Shelf Lives

Episodes

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20060814

1/5. Chris Dolan finds out what people's bookcases say about them. Richard Holloway reveals his inner rebel through a bad-boy children's classic, a romantic philosopher and a poet.

20060815

2/5. Chris Dolan finds out what people's bookcases say about them. He finds books on Buddhism on the shelves of jazz guitar legend Martin Taylor.

20060816

3/5. Chris Dolan finds out what people's bookcases say about them. He goes through books that mean a lot to John Sessions.

20060817

4/5. Chris Dolan finds out what people's bookcases say about them. He visits renowned percussionist Evelyn Glennie at her Cambridgeshire home to browse through her favourite books.

20060818

5/5. Chris Dolan finds out what people's bookcases say about them. He visits journalist Sheena McDonald to find out what she reads in between war reporting and interviewing politicians.

Air Conditioning20011230

`Air Conditioning'.

Nigel Cassidy tells the story of the energy-guzzling, all-American invention that environmental protesters say is no longer acceptable.

Air Conditioning20011230

`Air Conditioning'.

Nigel Cassidy tells the story of the energy-guzzling, all-American invention that environmental protesters say is no longer acceptable.

Genome: [r4 Bd=19971225]

The first of six programmes.

Tamagotchi. Nigel Cassidy examines the life and times of the cyberpet. Producer Neil Koenig

Genome: [r4 Bd=19971225]

Producer: Neil Koenig

Genome: [r4 Bd=19980101]

Baileys Irish Cream

Nigel Cassidy tells the story of the unlikely cocktail of cream, whisky and technology that disproved the rule that you should not mix your drinks. Producer Neil Koenig

Genome: [r4 Bd=19980101]

Unknown: Nigel Cassidy

Producer: Neil Koenig

GENOME:
[R4 BD=19940817]

1: The Teasmade. While Germany and Japan were forging ahead as economic powers. British industry was perfecting a machine that sat by the bedside and made a nice cup of tea. In the first of a new series, Nigel Cassidy investigates the curious stories of the origins, development and marketing of familiar products. Producer Neil Koenig

GENOME:
[R4 BD=19940817]

Unknown: Nigel Cassidy

Producer: Neil Koenig

GENOME:
[R4 BD=19940824]

2: Tupperware. Nigel Cassidy traces the history of Earl Tupper and his bequest to the world - resealable food containers made from waste polythene slag. Producer Neil Koenig

GENOME:
[R4 BD=19940824]

Unknown: Nigel Cassidy

Unknown: Earl Tupper

Producer: Neil Koenig

GENOME:
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4: Lymeswold. Nigel Cassidy reports on the rise and fall of our first new national cheese for 200 years. Producer Neil Koenig

GENOME:
[R4 BD=19940907]

Unknown: Nigel Cassidy

Producer: Neil Koenig

GENOME:
[R4 BD=19950520]

Nigel Cassidy investigates the curious development of familiar products.

1: The Teasmade. While Germany and Japan were forging ahead as economic powers, British industry was perfecting a machine that sat by the bedside and made a nice cup of tea. Producer Neil Koenig Revised

GENOME:
[R4 BD=19950520]

Unknown: Nigel Cassidy

Producer: Neil Koenig

GENOME:
[R4 BD=19950527]

Four programmes investigating the curious histories of the origins and development of familiar products.

2: Tupperware. Nigel Cassidy traces the curious history of Earl Tupper and the product he bequeathed the world - resealable food containers made from waste polythene slag. Producer Neil Koenig Revised

GENOME:
[R4 BD=19950527]

Unknown: Nigel Cassidy

Unknown: Earl Tupper

Producer: Neil Koenig

GENOME:
[R4 BD=19950603]

Nigel Cassidy investigates the curious histories of familiar products.

3: Formica. The colourful history of the laminate that changed the look of kitchens the world over.

Producer Neil Koenig Revised

GENOME:
[R4 BD=19950603]

Unknown: Nigel Cassidy

Producer: Neil Koenig

GENOME:
[R4 BD=19950610]

Last in the series investigating the curious histories of familiar products . Lymeswold. Nigel Cassidy reports on the first national cheese for 200 years. Producer Neil Koenig Revised

GENOME:
[R4 BD=19950610]

Stories Of: Familiar Products

Unknown: Nigel Cassidy

Producer: Neil Koenig

GENOME:
[R4 BD=19951207]

More of the curious histories of products which have helped shape our lives.

1: Prozac. Nigel Cassidy tells the story of Prozac, the highly profitable designer antidepressant now being popped by 15 million people around the world. Producer Neil Koenig

GENOME:
[R4 BD=19951207]

Unknown: Nigel Cassidy

Producer: Neil Koenig

GENOME:
[R4 BD=19951214]

The curious histories of products. 2: Business Class. Nigel Cassidy crosses the Atlantic in style to find out why Business Class has taken off. Producer Neil Koenig

GENOME:
[R4 BD=19951214]

Unknown: Nigel Cassidy

Producer: Neil Koenig

GENOME:
[R4 BD=19951221]

The curious histories of products which have helped shape our lives.

3: Perrier. Nigel Cassidy tells the story of the world's best known mineral water.

Producer Neil Koenig

GENOME:
[R4 BD=19951221]

Unknown: Nigel Cassidy

Producer: Neil Koenig

GENOME:
[R4 BD=19951226]

Barbie. Nigel Cassidy reports on the survival of this all-American girl.

GENOME:
[R4 BD=19951226]

Unknown: Nigel Cassidy

GENOME:
[R4 BD=19960104]

Last in the series about the histories of products which have shaped our lives. The Disposable Nappy. Nigel Cassidy reports on the creation of a multi-billion dollar business.

Producer Neil Koenig

GENOME:
[R4 BD=19960104]

Unknown: Nigel Cassidy

Producer: Neil Koenig

GENOME:
[R4 BD=19960401]

The curious histories of products which help shape our lives. Prozac.

Nigel Cassidy tells the story of the highly profitable designer antidepressant. Producer Neil Koenig

GENOME:
[R4 BD=19960401]

Unknown: Nigel Cassidy

Producer: Neil Koenig

GENOME:
[R4 BD=19960507]

The curious histories of products which help shape our lives.

Perrier. For over a century, Perrier reigned supreme amongst bottled mineral waters - until a local government scientist in America discovered a bottle contaminated with traces of benzene. Nigel Cassidy tells the story of the rise, fall and rebirth of Perrier. Producer Neil Koenig Rpt

GENOME:
[R4 BD=19960507]

Unknown: Nigel Cassidy

Producer: Neil Koenig Rpt

GENOME:
[R4 BD=19960524]

Nigel Cassidy looks at the curious histories of products which shape our lives.

The Disposable Nappy Producer Neil Koenig Rpt

GENOME:
[R4 BD=19960524]

Unknown: Nigel Cassidy

Producer: Neil Koenig

GENOME:
[R4 BD=19960604]

The curious histories of products which help shape our lives.

Business Class. Nigel Cassidy crosses the Atlantic in style to find out why Business Class has taken off.

Producer Neil Koenig Rpt

GENOME:
[R4 BD=19960604]

Unknown: Nigel Cassidy

Producer: Neil Koenig Rpt

GENOME:
[R4 BD=19971225]

The first of six programmes.

Tamagotchi. Nigel Cassidy examines the life and times of the cyberpet. Producer Neil Koenig

GENOME:
[R4 BD=19971225]

Producer: Neil Koenig

GENOME:
[R4 BD=19980101]

Baileys Irish Cream

Nigel Cassidy tells the story of the unlikely cocktail of cream, whisky and technology that disproved the rule that you should not mix your drinks. Producer Neil Koenig

GENOME:
[R4 BD=19980101]

Unknown: Nigel Cassidy

Producer: Neil Koenig

GENOME:
[R4 BD=19981226]

The Christmas Turkey. Stephen

Bayley, Raymond Blanc and Bernard Matthews help Nigel Cassidy uncover the curious history of the bird at the centre of a multimillion-pound industry. Producer Neil Koenig

GENOME:
[R4 BD=19981226]

The Christmas Turkey. Stephen

Bayley, Raymond Blanc and Bernard Matthews help Nigel Cassidy uncover the curious history of the bird at the centre of a multimillion-pound industry. Producer Neil Koenig

GENOME:
[R4 BD=19981226]

Unknown: Turkey. Stephen

Unknown: Raymond Blanc

Unknown: Bernard Matthews

Unknown: Nigel Cassidy

Producer: Neil Koenig

GENOME:
[R4 BD=19981226]

Unknown: Turkey. Stephen

Unknown: Raymond Blanc

Unknown: Bernard Matthews

Unknown: Nigel Cassidy

Producer: Neil Koenig

Pokemania20001228

In a special Christmas edition, Nigel Cassidy traces the Japanese origins of the Pokemon craze and questions some of the people behind the systematic marketing of a group of products worth billions.

Pokemania20001228

In a special Christmas edition, Nigel Cassidy traces the Japanese origins of the Pokemon craze and questions some of the people behind the systematic marketing of a group of products worth billions.

Programme Catalogue - Details: DISPOSABLE NAPPIES19960104

Producer: N. KOENIG

Next in series: CHRISTMAS TREE SPECIAL

Previous in series: CHRISTMAS SPECIAL - BARBIE

Broadcast history

04 Jan 1996 20:45-21:00 (RADIO 4)

24 May 1996 08:43-08:58 (RADIO 4)

Recorded on 1995-12-18

Programme Catalogue - Details: Disposable Nappies19960104

Producer: N.

KOENIG

Next in series: CHRISTMAS TREE SPECIAL

Previous in series: CHRISTMAS SPECIAL - BARBIE

Broadcast history

04 Jan 1996 20:45-21:00 (RADIO 4)

24 May 1996 08:43-08:58 (RADIO 4)

Recorded on 1995-12-18.

Programme Catalogue - Details: Disposable Nappies19960104

Producer: N.

KOENIG

Next in series: CHRISTMAS TREE SPECIAL

Previous in series: CHRISTMAS SPECIAL - BARBIE

Broadcast history

04 Jan 1996 20:45-21:00 (RADIO 4)

24 May 1996 08:43-08:58 (RADIO 4)

Recorded on 1995-12-18.

programme catalogue - station

Radio 4

The Caravan2001123120020101

Nigel Cassidy traces the life and times of the caravan, discovering that the touring van was once the exclusive preserve of adventurous wealthy travellers.

The Caravan2001123120020101

Nigel Cassidy traces the life and times of the caravan, discovering that the touring van was once the exclusive preserve of adventurous wealthy travellers.

The Christmas Tree20001221

Nigel Cassidy reports on the multimillion pound Christmas tree industry, where peace, goodwill and cut-throat competition reign supreme.

The Christmas Tree20001221

Nigel Cassidy reports on the multimillion pound Christmas tree industry, where peace, goodwill and cut-throat competition reign supreme.

The Christmas Turkey19981226

`The Christmas Turkey'.

Stephen Bayley, Raymond Blanc and Bernard Matthews help Nigel Cassidy uncover the curious history of the bird which is at the centre of a multimillion pound industry.

The Christmas Turkey19981226

`The Christmas Turkey'.

Stephen Bayley, Raymond Blanc and Bernard Matthews help Nigel Cassidy uncover the curious history of the bird which is at the centre of a multimillion pound industry.

The Computer Mouse2002010120020102

`The Computer Mouse'.

Nigel Cassidy goes to Silicon Valley to meet the man who dreamt up the idea of the mouse.

The Computer Mouse2002010120020102

`The Computer Mouse'.

Nigel Cassidy goes to Silicon Valley to meet the man who dreamt up the idea of the mouse.

The Skip20011108

Nigel Cassidy meets a man who's furnished his house almost entirely from things he's found in skips.

The Skip20011108

Nigel Cassidy meets a man who's furnished his house almost entirely from things he's found in skips.

The Teabag20010810

Nigel Cassidy traces the curious histories of products and services which shape our lives.

He discovers that the teabag, which has almost entirely taken over from loose tea, only really took off because proper tea took too long to make during TV ad breaks.

The Teabag20010810

Nigel Cassidy traces the curious histories of products and services which shape our lives.

He discovers that the teabag, which has almost entirely taken over from loose tea, only really took off because proper tea took too long to make during TV ad breaks.

0120060814

1/5.

Chris Dolan finds out what people's bookcases say about them.

Richard Holloway reveals his inner rebel through a bad-boy children's classic, a romantic philosopher and a poet.

0120060814

1/5.

Chris Dolan finds out what people's bookcases say about them.

Richard Holloway reveals his inner rebel through a bad-boy children's classic, a romantic philosopher and a poet.

0220060815

He finds books on Buddhism on the shelves of jazz guitar legend Martin Taylor.

0220060815

He finds books on Buddhism on the shelves of jazz guitar legend Martin Taylor.

0320060816

3/5.

Chris Dolan finds out what people's bookcases say about them.

He goes through books that mean a lot to John Sessions

0320060816

3/5.

Chris Dolan finds out what people's bookcases say about them.

He goes through books that mean a lot to John Sessions

0420060817

He visits renowned percussionist Evelyn Glennie at her Cambridgeshire home to browse through her favourite books.

0420060817

He visits renowned percussionist Evelyn Glennie at her Cambridgeshire home to browse through her favourite books.

0520060818

5/5.

Chris Dolan finds out what people's bookcases say about them.

He visits journalist Sheena Mcdonald to find out what she reads in between war reporting and interviewing politicians.

0520060818

5/5.

Chris Dolan finds out what people's bookcases say about them.

He visits journalist Sheena Mcdonald to find out what she reads in between war reporting and interviewing politicians.

198A01Tamagotchi19980101

In the first of six programmes, Nigel Cassidy examines the virtual life and times of the cyberpet which has delighted children and enraged parents all over the world.

198A01Tamagotchi19980101

In the first of six programmes, Nigel Cassidy examines the virtual life and times of the cyberpet which has delighted children and enraged parents all over the world.

198A02Baileys Irish Cream19980108

`Baileys Irish Cream'.

Nigel Cassidy tells the story of the unlikely cocktail of cream, whisky and technology that disproved the rule that you should not mix your drinks.

198A02Baileys Irish Cream19980108

`Baileys Irish Cream'.

Nigel Cassidy tells the story of the unlikely cocktail of cream, whisky and technology that disproved the rule that you should not mix your drinks.

198A03Face Saver19980115

Nigel Cassidy tells the story of the cosmetics brand that changed the face of the beauty business.

198A03Face Saver19980115

Nigel Cassidy tells the story of the cosmetics brand that changed the face of the beauty business.

198A04Mdf19980122

Nigel Cassidy investigates medium-density fibreboard, the versatile yet controversial material that some say is an improvement on nature.

198A04Mdf19980122

Nigel Cassidy investigates medium-density fibreboard, the versatile yet controversial material that some say is an improvement on nature.

198A05Full Stretch19980129

Nigel Cassidy tells the story of Lycra, the man-made fibre that is now found everywhere from the gym to the catwalk.

198A05Full Stretch19980129

Nigel Cassidy tells the story of Lycra, the man-made fibre that is now found everywhere from the gym to the catwalk.

198A06 LASTThe Cash Machine19980205

Nigel Cassidy investigates the device which has revolutionised banking.

198A06 LASTThe Cash Machine19980205

Nigel Cassidy investigates the device which has revolutionised banking.

199D01Press One For More Options19991118

In five programmes Nigel Cassidy traces the curious histories of products and services which shape our lives.

1: `Press One for More Options'.

An investigation into one of the most hated features of modern business life - voicemail.

199D01Press One For More Options19991118

In five programmes Nigel Cassidy traces the curious histories of products and services which shape our lives.

1: `Press One for More Options'.

An investigation into one of the most hated features of modern business life - voicemail.

199D02Cappuccino Crazy19991125

In five programmes Nigel Cassidy traces the curious histories of products and services which shape our lives.

2: `Cappuccino Crazy'.

Cassidy overdoses on caffeine as he tries to discover why frothy coffee has seemingly become the official drink of New Britain.

199D02Cappuccino Crazy19991125

In five programmes Nigel Cassidy traces the curious histories of products and services which shape our lives.

2: `Cappuccino Crazy'.

Cassidy overdoses on caffeine as he tries to discover why frothy coffee has seemingly become the official drink of New Britain.

199D03Not So Fantastic, Please?19991202

In five programmes Nigel Cassidy traces the curious histories of products and services which shape our lives.

3: `Not So Fantastic, Please?' Cassidy investigates low-maintenance UPVC plastic windows - which have literally changed the face of Britain.

199D03Not So Fantastic, Please?19991202

In five programmes Nigel Cassidy traces the curious histories of products and services which shape our lives.

3: `Not So Fantastic, Please?' Cassidy investigates low-maintenance UPVC plastic windows - which have literally changed the face of Britain.

199D04Up In Smoke19991209

In five programmes Nigel Cassidy traces the curious histories of products and services which shape our lives.

4: `Up in Smoke'.

Invented to help submarine crews survive weeks without a smoke, nicotine chewing gum and similar products such as the patch have seen sales soar.

Cassidy investigates a multimillion pound industry.

199D04Up In Smoke19991209

In five programmes Nigel Cassidy traces the curious histories of products and services which shape our lives.

4: `Up in Smoke'.

Invented to help submarine crews survive weeks without a smoke, nicotine chewing gum and similar products such as the patch have seen sales soar.

Cassidy investigates a multimillion pound industry.

199D05Potted History19991216

The Pot Noodle and similar products are the ultimate in anti-cuisine.

Born in the 1960s before the microwave oven was in common use, they still sell in their millions to those who much prefer to watch television cookery programmes than cook for themselves.

199D05Potted History19991216

The Pot Noodle and similar products are the ultimate in anti-cuisine.

Born in the 1960s before the microwave oven was in common use, they still sell in their millions to those who much prefer to watch television cookery programmes than cook for themselves.