Viewing The Century

Episodes

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Isabel Allende19980910

talks to Peter Conrad about her life and writing and about the huge improvement in the position of women, which she considers the century's greatest advance.

Her early life in Chile was affected by General Pinochet's military coup, which was responsible for the murder of her uncle, the democratically elected premier Salvador Allende.

After the death of her daughter, she released her moving autobiographical book `Paula'.

Her latest book - `Aphrodite' - is an optimistic celebration of food and sensuality, mirroring some of the writing of her compatriot, the poet Pablo Neruda.

Isabel Allende19980910

talks to Peter Conrad about her life and writing and about the huge improvement in the position of women, which she considers the century's greatest advance.

Her early life in Chile was affected by General Pinochet's military coup, which was responsible for the murder of her uncle, the democratically elected premier Salvador Allende.

After the death of her daughter, she released her moving autobiographical book `Paula'.

Her latest book - `Aphrodite' - is an optimistic celebration of food and sensuality, mirroring some of the writing of her compatriot, the poet Pablo Neruda.

Manuel Castells19980909

Another chance to hear the series in which leading commentators on the century give their views on the landmark events that have changed the way we think and act.

In the first programme, Manuel Castells, author of `The Information Age' and professor of sociology and city and regional planning at the University of California, Berkeley, talks to Peter Conrad about the wave of libertarianism in the 60s, the creation and collapse of Communism, and the impact of the technological revolution on how we pass information around the globe.

Manuel Castells19980909

Another chance to hear the series in which leading commentators on the century give their views on the landmark events that have changed the way we think and act.

In the first programme, Manuel Castells, author of `The Information Age' and professor of sociology and city and regional planning at the University of California, Berkeley, talks to Peter Conrad about the wave of libertarianism in the 60s, the creation and collapse of Communism, and the impact of the technological revolution on how we pass information around the globe.

The Dalai Lama19990818

Isabel Hilton journeyed to Dharmsala in northern India to talk to His Holiness the Dalai Lama about his view of the world and about the events that triggered his flight from Tibet 40 years ago and have continued to dominate his life.

His experience of the century has been overshadowed by a violent collision between tradition and modernity, religion and rationalism, which he explores through personal anecdote and political analysis of the Tibetan predicament.

The Dalai Lama19990818

Isabel Hilton journeyed to Dharmsala in northern India to talk to His Holiness the Dalai Lama about his view of the world and about the events that triggered his flight from Tibet 40 years ago and have continued to dominate his life.

His experience of the century has been overshadowed by a violent collision between tradition and modernity, religion and rationalism, which he explores through personal anecdote and political analysis of the Tibetan predicament.

Derek Walcott19990221

Poet and playwright Derek Walcott, who won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1992, talks to David Dabydeen about the events and issues that have influenced his life and work.

Much of his writing is rooted in the Caribbean, and he talks particularly about the experience of living in St Lucia - where the programme was recorded - and the impact of history on islands of the Caribbean.

He also introduces readings from his own and other writers' poetry and prose.

Derek Walcott19990221

Poet and playwright Derek Walcott, who won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1992, talks to David Dabydeen about the events and issues that have influenced his life and work.

Much of his writing is rooted in the Caribbean, and he talks particularly about the experience of living in St Lucia - where the programme was recorded - and the impact of history on islands of the Caribbean.

He also introduces readings from his own and other writers' poetry and prose.

Doris Lessing19990620

The series featuring interviews with leading witnesses of the century features the distinguished writer Doris Lessing, now in her eightieth year, who talks to Christopher Bigsby.

Her twenty-second novel - 'Mara and Dann: an Adventure' - and the second volume of her autobiography have recently been published.

Doris Lessing19990620

The series featuring interviews with leading witnesses of the century features the distinguished writer Doris Lessing, now in her eightieth year, who talks to Christopher Bigsby.

Her twenty-second novel - 'Mara and Dann: an Adventure' - and the second volume of her autobiography have recently been published.

Mark Rothko19991128

Tim Marlow explores the life and work of Mark Rothko, one of the 20th century's most influential and complex painters.

Since Rothko made his name in New York in the 1950s, his giant canvases have been a spiritual inspiration to artists like Sean Scully and Brice Marden.

Tim Marlow talks to them, Rothko's daughter Kate, architect Philip Johnson and composer Steve Reich, among others, about Rothko's arrival in America from Russia, the murals he refused to show at the Four Seasons restaurant, and the newly restored Rothko Chapel he created in Houston.

Mark Rothko19991128

Tim Marlow explores the life and work of Mark Rothko, one of the 20th century's most influential and complex painters.

Since Rothko made his name in New York in the 1950s, his giant canvases have been a spiritual inspiration to artists like Sean Scully and Brice Marden.

Tim Marlow talks to them, Rothko's daughter Kate, architect Philip Johnson and composer Steve Reich, among others, about Rothko's arrival in America from Russia, the murals he refused to show at the Four Seasons restaurant, and the newly restored Rothko Chapel he created in Houston.

Michael Frayn19990418

began his career as a newspaper journalist, but he is best known as a playwright for the stage and television, most notably for `Benefactors' and the classic farce `Noises Off'.

His latest play, `Copenhagen', is based on a real event - the meeting between the physicists Bohr and Heisenberg in the Danish capital in 1941.

Kevin Jackson talks to Michael Frayn about the significance of this historic meeting, his interest in determinism and the future of the theatre.

Michael Frayn19990418

began his career as a newspaper journalist, but he is best known as a playwright for the stage and television, most notably for `Benefactors' and the classic farce `Noises Off'.

His latest play, `Copenhagen', is based on a real event - the meeting between the physicists Bohr and Heisenberg in the Danish capital in 1941.

Kevin Jackson talks to Michael Frayn about the significance of this historic meeting, his interest in determinism and the future of the theatre.

Susan Sontag19991121

Noah Richler talks to Susan Sontag, the American writer and thinker who has considered many aspects of life and art through her essays and novels, including literature, painting, photography, pornography, sociology, facism, women, illness and disease.

Susan Sontag19991121

Noah Richler talks to Susan Sontag, the American writer and thinker who has considered many aspects of life and art through her essays and novels, including literature, painting, photography, pornography, sociology, facism, women, illness and disease.

The Dalai Lama19990321

The series that talks to leading witnesses of the century features an exclusive interview with the Dalai Lama.

Isabel Hilton travelled to Dharmsala in northern India to talk to him about his view of the world and about the events that triggered his flight from Tibet 40 years ago and have continued to dominate his life.

His experience of the century has been overshadowed by a violent collision between tradition and modernity, religion and rationalism, which he explores through personal anecdote and political analysis of the Tibetan predicament.

The Dalai Lama19990321

The series that talks to leading witnesses of the century features an exclusive interview with the Dalai Lama.

Isabel Hilton travelled to Dharmsala in northern India to talk to him about his view of the world and about the events that triggered his flight from Tibet 40 years ago and have continued to dominate his life.

His experience of the century has been overshadowed by a violent collision between tradition and modernity, religion and rationalism, which he explores through personal anecdote and political analysis of the Tibetan predicament.

LASTJonathan Miller19991219

In the last programme of the series, Kevin Jackson talks to Dr Jonathan Miller about his perspective on a century of decay, fragmentation and incredibly scientific advance.

Jonathan Miller is a prolific intellectual force, the embodiment of the Renaissance man, who has enjoyed a distinguished career as a neurologist, comic actor, television director, and theatre and opera director.

LASTJonathan Miller19991219

In the last programme of the series, Kevin Jackson talks to Dr Jonathan Miller about his perspective on a century of decay, fragmentation and incredibly scientific advance.

Jonathan Miller is a prolific intellectual force, the embodiment of the Renaissance man, who has enjoyed a distinguished career as a neurologist, comic actor, television director, and theatre and opera director.