Daily TV & radio guide - Sunday

January 7, 2001

Countryfile (11.00 am BBC1, not Scotland). Special celebrating Britain's conservationists.
The Making of Tosca (11.30 am C5). Australian documentary about a Sydney production of Puccini's opera.
Two Thousand Years (11.30 am ITV). The fifth century in the history of Christianity.
» Music Matters   (12.15 R3). On the latest edition of Grove's Dictionary of Music and Musicians .
Performing Verdi (4.45 R3). Mark Elder and Rodney Milnes discuss Verdi's Simon Boccanegra in the first of a series about the work of the composer who died 100 years ago this month.
Fairy-tale Economics (5.40 R4). Was Jack (and his beanstalk) an example of entrepreneurial risk-taking? First of several questions posed by Bridget Rosewell.
» Sunday Feature : The John Tusa Interview (5.45 R3). Edward Bond, playwright.
» Time Team   (6.00 C4). The eighth season of the pop-archaeology series starts in Lincolnshire, investigating reports of a lost Saxon cemetery. Followed later by Time Team: Behind The Scenes (7.30 C4). (More old bones later in the week, on Tues, with a new series of BBC2's » Meet the Ancestors , and a bio-archaeologist in Thursday's Material World , 4.30 R4).
Pillories of the State (7.15 R4). New series in which Phil Hammond gets experts talking about British fields of enterprises begins with the "arts industry". We're promised the opinions of Profs. Eric Moody and Dianna Petherbridge, plus Doris Saatchi and Brian Sewell.
» Sunday Play : The Constant Prince (7.30 R3). Calderon de la Barca's play in a translation by John Clifford (it was the quarter centenary of Calderon's birth last year).
Warning from the Wild: The Price of Salmon (8.00 BBC2). The ecological and human cost of "farmed" fish, investigated by Julian Pettifer.
The Secret Life of Japan: Suicide (8.00 C4). On the huge rise in Japan's suicide rate.
Hitler's Henchmen: Mengele (8.00 C5). Another documentary from Germany's ZDF.
Victoria Died in 1901 but is Still Alive Today (9.45 BBC2). Jonathan Meades brings BBC2's Victorian season to a close with this enjoyably pugnacious programme; mainly about Victorian architecture - most of which Meades dislikes for its "desire to be in two centuries at once", its "anti-Enlightenment" espousal of the Gothic and its general lack of classical proportion - but there are general swipes at nineteenth-century (and present-day) Britain's self-image too.
The SS in Britain (10.55 ITV). About the Ukrainian soldiers who fought for the Nazis and came to Britain in 1947. Newly unearthed evidence suggests that many of them were responsible for war crimes.
» The Sky at Night   (1.50 am BBC1, 1.40 am Wales). Chris Kitchin talks to Patrick Moore about distant clues to the origins of the earth.


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