Sentimental Journey

Arthur Smith presents a series about personal travel experiences.

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20060701

Arthur Smith accompanies artist Jack Vettriano as he returns to his home town of Leven in Fife.

Jack reminisces about his youth, growing up in a coal mining town.

20060708

Arthur Smith accompanies academic, writer and critic Germaine Greer on a sentimental journey to southern Italy, where she spent the summer in 1967.

20060715

Series on personal travel. Arthur Smith escorts actress Miriam Margolyes on a quest to trace the history of her Jewish family in Belarus.

20060729

Arthur Smith accompanies Tony Benn on a trip back to the place where he was born, grew up and spent most of his political life - the 'Village of Westminster'.

20060805

Arthur Smith accompanies the star of numerous Hammer House of Horror movies, Ingrid Pitt, back to Argentina.

20060812

Arthur Smith digs out his old running shoes to retrace the footsteps of former Olympian and athletics commentator Brendan Foster around South Tyneside.

20060819

Arthur Smith takes Iranian comedian Shappi Khorsandi to Paris, where she went as a teenager. Her satirist father was exiled for his humour but Shappi carries on the family tradition by laughing at tragedy.

20060826

Cellist Julian Lloyd Webber has been enjoying the spectacular scenery and serenity of the Wye valley for over 30 years. He shares some of his memories with Arthur Smith and explores what the area has come to mean to him and his music.

20060902

Arthur Smith accompanies poet Roger Mcgough, who relives the hair-raising moments in Rimini he experienced as a student after taking on a holiday job as an Italian tour guide.

20060909

Arthur Smith accompanies Annie Nightingale to Romania to relive the heady days of 1990 when, post revolution, she organised a tour bringing western music to the youth of Bucharest.

Programme Catalogue - Details: 1. Stephanie Cole/india19960121

Producer: M. AKHTAR

Next in series: Alex Cox

Previous in series: FIONA SHAW

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Actress Stephanie COLE retraced her youth by backpacking around Southern India. She ended up staying in ashrams and working as a leathermaker as she tells Arthur Smith during a return visit to her spiritual home.

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india

profiles (programme format)

travel and exploration programmes (genre)

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21 Jan 1996 11:45-12:15 (RADIO 4)

25 Nov 1996 23:00-23:30 (RADIO 4)

Contributors

Arthur Smith

Miriam Akhtar (Producer)

Stephanie Cole (Speaker)

Vanka Desh (Speaker)

Tineka (Speaker)

Recorded on 1996-01-16.

Programme Catalogue - Details: 11 February 199619960211

Producer: M. AKHTAR

Next in series: KEN RUSSELL

Previous in series: EDMUND WHITE IN ROME

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SBH:Sentimental Journey - Arthur Smith accompanies Ronnie Scott to New York, where he remembers the first time he visited the city in 1948.

Broadcast history

11 Feb 1996 11:45-12:15 (RADIO 4)

16 Dec 1996 23:00-23:30 (RADIO 4)

Contributors

Arthur Smith (int)

Ronnie Scott (Speaker)

Notes: CAIRS 648741.

Programme Catalogue - Details: Alex Cox19960128

Producer: S-J. HALL

Next in series: EDMUND WHITE IN ROME

Previous in series: 1. STEPHANIE COLE/INDIA

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2. Imagine the small, school uniform clad figure of Alex Cox, head full of

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one to one discussion programmes (programme format)

profiles (programme format)

travel and exploration programmes (genre)

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28 Jan 1996 11:45-12:15 (RADIO 4)

02 Dec 1996 23:00-23:30 (RADIO 4)

Contributors

Arthur Smith

Sara Hall (Producer)

Alex Cox (Speaker)

Recorded on 1996-01-23.

Programme Catalogue - Details: Edmund White In Rome19960204

Producer: V. VENEMA

Next in series: 11 February 1996

Previous in series: Alex Cox

Description

Edmund WHITE, writer and critic, is best known for his books about growing up gay in USA. In 1970 he left New York's newly liberated Greenwich Village for Rome where he found a deeply conservative society.Arthur Smith takes him back

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rome

profiles (programme format)

travel and exploration programmes (genre)

Broadcast history

04 Feb 1996 11:45-12:15 (RADIO 4)

09 Dec 1996 23:00-23:30 (RADIO 4)

Contributors

Arthur Smith

Vibeke Venema (Producer)

Edmund White (Speaker)

Dacia Maraini (Speaker)

Diana Artom (Speaker)

Gianluca Schingo (Speaker)

Jeff Blyn (Speaker)

Recorded on 1996-01-26.

Programme Catalogue - Details: Ken Russell19960218

Producer: S-J. HALL

Next in series: MALCOLM HARDEE

Previous in series: 11 February 1996

Description

As a small boy Ken RUSSELL's family used to picnic in a strange and beautiful

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one to one discussion programmes (programme format)

profiles (programme format)

travel and exploration programmes (genre)

Broadcast history

18 Feb 1996 11:45-12:15 (RADIO 4)

23 Dec 1996 23:00-23:30 (RADIO 4)

Contributors

Arthur Smith

Sara Hall (Producer)

Ken Russell (Speaker)

Michael Pitt (Speaker)

Mike Baker (Tollard Royal (spkr)) (Speaker)

Recorded on 1996-02-15.

Programme Catalogue - Details: Malcolm Hardee19960225

Producer: M. AKHTAR

Next in series: Arthur Scargill

Previous in series: KEN RUSSELL

Description

Arthur Smith presents a series of personal travel experiences. This week he

Subject Categories

one to one discussion programmes (programme format)

profiles (programme format)

travel and exploration programmes (genre)

Broadcast history

25 Feb 1996 11:45-12:15 (RADIO 4)

30 Dec 1996 23:00-23:30 (RADIO 4)

Contributors

Arthur Smith

Miriam Akhtar (Producer)

Jools Holland (Speaker)

Malcolm Hardee (Speaker)

Jane Hardee (Speaker)

Recorded on 1996-02-23.

197D01Arthur Scargill19971118

It is not surprising that Cuba and Fidel Castro hold a fierce attraction for Arthur Scargill, a man known for his strong opinions and passions.

Arthur Smith travels to Havana to relive Scargill's previous visits to this last bastion of Communism in the Caribbean

197D01Malcolm Bradbury1997122819990115

returns to the University of Indiana.

Arriving there in the 1950s as an exchange teacher along with contemporary bright young things Shirley Williams and Bamber Gascoigne, he left behind postwar rationing and drabness for a land of plenty - even if the parties were chaperoned and the campus dry.

197D02Barbara Castle1998010419981018

Baroness Barbara Castle of Blackburn returns to Pontefract, recalling the inequalities surrounding her during childhood and the father who alerted her to them.

197D02Janet Street-porter19971125

extols the virtues of the Cornish landscape and introduces Arthur Smith to a community of local artists, including Patrick Heron.

197D03Nick Hancock19980111

takes Arthur Smith on a lad's tour of Mallorca, his favourite island after Britain.

197D03Val Doonican19971202

returns to Copenhagen after 40 years.

197D04Dickie Bird19971209

Umpire Dickie Bird takes Arthur Smith on a guided tour of Lord's Cricket Ground, where he umpired his final test match last June.

197D04 LASTSimon Callow1998011819981101

returns to Goring-on-Thames in search of his eccentric prep school.

197D05Loyd Grossman19971216

Culinary judge and celebrity snooper Loyd Grossman returns to the town of Marblehead, Massachussetts, where he had his first taste of style.

197D06 LASTIan Hislop19971223

, editor of Private Eye, spent several years in Hong Kong as a small boy while his father was building the cross-harbour tunnel.

In the company of Arthur Smith, he heads back for the first time since then to rediscover old haunts in a constantly changing city.

198A01Ingrid Pitt1998020519981025

He travels back to Argentina with Hammer Horror actress Ingrid Pitt, who fled there from Europe because of an unhappy love affair.

It was a glamorous life, but because of the political situation in the South American country she was forced to move on.

198A02 LASTEric Newby1998021219990108

In the second of two programmes on personal travel experiences, Arthur Smith joins travel writer Eric Newby on his return to Fontanellato, Italy.

199B01Miriam Margolyes1999040419990823

Actress Miriam Margolyes has travelled the world, but the place she has most wanted to visit is a tiny village in Eastern Europe.

Braving snow, black bread and vodka, Arthur Smith escorts her in her quest to trace the history of her Jewish family in the ex-Soviet republic of Belarus.

199B02Imogen Stubbs1999041119990913

Actress Imogen Stubbs first went to Oxford as an English scholar at Exeter College 20 years ago.

Returning with Arthur Smith, it was not the sandstone quads or even the theatre she wanted to revisit, but a romantic, rustic shack in the woods.

199B03Robert Fisk1999041819990906

Robert Fisk has been based in Beirut for over 20 years as a Middle East correspondent, but his passion for seeing history unfold began as a child.

Arthur Smith accompanies him to the battlefields of northern France, where his father fought in the Great War and where they spent their childhood holidays.

199B04 LASTRoger McGough1999042519990830

Poet Roger Mcgough recalls how 40 years ago he travelled to Italy as a tour guide, despite being unable to speak Italian.

He found himself in charge of 60 Liverpudlian tourists on a hair-raising tour of Italian hot spots.

Arthur Smith joins him as he relives the experience.