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19990803

Five personal European views on the legacy of 1848. After the dramatic events of the PARIS uprisings in the spring of 1848, only a handful of countries resisted the call to revolt. Gearoid O Tuathaigh explains how, despite famine, desperate POVERTY and political frustrations, revolution was averted in IRELAND.

20010523

Richard Foster investigates the cryptic pattern of precious marbles in front of the high altar in Westminster Abbey. Laid down in 1268 by Italian craftsmen for Henry III, the mosaic's hidden meaning integrates CHRISTIAN and pagan philosophies and refers to the end of the universe.

A Poem For Ireland19980316

In the last of this week's readings by Irish poets, Tom Paulin presents a selection of new works.

Michael Longley reads new works: love poems, elegies remembering a small child and an Irish poet, memories of County Mayo, and a sequence of poems linked by two world wars.

On St Patrick's Day, Brendan Kennelly reads new poems in which he remembers two saints, two teachers and his 90-year-old grandmother.

In the week in which St Patrick's Day falls, five Irish poets read a selection of works.

Today Paula Meehan presents some of her own new work.

A Poem For Ireland19980317

In the last of this week's readings by Irish poets, Tom Paulin presents a selection of new works.

Michael Longley reads new works: love poems, elegies remembering a small child and an Irish poet, memories of County Mayo, and a sequence of poems linked by two world wars.

On St Patrick's Day, Brendan Kennelly reads new poems in which he remembers two saints, two teachers and his 90-year-old grandmother.

In the week in which St Patrick's Day falls, five Irish poets read a selection of works.

Today Paula Meehan presents some of her own new work.

A Poem For Ireland19980318

In the last of this week's readings by Irish poets, Tom Paulin presents a selection of new works.

Michael Longley reads new works: love poems, elegies remembering a small child and an Irish poet, memories of County Mayo, and a sequence of poems linked by two world wars.

On St Patrick's Day, Brendan Kennelly reads new poems in which he remembers two saints, two teachers and his 90-year-old grandmother.

In the week in which St Patrick's Day falls, five Irish poets read a selection of works.

Today Paula Meehan presents some of her own new work.

A Poem For Ireland19980320

In the last of this week's readings by Irish poets, Tom Paulin presents a selection of new works.

Michael Longley reads new works: love poems, elegies remembering a small child and an Irish poet, memories of County Mayo, and a sequence of poems linked by two world wars.

On St Patrick's Day, Brendan Kennelly reads new poems in which he remembers two saints, two teachers and his 90-year-old grandmother.

In the week in which St Patrick's Day falls, five Irish poets read a selection of works.

Today Paula Meehan presents some of her own new work.

Abscheulicher19990215

Each night this week, Peggy Reynolds unravels the dramatic, musical and emotional impact of a favourite operatic aria. Tonight, `Abscheulicher' from Beethoven's revolutionary rescue opera `Fidelio'. Mark Elder, Kathryn Harries, Graham Vick and Annabel Arden explore the composer's path to understanding humanity through his cross-dressed heroine in her moment of crisis.

Abstract Expressionist19980312

Brian Morton looks at five complex artistic partnerships in which the work is more than usually dependent on collaboration. Painter Jackson Pollock was not aware of being an `abstract expressionist', a category invented by the critic Clement Greenberg. Some would say, though, that Greenberg did not stop at describing Pollock's work but actually tried to influence it. In the fourth programme, Pollock biographer Deborah Solomon and art critic Richard Cork conduct a close examination of this collaboration.

All My Tomorrows1998030319980721

A five-part entertainment compiled by and starring Maureen Lipman, recreating monologues, sketches and songs originally written and performed by comedian Joyce Grenfell.

Featuring two songs with music composed by Richard Addinsell - `All my tomorrows' and `Picture Postcard' - and `Lally Tullet', a steamy tale of close relationships from a Virginian veranda.

Aria19990218

Peggy Reynolds unravels the dramatic, musical and emotional impact of a favourite operatic aria. Tonight, singers Thomas Allen, Robert Lloyd and Richard Van Allan and director Clare Venables follow Don Giovanni's passage to hell in the electrifying trio for basses at the end of Mozart's darkest opera.

At The Races19980406

Five programmes this week in which David Benedictus joins experts from the horse racing fraternity to explore how the strong passions invoked by the feats of legendary horses, their jockeys and their trainers connect with prose and poetry. In the final programme, racing experts talk about what really rides on the back of a horse - the hopes of those who bet to win and the broken dreams of those who lose. Reader Peter O'Sullevan.

Five programmes this week in which David Benedictus joins experts from the horse racing fraternity to explore how the strong passions invoked by the feats of legendary horses, their jockeys and their trainers connect with prose and poetry. The fourth programme focuses on the jockey, and contributors include two of the most successful women jockeys, a trainer and a racing commentator. Reader Peter O'Sullevan.

Five programmes this week in which David Benedictus joins experts from the horse racing fraternity to explore how the strong passions invoked by the feats of legendary horses, their jockeys and their trainers connect with prose and poetry. In the third programme, they focus on the trainer - an often mysterious figure who is at the heart of man's relationship with the horse. One of the guests is Kim Bailey, the leading National Hunt trainer. Reader Peter O'Sullevan.

Five programmes this week in which David Benedictus joins experts from the horse racing fraternity to explore how the strong passions invoked by the feats of legendary horses, their jockeys and their trainers connect with prose and poetry. In the second programme, they compare their own trackside experiences with the works of writers and poets who have been inspired by the variety and beauty of Britain's racecourses and by race-day excitement. Reader Sir Peter O'Sullevan.

Fortunes big and small were set to be lost at the Grand National on Saturday. In five programmes this week, David Benedictus joins experts from the horse racing fraternity to explore how the strong passions invoked by the feats of legendary horses, their jockeys and their trainers connect with prose and poetry. Peter O'Sullevan reads from words by Shakespeare, Yeats and Larkin, among others. This first programme focuses on the beauty and majesty of the horse itself.

At The Races19980407

Five programmes this week in which David Benedictus joins experts from the horse racing fraternity to explore how the strong passions invoked by the feats of legendary horses, their jockeys and their trainers connect with prose and poetry. In the final programme, racing experts talk about what really rides on the back of a horse - the hopes of those who bet to win and the broken dreams of those who lose. Reader Peter O'Sullevan.

Five programmes this week in which David Benedictus joins experts from the horse racing fraternity to explore how the strong passions invoked by the feats of legendary horses, their jockeys and their trainers connect with prose and poetry. The fourth programme focuses on the jockey, and contributors include two of the most successful women jockeys, a trainer and a racing commentator. Reader Peter O'Sullevan.

Five programmes this week in which David Benedictus joins experts from the horse racing fraternity to explore how the strong passions invoked by the feats of legendary horses, their jockeys and their trainers connect with prose and poetry. In the third programme, they focus on the trainer - an often mysterious figure who is at the heart of man's relationship with the horse. One of the guests is Kim Bailey, the leading National Hunt trainer. Reader Peter O'Sullevan.

Five programmes this week in which David Benedictus joins experts from the horse racing fraternity to explore how the strong passions invoked by the feats of legendary horses, their jockeys and their trainers connect with prose and poetry. In the second programme, they compare their own trackside experiences with the works of writers and poets who have been inspired by the variety and beauty of Britain's racecourses and by race-day excitement. Reader Sir Peter O'Sullevan.

Fortunes big and small were set to be lost at the Grand National on Saturday. In five programmes this week, David Benedictus joins experts from the horse racing fraternity to explore how the strong passions invoked by the feats of legendary horses, their jockeys and their trainers connect with prose and poetry. Peter O'Sullevan reads from words by Shakespeare, Yeats and Larkin, among others. This first programme focuses on the beauty and majesty of the horse itself.

At The Races19980408

Five programmes this week in which David Benedictus joins experts from the horse racing fraternity to explore how the strong passions invoked by the feats of legendary horses, their jockeys and their trainers connect with prose and poetry. In the final programme, racing experts talk about what really rides on the back of a horse - the hopes of those who bet to win and the broken dreams of those who lose. Reader Peter O'Sullevan.

Five programmes this week in which David Benedictus joins experts from the horse racing fraternity to explore how the strong passions invoked by the feats of legendary horses, their jockeys and their trainers connect with prose and poetry. The fourth programme focuses on the jockey, and contributors include two of the most successful women jockeys, a trainer and a racing commentator. Reader Peter O'Sullevan.

Five programmes this week in which David Benedictus joins experts from the horse racing fraternity to explore how the strong passions invoked by the feats of legendary horses, their jockeys and their trainers connect with prose and poetry. In the third programme, they focus on the trainer - an often mysterious figure who is at the heart of man's relationship with the horse. One of the guests is Kim Bailey, the leading National Hunt trainer. Reader Peter O'Sullevan.

Five programmes this week in which David Benedictus joins experts from the horse racing fraternity to explore how the strong passions invoked by the feats of legendary horses, their jockeys and their trainers connect with prose and poetry. In the second programme, they compare their own trackside experiences with the works of writers and poets who have been inspired by the variety and beauty of Britain's racecourses and by race-day excitement. Reader Sir Peter O'Sullevan.

Fortunes big and small were set to be lost at the Grand National on Saturday. In five programmes this week, David Benedictus joins experts from the horse racing fraternity to explore how the strong passions invoked by the feats of legendary horses, their jockeys and their trainers connect with prose and poetry. Peter O'Sullevan reads from words by Shakespeare, Yeats and Larkin, among others. This first programme focuses on the beauty and majesty of the horse itself.

At The Races19980409

Five programmes this week in which David Benedictus joins experts from the horse racing fraternity to explore how the strong passions invoked by the feats of legendary horses, their jockeys and their trainers connect with prose and poetry. In the final programme, racing experts talk about what really rides on the back of a horse - the hopes of those who bet to win and the broken dreams of those who lose. Reader Peter O'Sullevan.

Five programmes this week in which David Benedictus joins experts from the horse racing fraternity to explore how the strong passions invoked by the feats of legendary horses, their jockeys and their trainers connect with prose and poetry. The fourth programme focuses on the jockey, and contributors include two of the most successful women jockeys, a trainer and a racing commentator. Reader Peter O'Sullevan.

Five programmes this week in which David Benedictus joins experts from the horse racing fraternity to explore how the strong passions invoked by the feats of legendary horses, their jockeys and their trainers connect with prose and poetry. In the third programme, they focus on the trainer - an often mysterious figure who is at the heart of man's relationship with the horse. One of the guests is Kim Bailey, the leading National Hunt trainer. Reader Peter O'Sullevan.

Five programmes this week in which David Benedictus joins experts from the horse racing fraternity to explore how the strong passions invoked by the feats of legendary horses, their jockeys and their trainers connect with prose and poetry. In the second programme, they compare their own trackside experiences with the works of writers and poets who have been inspired by the variety and beauty of Britain's racecourses and by race-day excitement. Reader Sir Peter O'Sullevan.

Fortunes big and small were set to be lost at the Grand National on Saturday. In five programmes this week, David Benedictus joins experts from the horse racing fraternity to explore how the strong passions invoked by the feats of legendary horses, their jockeys and their trainers connect with prose and poetry. Peter O'Sullevan reads from words by Shakespeare, Yeats and Larkin, among others. This first programme focuses on the beauty and majesty of the horse itself.

At The Races19980410

Five programmes this week in which David Benedictus joins experts from the horse racing fraternity to explore how the strong passions invoked by the feats of legendary horses, their jockeys and their trainers connect with prose and poetry. In the final programme, racing experts talk about what really rides on the back of a horse - the hopes of those who bet to win and the broken dreams of those who lose. Reader Peter O'Sullevan.

Five programmes this week in which David Benedictus joins experts from the horse racing fraternity to explore how the strong passions invoked by the feats of legendary horses, their jockeys and their trainers connect with prose and poetry. The fourth programme focuses on the jockey, and contributors include two of the most successful women jockeys, a trainer and a racing commentator. Reader Peter O'Sullevan.

Five programmes this week in which David Benedictus joins experts from the horse racing fraternity to explore how the strong passions invoked by the feats of legendary horses, their jockeys and their trainers connect with prose and poetry. In the third programme, they focus on the trainer - an often mysterious figure who is at the heart of man's relationship with the horse. One of the guests is Kim Bailey, the leading National Hunt trainer. Reader Peter O'Sullevan.

Five programmes this week in which David Benedictus joins experts from the horse racing fraternity to explore how the strong passions invoked by the feats of legendary horses, their jockeys and their trainers connect with prose and poetry. In the second programme, they compare their own trackside experiences with the works of writers and poets who have been inspired by the variety and beauty of Britain's racecourses and by race-day excitement. Reader Sir Peter O'Sullevan.

Fortunes big and small were set to be lost at the Grand National on Saturday. In five programmes this week, David Benedictus joins experts from the horse racing fraternity to explore how the strong passions invoked by the feats of legendary horses, their jockeys and their trainers connect with prose and poetry. Peter O'Sullevan reads from words by Shakespeare, Yeats and Larkin, among others. This first programme focuses on the beauty and majesty of the horse itself.

Between Moving Air And Moving Ocean19990503

In the last of their conversations, poet Thom Gunn talks to James Campbell about AIDS, the death of friends, ENGLAND, mass murderers and retirement, and he reads from recent published and unpublished work.

James Campbell continues his exploration of the impact and significance of poet Thom Gunn with poet Hugo Williams, editor and critic Karl Miller, critic Clive Wilmer, and Wendy Lesser, editor of the Threepenny Review, San Francisco.

Continuing his conversations and readings with James Campbell, poet Thom Gunn talks about his move to San Francisco in the 1950s, his relief at leaving ENGLAND behind, the liberating effect of discovering California in the 1960s, and the poetry this change of cultures produced.

In the second of five programmes exploring the work of poet Thom Gunn, Gunn reads from his early work and tells James Campbell about becoming a poet, his influences at Cambridge and the publication of his first book, written while he was still an undergraduate, which marked him out as a bold and exciting voice on the British poetry scene of the 1950s.

Poet Thom Gunn, now approaching 70, talks to writer James Campbell, with readings of his poetry. Gunn left ENGLAND for San Francisco forty-five years ago and has been there ever since. In the first of this week's five programmes, he talks about the development of his technique since he made his name with his first collections in the 1950s.

Between Moving Air And Moving Ocean19990504

In the last of their conversations, poet Thom Gunn talks to James Campbell about AIDS, the death of friends, ENGLAND, mass murderers and retirement, and he reads from recent published and unpublished work.

James Campbell continues his exploration of the impact and significance of poet Thom Gunn with poet Hugo Williams, editor and critic Karl Miller, critic Clive Wilmer, and Wendy Lesser, editor of the Threepenny Review, San Francisco.

Continuing his conversations and readings with James Campbell, poet Thom Gunn talks about his move to San Francisco in the 1950s, his relief at leaving ENGLAND behind, the liberating effect of discovering California in the 1960s, and the poetry this change of cultures produced.

In the second of five programmes exploring the work of poet Thom Gunn, Gunn reads from his early work and tells James Campbell about becoming a poet, his influences at Cambridge and the publication of his first book, written while he was still an undergraduate, which marked him out as a bold and exciting voice on the British poetry scene of the 1950s.

Poet Thom Gunn, now approaching 70, talks to writer James Campbell, with readings of his poetry. Gunn left ENGLAND for San Francisco forty-five years ago and has been there ever since. In the first of this week's five programmes, he talks about the development of his technique since he made his name with his first collections in the 1950s.

Between Moving Air And Moving Ocean19990505

In the last of their conversations, poet Thom Gunn talks to James Campbell about AIDS, the death of friends, ENGLAND, mass murderers and retirement, and he reads from recent published and unpublished work.

James Campbell continues his exploration of the impact and significance of poet Thom Gunn with poet Hugo Williams, editor and critic Karl Miller, critic Clive Wilmer, and Wendy Lesser, editor of the Threepenny Review, San Francisco.

Continuing his conversations and readings with James Campbell, poet Thom Gunn talks about his move to San Francisco in the 1950s, his relief at leaving ENGLAND behind, the liberating effect of discovering California in the 1960s, and the poetry this change of cultures produced.

In the second of five programmes exploring the work of poet Thom Gunn, Gunn reads from his early work and tells James Campbell about becoming a poet, his influences at Cambridge and the publication of his first book, written while he was still an undergraduate, which marked him out as a bold and exciting voice on the British poetry scene of the 1950s.

Poet Thom Gunn, now approaching 70, talks to writer James Campbell, with readings of his poetry. Gunn left ENGLAND for San Francisco forty-five years ago and has been there ever since. In the first of this week's five programmes, he talks about the development of his technique since he made his name with his first collections in the 1950s.

Between Moving Air And Moving Ocean19990506

In the last of their conversations, poet Thom Gunn talks to James Campbell about AIDS, the death of friends, ENGLAND, mass murderers and retirement, and he reads from recent published and unpublished work.

James Campbell continues his exploration of the impact and significance of poet Thom Gunn with poet Hugo Williams, editor and critic Karl Miller, critic Clive Wilmer, and Wendy Lesser, editor of the Threepenny Review, San Francisco.

Continuing his conversations and readings with James Campbell, poet Thom Gunn talks about his move to San Francisco in the 1950s, his relief at leaving ENGLAND behind, the liberating effect of discovering California in the 1960s, and the poetry this change of cultures produced.

In the second of five programmes exploring the work of poet Thom Gunn, Gunn reads from his early work and tells James Campbell about becoming a poet, his influences at Cambridge and the publication of his first book, written while he was still an undergraduate, which marked him out as a bold and exciting voice on the British poetry scene of the 1950s.

Poet Thom Gunn, now approaching 70, talks to writer James Campbell, with readings of his poetry. Gunn left ENGLAND for San Francisco forty-five years ago and has been there ever since. In the first of this week's five programmes, he talks about the development of his technique since he made his name with his first collections in the 1950s.

Between Moving Air And Moving Ocean19990507

In the last of their conversations, poet Thom Gunn talks to James Campbell about AIDS, the death of friends, ENGLAND, mass murderers and retirement, and he reads from recent published and unpublished work.

James Campbell continues his exploration of the impact and significance of poet Thom Gunn with poet Hugo Williams, editor and critic Karl Miller, critic Clive Wilmer, and Wendy Lesser, editor of the Threepenny Review, San Francisco.

Continuing his conversations and readings with James Campbell, poet Thom Gunn talks about his move to San Francisco in the 1950s, his relief at leaving ENGLAND behind, the liberating effect of discovering California in the 1960s, and the poetry this change of cultures produced.

In the second of five programmes exploring the work of poet Thom Gunn, Gunn reads from his early work and tells James Campbell about becoming a poet, his influences at Cambridge and the publication of his first book, written while he was still an undergraduate, which marked him out as a bold and exciting voice on the British poetry scene of the 1950s.

Poet Thom Gunn, now approaching 70, talks to writer James Campbell, with readings of his poetry. Gunn left ENGLAND for San Francisco forty-five years ago and has been there ever since. In the first of this week's five programmes, he talks about the development of his technique since he made his name with his first collections in the 1950s.

Boxing Clever19980413

The last of five conversations about the state of British television. Today's guest is Adam Singer, chairman of Flextech, Britain's second largest cable and satellite programmer. Flextech have recently entered into a joint venture with BBC Worldwide.

The fourth of five conversations about the state of British television. Today's guest is James Baker, head of programming at BSkyB.

The third of five conversations about the state of British television. Today's guest is David Elstein, chief executive of Channel 5 and recently appointed visiting professor in broadcast media at OXFORD University.

The second of five conversations about the state of British television. BBC deputy director of programmes David Docherty talks about the future of public service broadcasting.

Five conversations about the state of British television. As broadcasting in Britain faces up to a period of unprecedented change, Christopher Cook talks to ITV director of programmes David Liddiment about how his network intends to rebuild its mass audience and adapt to a multichannel digital future.

Boxing Clever19980414

The last of five conversations about the state of British television. Today's guest is Adam Singer, chairman of Flextech, Britain's second largest cable and satellite programmer. Flextech have recently entered into a joint venture with BBC Worldwide.

The fourth of five conversations about the state of British television. Today's guest is James Baker, head of programming at BSkyB.

The third of five conversations about the state of British television. Today's guest is David Elstein, chief executive of Channel 5 and recently appointed visiting professor in broadcast media at OXFORD University.

The second of five conversations about the state of British television. BBC deputy director of programmes David Docherty talks about the future of public service broadcasting.

Five conversations about the state of British television. As broadcasting in Britain faces up to a period of unprecedented change, Christopher Cook talks to ITV director of programmes David Liddiment about how his network intends to rebuild its mass audience and adapt to a multichannel digital future.

Boxing Clever19980415

The last of five conversations about the state of British television. Today's guest is Adam Singer, chairman of Flextech, Britain's second largest cable and satellite programmer. Flextech have recently entered into a joint venture with BBC Worldwide.

The fourth of five conversations about the state of British television. Today's guest is James Baker, head of programming at BSkyB.

The third of five conversations about the state of British television. Today's guest is David Elstein, chief executive of Channel 5 and recently appointed visiting professor in broadcast media at OXFORD University.

The second of five conversations about the state of British television. BBC deputy director of programmes David Docherty talks about the future of public service broadcasting.

Five conversations about the state of British television. As broadcasting in Britain faces up to a period of unprecedented change, Christopher Cook talks to ITV director of programmes David Liddiment about how his network intends to rebuild its mass audience and adapt to a multichannel digital future.

Boxing Clever19980416

The last of five conversations about the state of British television. Today's guest is Adam Singer, chairman of Flextech, Britain's second largest cable and satellite programmer. Flextech have recently entered into a joint venture with BBC Worldwide.

The fourth of five conversations about the state of British television. Today's guest is James Baker, head of programming at BSkyB.

The third of five conversations about the state of British television. Today's guest is David Elstein, chief executive of Channel 5 and recently appointed visiting professor in broadcast media at OXFORD University.

The second of five conversations about the state of British television. BBC deputy director of programmes David Docherty talks about the future of public service broadcasting.

Five conversations about the state of British television. As broadcasting in Britain faces up to a period of unprecedented change, Christopher Cook talks to ITV director of programmes David Liddiment about how his network intends to rebuild its mass audience and adapt to a multichannel digital future.

Boxing Clever19980417

The last of five conversations about the state of British television. Today's guest is Adam Singer, chairman of Flextech, Britain's second largest cable and satellite programmer. Flextech have recently entered into a joint venture with BBC Worldwide.

The fourth of five conversations about the state of British television. Today's guest is James Baker, head of programming at BSkyB.

The third of five conversations about the state of British television. Today's guest is David Elstein, chief executive of Channel 5 and recently appointed visiting professor in broadcast media at OXFORD University.

The second of five conversations about the state of British television. BBC deputy director of programmes David Docherty talks about the future of public service broadcasting.

Five conversations about the state of British television. As broadcasting in Britain faces up to a period of unprecedented change, Christopher Cook talks to ITV director of programmes David Liddiment about how his network intends to rebuild its mass audience and adapt to a multichannel digital future.

Brimful Of Asha19990730

Mark Tully visits the home of Bombay's legendary film singer Asha Bhosle, best known in the UK through last year's tribute by Cornershop, `Brimful of Asha'. She is still singing at 65.

Christ In The House Of His Parents19990816

Five writers reflect on their selection of images inspired by CHRISTIANity and explore how deeply those images resonate in contemporary culture. Today, writer and broadcaster Rana Kabbani discuss Millais's `Christ in the House of His Parents'.

Christ On The Cross19990819

Five writers reflect on their selection of images inspired by CHRISTIANity and explore how deeply those images resonate in contemporary culture. Today, novelist A L Kennedy talks about Cranach's `Christ on the Cross'.

Christmas Day19971222

Paul Durcan reads the final part of his book-length poem. Back home from CHRISTMAS at Frank's flat, Paul's thoughts range across his life.

Lunch over, Paul and Frank continue their conversation. Paul Durcan continues reading his book-length poem that sets out a funny, poignant and often irreverent vision of CHRISTMAS.

Paul and Frank settle down to lunch. Paul Durcan continues reading his book-length poem that sets out a funny, poignant and often irreverent vision of CHRISTMAS.

Paul and Frank continue their funny, melancholic and often subversive CHRISTMAS afternoon conversation. Paul Durcan continues reading his book-length poem that sets out a funny, sweetly sad and often irreverent vision of CHRISTMAS.

Accustomed to loneliness, Paul takes up Frank's unexpected invitation for a curiously homely, decidedly male CHRISTMAS lunch. Over five programmes this week, Paul Durcan reads his book-length poem that sets out a funny, poignant and often irreverent vision of CHRISTMAS.

Christmas Day19971223

Paul Durcan reads the final part of his book-length poem. Back home from CHRISTMAS at Frank's flat, Paul's thoughts range across his life.

Lunch over, Paul and Frank continue their conversation. Paul Durcan continues reading his book-length poem that sets out a funny, poignant and often irreverent vision of CHRISTMAS.

Paul and Frank settle down to lunch. Paul Durcan continues reading his book-length poem that sets out a funny, poignant and often irreverent vision of CHRISTMAS.

Paul and Frank continue their funny, melancholic and often subversive CHRISTMAS afternoon conversation. Paul Durcan continues reading his book-length poem that sets out a funny, sweetly sad and often irreverent vision of CHRISTMAS.

Accustomed to loneliness, Paul takes up Frank's unexpected invitation for a curiously homely, decidedly male CHRISTMAS lunch. Over five programmes this week, Paul Durcan reads his book-length poem that sets out a funny, poignant and often irreverent vision of CHRISTMAS.

Christmas Day19971224

Paul Durcan reads the final part of his book-length poem. Back home from CHRISTMAS at Frank's flat, Paul's thoughts range across his life.

Lunch over, Paul and Frank continue their conversation. Paul Durcan continues reading his book-length poem that sets out a funny, poignant and often irreverent vision of CHRISTMAS.

Paul and Frank settle down to lunch. Paul Durcan continues reading his book-length poem that sets out a funny, poignant and often irreverent vision of CHRISTMAS.

Paul and Frank continue their funny, melancholic and often subversive CHRISTMAS afternoon conversation. Paul Durcan continues reading his book-length poem that sets out a funny, sweetly sad and often irreverent vision of CHRISTMAS.

Accustomed to loneliness, Paul takes up Frank's unexpected invitation for a curiously homely, decidedly male CHRISTMAS lunch. Over five programmes this week, Paul Durcan reads his book-length poem that sets out a funny, poignant and often irreverent vision of CHRISTMAS.

Christmas Day19971225

Paul Durcan reads the final part of his book-length poem. Back home from CHRISTMAS at Frank's flat, Paul's thoughts range across his life.

Lunch over, Paul and Frank continue their conversation. Paul Durcan continues reading his book-length poem that sets out a funny, poignant and often irreverent vision of CHRISTMAS.

Paul and Frank settle down to lunch. Paul Durcan continues reading his book-length poem that sets out a funny, poignant and often irreverent vision of CHRISTMAS.

Paul and Frank continue their funny, melancholic and often subversive CHRISTMAS afternoon conversation. Paul Durcan continues reading his book-length poem that sets out a funny, sweetly sad and often irreverent vision of CHRISTMAS.

Accustomed to loneliness, Paul takes up Frank's unexpected invitation for a curiously homely, decidedly male CHRISTMAS lunch. Over five programmes this week, Paul Durcan reads his book-length poem that sets out a funny, poignant and often irreverent vision of CHRISTMAS.

Christmas Day19971226

Paul Durcan reads the final part of his book-length poem. Back home from CHRISTMAS at Frank's flat, Paul's thoughts range across his life.

Lunch over, Paul and Frank continue their conversation. Paul Durcan continues reading his book-length poem that sets out a funny, poignant and often irreverent vision of CHRISTMAS.

Paul and Frank settle down to lunch. Paul Durcan continues reading his book-length poem that sets out a funny, poignant and often irreverent vision of CHRISTMAS.

Paul and Frank continue their funny, melancholic and often subversive CHRISTMAS afternoon conversation. Paul Durcan continues reading his book-length poem that sets out a funny, sweetly sad and often irreverent vision of CHRISTMAS.

Accustomed to loneliness, Paul takes up Frank's unexpected invitation for a curiously homely, decidedly male CHRISTMAS lunch. Over five programmes this week, Paul Durcan reads his book-length poem that sets out a funny, poignant and often irreverent vision of CHRISTMAS.

Confession Of The Seven Deadly Sins19990629

Ken Smith introduces and reads his version of the `Confession of the Seven Deadly Sins' from William Langland's visionary allegorical poem `Piers Plowman', which satirised church and state and contributed to the Peasants' Revolt of 1381.

Conversations With Writers19981020

In the fourth of five interviews with international writers, Hermione Lee talks to INDIAn novelist Anita Desai about the craft of writing and the themes she has developed throughout her many books.

In the second of five interviews with international writers, Hermione Lee talks to the internationally acclaimed South AFRICAn writer Nadine Gordimer about the craft of writing and the themes she has pursued in her novels.

Conversations With Writers19981022

In the fourth of five interviews with international writers, Hermione Lee talks to INDIAn novelist Anita Desai about the craft of writing and the themes she has developed throughout her many books.

In the second of five interviews with international writers, Hermione Lee talks to the internationally acclaimed South AFRICAn writer Nadine Gordimer about the craft of writing and the themes she has pursued in her novels.

Counterwise1998030219980720

A five-part entertainment compiled by and starring Maureen Lipman, recreating monologues, sketches and songs originally written and performed by comedian Joyce Grenfell. Featuring `Counterwise', in which an enthusiastic store assistant encounters the pitfalls of applying sales psychology; and `Opera Interval', during which an opera lover attempts to follow the plot of `Mildura' as it progresses from the SLEEPy village of Pola, with its royalist fisherfolk, to the cloisters of St Geminiano.

Dite Alla Giovine19990216

Peggy Reynolds unravels the dramatic, musical and emotional impact of a favourite operatic aria. Tonight, the seductive duet `Dite alla Giovine' from Verdi's `La traviata', in which the dying courtesan Violetta writhes in agony as her lover's father Germont persuades her to sacrifice everything. With Josephine Barstow, Alan Opie, Jonathan Miller, Annabel Arden and Mark Elder

Dubh19980319

Nuala Ni Dhomhnaill reads new works in ENGLISH and Irish, including `Dubh', a poem inspired by the fall of Shrebrenice.

Elegy19980501

Michael Schmidt introduces poems that say goodbye - to a murdered king, an only son, a sister, a parent and a friend - and one facing up to the poet's own death. With poems by Stephen Crane, Frank O'Hara, Philip Larkin and Emily Dickinson. Readers Melissa Sinden and Russell Dixon.

Ellington/strayhorn19980311

Brian Morton looks at five complex artistic partnerships in which the work is more than usually dependent on collaboration. The shared credit `Ellington/Strayhorn' appears on some of the greatest jazz of the century. In the third programme, Strayhorn biographer David Hajdu and saxophonist Tommy Smith discuss that unique partnership.

England, England19981019

In the first of five interviews with international writers, Hermione Lee talks to novelist Julian Barnes about the craft of writing and the themes he has pursued through his books, including the most recent - `England, England', nominated for the Booker Prize.

Goodbye Cruel World19980428

`Goodbye Cruel World'. Michael Schmidt introduces poems of farewell, including Raleigh, Nashe, Donne and Herbert. Readers Melissa Sinden and Russell Dixon.

In Full Flight19990820

Five writers reflect on their selection of images inspired by CHRISTIANity and explore how deeply those images resonate in contemporary culture. Today, broadcaster and journalist Richard Coles talks about Braque's `In Full Flight'.

In Questa Reggia19990219

Peggy Reynolds unravels the dramatic, musical and emotional impact of a favourite operatic aria. Francesca Zambello, Dame Gwyneth Jones, Jane Eaglen and Dennis O'Neill explore `In questa reggia' from Puccini's opera `Turandot', in which the Turandot reveals the atrocities suffered by her ancestor which led her to execute an endless stream of suitors.

Kama Sutra19990729

Mark Tully meets Shubha Mudgal, a classical singer known outside INDIA as the musician in the film `Kama Sutra'. She is currently reaching new audiences through a successful pop album.

Lawrence Of Arabia19980309

All artists are collaborative to some extent. This week, Brian Morton examines five complex artistic partnerships in which the work is more than usually dependent on collaboration. In the first programme, he profiles David Lean and Freddie Young, the duo responsible for the screen classics `Lawrence of Arabia', `Doctor Zhivago' and `Ryan's Daughter'.

Malo19990217

Peggy Reynolds unravels the dramatic, musical and emotional impact of a favourite operatic aria. Tonight, `Malo' from Britten's 'The Turn of the Screw', his operatic version of the Henry James ghost story. Discussing the aria are actor and once boy soprano David Hemmings, singers Joan Rodgers, directors Jonathan Miller and David Leveaux and conductor Wasfi Kani.

New York, New York19971022

The third of four readings by Ian Gibson from his new biography of Salvador Dali. `New YORK, New YORK'. In the 30s and 40s, Dali was the most famous modern painter in America. And in 1937, when he set sail with his wife for New YORK for the first time, they had every intention of taking the city by storm.

Notes From India19990726

Mark Tully visits the home of Mehmoud Mirza, one of INDIA's leading sitar players.

The second of five programmes in which Mark Tully meets five leading INDIAn musicians for conversation and music-making. Tonight he visits the Delhi home of Wasifuddin Dagar, a leading singer of drupad, the most ancient form of INDIAn music.

Mark Tully seeks to get to the heart of the long and rich tradition of INDIAn classical music through conversation and music-making with leading INDIAn musicians. In the first of five programmes, he visits the Bombay home of santoor player Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma.

Notes From India19990727

Mark Tully visits the home of Mehmoud Mirza, one of INDIA's leading sitar players.

The second of five programmes in which Mark Tully meets five leading INDIAn musicians for conversation and music-making. Tonight he visits the Delhi home of Wasifuddin Dagar, a leading singer of drupad, the most ancient form of INDIAn music.

Mark Tully seeks to get to the heart of the long and rich tradition of INDIAn classical music through conversation and music-making with leading INDIAn musicians. In the first of five programmes, he visits the Bombay home of santoor player Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma.

Oscar And Lucinda19981021

In the third of five interviews with international writers, Hermione Lee talks to Booker Prize-winning AUSTRALIAn author Peter Carey about the craft of writing and the themes he has pursued through books including `Oscar and Lucinda' and the latest, `Jack Maggs'.

Out Of A Book19990614

Neil Corcoran introduces the first of five readings from the work of the Anglo-Irish novelist and short story writer. Fiona Shaw reads `Out of a Book' and `The Roving Eye' - two essays reflecting on childhood reading and how a writer discovers her subject.

Piers Plowman19990628

David Cnstantine intorduces and reads his version of Piers Plowman's meeting with Hope and Charity from William Langland's visionary allegorical poem `Piers Plowman', which satirised church and state and contributed to the Peasants' Revolt of 1381.

Kevin Jackson introduces four new translations of William Langland's visionary allegorical poem `Piers Plowman', which are presented by the translators in subsequent programmes this week. Langland's poem satirised church and state and contributed to the Peasants' Revolt of 1381.

Piers Plowman19990702

David Cnstantine intorduces and reads his version of Piers Plowman's meeting with Hope and Charity from William Langland's visionary allegorical poem `Piers Plowman', which satirised church and state and contributed to the Peasants' Revolt of 1381.

Kevin Jackson introduces four new translations of William Langland's visionary allegorical poem `Piers Plowman', which are presented by the translators in subsequent programmes this week. Langland's poem satirised church and state and contributed to the Peasants' Revolt of 1381.

Ploughing The Half-acre19990630

John Burnside introduces and reads his version of `Ploughing the Half-Acre' from William Langland's visionary allegorical poem `Piers Plowman', which satirised church and state and contributed to the Peasants' Revolt of 1381.

Postscript1998112319990419

The return of the `Postscript' series in which Nicholas Ward Jackson explores the contemporary art world. Today, he visits the studio of Gilbert and George as they prepare for a new exhibition in Naples. The Italian show will be the first time all the recent `New Testamental Pictures' have been seen together. As they talk about the forthcoming show, Gilbert and George describe their working practices as glimpses of their latest work emerge.

Private View1998042019990420

Nicholas Ward Jackson explores the contemporary art world. For the past thirty years, artist Peter Joseph has pursued a very particular form of abstraction in his painting. Nicholas Ward Jackson visits the artist's studio near Stroud and explores how the light and landscape of the Cotswolds continues to inform Joseph's work.

Five programmes this week in which Nicholas Ward-Jackson explores the contemporary art world. In the fourth programme, he talks to Ilya and Emilia Kabakov as they race against time to install their Palace of Projects inside LONDON's Roundhouse. In its 67 rooms, fictitious characters dream and scheme their way to the end of the century.

Five programmes this week in which Nicholas Ward-Jackson explores the contemporary art world. In the second programme, he talks to Gillian Wearing about life after the Turner Prize. Recorded on the streets of LONDON, Wearing talks about her ongoing fascination with the city's public spaces and private lives. The programme contains new audio works by her.

Five programmes this week in which Nicholas Ward-Jackson explores the contemporary art world. Today, he meets Jon Thompson, perhaps the most important figure to have taught art in Britain over the last thirty years. At Goldsmiths' College in the 80 he directly influenced the current generation of young British artists, but he now lives in self-imposed exile in Antwerp, where an exhibition of his work is forthcoming. He talks about the contemporary art scene and the tensions between academia and his own practice.

Five programmes this week in which Nicholas Ward-Jackson explores the contemporary art world. Today, he meets Jon Thompson, perhaps the most important figure to have taught art in Britain over the last thirty years. At Goldsmiths' College in the 80s he directly influenced the current generation of young British artists, but he now lives in self-imposed exile in Antwerp, where an exhibition of his work is forthcoming. He talks about the contemporary art scene and the tensions between academia and his own practice.

Private View1998042019980806

Nicholas Ward Jackson explores the contemporary art world. For the past thirty years, artist Peter Joseph has pursued a very particular form of abstraction in his painting. Nicholas Ward Jackson visits the artist's studio near Stroud and explores how the light and landscape of the Cotswolds continues to inform Joseph's work.

Five programmes this week in which Nicholas Ward-Jackson explores the contemporary art world. In the fourth programme, he talks to Ilya and Emilia Kabakov as they race against time to install their Palace of Projects inside LONDON's Roundhouse. In its 67 rooms, fictitious characters dream and scheme their way to the end of the century.

Five programmes this week in which Nicholas Ward-Jackson explores the contemporary art world. In the second programme, he talks to Gillian Wearing about life after the Turner Prize. Recorded on the streets of LONDON, Wearing talks about her ongoing fascination with the city's public spaces and private lives. The programme contains new audio works by her.

Five programmes this week in which Nicholas Ward-Jackson explores the contemporary art world. Today, he meets Jon Thompson, perhaps the most important figure to have taught art in Britain over the last thirty years. At Goldsmiths' College in the 80 he directly influenced the current generation of young British artists, but he now lives in self-imposed exile in Antwerp, where an exhibition of his work is forthcoming. He talks about the contemporary art scene and the tensions between academia and his own practice.

Five programmes this week in which Nicholas Ward-Jackson explores the contemporary art world. Today, he meets Jon Thompson, perhaps the most important figure to have taught art in Britain over the last thirty years. At Goldsmiths' College in the 80s he directly influenced the current generation of young British artists, but he now lives in self-imposed exile in Antwerp, where an exhibition of his work is forthcoming. He talks about the contemporary art scene and the tensions between academia and his own practice.

Private View1998042019980804

Nicholas Ward Jackson explores the contemporary art world. For the past thirty years, artist Peter Joseph has pursued a very particular form of abstraction in his painting. Nicholas Ward Jackson visits the artist's studio near Stroud and explores how the light and landscape of the Cotswolds continues to inform Joseph's work.

Five programmes this week in which Nicholas Ward-Jackson explores the contemporary art world. In the fourth programme, he talks to Ilya and Emilia Kabakov as they race against time to install their Palace of Projects inside LONDON's Roundhouse. In its 67 rooms, fictitious characters dream and scheme their way to the end of the century.

Five programmes this week in which Nicholas Ward-Jackson explores the contemporary art world. In the second programme, he talks to Gillian Wearing about life after the Turner Prize. Recorded on the streets of LONDON, Wearing talks about her ongoing fascination with the city's public spaces and private lives. The programme contains new audio works by her.

Five programmes this week in which Nicholas Ward-Jackson explores the contemporary art world. Today, he meets Jon Thompson, perhaps the most important figure to have taught art in Britain over the last thirty years. At Goldsmiths' College in the 80 he directly influenced the current generation of young British artists, but he now lives in self-imposed exile in Antwerp, where an exhibition of his work is forthcoming. He talks about the contemporary art scene and the tensions between academia and his own practice.

Five programmes this week in which Nicholas Ward-Jackson explores the contemporary art world. Today, he meets Jon Thompson, perhaps the most important figure to have taught art in Britain over the last thirty years. At Goldsmiths' College in the 80s he directly influenced the current generation of young British artists, but he now lives in self-imposed exile in Antwerp, where an exhibition of his work is forthcoming. He talks about the contemporary art scene and the tensions between academia and his own practice.

Private View1998042019980803

Nicholas Ward Jackson explores the contemporary art world. For the past thirty years, artist Peter Joseph has pursued a very particular form of abstraction in his painting. Nicholas Ward Jackson visits the artist's studio near Stroud and explores how the light and landscape of the Cotswolds continues to inform Joseph's work.

Five programmes this week in which Nicholas Ward-Jackson explores the contemporary art world. In the fourth programme, he talks to Ilya and Emilia Kabakov as they race against time to install their Palace of Projects inside LONDON's Roundhouse. In its 67 rooms, fictitious characters dream and scheme their way to the end of the century.

Five programmes this week in which Nicholas Ward-Jackson explores the contemporary art world. In the second programme, he talks to Gillian Wearing about life after the Turner Prize. Recorded on the streets of LONDON, Wearing talks about her ongoing fascination with the city's public spaces and private lives. The programme contains new audio works by her.

Five programmes this week in which Nicholas Ward-Jackson explores the contemporary art world. Today, he meets Jon Thompson, perhaps the most important figure to have taught art in Britain over the last thirty years. At Goldsmiths' College in the 80 he directly influenced the current generation of young British artists, but he now lives in self-imposed exile in Antwerp, where an exhibition of his work is forthcoming. He talks about the contemporary art scene and the tensions between academia and his own practice.

Five programmes this week in which Nicholas Ward-Jackson explores the contemporary art world. Today, he meets Jon Thompson, perhaps the most important figure to have taught art in Britain over the last thirty years. At Goldsmiths' College in the 80s he directly influenced the current generation of young British artists, but he now lives in self-imposed exile in Antwerp, where an exhibition of his work is forthcoming. He talks about the contemporary art scene and the tensions between academia and his own practice.

Private View1998042119980803

Nicholas Ward Jackson explores the contemporary art world. For the past thirty years, artist Peter Joseph has pursued a very particular form of abstraction in his painting. Nicholas Ward Jackson visits the artist's studio near Stroud and explores how the light and landscape of the Cotswolds continues to inform Joseph's work.

Five programmes this week in which Nicholas Ward-Jackson explores the contemporary art world. In the fourth programme, he talks to Ilya and Emilia Kabakov as they race against time to install their Palace of Projects inside LONDON's Roundhouse. In its 67 rooms, fictitious characters dream and scheme their way to the end of the century.

Five programmes this week in which Nicholas Ward-Jackson explores the contemporary art world. In the second programme, he talks to Gillian Wearing about life after the Turner Prize. Recorded on the streets of LONDON, Wearing talks about her ongoing fascination with the city's public spaces and private lives. The programme contains new audio works by her.

Five programmes this week in which Nicholas Ward-Jackson explores the contemporary art world. Today, he meets Jon Thompson, perhaps the most important figure to have taught art in Britain over the last thirty years. At Goldsmiths' College in the 80 he directly influenced the current generation of young British artists, but he now lives in self-imposed exile in Antwerp, where an exhibition of his work is forthcoming. He talks about the contemporary art scene and the tensions between academia and his own practice.

Five programmes this week in which Nicholas Ward-Jackson explores the contemporary art world. Today, he meets Jon Thompson, perhaps the most important figure to have taught art in Britain over the last thirty years. At Goldsmiths' College in the 80s he directly influenced the current generation of young British artists, but he now lives in self-imposed exile in Antwerp, where an exhibition of his work is forthcoming. He talks about the contemporary art scene and the tensions between academia and his own practice.

Private View1998042319980803

Nicholas Ward Jackson explores the contemporary art world. For the past thirty years, artist Peter Joseph has pursued a very particular form of abstraction in his painting. Nicholas Ward Jackson visits the artist's studio near Stroud and explores how the light and landscape of the Cotswolds continues to inform Joseph's work.

Five programmes this week in which Nicholas Ward-Jackson explores the contemporary art world. In the fourth programme, he talks to Ilya and Emilia Kabakov as they race against time to install their Palace of Projects inside LONDON's Roundhouse. In its 67 rooms, fictitious characters dream and scheme their way to the end of the century.

Five programmes this week in which Nicholas Ward-Jackson explores the contemporary art world. In the second programme, he talks to Gillian Wearing about life after the Turner Prize. Recorded on the streets of LONDON, Wearing talks about her ongoing fascination with the city's public spaces and private lives. The programme contains new audio works by her.

Five programmes this week in which Nicholas Ward-Jackson explores the contemporary art world. Today, he meets Jon Thompson, perhaps the most important figure to have taught art in Britain over the last thirty years. At Goldsmiths' College in the 80 he directly influenced the current generation of young British artists, but he now lives in self-imposed exile in Antwerp, where an exhibition of his work is forthcoming. He talks about the contemporary art scene and the tensions between academia and his own practice.

Five programmes this week in which Nicholas Ward-Jackson explores the contemporary art world. Today, he meets Jon Thompson, perhaps the most important figure to have taught art in Britain over the last thirty years. At Goldsmiths' College in the 80s he directly influenced the current generation of young British artists, but he now lives in self-imposed exile in Antwerp, where an exhibition of his work is forthcoming. He talks about the contemporary art scene and the tensions between academia and his own practice.

Private View1998112519980803

Nicholas Ward Jackson explores the contemporary art world. For the past thirty years, artist Peter Joseph has pursued a very particular form of abstraction in his painting. Nicholas Ward Jackson visits the artist's studio near Stroud and explores how the light and landscape of the Cotswolds continues to inform Joseph's work.

Five programmes this week in which Nicholas Ward-Jackson explores the contemporary art world. In the fourth programme, he talks to Ilya and Emilia Kabakov as they race against time to install their Palace of Projects inside LONDON's Roundhouse. In its 67 rooms, fictitious characters dream and scheme their way to the end of the century.

Five programmes this week in which Nicholas Ward-Jackson explores the contemporary art world. In the second programme, he talks to Gillian Wearing about life after the Turner Prize. Recorded on the streets of LONDON, Wearing talks about her ongoing fascination with the city's public spaces and private lives. The programme contains new audio works by her.

Five programmes this week in which Nicholas Ward-Jackson explores the contemporary art world. Today, he meets Jon Thompson, perhaps the most important figure to have taught art in Britain over the last thirty years. At Goldsmiths' College in the 80 he directly influenced the current generation of young British artists, but he now lives in self-imposed exile in Antwerp, where an exhibition of his work is forthcoming. He talks about the contemporary art scene and the tensions between academia and his own practice.

Five programmes this week in which Nicholas Ward-Jackson explores the contemporary art world. Today, he meets Jon Thompson, perhaps the most important figure to have taught art in Britain over the last thirty years. At Goldsmiths' College in the 80s he directly influenced the current generation of young British artists, but he now lives in self-imposed exile in Antwerp, where an exhibition of his work is forthcoming. He talks about the contemporary art scene and the tensions between academia and his own practice.

Rereading Auden1998092819990402

Twenty-five years after W H Auden's death, poets and critics reassess his poetry and make a personal selection of readings (5/5).

Twenty-five years after W H Auden's death, poets and critics reassess his poetry and make a personal selection of readings (4/5).

Twenty-five years after W H Auden's death, poets and critics reassess his poetry and make a personal selection of readings (3/5).

Twenty-five years after W H Auden's death, poets and critics reassess his poetry and make a personal selection of readings (2/5).

Twenty-five years after W H Auden's death, five poets and critics reassess his poetry and make a personal selection of readings.

Rereading Auden1998092819990401

Twenty-five years after W H Auden's death, poets and critics reassess his poetry and make a personal selection of readings (5/5).

Twenty-five years after W H Auden's death, poets and critics reassess his poetry and make a personal selection of readings (4/5).

Twenty-five years after W H Auden's death, poets and critics reassess his poetry and make a personal selection of readings (3/5).

Twenty-five years after W H Auden's death, poets and critics reassess his poetry and make a personal selection of readings (2/5).

Twenty-five years after W H Auden's death, five poets and critics reassess his poetry and make a personal selection of readings.

Rereading Auden1998092819990331

Twenty-five years after W H Auden's death, poets and critics reassess his poetry and make a personal selection of readings (5/5).

Twenty-five years after W H Auden's death, poets and critics reassess his poetry and make a personal selection of readings (4/5).

Twenty-five years after W H Auden's death, poets and critics reassess his poetry and make a personal selection of readings (3/5).

Twenty-five years after W H Auden's death, poets and critics reassess his poetry and make a personal selection of readings (2/5).

Twenty-five years after W H Auden's death, five poets and critics reassess his poetry and make a personal selection of readings.

Rereading Auden1998092819990330

Twenty-five years after W H Auden's death, poets and critics reassess his poetry and make a personal selection of readings (5/5).

Twenty-five years after W H Auden's death, poets and critics reassess his poetry and make a personal selection of readings (4/5).

Twenty-five years after W H Auden's death, poets and critics reassess his poetry and make a personal selection of readings (3/5).

Twenty-five years after W H Auden's death, poets and critics reassess his poetry and make a personal selection of readings (2/5).

Twenty-five years after W H Auden's death, five poets and critics reassess his poetry and make a personal selection of readings.

Rereading Auden1998092819990329

Twenty-five years after W H Auden's death, poets and critics reassess his poetry and make a personal selection of readings (5/5).

Twenty-five years after W H Auden's death, poets and critics reassess his poetry and make a personal selection of readings (4/5).

Twenty-five years after W H Auden's death, poets and critics reassess his poetry and make a personal selection of readings (3/5).

Twenty-five years after W H Auden's death, poets and critics reassess his poetry and make a personal selection of readings (2/5).

Twenty-five years after W H Auden's death, five poets and critics reassess his poetry and make a personal selection of readings.

Rereading Auden1998092919990329

Twenty-five years after W H Auden's death, poets and critics reassess his poetry and make a personal selection of readings (5/5).

Twenty-five years after W H Auden's death, poets and critics reassess his poetry and make a personal selection of readings (4/5).

Twenty-five years after W H Auden's death, poets and critics reassess his poetry and make a personal selection of readings (3/5).

Twenty-five years after W H Auden's death, poets and critics reassess his poetry and make a personal selection of readings (2/5).

Twenty-five years after W H Auden's death, five poets and critics reassess his poetry and make a personal selection of readings.

Rereading Auden1998093019990329

Twenty-five years after W H Auden's death, poets and critics reassess his poetry and make a personal selection of readings (5/5).

Twenty-five years after W H Auden's death, poets and critics reassess his poetry and make a personal selection of readings (4/5).

Twenty-five years after W H Auden's death, poets and critics reassess his poetry and make a personal selection of readings (3/5).

Twenty-five years after W H Auden's death, poets and critics reassess his poetry and make a personal selection of readings (2/5).

Twenty-five years after W H Auden's death, five poets and critics reassess his poetry and make a personal selection of readings.

Rereading Auden1998100119990329

Twenty-five years after W H Auden's death, poets and critics reassess his poetry and make a personal selection of readings (5/5).

Twenty-five years after W H Auden's death, poets and critics reassess his poetry and make a personal selection of readings (4/5).

Twenty-five years after W H Auden's death, poets and critics reassess his poetry and make a personal selection of readings (3/5).

Twenty-five years after W H Auden's death, poets and critics reassess his poetry and make a personal selection of readings (2/5).

Twenty-five years after W H Auden's death, five poets and critics reassess his poetry and make a personal selection of readings.

Rereading Auden1998100219990329

Twenty-five years after W H Auden's death, poets and critics reassess his poetry and make a personal selection of readings (5/5).

Twenty-five years after W H Auden's death, poets and critics reassess his poetry and make a personal selection of readings (4/5).

Twenty-five years after W H Auden's death, poets and critics reassess his poetry and make a personal selection of readings (3/5).

Twenty-five years after W H Auden's death, poets and critics reassess his poetry and make a personal selection of readings (2/5).

Twenty-five years after W H Auden's death, five poets and critics reassess his poetry and make a personal selection of readings.

Reshaping, New Poetries19980430

`Reshaping, New Poetries'. Michael Schmidt introduces the work of poets who have taken the ENGLISH language into their own cultures. Featured poets include Gertrude Stein, John Ashbery, Edward Kamau Brathwaite and Hugh MacDiarmid. Readers Melissa Sinden and Russell Dixon.

Ruslan And Lyudmila19990531

The final instalment of Gary Yershon's five-part dramatisation of Pushkin's epic poem, with Kevin McKidd and Kate Fleetwood in the title roles, Alex Jennings as the poet, David Ryall, Chris Langham, Toby Jones and Pam Ferris. Pam Ferris.

The third instalment of Gary Yershon's five-part dramatisation of Pushkin's epic poem, with Kevin McKidd and Kate Fleetwood in the title roles, Alex Jennings as the poet, David Ryall, Chris Langham, Toby Jones and Pam Ferris. Pam Ferris.

The second instalment of Gary Yershon's five-part dramatisation of Pushkin's epic poem, with Kevin McKidd and Kate Fleetwood in the title roles, Alex Jennings as the poet, David Ryall, Chris Langham, Toby Jones and Pam Ferris. Pam Ferris.

Translated and adapted in five parts by Gary Yershon. The prologue of `Ruslan and Lyudmila' is one of the most famous pieces of verse in the RUSSIAn language. Full of wandering knights, captive princesses, witches and wizards and all kinds of miraculous sights, the prologue it is the epitome of romanticism. Cast: Alex Jennings, Donald Sinden, David Ryall, Kevin McKidd, Katie Fleetwood, Chris Langham, Toby Jones, Pam Ferris

Ruslan And Lyudmila19990601

The final instalment of Gary Yershon's five-part dramatisation of Pushkin's epic poem, with Kevin McKidd and Kate Fleetwood in the title roles, Alex Jennings as the poet, David Ryall, Chris Langham, Toby Jones and Pam Ferris. Pam Ferris.

The third instalment of Gary Yershon's five-part dramatisation of Pushkin's epic poem, with Kevin McKidd and Kate Fleetwood in the title roles, Alex Jennings as the poet, David Ryall, Chris Langham, Toby Jones and Pam Ferris. Pam Ferris.

The second instalment of Gary Yershon's five-part dramatisation of Pushkin's epic poem, with Kevin McKidd and Kate Fleetwood in the title roles, Alex Jennings as the poet, David Ryall, Chris Langham, Toby Jones and Pam Ferris. Pam Ferris.

Translated and adapted in five parts by Gary Yershon. The prologue of `Ruslan and Lyudmila' is one of the most famous pieces of verse in the RUSSIAn language. Full of wandering knights, captive princesses, witches and wizards and all kinds of miraculous sights, the prologue it is the epitome of romanticism. Cast: Alex Jennings, Donald Sinden, David Ryall, Kevin McKidd, Katie Fleetwood, Chris Langham, Toby Jones, Pam Ferris

Ruslan And Lyudmila19990602

The final instalment of Gary Yershon's five-part dramatisation of Pushkin's epic poem, with Kevin McKidd and Kate Fleetwood in the title roles, Alex Jennings as the poet, David Ryall, Chris Langham, Toby Jones and Pam Ferris. Pam Ferris.

The third instalment of Gary Yershon's five-part dramatisation of Pushkin's epic poem, with Kevin McKidd and Kate Fleetwood in the title roles, Alex Jennings as the poet, David Ryall, Chris Langham, Toby Jones and Pam Ferris. Pam Ferris.

The second instalment of Gary Yershon's five-part dramatisation of Pushkin's epic poem, with Kevin McKidd and Kate Fleetwood in the title roles, Alex Jennings as the poet, David Ryall, Chris Langham, Toby Jones and Pam Ferris. Pam Ferris.

Translated and adapted in five parts by Gary Yershon. The prologue of `Ruslan and Lyudmila' is one of the most famous pieces of verse in the RUSSIAn language. Full of wandering knights, captive princesses, witches and wizards and all kinds of miraculous sights, the prologue it is the epitome of romanticism. Cast: Alex Jennings, Donald Sinden, David Ryall, Kevin McKidd, Katie Fleetwood, Chris Langham, Toby Jones, Pam Ferris

Ruslan And Lyudmila19990604

The final instalment of Gary Yershon's five-part dramatisation of Pushkin's epic poem, with Kevin McKidd and Kate Fleetwood in the title roles, Alex Jennings as the poet, David Ryall, Chris Langham, Toby Jones and Pam Ferris. Pam Ferris.

The third instalment of Gary Yershon's five-part dramatisation of Pushkin's epic poem, with Kevin McKidd and Kate Fleetwood in the title roles, Alex Jennings as the poet, David Ryall, Chris Langham, Toby Jones and Pam Ferris. Pam Ferris.

The second instalment of Gary Yershon's five-part dramatisation of Pushkin's epic poem, with Kevin McKidd and Kate Fleetwood in the title roles, Alex Jennings as the poet, David Ryall, Chris Langham, Toby Jones and Pam Ferris. Pam Ferris.

Translated and adapted in five parts by Gary Yershon. The prologue of `Ruslan and Lyudmila' is one of the most famous pieces of verse in the RUSSIAn language. Full of wandering knights, captive princesses, witches and wizards and all kinds of miraculous sights, the prologue it is the epitome of romanticism. Cast: Alex Jennings, Donald Sinden, David Ryall, Kevin McKidd, Katie Fleetwood, Chris Langham, Toby Jones, Pam Ferris

Shared Visions19980313

Much of Olivier Messiaen's piano music was inspired and first performed by his wife Yvonne Loriod. Did they in some way become a single personality? In the concluding programme on artistic collaborations, Brian Morton talks to Paul Griffiths and composer George Benjamin.

Sharp Focus19990510

The last of this week's programmes exploring the power of photography focuses on Sebastiao Salgado's images of the gold rush in the Brazilian Amazon.

In tonight's programme exploring the power of photography, Don McCullin talks about his own work. Eamonn McCabe finds out what happened when this renowned war photographer decided to turn his attention to somewhere closer to home.

In tonight's programme exploring the power of photography, Eamonn McCabe concentrates on the work of Czech photographer Josef Koudelka and his photographs of the 1968 Soviet invasion of Prague.

Eamonn McCabe looks at the power of photography to shock and to transform the world - or at least our view of it. He begins with Lewis Hine, who in 1908 used his camera to crusade against child labour.

Sharp Focus19990512

The last of this week's programmes exploring the power of photography focuses on Sebastiao Salgado's images of the gold rush in the Brazilian Amazon.

In tonight's programme exploring the power of photography, Don McCullin talks about his own work. Eamonn McCabe finds out what happened when this renowned war photographer decided to turn his attention to somewhere closer to home.

In tonight's programme exploring the power of photography, Eamonn McCabe concentrates on the work of Czech photographer Josef Koudelka and his photographs of the 1968 Soviet invasion of Prague.

Eamonn McCabe looks at the power of photography to shock and to transform the world - or at least our view of it. He begins with Lewis Hine, who in 1908 used his camera to crusade against child labour.

Sharp Focus19990513

The last of this week's programmes exploring the power of photography focuses on Sebastiao Salgado's images of the gold rush in the Brazilian Amazon.

In tonight's programme exploring the power of photography, Don McCullin talks about his own work. Eamonn McCabe finds out what happened when this renowned war photographer decided to turn his attention to somewhere closer to home.

In tonight's programme exploring the power of photography, Eamonn McCabe concentrates on the work of Czech photographer Josef Koudelka and his photographs of the 1968 Soviet invasion of Prague.

Eamonn McCabe looks at the power of photography to shock and to transform the world - or at least our view of it. He begins with Lewis Hine, who in 1908 used his camera to crusade against child labour.

Sharp Focus19990514

The last of this week's programmes exploring the power of photography focuses on Sebastiao Salgado's images of the gold rush in the Brazilian Amazon.

In tonight's programme exploring the power of photography, Don McCullin talks about his own work. Eamonn McCabe finds out what happened when this renowned war photographer decided to turn his attention to somewhere closer to home.

In tonight's programme exploring the power of photography, Eamonn McCabe concentrates on the work of Czech photographer Josef Koudelka and his photographs of the 1968 Soviet invasion of Prague.

Eamonn McCabe looks at the power of photography to shock and to transform the world - or at least our view of it. He begins with Lewis Hine, who in 1908 used his camera to crusade against child labour.

Sister Act19971209

Four programmes in which Christopher Cook talks to Hollywood's most successful young screenwriters.

Today, he meets Paul Rudnick, writer of `Sister Act', `Addams Family Values' and `Jeffrey'.

Sleeping On A Volcano1998052519990806

Five personal European views on the legacy of 1848.

A new map of Europe was drawn up after the events of 1848, as independent regions became nation states.

A century and a half later it is regionalism, not nationalism, that is testing Europe's borders.

As calls for regional independence in Italy grow louder, Dacia Maraini offers a timely review of the building of the state of Italy.

Personal European views on the legacy of 1848.

For Poland, despite its fervent nationalist movement, the spring of 1848 followed too closely to the bloodshed of its own peasant uprising of 1846, where thousands of Polish aristocrats were massacred.

Hubert Zawadzki explains how, despite resisting a full-scale revolution in 1848, Polish radicals came to lead revolts in other countries across Europe.

The state of Germany as a great modern power was built after 1848, upon ideals of democracy.

Sabine Freitag chronicles the uses and abuses of these ideals by German governments, of all political hues, ever since.

After the dramatic events of the PARIS uprisings in the spring of 1848, only a handful of countries resisted the call to revolt.

Gearoid O Tuathaigh explains how, despite famine, desperate POVERTY and political frustrations, revolution was averted in IRELAND.

A century and a half ago, countries across Europe were in turmoil as revolution raged.

Peasants fought for freedom, the middle classes for suffrage, and political leaders for national independence and the end of empire.

From the first stirrings of unrest in the spring of 1848, Europe realised that it was SLEEPing on a volcano.

Jacques Darras contemplates the artistic legacy of the PARISian uprisings and the events taking place this year in FRANCE to mark the 150th anniversary of the 1848 revolution.

Personal views of the legacy of 1848, when revolution swept across Europe.

Hubert Zawadzki explains how, for Poland, despite its fervent nationalist movement, the spring of 1848 followed too closely on the bloodshed of its own peasant uprising of 1846, when thousands of Polish aristocrats were massacred.

But although Poland resisted full-scale revolution in 1848, Polish radicals led revolts in other European countries.

Sleeping On A Volcano1998052519990805

Five personal European views on the legacy of 1848.

A new map of Europe was drawn up after the events of 1848, as independent regions became nation states.

A century and a half later it is regionalism, not nationalism, that is testing Europe's borders.

As calls for regional independence in Italy grow louder, Dacia Maraini offers a timely review of the building of the state of Italy.

Personal European views on the legacy of 1848.

For Poland, despite its fervent nationalist movement, the spring of 1848 followed too closely to the bloodshed of its own peasant uprising of 1846, where thousands of Polish aristocrats were massacred.

Hubert Zawadzki explains how, despite resisting a full-scale revolution in 1848, Polish radicals came to lead revolts in other countries across Europe.

The state of Germany as a great modern power was built after 1848, upon ideals of democracy.

Sabine Freitag chronicles the uses and abuses of these ideals by German governments, of all political hues, ever since.

After the dramatic events of the PARIS uprisings in the spring of 1848, only a handful of countries resisted the call to revolt.

Gearoid O Tuathaigh explains how, despite famine, desperate POVERTY and political frustrations, revolution was averted in IRELAND.

A century and a half ago, countries across Europe were in turmoil as revolution raged.

Peasants fought for freedom, the middle classes for suffrage, and political leaders for national independence and the end of empire.

From the first stirrings of unrest in the spring of 1848, Europe realised that it was SLEEPing on a volcano.

Jacques Darras contemplates the artistic legacy of the PARISian uprisings and the events taking place this year in FRANCE to mark the 150th anniversary of the 1848 revolution.

Personal views of the legacy of 1848, when revolution swept across Europe.

Hubert Zawadzki explains how, for Poland, despite its fervent nationalist movement, the spring of 1848 followed too closely on the bloodshed of its own peasant uprising of 1846, when thousands of Polish aristocrats were massacred.

But although Poland resisted full-scale revolution in 1848, Polish radicals led revolts in other European countries.

Sleeping On A Volcano1998052519990804

Five personal European views on the legacy of 1848.

A new map of Europe was drawn up after the events of 1848, as independent regions became nation states.

A century and a half later it is regionalism, not nationalism, that is testing Europe's borders.

As calls for regional independence in Italy grow louder, Dacia Maraini offers a timely review of the building of the state of Italy.

Personal European views on the legacy of 1848.

For Poland, despite its fervent nationalist movement, the spring of 1848 followed too closely to the bloodshed of its own peasant uprising of 1846, where thousands of Polish aristocrats were massacred.

Hubert Zawadzki explains how, despite resisting a full-scale revolution in 1848, Polish radicals came to lead revolts in other countries across Europe.

The state of Germany as a great modern power was built after 1848, upon ideals of democracy.

Sabine Freitag chronicles the uses and abuses of these ideals by German governments, of all political hues, ever since.

After the dramatic events of the PARIS uprisings in the spring of 1848, only a handful of countries resisted the call to revolt.

Gearoid O Tuathaigh explains how, despite famine, desperate POVERTY and political frustrations, revolution was averted in IRELAND.

A century and a half ago, countries across Europe were in turmoil as revolution raged.

Peasants fought for freedom, the middle classes for suffrage, and political leaders for national independence and the end of empire.

From the first stirrings of unrest in the spring of 1848, Europe realised that it was SLEEPing on a volcano.

Jacques Darras contemplates the artistic legacy of the PARISian uprisings and the events taking place this year in FRANCE to mark the 150th anniversary of the 1848 revolution.

Personal views of the legacy of 1848, when revolution swept across Europe.

Hubert Zawadzki explains how, for Poland, despite its fervent nationalist movement, the spring of 1848 followed too closely on the bloodshed of its own peasant uprising of 1846, when thousands of Polish aristocrats were massacred.

But although Poland resisted full-scale revolution in 1848, Polish radicals led revolts in other European countries.

Sleeping On A Volcano1998052519990802

Five personal European views on the legacy of 1848.

A new map of Europe was drawn up after the events of 1848, as independent regions became nation states.

A century and a half later it is regionalism, not nationalism, that is testing Europe's borders.

As calls for regional independence in Italy grow louder, Dacia Maraini offers a timely review of the building of the state of Italy.

Personal European views on the legacy of 1848.

For Poland, despite its fervent nationalist movement, the spring of 1848 followed too closely to the bloodshed of its own peasant uprising of 1846, where thousands of Polish aristocrats were massacred.

Hubert Zawadzki explains how, despite resisting a full-scale revolution in 1848, Polish radicals came to lead revolts in other countries across Europe.

The state of Germany as a great modern power was built after 1848, upon ideals of democracy.

Sabine Freitag chronicles the uses and abuses of these ideals by German governments, of all political hues, ever since.

After the dramatic events of the PARIS uprisings in the spring of 1848, only a handful of countries resisted the call to revolt.

Gearoid O Tuathaigh explains how, despite famine, desperate POVERTY and political frustrations, revolution was averted in IRELAND.

A century and a half ago, countries across Europe were in turmoil as revolution raged.

Peasants fought for freedom, the middle classes for suffrage, and political leaders for national independence and the end of empire.

From the first stirrings of unrest in the spring of 1848, Europe realised that it was SLEEPing on a volcano.

Jacques Darras contemplates the artistic legacy of the PARISian uprisings and the events taking place this year in FRANCE to mark the 150th anniversary of the 1848 revolution.

Personal views of the legacy of 1848, when revolution swept across Europe.

Hubert Zawadzki explains how, for Poland, despite its fervent nationalist movement, the spring of 1848 followed too closely on the bloodshed of its own peasant uprising of 1846, when thousands of Polish aristocrats were massacred.

But although Poland resisted full-scale revolution in 1848, Polish radicals led revolts in other European countries.

Sleeping On A Volcano1998052619990802

Five personal European views on the legacy of 1848.

A new map of Europe was drawn up after the events of 1848, as independent regions became nation states.

A century and a half later it is regionalism, not nationalism, that is testing Europe's borders.

As calls for regional independence in Italy grow louder, Dacia Maraini offers a timely review of the building of the state of Italy.

Personal European views on the legacy of 1848.

For Poland, despite its fervent nationalist movement, the spring of 1848 followed too closely to the bloodshed of its own peasant uprising of 1846, where thousands of Polish aristocrats were massacred.

Hubert Zawadzki explains how, despite resisting a full-scale revolution in 1848, Polish radicals came to lead revolts in other countries across Europe.

The state of Germany as a great modern power was built after 1848, upon ideals of democracy.

Sabine Freitag chronicles the uses and abuses of these ideals by German governments, of all political hues, ever since.

After the dramatic events of the PARIS uprisings in the spring of 1848, only a handful of countries resisted the call to revolt.

Gearoid O Tuathaigh explains how, despite famine, desperate POVERTY and political frustrations, revolution was averted in IRELAND.

A century and a half ago, countries across Europe were in turmoil as revolution raged.

Peasants fought for freedom, the middle classes for suffrage, and political leaders for national independence and the end of empire.

From the first stirrings of unrest in the spring of 1848, Europe realised that it was SLEEPing on a volcano.

Jacques Darras contemplates the artistic legacy of the PARISian uprisings and the events taking place this year in FRANCE to mark the 150th anniversary of the 1848 revolution.

Personal views of the legacy of 1848, when revolution swept across Europe.

Hubert Zawadzki explains how, for Poland, despite its fervent nationalist movement, the spring of 1848 followed too closely on the bloodshed of its own peasant uprising of 1846, when thousands of Polish aristocrats were massacred.

But although Poland resisted full-scale revolution in 1848, Polish radicals led revolts in other European countries.

Sleeping On A Volcano1998052719990802

Five personal European views on the legacy of 1848.

A new map of Europe was drawn up after the events of 1848, as independent regions became nation states.

A century and a half later it is regionalism, not nationalism, that is testing Europe's borders.

As calls for regional independence in Italy grow louder, Dacia Maraini offers a timely review of the building of the state of Italy.

Personal European views on the legacy of 1848.

For Poland, despite its fervent nationalist movement, the spring of 1848 followed too closely to the bloodshed of its own peasant uprising of 1846, where thousands of Polish aristocrats were massacred.

Hubert Zawadzki explains how, despite resisting a full-scale revolution in 1848, Polish radicals came to lead revolts in other countries across Europe.

The state of Germany as a great modern power was built after 1848, upon ideals of democracy.

Sabine Freitag chronicles the uses and abuses of these ideals by German governments, of all political hues, ever since.

After the dramatic events of the PARIS uprisings in the spring of 1848, only a handful of countries resisted the call to revolt.

Gearoid O Tuathaigh explains how, despite famine, desperate POVERTY and political frustrations, revolution was averted in IRELAND.

A century and a half ago, countries across Europe were in turmoil as revolution raged.

Peasants fought for freedom, the middle classes for suffrage, and political leaders for national independence and the end of empire.

From the first stirrings of unrest in the spring of 1848, Europe realised that it was SLEEPing on a volcano.

Jacques Darras contemplates the artistic legacy of the PARISian uprisings and the events taking place this year in FRANCE to mark the 150th anniversary of the 1848 revolution.

Personal views of the legacy of 1848, when revolution swept across Europe.

Hubert Zawadzki explains how, for Poland, despite its fervent nationalist movement, the spring of 1848 followed too closely on the bloodshed of its own peasant uprising of 1846, when thousands of Polish aristocrats were massacred.

But although Poland resisted full-scale revolution in 1848, Polish radicals led revolts in other European countries.

Sleeping On A Volcano1998052819990802

Five personal European views on the legacy of 1848.

A new map of Europe was drawn up after the events of 1848, as independent regions became nation states.

A century and a half later it is regionalism, not nationalism, that is testing Europe's borders.

As calls for regional independence in Italy grow louder, Dacia Maraini offers a timely review of the building of the state of Italy.

Personal European views on the legacy of 1848.

For Poland, despite its fervent nationalist movement, the spring of 1848 followed too closely to the bloodshed of its own peasant uprising of 1846, where thousands of Polish aristocrats were massacred.

Hubert Zawadzki explains how, despite resisting a full-scale revolution in 1848, Polish radicals came to lead revolts in other countries across Europe.

The state of Germany as a great modern power was built after 1848, upon ideals of democracy.

Sabine Freitag chronicles the uses and abuses of these ideals by German governments, of all political hues, ever since.

After the dramatic events of the PARIS uprisings in the spring of 1848, only a handful of countries resisted the call to revolt.

Gearoid O Tuathaigh explains how, despite famine, desperate POVERTY and political frustrations, revolution was averted in IRELAND.

A century and a half ago, countries across Europe were in turmoil as revolution raged.

Peasants fought for freedom, the middle classes for suffrage, and political leaders for national independence and the end of empire.

From the first stirrings of unrest in the spring of 1848, Europe realised that it was SLEEPing on a volcano.

Jacques Darras contemplates the artistic legacy of the PARISian uprisings and the events taking place this year in FRANCE to mark the 150th anniversary of the 1848 revolution.

Personal views of the legacy of 1848, when revolution swept across Europe.

Hubert Zawadzki explains how, for Poland, despite its fervent nationalist movement, the spring of 1848 followed too closely on the bloodshed of its own peasant uprising of 1846, when thousands of Polish aristocrats were massacred.

But although Poland resisted full-scale revolution in 1848, Polish radicals led revolts in other European countries.

Sleeping On A Volcano1998052919990802

Five personal European views on the legacy of 1848.

A new map of Europe was drawn up after the events of 1848, as independent regions became nation states.

A century and a half later it is regionalism, not nationalism, that is testing Europe's borders.

As calls for regional independence in Italy grow louder, Dacia Maraini offers a timely review of the building of the state of Italy.

Personal European views on the legacy of 1848.

For Poland, despite its fervent nationalist movement, the spring of 1848 followed too closely to the bloodshed of its own peasant uprising of 1846, where thousands of Polish aristocrats were massacred.

Hubert Zawadzki explains how, despite resisting a full-scale revolution in 1848, Polish radicals came to lead revolts in other countries across Europe.

The state of Germany as a great modern power was built after 1848, upon ideals of democracy.

Sabine Freitag chronicles the uses and abuses of these ideals by German governments, of all political hues, ever since.

After the dramatic events of the PARIS uprisings in the spring of 1848, only a handful of countries resisted the call to revolt.

Gearoid O Tuathaigh explains how, despite famine, desperate POVERTY and political frustrations, revolution was averted in IRELAND.

A century and a half ago, countries across Europe were in turmoil as revolution raged.

Peasants fought for freedom, the middle classes for suffrage, and political leaders for national independence and the end of empire.

From the first stirrings of unrest in the spring of 1848, Europe realised that it was SLEEPing on a volcano.

Jacques Darras contemplates the artistic legacy of the PARISian uprisings and the events taking place this year in FRANCE to mark the 150th anniversary of the 1848 revolution.

Personal views of the legacy of 1848, when revolution swept across Europe.

Hubert Zawadzki explains how, for Poland, despite its fervent nationalist movement, the spring of 1848 followed too closely on the bloodshed of its own peasant uprising of 1846, when thousands of Polish aristocrats were massacred.

But although Poland resisted full-scale revolution in 1848, Polish radicals led revolts in other European countries.

Somewhere Else19981124

Nicholas Ward Jackson explores the contemporary art world. Today, he talks to artist Willie Doherty about his recent video work `Somewhere Else'. Recorded on location in Derry, Doherty explores conflicting images of Northern IRELAND as a landscape of mythic beauty and as a site of violence and covert surveillance.

Stasi City1998112619990421

Nicholas Ward Jackson explores the contemporary art world. Tonight, he joins Jane and Louise Wilson as they prepare for the shoot of their new film at the decommissioned Greenham Common air force base. As they rummage through hangers and bunkers, the Wilsons discuss their fascination with the Cold War and talk about the experience of filming `Stasi City' in BERLIN.

Summer With Monika20080602 BT=1050 (BBC7)
20080602 BT=2150 (BBC7)
20080603 BT=0250 (BBC7)

Talking about the enigmatic muse for his 1960s magical poem of love, Roger Mcgough reveals who Monika really was.

Taking Shape, Where Poetry Began19980429

`Taking Shape, Where Poetry Began'. Michael Schmidt introduces poems which were the first of their kind, from Caedmon to Ezra Pound. Readers Melissa Sinden and Russell Dixon.

Tales From The Stacks19971117

In the last of five reflections on libraries, biographer Michael Holroyd remembers his aunt lightly roasting the books she borrowed for fear of germs.

He found an alternative education in the public library at Maidenhead.

The fourth of five reflections on the experience of libraries - great and small, here and abroad.

The third of five reflections on libraries.

The lost library of Alexandria is said to have contained around 400,000 manuscripts, many of which were accidentally burnt when Julius Caesar was besieged in Alexandria.

But what of modern Egypt - do equally great treasures survive?

The main building of the RUSSIAn State Library in Moscow was reworked from a design for a hydroelectric power station.

Though it now houses more than 40 million books and periodicals, some 40,000 were lost when the opening of a nearby metro station caused subsidence.

In the first of five reflections on libraries, the South AFRICAn novelist Christopher Hope recalls student days in the university libraries of Witwatersrand and Natal.

Tales From The Stacks19971118
Tales From The Stacks19971119
Tales From The Stacks19971120
Tales From The Stacks19971121
Telephone Call From Down Under1998030619980724

The last in the series of entertainments in which Maureen Lipman recreates monologues, sketches and songs originally written and performed by comedian Joyce Grenfell. Featuring `Telephone Call from Down Under', a touching scene of divided loyalties; `Mrs Mendlicote', a musical account of life and times in Pont Street; and, to end, `When You Go'. The songs were composed by Richard Addinsell.

The Confession And The Harrowing Of Hell19990701

Helen Dunmore introduces and reads her version of `The Confession and the Harrowing of Hell' from William Langland's visionary allegorical poem `Piers Plowman', which satirised church and state and contributed to the Peasants' Revolt of 1381.

The Demon Lover19990617

Neil Corcoran introduces the third of five readings from the work of the Anglo-Irish novelist and short story writer. Fiona Shaw reads `The Demon Lover', a short story set in LONDON during the Second World War which explores Bowen's preoccupations with suppressed emotion, dislocation and the supernatural.

The Heat Of The Day19990618

Neil Corcoran introduces a finAl Reading from the work of the Anglo-Irish novelist and short story writer.

Fiona Shaw reads from `The Heat of the Day', Bowen's great novel of treachery and deception set in LONDON and IRELAND during the Second World War.

The House In Paris19990616

Neil Corcoran introduces the third of five readings from the work of the Anglo-Irish novelist and short story writer in the year which marks the centenary of her birth.

Fiona Shaw reads from `The House in PARIS', Bowen's 1935 novel of deception, childhood and the tyranny of the past.

The Last September19990615

Neil Corcoran introduces the second of five readings from the work of the Anglo-Irish novelist and short story writer in the year which marks the centenary of her birth. Fiona Shaw reads from `The Last September', Bowen's great novel of political struggle and snobbery set in County Cork during the Irish war of independence.

The Magician19981023

In the last of five interviews with international writers, Hermione Lee talks to Belfast-born novelist Brian Moore about the craft of writing and the themes he has pursued in his books including the latest, `The Magician's Wife'.

The Migrant Mother19990511

The plight of farm labourers streaming into California desperate for work during the DEPRESSION was epitomised in Dorothea Lange's picture `The Migrant Mother'. Eamonn McCabe discovers why this photograph became an icon of the 1930s and explores its impact.

The Muse19980427

`The Muse's Babes'. Michael Schmidt introduces a selection of poems by well known poets taking their first faltering steps, including Edgar Allan Poe, George Herbert, Milton, Pope and Burns. Readers Melissa Sinden and Russell Dixon.

The Old Testament Trinity19990817

Five writers reflect on their selection of images inspired by CHRISTIANity and explore how deeply those images resonate in contemporary culture. Today, religious historian Karen Armstrong talks about Rublev's `The Old Testament Trinity'.

The Vision After The Sermon, Jacob Wrestling With The Angel19990818

Five writers reflect on their selection of images inspired by CHRISTIANity and explore how deeply those images resonate in contemporary culture. Today, poet and lecturer Professor Geoffrey Hill talks about Gauguin's `The Vision after the Sermon, Jacob Wrestling with the Angel'.

The Waste Land19980310

Brian Morton looks at five complex artistic partnerships in which the work is more than usually dependent on collaboration. T S Eliot dedicated `The Waste Land' to `il miglior fabbro', acknowledging that Ezra Pound, who edited the manuscript, was `the better craftsman'. In the second programme, Brian Morton talks to Pound's biographer Humphrey Carpenter and poet Charles Tomlinson.

Thinking Aloud1998112719990423

Nicholas Ward Jackson explores the contemporary art world. Tonight, he talks to sculptor Richard Wentworth about the exhibition `Thinking Aloud'. Devised by Wentworth, the show brings together a bizarre collection of art objects and artefacts, including paintings by Churchill, a wooden mole trap, a tally stick from the Bank of ENGLAND, as well as works by Gilbert and George and Rachel Whiteread.

Thursdays1998030419980722

A five-part entertainment compiled by and starring Maureen Lipman, recreating monologues, sketches and songs originally written and performed by comedienne Joyce Grenfell. Featuring `Thursdays', a commonplace story in which a wrong number nearly turns into a blind date; and a poignant song, `Dear Francois', with music composed by Richard Addinsell. Plus Grenfell's letters to Virginia Graham.

A five-part entertainment compiled by and starring Maureen Lipman, recreating monologues, sketches and songs originally written and performed by comedienne Joyce Grenfell. Featuring `Thursdays', in which a wrong number nearly turns into a blind date; and a poignant song, `Dear Francois', with music by Richard Addinsell. Plus Grenfell's letters to Virginia Graham.

Tuberama1998042419980807

Five programmes this week in which Nicholas Ward-Jackson explores the contemporary art world. To conclude the week, he talks to Georgina Starr as she puts the finishing touches to `Tuberama', a special commission for BIRMINGHAM's Ikon Gallery. The work features a scaled-down underground train and a musical commentary that follows the progress of the carriage's fictional characters. Nicholas Ward-Jackson attends the private viewing, a night equally important for Starr and for gallery director Elizabeth A MacGregor.

01A Century Of Science19990524

John Durant, professor of the public understanding of science at Imperial College, explores the scientific discoveries that have had a major cultural impact and have changed our way of looking at the world.

2: The Information Explosion.

1: The Atom.

01Arrondissements19990201

Patrick Wright talks with five unsung, witty and engaging figures on the cultural scene who are distinguished by their originality and imagination. 1: Douglas Oliver. PARIS-based poet Douglas Oliver, author of `Arrondissements', `Penniless Politics' and `The Infant Pearl', talks about how poetry functions in contemporary political discourse.

01Azouz Begag: Le Gone De Chaaba19980921

Tibor Fischer introduces five of the world's leading writers who are, as yet, little known to British audiences. 1: `Azouz Begag: Le gone de Chaaba'. Born in the Arab slums of Lyon, Azouz Begag explores his experience of growing up as an outsider in French society. Frequently compared to Camus, Begag is one of FRANCE's most important young novelists.

01Bedtime Stories19980202

A five-part cultural history of sexuality. 5: Androgyny. An androgynous look has often been revered as an ideal of physical beauty, and gender confusion is explored by many people through fashion. But what is the reality of androgyny for those born neither male or female?

A five-part cultural history of sexuality. 4: Bisexuality. While some believe we are all bisexual, others deny the very existence of bisexuality. Is it a third gender, or a new way to look at desires we all share?

A five part cultural history of sexuality. 3: Transvestism. Men and women have dressed in each other's clothes from Shakespeare to pantomime, yet transvestism today remains a secret lifestyle. Writers and psychologists explore the history of cross-dressing, and transvestites talk about their lives.

A five-part cultural history of sexuality. 2: HOMOSEXUALity. An exploration of gay and lesbian life from ancient Greece to today. How has gay and lesbian sexuality found a voice and an identity in the past?

A five-part cultural history of sexuality. 1: Heterosexuality. Since Adam and Eve's first kiss, we have been a heterosexual society, but how have men and women's desires for one another changed with the times? Institutionalised through marriage, heterosexual love has often forged political as well as romantic alliances, but always with the family at its heart. This programme looks at how as well as whom we love.

01Cheltenham - The Musical Spa1998021619980706

Kathleen Griffin begins a week-long exploration of the European spas where the royal, the rich and the artistic flocked for purging, purification and pleasure. 1: `Cheltenham - the Musical Spa'.

01Contemporary American Poets19990719

With Michael Schmidt. 5: John Ashbery. A final programme of readings by contemporary American poets reflecting the diversity of poetry written in the States today. One of the most prolific American poets of our time, Ashbery reads a selection of his writing past and present.

With Michael Schmidt. 4: Deborah Garrison and Yusef Komunyakaa. The fourth in a series of readings by leading contemporary poets from America reflecting the diversity of poetry written in the States today. Garrison, a senior editor for the NEW YORKer, reads from her very first collection; Komunyakaa, a Vietnam veteran, delivers a powerful meditation on AFRICAn-American life.

With Michael Schmidt. 3: Sharon Olds and August Kleinzahler. The third in a series of readings by contemporary American poets reflecting the diversity of poetry written in the States today. Olds is a winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award; Kleinzahler has also received many top awards.

With Michael Schmidt. 2: Louise Gluck and Charles Simic. The second in a series of readings by contempoarary poets from America reflecting the diverse range of poetry written in the States today. Gluck's work is delicate and oblique; Serbian-born Simic's is warm-hearted and slightly surreal. Both are winners of the Pulitzer Prize for poetry.

With Michael Schmidt. 1: Rita Dove and Mark Doty. The first in a series of readings by contemporary poets from America reflecting the diverse range of poetry being written in the States today. Dove was the first AFRICAn-American poet laureate of the US, and her work is suffused with a quiet humanity. Doty, forceful and inventive, was the winner of the 1995 T S Eliot Prize.

01Cultural Nationalism19990301

5: Finland is less than 100 years old as a country. It defined itself as neither Swedish nor RUSSIAn, while both countries exerted great influence over it. Is its indigenous culture now under threat from mobile phones, the European Union and Hollywood? Joe Farrell reports from Helsinki.

3: Catalonia is a nation with its own language and history which asserts its rights to be independent of Spain and part of a wider Europe. Joe Farrell reports from Barcelona.

2: One island, two IRELANDs: how does culture differ in Dublin and Belfast? Joe Farrell talks to Declan Kiberd and Terrence Brown.

A week of programmes exploring the ancient and continuing association of the arts with nation-building. Do a people need a distinctive culture of their own in order to feel themselves a people apart? Can you be a nation without your own language, national epic or type of bread? Written and presented by Joe Farrell.

01Dancing Words19980330

The 20th century has seen an explosion in the number of writers who have used music in their work, from classical to rock 'n' roll and the blues. Over four programmes, Philip Dodd talks to leading novelists to find out why words and music have become so interwoven. 1: `Dancing Words'. From Tolstoy to Hanif Kureishi, the purity of music has obsessed writers who have endeavoured to capture its spirit in their work. But do writers translate the intangible qualities of sound into prose, and how do the different qualities of music inform their work?

01Dissenting Voices19990125

Five programmes in which the work of a writer from the past who argued with passion for change is introduced by a contemporary outspoken voice. 5: George Monbiot introduces excerpts from the writings of 17th-century activist Gerard Winstanley. Reader Stephen Thorne.

Five programmes in which the work of a writer from the past who argued with passion for change is introduced by a contemporary outspoken voice. In this first programme, Tony Benn presents excerpts from the essays of William Morris. Reader David Horovitch

01Doctors Of Philosophy19990222

Alain De Botton looks to some of the great thinkers of the past in the hope of finding philosophical cures for some everyday ills.

5: The milk has gone off, the car has been clamped, and tax forms are overdue, but Alain De Botton opens Nietzsche in search of advice for the faint-hearted.

4: Never mind agony aunts or lonely hearts pages - Alain De Botton discovers how Schopenhauer soothes the broken-hearted.

3: Bewildered by semantics, semiotics or systems analysis? Alain De Botton finds Montaigne has a message for those with a sense of intellectual inferiority.

2: From loss of hair to loss of employment, Alain De Botton turns to Seneca for sage advice.

1: From foreign holidays to expensive meals, we live in an age that equates money with happiness.

So what has Epicurus to say to those with a cash-flow problem?

01George Szirtes: Lullaby Of Broadway19990308

For the third year running, Radio 3 has commissioned five of the finest poets writing in ENGLISH today to write a new poem for radio. The poems include specially recorded sound and music. 1: `George Szirtes: Lullaby of Broadway'. A poem inspired by the remarkable extended dance sequence by Busby Berkeley in the film `Gold Diggers of 1935'.

01I Beg You To Hear Me: The File On Isaac Babel19981005

Five dramatised documentaries drawn from the KGB's literary archive by Vitaly Shentalinsky and presented by Professor James Riordan. 1: `I Beg You to Hear Me: the File on Isaac Babel'. The legacy of writer Isaac Babel is recalled by his grandson. Babel rode with the Cossacks in RUSSIA's bloody civil war, gave the world his short story collection `Red Cavalry', and was arrested and executed in 1939. With Stephen Grief as Babel and Jon Strickland as the interrogator.

01It Couldn19990111

In five programmes this week, Paul Neuberg explores the Communist project which sought to use the arts to remould people's minds so that they would join in reshaping the world. In the course of the century, this project involved thousands of writers and artists, who had to remould their own artistic agendas and sometimes their personalities. 1: `It Couldn't Be Helped, Comrades'. The suicide of Mayakovsky in April 1930 symbolised the defeat of the RUSSIAn avant-garde, which had been fighting proletarian artistic movements, their realist agendas and their claim to Party and popular approval almost since the Revolution.

01Jane Eyre19980126

Every day this week, Cambridge lecturer and psychoanalyst Juliet Mitchell journeys into the minds of some of literature's best known fictional characters. 1: `Jane Eyre'. Psychoanalyst Margot Waddell and writer Jenny Diski discuss the most famous orphan of 19th-century literature.

01Lempriere19970929

Five programmes this week about novelists. Lawrence Norfolk, author of `Lempriere's Dictionary' and `The Pope's Rhinoceros', is one of the most admired and successful of British novelists. Today, he introduces his next book, which is about a contemporary suicidal love affair and boar-hunting in ancient Greece.

01Living Ideas1999051719980907

In the last of the series in which leading philosophers offer an appreciation of great thinkers of the past. Ray Monk, lecturer at Southampton University, has written widely acclaimed biographies of Wittgenstein and Russell. Today, he takes up Wittgenstein's suggestion that there are limits to a scientific understanding of human beliefs, values and conduct.

In the third programme of the series offering an insight into how modern philosophers work and how they relate to thinkers from the past, Jonathan Ree, a leading interpreter of modern European philosophy who teaches at Middlesex University, talks about Heidegger's philosophy of art and examines in particular why Heidegger rejected traditional approaches to art criticism.

Leading philosophers acknowledge our indebtedness to great thinkers from the past. 2: Kant. Onora O'Neill, principal of Newnham College, Cambridge, looks at the enduring philosophy of Immanuel Kant and argues for the continuing significance of his fundamental principle that humans should respect others' rights and interests as fiercely as their own.

A second series in which leading philosophers acknowledge our indebtedness to great thinkers from the past. 1: Descartes. David Papineau, professor of the philosophy of science at King's College, LONDON, offers an appreciation of Descartes, usually remembered as the originator of the modern distinction between the mind and the body who Papineau argues should be celebrated as a pioneer materialist.

A five-part series in which leading philosophers offer their appreciation of great thinkers. 5: Emmanuel Levinas. Dr Simon Critchely defends the modern French-Jewish philosopher whose work was profoundly marked by the Holocaust and by the Nazism of his philosophical hero, Heidegger. Critchely argues that Levinas offers a moving and valuable account of the respect we owe each other as unique individuals.

A five-part series in which leading philosophers offer their appreciation of great thinkers. 4: Otto Neurath. Professor Nancy Cartwright talks about the little-known positivist Otto Neurath. She argues that Neurath combines a modernist commitment to science and progress with a postmodernist acceptance that there is no such thing as absolute and objective truth, even in the empirical sciences.

A five-part series in which leading philosophers offer their appreciation of great thinkers. 3: Hume. Professor Simon Blackburn is best known for his defence of quasi-realism, an account of the world which attempts to reconcile our experience of the world's richness with the stark ontology of modern science. In this programme, he talks about his hero, David Hume, who he thinks laid the foundations for a modern scientific philosophy.

A five-part series in which leading philosophers offer their appreciation of great thinkers. 2: Machiavelli. Quentin Skinner, one of today's leading historians of political thought, argues that Machiavelli still has a great deal to teach us about the importance of civic participation in guaranteeing our individual freedom.

A five-part series in which leading philosophers offer their appreciation of great thinkers who have influenced their work and understanding of the world. 1: Aristotle. Martha Nussbaum, professor of law and ethics at the University of Chicago, champions the thinking of the ancient Stoics about our obligations to one another as citizens of the world. She argues that we need to develop further their theories of international law.

01Lullaby Of Broadway19990809

Five poems for radio commissioned by Radio 3. 1: `Lullaby of Broadway' by George Szirtes was inspired by the remarkable extended dance sequence by Busby Berkeley in the film `Gold Diggers of 1935'.

01Monet In Giverny19990118

A series on reflections on the life and work of Claude Monet to coincide with the Royal Academy's new Monet exhibition. 1: `Monet in Giverny'. Anna Pavord, gardening correspondent for the Independent, and art historian Paul Hayes Tucker reflect on Monet's garden and the paintings it inspired. With excerpts from the artist's letters read by Paul Scofield

01Mrs Birtwhistle19981130

Five monologues about women. 1: `Mrs Birtwhistle'. Played by Geraldine McEwan. The new-found independence of her handicapped daughter threatens Mrs Birtwhistle's very raison d'etre.

01Music19971229

Five programmes asking how people's tastes change as they grow older. 1: `Music'. Sir William Glock, Minna Keal, Dr Anthony Storr, Sir Ernst Gombrich, Richard Hoggart and Sir Frank Kermode discuss how their tastes in music have changed during their lives.

01My First Sony19980511

Noah Richler talks to new Israeli and Palestinian authors about their work, 50 years after the foundation of the Israeli state. 1: `My First Sony'. In screenwriter, author and ex-soldier Benny Barrabash's `My First Sony', the child Yotam dutifully uses the gift of a tape machine to record the stories and arguments of his `Peace Now' parents and pioneer grandparents, whose pains, pleasures, wildly varied politics and generational differences wryly reflect the traumas of Israel's difficult past and present. With readings by David Schneider.

01Nietzsche Versus Aristotle19980323

In four programmes this week, ethicist Dr David Cook examines the impact of philosopher Alasdair MacIntyre's ideas with the help of some of those profoundly influenced by him. MacIntyre's devastating critique of our culture has changed the way morality is discussed in many contexts, from NHS ethics committees to political groups. But is it too late to save our moral and intellectual life? 1: `Nietzsche versus Aristotle'. With Chief Rabbi Dr Jonathan Sacks.

01Of Poor B B19980209

Famous as one of the major playwrights of the 20th century, Bertolt Brecht is now seen as perhaps Germany's greatest modern poet. In five programmes this week, Adrian Mitchell looks at Brecht poems and songs. The readers include Maria Friedman and Harold Pinter. 1: `Of Poor B B'. A look at the early poems.

01Of Poor B B19980824

Famous as one of the major playwrights of the 20th century, Bertolt Brecht is now seen as perhaps Germany's greatest modern poet. In five programmes this week, Adrian Mitchell looks at Brecht poems and songs. The readers include Maria Friedman and Harold Pinter. 1: `Of Poor B B'. A look at the early poems.

01One Giant Leap1998110219990104

Five specially commissioned dramatic monologues that combine fiction and a news story.

1: `One Giant Leap'.

By Sue Teddern.

01One God, One Land?19971110

Five religious dialogues between representatives of the great world faiths, with Keith Ward, Regius professor of divinity at OXFORD, in the chair.

1: `One God, One Land?' With the Chief Rabbi, Dr Jonathan Sacks, and Dr Zaki Badawi, chairman of the Imams and Mosques of the United Kingdom.

01Orlando1998102819980504

Five programmes in which film historian Ian Christie talks to leading figures in contemporary film-making about influences on their careers, how they work and the state of cinema as it enters its second century. 1: Sally Potter - the British director of `Orlando' and `The Tango Lesson'.

01Projections19971006

Five programmes in which film historian Ian Christie talks to leading figures in contemporary film-making about influences on their careers, how they work and the state of cinema as it enters its second century. 5: Terry Gilliam. Cartoonist turned film-maker who first came to prominence through his work on Monty Python's Flying Circus.

Five programmes in which film historian Ian Christie talks to leading figures in contemporary film-making about influences on their careers, how they work and the state of cinema as it enters its second century. 5:

Five programmes in which film historian Ian Christie talks to leading figures in contemporary film-making about influences on their careers, how they work and the state of cinema as it enters its second century. 4:

Five programmes in which film historian Ian Christie talks to leading figures in contemporary film-making about influences on their careers, how they work and the state of cinema as it enters its second century. 3:

Five programmes in which film historian Ian Christie talks to leading figures in contemporary film-making about influences on their careers, how they work and the state of cinema as it enters its second century. 2:

Five programmes in which film historian Ian Christie talks to leading figures in contemporary film-making about influences on their careers, how they work and the state of cinema as it enters its second century. 1:.

01Psychological Plague19981109

David Gale talks to five leading thinkers about their own radical vision of the future. 1: Controversial American academic Elaine Showalter argues that modern illnesses like Gulf War syndrome and Chronic Fatigue syndrome are really forms of mass hysteria. She explores the new and mutant forms of `psychological plague' likely to emerge as we enter the next millennium.

01Role Play1997121519980901

Five conversations in which Michael Billington talks to actors and singers about their experiences of playing the same character in theatrical and operatic productions. 5: Josephine Barstow and Katharine Schlesinger on Salome.

Five conversations in which Michael Billington talks to actors and singers about their experiences of playing the same character in theatrical and operatic productions. 4: Donald Maxwell and Denis Quilley on Falstaff.

Five conversations in which Michael Billington talks to actors and singers about their experiences of playing the same character in theatrical and operatic productions. 3: Gwyneth Jones and Zoe Wanamaker talk about Electra.

Five conversations in which Michael Billington talks to actors and singers about their experiences of playing the same character in theatrical and operatic productions. 2: Kristine Ciesinski and Sara Kestelman talk about playing Lady Macbeth.

Five conversations in which Michael Billington talks to actors and singers about their experiences of playing the same character in theatrical and operatic productions.

Four programmes in which Michael Billington talks to actors about key roles in the repertoire. 1: Michael Pennington and Fiona Shaw discuss the complex figure of Shakespeare's Richard II.

01Seamus Heaney At 6019990412

Five programmes celebrating and reassessing the poetry of Seamus Heaney in the week of his sixtieth birthday. 4: Irish poet and critic Bernard O'Donoghue explores Heaney's use of language - the meaning of his careful fusion of an Irish idiom and the ENGLISH lyric.

Five programmes celebrating and reassessing the poetry of Seamus Heaney in the week of his sixtieth birthday. 3: Eminent American critic Helen Vendler considers Heaney's most recent work, about the death of his parents and his preoccupation with the idea of the invisible.

Five programmes celebrating and reassessing the poetry of Seamus Heaney in the week of his sixtieth birthday. 1: Poet and fellow Nobel Prize-winner Derek Walcott discusses Heaney's role as a true poetry internationalist.

01Shakespeare19981228

Peter Holland talks to ten Shakespeare experts about the Bard today. 1: `Shakespeare's Life and Work'. With biographer Park Honan and Katherine Duncan-Jones, editor of the sonnets.

01Snow White19980223

Five programmes this week retelling the world's most enduring fairy stories and revealing the psychological power of their symbols and characters. 1: `Snow White'. Author A S Byatt and film-maker Nick Willing relive the story of Snow White, a victim of Oedipal jealousy, frozen in her glass coffin with a half-swallowed apple of experience stuck in her throat as she waits to wreak terrible vengeance on the wicked queen who must dance herself to death in red-hot shoes. Including the `Winter' music from Glazunov's `The Seasons'.

01Spirit Machines1997102719980713

Five specially commissioned poems blending words and sound. 1: `Spirit Machines'. By Robert Crawford.

Four commissioned poems blending words and sound. 1: `Spirit Machines' by Robert Crawford.

01The Body Zone19990322

Five programmes in which Iwan Russell-Jones looks at attitudes to the body in our culture. 1: `The Body Zone'. At the heart of the Millennium Dome is a giant sculpture of the human body. What does this say about the role and importance of the body in society?

01The Canti Of Giacomo Leopardi19981214

Kevin Jackson unravels the stories behind classic works of European literature. 1: `The Canti of Giacomo Leopardi'. Mocked as a hunchback, virtually imprisoned by his parents and unrequited in love, Giacomo Leopardi (1798-1837) produced some of the most musical and moving poetry ever written in Italian. Though scarcely known in his own time, many now rate him second only to Dante. Kevin Jackson examines why he means so much to those who read him and talks to Edwin Morgan, one of a growing number of contemporary poets who have translated his work into ENGLISH.

01The Choirmaster19990426

Derek Alsop explores what makes a great musical setting through five case studies which dip into the riches of British literature of the last half millennium and reflect the richness of its musical treatment in our own century. 1: `The Choirmaster's Burial'. Thomas Hardy's poem as set for voice and piano by Britten.

01The Classic19990315

An idiosyncratic history of classical duets and an incidental history of loving, told by dancers and thinkers. 1: `The Classic'. For romantics, some Swan Lakes.

01The Courthouse19970922

To mark 100 years since the birth of William Faulkner, Ron Berglas reads five short stories set in Faulkner's mythical Mississippi county. 1: `The Courthouse'.

01The First Taboo19981221

Comedian and broadcaster Rainer Hersch presents five personal and idiosyncratic studies of the music of our century.

1: `The First Taboo'.

Holding the book upside down: the Second Viennese School and atonality.

01The Kitsch Show!19981207

Four illustrated reflections on kitsch. 3: Roger Scruton, visiting professor of philosophy at Birkbeck, argues that kitsch is a corrupt reflection of a society without genuine values, and one which fatally undermines art.

Four illustrated reflections on kitsch. 2: Richard Dyer, professor of film studies at Warwick University, asks how intellectuals can enjoy what they know to be kitsch without resorting to inverted commas.

Four illustrated reflections on kitsch. 1: Dubravka Ugresic, a Croatian writer and thinker, describes the ability of kitsch to survive Communism, to thrive on war and to reinforce nationalism.

01The Landscapes Of Man19970915

A series examining the history of thought about landscape, the influence it has drawn from art and politics, and the revolutionary work in the genre now taking place around the world. 1: What ARCHITECTure was to the eighties, landscape is to the nineties as the art of landscape is being reborn after years of neglect. New scholarship, heightened public concern for a higher-quality environment, and a new generation of innovative designers and artists have helped restore much of the cultural significance landscape used to enjoy. Written and presented by Susan Marling.

01The Mary Tyler Moore Show19990705

Christopher Cook talks to five American television comedy writers. 1: James L Brooks, creator of comedies ranging from `The Mary Tyler Moore Show' in the 1960s to `The Simpsons' in the 1990s.

01The Nature Of Inspiration19981012

October 1798 saw the publication of one of the foundations of British romanticism: Wordsworth and Coleridge's `Lyrical Ballads'. To mark this bicentenary, Steve Connor explores how this slim volume made such a profound impression on ENGLISH literature and thought. 1: `The Nature of Inspiration'.

01The Power Of The Brand19990713

In four programmes this week Kevin Jackson explores the notion of the brand - the search for identity and consumer loyalty that has spawned a massive industry. He talks to brand creators, designers and persuaders - and to sceptics who look more objectively at the branding of the world. 1: `The Power of the Brand'.

01The School Of Love19980119

Five writers each choose a picture in the National Gallery and use it as a basis to develop a short imaginative narrative. 1: Marina Warner on Correggio's `The School of Love'.

01The Screenwriters - Hollywood In The 90s19980615

Christopher Cook talks to five of Hollywood's most successful screenwriters. 1: Paul Rudnick, writer of Sister Act, Addams Family Values and Jeffrey.

01The Sense Of An Ending19990405

Five explorations by Ian Christie of how cinema has continued the literary and visual tradition of apocalypse, reflecting the 20th Century's own history of catastrophe and its search for meaning in an increasingly secular world through a variety of forms, both traditional and innovative. 1: `The Sense of an Ending'. Cinema quickly lent itself to spectacles of decadence and destruction, but it has also reflected many of the apocalyptic themes that critics identify as underpinning modernist culture, ranging from technological anxiety and revolution to fears of environmental disaster and alien invasion.

01The Turn Of The Screw19980831

Five conversations in which Michael Billington talks to actors and singers about their experiences of playing the same character in theatrical and operatic productions. 1: Joan Rodgers and Andrea Gascoigne talk about playing the Governess in Henry James's `The Turn of the Screw'.

01The Way The World Washes1998111619990208

Five programmes celebrating 50 years of photojournalism from the world's most famous photo agency. 1: `The Way the World Washes'.

01The World19990607

Readings from Vikram Seth's epic poem, a homage to Pushkin's `Eugene Onegin', which focuses experiences of love and loss of a group of twentysomethings in the San Francisco of the early 80s. Cast: Mark Leake, Barbara Barnes, Laurel Lefkow, Michael Neil. 1: `The world's discussed while friends are eating'.

01The Writing Lark1997101319980817

Following the example of W H Auden's `Letter to Lord Byron', five poets read a newly commissioned verse letter to a poet from the past whom they admire. 1: Tom Paulin reads his letter to John Clare called `The Writing Lark'.

01Velazquez19990621

Reflections on the great Spanish artist Velazquez, born 400 years ago. 2: Historian Felipe Fernandez Armesto considers the glittering but politically menacing court of 17th-century Spain through Velazquez's portraits of Philip IV and his chief minister Olivares.

To mark the four hundredth anniversary of the birth of Spanish painter Velazquez, five writers and artists select a painting by which they have been influenced. 1: Writer and feminist Michele Roberts looks at Velazquez's women through the Rokeby Venus and muses on his treatment of youth and age.

01Veterans19981026

Christopher Hitchens talks to people who have spent long lives in opposition and are distinguished veterans of military, political and intellectual struggles. 3: Basil Davidson, widely revered historian of AFRICA and former intelligence operative in the Balkans in the Second World War.

Christopher Hitchens talks to people who have spent long lives in opposition and are distinguished veterans of military, political and intellectual struggles. 2: More from Bernard Knox, who recounts his combat in the Second World War and his postwar defence of the classics in the USA.

Christopher Hitchens talks to people who have spent long lives in opposition and are distinguished veterans of military, political and intellectual struggles. 1: Bernard Knox, classicist and defender of what he calls the oldest dead white European males. He was also a combatant in the Spanish Civil War and the Second World War.

01Who Speaks For The Present?1998010519980810

Valentine Cunningham presents a five-part personal guide to contemporary ENGLISH fiction. 1: `Who Speaks for the Present?' Who dares command a fiction, tell a story? A look at the problem of voice.

02A Century Of Science19990525

John Durant, professor of the public understanding of science at Imperial College, explores the scientific discoveries that have had a major cultural impact and have changed our way of looking at the world.

2: The Information Explosion.

1: The Atom.

02A Concert Generates A Meeting19990608

Readings from Vikram Seth's epic poem, a homage to Pushkin's `Eugene Onegin', which focuses experiences of love and loss of a group of twentysomethings in the San Francisco of the early 80s.

Cast: Mark Leake, Barbara Barnes, Laurel Lefkow, Michael Neil.

2: `A concert generates a meeting'.

02Adoration Of The Magi19980120

Five writers each choose a picture in the National Gallery and use it as a basis to develop a short imaginative narrative. 2: David Dabydeen on Pieter Bruegel the Elder's `Adoration of the Magi'.

02Ambuscade19970923

To mark 100 years since the birth of William Faulkner, Ron Berglas reads five short stories set in Faulkner's mythical Mississippi county. 2: `Ambuscade'.

02Aspirationals Unite19990714

Four programmes about the branding of products. 2: `Aspirationals Unite'. Kevin Jackson explores how branding affects our individuality, instancing the clothing industry's ability to turn us into walking advertisements. But he also discovers that the world at large is resisting becoming a giant advertising hoarding.

02Avril19981201

Five monologues about women. 2: `Avril'. Played by FRANCEs Barber. An overweight librarian hopes her life will be transformed by a kickboxer from Dudley.

02Bad Girls1998010619980811

Valentine Cunningham presents a five-part personal guide to contemporary ENGLISH fiction. 2: `Bad Girls'. How the daughters of Virginia Woolf and Angela Carter set out to undo patriarchal narrative.

02Barbarians At The Gate19980324

In four programmes this week, ethicist Dr David Cook examines the impact of philosopher Alasdair MacIntyre's ideas with the help of some of those profoundly influenced by him. 2: `Barbarians at the Gate'. With philosopher and educationalist Dr Marianne Talbot.

02Bedtime Stories19980203
02Bluebeard19980224

The world's favourite fairy tales unravelled. 2: `Bluebeard'. Marina Warner, Robert Irwin and Adam Phillips examine the meaning of Bluebeard, the devil figure based on a French medieval serial killer who lures his wives into the bloody chamber. With music from Bartok's opera `Bluebeard's Castle'.

02Chang Ta Chun: The Speaker Of The Aside19980922

Tibor Fischer introduces five of the world's leading writers who are, as yet, little known to British audiences. 2: `Chang Ta Chun: The Speaker of the Aside'. Journalist and short-story writer Chang Ta Chun gently satirises contemporary Taiwanese society and explores the boundaries between fantasy and reality.

02Chapters Of Madness19980127

Tolstoy's romantic hero, Vronsky, is best remembered as the cad that won Anna Karenina's heart. The complexities of his character are probed today as Juliet Mitchell revisits the RUSSIAn classic with psychoanalyst Michael Brearley and writer and journalist A N Wilson.

Juliet Mitchell talks to psychoanalyst Felicity Dirmeik and writer Lisa Appignanesi about Doris Lessing's portrait of madness in the character Martha Quest.

02Clerks1997121019980616

Four programmes in which Christopher Cook talks to Hollywood's most successful young screenwriters. In the second programme, he meets Kevin Smith, the writer-director whose first film three years ago, `Clerks', was a huge success. Now his latest film, `Chasing Amy', is on release.

Christopher Cook talks to five of Hollywood's most successful screenwriters. 2: Kevin Smith, the writer-director whose first film four years ago - `Clerks' - was a huge commercial and critical success.

02Come The Day1998110319990105

Five specially commissioned dramatic monologues that combine fiction and a news story. 2: `Come the Day'. By Fraser Harrison.

02Contemporary American Poets19990720

With Michael Schmidt. 5: John Ashbery. A final programme of readings by contemporary American poets reflecting the diversity of poetry written in the States today. One of the most prolific American poets of our time, Ashbery reads a selection of his writing past and present.

With Michael Schmidt. 4: Deborah Garrison and Yusef Komunyakaa. The fourth in a series of readings by leading contemporary poets from America reflecting the diversity of poetry written in the States today. Garrison, a senior editor for the NEW YORKer, reads from her very first collection; Komunyakaa, a Vietnam veteran, delivers a powerful meditation on AFRICAn-American life.

With Michael Schmidt. 3: Sharon Olds and August Kleinzahler. The third in a series of readings by contemporary American poets reflecting the diversity of poetry written in the States today. Olds is a winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award; Kleinzahler has also received many top awards.

With Michael Schmidt. 2: Louise Gluck and Charles Simic. The second in a series of readings by contempoarary poets from America reflecting the diverse range of poetry written in the States today. Gluck's work is delicate and oblique; Serbian-born Simic's is warm-hearted and slightly surreal. Both are winners of the Pulitzer Prize for poetry.

With Michael Schmidt. 1: Rita Dove and Mark Doty. The first in a series of readings by contemporary poets from America reflecting the diverse range of poetry being written in the States today. Dove was the first AFRICAn-American poet laureate of the US, and her work is suffused with a quiet humanity. Doty, forceful and inventive, was the winner of the 1995 T S Eliot Prize.

02Cultural Nationalism19990302

5: Finland is less than 100 years old as a country. It defined itself as neither Swedish nor RUSSIAn, while both countries exerted great influence over it. Is its indigenous culture now under threat from mobile phones, the European Union and Hollywood? Joe Farrell reports from Helsinki.

3: Catalonia is a nation with its own language and history which asserts its rights to be independent of Spain and part of a wider Europe. Joe Farrell reports from Barcelona.

2: One island, two IRELANDs: how does culture differ in Dublin and Belfast? Joe Farrell talks to Declan Kiberd and Terrence Brown.

A week of programmes exploring the ancient and continuing association of the arts with nation-building. Do a people need a distinctive culture of their own in order to feel themselves a people apart? Can you be a nation without your own language, national epic or type of bread? Written and presented by Joe Farrell.

02Doctors Of Philosophy19990223

Alain De Botton looks to some of the great thinkers of the past in the hope of finding philosophical cures for some everyday ills.

5: The milk has gone off, the car has been clamped, and tax forms are overdue, but Alain De Botton opens Nietzsche in search of advice for the faint-hearted.

4: Never mind agony aunts or lonely hearts pages - Alain De Botton discovers how Schopenhauer soothes the broken-hearted.

3: Bewildered by semantics, semiotics or systems analysis? Alain De Botton finds Montaigne has a message for those with a sense of intellectual inferiority.

2: From loss of hair to loss of employment, Alain De Botton turns to Seneca for sage advice.

1: From foreign holidays to expensive meals, we live in an age that equates money with happiness.

So what has Epicurus to say to those with a cash-flow problem?

02Engineering The Engineer19990112

Paul Neuberg continues his exploration of the Communist project which sought to use the arts to remould people's minds. 2: `Engineering the Engineer's. With the dawn of the socialist realist era, the re-engineering of human souls - and the reconstruction of writers and artists into engineers of the vast effort - took centre stage in the drama of Communism and the arts.

02Food19971230

2: `Food'.

Derek Cooper, Marguerite Patten and Alan Long discuss how food has changed during the century and how their own personal tastes have changed during their lives.

02Gabriel19970930

Five programmes this week about novelists. Eight years ago, Paul Bailey, whose books include `Gabriel's Lament' and `At the Jerusalem', made his first visit to Romania, knowing very little about the country. He has now learned the language, and introduces and reads from his next novel, which is set there - `Kitty and Virgil: a Romance'.

02Germany: A Bad Time For Poetry1998021019980825

Five programmes this week in which Adrian Mitchell looks at the poems and songs of Bertolt Brecht. The readers include Maria Friedman and Harold Pinter. 2: `Germany: a Bad Time for Poetry'. Brecht's poetry under the Nazis.

02Grave New World19981110

David Gale talks to five leading thinkers about their own radical vision of the future. 4: Science-fiction writer Paul McAuley is a former research biologist fascinated by the possibilities of biotechnology. He projects the dreams and nightmares of genetic engineering into the near and distant future.

David Gale talks to five leading thinkers about their own radical vision of the future. 3: Feminist writer Sadie Plant sees the internet as a liberating space for women and believes they will be empowered by technology in the next century.

David Gale talks to five leading thinkers about their own radical vision of the future. 2: Visionary novelist J G Ballard talks about the psychological future and the emerge of new personality types we have never seen before. He sees the 21st century as a place where the psychopath will prosper.

02Has The Messiah Come?19971111

Five religious dialogues between representatives of the great world faiths, with Keith Ward, Regius professor of divinity at OXFORD, in the chair. 2: `Has the Messiah Come?' With Dr Clive Lawton, founding chief executive of the educational charity Jewish Continuity, and Dr Elaine Storkey, director of the Institute for Contemporary CHRISTIANity.

02Hedda Gabler19971216

Five programmes in which Michael Billington talks to actors about key roles in the repertoire. 2: When `Hedda Gabler' opened in LONDON in 1891, the Daily Telegraph critic wrote, `What a horrible story! What a hideous play!' Alexandra Gilbreath and Harriet Walter reveal the challenges in playing the passionate, destructive character of Hedda.

02Isolate But Preserve: The Files On Osip Mandelstam19981006

Five dramatised documentaries adapted from the KGB's literary archive by Vitaly Shentalinsky and presented by Professor James Riordan. 2: `Isolate but Preserve: the Files on Osip Mandelstam'. The story of the RUSSIAn poet who came under attack in the 1920s for being out of step with the Soviet regime and was first arrested in 1934 for a poem denouncing Stalin. He died in 1938 en route to a labour camp. With Alex Jennings as Osip Mandelstam, Eleanor Bron and Jon Strickland.

02Lyrical Ballads19981013

The fourth of five programmes in which Steve Connor explores the effect on ENGLISH literature and thought made by Wordsworth and Coleridge's `Lyrical Ballads'. `Politics'.

The third of five programmes in which Steve Connor explores the effect on ENGLISH literature and thought made by Wordsworth and Coleridge's `Lyrical Ballads'. `The Language of Man'.

The second of five programmes in which Steve Connor explores the effect on ENGLISH literature and thought made by Wordsworth and Coleridge's `Lyrical Ballads'. `Children and Childhood'.

02Michael Hofmann: Tea For My Father19990309

Five commissioned poems blending words and sound. 2: `Michael Hofmann: Tea for My Father'. A sequence of poems on the death of the poet's father, the novelist Gert Hofmann.

02Monet19990119

2: `Monet's Light'. Monet's fascination with different conditions of light and their representation in paint can be seen as the connecting theme in all his work. Artist Tacita Dean, shortlisted for this year's Turner Prize, theatrical lighting designer Rick Fisher and neuropsychologist Richard Gregory offer personal responses. With extracts from Monet's letters read by Paul Scofield

02Murphy Brown19990706

Christopher Cook talks to five American television comedy writers. 2: Diane ENGLISH, creator of the award-winning `Murphy Brown', which notoriously prompted Dan Quayle to comment on its feminist agenda.

02Outriders19990202

Patrick Wright talks to five unsung, witty and engaging figures on the cultural scene who are distinguished by their originality and imagination. 5: Marion Boyars. A leading publisher of the avant-garde since 1960, Marion Boyars introduced British readers to Georges Bataille, Michael Ondaatje and Ivan Illich. She discusses how she has fought to bring new ideas to audiences who do not always think that they need them.

Patrick Wright talks to five unsung, witty and engaging figures on the cultural scene who are distinguished by their originality and imagination. 3: Derek Bailey. Free-improvising guitarist of nearly 50 years' standing, Derek Bailey was also co-founder of the first independent, musician-owned record company in Britain.

Patrick Wright talks to five unsung, witty and engaging figures on the cultural scene who are distinguished by their originality and imagination. 2: Marc Karlin. Independent film-maker and publisher Marc Karlin has courted controversy with films on Rupert Murdoch and Diana, Princess of Wales, and with his unsparing analysis of the flaws of today's broadcasters.

02Politics And The English Language19990126

Five programmes in which the work of a writer from the past who argued with passion for change is introduced by a contemporary outspoken voice. 2: Sir Stephen Tumim introduces excerpts from George Orwell's essay `Politics and the ENGLISH Language'. Reader Samuel West

02Projections19971007

Five programmes in which film historian Ian Christie talks to leading figures in contemporary film-making about influences on their careers, how they work and the state of cinema as it enters its second century. 5: Terry Gilliam. Cartoonist turned film-maker who first came to prominence through his work on Monty Python's Flying Circus.

Five programmes in which film historian Ian Christie talks to leading figures in contemporary film-making about influences on their careers, how they work and the state of cinema as it enters its second century. 5:

Five programmes in which film historian Ian Christie talks to leading figures in contemporary film-making about influences on their careers, how they work and the state of cinema as it enters its second century. 4:

Five programmes in which film historian Ian Christie talks to leading figures in contemporary film-making about influences on their careers, how they work and the state of cinema as it enters its second century. 3:

Five programmes in which film historian Ian Christie talks to leading figures in contemporary film-making about influences on their careers, how they work and the state of cinema as it enters its second century. 2:

Five programmes in which film historian Ian Christie talks to leading figures in contemporary film-making about influences on their careers, how they work and the state of cinema as it enters its second century. 1:.

02Shakespeare On Stage19981229

Peter Holland talks to ten Shakespeare experts about the Bard today. 2: `Shakespeare on Stage'. Michael Bogdanov from the ENGLISH Shakespeare Company and Mark Rylance of the Globe theatre discuss `Henry V'.

02Sublime Words19980331

The second of four programmes in which Philip Dodd talks to leading novelists to find out why words and music have become so interwoven. 2: `Sublime Words'. At the beginning of the 20th century, classical music became a touchstone for writers who found in it a means of weaving together disparate themes in their novels. Modern day novelists Peter Ackroyd, Alison Lurie and Rose Tremain are part of this tradition of authors who have used music to colour their work.

02Tea For My Father19990810

Five poems blending words and sound which were commissioned by Radio 3. 2: `Tea for My Father' by Michael Hofmann is a sequence of poems on the death of the poet's father, the novelist Gert Hofmann.

02The Best Alive Or Dead19981222

Comedian and broadcaster Rainer Hersch presents five personal and idiosyncratic studies of the music of our century. 2: `The Best Alive or Dead'. Who were the great musicians of the century?

02The Evening Watch19990427

Derek Alsop explores what makes a great musical setting through five case studies which dip into the riches of British literature of the last half millennium and reflect the richness of its musical treatment in our own century. 2: `The Evening Watch'. Henry Vaughan's metaphysical poem as set for unaccompanied chorus by Holst.

02The Kitsch Show!19981208
02The Lusads19981215

Kevin Jackson unravels the stories behind classic works of European literature. 2: Luis Vaz de Camoes: `The Lusads'. First published in 1572, `The Lusiads' recounts Vasco de Gama's pioneering voyage to INDIA and is widely regarded as the greatest epic poem of the Renaissance. In Victorian Britain, Camoes was much admired for the imperial theme of his verse and the romantic adventures of his own life, but our century has been more supicious of the poetry of empire. Kevin Jackson examines changing interpretations of the epic and its powerful place in Portuguese culture.

02The Modernist19990316

An idiosyncratic history of classical duets and an incidental history of loving, told by dancers and thinkers. 2: `The Modernist'. Apollo meets his muse.

02The Narrative Landscape19970916

A five-part series examining the history of thinking about landscape. 2: `The Narrative Landscape'. An exploration of how man makes his mark on the ground in pursuit of all manner of ends: from self-glorification in the famous Renaissance gardens of Rome to gaining a profound understanding and nature in the work of artist Andy Goldsworthy.

02The Persian Brides19980512

Noah Richler talks to new Israeli and Palestinian authors about their work, 50 years after the foundation of the Israeli state. 2: `The Persian Brides'. Dorit Rabinyan was only 21 when, after years of listening to the kitchen stories of her Sephardic immigrant family, she wrote her sensationally successful first novel, `The Persian Brides'. It is a rich, exotic, deeply feminist and painfully bittersweet tale of three teenage brides and their betrothals and fates in the Jewish quarter of an oppressively patriarchal Iranian town. With readings by Alison Pettitt.

02The Protective Shield19990323

A five-part series in which Iwan Russell-Jones looks at attitudes to the body in our culture. 2: `The Protective Shield'. Examining our preoccupation with maintaining and nurturing the body, including visits to the Sanger Centre in Cambridge - at the cutting edge of mapping the human genome - and the Mind Body Spirit Festival about New Age therapies and philosophies.

02Velazquez19990622

Reflections on the great Spanish artist Velazquez, born 400 years ago. 2: Historian Felipe Fernandez Armesto considers the glittering but politically menacing court of 17th-century Spain through Velazquez's portraits of Philip IV and his chief minister Olivares.

To mark the four hundredth anniversary of the birth of Spanish painter Velazquez, five writers and artists select a painting by which they have been influenced. 1: Writer and feminist Michele Roberts looks at Velazquez's women through the Rokeby Venus and muses on his treatment of youth and age.

02Veterans19981027

Christopher Hitchens talks to people who have spent long lives in opposition and are distinguished veterans of military, political and intellectual struggles. 3: Basil Davidson, widely revered historian of AFRICA and former intelligence operative in the Balkans in the Second World War.

Christopher Hitchens talks to people who have spent long lives in opposition and are distinguished veterans of military, political and intellectual struggles. 2: More from Bernard Knox, who recounts his combat in the Second World War and his postwar defence of the classics in the USA.

Christopher Hitchens talks to people who have spent long lives in opposition and are distinguished veterans of military, political and intellectual struggles. 1: Bernard Knox, classicist and defender of what he calls the oldest dead white European males. He was also a combatant in the Spanish Civil War and the Second World War.

02Wars Of The World19990406

Five explorations by Ian Christie of how cinema has continued the literary and visual tradition of apocalypse.

2: `Wars of the World'.

The First World War was widely interpreted in apocalyptic terms, which shaped its portrayal in films such as `J'accuse' and `The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse' and inaugurated a tradition of moralistic and prophetic spectacle in the cinema of the 20s and 30s.

02Whatever You Say, Say Nothing19990413

Five programmes celebrating and reassessing the poetry of Seamus Heaney in the week of his sixtieth birthday. 2: `Whatever You Say, Say Nothing'. A consideration of the way Heaney has reflected the troubled politics of Northern IRELAND.

02Wire Through The Heart1997102819980714

Five specially commissioned poems blending words and sound. 2: `Wire through the Heart'. By Ken Smith.

Four commissioned poems blending words and sound. 2: `Wire through the Heart' by Ken Smith.

03A Cat Reacts To Competition19990609

Readings from Vikram Seth's epic poem, a homage to Pushkin's `Eugene Onegin', which focuses experiences of love and loss of a group of twentysomethings in the San Francisco of the early 80s.

Cast: Mark Leake, Barbara Barnes, Laurel Lefkow, Michael Neil.

3: `A cat reacts to competition'.

03Aladdin19980225

The world's favourite fairy tales unravelled.

3: `Aladdin'.

Jatinder Verma, Maureen Duffy and Robert Irwin explore the traditions of AFRICAn sorcery, the sexual symbolism of the lamp and the Eastern ideas of materialism and spirituality that lie behind the `Arabian Nights' tale.

With music from Nielsen's drama.

03Any Satirist In The Ussr Must Question The Soviet System. Am I Conceivable In The Ussr?19981007

Five dramatised documentaries adapted from the KGB's literary archive by Vitaly Shentalinsky and presented by Professor James Riordan. 3: `Any Satirist in the USSR Must Question the Soviet System. Am I Conceivable in the USSR?'. The story of RUSSIAn prose writer and dramatist Mikhail Bulgakov, author of `The Master and Margarita', who waged an astonishing and daring war of words against the secret police that yielded surprising results. With John Sessions as Bulgakov.

03Aspects Of The Life Of St Francis19980121

Five writers each choose a picture in the National Gallery and use it as a basis to develop a short imaginative narrative. 3: Peter Porter on Sassetta's `Aspects of the Life of St Francis'.

03Barn Burning19970924

To mark 100 years since the birth of William Faulkner, Ron Berglas reads five short stories set in Faulkner's mythical Mississippi county. 3: `Barn Burning'.

03Bedtime Stories19980204
03Contemporary American Poets19990721

With Michael Schmidt. 5: John Ashbery. A final programme of readings by contemporary American poets reflecting the diversity of poetry written in the States today. One of the most prolific American poets of our time, Ashbery reads a selection of his writing past and present.

With Michael Schmidt. 4: Deborah Garrison and Yusef Komunyakaa. The fourth in a series of readings by leading contemporary poets from America reflecting the diversity of poetry written in the States today. Garrison, a senior editor for the NEW YORKer, reads from her very first collection; Komunyakaa, a Vietnam veteran, delivers a powerful meditation on AFRICAn-American life.

With Michael Schmidt. 3: Sharon Olds and August Kleinzahler. The third in a series of readings by contemporary American poets reflecting the diversity of poetry written in the States today. Olds is a winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award; Kleinzahler has also received many top awards.

With Michael Schmidt. 2: Louise Gluck and Charles Simic. The second in a series of readings by contempoarary poets from America reflecting the diverse range of poetry written in the States today. Gluck's work is delicate and oblique; Serbian-born Simic's is warm-hearted and slightly surreal. Both are winners of the Pulitzer Prize for poetry.

With Michael Schmidt. 1: Rita Dove and Mark Doty. The first in a series of readings by contemporary poets from America reflecting the diverse range of poetry being written in the States today. Dove was the first AFRICAn-American poet laureate of the US, and her work is suffused with a quiet humanity. Doty, forceful and inventive, was the winner of the 1995 T S Eliot Prize.

03Cultural Nationalism19990303

5: Finland is less than 100 years old as a country. It defined itself as neither Swedish nor RUSSIAn, while both countries exerted great influence over it. Is its indigenous culture now under threat from mobile phones, the European Union and Hollywood? Joe Farrell reports from Helsinki.

3: Catalonia is a nation with its own language and history which asserts its rights to be independent of Spain and part of a wider Europe. Joe Farrell reports from Barcelona.

2: One island, two IRELANDs: how does culture differ in Dublin and Belfast? Joe Farrell talks to Declan Kiberd and Terrence Brown.

A week of programmes exploring the ancient and continuing association of the arts with nation-building. Do a people need a distinctive culture of their own in order to feel themselves a people apart? Can you be a nation without your own language, national epic or type of bread? Written and presented by Joe Farrell.

03Doctors Of Philosophy19990224

Alain De Botton looks to some of the great thinkers of the past in the hope of finding philosophical cures for some everyday ills.

5: The milk has gone off, the car has been clamped, and tax forms are overdue, but Alain De Botton opens Nietzsche in search of advice for the faint-hearted.

4: Never mind agony aunts or lonely hearts pages - Alain De Botton discovers how Schopenhauer soothes the broken-hearted.

3: Bewildered by semantics, semiotics or systems analysis? Alain De Botton finds Montaigne has a message for those with a sense of intellectual inferiority.

2: From loss of hair to loss of employment, Alain De Botton turns to Seneca for sage advice.

1: From foreign holidays to expensive meals, we live in an age that equates money with happiness.

So what has Epicurus to say to those with a cash-flow problem?

03God(s) Or No God?19971112

Five religious dialogues between representatives of the great world faiths, with Keith Ward, Regius professor of divinity at OXFORD, in the chair. 3: `God(s) or No God?' With Stephen Batchelor, director of studies at the Sharpham College for Buddhist Studies and Contemporary Enquiry; and Shaunaka Rishi Das, European Communications director of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness.

03Grave New World19981111

David Gale talks to five leading thinkers about their own radical vision of the future. 4: Science-fiction writer Paul McAuley is a former research biologist fascinated by the possibilities of biotechnology. He projects the dreams and nightmares of genetic engineering into the near and distant future.

David Gale talks to five leading thinkers about their own radical vision of the future. 3: Feminist writer Sadie Plant sees the internet as a liberating space for women and believes they will be empowered by technology in the next century.

David Gale talks to five leading thinkers about their own radical vision of the future. 2: Visionary novelist J G Ballard talks about the psychological future and the emerge of new personality types we have never seen before. He sees the 21st century as a place where the psychopath will prosper.

03Las Meninas19990623

Reflections on the great Spanish artist Velazquez, born 400 years ago. 3: Sculptor Anthony Caro talks about form in Velazquez's paintings with reference to the painting `Las Meninas'.

03Living With The Bomb19990407

Five explorations by Ian Christie of how cinema has continued the literary and visual tradition of apocalypse. 3: `Living with the Bomb'. The threat of NUCLEAR annihilation, linked with the tensions of the Cold War, encouraged a new apocalyptic fear in the 50s and 60s which included popular science-fiction catastrophe and horror movies as well as anguished meditations on morality and Bergman's influential evocation of medieval apocalypse in `The Seventh Seal'.

03Ludmilla Ulitskaya: Sonechka Bronnka, Daughter Of Bokhara19980923

Tibor Fischer introduces five of the world's leading writers who are, as yet, little known to British audiences. 3: `Ludmilla Ulitskaya: Sonechka Bronnka, Daughter of Bokhara'. Ludmilla Ulitskaya - twice shortlisted for the RUSSIAn equivalent of the Booker Prize - is a leading light in the new generation of RUSSIAn feminist writers. Her latest novel is a tender exploration of womanhood and a celebration of the possible in the face of the impossible.

03Lyrical Ballads19981014

The fourth of five programmes in which Steve Connor explores the effect on ENGLISH literature and thought made by Wordsworth and Coleridge's `Lyrical Ballads'. `Politics'.

The third of five programmes in which Steve Connor explores the effect on ENGLISH literature and thought made by Wordsworth and Coleridge's `Lyrical Ballads'. `The Language of Man'.

The second of five programmes in which Steve Connor explores the effect on ENGLISH literature and thought made by Wordsworth and Coleridge's `Lyrical Ballads'. `Children and Childhood'.

03Mark Beeson: The Blue Monkeys Of Zomba19990310

Five commissioned poems blending words and sound. 3: `Mark Beeson: The Blue Monkeys of Zomba'. A poem written by a poet-cum-biologist about his research on monkeys in Malawi.

03Monet In London19990120

3: `Monet in LONDON'. The Savoy Hotel may seem an unlikely place in which to retrace the steps of a bohemian artist, but Monet was already well established and wealthy when he made a series of visits to LONDON at the beginning of this century, painting the Thames from the balcony outside his room and revelling in the various qualities of the LONDON fog. Tim Marlow, editor of Tate magazine, and art historian John House trace Monet's LONDON visits.

03New Art Space1998042219980805

Five programmes this week in which Nicholas Ward-Jackson explores the contemporary art world. In the third programme, he follows Graham Gussin as he creates a new sound and video piece in the New Art Space at the Tate, drawing together the diverse influences of Edgar Allen Poe and Kubrick's `2001'.

03Once Upon A Zoo19971029

Four commissioned poems blending words and sound. 3: `Once upon a Zoo' by Lavinia Greenlaw.

Five specially commissioned poems blending words and sound. 3: `Once Upon a Zoo'. By Lavinia Greenlaw

03Once Upon A Zoo19980715

Four commissioned poems blending words and sound. 3: `Once upon a Zoo' by Lavinia Greenlaw.

Five specially commissioned poems blending words and sound. 3: `Once Upon a Zoo'. By Lavinia Greenlaw

03Outriders19990203

Patrick Wright talks to five unsung, witty and engaging figures on the cultural scene who are distinguished by their originality and imagination. 5: Marion Boyars. A leading publisher of the avant-garde since 1960, Marion Boyars introduced British readers to Georges Bataille, Michael Ondaatje and Ivan Illich. She discusses how she has fought to bring new ideas to audiences who do not always think that they need them.

Patrick Wright talks to five unsung, witty and engaging figures on the cultural scene who are distinguished by their originality and imagination. 3: Derek Bailey. Free-improvising guitarist of nearly 50 years' standing, Derek Bailey was also co-founder of the first independent, musician-owned record company in Britain.

Patrick Wright talks to five unsung, witty and engaging figures on the cultural scene who are distinguished by their originality and imagination. 2: Marc Karlin. Independent film-maker and publisher Marc Karlin has courted controversy with films on Rupert Murdoch and Diana, Princess of Wales, and with his unsparing analysis of the flaws of today's broadcasters.

03Philomena19981202

Played by Val Lilley. Away from her homeland, Philomena realises that life has passed her by.

03Projections19971008

Five programmes in which film historian Ian Christie talks to leading figures in contemporary film-making about influences on their careers, how they work and the state of cinema as it enters its second century. 5: Terry Gilliam. Cartoonist turned film-maker who first came to prominence through his work on Monty Python's Flying Circus.

Five programmes in which film historian Ian Christie talks to leading figures in contemporary film-making about influences on their careers, how they work and the state of cinema as it enters its second century. 5:

Five programmes in which film historian Ian Christie talks to leading figures in contemporary film-making about influences on their careers, how they work and the state of cinema as it enters its second century. 4:

Five programmes in which film historian Ian Christie talks to leading figures in contemporary film-making about influences on their careers, how they work and the state of cinema as it enters its second century. 3:

Five programmes in which film historian Ian Christie talks to leading figures in contemporary film-making about influences on their careers, how they work and the state of cinema as it enters its second century. 2:

Five programmes in which film historian Ian Christie talks to leading figures in contemporary film-making about influences on their careers, how they work and the state of cinema as it enters its second century. 1:.

03Rhythms And Blues19980401

The third of four programmes in which Philip Dodd talks to leading novelists to find out why words and music have become so interwoven. `Rhythms and Blues'. The sounds of jazz and the blues have transformed not only music, but also the language of fiction and poetry. Ed McBain, Walter Mosley and Charlotte Carter are among many writers whose work uses these rhythms to evoke dramatic cityscapes and raw emotions.

03Rights Of Man19990127

Five programmes in which the work of a writer from the past who argued with passion for change is introduced by a contemporary outspoken voice. 3: Will Hutton introduces excerpts from Thomas Paine's revolutionary essay `Rights of Man'. Reader John Sessions

03Seamus Heaney At 6019990414
03Seinfeld19990707

Christopher Cook talks to five American television comedy writers. 3: Larry David, creator of `Seinfeld', the most successful show in the history of television.

03Sin City1998010719980812

Valentine Cunningham presents a five-part personal guide to contemporary ENGLISH fiction. 3: `Sin City'. The programme descends into the grim reality of the post-imperial city, zone of crime and moral puzzles, to test if this is the proper stuff of fiction.

03Telling Tales19980326

In four programmes this week, ethicist Dr David Cook examines the impact of philosopher Alasdair MacIntyre's ideas with the help of some of those profoundly influenced by him. 3: `Telling Tales'. With novelist and journalist Cristina Odone.

03Testimony19990204

Patrick Wright talks to five unsung, witty and engaging figures on the cultural scene who are distinguished by their originality and imagination. 3: David Rudkin. Anglo-Irish playwright David Rudkin's screen credits include `Testimony' and `The Woodlanders'; on stage, `Afore Night Come'; and on radio, `The Lovesong of Alfred J Hitchcock'. He talks about the importance of personally challenging drama.

03The Beach19971001

Five programmes this week about novelists.

3: Alex Garland, still in his twenties and whose first novel `The Beach' won a Betty Trask Award this year, introduces and reads from his forthcoming suspense story concerning the villains, British and native, of Manila.

03The Blue Monkeys Of Zomba1998122919990811

Five poems blending words and sound which were commissioned by Radio 3. 3: `The Blue Monkeys of Zomba' by Mark Beeson is a poem written by a poet-cum-biologist about his research on monkeys in Malawi.

03The Carpenter19990428

Derek Alsop explores what makes a great musical setting through five case studies which dip into the riches of British literature of the last half millennium and reflect the richness of its musical treatment in our own century. 3: `The Carpenter's Son'. A E Housman's impassioned poem `A Shropshire Lad' as set for voice and piano by C W Orr.

03The Catastrophe19980513

Noah Richler talks to new Israeli and Palestinian authors about their work, 50 years after the foundation of the Israeli state. 3: At the Al-Matal. The fiftieth anniversary of the state of Israel is also the anniversary of what many Palestinians are calling Al-Naqba, `the catastrophe' of their own diaspora. Palestinian writers talk about the new challenges facing them in their work, now that the old idea of simple nationalist return must accommodate other themes and challenges facing the troubled and divided Palestinian citizenry.

03The Embrace Of Discipline19990113

Paul Neuberg continues his exploration of the Communist project which sought to use the arts to remould people's minds. 3: `The Embrace of Discipline'. Germany was the western country most affected by the impact of the Bolshevik revolution. Writers and artists who had rejected the old order and its patriarchal rule and turned to Communism now found themselves facing a difficult choice between personal reconstruction, loyal resistance and rejection.

03The Ghastly Turmoil Of A Nest Of Maggots19971217

Four programmes in which Michael Billington talks to actors about key roles in the repertoire. 3: Rupert Brooke once described Webster's plays as `the ghastly turmoil of a nest of maggots'. Yet `The Duchess of Malfi' is one of the most frequently performed tragedies in the repertoire. Does Webster's Gothic, morally chaotic, corrupt world speak directly to Britain in the 1990s? Eleanor Bron and Juliet Stevenson discuss their experiences of playing the Duchess.

03The Glittering Surface19990324

A five-part series in which Iwan Russell-Jones looks at attitudes to the body in our culture. 3: `The Glittering Surface'. A visit to a body-piercing centre in Soho, LONDON, introduces the theme of the body as a blank canvas and raises questions about the massive pressure to shape and adorn it in particular ways.

03The Incarnation19990715

Four programmes about the branding of products. 3: `The Incarnation'. Kevin Jackson explores people who have come to represent a brand - figures like Terence Conran, Richard Branson and Ralph Lauren. He also looks at how designer Martin Lambie-Nairn set about branding the BBC - an organisation too big to be represented by a single figure. The balloon was one of his ideas.

03The Kitsch Show!19981209
03The Landscape Of Parks And Pleasure19970917

A five-part series examining the history of thinking about landscape. 3: `The Landscape of Parks and Pleasure'. Did the Victorians produce the ultimate in fine urban park design, or can contemporary designers surpass these great set-pieces and provide what people today really want? Susan Marling takes a tour from NEW YORK's Central Park to the Parc Citroen in PARIS.

03The Poems Of Friedrich Holderlin19981216

Kevin Jackson unravels the stories behind classic works of European literature. 3: `The Poems of Friedrich Holderlin'. In September 1806, Friedrich Holderlin was forcibly removed to a clinic for the insane. Discharged after eight months, he was given only three years to live, though he survived a further 36 living in a tower being cared for by a carpenter. Before his mental breakdown, he had written a series of elegies and hymns that make him one of the finest poets of the romantic age. Kevin Jackson explores this highly distinctive vision and the way this iconic figure inspired samizdat writers in East Germany.

03The Poems Of Friedrich Holderlin19981230
03The Popular Pairings19990317

An idiosyncratic history of classical duets and an incidental history of loving, told by dancers and thinkers. 3: `The Popular Pairings'. Fred and Ginger and other celluloid couplings.

03The Secret Agent19980128

Juliet Mitchell is joined by psychoanalyst Helen Taylor Robinson and journalist Vitali Vitaliev as they journey into the underworld of spies and anarchy to get to the heart of Mr Verloc - Joseph Conrad's creation in `The Secret Agent'.

03Theatre Poems1998021119980826

Five programmes this week in which Adrian Mitchell looks at the poems and songs of Bertolt Brecht. The readers include Maria Friedman and Harold Pinter. 3: `Theatre Poems'. The theatre poetry of Germany's great playwright.

03Travel19971231

`Travel'. John Julius Norwich, Christopher Portway and Norma Joseph discuss the way in which travel has changed over the century and how their own personal views of travelling have changed during their lives.

03Veterans19981029

Christopher Hitchens talks to people who have spent long lives in opposition and are distinguished veterans of military, political and intellectual struggles. 3: Basil Davidson, widely revered historian of AFRICA and former intelligence operative in the Balkans in the Second World War.

Christopher Hitchens talks to people who have spent long lives in opposition and are distinguished veterans of military, political and intellectual struggles. 2: More from Bernard Knox, who recounts his combat in the Second World War and his postwar defence of the classics in the USA.

Christopher Hitchens talks to people who have spent long lives in opposition and are distinguished veterans of military, political and intellectual struggles. 1: Bernard Knox, classicist and defender of what he calls the oldest dead white European males. He was also a combatant in the Spanish Civil War and the Second World War.

03What Is Life?19990526

John Durant, professor of the public understanding of science at Imperial College, explores the scientific discoveries that have had a major cultural impact and have changed our way of looking at the world. 3: `What Is Life?'.

03What Made You Think Of That?19981223

Comedian and broadcaster Rainer Hersch presents five personal and idiosyncratic studies of the music of our century. 3: `What Made You Think of That?'. A comedic rummage in the trunk marked `Inspirations, Muses and the Frankly Unbelievable'.

04A Double Life19971002

Five programmes this week about novelists.

4: Frederic Raphael, known for his screenplays as well as such novels as `A Double Life', introduces and reads from his next novel, `Coast to Coast', drawing on his Hollywood experience and his American childhood.

04A Quarrel Is Initated19990610

Readings from Vikram Seth's epic poem, a homage to Pushkin's `Eugene Onegin', which focuses experiences of love and loss of a group of twentysomethings in the San Francisco of the early 80s.

Cast: Mark Leake, Barbara Barnes, Laurel Lefkow, Michael Neil.

4: `A quarrel is initated'.

04Abdelrahman Munif: East Of The Mediterranean19980924

Tibor Fischer introduces five of the world's leading writers who are, as yet, little known to British audiences. 4: `Abdelrahman Munif: East of the Mediterranean'. SAUDi dissident Abdelrahman Munif is one of the luminaries of the Arab novel. He traces the modern history of the Arab world, exploring political repression, exile and the place of the individual in society.

04Bedtime Stories19980205
04Beloved19980129

When Toni Morrison wrote `Beloved', she created one of the most disturbing portraits of motherhood in modern literature. Sethe is the slavewoman who kills her own daughter to save her from a lifetime of slavery. Today, Juliet Mitchell discusses Morrison's creation with psychoanalyst Sara Flanders and journalist Melba Wilson.

04Cheers19990708

Christopher Cook talks to five American television comedy writers. 4: Rob Long, a writer/producer on `Cheers' who is about to launch a new show.

04Cinderella19980226

Marina Warner, Jack Zipes, Maureen Duffy and Diane Purkiss investigate Cinderella, whose virginal glass slipper emerges from the foot-binding practices of 9th-century CHINA and a mistranslation of the French word `vair'. With music from Prokofiev's ballet.

04Contemporary American Poets19990722

With Michael Schmidt. 5: John Ashbery. A final programme of readings by contemporary American poets reflecting the diversity of poetry written in the States today. One of the most prolific American poets of our time, Ashbery reads a selection of his writing past and present.

With Michael Schmidt. 4: Deborah Garrison and Yusef Komunyakaa. The fourth in a series of readings by leading contemporary poets from America reflecting the diversity of poetry written in the States today. Garrison, a senior editor for the NEW YORKer, reads from her very first collection; Komunyakaa, a Vietnam veteran, delivers a powerful meditation on AFRICAn-American life.

With Michael Schmidt. 3: Sharon Olds and August Kleinzahler. The third in a series of readings by contemporary American poets reflecting the diversity of poetry written in the States today. Olds is a winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award; Kleinzahler has also received many top awards.

With Michael Schmidt. 2: Louise Gluck and Charles Simic. The second in a series of readings by contempoarary poets from America reflecting the diverse range of poetry written in the States today. Gluck's work is delicate and oblique; Serbian-born Simic's is warm-hearted and slightly surreal. Both are winners of the Pulitzer Prize for poetry.

With Michael Schmidt. 1: Rita Dove and Mark Doty. The first in a series of readings by contemporary poets from America reflecting the diverse range of poetry being written in the States today. Dove was the first AFRICAn-American poet laureate of the US, and her work is suffused with a quiet humanity. Doty, forceful and inventive, was the winner of the 1995 T S Eliot Prize.

04Doctors Of Philosophy19990225

Alain De Botton looks to some of the great thinkers of the past in the hope of finding philosophical cures for some everyday ills.

5: The milk has gone off, the car has been clamped, and tax forms are overdue, but Alain De Botton opens Nietzsche in search of advice for the faint-hearted.

4: Never mind agony aunts or lonely hearts pages - Alain De Botton discovers how Schopenhauer soothes the broken-hearted.

3: Bewildered by semantics, semiotics or systems analysis? Alain De Botton finds Montaigne has a message for those with a sense of intellectual inferiority.

2: From loss of hair to loss of employment, Alain De Botton turns to Seneca for sage advice.

1: From foreign holidays to expensive meals, we live in an age that equates money with happiness.

So what has Epicurus to say to those with a cash-flow problem?

04Exploring The World And Beyond19990527

John Durant, professor of the public understanding of science at Imperial College, explores the scientific discoveries that have had a major cultural impact and have changed our way of looking at the world. 4: `Exploring the World and Beyond'.

04First And Last Things19990408

Five explorations by Ian Christie of how cinema has continued the literary and visual tradition of apocalypse.

4: `First and Last Things'.

Since the 60s, popular cinema has produced a number of millennial epics that trace the destruction and rebirth of civilisations.

The best known of these are Miller's `Mad Max' and Romero's `Dead' trilogy.

These draw freely on apocalyptic traditions of prophecy and salvation, and on popular interest in mythology, environmentalism and the occult.

04Gardens19980101

`Gardens'. Beth Chatto, Rosemary Verey and Alan Bloom discuss how their tastes in gardens and gardening have changed.

04Grave New World19981112

David Gale talks to five leading thinkers about their own radical vision of the future. 4: Science-fiction writer Paul McAuley is a former research biologist fascinated by the possibilities of biotechnology. He projects the dreams and nightmares of genetic engineering into the near and distant future.

David Gale talks to five leading thinkers about their own radical vision of the future. 3: Feminist writer Sadie Plant sees the internet as a liberating space for women and believes they will be empowered by technology in the next century.

David Gale talks to five leading thinkers about their own radical vision of the future. 2: Visionary novelist J G Ballard talks about the psychological future and the emerge of new personality types we have never seen before. He sees the 21st century as a place where the psychopath will prosper.

04Hollywood: Elegies And Exile1998021219980827

Five programmes this week in which Adrian Mitchell looks at the poems and songs of Bertolt Brecht. The readers include Maria Friedman and Harold Pinter. 4: `Hollywood: Elegies and Exile'. Brecht's opinions of America.

04Ivy19981203

Five monologues about women. 4: `Ivy'. Played by Alison Steadman. Ivy sits on a train on her way back from a disastrous weekend with a couple she and her husband met on holiday.

04Jesus - More Than A Prophet?19971113

Five religious dialogues between representatives of the great world faiths, with Keith Ward, Regius professor of divinity at OXFORD, in the chair. 4: `Jesus - More than a Prophet?' With Professor Akbar Ahmed, fellow of Selwyn College, Cambridge, and the Rt Rev Dr Michael Nazir-Ali, Bishop of Rochester.

04Ken Smith: The Other Shadow19990311

Five commissioned poems blending words and sound. 4: `Ken Smith: The Other Shadow'. A poetic report from among the threatened Hungarians of Romanian Transylvania, recorded on location.

04Landscape With Aeneas At Delos19980122

Five writers each choose a picture in the National Gallery and use it as a basis to develop a short imaginative narrative. 4: Peter Levi on Claude's `Landscape with Aeneas at Delos'.

04Lyrical Ballads19981015

The fourth of five programmes in which Steve Connor explores the effect on ENGLISH literature and thought made by Wordsworth and Coleridge's `Lyrical Ballads'. `Politics'.

The third of five programmes in which Steve Connor explores the effect on ENGLISH literature and thought made by Wordsworth and Coleridge's `Lyrical Ballads'. `The Language of Man'.

The second of five programmes in which Steve Connor explores the effect on ENGLISH literature and thought made by Wordsworth and Coleridge's `Lyrical Ballads'. `Children and Childhood'.

04Man And Nature19981016

The last of five programmes in which Steve Connor explores the effect on ENGLISH literature and thought made by Wordsworth and Coleridge's `Lyrical Ballads'. 4: `Man and Nature'.

04Old Woman Cooking19990624

Reflections on the great Spanish artist Velazquez, born 400 years ago. 4: Writer Colm Tobin with an appreciation of Velazquez's painting `Old Woman Cooking'.

04On Liberty19990128

Five programmes in which the work of a writer from the past who argued with passion for change is introduced by a contemporary outspoken voice. 4: Mary Warnock introduces excerpts from John Stuart Mill's essays `On Liberty' and `The Subjection of Women'. Also included are excerpts from the work of Harriet Taylor Mill, whose thinking profoundly influenced her husband. Reader Fiona Shaw

04Padania19990304

4: `Padania' is the would-be country of northern Italy demanded by the separatists of Milan and Venice. Has Garibaldi failed after 150 years, or can Italy remain united? Joe Farrell interrogates the Lombard League.

04Projections19971009

Five programmes in which film historian Ian Christie talks to leading figures in contemporary film-making about influences on their careers, how they work and the state of cinema as it enters its second century. 5: Terry Gilliam. Cartoonist turned film-maker who first came to prominence through his work on Monty Python's Flying Circus.

Five programmes in which film historian Ian Christie talks to leading figures in contemporary film-making about influences on their careers, how they work and the state of cinema as it enters its second century. 5:

Five programmes in which film historian Ian Christie talks to leading figures in contemporary film-making about influences on their careers, how they work and the state of cinema as it enters its second century. 4:

Five programmes in which film historian Ian Christie talks to leading figures in contemporary film-making about influences on their careers, how they work and the state of cinema as it enters its second century. 3:

Five programmes in which film historian Ian Christie talks to leading figures in contemporary film-making about influences on their careers, how they work and the state of cinema as it enters its second century. 2:

Five programmes in which film historian Ian Christie talks to leading figures in contemporary film-making about influences on their careers, how they work and the state of cinema as it enters its second century. 1:.

04Queer Shakespeare?19981231

Peter Holland talks to ten Shakespeare experts about the Bard today. 4: `Queer Shakespeare?'. Bruce Smith and Alan Sinfield discuss gay interpretations of `The Merchant of Venice'.

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04Seventh Heaven: The File On Nina Hagen-torn19981008

Five dramatised documentaries adapted from the KGB's literary archive by Vitaly Shentalinsky and presented by Professor James Riordan. 4: `Seventh Heaven: the File on Nina Hagen-Torn'. Until recently unknown and unpublished, ethnographer and daring free thinker Nina Hagen-Torn wrote vividly about her suffering in the vast gulag of Kolyma. With Amanda Root as Hagen-Torn, and Eleanor Bron

04Sexy Realism19990318

An idiosyncratic history of classical duets and an incidental history of loving, told by dancers and thinkers. 4: `Sexy Realism'. Romeo and Juliet, dirty dancing.

04The Confessions19981217

Kevin Jackson unravels the stories behind classic works of European literature. 4: Jean-Jacques Rousseau: `The Confessions'. With memoir, confession and autobiography now one of the most popular areas of modern non-fiction writing, Kevin Jackson looks at the pioneer of self-revelation, Jean-Jacques Rousseau. He examines contemporary public reaction to Rousseau's `Confessions' and compares the themes and strategies of his groundbreaking work with modern examples of the form.

04The Draughtsman19980507

Five programmes in which film historian Ian Christie talks to leading figures in contemporary film-making about influences on their careers, how they work and the state of cinema as it enters its second century. 4: Peter Greenaway - the British director of such international successes as `The Draughtsman's Contract'.

04The Future19990716

4: `The Future'.

Kevin Jackson explores the future of the branding of products.

Writer Paul Fussell expresses the hope that the consumer will find a measure of independence.

04The Great Terror19981030

Christopher Hitchens talks to people who have spent long lives in opposition and are distinguished veterans of military, political and intellectual struggles. 4: Robert Conquest, a Soviet expert and former Communist Party member and friend of Kingsley Amis. The first publisher of Philip Larkin, Conquest is a renowned limerick writer and author of the definitive book on Stalin's purges, `The Great Terror'.

04The Hungry Heart19990325

Five programmes in which Iwan Russell-Jones looks at attitudes to the body in our culture.

4: `The Hungry Heart'.

The medieval virtue of asceticism is still valued and practised in Mount St Bernard Abbey, near Leicester, by its community of strict Cistercian monks, who rise every morning at 3.15am to begin their day of prayer and work.

But are the gym junkies of the 90s ascetics too?

04The Man Made Of Rain19971030

Four commissioned poems blending words and sound.

4: `The Man Made of Rain' by Brendan Kennelly.

Five specially commissioned poems blending words and sound.

4: `The Man Made of Rain'.

By Brendan Kennelly.

04The Man Made Of Rain19980716
04The One Facing Us19980514

Noah Richler talks to new Israeli and Palestinian authors about their work, 50 years after the foundation of the Israeli state. 4: `The One Facing Us'. Israeli novelist Ronit Matalon is of French-speaking EGYPTIAN Jewish heritage, and her novel `The One Facing Us' is a loving inquiry into a Levantine family as mysterious and dispersed as her own, from Israel to AFRICA and America. A celebration of the primacy of family over politics, it is also a contemplation of what we cannot ever know about ourselves or our families. Reader Alison Pettitt.

04The Other Shadow19990812

Five commissioned poems blending words and sound which were commissioned by Radio 3. 4: `The Other Shadow' by Ken Smith is a poetic report from among the threatened Hungarians of Romanian Transylvania, recorded on location.

04The Red Mask19990114

Paul Neuberg continues his exploration of the Communist project which sought to use the arts to remould people's minds. 4: `The Red Mask'. In the West, the biggest Communist movement of the thirties and forties was in FRANCE. The commitment of some prominent writers and artists to the cause involved radical shifts in creative agendas that were tenaciously resisted by others. Then, from 1956 onwards, revelations about the Stalinist regime rocked writers' and artists' faith in Communism throughout the world.

04The Rite Stuff19981224

Comedian and broadcaster Rainer Hersch presents five personal and idiosyncratic studies of the music of our century. 4: `The Rite Stuff'. An abbreviated guide to the great, the good and the ugly musical premieres.

04The Scent Of Dried Roses19981211

Four illustrated reflections on kitsch. 4: Tim Lott's book `The Scent of Dried Roses' traces his working-class Southall background after the suicide his mother. He describes the kitsch his generation has lived with.

04The Spiritual Landscape19970918

A five-part series examining the history of thinking about landscape. 4: `The Spiritual Landscape'. Susan Marling explores monument and commemoration together with Eastern and Western notions of spirituality in the land.

04Thoroughly Modern Monet19990121

4: `Thoroughly Modern Monet'. As one of the original Impressionists, Monet is often thought of primarily as a 19th-century artist, but he painted more than 450 paintings after 1900. Some of his later work was neglected and left in his studio after his death in 1926, but Monet's reputation underwent a dramatic revival in the 1950s, when critics saw a link between his late works and those of the abstract expressionists. John Bellamy, Briony Fer and Maryanne Stevens are among those exploring the distinctive qualities and enormous scale of Monet's last great works. With excerpts from Monet's letters read by Paul Scofield

04Ulysses: Epiphanies19971106

A celebration of the seventy-fifth anniversary of the publication of one of this century's great books, James Joyce's `Ulysses'.

All this week, distinguished writers, artists and scholars nominate a chapter from this magnum opus and describe its transforming effect on them.

5: Novelist and poet Michele Roberts says yes to Molly Bloom.

4: Joyce scholar David Norris and American novelist Robert Coover on Joyce's experiments with form.

04Valiant For Truth19990429

Derek Alsop explores what makes a great musical setting through five case studies. 4: `Valiant for Truth'. Words from John Bunyan's `The Pilgrim's Progress' set for chorus by Vaughan Williams.

04Values Or Virtues19980327

In four programmes this week, ethicist Dr David Cook examines the impact of philosopher Alasdair MacIntyre's ideas with the help of some of those profoundly influenced by him. 4: `Values or Virtues'. With politician and activist Lord Alton.

04Wash19970925

To mark 100 years since the birth of William Faulkner, Ron Berglas reads five short stories set in Faulkner's mythical Mississippi county. 4: `Wash'.

04Writing Between The Bar Lines19980402

The last of four programmes in which Philip Dodd talks to leading novelists to find out why words and music have become so interwoven. 4: Rockin' and Rollin'. Novelists Hanif Kureishi, Nik Cohn, Gordon Burn and Jeff Noon describe how the world of pop and pop music have become common currency.

05A Body Artist Working In The Digital Medium19981113

David Gale talks to five leading thinkers about their own radical vision of the future.

5: Taken to hanging himself from meat hooks and wiring his body to a computer which manipulates his limbs, Stelarc sees himself as `a body artist working in the digital medium'.

He believes that the human body is obsolete and should be replaced by robotic, prosthetic equivalents.

05Beauty And The Beast19980227

A S Byatt, Jack Zipes, Ruth Padel and Adam Phillips expose Beauty as a girl who must learn to love a man other than her father and the Beast as a metaphor for our animal identity, in the tale based on the GREEK myth of Cupid and Psyche. With music from George Auric's soundtrack to Jean Cocteau's film.

05Bedtime Stories19980206
05Born Of Betrayal19990115

Paul Neuberg concludes his exploration of the Communist project which sought to use the arts to remould people's minds.

5: `Born of Betrayal'.

In eastern Europe, writers and artists moved from postwar fervour to a sense of betrayal after Stalin's death in 1953.

Their call for an end to lies and oppression finally precipitated the Hungarian Uprising of 1956 against the Communist regime.

05Chapters Of Madness19980130

Tolstoy's romantic hero, Vronsky, is best remembered as the cad that won Anna Karenina's heart. The complexities of his character are probed today as Juliet Mitchell revisits the RUSSIAn classic with psychoanalyst Michael Brearley and writer and journalist A N Wilson.

Juliet Mitchell talks to psychoanalyst Felicity Dirmeik and writer Lisa Appignanesi about Doris Lessing's portrait of madness in the character Martha Quest.

05Christ After Flagellation19990625

Reflections on the great Spanish artist Velazquez, born 400 years ago. Gabriele Finaldi of the National Gallery discusses one of Velazquez's rare religious paintings, `Christ after Flagellation'.

05Contemporary American Poets19990724

With Michael Schmidt. 5: John Ashbery. A final programme of readings by contemporary American poets reflecting the diversity of poetry written in the States today. One of the most prolific American poets of our time, Ashbery reads a selection of his writing past and present.

With Michael Schmidt. 4: Deborah Garrison and Yusef Komunyakaa. The fourth in a series of readings by leading contemporary poets from America reflecting the diversity of poetry written in the States today. Garrison, a senior editor for the NEW YORKer, reads from her very first collection; Komunyakaa, a Vietnam veteran, delivers a powerful meditation on AFRICAn-American life.

With Michael Schmidt. 3: Sharon Olds and August Kleinzahler. The third in a series of readings by contemporary American poets reflecting the diversity of poetry written in the States today. Olds is a winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award; Kleinzahler has also received many top awards.

With Michael Schmidt. 2: Louise Gluck and Charles Simic. The second in a series of readings by contempoarary poets from America reflecting the diverse range of poetry written in the States today. Gluck's work is delicate and oblique; Serbian-born Simic's is warm-hearted and slightly surreal. Both are winners of the Pulitzer Prize for poetry.

With Michael Schmidt. 1: Rita Dove and Mark Doty. The first in a series of readings by contemporary poets from America reflecting the diverse range of poetry being written in the States today. Dove was the first AFRICAn-American poet laureate of the US, and her work is suffused with a quiet humanity. Doty, forceful and inventive, was the winner of the 1995 T S Eliot Prize.

05Crediting Seamus Heaney19990416

Five programmes celebrating and reassessing the poetry of Seamus Heaney in the week of his sixtieth birthday. 5: `Crediting Seamus Heaney'. Simon Rae chairs a debate about the significance and durability of Heaney's poetry.

05Cultural Nationalism19990305

5: Finland is less than 100 years old as a country. It defined itself as neither Swedish nor RUSSIAn, while both countries exerted great influence over it. Is its indigenous culture now under threat from mobile phones, the European Union and Hollywood? Joe Farrell reports from Helsinki.

3: Catalonia is a nation with its own language and history which asserts its rights to be independent of Spain and part of a wider Europe. Joe Farrell reports from Barcelona.

2: One island, two IRELANDs: how does culture differ in Dublin and Belfast? Joe Farrell talks to Declan Kiberd and Terrence Brown.

A week of programmes exploring the ancient and continuing association of the arts with nation-building. Do a people need a distinctive culture of their own in order to feel themselves a people apart? Can you be a nation without your own language, national epic or type of bread? Written and presented by Joe Farrell.

05Dissenting Voices19990129

Five programmes in which the work of a writer from the past who argued with passion for change is introduced by a contemporary outspoken voice. 5: George Monbiot introduces excerpts from the writings of 17th-century activist Gerard Winstanley. Reader Stephen Thorne.

Five programmes in which the work of a writer from the past who argued with passion for change is introduced by a contemporary outspoken voice. In this first programme, Tony Benn presents excerpts from the essays of William Morris. Reader David Horovitch

05Doctors Of Philosophy19990226

Alain De Botton looks to some of the great thinkers of the past in the hope of finding philosophical cures for some everyday ills.

5: The milk has gone off, the car has been clamped, and tax forms are overdue, but Alain De Botton opens Nietzsche in search of advice for the faint-hearted.

4: Never mind agony aunts or lonely hearts pages - Alain De Botton discovers how Schopenhauer soothes the broken-hearted.

3: Bewildered by semantics, semiotics or systems analysis? Alain De Botton finds Montaigne has a message for those with a sense of intellectual inferiority.

2: From loss of hair to loss of employment, Alain De Botton turns to Seneca for sage advice.

1: From foreign holidays to expensive meals, we live in an age that equates money with happiness.

So what has Epicurus to say to those with a cash-flow problem?

05Ellen19990709

Christopher Cook talks to five American television comedy writers. 5: Dava Savel, a writer on `Ellen', and how she wrote one of the most dramatic storylines in television history.

05Fear No More The Heat O19990430

Derek Alsop explores what makes a great musical setting through five case studies.

5: `Fear No More the Heat o' the Sun'.

Words from Shakespeare's song from `Cymbeline' set for voice and string orchestra by Gerald Finzi.

05Friends Meditate On Friends Who19990611

Readings from Vikram Seth's epic poem, a homage to Pushkin's `Eugene Onegin', which focuses experiences of love and loss of a group of twentysomethings in the San Francisco of the early 80s.

Cast: Mark Leake, Barbara Barnes, Laurel Lefkow, Michael Neil.

5: `Friends meditate on friends who've gone/The months go by; the world goes on'.

05Global Shakespeare19990101

Peter Holland talks to ten Shakespeare experts about the Bard today. 5: `Global Shakespeare'. Terence Hawkes and Ania Loomba discuss the role of Shakespeare - and particularly `The Tempest' - in the postcolonial world.

05Granny Grimshaw19981204

Five monologues about women. 5: `Granny Grimshaw'. Played by Angela Curran. Granny Grimshaw is no longer the strong woman she used to be and has had to move in with her middle-aged daughter - and her `friend'.

05Hopewell Haiku19971031

Five specially commissioned poems blending words and sound. 5: `Hopewell Haiku'. By Paul Muldoon.

05In The Train19980305

An entertainment compiled by and starring Maureen Lipman recreating monologues, sketches and songs originally written and performed by the great comedienne Joyce Grenfell. Featuring `In the Train', in which a chatty American chorus girl remembers the kindness of an ENGLISH actor whose funeral she has just attended; and `Tristram', who finds God, to the despair and embarrassment of his liberal parents. `Two CHRISTIAN Scientists', written by Joyce Grenfell and Virginia Graham, is set to music by Denis King.

05In The Train19980723

An entertainment compiled by and starring Maureen Lipman recreating monologues, sketches and songs originally written and performed by the great comedienne Joyce Grenfell. Featuring `In the Train', in which a chatty American chorus girl remembers the kindness of an ENGLISH actor whose funeral she has just attended; and `Tristram', who finds God, to the despair and embarrassment of his liberal parents. `Two CHRISTIAN Scientists', written by Joyce Grenfell and Virginia Graham, is set to music by Denis King.

05Is Religion Finished?19971114

Five religious dialogues between representatives of the great world faiths, with Keith Ward, Regius professor of divinity at OXFORD, in the chair. 5: `Is Religion Finished?'. With Polly Toynbee, associate editor of `The Independent', and the Rev Angela Tilby, tutor in Spirituality at Wescott House, Cambridge.

05Kitchen Scene With Christ In The House Of Martha And Mary19980123

Five writers each choose a picture in the National Gallery and use it as a basis to develop a short imaginative narrative. 5: A S Byatt on Velasquez's `Kitchen Scene with Christ in the House of Martha and Mary'.

05Kitchen Venom19971003

Five programmes this week about novelists. 5: Philip Hensher, author of `Kitchen Venom', introduces and reads from his next novel, `Slow Thunder', set in BERLIN at the time of the fall of Communism, and his forthcoming short stories, `The Inert Reveller'.

05Literature19980102

`Literature'. Richard Hoggart, Elizabeth Jennings, Richard Adams, Sir Frank Kermode, Dr Anthony Storr and John Julius Norwich talk about how their tastes in literature and poetry have changed.

05Marfan1998102319990813

Five poems blending words and sound which were commissioned by Radio 3. 5: In `Marfan' by Peter Reading the `laureate of grot' turns his attention to a small town in Texas.

05Our Place In The Universe19990528

John Durant, professor of the public understanding of science at Imperial College, explores the scientific discoveries that have had a major cultural impact and have changed our way of looking at the world. 5: `Our Place in the Universe'.

05Outriders19990205

Patrick Wright talks to five unsung, witty and engaging figures on the cultural scene who are distinguished by their originality and imagination. 5: Marion Boyars. A leading publisher of the avant-garde since 1960, Marion Boyars introduced British readers to Georges Bataille, Michael Ondaatje and Ivan Illich. She discusses how she has fought to bring new ideas to audiences who do not always think that they need them.

Patrick Wright talks to five unsung, witty and engaging figures on the cultural scene who are distinguished by their originality and imagination. 3: Derek Bailey. Free-improvising guitarist of nearly 50 years' standing, Derek Bailey was also co-founder of the first independent, musician-owned record company in Britain.

Patrick Wright talks to five unsung, witty and engaging figures on the cultural scene who are distinguished by their originality and imagination. 2: Marc Karlin. Independent film-maker and publisher Marc Karlin has courted controversy with films on Rupert Murdoch and Diana, Princess of Wales, and with his unsparing analysis of the flaws of today's broadcasters.

05Peter Reading: Marfan19990312

Five commissioned poems blending words and sound. 5: `Peter Reading: Marfan'. The `laureate of grot' turns his attention to a small town in Texas.

05Projections19971010

Five programmes in which film historian Ian Christie talks to leading figures in contemporary film-making about influences on their careers, how they work and the state of cinema as it enters its second century. 5: Terry Gilliam. Cartoonist turned film-maker who first came to prominence through his work on Monty Python's Flying Circus.

Five programmes in which film historian Ian Christie talks to leading figures in contemporary film-making about influences on their careers, how they work and the state of cinema as it enters its second century. 5:

Five programmes in which film historian Ian Christie talks to leading figures in contemporary film-making about influences on their careers, how they work and the state of cinema as it enters its second century. 4:

Five programmes in which film historian Ian Christie talks to leading figures in contemporary film-making about influences on their careers, how they work and the state of cinema as it enters its second century. 3:

Five programmes in which film historian Ian Christie talks to leading figures in contemporary film-making about influences on their careers, how they work and the state of cinema as it enters its second century. 2:

Five programmes in which film historian Ian Christie talks to leading figures in contemporary film-making about influences on their careers, how they work and the state of cinema as it enters its second century. 1:.

05Projections19980508

Five programmes in which film historian Ian Christie talks to leading figures in contemporary film-making about influences on their careers, how they work and the state of cinema as it enters its second century. 5: Terry Gilliam. Cartoonist turned film-maker who first came to prominence through his work on Monty Python's Flying Circus.

Five programmes in which film historian Ian Christie talks to leading figures in contemporary film-making about influences on their careers, how they work and the state of cinema as it enters its second century. 5:

Five programmes in which film historian Ian Christie talks to leading figures in contemporary film-making about influences on their careers, how they work and the state of cinema as it enters its second century. 4:

Five programmes in which film historian Ian Christie talks to leading figures in contemporary film-making about influences on their careers, how they work and the state of cinema as it enters its second century. 3:

Five programmes in which film historian Ian Christie talks to leading figures in contemporary film-making about influences on their careers, how they work and the state of cinema as it enters its second century. 2:

Five programmes in which film historian Ian Christie talks to leading figures in contemporary film-making about influences on their careers, how they work and the state of cinema as it enters its second century. 1:.

05Reading Abroad19980925

Tibor Fischer introduces five of the world's leading writers who are, as yet, little known to British audiences. 5: Nicholas Papandreou: Parthena Earns Her Name. Nicholas Papandreou is emerging as one of Greece's leading short story writers. His work draws on the harsh and humorous realities of GREEK village life, realities which are decorated with superstition, gossip and intrigue.

05Technological Terpsichore19990319

An idiosyncratic history of classical duets and an incidental history of loving, told by dancers and thinkers. 5: `Technological Terpsichore'. Partnerships in the New World.

05The Arrested Word: The File On Nikola Klyuev19981009

Five dramatised documentaries adapted from the KGB's literary archive by Vitaly Shentalinsky and presented by Professor James Riordan. 5: `The Arrested Word: the File on Nikola Klyuev'. The story of poet Nikola Klyuev, who wrote during the terrible campaign for total collectivisation. His views led to his denunciation and arrest, but he refused to recant and was executed in 1937. With Simon Russell Beale as Klyuev and Jon Strickland as Shivarov.

05The Jail19970926

To mark 100 years since the birth of William Faulkner, Ron Berglas reads five short stories set in Faulkner's mythical Mississippi county. 5: `The Jail'.

05The Landscape Reclaimed19970919

Concluding the series examining the history of thinking about landscape. 5: `The Landscape Reclaimed'. Amid the current interest in the environment, this programme investigates innovative schemes to repair industrial scars and a new flowering of landscape design talent.

05The Last Of England19990409

Five explorations by Ian Christie of how cinema has continued the literary and visual tradition of apocalypse. 5: `The Last of ENGLAND'. Apocalypticism flourished within ENGLISH Nonconformism and inspired many of the Romantics before re-emerging as a powerful secular theme for ENGLISH modernists. It has taken equally diverse forms in British cinema, ranging from Wells's `Things to Come' to the exploitation genres of the 50s and 60s and such distinctive contemporary figures as Gilliam, Jarman and Keiller.

05The Manuscript Found In Saragossa19981218

Kevin Jackson unravels the stories behind classic works of European literature.

5: Jan Potocki: `The Manuscript Found in Saragossa'.

The extraordinary story of Polish adventurer, ethnographer, aristocrat and activist Jan Potocki (1761-1815).

Written in French, his novel `The Manuscript Found in Saragossa' combines horror, philosophy and enlightenment rationalism, and anticipates techniques of horror-writing used by novelists today.

05The Monet Market19990122

5: `The Monet Market'. Monet remains one of the most bankable of all artists, with originals selling for millions of pounds and reproductions decorating everything from mouse mats to umbrellas. With actuality from Christie's most recent auction of Monet paintings and a browse through the Royal Academy's shop, this programme reflects on changes in the market for Monet from his day to ours. With excerpts With excerpts from Monet's letters read by Paul Scofield

05The Vanishing Creature19990326

A five-part series in which Iwan Russell-Jones looks at attitudes to the body in our culture. 5: `The Vanishing Creature'. Are we destined to become just the sex organs of the machine? Will more and more sophisticated computer technology render our bodies obsolete? The series ends with some future-gazing, assisted by a professor who calls himself a cyborg, and a visit to the birthplace of software.

05To Those Born Later1998021319980828

Five programmes this week in which Adrian Mitchell looks at the poems and songs of Bertolt Brecht. The readers include Maria Friedman and Harold Pinter. 5: `To Those Born Later'. The legacy of Brecht's poetry.

05Ulysses: Epiphanies19971107

A celebration of the seventy-fifth anniversary of the publication of one of this century's great books, James Joyce's `Ulysses'.

All this week, distinguished writers, artists and scholars nominate a chapter from this magnum opus and describe its transforming effect on them.

5: Novelist and poet Michele Roberts says yes to Molly Bloom.

4: Joyce scholar David Norris and American novelist Robert Coover on Joyce's experiments with form.

05We19981225

Comedian and broadcaster Rainer Hersch presents five personal and idiosyncratic studies of the music of our century. 5: `We'll Sort It Out in the Edit'. Rainer Hersch ponders what music has made of the recording industry and what the recording industry has made of us.

05Where Am I?19980515

Noah Richler talks to new Israeli and Palestinian authors about their work, 50 years after the foundation of the Israeli state. 5: `Where Am I?' Orly Castel-Bloom is something of a totem in the new Israeli literary pantheon: one of the so-called postmodernist writers whose surrealist, darkly comic work baffles some and outrages many. Her short stories are modern fables in strange and other-worldly landscapes, and her novel, `Dolly City', is a wildly satirical portrait of a Jewish mother's excessive love for her son as she tries to protect him from the hazards of a city gone mad. With readings by Zoe Wanamaker.

06Designs For Living1998073019980731

The fourth of five programmes visiting great houses during ARCHITECTure Week. Le Corbusier was convinced that ARCHITECTure could bring about social reform. His experiment in vertical community living - the Marseille Unite d'Habitation - may be a concrete tower block, but it bears little resemblance to the public housing it inspired all over the world and which has been almost universally condemned in Britain. Susan Marling visits this revolutionary block, which is still loved by its residents.

Five programmes exploring some of the century's greatest houses and the contribution they have made to the way we think and how we think about our homes. The series opens with Charles Rennie Mackintosh's delightful Hill House - Victorian gloom is swept aside and the first glimmers of modernism can be seen. Written and presented by Susan Marling. Reader David Jessel.

Five programmes exploring some of the century's greatest houses and the contribution they have made to the way we think and how we think about our homes. The second programme visits the USA to see Frank Lloyd Wright's famous house Fallingwater. Driven by his belief in organic design, and inspired by his desire to create an American ARCHITECTure, Wright produced a house of the most startling design. The informality of the open plan, and the exposed building materials, have indeed provided a blueprint for much American domestic ARCHITECTure.

Susan Marling presents the third of five programmes visiting great houses during ARCHITECTure Week. Pastiche artist or ARCHITECTural genius? The great romantic houses of Sir Edwin Lutyens are reassessed, including his extraordinary Castle Drogo.

Susan Marling presents the last of five programmes about ARCHITECTure. What is the future of domestic ARCHITECTure? Will it be low-tech green houses and a return to basic materials, or will the ARCHITECTural pursuit of the ever lighter, more transparent box mean that high-tech solutions prevail? Cutting-edge ARCHITECTs predict the 21st century.

06Designs For Living1998073019980729

The fourth of five programmes visiting great houses during ARCHITECTure Week. Le Corbusier was convinced that ARCHITECTure could bring about social reform. His experiment in vertical community living - the Marseille Unite d'Habitation - may be a concrete tower block, but it bears little resemblance to the public housing it inspired all over the world and which has been almost universally condemned in Britain. Susan Marling visits this revolutionary block, which is still loved by its residents.

Five programmes exploring some of the century's greatest houses and the contribution they have made to the way we think and how we think about our homes. The series opens with Charles Rennie Mackintosh's delightful Hill House - Victorian gloom is swept aside and the first glimmers of modernism can be seen. Written and presented by Susan Marling. Reader David Jessel.

Five programmes exploring some of the century's greatest houses and the contribution they have made to the way we think and how we think about our homes. The second programme visits the USA to see Frank Lloyd Wright's famous house Fallingwater. Driven by his belief in organic design, and inspired by his desire to create an American ARCHITECTure, Wright produced a house of the most startling design. The informality of the open plan, and the exposed building materials, have indeed provided a blueprint for much American domestic ARCHITECTure.

Susan Marling presents the third of five programmes visiting great houses during ARCHITECTure Week. Pastiche artist or ARCHITECTural genius? The great romantic houses of Sir Edwin Lutyens are reassessed, including his extraordinary Castle Drogo.

Susan Marling presents the last of five programmes about ARCHITECTure. What is the future of domestic ARCHITECTure? Will it be low-tech green houses and a return to basic materials, or will the ARCHITECTural pursuit of the ever lighter, more transparent box mean that high-tech solutions prevail? Cutting-edge ARCHITECTs predict the 21st century.

06Designs For Living1998073019980728

The fourth of five programmes visiting great houses during ARCHITECTure Week. Le Corbusier was convinced that ARCHITECTure could bring about social reform. His experiment in vertical community living - the Marseille Unite d'Habitation - may be a concrete tower block, but it bears little resemblance to the public housing it inspired all over the world and which has been almost universally condemned in Britain. Susan Marling visits this revolutionary block, which is still loved by its residents.

Five programmes exploring some of the century's greatest houses and the contribution they have made to the way we think and how we think about our homes. The series opens with Charles Rennie Mackintosh's delightful Hill House - Victorian gloom is swept aside and the first glimmers of modernism can be seen. Written and presented by Susan Marling. Reader David Jessel.

Five programmes exploring some of the century's greatest houses and the contribution they have made to the way we think and how we think about our homes. The second programme visits the USA to see Frank Lloyd Wright's famous house Fallingwater. Driven by his belief in organic design, and inspired by his desire to create an American ARCHITECTure, Wright produced a house of the most startling design. The informality of the open plan, and the exposed building materials, have indeed provided a blueprint for much American domestic ARCHITECTure.

Susan Marling presents the third of five programmes visiting great houses during ARCHITECTure Week. Pastiche artist or ARCHITECTural genius? The great romantic houses of Sir Edwin Lutyens are reassessed, including his extraordinary Castle Drogo.

Susan Marling presents the last of five programmes about ARCHITECTure. What is the future of domestic ARCHITECTure? Will it be low-tech green houses and a return to basic materials, or will the ARCHITECTural pursuit of the ever lighter, more transparent box mean that high-tech solutions prevail? Cutting-edge ARCHITECTs predict the 21st century.

06Designs For Living1998073019980727

The fourth of five programmes visiting great houses during ARCHITECTure Week. Le Corbusier was convinced that ARCHITECTure could bring about social reform. His experiment in vertical community living - the Marseille Unite d'Habitation - may be a concrete tower block, but it bears little resemblance to the public housing it inspired all over the world and which has been almost universally condemned in Britain. Susan Marling visits this revolutionary block, which is still loved by its residents.

Five programmes exploring some of the century's greatest houses and the contribution they have made to the way we think and how we think about our homes. The series opens with Charles Rennie Mackintosh's delightful Hill House - Victorian gloom is swept aside and the first glimmers of modernism can be seen. Written and presented by Susan Marling. Reader David Jessel.

Five programmes exploring some of the century's greatest houses and the contribution they have made to the way we think and how we think about our homes. The second programme visits the USA to see Frank Lloyd Wright's famous house Fallingwater. Driven by his belief in organic design, and inspired by his desire to create an American ARCHITECTure, Wright produced a house of the most startling design. The informality of the open plan, and the exposed building materials, have indeed provided a blueprint for much American domestic ARCHITECTure.

Susan Marling presents the third of five programmes visiting great houses during ARCHITECTure Week. Pastiche artist or ARCHITECTural genius? The great romantic houses of Sir Edwin Lutyens are reassessed, including his extraordinary Castle Drogo.

Susan Marling presents the last of five programmes about ARCHITECTure. What is the future of domestic ARCHITECTure? Will it be low-tech green houses and a return to basic materials, or will the ARCHITECTural pursuit of the ever lighter, more transparent box mean that high-tech solutions prevail? Cutting-edge ARCHITECTs predict the 21st century.

X01Living Ideas1998011219980907

In the last of the series in which leading philosophers offer an appreciation of great thinkers of the past. Ray Monk, lecturer at Southampton University, has written widely acclaimed biographies of Wittgenstein and Russell. Today, he takes up Wittgenstein's suggestion that there are limits to a scientific understanding of human beliefs, values and conduct.

In the third programme of the series offering an insight into how modern philosophers work and how they relate to thinkers from the past, Jonathan Ree, a leading interpreter of modern European philosophy who teaches at Middlesex University, talks about Heidegger's philosophy of art and examines in particular why Heidegger rejected traditional approaches to art criticism.

Leading philosophers acknowledge our indebtedness to great thinkers from the past. 2: Kant. Onora O'Neill, principal of Newnham College, Cambridge, looks at the enduring philosophy of Immanuel Kant and argues for the continuing significance of his fundamental principle that humans should respect others' rights and interests as fiercely as their own.

A second series in which leading philosophers acknowledge our indebtedness to great thinkers from the past. 1: Descartes. David Papineau, professor of the philosophy of science at King's College, LONDON, offers an appreciation of Descartes, usually remembered as the originator of the modern distinction between the mind and the body who Papineau argues should be celebrated as a pioneer materialist.

A five-part series in which leading philosophers offer their appreciation of great thinkers. 5: Emmanuel Levinas. Dr Simon Critchely defends the modern French-Jewish philosopher whose work was profoundly marked by the Holocaust and by the Nazism of his philosophical hero, Heidegger. Critchely argues that Levinas offers a moving and valuable account of the respect we owe each other as unique individuals.

A five-part series in which leading philosophers offer their appreciation of great thinkers. 4: Otto Neurath. Professor Nancy Cartwright talks about the little-known positivist Otto Neurath. She argues that Neurath combines a modernist commitment to science and progress with a postmodernist acceptance that there is no such thing as absolute and objective truth, even in the empirical sciences.

A five-part series in which leading philosophers offer their appreciation of great thinkers. 3: Hume. Professor Simon Blackburn is best known for his defence of quasi-realism, an account of the world which attempts to reconcile our experience of the world's richness with the stark ontology of modern science. In this programme, he talks about his hero, David Hume, who he thinks laid the foundations for a modern scientific philosophy.

A five-part series in which leading philosophers offer their appreciation of great thinkers. 2: Machiavelli. Quentin Skinner, one of today's leading historians of political thought, argues that Machiavelli still has a great deal to teach us about the importance of civic participation in guaranteeing our individual freedom.

A five-part series in which leading philosophers offer their appreciation of great thinkers who have influenced their work and understanding of the world. 1: Aristotle. Martha Nussbaum, professor of law and ethics at the University of Chicago, champions the thinking of the ancient Stoics about our obligations to one another as citizens of the world. She argues that we need to develop further their theories of international law.

X01Role Play1998051819980901

Five conversations in which Michael Billington talks to actors and singers about their experiences of playing the same character in theatrical and operatic productions. 5: Josephine Barstow and Katharine Schlesinger on Salome.

Five conversations in which Michael Billington talks to actors and singers about their experiences of playing the same character in theatrical and operatic productions. 4: Donald Maxwell and Denis Quilley on Falstaff.

Five conversations in which Michael Billington talks to actors and singers about their experiences of playing the same character in theatrical and operatic productions. 3: Gwyneth Jones and Zoe Wanamaker talk about Electra.

Five conversations in which Michael Billington talks to actors and singers about their experiences of playing the same character in theatrical and operatic productions. 2: Kristine Ciesinski and Sara Kestelman talk about playing Lady Macbeth.

Five conversations in which Michael Billington talks to actors and singers about their experiences of playing the same character in theatrical and operatic productions.

Four programmes in which Michael Billington talks to actors about key roles in the repertoire. 1: Michael Pennington and Fiona Shaw discuss the complex figure of Shakespeare's Richard II.

X02Karlovy Vary - The Aristocratic Spa1998021719980707

Five programmes this week in which Kathleen Griffin visits European spas. 2: `Karlovy Vary - the Aristocratic Spa'.

X02Last Tango In Paris19980505

Five programmes in which film historian Ian Christie talks to leading figures in contemporary film-making about influences on their careers, how they work and the state of cinema as it enters its second century. 2: Bernardo Bertolucci, director of `Last Tango in PARIS' and `Stealing Beauty'.

X02Living Ideas1998011219980908

In the last of the series in which leading philosophers offer an appreciation of great thinkers of the past. Ray Monk, lecturer at Southampton University, has written widely acclaimed biographies of Wittgenstein and Russell. Today, he takes up Wittgenstein's suggestion that there are limits to a scientific understanding of human beliefs, values and conduct.

In the third programme of the series offering an insight into how modern philosophers work and how they relate to thinkers from the past, Jonathan Ree, a leading interpreter of modern European philosophy who teaches at Middlesex University, talks about Heidegger's philosophy of art and examines in particular why Heidegger rejected traditional approaches to art criticism.

Leading philosophers acknowledge our indebtedness to great thinkers from the past. 2: Kant. Onora O'Neill, principal of Newnham College, Cambridge, looks at the enduring philosophy of Immanuel Kant and argues for the continuing significance of his fundamental principle that humans should respect others' rights and interests as fiercely as their own.

A second series in which leading philosophers acknowledge our indebtedness to great thinkers from the past. 1: Descartes. David Papineau, professor of the philosophy of science at King's College, LONDON, offers an appreciation of Descartes, usually remembered as the originator of the modern distinction between the mind and the body who Papineau argues should be celebrated as a pioneer materialist.

A five-part series in which leading philosophers offer their appreciation of great thinkers. 5: Emmanuel Levinas. Dr Simon Critchely defends the modern French-Jewish philosopher whose work was profoundly marked by the Holocaust and by the Nazism of his philosophical hero, Heidegger. Critchely argues that Levinas offers a moving and valuable account of the respect we owe each other as unique individuals.

A five-part series in which leading philosophers offer their appreciation of great thinkers. 4: Otto Neurath. Professor Nancy Cartwright talks about the little-known positivist Otto Neurath. She argues that Neurath combines a modernist commitment to science and progress with a postmodernist acceptance that there is no such thing as absolute and objective truth, even in the empirical sciences.

A five-part series in which leading philosophers offer their appreciation of great thinkers. 3: Hume. Professor Simon Blackburn is best known for his defence of quasi-realism, an account of the world which attempts to reconcile our experience of the world's richness with the stark ontology of modern science. In this programme, he talks about his hero, David Hume, who he thinks laid the foundations for a modern scientific philosophy.

A five-part series in which leading philosophers offer their appreciation of great thinkers. 2: Machiavelli. Quentin Skinner, one of today's leading historians of political thought, argues that Machiavelli still has a great deal to teach us about the importance of civic participation in guaranteeing our individual freedom.

A five-part series in which leading philosophers offer their appreciation of great thinkers who have influenced their work and understanding of the world. 1: Aristotle. Martha Nussbaum, professor of law and ethics at the University of Chicago, champions the thinking of the ancient Stoics about our obligations to one another as citizens of the world. She argues that we need to develop further their theories of international law.

X02Living Ideas1998011319980907

In the last of the series in which leading philosophers offer an appreciation of great thinkers of the past. Ray Monk, lecturer at Southampton University, has written widely acclaimed biographies of Wittgenstein and Russell. Today, he takes up Wittgenstein's suggestion that there are limits to a scientific understanding of human beliefs, values and conduct.

In the third programme of the series offering an insight into how modern philosophers work and how they relate to thinkers from the past, Jonathan Ree, a leading interpreter of modern European philosophy who teaches at Middlesex University, talks about Heidegger's philosophy of art and examines in particular why Heidegger rejected traditional approaches to art criticism.

Leading philosophers acknowledge our indebtedness to great thinkers from the past. 2: Kant. Onora O'Neill, principal of Newnham College, Cambridge, looks at the enduring philosophy of Immanuel Kant and argues for the continuing significance of his fundamental principle that humans should respect others' rights and interests as fiercely as their own.

A second series in which leading philosophers acknowledge our indebtedness to great thinkers from the past. 1: Descartes. David Papineau, professor of the philosophy of science at King's College, LONDON, offers an appreciation of Descartes, usually remembered as the originator of the modern distinction between the mind and the body who Papineau argues should be celebrated as a pioneer materialist.

A five-part series in which leading philosophers offer their appreciation of great thinkers. 5: Emmanuel Levinas. Dr Simon Critchely defends the modern French-Jewish philosopher whose work was profoundly marked by the Holocaust and by the Nazism of his philosophical hero, Heidegger. Critchely argues that Levinas offers a moving and valuable account of the respect we owe each other as unique individuals.

A five-part series in which leading philosophers offer their appreciation of great thinkers. 4: Otto Neurath. Professor Nancy Cartwright talks about the little-known positivist Otto Neurath. She argues that Neurath combines a modernist commitment to science and progress with a postmodernist acceptance that there is no such thing as absolute and objective truth, even in the empirical sciences.

A five-part series in which leading philosophers offer their appreciation of great thinkers. 3: Hume. Professor Simon Blackburn is best known for his defence of quasi-realism, an account of the world which attempts to reconcile our experience of the world's richness with the stark ontology of modern science. In this programme, he talks about his hero, David Hume, who he thinks laid the foundations for a modern scientific philosophy.

A five-part series in which leading philosophers offer their appreciation of great thinkers. 2: Machiavelli. Quentin Skinner, one of today's leading historians of political thought, argues that Machiavelli still has a great deal to teach us about the importance of civic participation in guaranteeing our individual freedom.

A five-part series in which leading philosophers offer their appreciation of great thinkers who have influenced their work and understanding of the world. 1: Aristotle. Martha Nussbaum, professor of law and ethics at the University of Chicago, champions the thinking of the ancient Stoics about our obligations to one another as citizens of the world. She argues that we need to develop further their theories of international law.

X02Living Ideas1999051819980907

In the last of the series in which leading philosophers offer an appreciation of great thinkers of the past. Ray Monk, lecturer at Southampton University, has written widely acclaimed biographies of Wittgenstein and Russell. Today, he takes up Wittgenstein's suggestion that there are limits to a scientific understanding of human beliefs, values and conduct.

In the third programme of the series offering an insight into how modern philosophers work and how they relate to thinkers from the past, Jonathan Ree, a leading interpreter of modern European philosophy who teaches at Middlesex University, talks about Heidegger's philosophy of art and examines in particular why Heidegger rejected traditional approaches to art criticism.

Leading philosophers acknowledge our indebtedness to great thinkers from the past. 2: Kant. Onora O'Neill, principal of Newnham College, Cambridge, looks at the enduring philosophy of Immanuel Kant and argues for the continuing significance of his fundamental principle that humans should respect others' rights and interests as fiercely as their own.

A second series in which leading philosophers acknowledge our indebtedness to great thinkers from the past. 1: Descartes. David Papineau, professor of the philosophy of science at King's College, LONDON, offers an appreciation of Descartes, usually remembered as the originator of the modern distinction between the mind and the body who Papineau argues should be celebrated as a pioneer materialist.

A five-part series in which leading philosophers offer their appreciation of great thinkers. 5: Emmanuel Levinas. Dr Simon Critchely defends the modern French-Jewish philosopher whose work was profoundly marked by the Holocaust and by the Nazism of his philosophical hero, Heidegger. Critchely argues that Levinas offers a moving and valuable account of the respect we owe each other as unique individuals.

A five-part series in which leading philosophers offer their appreciation of great thinkers. 4: Otto Neurath. Professor Nancy Cartwright talks about the little-known positivist Otto Neurath. She argues that Neurath combines a modernist commitment to science and progress with a postmodernist acceptance that there is no such thing as absolute and objective truth, even in the empirical sciences.

A five-part series in which leading philosophers offer their appreciation of great thinkers. 3: Hume. Professor Simon Blackburn is best known for his defence of quasi-realism, an account of the world which attempts to reconcile our experience of the world's richness with the stark ontology of modern science. In this programme, he talks about his hero, David Hume, who he thinks laid the foundations for a modern scientific philosophy.

A five-part series in which leading philosophers offer their appreciation of great thinkers. 2: Machiavelli. Quentin Skinner, one of today's leading historians of political thought, argues that Machiavelli still has a great deal to teach us about the importance of civic participation in guaranteeing our individual freedom.

A five-part series in which leading philosophers offer their appreciation of great thinkers who have influenced their work and understanding of the world. 1: Aristotle. Martha Nussbaum, professor of law and ethics at the University of Chicago, champions the thinking of the ancient Stoics about our obligations to one another as citizens of the world. She argues that we need to develop further their theories of international law.

X02Poets' Fan Mail1997101419980818

Five poets read a newly commissioned verse letter to a poet from the past they admire. 4: The Caribbean writer Olive Senior reads her letter to the great Chilean poet Pablo Neruda.

Five poets read a newly commissioned verse letter to a poet from the past they admire. 3: Glyn Maxwell writes to Edward Thomas.

Five poets read a newly commissioned verse letter to a poet from the past they admire. 2: Kathleen Jamie writes to Robert Burns about growing up in modern SCOTLAND and about devolution.

X02Role Play1997121519980901

Five conversations in which Michael Billington talks to actors and singers about their experiences of playing the same character in theatrical and operatic productions. 5: Josephine Barstow and Katharine Schlesinger on Salome.

Five conversations in which Michael Billington talks to actors and singers about their experiences of playing the same character in theatrical and operatic productions. 4: Donald Maxwell and Denis Quilley on Falstaff.

Five conversations in which Michael Billington talks to actors and singers about their experiences of playing the same character in theatrical and operatic productions. 3: Gwyneth Jones and Zoe Wanamaker talk about Electra.

Five conversations in which Michael Billington talks to actors and singers about their experiences of playing the same character in theatrical and operatic productions. 2: Kristine Ciesinski and Sara Kestelman talk about playing Lady Macbeth.

Five conversations in which Michael Billington talks to actors and singers about their experiences of playing the same character in theatrical and operatic productions.

Four programmes in which Michael Billington talks to actors about key roles in the repertoire. 1: Michael Pennington and Fiona Shaw discuss the complex figure of Shakespeare's Richard II.

X02Role Play1998051919980901

Five conversations in which Michael Billington talks to actors and singers about their experiences of playing the same character in theatrical and operatic productions. 5: Josephine Barstow and Katharine Schlesinger on Salome.

Five conversations in which Michael Billington talks to actors and singers about their experiences of playing the same character in theatrical and operatic productions. 4: Donald Maxwell and Denis Quilley on Falstaff.

Five conversations in which Michael Billington talks to actors and singers about their experiences of playing the same character in theatrical and operatic productions. 3: Gwyneth Jones and Zoe Wanamaker talk about Electra.

Five conversations in which Michael Billington talks to actors and singers about their experiences of playing the same character in theatrical and operatic productions. 2: Kristine Ciesinski and Sara Kestelman talk about playing Lady Macbeth.

Five conversations in which Michael Billington talks to actors and singers about their experiences of playing the same character in theatrical and operatic productions.

Four programmes in which Michael Billington talks to actors about key roles in the repertoire. 1: Michael Pennington and Fiona Shaw discuss the complex figure of Shakespeare's Richard II.

X02The Man With A Gun1998111719990209

Five programmes celebrating 50 years of photojournalism from the world's most famous photo agency.

2: `The Man with a Gun'.

A look at half a century of war photography by members of the prestigious Magnum agency.

X03Blazing Saddles1997121119980617

Four programmes in which Christopher Cook talks to Hollywood's most successful young screenwriters. In the third programme, he meets Andrew Bergman, a veteran whose credits include `Blazing Saddles', `Fletch' and the notorious `Striptease'.

Christopher Cook talks to five of Hollywood's most successful screenwriters. 3: Andrew Bergman, a veteran whose credits include `Blazing Saddles', `Fletch' and the notorious `Striptease'.

X03Lake Balaton - The Revolutionary Spa1998021819980708

Five programmes this week in which Kathleen Griffin visits European spas. 3: `Lake Balaton - the Revolutionary Spa'. The largest lake in Central Europe, where, in the mid-19th century, writers and artists met to plot against the Hapsburg Empire.

X03Living Ideas1998011219980909

In the last of the series in which leading philosophers offer an appreciation of great thinkers of the past. Ray Monk, lecturer at Southampton University, has written widely acclaimed biographies of Wittgenstein and Russell. Today, he takes up Wittgenstein's suggestion that there are limits to a scientific understanding of human beliefs, values and conduct.

In the third programme of the series offering an insight into how modern philosophers work and how they relate to thinkers from the past, Jonathan Ree, a leading interpreter of modern European philosophy who teaches at Middlesex University, talks about Heidegger's philosophy of art and examines in particular why Heidegger rejected traditional approaches to art criticism.

Leading philosophers acknowledge our indebtedness to great thinkers from the past. 2: Kant. Onora O'Neill, principal of Newnham College, Cambridge, looks at the enduring philosophy of Immanuel Kant and argues for the continuing significance of his fundamental principle that humans should respect others' rights and interests as fiercely as their own.

A second series in which leading philosophers acknowledge our indebtedness to great thinkers from the past. 1: Descartes. David Papineau, professor of the philosophy of science at King's College, LONDON, offers an appreciation of Descartes, usually remembered as the originator of the modern distinction between the mind and the body who Papineau argues should be celebrated as a pioneer materialist.

A five-part series in which leading philosophers offer their appreciation of great thinkers. 5: Emmanuel Levinas. Dr Simon Critchely defends the modern French-Jewish philosopher whose work was profoundly marked by the Holocaust and by the Nazism of his philosophical hero, Heidegger. Critchely argues that Levinas offers a moving and valuable account of the respect we owe each other as unique individuals.

A five-part series in which leading philosophers offer their appreciation of great thinkers. 4: Otto Neurath. Professor Nancy Cartwright talks about the little-known positivist Otto Neurath. She argues that Neurath combines a modernist commitment to science and progress with a postmodernist acceptance that there is no such thing as absolute and objective truth, even in the empirical sciences.

A five-part series in which leading philosophers offer their appreciation of great thinkers. 3: Hume. Professor Simon Blackburn is best known for his defence of quasi-realism, an account of the world which attempts to reconcile our experience of the world's richness with the stark ontology of modern science. In this programme, he talks about his hero, David Hume, who he thinks laid the foundations for a modern scientific philosophy.

A five-part series in which leading philosophers offer their appreciation of great thinkers. 2: Machiavelli. Quentin Skinner, one of today's leading historians of political thought, argues that Machiavelli still has a great deal to teach us about the importance of civic participation in guaranteeing our individual freedom.

A five-part series in which leading philosophers offer their appreciation of great thinkers who have influenced their work and understanding of the world. 1: Aristotle. Martha Nussbaum, professor of law and ethics at the University of Chicago, champions the thinking of the ancient Stoics about our obligations to one another as citizens of the world. She argues that we need to develop further their theories of international law.

X03Living Ideas1998011419980907

In the last of the series in which leading philosophers offer an appreciation of great thinkers of the past. Ray Monk, lecturer at Southampton University, has written widely acclaimed biographies of Wittgenstein and Russell. Today, he takes up Wittgenstein's suggestion that there are limits to a scientific understanding of human beliefs, values and conduct.

In the third programme of the series offering an insight into how modern philosophers work and how they relate to thinkers from the past, Jonathan Ree, a leading interpreter of modern European philosophy who teaches at Middlesex University, talks about Heidegger's philosophy of art and examines in particular why Heidegger rejected traditional approaches to art criticism.

Leading philosophers acknowledge our indebtedness to great thinkers from the past. 2: Kant. Onora O'Neill, principal of Newnham College, Cambridge, looks at the enduring philosophy of Immanuel Kant and argues for the continuing significance of his fundamental principle that humans should respect others' rights and interests as fiercely as their own.

A second series in which leading philosophers acknowledge our indebtedness to great thinkers from the past. 1: Descartes. David Papineau, professor of the philosophy of science at King's College, LONDON, offers an appreciation of Descartes, usually remembered as the originator of the modern distinction between the mind and the body who Papineau argues should be celebrated as a pioneer materialist.

A five-part series in which leading philosophers offer their appreciation of great thinkers. 5: Emmanuel Levinas. Dr Simon Critchely defends the modern French-Jewish philosopher whose work was profoundly marked by the Holocaust and by the Nazism of his philosophical hero, Heidegger. Critchely argues that Levinas offers a moving and valuable account of the respect we owe each other as unique individuals.

A five-part series in which leading philosophers offer their appreciation of great thinkers. 4: Otto Neurath. Professor Nancy Cartwright talks about the little-known positivist Otto Neurath. She argues that Neurath combines a modernist commitment to science and progress with a postmodernist acceptance that there is no such thing as absolute and objective truth, even in the empirical sciences.

A five-part series in which leading philosophers offer their appreciation of great thinkers. 3: Hume. Professor Simon Blackburn is best known for his defence of quasi-realism, an account of the world which attempts to reconcile our experience of the world's richness with the stark ontology of modern science. In this programme, he talks about his hero, David Hume, who he thinks laid the foundations for a modern scientific philosophy.

A five-part series in which leading philosophers offer their appreciation of great thinkers. 2: Machiavelli. Quentin Skinner, one of today's leading historians of political thought, argues that Machiavelli still has a great deal to teach us about the importance of civic participation in guaranteeing our individual freedom.

A five-part series in which leading philosophers offer their appreciation of great thinkers who have influenced their work and understanding of the world. 1: Aristotle. Martha Nussbaum, professor of law and ethics at the University of Chicago, champions the thinking of the ancient Stoics about our obligations to one another as citizens of the world. She argues that we need to develop further their theories of international law.

X03Living Ideas1999051919980907

In the last of the series in which leading philosophers offer an appreciation of great thinkers of the past. Ray Monk, lecturer at Southampton University, has written widely acclaimed biographies of Wittgenstein and Russell. Today, he takes up Wittgenstein's suggestion that there are limits to a scientific understanding of human beliefs, values and conduct.

In the third programme of the series offering an insight into how modern philosophers work and how they relate to thinkers from the past, Jonathan Ree, a leading interpreter of modern European philosophy who teaches at Middlesex University, talks about Heidegger's philosophy of art and examines in particular why Heidegger rejected traditional approaches to art criticism.

Leading philosophers acknowledge our indebtedness to great thinkers from the past. 2: Kant. Onora O'Neill, principal of Newnham College, Cambridge, looks at the enduring philosophy of Immanuel Kant and argues for the continuing significance of his fundamental principle that humans should respect others' rights and interests as fiercely as their own.

A second series in which leading philosophers acknowledge our indebtedness to great thinkers from the past. 1: Descartes. David Papineau, professor of the philosophy of science at King's College, LONDON, offers an appreciation of Descartes, usually remembered as the originator of the modern distinction between the mind and the body who Papineau argues should be celebrated as a pioneer materialist.

A five-part series in which leading philosophers offer their appreciation of great thinkers. 5: Emmanuel Levinas. Dr Simon Critchely defends the modern French-Jewish philosopher whose work was profoundly marked by the Holocaust and by the Nazism of his philosophical hero, Heidegger. Critchely argues that Levinas offers a moving and valuable account of the respect we owe each other as unique individuals.

A five-part series in which leading philosophers offer their appreciation of great thinkers. 4: Otto Neurath. Professor Nancy Cartwright talks about the little-known positivist Otto Neurath. She argues that Neurath combines a modernist commitment to science and progress with a postmodernist acceptance that there is no such thing as absolute and objective truth, even in the empirical sciences.

A five-part series in which leading philosophers offer their appreciation of great thinkers. 3: Hume. Professor Simon Blackburn is best known for his defence of quasi-realism, an account of the world which attempts to reconcile our experience of the world's richness with the stark ontology of modern science. In this programme, he talks about his hero, David Hume, who he thinks laid the foundations for a modern scientific philosophy.

A five-part series in which leading philosophers offer their appreciation of great thinkers. 2: Machiavelli. Quentin Skinner, one of today's leading historians of political thought, argues that Machiavelli still has a great deal to teach us about the importance of civic participation in guaranteeing our individual freedom.

A five-part series in which leading philosophers offer their appreciation of great thinkers who have influenced their work and understanding of the world. 1: Aristotle. Martha Nussbaum, professor of law and ethics at the University of Chicago, champions the thinking of the ancient Stoics about our obligations to one another as citizens of the world. She argues that we need to develop further their theories of international law.

X03Mean Streets19980506

Five programmes in which film historian Ian Christie talks to leading figures in contemporary film-making about influences on their careers, how they work and the state of cinema as it enters its second century. 3: Martin Scorsese, American director of `Mean Streets', `Taxi Driver' and `Casino'.

X03My Face Is Your Fortune1998111819990210

Five programmes celebrating 50 years of photojournalism from the world's most famous photo agency. 3: `My Face Is Your Fortune'. Magnum photographers consider their achievements in creating portraits of the century's celebrities.

X03Poets' Fan Mail1997101419980819

Five poets read a newly commissioned verse letter to a poet from the past they admire. 4: The Caribbean writer Olive Senior reads her letter to the great Chilean poet Pablo Neruda.

Five poets read a newly commissioned verse letter to a poet from the past they admire. 3: Glyn Maxwell writes to Edward Thomas.

Five poets read a newly commissioned verse letter to a poet from the past they admire. 2: Kathleen Jamie writes to Robert Burns about growing up in modern SCOTLAND and about devolution.

X03Poets' Fan Mail1997101519980818

Five poets read a newly commissioned verse letter to a poet from the past they admire. 4: The Caribbean writer Olive Senior reads her letter to the great Chilean poet Pablo Neruda.

Five poets read a newly commissioned verse letter to a poet from the past they admire. 3: Glyn Maxwell writes to Edward Thomas.

Five poets read a newly commissioned verse letter to a poet from the past they admire. 2: Kathleen Jamie writes to Robert Burns about growing up in modern SCOTLAND and about devolution.

X03Role Play1997121519980902

Five conversations in which Michael Billington talks to actors and singers about their experiences of playing the same character in theatrical and operatic productions. 5: Josephine Barstow and Katharine Schlesinger on Salome.

Five conversations in which Michael Billington talks to actors and singers about their experiences of playing the same character in theatrical and operatic productions. 4: Donald Maxwell and Denis Quilley on Falstaff.

Five conversations in which Michael Billington talks to actors and singers about their experiences of playing the same character in theatrical and operatic productions. 3: Gwyneth Jones and Zoe Wanamaker talk about Electra.

Five conversations in which Michael Billington talks to actors and singers about their experiences of playing the same character in theatrical and operatic productions. 2: Kristine Ciesinski and Sara Kestelman talk about playing Lady Macbeth.

Five conversations in which Michael Billington talks to actors and singers about their experiences of playing the same character in theatrical and operatic productions.

Four programmes in which Michael Billington talks to actors about key roles in the repertoire. 1: Michael Pennington and Fiona Shaw discuss the complex figure of Shakespeare's Richard II.

X03Role Play1998052019980901

Five conversations in which Michael Billington talks to actors and singers about their experiences of playing the same character in theatrical and operatic productions. 5: Josephine Barstow and Katharine Schlesinger on Salome.

Five conversations in which Michael Billington talks to actors and singers about their experiences of playing the same character in theatrical and operatic productions. 4: Donald Maxwell and Denis Quilley on Falstaff.

Five conversations in which Michael Billington talks to actors and singers about their experiences of playing the same character in theatrical and operatic productions. 3: Gwyneth Jones and Zoe Wanamaker talk about Electra.

Five conversations in which Michael Billington talks to actors and singers about their experiences of playing the same character in theatrical and operatic productions. 2: Kristine Ciesinski and Sara Kestelman talk about playing Lady Macbeth.

Five conversations in which Michael Billington talks to actors and singers about their experiences of playing the same character in theatrical and operatic productions.

Four programmes in which Michael Billington talks to actors about key roles in the repertoire. 1: Michael Pennington and Fiona Shaw discuss the complex figure of Shakespeare's Richard II.

X03Thank You For My Baby1998110419990106

Five specially commissioned dramatic monologues that combine fiction and a news story. 3: `Thank You for My Baby'. By Alison Joseph

X04Abide With Me1998110519990107

Five specially commissioned dramatic monologues that combine fiction and a news story. 4: `Abide with Me'. By John Fletcher

X04Batman Returns1997121219980618

Four programmes in which Christopher Cook talks to Hollywood's most successful young screenwriters. In the final programme, he meets Daniel Waters, writer of `Batman Returns', `Heathers' and the multi-million-dollar film that became a famous Hollywood disaster, `Hudson Hawk'.

Christopher Cook talks to five of Hollywood's most successful screenwriters. 4: Daniel Waters, writer of `Batman Returns', `Heathers', and the multi-million-dollar film that became a famous Hollywood disaster, `Hudson Hawk'.

X04Battler Britain1998010819980813

Valentine Cunningham presents a five-part personal guide to contemporary ENGLISH fiction. 4: `Battler Britain'. A return to the Second World War in the company of leading novelists who still find inspiration - and comfort - in Britain's finest hour.

X04Living Ideas1998011219980910

In the last of the series in which leading philosophers offer an appreciation of great thinkers of the past. Ray Monk, lecturer at Southampton University, has written widely acclaimed biographies of Wittgenstein and Russell. Today, he takes up Wittgenstein's suggestion that there are limits to a scientific understanding of human beliefs, values and conduct.

In the third programme of the series offering an insight into how modern philosophers work and how they relate to thinkers from the past, Jonathan Ree, a leading interpreter of modern European philosophy who teaches at Middlesex University, talks about Heidegger's philosophy of art and examines in particular why Heidegger rejected traditional approaches to art criticism.

Leading philosophers acknowledge our indebtedness to great thinkers from the past. 2: Kant. Onora O'Neill, principal of Newnham College, Cambridge, looks at the enduring philosophy of Immanuel Kant and argues for the continuing significance of his fundamental principle that humans should respect others' rights and interests as fiercely as their own.

A second series in which leading philosophers acknowledge our indebtedness to great thinkers from the past. 1: Descartes. David Papineau, professor of the philosophy of science at King's College, LONDON, offers an appreciation of Descartes, usually remembered as the originator of the modern distinction between the mind and the body who Papineau argues should be celebrated as a pioneer materialist.

A five-part series in which leading philosophers offer their appreciation of great thinkers. 5: Emmanuel Levinas. Dr Simon Critchely defends the modern French-Jewish philosopher whose work was profoundly marked by the Holocaust and by the Nazism of his philosophical hero, Heidegger. Critchely argues that Levinas offers a moving and valuable account of the respect we owe each other as unique individuals.

A five-part series in which leading philosophers offer their appreciation of great thinkers. 4: Otto Neurath. Professor Nancy Cartwright talks about the little-known positivist Otto Neurath. She argues that Neurath combines a modernist commitment to science and progress with a postmodernist acceptance that there is no such thing as absolute and objective truth, even in the empirical sciences.

A five-part series in which leading philosophers offer their appreciation of great thinkers. 3: Hume. Professor Simon Blackburn is best known for his defence of quasi-realism, an account of the world which attempts to reconcile our experience of the world's richness with the stark ontology of modern science. In this programme, he talks about his hero, David Hume, who he thinks laid the foundations for a modern scientific philosophy.

A five-part series in which leading philosophers offer their appreciation of great thinkers. 2: Machiavelli. Quentin Skinner, one of today's leading historians of political thought, argues that Machiavelli still has a great deal to teach us about the importance of civic participation in guaranteeing our individual freedom.

A five-part series in which leading philosophers offer their appreciation of great thinkers who have influenced their work and understanding of the world. 1: Aristotle. Martha Nussbaum, professor of law and ethics at the University of Chicago, champions the thinking of the ancient Stoics about our obligations to one another as citizens of the world. She argues that we need to develop further their theories of international law.

X04Living Ideas1998011519980907

In the last of the series in which leading philosophers offer an appreciation of great thinkers of the past.

Ray Monk, lecturer at Southampton University, has written widely acclaimed biographies of Wittgenstein and Russell.

Today, he takes up Wittgenstein's suggestion that there are limits to a scientific understanding of human beliefs, values and conduct.

In the third programme of the series offering an insight into how modern philosophers work and how they relate to thinkers from the past, Jonathan Ree, a leading interpreter of modern European philosophy who teaches at Middlesex University, talks about Heidegger's philosophy of art and examines in particular why Heidegger rejected traditional approaches to art criticism.

Leading philosophers acknowledge our indebtedness to great thinkers from the past.

2: Kant.

Onora O'Neill, principal of Newnham College, Cambridge, looks at the enduring philosophy of Immanuel Kant and argues for the continuing significance of his fundamental principle that humans should respect others' rights and interests as fiercely as their own.

A second series in which leading philosophers acknowledge our indebtedness to great thinkers from the past.

1: Descartes.

David Papineau, professor of the philosophy of science at King's College, LONDON, offers an appreciation of Descartes, usually remembered as the originator of the modern distinction between the mind and the body who Papineau argues should be celebrated as a pioneer materialist.

A five-part series in which leading philosophers offer their appreciation of great thinkers.

5: Emmanuel Levinas.

Dr Simon Critchely defends the modern French-Jewish philosopher whose work was profoundly marked by the Holocaust and by the Nazism of his philosophical hero, Heidegger.

Critchely argues that Levinas offers a moving and valuable account of the respect we owe each other as unique individuals.

4: Otto Neurath.

Professor Nancy Cartwright talks about the little-known positivist Otto Neurath.

She argues that Neurath combines a modernist commitment to science and progress with a postmodernist acceptance that there is no such thing as absolute and objective truth, even in the empirical sciences.

3: Hume.

Professor Simon Blackburn is best known for his defence of quasi-realism, an account of the world which attempts to reconcile our experience of the world's richness with the stark ontology of modern science.

In this programme, he talks about his hero, David Hume, who he thinks laid the foundations for a modern scientific philosophy.

2: Machiavelli.

Quentin Skinner, one of today's leading historians of political thought, argues that Machiavelli still has a great deal to teach us about the importance of civic participation in guaranteeing our individual freedom.

A five-part series in which leading philosophers offer their appreciation of great thinkers who have influenced their work and understanding of the world.

1: Aristotle.

Martha Nussbaum, professor of law and ethics at the University of Chicago, champions the thinking of the ancient Stoics about our obligations to one another as citizens of the world.

She argues that we need to develop further their theories of international law.

X04Living Ideas1999052019980907

In the last of the series in which leading philosophers offer an appreciation of great thinkers of the past. Ray Monk, lecturer at Southampton University, has written widely acclaimed biographies of Wittgenstein and Russell. Today, he takes up Wittgenstein's suggestion that there are limits to a scientific understanding of human beliefs, values and conduct.

In the third programme of the series offering an insight into how modern philosophers work and how they relate to thinkers from the past, Jonathan Ree, a leading interpreter of modern European philosophy who teaches at Middlesex University, talks about Heidegger's philosophy of art and examines in particular why Heidegger rejected traditional approaches to art criticism.

Leading philosophers acknowledge our indebtedness to great thinkers from the past. 2: Kant. Onora O'Neill, principal of Newnham College, Cambridge, looks at the enduring philosophy of Immanuel Kant and argues for the continuing significance of his fundamental principle that humans should respect others' rights and interests as fiercely as their own.

A second series in which leading philosophers acknowledge our indebtedness to great thinkers from the past. 1: Descartes. David Papineau, professor of the philosophy of science at King's College, LONDON, offers an appreciation of Descartes, usually remembered as the originator of the modern distinction between the mind and the body who Papineau argues should be celebrated as a pioneer materialist.

A five-part series in which leading philosophers offer their appreciation of great thinkers. 5: Emmanuel Levinas. Dr Simon Critchely defends the modern French-Jewish philosopher whose work was profoundly marked by the Holocaust and by the Nazism of his philosophical hero, Heidegger. Critchely argues that Levinas offers a moving and valuable account of the respect we owe each other as unique individuals.

A five-part series in which leading philosophers offer their appreciation of great thinkers. 4: Otto Neurath. Professor Nancy Cartwright talks about the little-known positivist Otto Neurath. She argues that Neurath combines a modernist commitment to science and progress with a postmodernist acceptance that there is no such thing as absolute and objective truth, even in the empirical sciences.

A five-part series in which leading philosophers offer their appreciation of great thinkers. 3: Hume. Professor Simon Blackburn is best known for his defence of quasi-realism, an account of the world which attempts to reconcile our experience of the world's richness with the stark ontology of modern science. In this programme, he talks about his hero, David Hume, who he thinks laid the foundations for a modern scientific philosophy.

A five-part series in which leading philosophers offer their appreciation of great thinkers. 2: Machiavelli. Quentin Skinner, one of today's leading historians of political thought, argues that Machiavelli still has a great deal to teach us about the importance of civic participation in guaranteeing our individual freedom.

A five-part series in which leading philosophers offer their appreciation of great thinkers who have influenced their work and understanding of the world. 1: Aristotle. Martha Nussbaum, professor of law and ethics at the University of Chicago, champions the thinking of the ancient Stoics about our obligations to one another as citizens of the world. She argues that we need to develop further their theories of international law.

X04Poets' Fan Mail1997101419980820

Five poets read a newly commissioned verse letter to a poet from the past they admire. 4: The Caribbean writer Olive Senior reads her letter to the great Chilean poet Pablo Neruda.

Five poets read a newly commissioned verse letter to a poet from the past they admire. 3: Glyn Maxwell writes to Edward Thomas.

Five poets read a newly commissioned verse letter to a poet from the past they admire. 2: Kathleen Jamie writes to Robert Burns about growing up in modern SCOTLAND and about devolution.

X04Poets' Fan Mail1997101619980818

Five poets read a newly commissioned verse letter to a poet from the past they admire. 4: The Caribbean writer Olive Senior reads her letter to the great Chilean poet Pablo Neruda.

Five poets read a newly commissioned verse letter to a poet from the past they admire. 3: Glyn Maxwell writes to Edward Thomas.

Five poets read a newly commissioned verse letter to a poet from the past they admire. 2: Kathleen Jamie writes to Robert Burns about growing up in modern SCOTLAND and about devolution.

X04Role Play1997121519980903

Five conversations in which Michael Billington talks to actors and singers about their experiences of playing the same character in theatrical and operatic productions. 5: Josephine Barstow and Katharine Schlesinger on Salome.

Five conversations in which Michael Billington talks to actors and singers about their experiences of playing the same character in theatrical and operatic productions. 4: Donald Maxwell and Denis Quilley on Falstaff.

Five conversations in which Michael Billington talks to actors and singers about their experiences of playing the same character in theatrical and operatic productions. 3: Gwyneth Jones and Zoe Wanamaker talk about Electra.

Five conversations in which Michael Billington talks to actors and singers about their experiences of playing the same character in theatrical and operatic productions. 2: Kristine Ciesinski and Sara Kestelman talk about playing Lady Macbeth.

Five conversations in which Michael Billington talks to actors and singers about their experiences of playing the same character in theatrical and operatic productions.

Four programmes in which Michael Billington talks to actors about key roles in the repertoire. 1: Michael Pennington and Fiona Shaw discuss the complex figure of Shakespeare's Richard II.

X04Role Play1998052119980901

Five conversations in which Michael Billington talks to actors and singers about their experiences of playing the same character in theatrical and operatic productions. 5: Josephine Barstow and Katharine Schlesinger on Salome.

Five conversations in which Michael Billington talks to actors and singers about their experiences of playing the same character in theatrical and operatic productions. 4: Donald Maxwell and Denis Quilley on Falstaff.

Five conversations in which Michael Billington talks to actors and singers about their experiences of playing the same character in theatrical and operatic productions. 3: Gwyneth Jones and Zoe Wanamaker talk about Electra.

Five conversations in which Michael Billington talks to actors and singers about their experiences of playing the same character in theatrical and operatic productions. 2: Kristine Ciesinski and Sara Kestelman talk about playing Lady Macbeth.

Five conversations in which Michael Billington talks to actors and singers about their experiences of playing the same character in theatrical and operatic productions.

Four programmes in which Michael Billington talks to actors about key roles in the repertoire. 1: Michael Pennington and Fiona Shaw discuss the complex figure of Shakespeare's Richard II.

X04Surviving History1998111919990211

Five programmes celebrating 50 years of photojournalism from the world's most famous photo agency. 4: `Surviving History'. The shaping events and movements of the postwar era as they have been captured on film by Magnum's most brilliant photographers.

X04Taking The Waters1998021919980709

4: Baden Baden - the Casino Spa. Kathleen Griffin visits the hottest springs in Europe, first discovered by the Romans and later used by royals, writers and rakes who flocked to the most ornate casino in the world.

X05All At Sea1998110619990108

Five specially commissioned dramatic monologues that combine fiction and a news story.

5: `All at Sea'.

By Pippa Gladhill

X05Cabinet Of Curiosity1998112019990212

Five programmes celebrating 50 years of photojournalism from the world's most famous photo agency. 5: `Cabinet of Curiosity'. Gill Pyrah considers Magnum's work as art and asks what the future holds.

X05Gothic Revivalists1998010919980814

Valentine Cunningham presents a five-part personal guide to contemporary ENGLISH fiction. 5: `Gothic Revivalists'. A look at the New Gothic - or, as it has been described, a `library of extreme methods' - to shed light on the cult of noir fiction and allegories of horror.

X05Le Touquet - The Star Spa1998022019980710

Five programmes this week in which Kathleen Griffin visits European spas. 5: `Le touquet - the Star Spa'. The seaside playground of the rich and famous.

Kathleen Griffin visits European spas. 5: `Le Touquet - the Star Spa'. The seaside playground of the rich and famous.

X05Letter To Walt Whitman1997101719980821

Five poets read a newly commissioned verse letter to a poet from the past they admire. In the last of the series, American poet Mark Doty reads his `Letter to Walt Whitman'.

X05Living Ideas1998011219980911

In the last of the series in which leading philosophers offer an appreciation of great thinkers of the past. Ray Monk, lecturer at Southampton University, has written widely acclaimed biographies of Wittgenstein and Russell. Today, he takes up Wittgenstein's suggestion that there are limits to a scientific understanding of human beliefs, values and conduct.

In the third programme of the series offering an insight into how modern philosophers work and how they relate to thinkers from the past, Jonathan Ree, a leading interpreter of modern European philosophy who teaches at Middlesex University, talks about Heidegger's philosophy of art and examines in particular why Heidegger rejected traditional approaches to art criticism.

Leading philosophers acknowledge our indebtedness to great thinkers from the past. 2: Kant. Onora O'Neill, principal of Newnham College, Cambridge, looks at the enduring philosophy of Immanuel Kant and argues for the continuing significance of his fundamental principle that humans should respect others' rights and interests as fiercely as their own.

A second series in which leading philosophers acknowledge our indebtedness to great thinkers from the past. 1: Descartes. David Papineau, professor of the philosophy of science at King's College, LONDON, offers an appreciation of Descartes, usually remembered as the originator of the modern distinction between the mind and the body who Papineau argues should be celebrated as a pioneer materialist.

A five-part series in which leading philosophers offer their appreciation of great thinkers. 5: Emmanuel Levinas. Dr Simon Critchely defends the modern French-Jewish philosopher whose work was profoundly marked by the Holocaust and by the Nazism of his philosophical hero, Heidegger. Critchely argues that Levinas offers a moving and valuable account of the respect we owe each other as unique individuals.

A five-part series in which leading philosophers offer their appreciation of great thinkers. 4: Otto Neurath. Professor Nancy Cartwright talks about the little-known positivist Otto Neurath. She argues that Neurath combines a modernist commitment to science and progress with a postmodernist acceptance that there is no such thing as absolute and objective truth, even in the empirical sciences.

A five-part series in which leading philosophers offer their appreciation of great thinkers. 3: Hume. Professor Simon Blackburn is best known for his defence of quasi-realism, an account of the world which attempts to reconcile our experience of the world's richness with the stark ontology of modern science. In this programme, he talks about his hero, David Hume, who he thinks laid the foundations for a modern scientific philosophy.

A five-part series in which leading philosophers offer their appreciation of great thinkers. 2: Machiavelli. Quentin Skinner, one of today's leading historians of political thought, argues that Machiavelli still has a great deal to teach us about the importance of civic participation in guaranteeing our individual freedom.

A five-part series in which leading philosophers offer their appreciation of great thinkers who have influenced their work and understanding of the world. 1: Aristotle. Martha Nussbaum, professor of law and ethics at the University of Chicago, champions the thinking of the ancient Stoics about our obligations to one another as citizens of the world. She argues that we need to develop further their theories of international law.

X05Living Ideas1998011619980907

In the last of the series in which leading philosophers offer an appreciation of great thinkers of the past. Ray Monk, lecturer at Southampton University, has written widely acclaimed biographies of Wittgenstein and Russell. Today, he takes up Wittgenstein's suggestion that there are limits to a scientific understanding of human beliefs, values and conduct.

In the third programme of the series offering an insight into how modern philosophers work and how they relate to thinkers from the past, Jonathan Ree, a leading interpreter of modern European philosophy who teaches at Middlesex University, talks about Heidegger's philosophy of art and examines in particular why Heidegger rejected traditional approaches to art criticism.

Leading philosophers acknowledge our indebtedness to great thinkers from the past. 2: Kant. Onora O'Neill, principal of Newnham College, Cambridge, looks at the enduring philosophy of Immanuel Kant and argues for the continuing significance of his fundamental principle that humans should respect others' rights and interests as fiercely as their own.

A second series in which leading philosophers acknowledge our indebtedness to great thinkers from the past. 1: Descartes. David Papineau, professor of the philosophy of science at King's College, LONDON, offers an appreciation of Descartes, usually remembered as the originator of the modern distinction between the mind and the body who Papineau argues should be celebrated as a pioneer materialist.

A five-part series in which leading philosophers offer their appreciation of great thinkers. 5: Emmanuel Levinas. Dr Simon Critchely defends the modern French-Jewish philosopher whose work was profoundly marked by the Holocaust and by the Nazism of his philosophical hero, Heidegger. Critchely argues that Levinas offers a moving and valuable account of the respect we owe each other as unique individuals.

A five-part series in which leading philosophers offer their appreciation of great thinkers. 4: Otto Neurath. Professor Nancy Cartwright talks about the little-known positivist Otto Neurath. She argues that Neurath combines a modernist commitment to science and progress with a postmodernist acceptance that there is no such thing as absolute and objective truth, even in the empirical sciences.

A five-part series in which leading philosophers offer their appreciation of great thinkers. 3: Hume. Professor Simon Blackburn is best known for his defence of quasi-realism, an account of the world which attempts to reconcile our experience of the world's richness with the stark ontology of modern science. In this programme, he talks about his hero, David Hume, who he thinks laid the foundations for a modern scientific philosophy.

A five-part series in which leading philosophers offer their appreciation of great thinkers. 2: Machiavelli. Quentin Skinner, one of today's leading historians of political thought, argues that Machiavelli still has a great deal to teach us about the importance of civic participation in guaranteeing our individual freedom.

A five-part series in which leading philosophers offer their appreciation of great thinkers who have influenced their work and understanding of the world. 1: Aristotle. Martha Nussbaum, professor of law and ethics at the University of Chicago, champions the thinking of the ancient Stoics about our obligations to one another as citizens of the world. She argues that we need to develop further their theories of international law.

X05My Own Private Idaho19980619

Christopher Cook talks to five of Hollywood's most successful screenwriters. 5: Gus Van Sant, the writer and director of `My Own Private Idaho', `Drugstore Cowboy' and `To Die For'.

X05Role Play1997121519980904

Five conversations in which Michael Billington talks to actors and singers about their experiences of playing the same character in theatrical and operatic productions. 5: Josephine Barstow and Katharine Schlesinger on Salome.

Five conversations in which Michael Billington talks to actors and singers about their experiences of playing the same character in theatrical and operatic productions. 4: Donald Maxwell and Denis Quilley on Falstaff.

Five conversations in which Michael Billington talks to actors and singers about their experiences of playing the same character in theatrical and operatic productions. 3: Gwyneth Jones and Zoe Wanamaker talk about Electra.

Five conversations in which Michael Billington talks to actors and singers about their experiences of playing the same character in theatrical and operatic productions. 2: Kristine Ciesinski and Sara Kestelman talk about playing Lady Macbeth.

Five conversations in which Michael Billington talks to actors and singers about their experiences of playing the same character in theatrical and operatic productions.

Four programmes in which Michael Billington talks to actors about key roles in the repertoire. 1: Michael Pennington and Fiona Shaw discuss the complex figure of Shakespeare's Richard II.

X05Role Play1998052219980901

Five conversations in which Michael Billington talks to actors and singers about their experiences of playing the same character in theatrical and operatic productions. 5: Josephine Barstow and Katharine Schlesinger on Salome.

Five conversations in which Michael Billington talks to actors and singers about their experiences of playing the same character in theatrical and operatic productions. 4: Donald Maxwell and Denis Quilley on Falstaff.

Five conversations in which Michael Billington talks to actors and singers about their experiences of playing the same character in theatrical and operatic productions. 3: Gwyneth Jones and Zoe Wanamaker talk about Electra.

Five conversations in which Michael Billington talks to actors and singers about their experiences of playing the same character in theatrical and operatic productions. 2: Kristine Ciesinski and Sara Kestelman talk about playing Lady Macbeth.

Five conversations in which Michael Billington talks to actors and singers about their experiences of playing the same character in theatrical and operatic productions.

Four programmes in which Michael Billington talks to actors about key roles in the repertoire. 1: Michael Pennington and Fiona Shaw discuss the complex figure of Shakespeare's Richard II.