TV & radio guide - Sunday

December 3, 2000

The Two Cultures? (2.25 am C4) What science can tell us about our appreciation of art. Oxford art historian Martin Kemp and UCL psychologist Chris McManus are among the experts. (Interesting repeat from May last year).
5 Live Report
(12 noon R5). Were abandoned children in Ireland used as human guinea pigs for pharmaceutical trials?
Writing Poetry
(4.30 R4). Andrew Motion begins a three-part series with the sonnet.
Bach Year
(4.45 R3). Ton Koopman interviewed. » Bach Year
A Samba for Saro-Wiwa (5.40 R4). Zina Saro-Wiwa on living in Salvador da Bahia, Brazil.
The Sunday Feature: The John Tusa Interview
(5.45 R3). David Sylvester, art critic. » Sunday Feature
Changing Stages
(7.05 BBC2). Richard Eyre on the legacy of Brecht and Beckett, with Harold Pinter, David Hare, Edward Bond, etc. » Changing Stages
Sunday Play: Ghosts
(7.30 R3). New Ibsen adaptation by Doug Lucie, starring Penelope Wilton and Paul Rhys (to be repeated on the World Service the following Sunday). » Sunday Play
The Difference
(8.00 C4). Final (and perhaps the least satisfactory) of this population-genetics series which spends unnecessary time on the ideas of Charles (The Bell Curve) Murray. (If, as programme one argued, most "white" North Americans have some "African" genes, why bother with work that puts people into crudely determined racial groups?) There are also some more interesting contributions, for instance from UCL’s Robert Turner on functional brain imaging and Yale psychologist Robert Sternberg on different types of intelligence. Perhaps the following day’s The Difference Debate (Monday 11.55 C4) will question some of the series’ bald assertions.
The Third Reich in Colour
(8.00 C5). Max Hastings introduces German and American archive film from 1937–45.
Behold the Man
(8.00 R2). Why was Jesus so special? Current theological thinking, plus narrative by Derek Jacobi. » Behold the Man
Lions - Spy in the Den
(8.00 BBC1). One-off documentary following a pride of lions.
Take A Girl Like You
(9.05 BBC1). Continuation of Andrew Davies’s latest frockudrama, based on Kingsley Amis..
(10.15 BBC1). On police corruption. » Panorama
The South Bank Show (10.45 ITV). Organist Gillian Weir profiled.
(11.00 BBC2; 11.30 in Wales). Tom Sutcliffe on slow-motion and freeze-frame effects, with Danny Boyle and Mike Leigh among the directors interviewed.

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