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New series 1/8. Actor
Tony Robinson presents a selection of classical favourites, augmented by anecdotes. This first edition features the music of Prokofiev, Haydn, Walton and Tchaikovsky. Producer Simon Barnett


Tony Robinson
Simon Barnett

Journalist John Simpson assesses the nation's changing attitudes to war and peace since the Second World War, with recollections and insight from, among others, veterans who fought in Korea and Suez, anti-nuclear peace protesters who marched on Aldermaston, and a Gulf War soldierwho killed another man.
Plus a look at the depiction of war in the media and on film. Producer Sara Conkey


John Simpson
Sara Conkey

1/6. George Melly reassesses the legacy of Bessie Smith , the hugely influential blues and jazz singer whose 1920s and 30s recordings - from St Louis Blues to Empty Bed Blues and Alexander's Ragtime Band - remain potent and stirring classics of the genre. This first instalment assesses the impact of "mother of the blues" Ma Rainey, who allegedly kidnapped Smith when she was in a travelling troupe. Melly dispels the myth.


George Melly
Neil Rosser

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