A View From Abroad

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Genome: [r4 Bd=19970603]

Six international writers make a personal exploration of the culture and landscape of Britain.

1: Is Everybody Happy? Russian novelist Victor Erofeyev puts the famous British reserve to the test when he asks probing personal questions on such subjects as success, happiness, money and death. The slightly stunned residents of Oxford bare their souls. Producer Kate McAII Repeat

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Unknown: Victor Erofeyev

Producer: Kate McAii

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Six international writers make a personal exploration of British culture. 2: England's Lost Paradise Featuring the musings of Spanish writer Pedro Sorela , who, having abandoned his desk at El Pais , visited the imaginary landscapes of some great British stories, in order to see how the real Britain shaped up. With readings from Tim Pigott-Smith. Producer Kate McAII

Genome: [r4 Bd=19970610]

Unknown: Pedro Sorela

Unknown: El Pais

Unknown: Tim Pigott-Smith

Producer: Kate McAii

Genome: [r4 Bd=19970617]

Six international writers make a personal exploration of the British culture and landscape.

3: Leading a Double Life. To an outsider, British society can seem impenetrable and unwelcoming. How can it be possible for people to understand the rules when they have grown up in two totally different cultures? Egyptian writer Ahdaf Soueif tries to crack the code. Producer Kate McAll Repeat

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Unknown: Ahdaf Soueif

Producer: Kate McAll

Genome: [r4 Bd=19970624]

Six international writers make a personal exploration of the British culture and landscape.

4: A Circle Completed. In a tiny churchyard in the Borders village of Bedrule lie eight generations of the Murray family. Australian poet Les Murray returns to explore the Border country that shaped both his ancestors and himself. Producer Kate McAII

Genome: [r4 Bd=19970624]

Producer: Kate McAii

Genome: [r4 Bd=19970701]

Six international writers make a personal exploration of the British culture and landscape.

5: Wild and Sacred Places. American writer Rosaly Roffman casts a poet's eye on west Cornwall in winter. Producer Kate McAII Repeat

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Unknown: Rosaly Roffman

Producer: Kate McAii

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Last in the series of personal explorations of the British culture and landscape by international writers. 6: Found in TranslationOnce listed as a non-person in former Czechoslovakia, poet and immunologist Miroslav Holub remembers a very British journey to freedom. Producer Kate McAII Repeat

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Unknown: Miroslav Holub

Producer: Kate McAii

Genome: [r4 Bd=19970727]

Six international writers explore aspects of Britain. 1: History Erased War correspondent Martha Gellhorn went to south Wales to report from the frontline of the miners' strike. Now she returns to discover what has happened to the way of life of the People once called the "enemy within". Producer Kate McAII

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Unknown: Martha Gellhorn

Producer: Kate McAii

Genome: [r4 Bd=19970803]

Six international writers explore aspects of Britain.

2: Soho's Chinese Puzzle. When the Chinese writer Lao Se came to

England in the twenties, he found it the most unfriendly place in the world. Now, Taiwanese writer Lung Yingtai goes to London's Chinatown to see if attitudes have improved. Producer Kate McAII

Genome: [r4 Bd=19970803]

Unknown: Lung Yingtai

Producer: Kate McAii

Genome: [r4 Bd=19970810]

Six international writers explore aspects of Britain. 3: Glasgow's Alive and Kicking Writer Imtiaz Dharker revisits Glasgow, the place of her childhood. Producer Kate McAII

Genome: [r4 Bd=19970810]

Unknown: Imtiaz Dharker

Producer: Kate McAii

Genome: [r4 Bd=19970817]

Six international writers explore aspects of Britain.

4: In Praise of Sinistrality. Ghanaian writer Ama Ata Aidoo examines British attitudes to left-handedness. Producer Kate McAII

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Six international writers explore aspects of Britain.

5: Please Mention the War, I'm German Crime writer Pieke Biermann meets the brains behind the Normandy deceptions to find out how British ingenuity inspired "the greatest hoax in history". Producer Kate McAII

Genome: [r4 Bd=19970824]

Unknown: Pieke Biermann

Producer: Kate McAii

Genome: [r4 Bd=19970831]

The last of six international writers who explore aspects of Britain.

Singular Lives. Britain's high divorce rate, longer life expectancy and fractured work patterns mean that people can expect to spend more time alone. Sicilian poet and playwright

Dacia Maraini wonders how we will cope. Producer Kate McAII

Genome: [r4 Bd=19970831]

Unknown: Dacia Maraini

Producer: Kate McAii

Wouldn't It Be Loverly19950926

First broadcast on 1995-03-26

Producer: KERRY MCGEEVER

Next in series: AS MY BODY TRAVELS,MY MIND GOES BACK TO DAYSGONE..

Description

1/6 part series in which European travel writers undertake a personal explor-

Subject Categories

documentaries (programme format)

travel programmes (genre)

Broadcast history

26 Mar 1995 11:45-12:15 (RADIO 4)

26 Sep 1995 23:30-23:59 (RADIO 4)

Contributors

Adriaan Van Dis

Kerry Mcgeever (Producer)

Anthony Benn (Speaker)

Ewa Lewis (Speaker)

Lesley Kark (Speaker)

Mr Farooqi (Speaker)

Recorded on 1995-02-27.

02England19970610

Six international writers make a personal exploration of the British culture and landscape.

2: `England's Lost Paradise'.

Featuring the musings of Spanish writer Pedro Sorela, who, having visited the imaginary landscapes of some great British stories, compares how the real Britain shapes up.

With readings by Tim Pigott-smith

03Leading A Double Life19970617

Six international writers make a personal exploration of the British culture and landscape.

3: `Leading a Double Life'.

To an outsider, British society can seem impenetrable and unwelcoming.

How can you understand the rules when you have grown up in two totally different cultures? Egyptian writer Ahdaf Soueif tries to crack the code.

04A Circle Completed19970624

Six international writers make a personal exploration of the British culture and landscape.

4: `A Circle Completed'.

In a tiny churchyard in the Scottish village of Bedrule lie eight generations of the Murray family.

Australian poet Les Murray returns to explore the Border country that shaped both his ancestors and himself.

05Wild And Sacred Places19970701

Six international writers make a personal exploration of the British culture and landscape.

5: `Wild and Sacred Places'.

American writer Rosaly Roffman casts a poet's eye on west Cornwall in winter.

06Found In Translation19970708

Last in the series of personal explorations of the British culture and landscape by international writers.

`Found in Translation'.

Once listed as a `non-person' in former Czechoslovakia, poet and immunologist Miroslav Holub remembers a very British journey to freedom.

197B01Is Everybody Happy?19970604

Six international writers make a personal exploration of the culture and landscape of Britain.

1: `Is Everybody Happy?' Russian novelist Victor Erofeyev puts the famous British reserve to the test when he asks probing personal questions on such subjects as success, happiness, money and death.

The slightly stunned residents of Oxford bare their souls.

197C01History Erased.19970727

Six international writers explore aspects of Britain.

1: `History Erased.' In 1984, veteran American war correspondent Martha Gellhorn went to Newbridge in South Wales to report from the frontline of the miners' strike.

Now she returns to discover what has happened to the way of life, the landscape, and the people once called `the enemy within'.

197C02Soho19970803

Six international writers explore aspects of Britain.

2: `Soho's Chinese Puzzle'.

When the Chinese writer Lao Se came to England in the 20s he found it the loneliest and most unfriendly place in the world.

Taiwanese writer Lung Yingtai visits London's Chinatown to see if attitudes have improved towards the Chinese who have made Britain their home.

197C03Glasgow19970810

Six international writers explore aspects of Britain.

3: `Glasgow's Alive and Kicking'.

Writer Imtiaz Dharker has divided her life between three cultures - a Pakistani child in Scotland, a Calvinist Muslim in Hindu India and a Glaswegian in Bombay.

Now she returns to Glasgow to revisit the uneasy terrain of growing up.

197C04In Praise Of Sinistrality19970817

Six international writers explore aspects of Britain.

4: `In Praise of Sinistrality'.

Ghanaian writer Ama Ata Aidoo tries to settle an old argument between Plato and Aristotle when she examines British attitudes to left-handedness.

197C05Please Mention The War, I19970824

Six international writers explore aspects of Britain.

5: `Please Mention the War, I'm German'.

Crime writer Pieke Biermann meets the brains behind the Normandy deceptions to find out how British ingenuity carried the day in what Churchill called ``the greatest hoax in the world''.

197C06Singular Lives19970831

The last of six international writers explore aspects of Britain.

`Singular Lives'.

Britain's high divorce rate, longer life expectancy and fractured work pattern mean that people can expect to spend more and more time alone.

Sicilian poet and playwright Dacia Maraini wonders how we will cope with solitude.

197C07Singular Lives19970907
198C01The Square On Pythagoras19980802

Eight personal journeys.

1: `The Square on Pythagoras'.

Tormented by the prospect of his foftieth birthday, former policeman, plumber and heating engineer Glyn Hughes travels to the Greek island of Samos in search of ancient wisdom.

198C02Living In Limbo19980809

A bungled assassination attempt forced playwright Vincent Magombe to flee Uganda nearly 20 years ago.

Now in exile in London, he explores how fellow Africans are adapting to a new life in Britain.

198C03A Game Of Love And Chance19980816

Eight personal journeys.

3: `A Game of Love and Chance'.

Paris promotes itself as a city of romance, yet one in two Parisians lives alone.

Novelist and former air hostess Janette Griffiths finds out whether the French have truly mastered the art of love.

198C04An Acquired Taste19980823

Eight personal journeys.

4: `An Acquired Taste'.

Abdulrazak Gurnah first came to Britain thirty years ago and discovered exotic foods like lemon meringue pie and Scotch egg, dishes unknown in his native Zanzibar.

British restaurants now offer an ever-widening range of cuisine - but is it just the food that we are consuming, or the cultures that produce it?

198C05Walking Basses And Flying Saucers19980830

Eight personal journeys.

5: `Walking Basses and Flying Saucers'.

Adrian Utley, guitarist with the band Portishead, grew up in a small, sleepy Northamptonshire village but traces the roots of his musical inspiration to the edgy, energy-charged streets of New York City.

198C06Edge Of The World19980906

Eight personal journeys.

6: `Edge of the World'.

Foula in the Shetlands is one of the most isolated inhabited islands in the British Isles.

For American writer Lawrence Millman, a lover of remote places, it seemed like the perfect destination.

198C07In Search Of A Jasmine Tree19980913

Eight personal journeys.

7: `In Search of a Jasmine Tree'.

What Jordanian writer Fadia Faqir has been through in Britain has removed the certainty she once felt - but she has found a kind of peace in the North East.

198C0819980920

Eight personal journeys.

8: Actor Christian Rodska travels to Russia to hone his swordplay and brush up his horsemanship at the Stuntmen's Guild of St Petersburg.

199C01Ladder In The Fishnet Tights19990801

Eight personal journeys.

1: `Ladder in the Fishnet Tights'.

The circus was invented in Britain, but its image has been tarnished over the years - very different to Sweden where circus performers are like film stars.

Dea Birkett travels to Stockholm to join a panel of judges for Sweden's prestigious all-female `Circus Princess' awards.

199C02As Far As The Eye Can See19990808

Eight personal journeys.

2: `As Far as the Eye Can See'.

Poet Lavinia Greenlaw has been intrigued by 17th-century Dutch landscape painting since her teenage years.

Now she travels to the Netherlands to explore the effect that the big skies and flat land have upon the eye - and discovers how artists, scientists and engineers negotiate the delicate balancing act between land and water.

199C03Walter19990815

Eight personal journeys.

3: `Walter's Story'.

Walter Kobak is 79 and has neither a passport nor a birth certificate.

Now he travels to the Ukraine to see once more the former Polish town he left over sixty years ago.

199C04As I Walked By Myself19990822

Eight personal journeys.

4: `As I Walked by Myself'.

Antal Geisber's obsession with Sir Walter Scott leads him on a journey of discovery in Scotland.

199C05Walking On Water19990829

Eight personal journeys.

5: `Walking on Water'.

Writer, academic and surfer Andy Martin heads for Hawaii in search of his heroes - the biggest wave riders in the world.

199C06Still In Saigon19990905

Eight personal journeys.

6: `Still in Saigon'.

Rupert Miles travels to Vietnam to come to terms with his younger brother's accidental death on a country road outside Saigon and to discover for himself his brother's passion for the country and its people.

199C07A Bit Of Rough19990912

Eight personal journeys.

7: `A Bit of Rough'.

Novelist Lynne Truss packs her spikes and travels to County Kildare in Ireland to report on the strange world of golf.

199C08Weekend In Moss Side19990919

The last of eight personal journeys.

`Weekend in Moss Side'.

As a small child in the 1950s Lorna Goodison used to watch her dressmaker mother sew outfits for Jamaicans who were on their way to Britain.

Now she travels to Manchester to see how some of them have fared.