stereo

Genome: [r4 Bd=19920513]

Reporter: Anne Brown.

Producer: Lucy Lunt.

Genome: [r4 Bd=19920520]

What do we really feel about our relations?

4: Grandparents "You can make the children overexcited, overtired and sticky and then just hand them back" - all the fun and none of the responsibility. Is this the easiest of all family relationships? Reporter Anne Brown Producer Lucy Lunt Stereo

Genome: [r4 Bd=19920520]

Reporter: Anne Brown

Genome: [r4 Bd=19920527]

What do we really feel about our relations? 5: Uncles, Aunts and Cousins Has the extended family lost its relevance? Reporter Anne Brown Producer Lucy Lunt. Stereo

Genome: [r4 Bd=19920527]

Reporter: Anne Brown

Producer: Lucy Lunt.

Genome: [r4 Bd=19920603]

The last programme of the series. What do we really feel about our relations? 6: In-Laws It's either her or me! Is it ever possible to be a perfect mother-in-law? Why are there no father-in-law jokes, and why is the love of your child's life never good enough? Reporter Anne Brown. Producer Lucy Lunt Stereo

Genome: [r4 Bd=19920603]
Genome: [r4 Bd=19930131]

What do people really feel about those they do not choose but are expected to love and live with? 1: Fathers

To walk in his shadow or follow in his footsteps? Has being present at the birth and pushing prams improved paternal bonding?

Reporter Anne Brown. Producer Lucy Lunt

Genome: [r4 Bd=19930131]

Reporter: Anne Brown.

Producer: Lucy Lunt

Genome: [r4 Bd=19930207]

What do we really feel about our relations?

2: Mothers

Why does the only person to soothe the fevered brow, mend the much-loved toy and kill the dragon under the bed turn into the sort of embarrassing, ignorant fool that we pray we'll never turn into or marry? Reporter Anne Brown. Producer Lucy Lunt

Genome: [r4 Bd=19930207]
Genome: [r4 Bd=19930214]

What do people really feel about those they do not choose but are expected to love and live with? 3: Siblings. There never were devoted sisters, just a source of irritation. Can sibling rivalry lead to deep, meaningful relationships in later life? Reporter Anne Brown. Producer Lucy Lunt

Genome: [r4 Bd=19930214]
Genome: [r4 Bd=19930221]

What do we really feel about our relations? 4: Grandparents

Is this the easiest of all family relationships?

Reporter Anne Brown. Producer Lucy Lunt

Genome: [r4 Bd=19930221]
Genome: [r4 Bd=19930228]

5: Uncles, Aunts and Cousins Has the extended family lost its relevance?

Reporter Anne Brown. Producer Lucy Lunt

Genome: [r4 Bd=19930228]
Genome: [r4 Bd=19930307]

In-Laws

In the last of the series, Anne Brown reports on the trouble with in-laws. Producer Lucy Lunt

Genome: [r4 Bd=19930307]

Unknown: Anne Brown

Producer: Lucy Lunt

01Dinner On The Roof2000071720010218

by Gee Williams, read by Gareth Morris. In Canada, a Welsh pioneer family awaits the return of the father from a dangerous journey in the snow in search of food.

02Sheets2000071820010225

by Celia Bryce, read by Nicola Hemsley. A teenage daughter persuades her father that it is time to wash the sheets.

03Touch And Go2000071920010304

by Sian Preece, read by Lois Charlton. A girl sits with her mother on a long flight, trying to find ways to pass the time.

04The Pilot Light2000072020010311

by Rhodri Clarke, read by Sue Roderick. An encounter with a tour bus triggers Mama's memories of her Polish family's capture by Russians during the war.

05 LASTFlying Blind2000072120010318

by Sian Preece, read by Eiry Thomas.

A Welsh family sets off for their first holiday in Spain.

Grandad has not been invited, but he accompanies them to the airport.