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In-depth documentaries which each week explore a different aspect of history, science, philosophy, film, visual arts and literature. The Sunday Feature is broadcast every Sunday at 7.45pm on BBC Radio 3. Each episode lasts 45 minutes. We aim to include as many episodes of The Sunday Feature in the podcast as we can but you'll find that some aren't included for rights reasons.

In-depth documentaries which each week explore a different aspect of history, science, philosophy, film, visual arts and literature. The Sunday Feature is broadcast every Sunday at 7.45pm on BBC Radio 3. Each episode lasts 45 minutes. We aim to include as many episodes of The Sunday Feature in the podcast as we can but you'll find that some aren't included for rights reasons.
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In-depth documentaries which each week explore a different aspect of history, science, philosophy, film, visual arts and literature. The Sunday Feature is broadcast every Sunday at 7.45pm on BBC Radio 3. Each episode lasts 45 minutes. We aim to include as many episodes of The Sunday Feature in the podcast as we can but you'll find that some aren't included for rights reasons.

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Episodes

Forests of The Imagination

10/15/2018
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Eleanor Rosamund Barraclough enters the forests of our imagination, looking for stories. Alternative realities, holy quests and fairytales hidden among the glories of the Autumn forest. Despite our evolution in the African rainforests, Eleanor wonders whether it is tales from the frozen North that have given us the most potent forests of the imagination, invading our psyche, inhabiting our stories, inspiring our architecture, Legendary fairytale guru Jack Zipes introduces us to the darker...

Duration:00:43:36

A Portrait of Parry

10/8/2018
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Sir Hubert Parry is largely remembered today for a handful of iconic works including Jerusalem, I was Glad, Blest Pair of Sirens, and for writing the hymn tune to Dear Lord and Father of Mankind. But Parry was far more significant than these few works which have remained in the public consciousness. In this centenary year since the composer’s death, Simon Heffer argues for a reevaluation of Parry not only as a composer, but as a writer and educationalist. In interview with biographer Jeremy...

Duration:00:43:16

Sunday Feature: A Life in Study: Robert Lowell

9/24/2018
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Author Colm Toibin profiles the turbulent and brilliant life of American poet Robert Lowell, once considered the greatest living poet in English. Four decades ago, the American poet Robert Lowell (1917-1977) died quietly in the back of a New York taxi. In his arms, he clutched a priceless portrait of his third wife, the Guinness heiress Lady Caroline Blackwood. Yet Lowell was on his way to see - and hopefully reconcile with - another woman: his beloved second wife, Elizabeth Hardwick. At the...

Duration:00:43:37

Sunday Feature: Grid

9/23/2018
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A feature exploring the grid as the great hidden idea behind modernism, art, music and urban design.

Duration:00:43:54

Sunday Feature - The Nature of Creativity

9/16/2018
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Writer and producer Mary Colwell explores the relationship between nature and creativity, and asks, as nature disappears, are we compromising our ability to express ourselves in art, music and literature? Since the 1970s the world has lost half of the mass of wildlife on earth, so is this affecting human creativity? The opening to Beethoven’s ground-breaking, 5th piano concerto starts with a piano imitation of the call of an Ortolan bunting. It is tiny, weighing just a few grams, but its...

Duration:00:43:45

Ken Campbell As Never Heard Before

9/9/2018
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Actors Jim Broadbent, Toby Jones and Sylvester McCoy join David Bramwell to celebrate Ken

Duration:00:43:54

John Ruskin’s Eurhythmic Girls

9/6/2018
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Samira Ahmed explores how Victorian art critic John Ruskin promoted women's liberation through a radical model for girls' education set out in his essay Of Queens' Gardens.

Duration:00:42:18

Whatcha doin’, Marshall McLuhan

9/5/2018
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Writer Ken Hollings reassesses the life and work of 1960s public intellectual and mass media guru Marshall McLuhan, examining his relevance in today's digital world.

Duration:00:43:41

From the Ashes

8/14/2018
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Allan Little looks at arts festivals started in the aftermath of World War Two

Duration:00:44:46

Monteverdi's Women

8/13/2018
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Catherine Fletcher explores Monterverdi's pioneering use of female roles and performers

Duration:00:43:54

The Killers

8/9/2018
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Adam Smith traces the birth and afterlife of Hemingway's explosive short story.

Duration:00:43:52

v. is for Tony

8/7/2018
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To mark Tony Harrison's 80th birthday, Paul Farley profiles the unique poet. (R)

Duration:00:43:28

I Know an Island - RM Lockley

8/6/2018
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Jon Gower uncovers the work of the pioneering naturalist RM Lockley, whose work inspired Watership Down, paying tribute to the stunning coastline and island where Lockley worked.

Duration:00:43:49

In Search of Yves Klein

7/16/2018
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Liliane Lijn explores the work of postwar French artist Yves Klein, famous for patenting ultramarine blue and jumping from a window in the suburbs of Paris. Leap into the Void!

Duration:00:43:57

Tony Harrison's Prague Spring

7/8/2018
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Chris Bowlby travels with Tony Harrison to Prague, to discover how one of Britain's best known poets was shaped by the cultural energy and tragedy of 1960s Czechoslovakia. Harrison reads from his Prague poems in the locations where they were written. And he relives with Czech friends stories of cafes and cartoons, sex and surveillance and the hope and despair of a people fighting Soviet tanks and secret police with words, plays and tragic self-sacrifice. Producer: Chris Bowlby Editor: Penny...

Duration:00:43:31

Binary and Beyond: part two

7/1/2018
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Emma Smith on how coverage of gender in the arts might help us understand today's debate

Duration:00:43:37

Binary and Beyond Part 1

6/24/2018
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Might explorations of gender in great art of the past help illuminate today's issues?

Duration:00:43:10

The Summer Forest

6/15/2018
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Once upon a time, Eleanor Rosamund Barraclough woke up in the summer forest.

Duration:00:44:51

David Attenborough - World Music Collector

5/21/2018
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David Attenborough reveals a side of himself that nobody knows, as a collector of music from all over the world. We hear the stories that surround it, and the music itself. One of David Attenborough's first projects was 'Alan Lomax - Song Hunter', a television series he produced in 1953-4. The famous collector of the blues and folk music of America gathered traditional musicians from all over Britain and Ireland and, for the first time, they appeared on television. David loved the music, the...

Duration:00:43:46

Japan's Never Ending War

5/11/2018
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Rana Mitter visits Tokyo to explore how Japan remembers World War Two today through film.

Duration:00:43:44