To­day’s ra­dio choice Char­lotte Run­cie

The Sunday Telegraph - - Television & Radio -

When Greeks Flew Kites RA­DIO 4FM, 1.30PM

The his­tor­i­cal novelist and en­gag­ing broad­caster Sarah Du­nant presents the first in a new monthly his­tory se­ries, tak­ing its ti­tle from a quo­ta­tion by Henry Ford (of Ford Mo­tor Com­pany fame), who claimed that “his­tory is bunk”, be­cause “what dif­fer­ence does it make how many times the an­cient Greeks flew kites”? Well, we shall see. Du­nant be­gins by look­ing at the his­tory of in­ter-gen­er­a­tional con­flicts, from re­bel­lious Catholic teenagers af­ter the Re­for­ma­tion to ten­sions be­tween the old and young in Bri­tain in the Fifties.

Drama: Love Henry James: The Por­trait of a Lady RA­DIO 4FM, 3.02PM

The BBC’s sum­mer sea­son cel­e­brat­ing the work of the novelist Henry James con­tin­ues this week with a spread of dra­mas and doc­u­men­taries across Ra­dio 4 and 4 Ex­tra, be­gin­ning with this drama­ti­sa­tion of per­haps his most fa­mous and pop­u­lar book. It’s the deep and search­ing story of a young Amer­i­can heiress, Is­abel Archer (played by Joanna Van­der­ham, who’s also ap­pear­ing in Man in an Orange Shirt, see above), seek­ing self-de­ter­mi­na­tion and the forg­ing of her own iden­tity in Europe, pur­sued by two po­ten­tial suit­ors.

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