Genome: [r4 Bd=19941124]

The first of four one-pair-of-eyes documentaries taking a sidelong look at an issue not far behind the headlines. 1. Facades. "Does 'local' have a meaning any more/When all our towns are chained to the chainstore...?"

The poet Nigel Forde ponders, in verse, the changing face of British towns as high streets throughout the country grow ever more to resemble one another. Producer Simon Elmes

Genome: [r4 Bd=19941124]

Unknown: Nigel Forde

Producer: Simon Elmes

Genome: [r4 Bd=19941201]

A series of sidelong looks at issues and places not far behind the headlines.

2: Zulu Dreamtime. Reunited with Zulu friends

, Zululand-born poet Leo Aylen explores the recently liberated Zulu nation and learns that praise-singing is more than just praise, and harmony more than just getting the notes right.

Producer Nigel Acheson

Genome: [r4 Bd=19941201]

Unknown: Leo Aylen

Producer: Nigel Acheson

Genome: [r4 Bd=19941208]

3: Squat. Are they "selfish parasites" thumbing their noses at home owners - a threat to the values we hold near and dear? Or is this in fact the very model of a caring British community - a do-it-yourself culture, soon to be destroyed by the Criminal Justice Bill? Andrew O'Hagan lays down his bed roll in the unsettled world of the London squat.

Producer Tessa Watt

Genome: [r4 Bd=19941208]

Unknown: Andrew O'Hagan

Producer: Tessa Watt

Genome: [r4 Bd=19941215]

Too Too Solid Flesh? Who says? In the last of the series, "portly poet", "Rubenesque ranter" Liz Lochhead , soliloquises on the eternal battle to either vanquish or finally accept the ample image in the mirror. Producer Sally Flatman

Genome: [r4 Bd=19941215]

Unknown: Liz Lochhead

Producer: Sally Flatman