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Duration: 59 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two ScotlandLatest broadcast: on BBC Four HD

Series exploring the expansion of railways in the Victorian era. The team visit the South Devon Railway to explore the life of the branch line before the Beeching cuts of the 60s. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Ruth Goodman
Presenter:
Alex Langlands
Presenter:
Peter Ginn
Production Company:
Lion Television
Series Producer:
Stuart Elliott
Executive Producer:
Nick Catliff
Production Manager:
Claire Smith
Production Coordinator:
Rachael Pagett
Sound Recordist:
Tim Hodge
Camera Operator:
Tom Pilbeam
Researcher:
Fjolla Iberhysaj
Participant:
Sandra Fry
Participant:
Jim Jeffrey
Participant:
Dave Knowling
Participant:
Alan Taylor
Participant:
Barbara Turner
Participant:
Alasdair Page
Participant:
Mike Esbester
Participant:
Brian Robinson
Participant:
Alan Johnson
Participant:
Darren Robinson
Participant:
John Brodribb
Participant:
Jeremy John
Participant:
Marc Lucas

Open Book

A celebration of Muriel Spark

Duration: 28 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 LW

Available for over a year

A celebration of Muriel Spark who was born in 1918. Alan Taylor who has written a memoir about his friendship with the novelist and writer William Boyd join Mariella Frostrup. Show more

Contributors

Interviewed Guest:
Alan Taylor
Interviewed Guest:
William Boyd
Interviewed Guest:
Sheila Llewellyn
Interviewed Guest:
Adam Foulds
Interviewed Guest:
Khurrum Rahman

Book of the Week

The Vital Spark: Appointment in Arezzo

Episode 1

Duration: 15 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 LW

Appointment in Arezzo: Journalist Alan Taylor's memoir of a friendship with Muriel Spark, one of the 20th century's great writers. Read by Paul Higgins. Show more

Book of the Week

The Vital Spark: Appointment in Arezzo

Episode 2

Duration: 15 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 LW

Journalist Alan Taylor's memoir of his friendship with author Muriel Spark. Taylor meets the author's Tuscan social circle. Read by Paul Higgins. Show more

Book of the Week

The Vital Spark: Appointment in Arezzo

Episode 3

Duration: 15 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FM

Journalist Alan Taylor accompanies his friend, author Muriel Spark, as she returns to America to celebrate 75 years of the New Yorker magazine. Read by Paul Higgins. Show more

Duration: 1 hour, 52 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC One Scotland HDLatest broadcast: on BBC One Scotland HD

Available for 3 months

The hammer-wielding hero returns for more mythology-inspired action from Marvel, this time battling a sinister race of Dark Elves to bring order to the cosmos. Show more

Last Word

Barry Myers, Eileen Younghusband, Robin Spark, Keith McDougall, Prince Buster

Duration: 28 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 LW

Available for over a year

Matthew Bannister on commercials director Barry Myers, WAAF filter officer Eileen Younghusband, artist Robin Spark, countryman Keith McDougall, ska star Prince Buster. Show more

Contributors

Interviewed Guest:
Hugh Turnbull
Interviewed Guest:
Michael Hope
Interviewed Guest:
Levi Roots
Interviewed Guest:
David Katz
Interviewed Guest:
Alan Taylor
Interviewed Guest:
Duncan Thompson
Producer:
Neil George