Higher channels

February 26, 1999

John Davies scans the schedules (all times pm unless stated).

Pick of the week. What does it mean to be Scottish, Catalan, Irish or Finnish? This week, Radio 3's Postscript: Cultural Nationalism attempts some answers in five programmes about European national identity (from Monday 9.40; rest of week times vary). Joc Farrell, lecturer in Italian at Strathclyde, begins by talking with Anthony Smith (London School of Economics) about English and Scottish self-images. On Tuesday Farrell finds Catalonia's "open" nationalism a model for the future, while on Wednesday he looks at northern Italy's Padania culture. Then it is Ireland (Thursday) and Finland (Friday).

Saturday february

Scrutiny: Our Men in Havana (6.10 BBC2). What is the inter-Parliamentary Union for? Documentary following MPs and peers on trips to Cuba and Mexico, and a Vietnamese delegation visiting Westminster.

The Spying Game (7.30 C4). Counter-intelligence in the cold war and after.

A United States of Europe? (8.00 R4). Christopher Andrew on the UK's on-off relationship with the European Community.

Cold War (8.15 BBC2) China 1949-72.

Between the Ears: At the Window (11.00 R3)

Portrait of blues pianist and baseball groundsman Jimmy Yancey (1894-1951) and his Chicago home.

SUNDAY February 28

Centurions (4.15 R3) This week, The Great Gatsby. Hermione Lee and Christopher Bigsby comment.

Time Team (6.00 C4) Return to the remains of a Roman villa in Gloucestershire.

Saints and Sinners (7.00 History Channel) Series on the Christian church and the papacy. Upon This Rock: how Rome became the centre of the new religion.

Shanghai Vice (9.00 C4, also Monday 9.00). Documentarist Phil Agland's seven-part portrait of China's biggest city begins with two films about a Shanghai police squad.

The South Bank Show (10.45 ITV). South Africa through the eyes of Vincent Manzoe, Boyzie Cekwana and Brett Bailey - two dancers and a theatre director.

Heart of the Matter (11.30 BBC1; N. Ireland 12.10am). Debate on circumcision.

MONDAY March 1

Hart-Davis on History (1.40 BBC2, and rest of week). BBC Education series with Adam Hart-Davis touring England in search of local history. First stop Bath, then Skipton (Tuesday), Grantham (Wednesday), Chester (Thursday) and Yeovil (Friday).

Postscript (9.40 R3) See above.

To the Ends of the Earth (8.00 C4). The legal battles over the wreck of the Titanic: does anyone have the right to recover the artefacts from the ship?

Nature (9.00 R4). The link between the oceans, the climate and human history.

Lost Worlds: In search of Human Origins (11.00 National Geographic). First of three programmes on the earliest human ancestors.

TUESDAY March 2

Virus - The Unseen Enemy: The Darwinian Struggle for Life (9.00 R4). Start of four-part series whose title seems to say it all.

WEDNESDAY March 3

Tomorrow's World (7.30 BBC1). Preventing brain damage in newborns.

A Living Hell (11.15 BBC2). Lewis Wolpert looks at what scientists know about the chemistry and psychology of depression.

THURSDAY March 4

In our Time with Melvyn Bragg (9.00am R4) Harold Bloom and Jacqueline Rose discuss the impact of literary criticism.Horizon: Overkill (9.30 BBC2). Repeat of last year's examination of the bog-body phenomenon.

Email: Davieses@aol.com

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