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Posts tagged ‘Great lives’

GL: Primo Levi

yesterday evening (thursday 1st), 6.30-7.00pm, on bbc radio 4 extra (repeated 12.30am, and repeated from may 2013 on bbc radio 4)

primo levi (presented by matthew parris, with ceramicist edmund de waal and biographer ian thompson) (in the great lives series)

Edmund de Waal chooses a writer he believes is one of the greatest of the modern age – Primo Levi, author of The Periodic Table. Born in 1919 in Turin, Levi was an Italian Jew, one of the few deported to Auschwitz who would escape alive.


GL: Brian Epstein

last monday afternoon (13th may), 4.30-5.00pm, on bbc radio 4 (repeated 11.00pm tonight)

beatles manager brian epstein (presented by matthew parris) (in the great lives series)

“Turner-prize-winning artist • Jeremy Deller and The Beatles’ historian • Mark Lewisohn, author of ‘Tune In’, discuss the deeply turbulent but highly successful life of Brian Epstein, who died at 32 years old.”


GL: Edward Said

tomorrow evening (thursday 20th), 6.30-7.00pm (repeated 12.30am), on bbc radio 4 extra (repeated from may 2012 on bbc radio 4)
edward said (presented by matthew parris, with alexei sayle) (in the great lives series), with guests …
ahdaf soueif, egyptian novelist and commentator
malise ruthven, author of encounters with islam

Hertha Ayrton

yesterday afternoon (tuesday 2nd), 4.30-5.00pm, on bbc radio 4 (repeated 11.00pm on friday)
hertha ayrton, pioneering Victorian physicist, inventor and suffragette (presented by matthew parris and helen arney) (in the great lives series)

Hertha’s father was a Jewish immigrant, a watchmaker from Poland, who hawked goods at markets. Nonetheless, Hertha was among the first generation of women to study at Girton College, Cambridge.”

Golda Meir

7th september 2010, 4.30-5.00pm, on bbc radio 4
golda meir (presented by matthew parris, with edwina currie and professor ahron bregman) (in the great lives series)
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Joe Slovo

11th august 2009, 4.30-5.00pm, on bbc radio 4 (repeated 13th july 2017 on radio 4 extra)
joe slovo (presented by matthew parris, with david milliband and daughter gillian slovo) (in the great lives series)
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Leon Trotsky

8th august 2006, 4.30-5.00pm, on bbc radio 4 (repeated march 2016 on radio 4 extra)
leon trotsky (presented by matthew parris, with christopher hitchens and historian robert service) (in the great lives series)
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