May Day sees the beginning of a new series of Dear Diary. Simon Brett finds plenty of maypoles and madrigals in the day's diaries, but he also discovers Lord Mountbatten at the Cup Final and Salvador Dali in an extremely tight pair of patent leather shoes. Readers Lin Sagovsky and Sean Barrett. Producer Kate Whitehead. Stereo
From social realism to science fiction, class conflict to mental breakdown the work of few writers experiments with the boundaries of fiction or offers such imaginative challenges as that of Doris Lessing. Over a writing career of more than 40 years,
Doris Lessing has tackled the most urgent concerns of our time. But her work has a lighter side, combining warmth and compassion with shrewd observation.
With the publication of her new collection of stories
Nigel Forde presents a profile of Doris Lessing.
Producer Abigail Appleton. Stereo
Tim Marlow reviews the touring exhibition
The Way We Live Now, reflecting on the Aids crisis, which arose out of a collaboration between
Howard Hodgkin and American writer Susan Sontag ; and Canadian director
Robert Lepage appears in a one-man show at the National Theatre. Producer Beaty Rubens Stereo
Holiday plans take an unpleasant turn.
Wriiten by Caroline Harrington Producer Vanessa Whitburn
Jonathan Dimbleby chairs a discussion from Cotgrave, Nottinghamshire. The panel:
Helen Jackson ,
Former Chair of Sheffield
City Council Employment Committee;
Sir Russell Johnston , Deputy Leader of the Liberal Democrats;
Eric Pickles , Former Leader of Bradford City Council; and Peter Riddell , Political Columnist of The Times.
Producer Nick Utechin
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