Martin Wainwright encounters America for the first time and crosses the continent on a personal quest for the authentic landscapes, real-life residents and fictional characters of four American novels.
1: In Tales of the City, Martin pursues the ruthless innocent Mary Ann Singleton to San Francisco, visits the magical locations of her adventures around the city. meets her creator Armistead Maupin and discovers a revealing link between the fictional woman and the literary man. Producer Alison Perks Repeated Sunday 5.00pm
In the second of six programmes,
Sickboyfrom Trainspottingjumps into Pride and Prejudice, Fred Rintstone advertises in the lonely hearts column and The Three Musketeers gets a radical reworking. John Hegley joins regular panellists Mark Thomas. Miles Kington and Dillie Keaneto write the believably absurd from the utterly ridiculous. Chaired by Ian McMillan.
Producer Marc Jobst
By Ivan Shakespeare. A four-part comedy series parodying the life and times of the Bloomsbury Group. 2: The General Strike.With Niall Ashdown,
Matthew Bell ,
Joanna Brookes. Chris Emmett , Sally Grace , Nick Hardy , Toby Longworth and Sarah Parkinson.
Producer Liz Anstee Repeat
The Emperor's New Clothes
In the first of five lectures, Professor Patricia J Williams examines how the issue of colour remains so powerfully determinative of everything from life circumstance to manner of death, in a world that is, by and large, officially "colour blind".
Producer Constance St Louis
* I Come In Peace: page 6
Russell Davies with a six-part series about words and the way we speak. 2:Names Will Never Hurt Me.Annie Enright ponders the business of naming children, management guru Faith Popcorn explains why her own name is worth so much, and novelist Robert McLiam Wilson calls names across the Northern Irish barricades. Producer Noah Richler Repeat
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