Daily TV & radio guide - Sunday

November 12, 2000

(All times pm unless stated.)

Any Mother's Son (11.45 am R4). The story of Westminster Abbey's Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, dedicated 80 years ago this year.
Icons of the 20th Century
(12 noon C5). Elvis Presley and other icons of popular culture.
Play of the Week: A Noise in the Night
(12 noon, repeated 5.00 World Service). More from Africa: Efua Abbam's prizewinning hour-long play is set in Ghana and is a serio-comic tale of a family and a coup.
Adventures in Poetry
(4.30 R4). Well-known poems explored by QMW's Peggy Reynolds: this week, Donne's The Sunne Rising.
Bach Year
(4.45 R3). Bach and Symbolism, with Ivan Hewitt.
Sunday Feature: William Blake
(5.45 R3). Kevin Jackson on the life and work of the poet/artist.
Changing Stages
(7.40 BBC2). Part two of Richard Eyre's theatre marathon is about the playwrights of Ireland - Wilde, Synge, Yeats, Shaw, O'Casey - without whom "the story of twentieth-century British theatre wouldn't be worth telling". Including some film of Shaw and O'Casey, and deviating to mention D.H. Lawrence, who might have done better as a playwright if he'd had the support of something like the Abbey Theatre, in Eyre's view. Nothing on Behan or Beckett, but the latter gets his turn in programme five, and presumably Behan will get a mention when programme four talks about Joan Littlewood's Theatre Workshop. (Meanwhile, more on Wilde, Tues R3.)
Ancient Secrets
(8.00 Discovery Channel) A whole clutch of reruns: Secrets of the Great Wall (of China) is followed by Secrets of the Pyramids (9.00), then Lost Treasures of the Ancient World: Stonehenge (10.00).
Telling Tales
(9.00 BBC2, also Wednesday 9.45). More from Alan Bennett about growing up in Leeds.
(9.10 BBC1). "The Enemy Within". Robert Winston on fighting cancer with gene therapy and other new methods.
X Files Night
(9.15 BBC2, 9.45 in Wales). The Joy of X , a documentary about the X-Files phenomenon and its creator, Chris Carter, followed by a Simpsons parody (9.55) and, at 10.20, a repeat of the first-ever episode of the series. A new X-Files series starts on Wednesday (9.00 BBC2).
Sunday Play: Wystan
(9.45 R3). Paul Scofield as Auden in a play directed and written by Gordon MacDougall.
(10.15 BBC1). On "reality television".
The South Bank Show
(11.15 ITV). On George Macdonald Fraser, and the matter of writing historical fiction.
Ultimate Questions
(12.20 am ITV). "Fundamental issues" debated under the chairmanship of Martyn Lewis.

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