TV & radio guide - Sunday

December 17, 2000

Two Thousand Years (10.30 am ITV). Revised repeats of Melvyn Bragg’s history-of-Christianity series, first shown from April last year, reaches episode two: the second century AD. (The generally weaker discussion element of the original series has been cut from the documentary in this revision.)
» Music Matters   (12.15 R3). Political composers; plus Michael Kaiser’s reflections on running an opera house.
Writing Poetry (4.30 R4). Kit Wright, Sophie Hannah and Andrew Motion on humour in poetry.
Dumb and Dumber? (4.55 C4). Discussion based on the assumption that sweeping generalisations can be made about the stupidity (or not) of present-day culture. Chaired by Alain de Botton and including Norman Lebrecht (who is not on Radio 3 this week) plus Big Brother creator Peter Bazalgette.
Natural World: Bower Birds (5.55 BBC2). David Attenborough in the highlands of New Guinea.
» Antiques Roadshow (6.05 BBC1) comes from Birmingham University.
The Battle for the Euro (7.25 BBC2). The inside stories of the British campaigns for and against the common currency.
Metamorpheus (8.15 BBC2). See Pick of the week at the top of the page.
» Behold the Man (8.00 R2). Part five, "Jesus the Sacrifice".
Hitler’s Henchmen: Goebbels (8.00 C5). Documentary, with plenty of old newsreel and eye-witness testimony, about the Nazi propagandist. Made for the German TV station » ZDF , it has a copyright date of 1996, when it also seems to have been shown in Australia in an English-language version.
» Sunday Play (9.00 R3). David Hare’s The Judas Kiss , the one about Oscar Wilde and Lord Alfred Douglas. With Simon Callow as Wilde.
Kanzi (10. 00 National Geographic). Second (of two) about the bonobo apes of the Georgia State University » Language Research Center .
The South Bank Show (10.45 ITV). A "stylised, dreamlike narrative" featuring British artist Marc Quinn’s creative subconscious, and directed by pop specialist Gerry Fox.


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