with Richard Baker
The literary reputation of Henry Williamson, best known for Tarka the Otter, is clouded by the fact that he was a supporter of Adolf Hitler. Daniel Farson knew him well and argues that it is time to forgive his politics and re-assess the writer. Playwright Frederic Raphael and Richard Adams, author of Watership Down, give their opinions.
Ezra Pound was the only major figure in the arts to actively support the Fascist cause during the war. He was locked up by the Americans because of his pro-Mussolini broadcasts. Bernard Kops, fascinated by the paradox of a great poet holding such political beliefs, has dramatised an imaginary encounter with himself and Pound during the years of incarceration. Pound is played by Ian McDiarmid.
'... the difficulty is to keep smiling, of course. I always remember at the end of a long shift somebody saying to me, "Smile", you know. and you just feel like saying, "No. you smile - now hold it for eight hours.'"
Part-time waitresses talk about the job and why they do it.
With Pippa Bates. Bernadette Geifer , Anne Koval
Eva Milenska and Sheila Cole who performed the songs Producer ED THOMASON. Stereo
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A two-part documentary-style drama by Matthew Solon set in Hong Kong. Two brothers run two branches of the family business - one in London, the other in Hong Kong. When the brother in Hong Kong dies leaving huge debts, the other brother sends one of his children overto sort it out. Next week's conclusion will be broadcast from Hong Kong on the day of the handover, with real news events built into the action. with Stuart Ong , Choy Ling Man , David Y Cheung , Irene Ng , Matthew Solon, David Tse and Harry Ditson. Producer John Dryden
Black comedy with Steve Pemberton , Reece Shearsmith , MarkGatiss and Jeremy Dyson. Spent is holding a fun run. Producer Sarah Smith
Perrier Award-winners Mark Gatiss ,
Reece Shearsmith , Steve Pemberton and Jeremy Dyson star in a blackly comic sketch show in six parts. 2: The town of Spent is holding a fun run.
Producer Sarah Smith Repeat
Starring Derek Jacobi , the acclaimed
Sheffield Theatres production of Friedrich
- Schiller's play in a new translation by Mike Poulton. King Philip II of Spain holds on to power through the terror of the Inquisition and his spies. His son Don Carlos seeks his father's trust yet hides his feelings for his father's wife, Elizabeth of France, to whom he was betrothed before
Philip married her. The court watches and listens.
Count Lerma Roqer Swaine Music composed by Adam Cork
Producers Richard Bannerman and Neil Gardner Directors Michael Grandage and Andy Jordan Staging a classic: page 16
As the Routemaster bus reaches its 50th birthday, and is now being phased out in London, Linda Smith hops on board the nation's beloved double decker to celebrate its colourful life and times. Recalling her own fond memories of this very British icon, she talks to conductors, drivers, and enthusiasts, and discovers how the bus has inspired people, starred on screen, travelled the world, symbolised peace, and found many surprising new uses. Producers Emma Wallace and Liz Jaynes
A Cruel Ritual
'I was born and brought up in Britain. I was 8 years old when I was circumcised. I really thought I was going to die, because of the pain, having no anaesthetic. You have a lady holding your mouth so you cannot scream, you have two ladies on your chest and the other two holding the legs.'
Seven years ago, 40 Minutes' first film on female circumcision led to the law which banned it in this country. Today's film reveals that the practice of genital mutilation of young girls is still flourishing in Britain today. Producer Louise Panton Editor Caroline Pick
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After 16 months in northern Botswana, the pressure is really on for cameraman Mike Holding and his team, as they attempt to capture unprecedented footage nf wild dogs hunting, for a Natural World documentary.
Producers Tania Jenkins , Mike Holding: Series prod Wendy Darke
Barry Bucknell's Television Guide
A programme for practical people.
This week: Picture-framing and some Ideas on locks, keys, and anti-burglary precautions
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By George Brandt. Benvenuto Cellini 's Perseus Holding the Head of Medusa is one of the masterpieces of Renaissance sculpture. Drawing on Cellini's colourful autobiography, the play reveals the story of its creation. with Nick Moore , Paul B Davies. Sheila Hannon , Andrew Hitton , John Talfer and Professor Marcello Bellini. Director Sara Davies
10/10. De Patre Vostro (About Your Father). In the aftermath of the battle of Actium, Mark Antony returns to Alexandria. But Cleopatra is deceived by Octavian, leading to a betrayal of Mark Antony that has disastrous consequences.
Writer Bruno Heller; Director Steve Shill
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Rome 9.00pm BBC2
You can keep your Sopranos - if it's tall tales of violent Italians you want, Rome's the business. I know it over-reaches itself sometimes, but that's only because it aims high. It's not often that television attempts full-on, big-budget tragedy, and Rome not only pulls it off, but it also manages to be hilarious, sexy and thrillingly violent by turns. I'm missing it already.
Because tonight we bid a tearful vale! to the whole messy saga with a final episode based on the usual mix of love, death and great one-liners. Listen for Antony's idea of a hangover cure and Atia's parting shot across Livia'sbows.
Polly Walker as Atia should be inducted at once into the hall of fame for small-screen she-monsters. And if James Purefoy ever does better work than he has as Mark Antony, he'll be a lucky man. The once-great general tonight subsides into druggy despair: his reaction to the death of Cleopatra is heart-rending. And at the end of the game, who's holding all the chips? It's that blank-eyed human calculator Octavian, of course. David Butcher
Series four. James's future lies in Gino's hands when they are tasked with overseeing the extravagant funeral of a VIP guest. An old flame of Juliet's staying at Babylon is keen to rekindle their relationship. Sam is jealous and embarks on a one-night stand with a hotel guest. Ben exposes an imposter.
Simulcast in HD on the BBC HD channel
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Hotel Babylon 9.00pm BBC1, BBC HD
Genuine isn't a word that pops into your mind once you've stepped inside the gleaming lobby of Hotel Babylon. But this week the place has even more fakes than usual.
To start with, the hotel's holding an extravagant funeral wake for a famous Italian artist (Scottish actor Clive Russell is a not-altogether-convincing corpse - every so often you can see him breathing) whose widow isn't as grief-stricken as she initially appears. Then there's a newspaper journalist (Lucy Liemann) whose reasons for hosting a baby shower for her best friend are not exactly altruistic; and a successful comedian and old flame of Juliet's - Hugh Dennis, hardly stretching himself - who is a tad economical with the truth.
But it's behind the hotel's front desk that the biggest bit of fakery is going on. Amy Nuttall, looking like a cross between Ugly Betty and Catherine Tate's Lauren, joins the cast as a new receptionist whose credentials are about as authentic as the hotel's artwork. (Jane Rackham)
Join Team GB on a quest for gold, on the fourth day of the paralympics. On the track, David Weir and Dave Holding will hope to have made it to the men's 200m final, while
Olympic champion and world record-holder Lloyd "the Essex Express" Upsdell prepares for the semi-finals of the 100m.
The pool was the source of some of Britain's greatest moments in Sydney four years ago - and James Crisp ,
Sascha Kindred , Sarah Bailey and Anthony Stephens are among those hoping to keep up that fine tradition today.
The GB men's wheelchair basketball team are aiming for the knockout stages against France, while their rugby counterparts face a final group match against Germany.
Presented by Clare Balding and Colin Jackson , with commentary by Paul Dickenson and Tushar Patel
(athletics), Matt Chilton and Paul Noble (swimming), and Stuart Storey and Dan Johnson (wheelchair basketball).
Executive producer Helen Kuttner : Editor Carl Hicks BBC Radio 5 Live has updates from Athens throughout the day One Final Question with Ade Adepitan: page
Series eight. Secret power group Nightingale have a deadly plan to provoke a nuclear confrontation between India and Pakistan at a peace summit in London. Can Section D stop them?
Repeated tonight at 12.45am on BBC3 (S) (AD)
WINTER of the series, end of the Luckily Ros on her
PICK OF THE DAY Spooks 9.00pm BBC1
DRAMA Terrifyingly implacable Ros (is she actually human? Has anyone checked?) is in a spectacularly no-nonsense mood as Spooks reaches its finale. It's up to her and colleague Lucas to save the world from nuclear destruction and, by heck, Ros isn't going to let anyone get in her way.
It's a terrific episode that just about makes sense if you're prepared to believe that only two members of MB stand in the way of global meltdown. But this isn't the time to debate Secret Service staffing levels; just go with the flow, as India and Pakistan look set to press the button. Who will blink first?
Pakistan has "kidnapped" an Indian submarine and is holding the vessel in a harbour. But it appears that the situation has been engineered deliberately to bring the world to the point of nuclear annihilation. The two sides are invited to London for peace talks, but someone is determined that they will fail - spectacularly and bloodily.
Even though, in your heart of hearts, you know it's nonsense, it's hard not to get drawn in as the tension rockets and the episode ends in a classic Spooks cliffhanger. (Alison Graham)
,THE BIRMINGHAM STUDIO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
Conducted by PERCY PITT
FLORENCE HOLDING (Soprano) LESLIE ENGLAND (Pianoforte)
THIS is. perhaps, the most popular of Griegs' larger works.
FIRST MOVEMENT (Moderately quick).-After a preliminary flourish on the Piano, the First Main Tune is at once given out. It consists chiefly of a little curt phrase in Woodwind, and a more suave phrasewhich is nt first given to Clarinet and Bassoon. and then repeated at great length. This whole (fairly long) Tune is repeated on the Piano. Then follows a longish passage of rapid work for the Piano and Strings and Woodwind. At the end of this there is something of a climaxand then comes the beautiful Second Main Tune.
SECOND MOVEMENT (Slow).—This opens with a long Tune given to Muted Strings. At the end of this the Piano enters with a long, rhapsodical passage. Eventually. Flute and Clarinet quietly suggest the Tune with which the Movement opened which the Piano then declaims at full length.
THIRD MOVEMENT(Quick and emphatic).-
A few soft. detached chords in the Orchestra. a very loud Piano flourish. and one loud chord (Full Orchestra), and we are plunged into a lively Dance. The Dance is interrupted for a time, whilst we hear, as it were in the distance, a song. The Dance soon returns and, at the end, the song-tune is declaimed loudly _by piano and orchestra.
FLORENCE HOLDING (Soprano); ETHEL WILLIAMS (Soprano) ; SPENCER THOMAS (Tenor) ; THE WIRELESS CHORUS; THE WIRELESS SYMPHONY
ORCHESTRA, conducted by JOSEPH LEWIS
THIS Symphonic Cantata ' was written in 1839-40 for the celebration of the fourth centenary of Gutenberg's invention of printing.
It consists of three Movements of a Symphony, followed by ten vocal numbers-Solos and Duets for Soprano and Tenor, and Choruses.
The melody with which the wurk opens is used as a kind of leading theme.' recurring both in the first two Movements of the Symphony and in the opening and closing Choruses.
The FIRST MOVEMENT, brilliant and vigorous, has fine energy and breadth.
The SECOND MOVEMENT is based upon' two
Main Tunes, one in a minor key and the other a major-key ' chorale ' or hymn-tune, the lines of which are connected by the ' leading theme ' and by bits of the Movement's First Main Tune.
The THIRD MOVEMENT begins quietly, becomes more restless. and finally leads into the Opening Chorus of the vocal part of the work—' All men, all things, all that have life and breath, sing to the Lord.'
The succeeding numbers are as follow :—
TENOR RECITATIVE, Sing ye praise, all ye redeemed ... from a deep affliction,' followed by AIR, ' He counteth all your sorrows.'
CHORUS, 'All ye that cried unto the Lord.'
DtJET FOR Two SOPRANOS, with CHORUS, ' I waited for the Lord .... 0 blessed are they that hope and trust in the Lord.'
TENOR AIR, ' The sorrows of death had closed all around me ... ; but said the Lord, " Come. arise from the dead..... I bring thee salvation." '
CHORUS, The night is departing..... Therefore let us east off the works of darkness, and let us gird on the armour of light.'
CHORALE, ' Let all men praise the Lord.'
Soprano AND TENOR DUET, My song shall be alway Thy mercy.'
FINAL CHORUS. Ye nations, offer to the Lord glory and might..... All that hath life and breath sing to the Lord.'
RECITAL by THE LONDON WIND QUINTET
ROBERT MURCHIE (Flute); LEON GOOSSENS (Oboe); HAYDN DRAPER (Clarinet); FRED WOOD (Bassoon); AUBREY BRAIN (Horn); VICTOR HELY-HUTCHINSON (Pianoforte); FLORENCE HOLDING (Soprano)
In Handel's day the Oboe was a very important orchestral instrument, and there were some very fine players upon it. Chamber music, for a few instruments only, was not then so popular as it became under Haydn and Mozart; but as the Oboe was one of Handel's favourite instruments, he wrote several Sonatas for it, with Harpsichord accompaniment.
The Sonata in his day, of course, was not the fully-developed affair that Haydn and Beethoven made it. It was more like a Suite of four Movements in contrasted moods, none of the four being at all elaborately constructed.
THIS is one of Beethoven's early works, in which he was exploring the possibilities of Chamber Music, for both Stringed and Wind instruments.
There are half-a-dozens Movement in the work, all containing a pleasant tincture of Mozart and Haydn.
First we have a lively and graceful Movement, next a lovely serene Slow Movement, and after that a Minuet.
Fourthly comes a set of Variations on a melody much like a folk-tune.
A Scherzo follows - a sort of gay, jesting Minuet; and then a few bars of March music bring in the brisk and brilliant Finale.
starring James Mason, Joan Bennett
With her husband away, Lucia Harper has to handle alone the problem of her teenage daughter's affair with an unscrupulous older man. Suddenly she finds herself involved in murder and blackmail.
Based on The Blank Wall by ELISABETH SANXAY HOLDING
Directed by MAX OPHULS
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Clare Balding introduces action from day eight, with James Anderson. Jeannette Chippington and Melanie Easter going for glory in the pool, and David Holding , Andrew Curtis and Nigel Bourne hoping for gold on the track. (S)