In Search of Haydn
Sunday, 3.30pm, Studio Born in March 1732, in a village not far from Vienna, Joseph Haydn was the composer adored by Mozart and sought out as a teacher by Beethoven. ‘‘ They bowed before him,’’ says even-toned narrator Juliet Stevenson, correcting the common assumption of history that the admiration went the other way, in this beautifully made feature-length film about the Austrian master composer. Historian David Wyn Jones, one of many authoritative figures interviewed, says though we tend to think of Haydn as the father of the symphony, of instrumental music, for much of his youth the ritual of the Catholic Church dominated his life. What follows is the enchanting tale of a how a poor Catholic chorister went on to become one of the most revered composers of all time. might have been Lyndey’s Craic and Shamrock Adventure. In the series, Milan bravely takes on the food eaten in the countryside and in the city haunts of the emerald isle. Things begin in Belfast, capital and largest city of Northern Ireland, with a visit to the shipyards of Harland & Wolff, home of the doomed Titanic. Happily, at this point there is no trace of Celine Dion going on and on and on. Instead there’s a lovely Celtic soundtrack as guest historian Colin Cobb lets his Irish brogue roll. ‘‘ This is the last place the Titanic ever rested on dry ground,’’ he says. ‘‘ Just 12 days after leaving this dock she was at the bottom of the sea.’’ people she thinks of as her parents. The switcheroo is uncovered and middle-class Bay realises she is actually from a poor Puerto Rican family. Ay, caramba! When real daughter Daphne (Katie Leclerc) turns up she is like a clone of her red-haired mum. Then the bombshell: Daphne is profoundly deaf and everyone involved must learn sign language as the families awkwardly blend.