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The Herald - Arts - - Radio Listings - Anne Simp­son

Abril­liant film di­rec­tor, David Lean was also a snob. One day, on bump­ing into Alan Parker, Lean (Lawrence of Ara­bia and Dr Zhivago) was aghast to hear that the younger man had been work­ing in Hol­ly­wood. In his opin­ion, no Bri­tish di­rec­tor should soil his hands in the US. That in­ci­dent didn’t di­min­ish Parker’s ad­mi­ra­tion of Lean, how­ever, and to­day his trib­ute, Alan Parker on David Lean (Ra­dio 4, 8pm) com­mem­o­rates the cen­te­nary of the birth of this sem­i­nal cin­ema fig­ure.

Also tonight, Opera on 3 (Ra­dio 3, 6.30pm), presents a tow­er­ing pro­duc­tion of Donizetti’s Lu­cia di Lam­mer­moor in Live from the Met, with stu­pen­dous French so­prano Natalie Des­say.

To­mor­row David Robb stars as Richard Han­nay in Mr Stand­fast (Ra­dio 4, 3pm), in which John Buchan’s hero pits his wits against a First World War mas­ter of dis­guise. Later in the week, Tom Man­gold con­tin­ues his snappy in­sights into the shady do­ings of The FBI at 100 (Ra­dio 4, Mon­day, 3.45pm) and Nick Rankin, in a fas­ci­nat­ing World Ser­vice se­ries on Pi­rates (Wed­nes­day, 9.05am, 12.05pm and 2.05pm), ex­am­ines the tac­tics of present-day buc­ca­neers.

Also on Wed­nes­day, Five Live will be at West­min­ster from 12.30pm when Alis­tair Dar­ling de­liv­ers the Bud­get.

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