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01Picture the Dot20170919

"Janet Ellis explores how this elemental mark has inspired great world art.

Janet Ellis gets close to the canvas to see how this elemental mark has inspired great world art, from the dots of the Australian Western Desert to 19th Century Paris.

The simple dot is one of the first marks man ever made. From being a word we uttered infrequently, the advent of digital has made it one we use all the time.

The dot. We wear it, listen to it, read it and gaze on it. We send it through the air and under the waves. Each programme in this series circles a different aspect of this simple mark.

Contributors are Aboriginal Australian artist Christian Thompson and Dr Karen Serres, the Courtauld Gallery Schroder Foundation Curator of Paintings.

Geoffrey Bardon and Fay Nelson's contributions are from the film documentary Mr Patterns and used with kind permission of the Bardon family and the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia's Film Australia archive. The music is by Steve Francis.

Christian Thompson's collection We Bury Our Own can be seen at https://www.christianthompson.net/we-bury-our-own-2012

Producer: Caroline Raphael
A Dora Production for BBC Radio 4.

"

01Picture The Dot20170919

Janet Ellis explores how this elemental mark has inspired great world art.

Janet Ellis gets close to the canvas to see how this elemental mark has inspired great world art, from the dots of the Australian Western Desert to 19th Century Paris.

The simple dot is one of the first marks man ever made. From being a word we uttered infrequently, the advent of digital has made it one we use all the time.

The dot. We wear it, listen to it, read it and gaze on it. We send it through the air and under the waves. Each programme in this series circles a different aspect of this simple mark.

Contributors are Aboriginal Australian artist Christian Thompson and Dr Karen Serres, the Courtauld Gallery Schroder Foundation Curator of Paintings.

Geoffrey Bardon and Fay Nelson's contributions are from the film documentary Mr Patterns and used with kind permission of the Bardon family and the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia's Film Australia archive. The music is by Steve Francis.

Christian Thompson's collection We Bury Our Own can be seen at https://www.christianthompson.net/we-bury-our-own-2012

Producer: Caroline Raphael
A Dora Production for BBC Radio 4.

01Playing the Dot20170921

"Janet Ellis explores the dot. A simple word for a most significant mark.

Then there was a pause... Janet Ellis explores the role of the dot in early punctuation, Harold Pinter's love of the pause, and listens to the music of the dots.

The simple dot is one of the first marks man ever made. From being a word we uttered infrequently, the advent of digital has made it one we use all the time.

The dot. We wear it, listen to it, read it and gaze on it. We send it through the air and under the waves. Each programme in this series circles a different aspect of this simple mark.

Contributors include theatre director David Leveaux, writers Keith Huston and Lynne Truss, and composer Gary Yershon.

Harold Pinter extract taken from Penguin Random House audiobook Various Voices, with permission of The Harold Pinter estate.

Producer: Caroline Raphael
A Dora production for BBC Radio 4.

"

01Playing The Dot20170921

Janet Ellis explores the dot. A simple word for a most significant mark.

Then there was a pause... Janet Ellis explores the role of the dot in early punctuation, Harold Pinter's love of the pause, and listens to the music of the dots.

The simple dot is one of the first marks man ever made. From being a word we uttered infrequently, the advent of digital has made it one we use all the time.

The dot. We wear it, listen to it, read it and gaze on it. We send it through the air and under the waves. Each programme in this series circles a different aspect of this simple mark.

Contributors include theatre director David Leveaux, writers Keith Huston and Lynne Truss, and composer Gary Yershon.

Harold Pinter extract taken from Penguin Random House audiobook Various Voices, with permission of The Harold Pinter estate.

Producer: Caroline Raphael
A Dora production for BBC Radio 4.

01The Language of Dots20170920

"Janet Ellis looks at how the dot has helped us communicate.

Janet Ellis looks at how the dot has helped us communicate and reflects on the dot in computer language. Morse code, Braille and the dots that get our email delivered.

The simple dot is one of the first marks man ever made. From being a word we uttered infrequently, the advent of digital has made it one we use all the time.

The dot. We wear it, listen to it, read it and gaze on it. We send it through the air and under the waves. Each programme in this series circles a different aspect of this simple mark.

Contributors include Dr Tilly Blyth, Head of Collections Science Museum London, and Robert Saggers, Heritage Manager at the Royal Institute of Blind People.

Producer: Caroline Raphael
A Dora production for BBC Radio 4.

"

01The Language Of Dots20170920

Janet Ellis looks at how the dot has helped us communicate.

Janet Ellis looks at how the dot has helped us communicate and reflects on the dot in computer language. Morse code, Braille and the dots that get our email delivered.

The simple dot is one of the first marks man ever made. From being a word we uttered infrequently, the advent of digital has made it one we use all the time.

The dot. We wear it, listen to it, read it and gaze on it. We send it through the air and under the waves. Each programme in this series circles a different aspect of this simple mark.

Contributors include Dr Tilly Blyth, Head of Collections Science Museum London, and Robert Saggers, Heritage Manager at the Royal Institute of Blind People.

Producer: Caroline Raphael
A Dora production for BBC Radio 4.

0101The First Dot20170918

Janet Ellis explores the dot. A simple word for a most significant mark.

Janet Ellis explores the etymology of the word 'dot'. it's all to do with pus and phlegm. A 40,000 year old dot that may help change our understanding of the behaviour of Neanderthal man and, move over colouring books, dot to dot is the new craze.

Janet tries, literally, to find the first dot.

The simple dot is one of the first marks ever made. Later, the dot helped make sense of the written word and, in the digital domain, its use helps everything work. Somehow, from being a word probably uttered infrequently, it is now absolutely part and parcel of our vocabulary.

Each programme in this series circles a different aspect of this simple mark.

From the morse code that could have saved the Titanic, to Harold Pinter's love of those three dots... the first Braille newspaper, royal polka-dot socks, to the conceptual art of a young Aboriginal artist - just some of the dots you'll encounter when you join the dots.

A former Blue Peter presenter, Janet Ellis has presented several features for BBC Radio 4, appears regularly on Broadcasting House reviewing the papers, and on Channel 5's The Write Stuff. Her first novel, The Butcher's Hook, was published in 2016 and longlisted for the prestigious Desmond Elliott Prize. She has been a judge for the Costa New Novel Prize and was awarded an MBE for services to charity and theatre in 2016.

Contributors to this first programme include Dr Tania Styles of the Oxford English Dictionary, and Professor Paul Pettitt from the Department of Archaeology at the University of Durham.

Producer: Caroline Raphael
A Dora production for BBC Radio 4.

0102Picture The Dot20170919

Janet Ellis explores how this elemental mark has inspired great world art.

Janet Ellis gets close to the canvas to see how this elemental mark has inspired great world art, from the dots of the Australian Western Desert to 19th Century Paris.

The simple dot is one of the first marks man ever made. From being a word we uttered infrequently, the advent of digital has made it one we use all the time.

The dot. We wear it, listen to it, read it and gaze on it. We send it through the air and under the waves. Each programme in this series circles a different aspect of this simple mark.

Contributors are Aboriginal Australian artist Christian Thompson and Dr Karen Serres, the Courtauld Gallery Schroder Foundation Curator of Paintings.

Geoffrey Bardon and Fay Nelson's contributions are from the film documentary Mr Patterns and used with kind permission of the Bardon family and the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia's Film Australia archive. The music is by Steve Francis.

Christian Thompson's collection We Bury Our Own can be seen at https://www.christianthompson.net/we-bury-our-own-2012

Producer: Caroline Raphael
A Dora Production for BBC Radio 4.

0102Picture The Dot20170919

Janet Ellis explores how this elemental mark has inspired great world art.

Janet Ellis gets close to the canvas to see how this elemental mark has inspired great world art, from the dots of the Australian Western Desert to 19th Century Paris.

The simple dot is one of the first marks man ever made. From being a word we uttered infrequently, the advent of digital has made it one we use all the time.

The dot. We wear it, listen to it, read it and gaze on it. We send it through the air and under the waves. Each programme in this series circles a different aspect of this simple mark.

Contributors are Aboriginal Australian artist Christian Thompson and Dr Karen Serres, the Courtauld Gallery Schroder Foundation Curator of Paintings.

Geoffrey Bardon and Fay Nelson's contributions are from the film documentary Mr Patterns and used with kind permission of the Bardon family and the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia's Film Australia archive. The music is by Steve Francis.

Christian Thompson's collection We Bury Our Own can be seen at https://www.christianthompson.net/we-bury-our-own-2012

Producer: Caroline Raphael
A Dora Production for BBC Radio 4.

0103The Language Of Dots20170920

Janet Ellis looks at how the dot has helped us communicate.

Janet Ellis looks at how the dot has helped us communicate and reflects on the dot in computer language. Morse code, Braille and the dots that get our email delivered.

The simple dot is one of the first marks man ever made. From being a word we uttered infrequently, the advent of digital has made it one we use all the time.

The dot. We wear it, listen to it, read it and gaze on it. We send it through the air and under the waves. Each programme in this series circles a different aspect of this simple mark.

Contributors include Dr Tilly Blyth, Head of Collections Science Museum London, and Robert Saggers, Heritage Manager at the Royal Institute of Blind People.

Producer: Caroline Raphael
A Dora production for BBC Radio 4.

0103The Language Of Dots20170920

Janet Ellis looks at how the dot has helped us communicate.

Janet Ellis looks at how the dot has helped us communicate and reflects on the dot in computer language. Morse code, Braille and the dots that get our email delivered.

The simple dot is one of the first marks man ever made. From being a word we uttered infrequently, the advent of digital has made it one we use all the time.

The dot. We wear it, listen to it, read it and gaze on it. We send it through the air and under the waves. Each programme in this series circles a different aspect of this simple mark.

Contributors include Dr Tilly Blyth, Head of Collections Science Museum London, and Robert Saggers, Heritage Manager at the Royal Institute of Blind People.

Producer: Caroline Raphael
A Dora production for BBC Radio 4.

0104Playing The Dot20170921

Janet Ellis explores the dot. A simple word for a most significant mark.

Then there was a pause... Janet Ellis explores the role of the dot in early punctuation, Harold Pinter's love of the pause, and listens to the music of the dots.

The simple dot is one of the first marks man ever made. From being a word we uttered infrequently, the advent of digital has made it one we use all the time.

The dot. We wear it, listen to it, read it and gaze on it. We send it through the air and under the waves. Each programme in this series circles a different aspect of this simple mark.

Contributors include theatre director David Leveaux, writers Keith Huston and Lynne Truss, and composer Gary Yershon.

Harold Pinter extract taken from Penguin Random House audiobook Various Voices, with permission of The Harold Pinter estate.

Producer: Caroline Raphael
A Dora production for BBC Radio 4.

0104Playing The Dot20170921

Janet Ellis explores the dot. A simple word for a most significant mark.

Then there was a pause... Janet Ellis explores the role of the dot in early punctuation, Harold Pinter's love of the pause, and listens to the music of the dots.

The simple dot is one of the first marks man ever made. From being a word we uttered infrequently, the advent of digital has made it one we use all the time.

The dot. We wear it, listen to it, read it and gaze on it. We send it through the air and under the waves. Each programme in this series circles a different aspect of this simple mark.

Contributors include theatre director David Leveaux, writers Keith Huston and Lynne Truss, and composer Gary Yershon.

Harold Pinter extract taken from Penguin Random House audiobook Various Voices, with permission of The Harold Pinter estate.

Producer: Caroline Raphael
A Dora production for BBC Radio 4.

0105The Dancing Dot20170922

Janet Ellis examines our love affair with the polka-dot and what it says about us.

Janet Ellis explores our love affair with the polka-dot and what it says about us.

The simple dot is one of the first marks man ever made. From being a word we uttered infrequently, the advent of digital has made it one we use all the time.

The dot. We wear it, listen to it, read it and gaze on it. We send it through the air and under the waves. Each programme in this series circles a different aspect of this simple mark.

Contributors include film and TV costume designer Leonie Hartard, designer Cressida Bell, and a clown, Mattie Faint.

Producer: Caroline Raphael
A Dora production for BBC Radio 4.