Six programmes in which Russell Davies explores words and the way we speak.
The novelist AS Byatt is among those trying to account for the surprising persistence of received pronunciation, despite the preference for speech which resembles early-morning television. Actor Hugh Walters coaches some aspiring performers who want to preserve the art of speaking poetry for public entertainment, and comedian David Schneider explores the Palace of Words.
The fifth of eight programmes tries to get under the skin of the character who is bigger than any of his writers: James Bond. Authorship of the Bond novels has passed to three different writers since the death of his creator, Ian Fleming , and this week the 30th Bond novel is in the shops. Repeated from Sunday 11.45am
Dame Kiri Te Kanawa , one of the best-loved singers of our time, talks about her life and her music to June
Knox-Mawer. In the third of four programmes, she explains why her New York debut of 1974 was "as terrifying as a parachute jump". She also talks about a favourite role in Der Rosenkavalier, by Richard Strauss , and recalls the moment when she had to sing before an audience of 600 million viewers at the Royal Wedding in 1981. Producer Derek Drescher Repeat
Dame Kiri Te
By Simon Brett. Starring Rosemary Leach as Anna, Nicola Pagett as Victoria, and Celia Imrie as Charlotte. 4: One Gets Better. Just when Victoria thinks her problems with Emily are over, Harriet starts to make her presence felt.
Producer Ann Jobson Rpt
Last month a House of Commons
Committee criticised the Ministry of Defence's failure to provide full information on "Gulf War Syndrome". In the first of a new series of File on 4, Julian O'Halloran examines how much is now known about the causes of veterans' illnesses. Producer Gregor Stewart
A four-part series in which GP
Dr Gillian Rice explores human sexual behaviour in a totally new light.
2: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
Dr Rice discovers that we share with animals our desires for a perfect mate. Producer Julian Hector Repeat
Fishhooks! It's the Major!
The second of a three-part series looks at the bewildering days of boxing competitions and Latin conjugations in a Surrey prep school in the decade after the war.
Producer Alastair Wilson Repeat
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