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SOMETHING UNDERSTOOD BBC Radio 4, 30 minutes

Every Sunday at 6.05 a.m. REPEATED at 11.30 p.m.

 

Something Understood has been broadcasting contemplative programmes to insomniacs, early risers and night owls since 1995. Its original and principal presenter is Sir Mark Tully, former BBC correspondent and author of a number of books about India. Other presenters have included Fergal Keane, Sheena Macdonald, Bonnie Greer and Joan Bakewell. The series was originated and is still mostly produced by Unique, the Production Company. Now Loftus contributes 12 programmes a year to the series: six presented by Mark Tully and six by people who have never done it before.

Presenters choose a theme that interests them and then pick pieces of music, poetry and prose. Often the starting point is something in life that is puzzling or doesn't seem to fit: an unexplained gesture, an angry thought. Small themes often work better than grand thoughts. The presenter then circles around the grit until the end of the programme, when they may or may not have an answer. Spiritual rather than religious, Something Understood is about the thoughtful moments in life.


A MATTER OF CLASS BBC Radio 4, 30 minutes

Sunday 21 April 2002

Pat Cumper was born in Jamaica. But when she emigrated to Britain she became 'invisible' and had to find her identity in unexpected places. With poems by Keats, Walcott and Breeze.

Presenter: Pat Cumper
Readers: Jean 'Binta' Breeze, Bert Caesar and John Lewes
Producer: Matt Thompson

 

BECOMING JIMMY BBC Radio 4, 30 minutes

Sunday 12 May 2002


Used car salesman turned consultant Professor Gus McGrouther talks of his journey into becoming a leading plastic surgeon. Poems by Danny Abse.

Presenter: Gus McGrouther
Reader: Danny Abse
Producer: Matt Thompson

 


OFSIBYL BBC Radio 4, 30 minutes

Sunday 16 June 2002


Visionary mystic Hildegard of Bingen is recruited as a school inspector by headmistress Frances Gumley-Mason. How does she do?

Presenter: Frances Gumley-Mason
Readers: Hilary Neville-Towle and Gareth Armstrong
Producer: Matt Thompson

SMALL IS BEAUTIFUL BBC Radio 4, 1 x 30 minutes

Sunday 11 August 2002

Mark Tully explores the virtues of focusing on the smaller things of life, and discovers that size really does matter.

Presenter: Mark Tully
Readers: Vicky Ntetema, Julie Berry, John Lewes and Richard Mitchley
Researcher: Libby Spurrier
Producer: Nigel Acheson

 


HARVESTING & HOARDING
BBC Radio 4, 30 minutes

Sunday 13 October 2002


As squirrels hoard conkers for the winter, Mark Tully contemplates the preparations we make to survive lean times. Including a conversation with John McCarthy.

Presenter: Mark Tully
Readers: Julie Berry, John Lewes and Richard Mitchley
Researcher: Libby Spurrier
Producer: Nigel Acheson


ON A CLEAR DAY
BBC Radio 4, 30 minutes

Sunday
17 November 2002

Does history always repeat itself? Mark Tully considers how a clear understanding of past events could help us see the way ahead.

Presenter: Mark Tully
Readers: John Rowe, Richard Mitchley and Maria Corcobado
Researcher: Libby Spurrier
Producer: Nigel Acheson
 

MAPS & CHARTS BBC Radio 4, 30 minutes

Sunday 29 December 2002

On the eve of the New Year, Mark Tully considers the reliability - and otherwise - of some of the tools we use to plot a course into the future.

Presenter: Mark Tully
Producer: Nigel Acheson

 

IT WAS A VERY GOOD YEAR BBC Radio 4, 30 minutes

Sunday 19 January 2003

Dr Jeevan Singh Deol, research fellow in Indian history at Cambridge University, wonders how public commemoration is entangled with private mourning and our identity.


Presenter: Jeevan Singh Deol
Producer: Matt Thompson



LET THE HEALING FOUNTAIN START
BBC Radio 4, 30 minutes

Sunday 2 February 2003


In conversation with Saeed Naqvi, Mark Tully considers the symbolism and imagery of fountains, both in Christianity and in Islam.

Presenter: Mark Tully
Producer: Nigel Acheson
 

THOUGHTS IN PICTURES BBC Radio 4, 30 minutes

Sunday 16 February 2003


Like all authors, crime writer Frances Fyfield has a panoply of strategies for putting off the dreaded writing. She likes to while away the time staring at the pictures on the walls in her house and making up stories. This leads her to question what exactly art is for.

Presenter: Frances Fyfield
Producer: Matt Thompson


SOMETHING UNDERSTOOD BBC Radio 4, 30 minutes

Sunday 16 March 2003

Poet Professor Douglas Dunn won the Whitbread Prize with Elegies. He wonders why we remember some poems, or moments in movies, novels and plays, rather than others.

Presenter: Douglas Dunn
Producer: Matt Thompson

 

THE BURIED LIFE BBC Radio 4, 30 minutes

Sunday 13 April 2003

The author of 'Miss Garnet's Angel', Salley Vickers, is also a Jungian psychotherapist. The describes her lifelong fascination with the hidden: the treasure in the depths of the human psyche concealed by fear and convention.

Presenter: Salley Vickers
Producer: Matt Thompson

 

SILENT WITNESS BBC Radio 4, 30 minutes

Sunday 18 May 2003

Composer and Choral Director Antony Pitts listens out for the silent moments in music, poetry and life.

Presenter: Antony Pitts
Producer: Matt Thompson

 

MUST THE SHOW GO ON? BBC Radio 4, 30 minutes

Sunday
15 June 2003

Actress, singer and mother Maria Friedman talks about heroes - big ones and small ones.

Presenter: Maria Friedman
Producer: Matt Thompson

 

A CLOUD OF UNKNOWING BBC Radio 4, 30 minutes

Sunday 3 August 2003

Mark Tully considers the way clouds affect our lives - from mirrors of mood to harbingers of life itself.

Presenter: Mark Tully
Producer: Nigel Acheson

 

TWILIGHT TIME BBC Radio 4, 30 minutes

Sunday
7 September 2003

Mark Tully considers how the fading light of day influences our thoughts and mood. Including a conversation with Indian artist Anjolie Ela Menon.

Presenter: Mark Tully
Producer: Nigel Acheson

 

PET THEORIES BBC Radio 4, 30 minutes

Sunday
12 October 2003

Walking his labrador in a Delhi park, Mark Tully considers what we can learn from the behaviour of domestic animals - and what they can learn from us.

Presenter: Mark Tully
Producer: Nigel Acheson

 

TEMPEST TOSSED BBC Radio 4, 30 minutes

Sunday 16 November 2003

Julian of Norwich reminds us: 'He did not say, 'You shall not be tempest tossed'. Mark Tully considers the ways we cope with the storms in our lives - spiritual, emotional and physical.

Presenter: Mark Tully
Producer: Nigel Acheson

 

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