Nigel Fountain on key moments in popular culture.
1: The March of the 45 The 45rpm record arrived with rock 'n' roll, teenagers, Dansettes and autochangers, in the golden age of the singles chart. Today, when record companies make more money from sales of T-shirts than singles, the 7-inch piece of plastic is being replaced by cassingles, CDs, 12-inch records, DCCDs, DATs and mini-CDs.... should we shed a tear for the 45 - and for the teenager? Producer Wendy Pilmer Stereo
In the centenary year of the death of Alfred Lord
Tennyson, Nigel Forde reads a new biography of the poet by Michael Thorn and discusses his importance and influence on writers today. He also investigates a new literary phenomenon the auction of books, not to the public but the publisher.
Producer Julian May. Stereo
Tim Marlow reports on the opening of a portrait exhibition at the Tate, and a new musical starring Tony Slattery , Radio
Times. Also reviews of the Penguin Book of Rock and Roll Writing.
Producer Jerome Weatherald. Stereo
The Laundry by Emily Prager.
Staying with her future mother-in-law in Johannesburg, Eve is
12,000 miles from home and just a little nervous. A familiar chore seems the very thing to calm her down. Read by Shelley Thompson.
Producer Sarah Kilgarnff
Jonathan Dimbleby and guests
David Bryer , Director of Oxfam; Jenny Kirkpatrick , businesswoman; Austin Mitchell, MP; and Peter Temple-Morris , MP tackle the issues raised in Spalding, Lines.
Producer Nadine Grieve
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