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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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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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The Liverpool Poets

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Pete McCarthy examines the work of Roger McGough, Brian Patten and Adrian Henri.

Pete McCarthy examines the work of Roger McGough, Brian Patten and Adrian Henri. Featuring George Melly. From February 2003.

In 1967, three young poets found fame and popularity with the publication of the anthology, The Mersey Sound. Pete McCarthy looks at the work of Roger McGough, Adrian Henri and Brian Patten.

Contributors include artist and critic George Melly, musician Andy Roberts and writer Phil Bowen.

Produced by Bob Dickinson.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in February 2003.

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Front Row

21/12/2020

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Live magazine programme on the worlds of arts, literature, film, media and music

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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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Fiona Bruce and Gervase Phinn

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Fiona and Gervase talk about books by Khaled Hosseini, Barbara Pym and Christopher Nolan.

4 Extra Debut. Fiona Bruce and best-selling author Gervase Phinn talk about their favourite paperbacks by Khaled Hosseini, Barbara Pym and Christopher Nolan. From January 2006.

Sue MacGregor and her guests - TV presenter, Fiona Bruce and uthor and educationalist, Gervase Phinn - talk about favourite books by Khaled Hosseini, Barbara Pym and Christopher Nolan. From 2006.

'The Kite Runner' by Khaled Hosseini

Publisher: Bloomsbury

'Quartet in Autumn' by Barbara Pym

Publisher: Pan Books

'Under the Eye of the Clock' by Christopher Nolan

Publisher: Phoenix.

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HRH the Duke of Edinburgh recalls his role in a daring rescue during WWII.

HRH the Duke of Edinburgh, then a First Lieutenant aboard HMS Whelp, recalls his role in a daring rescue during WWII.

In January 1945, British aircraft attacked Japanese-held oil refineries in southeast Sumatra. It was a successful raid, but for two 21-year-olds it could have ended very badly. Shot down by a Japanese fighter, Roy 'Gus' Halliday and Norman 'Dickie' Richardson ended up in a leaking life raft considering the possibilities of shark activity in the area. Then HMS Whelp hove into view, and action. The rescue is remembered here by the two men and the first lieutenant of Whelp, HRH Prince Philip.

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In Business

Music Machine

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Record companies are using computers to predict the next big hits. Peter Day investigates.

Music Machine: Some record companies and film studios are starting to use computer programmes to predict the next big hits. Peter Day talks to both enthusiasts and sceptics.

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In Business
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The star of Austin Powers, Mike Myers talks about Bergson's theory of comedy.

Francine Stock talks to the star of Austin Powers Mike Myers and the producer of Paris Je T'Aime, a portmanteau movie featuring short films by some of the most famous directors in the world.

The Flying Scotsman: Francine Stock talks to Simon Rose, the writer of a new bio-pic of Graeme Obree, the Champion cyclist who built his bike from bits of washing machines.

The star of Austin Powers and the voice of Shrek, Mike Myers talks about Bergson's theory of comedy.

Christopher Frayling talks about the cult horror classic The Beast Must Die from the Amicus Studios.

Producer Claudie Ossard talks about a new portmanteau movie Paris Je T'Aime featuring short films about Paris by some of the most famous directors in the world, including The Coen Brothers, Wes Craven and Walter Salles.

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John Aiziewood investigates the phenomenon known as 'prog rock'.

John Aiziewood investigates the phenomenon known as 'prog rock'. With Keith Emerson, Rick Wakeman and Fish.

John Aizlewood examines the oft derided genre of Progressive Rock, a catch all term for a variety of bands from Pink Floyd to Yes to Hawkwind to Jethro Tull. He talks to Floyd's David Gilmour, Rick Wakeman of Yes and Keith Emerson, and ponders the subtle difference between 'Prog' and 'Progressive', before asking the difficult question - was any of it any good?

Fascinating Deaths

Episode 1: The West Runton Elephant

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Jessica Holm investigates the mysterious death of a mammoth about 700,000 years ago.

The West Runton Elephant: Jessica Holm investigates the mysterious death of a mammoth about 700,000 years ago on the Norfolk coast.

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