Today’s radio choice Charlotte Runcie
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.