TV & radio guide - Thursday

December 21, 2000

» Routes of English (9.00 am R4). "Border Talk" – the border being Offa’s Dyke. Melvyn Bragg listens to the people of Oswestry.
Truman (9.15 am BBC2). Part two of presidential biography.
The Civil War: A Very Bloody Affair (10.00 am History Channel) and » The West : Death Runs Riot (11.00 am). Re-showings of the 1990 Ken Burns series about American Civil War and his 1996 one on the North American frontier continue.
» Crossing Continents (11.00 am R4). Is Jordan becoming less stable?
EUtopia (11.30 am, also 1.30, 3.30, 5.30, 7.30 BBC Knowledge). "The United States of Europe", an episode (already shown on BBC2) from the documentary series that seems to be intended as a kind of finale, exploring themes of national identity – from Basques, Cornishmen, a German learning Irish, a Somali-born Turin councillor, Greeks, Danes … too many for one 30-minute documentary.
Fantastic Tales (3.30 R4). Sheridan Le Fanu’s The Ghost and the Bonesetter , read by Sean Barrett.
The Material World
(4.30 R4). The acoustics of churches and other places where singers sing. With the expertise of David Howard (University of York) and Trevor Cox (Salford University).
Copyrights and Wrongs
(8.00 R4). Peter Day investigates the current state of copyright.
(8.30 R4). "Independent" inquiries and consultants – how democratic are they? David Walker reports.
Hard Times
(9.00 UK Drama). Dickens adaptation from 1994, starring Alan Bates, Bob Peck etc. Not, alas, the classic 1977 Granada adaptation by Arthur Hopcraft – is that even available? Mail me !
» Equinox : The Science of Crime (9.00 C4). "Cybercops" – last in this trilogy is about how corporations are fighting computer fraud, etc. The fact that this is directed by Witold Starecki might suggest we’ll get a more stylish programme than usual.
» Night Waves  (10.00 R3). The mythology of the American frontier.


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