Category Archives: Programmes

Details of Arts radio or tv programmes, and appearances by Arts academics

Leading Hollywood stars offer new insights into Shakespeare’s great plays in new OU/Sky Arts series “My Shakespeare”

Starting on Monday 22nd September “My Shakespeare”, a new 6 part series, will start on Sky Arts 1 HD at 9.00pm. Leading Hollywood stars offer new insights into Shakespeare’s great plays in a new OU / Sky Arts series “My … Continue reading

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New OU/BBC series ‘The Secret Life of Books’

The Secret Life of Books, a new 6 part series, starts on BBC Four on Tuesday 2 September 2014 at 20:30. An OU/BBC production, the academic for the series was Professor Nicola Watson, and for the associated app Dr Jonathan … Continue reading

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Dr Annika Mombauer on ‘Newsnight’

Dr Annika Mombaur, Senior Lecturer in Modern European History, was interviewed on BBC1’s Newsnight on 29 July 2014 for a segment about the First World War. The piece focused on how poetry has been used to help us remember the … Continue reading

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The Birth of Comedy – a new iTunesU course in celebration!

The Birth of Comedy – a new iTunesU course in celebration! The first official staging of a comedy in Athens took place in 487 BC, or thereabouts. If you are peculiarly bad at counting, then you will conclude that it … Continue reading

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OU on the BBC: Britain’s Great War

On Monday 27th January 2014, the first episode of Britain’s Great War will be shown on BBC1 at 9pm. In this 4-part landmark series Jeremy Paxman presents a thought-provoking account of how the First World War affected the lives of … Continue reading

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Prof Susheila Nasta’s ‘Asian Britain’ on BBC, and project nominated for award

Prof Susheila Nasta appeared on BBC News London on 25 November, discussing the impact of Asian immigrants on British history and society. Her bookAsian Britain vividly charts Britain’s process of coming to terms with the historic realities of its culturally … Continue reading

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Prof Helen King on BBC Radio 4′s ‘In Our Time’

Helen King, Professor in Classical Studies, appears as an expert in BBC Radio 4’s In Our Time, presented by Melvyn Bragg, on Thursday 10 October. Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss the Roman physician and medical theorist Galen. The most … Continue reading

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Food: A Scandalous History

Dr Rosalind Crone (Lecturer, History), author of Violent Victorians, explored the history of the adulteration of food with food critic and presenter Giles Coren. Food: A Scandalous Historytakes a trip back to the days of Victorian food scandals, when adulteration … Continue reading

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Easy Listening?

The final episode of The Sound and the Fury broadcast on BBC Four on Tuesday 26 February 2013. Following the turmoil of totalitarianism and war, Easy Listening looks at how post-war composers began to bring back elements of rhythm, metre … Continue reading

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The Sound and the Fury: A Century of Modern Music on BBC FOUR

The Sound and the Fury: A Century of Modern Music – Starting on Tuesday 12th February at 9.00pm on BBC FOUR What happened to classical music? For centuries, composers created music that sang with beautiful melody and harmony. Then suddenly … Continue reading

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