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End-of-Life Care

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Dr Mark Porter explores the state of end-of-life care in the UK today.

Dr Mark Porter explores the state of end-of-life care in the UK today, for patients with cancer, heart failure and other conditions, and their families and friends.

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The Cultural Context of Youth Suicide - Memory in a Russian Village

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Laurie Taylor discusses research into the role of sexuality in suicide among young people.

Laurie Taylor discusses new research into the role of sexuality and gender identity in suicide and deliberate self-harm among young people.

THE CULTURAL CONTEXT OF YOUTH SUICIDE Laurie Taylor hears about new research into the suicide risk among young gay, lesbian and transexual people. What are the factors that provoke self harm, and to what extent does self harm indicate a danger of suicide. Katrina Roen, Lecturer in Research Methods at Lancaster University and Professor Stephen Platt, Director, Research Unit in Health, Behaviour and Change, University of Edinburgh discuss the findings.

MEMORY IN A RUSSIAN VILLAGE

Margaret Paxson, author of Solovyovo, talks about her sixteen years of anthropological field work study of a small lake side village in north Russia. Solovyovo is about 300 miles north of Moscow, the village had about 30 buildings when Margaret lived there, and in the winter months the population was about 40 and mostly in their 50s and older. Margaret witnessed and took part in growing season and its activities where only a limited number of months must provide for food for the entire year. She saw deaths, suicide and violence; people leaving for the cities, and other joining the village. She discovered how the social idea of svoi - fellow feeling - amongst the villagers had allowed them to survive the ravages of totalitarian history. FOOTBALL IN THE PUB: Professor Mike Weed talks about his new research into why so many people now watch football in the pub, and how they find it as enjoyable as going to the match.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Sue Arnold & Catherine Bott

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Sue Arnold and Catherine discuss books by Dai Sijie, Barry Unsworth and John Buchan.

4 Extra Debut. Rosie Boycott, journalist Sue Arnold and soprano Catherine Bott discuss books by Dai Sijie, Barry Unsworth and John Buchan. From December 2002.

Rosie Boycott and her guests, former Observer columnist and reviewer, Sue Arnold, and soprano, Catherine Bott discuss books by Dai Sijie, Barry Unsworth and John Buchan. From 2002.

Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by Dai Sijie

Publisher: Vintage

Losing Nelson by Barry Unsworth

Publisher: Penguin

Greenmantle by John Buchan

Publisher: Oxford University Press.

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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.

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Rabbi Lionel Blue & Stephen Russell

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Rosie Boycott with guests Rabbi Lionel Blue and the Barefoot Doctor.

4 Extra Debut. Rosie Boycott and her guests, Rabbi Lionel Blue and the Barefoot Doctor, discuss books by Rose Macaulay, Jonathan Franzen and Maria McCann. From December 2002.

Rosie Boycott and her two guests, Rabbi Lionel Blue, from Radio 4's Today programme and the Barefoot Doctor (aka Stephen Russell) discuss paperbacks by Jonathan Franzen, Maria McCann and Rose Macaulay. From 2002.

'The Towers of Trebizond' by Rose Macaulay

Publisher: Flamingo

'The Corrections' by Jonathan Franzen

Publisher: Fourth Estate

'As Meat Loves Salt' by Maria McCann

Publisher: Flamingo.

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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?

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George Melly & Jenny Diski

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George Melly and Jenny Diski read books by Vladimir Nabokov, Jim Crace and Iris Murdoch.

4 Extra Debut. George Melly, Jenny Diski and Rosie Boycott read books by Vladimir Nabokov, Jim Crace and Iris Murdoch. From December 2002.

Rosie Boycott and her guests, novelist and travel writer Jenny Disk and jazz singer, art historian and aesthete, George Melly discuss paperbacks by Vladimir Nabokov, Jim Crace and Iris Murdoch. From 2002.

'Lolita' by Vladimir Nabokov

Publisher: Penguin

'Quarantine' by Jim Crace

Publisher: Penguin

'The Sea, The Sea' by Iris Murdoch

Publisher: Vintage.

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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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Laura Thompson & Mary Kenny

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Laura Thompson and Mary Kenny discuss books by Muriel Spark and Diana Mosley.

4 Extra Debut. Rosie Boycott, Laura Thompson and Mary Kenny discuss books by Muriel Spark, Diana Mosley and Nicholas Monsarrat. From December 2002.

Rosie Boycott and her guests, biographer and greyhound fancier, Laura Thompson and newspaper columnist Mary Kenny discuss books by Muriel Spark, Diana Mosley and Nicholas Monsarrat. From 2002.

Loitering with Intent by Muriel Spark

Publisher: Penguin

A Life of Contrasts - The autobiography of Diana Mosley

Publisher: Gibson Square

Kapillan of Malta by Nicholas Monsarrat

Publisher: Cassell.

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Archive on 4

The Monkhouse Files

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Bob Monkhouse guides Bob Sinfield through his memories, diaries and recordings.

4 Extra Debut. Comedian Bob Monkhouse guides Bob Sinfield through his memories, diaries and recordings of the comedy greats. From December 2000.

If it happened in comedy after the Second World War, not only was comedy legend Bob Monkhouse there to see it happen, but he wrote about it in his journals.

Bob guides comedy writer Bob Sinfield through his amazing collection of diaries, letters and memories of the comedy greats as he reflects on his own career of over 50 years in show business.

Bob Monkhouse died aged 75 in 2004

Producer: Julian Mayers

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2000.

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Dorothy Rowe & Felipe Fernandez-Armesto

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Dorothy Rowe and Felipe Fernandez-Armesto read books by JD Salinger and Norman Lewis.

4 Extra Debut. Rosie Boycott, Dorothy Rowe and Felipe Fernandez-Armesto read books by JD Salinger, Norman Lewis and William Styron. From January 2003.

Rosie Boycott and her guests - psychologist, Dorothy Rowe and historian, Felipe Fernandez-Armesto - discuss books by JD Salinger, Norman Lewis, and William Styron. From 2003.

Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger

Publisher: Penguin

Naples 44 by Norman Lewis

Publisher: Eland

Sophie's Choice by William Styron

Publisher: Vintage.

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Sue Limb and Philippa Gregory

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Sue Limb and Philippa Gregory discuss books by Isabelle Allende and William Golding.

4 Extra Debut. Rosie Boycott, Sue Limb and Philippa Gregory discuss books by Isabelle Allende, William Golding and Nick McDonell. From January 2003.

Rosie Boycott and her guests - writers Sue Limb and Philippa Gregory - discuss books by Isabelle Allende, William Golding, and Nick McDonell. From 2003.

Portrait in Sepia by Isabelle Allende

Publisher: HarperCollins

Pincher Martin by William Golding

Publisher: Faber & Faber

Twelve by Nick McDonell

Publisher: Atlantic.

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Bookclub

Salman Rushdie

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Sir Salman Rushdie talks to James Naughtie about his Booker-winner Midnight's Children.

4 Extra Debut. Sir Salman Rushdie talks to James Naughtie and a group of readers about his Booker Prize-winner Midnight's Children. From February 2003.

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