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Five Generations

First of two programmes by Jeremy Seabrook.

In this study of life in Northamptonshire Jeremy Seabrook uses actuality recordings to show the gradual change in speech, in traditions and in ways of life as successive generations of village people move into an urban area.
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Five Generations: 2: The Response to the Environment

Second of two programmes by Jeremy Seabrook and Pat Spencer

In this study of life in Northamptonshire, the second part reflects the changing patterns of speech and ways of life among the younger generation.

To be repeated on January 20.
BBC Radio 3

The Arts This Week

This edition includes:

Jonathan Miller discussing his production of Hamlet for the Oxford and Cambridge Shakespeare Company, which will be presented at the Oxford Playhouse next week and is to tour the United States in December.

Glen Tetley on his new ballets for the Nederlands Dans Theatre now at Sadler's Wells, and for the Royal Ballet touring company.

Jonathan Raban on Notebook by Robert Lowell.

Part 1: see also 8.50
BBC Radio 3

Arts Commentary


Introduced by Andrew Forge
Francis Bacon and Michael Levy comment - separately - on Titian's The Death of Actaeon, which the National Gallery hopes to buy for the nation.

Stephen Bann, Keith Critchlow and Lionel March discuss Systems, an exhibition of the work of 12 British artists interested in 'order, rhythm, sequence and architectural relations.'

(Systems opens on 8 March at the Whitechapel Art Gallery)
BBC Radio 3

Drama Now: Cries from Casement as his Bones are Brought to Dublin

by David Rudkin
with Norman Rodway as Roger Casement

In 1965 the remains of Irish patriot Roger Casement were disinterred from the limepit at Pentonville and brought to Dublin. Casement, as this play shows, was a man of many conflicting parts. Is there a parallel between his history and Ireland's? Is there a lesson to be learned from it?

Those taking part, in alphabetical order: Joan Bakewell, Sean Barrett, Kate Binchy, Michael Deacon, William Eedle, Kevin Flood, Martin Friend, Heather Gibson, David Gooderson, Sheila Grant, Michael Harbour, John Hollis, Fraser Kerr, Rolf Lefebvre, Peggy Marshall, Meryl O'keeffe, Irene Prador, David Rudkin, Henry Stamper, Eva Stuart, John Tusa, David Valla, Mary Wimbush and Joy Worth

(Radio Times People: page 5)
(This programme will be discussed tomorrow on Radio 3 at 10.5 pm and in Scan on Radio 4 on Thursday at 8.45 pm)
BBC Radio 3

The Long March of Everywoman

Margaret Howard examines how far the story of women's rights in England has really progressed.
BBC Radio 3

Conversations with Artists

"If I had been given a choice I think as a young person I would have chosen writing because I think that the word is the biggest influence in the world."

Henry Moore talks with Edward Lucie-Smith about his decision to become a sculptor and his approach to different materials.
BBC Radio 3

Stuffing Their Mouths with Gold

The National Health Service is said to be as sick as the patients it serves. The symptoms are waiting lists and burgeoning private sector. How far do the compromises Bevan made to the doctors in 1948 contribute to the current problems of the service?

Michael Neve, Lecturer In the History of Medicine at University College, London, reflects on the origins of the NHS.
BBC Radio 3

Music Weekly

Introduced by Michael Oliver
Tippett: The composer and his music, a review by Roger Wright.
A conversation with Miklos Rozsa, composer in the golden years of Hollywood.
Liszt and the 20th century: by Alan Walker.
BBC Radio 3

A Man Without Illusions

"I have never understood why my painting has always been thought of as very extreme and brutal. Don't people observe life? If you think my work is brutal, what do you think about what's going on every hour on television?"

Richard Cork reflects on the nature of Francis Bacon's vision, and the response it excites.
With contributions from the artist, Dawn Ades, Brian Farrell, Richard Francis, Donald Kuspit, David Sylvester and Margaret Walters.

(A retrospective exhibition of works by Francis Bacon opens at The Tate Gallery, London, on 22 May)
BBC Radio 3

Third Ear: Taking Issue

Issues at the meeting point of politics and the arts are raised in a discussion chaired by Robert Hewison.

(Re-broadcast next Saturday)
BBC Radio 3

Third Ear

In conversation with Andrew Graham-Dixon, the sculptor Richard Deacon discusses the metaphors inherent in his work, within the context of post-war sculpture.
BBC Radio 3

Tongue of Tongues

Hebrew, a language of prayers, poems and science, virtually unspoken for 2,000 years, is now the national language of Israel. How could a mother tongue be bom - in vitro?
Dr Lewis Glinert investigates the myths and realities surrounding
Eliezer Ben-Yehuda , the 'father of modem Hebrew'. Producer Julian Hale (R)
BBC Radio 3

Third Ear

Angela Carter's latest novel Wise Children celebrates the world of show business from Shakespeare to Vaudeville. She talks to Paul Bailey.
BBC Radio 3

Night Waves

Valentine Cunningham investigates the legacy and influence of Eric Gill, as a major retrospective of his sculpture opens in London, and discusses the controversial and bloody film Single White Female. And there's music from the jazz guitarist John Scofield on the eve of his British tour.
BBC Radio 3

Friday Feature: How the Angels Fell

Have angels been demoted to fashionable tokens in art and song lyrics instead of mighty messengers of God? Angelologist
David Goodman traces angelic history from their position as the Celestial Civil
Service to their decorative role on the top of Christmas trees.
Producer Penny Lawrence
BBC Radio 3

The Sunday Feature: Hungary 1956

Forty years on from the people's revolution of October 1956 against the tyranny of hardline communism, Hungarian-born British poet George Szirtes presents a poetic view of Budapest, examining the issues, the battles and the fighters. Contributors range from
Hungary's current president to the retired cleaning-woman who fought the invading Soviet tanks. Producer Tim Dee
BBC Radio 3

Role Play: Hamlet

The last of six programmes in which Michael Billington talks to actors about key roles in the repertoire.

Kenneth Branagh and Michael Pennington discuss their approaches to playing Hamlet.
BBC Radio 3

The Sunday Feature: Che

Dr Ernesto Che Guevara was born in Argentina in 1928. Shortly after receiving his medical degree, he enlisted in the cause of the oppressed. He fought in Guatemala, was a leader in the Cuban revolution, and died in Bolivia in 1967. What turned an asthmatic middle-class boy into one of the 20th century's most revolutionary figures? Christopher Hitchens reports from Cuba and beyond on the real and posthumous life of Che Guevara.
BBC Radio 3

Centurions: 54: Francis Bacon: Innocent Screams

The shape and colour of the mouth fascinated Francis Bacon. He combined this with his admiration for Velasquez's portrait of Pope Innocent X to create his series of screaming popes - works he later appeared to regret.

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