Daily TV & radio guide - Sunday

October 29, 2000

(All times pm unless stated.)

In the Psychiatrist’s Chair
(11.15 am R4). Percussionist Evelyn Glennie.
The Book Show (11.30 am Sky News, repeated 8.30). Including Ion Trewin, editor of Alan Clarke’s diaries.
Icons of the 20th Century (12 noon C5). Femininity: M. Monroe, D. Spencer, etc.
Music Matters (12.15 R3). Music and cultural identity.
Ruins (2.30 R4). Archaeologist Tom Plunkett at Linlithgow Palace, where Scottish kings once held court.
Adventures in Poetry (4.30 R4). Well-known poems explored from a number of angles by QMW’s Peggy Reynolds: this week, Wordsworth’s Daffodils, with Prof. Duncan Wu, Gillian Clarke, Hunter Davies, Juliet Barker, Paul Cookson, Mrs Nicholson and class 5N at Backwell Junior School. (Last week I wrongly described the mellifluous Ms Reynolds as a "Cambridge don": my apologies.)
Wild: Tough at the Top (5.10 BBC2). About nature in the high Austrian Alps.
Sunday Feature: Faultline (5.45 R3). "The Kaiser’s Crypt", the final part of Dennis Marks’s superior travelogue about the Austro-Hungarian empire and its cultural legacy, visits Brody (now part of the Ukraine), the birthplace of novelist Joseph Roth, before returning to Vienna via Bratislava (Slovakia).
The Natural World (6.05 BBC2). Wild tigers in Rajasthan.
The Science of Secrecy (6.45 C4). Simon Singh’s series moves to a different day for its final part, in which the subject is the internet and public-key cryptography, and the hero GCHQ-based mathematician Clifford Cocks. Visit the Science of Secrecy website at www.channel4.com/plus .
Aaron Copland, American Composer (7.30 BBC2, not Wales). Inevitably, this documentary begins with Copland’s Fanfare for the Common Man, which conductor Jonathan Sheffer calls the USA’s "phantom national anthem". But David Thompson’s film is a by no means a superficial survey of the life and work of the composer, born 100 years ago next month. Present-day composers (David del Tredici, John Corigliano, Elliot Goddenthal), biographer Howard Pollack and others talk about and perform his work and there’s plenty of archive film of Copland, talking and conducting, plus Martha Graham’s and Agnes DeMille’s ballets to his music. More Copland on Radio 3 the weekend of 10-12 November, including a concert that will be shown later on BBC Knowledge. BBC2 is also showing three films for which Copland wrote the music, beginning with The Heiress on Monday (1.30), William Wyler’s version of Henry James’s Washington Square.
Stressed Out (7.45 C4). See Pick of the week at the top of the page.
Superhuman (9.10 BBC1). "Self Repair". Robert Winston on the human body’s ability to heal itself, and how medical science can help it along. See the Superhuman web pages.
Panorama (10.15 BBC1). Young robbers.
The South Bank Show (10.45 ITV). The Mark Morris Dance Group, for which the programme makers (I quote from the publicity) "lived in close proximity with the dancers for a month, using the latest handheld digital cameras, and filmed them from rehearsals in New York for their new show Four Saints In 3 Acts, to its world premiere in London".
A History of Britain by Simon Schama (11.45 BBC1). Repeat of episode five, "King Death".

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