John Walters presents a five-part view of the much maligned soap opera genre, with favourite clips from TV and radio, and interviews with actors, fans. historians, writers, producers and psychologists. Beginnings. This week he explores soap opera's roots in literature, its birth on US radio as a vehicle to sell soap powder, and the first stiff-upper-lipped British soaps such as the Second World War propaganda series Front Line Family. Plus a look back at the start of The Archers. Producer Claire Jones ♦ See John Peel : page 14
Gary Brown 's comedy series about family life in the 90s stars Jim Sweeney as Phil and Caroline Quentin as Sarah. 3: / Got You Babe with Jilly Bond. Deborah Berlin. Rachel Atkins , Jonathan Keeble , Eva Stuart and Joshua Towb Producer Ann Jobson
Jilly Bond. Deborah
Catherine Czerkawska 's four-part saga of yacht designers on the Clyde. 3: Still Waters. With James MacPherson
as James Lynn. with John Buick , Liam Brennan , Tom Smith , Douglas Stiven. Ceit Kearney , Wendy Roland , Astrid Wilson. Sheila Donald and Alec Heggie Director Hamish Wilson Rpt
Professor Kenneth Morgan reviews major themes of life in postwar Britain. 4: The Land without Music? Postwar cultural life as told by a music-making family from Bedford: German Jewish refugees, Hans and Kate Freyhan have taught music here for 50 years. Producer Tim Dee
Readings exploring the fate of nations and individuals after the war.
4: The Keys of Palestine by Robert Fisk. The story of two men, a Palestinian and a Jew, whose fates have been inextricably linked since the end of the war. Read by Gavin Mwir. Producer Julia Butt
With no overall coastal planning policy linking sea and land, Mark Whittaker asks whether the current voluntary management schemes will be enough to protect Britain's coasts.
Producer Jessica Mitchell. Rptd Sun 9.30pm
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