Higher channels

July 16, 1999

John Davies takes one small step into the week's broadcasting schedules (all times pm unless stated).

Friday July 16 Real Time Apollo (1.00 C4) and Moon Landing Live (7.00, 9.00 and 12.45am UK Horizons). Two channels begin several days of key moments from Apollo 11 coverage, re-packaged for the 30th anniversary of lift-off.

First Night of the Proms (7.30 BBC2 and R3). The 1999 season starts with Michael Tippett's The Mask of Time, the choral work inspired by Jacob Bronowski's The Ascent of Man (see also Thursday).

Saturday July 17 Anarchy in the Kingdom (2.30 R4). John Morrill's final 17th-century portrait is of Lucy Hutchinson, civil war diarist.

Into Africa (8.10 BBC2). "The Road to Timbuktu". Henry Louis Gates follows the trade routes of the old Malian empire.

Reputations: Wernher von Braun (9.00 BBC2). The rocket man and his Nazi past.

Walking on the Moon (8.30 C4). About the "cold war secrecy" of the space race, followed by more Real Time Apollo (9.30).

Sunday July 18 Big Ideas (7.30 BBC2). Mary Kaldor on the future of "humanitarian" war.

The Mayfair Set (8.00 BBC2). Series interpreting recent history via four key members of the Clermont Club, Mayfair, starts with mercenary and SAS founder David Stirling.

Hollywood's Master of Myth (11.10 BBC2). Joseph Campbell, the US academic whose ideas on mythology influenced movies such as Star Wars.

MOnday July 19 East (7.30 BBC2). Why do Asians in Britain have to wait longer for organ transplants?

Day Return to Space and What Shall We Do with the Moon? (8.00 and 9.00 C4). Documentaries on the future of space travel and the possible commercalisation of the moon.

Postscript - Contemporary American Poets (10.15 R3 and rest of week, times vary). Readings of Doty, Dove, Gluck, Simic, Olds, Kleinzahler, Garrison, Komunyakaa, et al.

Book at Bedtime (10.45 R4) and The Late Book (12.30 am R4). Serialisations of H. G. Wells's The First Men on the Moon and Buzz Aldrin's Return to Earth.

Tuesday July 20 Moon-Day (from 9.30am R4). The moon landing celebrated with a plethora of programmes, including an interview with Astronomer Royal Martin Rees at 9.30pm.

Unearthing Mysteries (11.00am R4). Aubrey Manning on "France's Piltdown Man".

Moon Fever (3.00 History Channel). Four documentaries on the space programme - followed by As It Happened (7.00), which looks at another 30th anniversary, that of Edward Kennedy's Chappaquiddick embarrassment.

Balzac's Human Comedy (8.00 R3). Proms interval talk by Graham Robb.

Secrets of the Dead (9.00 C4). "Cannibals of the Canyon" - America's ancient Anasazi civilisation and alleged cannibalism.

Tobacco Wars (10.20 BBC1). Series on the past 100 years of smoking.

Walking on the Moon (12 midnight). Four hours of Nasa film and live discussion.

Wednesday July 21 Thinking Allowed (4.00 R4). OU geography professor Doreen Massey in conversation.

Thursday July 22 In Our Time, with Melvyn Bragg (9.00am R4). Patrick Wall and Semir Zeki discuss pain and consciousness.

The Material World (4.30 R4). Harry Kroto of Sussex U, buckminsterfullerene pioneer.

The Ascent of Man (8.00 R3). First of four talks about Bronowski's landmark 1973 television series, which UK Horizons will repeat in September.

Email: Davieses@aol.com

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