Presented by the Rev Rosemary Lain-Priestley .
The Head That Once Was Crowned with Thorns (St
Magnus). Ephesians 1, wl5-23. Lift Up Your Heads,
0 Ye Gates (Mathias). Christ Triumphant Ever
Reigning ( Guiting Power). With the choir of St Martin in the Fields. Director of music Nicholas Danks.
Nicholas Hawksmoor designed and built some of England's most dramatic buildings. Their bold personal style has always divided opinion but, in recent times, theories of malign intentions and dark forces have surrounded his works. Alyn Shipton looks behind the occult speculation to discover the ideas that are really at work in his structures.
The East End of London was a hot bed of dark doings long before Hawksmoor designed Christ Church, Spitalfields
Devil's Architect? 11.30am R4
For anyone interested in architecture, Nicholas Hawksmoor's name will always be associated with the work he did with Christopher Wren and John Vanbrugh, as well as the six imposing white churches of his own design in London. For those who know his name from Peter Ackrovd's Hawksmoor novel or lain Sinclair's poetic essay Lud Heat, his place in history is that of a dark mysterious figure, at best a geomancer who aligned his churches to channel lines of energy, at worst an occultist obsessed with funerary monuments and death. In this analysis of the symbolism and imagery at work in his buildings, Alyn Shipton makes clear what is historical fact and which ideas may have arisen from a more poetic interpretation of his work. Whichever camp you fall into, this programme leaves you feeling Hawksmoor was utterly attuned to the division between dark and light that's always been at the heart of life in London.
By Alan Butler.
After years in artistic exile, world-famous Irish poet Aiden Dooley has finally returned to his native village - albeit as a corpse. The people of Kildargon are delighted: Dooley's grave in the local churchyard is sure to become a shrine for poetry-loving tourists. But then an unwelcome discovery presents the villagers with an ethical dilemma.
Stewart Henderson presents the problem-solving show that helps provide some answers to those irritating questions from everyday life. Phone [number removed] or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Producer Joanne Coombs
Loyd Grossman appeals on behalf of the Sick
Children's Trust. The charity provides the families of sick children, with home-from-home accommodation at hospitals around the country. DONATIONS: [address removed] Credit-card donations: [number removed]
Producer Sally Ratman
Run by the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, the Predatory Bird Monitoring Scheme monitors the exposure of birds of prey to certain pesticides and pollutants. Part of the process involves encouraging members of the public to send in any dead birds of preydirectlytothem in a padded envelope. Quentin Cooper finds out why monitoring schemes are so important to our wildlife and marine life.
Producer Sarah Empey EMAIL: material.worldS'bbc.co.uk
4: Prepare to channel your energies, focus on your inner child and brush up on your Brahma and chakra studies as Mel and Vicki become enamoured of all things new-age. Starring
Mel Hudson and Vicki Pepperdine with Martin Hyder ,
Felix Dexter , Lewis MacLeod and Jim North. Script edited by Graeme Garden.
Written by the cast with Danny Robins , Dan Tetsell and Richie Devlin Music by Richie Webb Producer Chris Neill
Crossed from Earth to Heaven. A new liturgy by poet Michael Symmons Roberts features in this year's service, live from St Martin in the Fields, Trafalgar Square, London. The Daily Service Singers and the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, directed by James Whitbourn , perform Schubert's Mass in G. The preacher is the Rt Rev Jim Thompson , formerly Bishop of Bath and Wells, and the celebrant is the vicar, the Rev Nicholas Holtam. Organist Nicholas Danks. Producer Philip Billson
Conference Call. Every spring, a select group of global corporate leaders gather in the comfortable
Swiss city of StGallen for an intensive interchange of views about the future. The event is unique because it's organised by students from the city's international business school. Peter Day reports from last week's conference on the mood of the multinationals at a time of great uncertainty. Editor Stephen Chilcott Repeated on Sunday at 9.30pm
A series of travelogues from comedian Ross Noble. 3: Ross is in Egypt, where he performs in the middle of the desert in front of bewildered Bedouins, ponders on the merits of creating his own wildlife show, and marvels at the insignificance of humanity while gazing at the Stars. Producer Danny Wallace
Kit Hesketh-Harvey continues to examine the workings of the comic song. Tonight he investigates the fine art of parody with contributions from Dick Vosburgh and examples from Tom Lehrer ,
Allan Sherman , Anna Russell and Stephen Sondheim. Producer Frank Stirling
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