TV & radio guide - Christmas Day

December 25, 2000

Composer of the Week (9.00 a, R3 and rest of week) is Tchaikowsky.
A Short History of the Fork (11.00 am R4). Instrument of civilisation or tool of the devil? Joe Farrell (Strathclyde University) on the everyday object’s origins, with contributions from Simon Moore, Drusilla Beyfuss and David Mellor (no, not that one).
» Are You Superhuman? (11.15 am BBC2, also Tues 11.20 am, Wed 11.20 am). Three programmes fronted by Gary Lineker, looking at human physical performance, the role of nature and nurture in athletic prowess, etc. Presumably to be followed by trailers for re-runs of Robert Winston’s Superhuman series, which begin late on Wednesday night on BBC1.
» Walking with Dinosaurs Special: The Ballad of Big Al (4.35 BBC1). The reanimated life of an allosaurus. For some scientific background, best wait for Big Al Uncovered (Wed 8.00 BBC1).
The Real Joan of Arc (5.30 C4). A French icon reassessed. With dramatic reconstructions of her trial for heresy, and the opinions of feminists and others.
La Bohème (6.50 C4). The Glyndebourne production.
Belief (7.00 R3, also rest of week). Joan Bakewell begins a series of interviews by talking with Andrew Motion. Others to be interrogated include David Puttnam, Anish Kapoor and John Bowker.
Alfred Brendel: Man and Mask (8.10 BBC2). The great pianist profiled. (He’s also to be seen performing on Friday, Brendel in Performance, 12.05 BBC2).
Gormenghast (8.55 UK Drama). Re-runs.
Dear Sarah Bernhardt (10.20 R3, also Tues and Wed 9.40, Thurs 9.45, Fri 9.30). An "experiment in biography" by Francois Sagan, adapted for radio.
Tuning with the Enemy (3.55 am C4). Repeat documentary about US blockade-breakers taking pianos to Cuba from the US.


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