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Great Lives

Series 2 Mother Teresa

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Comedian Bernard Manning assesses the achievements of Mother Teresa of Calcutta.

Comedian Bernard Manning assesses the achievements of Mother Teresa of Calcutta. With Humphrey Carpenter and biographer Anne Sebba. From October 2002.

Comedian Bernard Manning chooses Mother Theresa of Calcutta. With Humphrey Carpenter.

The biographical series in which a distinguished guest chooses someone who's inspired their life. Will their hero stand up to intensive scrutiny and merit the description of having led a great life? From October 2002.

Great Lives

Series 2 Erasmus Darwin

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Paul Nurse discusses scientist, inventor and poet Erasmus Darwin, grandfather of Charles.

Paul Nurse discusses Erasmus Darwin, grandfather of Charles, who came up with a theory of evolution decades before his famous grandson. With Humphrey Carpenter. From October 2002.

Nobel prize winning scientist Sir Paul Nurse chooses Charles Darwin's grandfather, Erasmus. With Humphrey Carpenter.

The biographical series in which a distinguished guest chooses someone who's inspired their life. Will their hero stand up to intensive scrutiny and merit the description of having led a great life? From 2002.

Great Lives

Series 2 CLR James

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Darcus Howe discusses his uncle, the sportsman, writer and revolutionary CLR James.

4 Extra Debut. Writer and broadcaster Darcus Howe discusses his uncle, the Trinidadian sportsman, writer and revolutionary CLR James, with host Humphrey Carpenter. From Nov 2002.

Darcus Howe chooses activist and philosopher CLR James, with help from his biographer Farrukh Dhondy. Presented by Humphrey Carpenter.

The biographical series in which a distinguished guest chooses someone who's inspired their life. Will their hero stand up to intensive scrutiny and merit the description of having led a great life? From 2002.

Great Lives

Series 2 Rachel Carson

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Writer Bea Campbell chooses pioneering environmental protection scientist Rachel Carson.

4 Extra Debut. Writer Bea Campbell chooses pioneering environmental protection scientist Rachel Carson, author of Silent Spring. With Humphrey Carpenter. From November 2002.

Writer Bea Campbell chooses pioneering environmental protection scientist Rachel Carson. With Humphrey Carpenter.

The biographical series in which a distinguished guest chooses someone who's inspired their life. Will their hero stand up to intensive scrutiny and merit the description of having led a great life? From 2002.

Great Lives

Series 2 MR James

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Muriel Gray and Christopher Frayling discuss the life of ghost story writer MR James.

4 Extra Debut. Muriel Gray and Christopher Frayling discuss the life of ghost story writer MR James. With Humphrey Carpenter. From November 2002.

Writer and broadcaster Muriel Gray chooses ghost story writer, MR James. With Humphrey Carpenter.

The biographical series in which a distinguished guest chooses someone who's inspired their life. Will their hero stand up to intensive scrutiny and merit the description of having led a great life? From 2002.

Great Lives

Series 2 Umm Kulthum

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Novelist Ahdaf Soueif chooses acclaimed Egyptian singer Umm Kulthum as his great life.

4 Extra Debut. Novelist Ahdaf Soueif chooses acclaimed Egyptian singer Umm Kulthum as his great life. With Humphrey Carpenter. From November 2002.

Novelist Ahdaf Soueif chooses legendary Egyptian singer, Umm Kulthum. With Humphrey Carpenter.

The biographical series in which a distinguished guest chooses someone who's inspired their life. Will their hero stand up to intensive scrutiny and merit the description of having led a great life? From 2002.

Great Lives

Series 2 Benedict Spinoza

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Nobel Prize-winning chemist Sir Harry Kroto chooses the philosopher Benedict Spinoza.

Nobel Prize-winning chemist Sir Harry Kroto chooses the philosopher Benedict Spinoza. Biographical discussion series with Humphrey Carpenter. From November 2002.

Nobel Prize-winning chemist Sir Harry Kroto chooses the philosopher Spinoza. With Humphrey Carpenter.

The biographical series in which a distinguished guest chooses someone who's inspired their life. Will their hero stand up to intensive scrutiny and merit the description of having led a great life? From 2002.

Great Lives

Series 2 James Gillray

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Political cartoonist Steve Bell chooses the 18th-century caricaturist James Gillray.

Political cartoonist Steve Bell chooses the 18th-century caricaturist James Gillray. With Humphrey Carpenter. From December 2002.

Political cartoonist Steve Bell chooses the 18th century caricaturist James Gillray. With Sheila O'Connell, curator of prints and drawings at British Museum and actor James Bolam. Presented by Humphrey Carpenter.

The biographical series in which a distinguished guest chooses someone who's inspired their life. Will their hero stand up to intensive scrutiny and merit the description of having led a great life? From 2002.

Great Lives

Series 2 Richard Crossman

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Politician Tam Dalyell chooses cabinet minister and political diarist Richard Crossman.

Politician Tam Dalyell chooses cabinet minister and political diarist Richard Crossman. With Humphrey Carpenter and journalist Anthony Howard. From December 2002.

Politician Tam Dalyell chooses cabinet minister and political diarist Richard Crossman. With Humphrey Carpenter and journalist Anthony Howard. From December 2002.

The biographical series in which a distinguished guest chooses someone who's inspired their life. Will their hero stand up to intensive scrutiny and merit the description of having led a great life?

Great Lives

Series 2 Captain James Cook

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Media executive and broadcaster Greg Dyke chooses explorer Captain James Cook.

Media executive and broadcaster Greg Dyke chooses explorer Captain James Cook. With Humphrey Carpenter. From December 2002.

4 Extra Debut. Media executive and broadcaster Greg Dyke chooses explorer Captain James Cook. With Humphrey Carpenter. From December 2002.

The biographical series in which a distinguished guest chooses someone who's inspired their life. Will their hero stand up to intensive scrutiny and merit the description of having led a great life?

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John Bird

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A look at the controversial career of John Bird, co-founder of The Big Issue newspaper.

Jane Silver looks at the controversial career of John Bird, the co-founder of The Big Issue newspaper, who this week announced his intention to run for mayor of London as an independent.

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Roy Lichtenstein revolutionised art with his cartoon images of American culture. (2004)

Paul Morley investigates the appeal of art's very own Pop Idol. Roy Lichtenstein revolutionised the art world with his big, bold, brash cartoon images of American culture. (2004)

Paul Morley investigates the lasting appeal of art's very own Pop Idol. From failed Abstract Expressionist to pioneering Pop Art hero, Roy Lichtenstein revolutionised the art world with his big, bold, brash cartoon images of American culture. Even before Andy Warhol had picked up his can of Campbell's soup, Lichtenstein was making merchandise into art and cultivating his own durable brand, turning out work that was highly consumable and tirelessly reproduced. (2004)

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Paul Morley
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Jonty Claypole

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Duncan Fletcher

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Christopher Martin-Jenkins profiles Zimbabwean Duncan Fletcher, England's cricket coach.

Christopher Martin-Jenkins profiles the Zimbabwean who's presided over both one of English cricket's greatest triumphs and humiliating defeats, Duncan Fletcher.

Duncan Fletcher became a national hero in 2005 when his England cricket team defeated Australia to take the Ashes for the first time in a generation.

Little more than a year later he'd turned into a national villain. England had surrendered the Ashes in the most humiliating fashion, beaten 5-0 Down Under. Then they looked utterly lost in the one-day series that followed, as they suffered defeat after defeat.

But suddenly the team turned the cricket world on its head by defeating Australia in the finals to win the one-day tournament in Sydney, and raised hopes that they would mount a decent challenge in the World Cup in March. It could be Fletcher's last tour as England coach.

Christopher Martin-Jenkins profiles the Zimbabwean who's presided over both one of England's greatest triumphs and humiliating defeats.

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Great Lives

Series 11 Millicent Garrett Fawcett

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Feminist campaigner Lesley Abdela discusses the extraordinary suffragist leader.

Feminist campaigner Lesley Abdela discusses the extraordinary suffragist leader Millicent Garrett Fawcett with Matthew Parris and historian Elizabeth Crawford. From December 2006.

For 50 years, Millicent Garrett Fawcett struggled to win the right to vote for women in Britain, yet today she is little-known compared to the suffragette leaders who took a more militant course. Feminist campaigner Lesley Abdela discusses the extraordinary 'MGF', with Matthew Parris and historian Elizabeth Crawford.

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Capturing the nation in conversation to build a unique picture of our lives today.

Capturing the nation in conversation to build a unique picture of our lives today as we adjust to the 'new normal' and preserve it for future generations. Presented by Fi Glover.

Fi Glover presents friends and strangers in conversation as the nation adjusts to the 'new normal'. In this week's programme: Allan and Phil talk about the joys of being in pantos and life in the entertainment business; Tommy and Antony, both fishermen - from Scotland’s Kintyre peninsula and Cornwall respectively - who voted differently to one another in the Brexit referendum, discuss the challenges facing their industry as we leave the EU; and as Coronation Street turns 60 this month, two super-fans from different parts of the country share their passion for the iconic TV soap.

The Listening Project is a Radio 4 initiative that offers a snapshot of contemporary Britain in which people across the UK volunteer to have a conversation. The

conversations are being gathered across the UK by teams of producers from local and national radio stations who facilitate each encounter. Every conversation lasts up to an hour, and is then edited to extract the key moments of connection between the participants. Most of the unedited conversations are being archived by the British Library and used to build up a collection of voices capturing a unique portrait of the UK in this decade of the millennium. You can learn more about The Listening Project by visiting bbc.co.uk/listeningproject

Producer: Mohini Patel

Groundbreakers

In the Shadow of the Shipyard

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Dan Gordon returns to his native east Belfast to explore the work of four writers.

Documentary in which Dan Gordon returns to his native east Belfast to explore the work of four writers with strong connections to this part of the city.

Dan Gordon returns to his native east Belfast to explore the work of four writers with strong connections to this part of the city.

In doing so he considers how these writers - St John Ervine, Thomas Carnduff, Sam Thompson and Stewart Parker - explored the experiences of Belfast's working class communities and brought their voices to a wider audience.

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Dan Gordon
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Michael Hewitt
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Justin Binding

Profile

Cressida Dick

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Series of profiles of people who are currently making headlines.

Jon Silverman profiles Metropolitan Police Deputy Assistant Commissioner Cressida Dick.

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Jon Ronson On

Series 2 Episode 1: Living in the Past

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Jon recalls an incident in the past when he was thrown into a lake by school friends.

Journalist Jon Ronson confronts his bullies at his school reunion. With Dan Tetsell and Robert Popper. From January 2006.

Journalist and broadcaster Jon Ronson looks at the human condition with the help of interviewees and reporters from the world of writing and performance.

Jon investigates why often it is so difficult to leave a particular incident in the past. He he looks back to the time when he was thrown into a lake by his school friends, and confronts his bullies at his school reunion. Father Ted writer Graham Linehan remembers his own bully, and comedians Dan Tetsell and Robert Popper discover that they have parallel stories: one has a Nazi grandfather, the other a Jewish evacuee grandmother.

A Unique production for BBC Radio 4.

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Series 2 Episode 2: Irrational Thoughts

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Journalist Jon Ronson asks why his inner conversations spiral into irrationality.

Journalist and broadcaster Jon Ronson asks why his inner conversations spiral into irrationality and discovers he isn't alone.

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Series 2 Episode 3: Lying

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Journalist and broadcaster Jon Ronson asks whether we're all natural born liars.

Journalist and broadcaster Jon Ronson asks whether we're all natural born liars. With Danny Wallace and Danny Robbins. From January 2006.

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