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this afternoon (sunday 7th), 14.55-17.00pm, on bbc 2 tv 

yentl (1983), starring barbara streisand and mandy patinkin

“Yentl Mendel, whose thirst for knowledge is inhibited by Jewish custom, has privately studied with her rabbi father. When he dies, she is determined to continue her studies so she disguises herself as a boy in order to gain admission to a yeshiva.”

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Spoonface Steinberg

last thursday morning (23rd may), 10.00-11.00am (repeated 3.00pm and 3.00am), on bbc radio 4 extra (repeated from february 2016, january 2014, november 2011, december 2010, april 2010, and december 2008) (originally broadcast on bbc radio 4 in 1997)

spoonface steinberg (starring becky simpson and written by lee hall

“Spoonface is seven years old, autistic and terminally ill with cancer. She’s fascinated by opera and by the way her parents behave. With the help of their cleaner, Mrs Spud, she tries to come to terms with her extraordinary life.


Newshour: Phoenix

early tomorrow morning (sunday 26th), 12.50-2.25am, on bbc 2 tv (repeated from march 2019 and from february 2017)

phoenix (2014) 

Berlin, 1945: Singer Nelly Lenz returns to Berlin terribly disfigured having survived the concentration camps. After her recovery from extensive plastic surgery, refusing to believe that her estranged husband Johnny could have betrayed her to the Nazis, she resolves to find him in the hope he will still recognise her even though others no longer can.”


LW: Judith Kerr

this afternoon (friday 24th), 4.10-4.17pm (repeated 8.40pm sunday), on bbc radio 4 

judith kerr obe, b. 14.6.1923, d. 22.5.2019 (part of last word, obituary programme, presented by matthew bannister

Judith Kerr, the author of much-loved children’s books including the Mog series and The Tiger Who Came to Tea.”

including interview with …

julia eccleshare, director, hay children’s festival


FR/OP: Judith Kerr dies

yesterday evening (thursday 23rd), 7.36-7.43pm, on bbc radio 4, and this morning (friday 24th), 6.20-6.21am and 9.05-9.12am, on bbc radio guernsey 

profile (presented by john wilson) and oscar pearson (co-presented by isla blatchford) include …

The Tiger Who Came To Tea author Judith Kerr has died at the age of 95.”

including interviews with …

judith kerr

• author michael rosen

• librarian rachel white


Newsnight: Judith Kerr dies

yesterday evening (thursday 23rd), 11.11-11.12pm, on bbc 2 tv

newsnight (presented by kirsty wark) concludes with …

“Today we heard the news that the children’s writer Judith Kerr has sadly passed away aged 95. She fled Nazi Germany as a child, an experience she later  immortalised in When Hitler stole Pink Rabbit. But she was probably nest known for writing the Mogg series and above all the classic picture book The Tiger Who Came To Tea.”


Newshour: Judith Kerr dies

today (thursday 23rd), 2.56-2.59pm, and 9.43-9.49pm, on bbc world service radio

newshour (presented by razia iqbal and paul henley) include …

“The children’s author Judith Kerr who published more than 30 books over a career that lasted 50 years has died at the age of 95. It is rare to come across a writer beloved by all who read her let alone all who meet her. Among her best-known books was The Tiger Who Came To Tea – I knew it by heart, I’d read it so often to my children.”

including contributions from …

• bbc reporter razia iqbal 

• bbc presenter harriett gilbert 


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