In the fourth of six talks about America, and the image Americans have of themselves, Don Lee Keith , a native of Mississippi, discusses the literary tradition of the American South. Producer Geoff Spink
Simon Brett selects extracts for 28 January. In 1885, Beatrix Potter is anxious about bomb scares in London; Tony Benn has a strange encounter at Temple Meads station in Bristol in 1978; and diarists everywhere are astonished by the big freeze of January 1940. Readers Sean Barrett and Miriam Margolyes Producer Kate McAl
Calcutta. Simon Parkes visits India for the last of his profiles of creative communities. Writers, poets and painters live in the poverty-stricken back-streets, in their own words, inspired by chaos. Producer David Prest
Charlotte Bronte's novels are shot through with her ideas of true and false religion. Rosemary Hartill looks at them and tries to discover why she rebelled against conventional Victorian religion. Reader Dorothy Tutin
Producer Amanda Hancox
by Iqbal Ahmad. For years Kesho walked but he saved every day towards the price of a bicycle. When at last he bought one, life became "one unbroken round of pleasure" - until the rains set in. Read by Sam Dastor. Producer Pat Pryor
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Paul Allen follows the behind-the-scenes progress of Alan Ayckbourn 's play, Communicating Doors, from its writing, casting and design to the final rehearsal stages at the Stephen Joseph Theatre in the Round in Scarborough.
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