Something To Declare

Episodes

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01Raison D'etre2002012820060918 BT=1130 (BBC7)
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Samuel West reads Julian Barnes' thoughts on France and the French - and Flaubert (mais bien sûr).

Essays with a French connection by Julian Barnes.

1: `Raison d'etre'.

Barnes explains how he became a firm Francophile.

He describes his first holiday in France.

02Spending Their Deaths On Holiday2002012920060919 BT=1130 (BBC7)
20060919 (BBC7)
20060920 (BBC7)

Julian Barnes' thoughts on his favourite Francophone 'chanteurs': Vian, Brassens and Brel.

Read by Samuel West.

Essays with a French connection, by Julian Barnes.

2: `Spending Their Deaths on Holiday'.

Barnes's love of French music is here exemplified by three of his favourite singers.

03The Land Without Brussels Sprouts2002013020060920 BT=1130 (BBC7)
20060920 (BBC7)
20060921 (BBC7)

Julian Barnes finds an Elizabeth David recipe hard to follow.

How do you 'melt' a tomato?

Essays with a French connection, by Julian Barnes.

3: `The Land without Brussels Sprouts'.

A look at the life and writings of Elizabeth David.

04The Tour De France2002013120060921 BT=1130 (BBC7)
20060921 (BBC7)
20060922 (BBC7)

Julian Barnes' thoughts on the drugs and heroes of the most punishing endurance event in sport.

First broadcast in 2002.

Essays with a French connection, by Julian Barnes.

4: `The Tour de France'.

Barnes examines another French institution.

Read by Samuel West

05 LASTFrench Letters2002020120060922 BT=1130 (BBC7)
20060922 (BBC7)
20060923 (BBC7)

Julian Barnes looks at the lives and letters of Flaubert, Baudelaire and Courbet.

The reader is Samuel West.

Essays with a French connection, by Julian Barnes.

5: `French Letters'.

Two portraits of the writer Baudelaire and painter Courbet, based on their letters.