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Tagged with “bbc” (15)

  1. Titanic - In Her Own Words

    To mark the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic, the BBC’s Sean Coughlan narrates one of the most authentic versions of events in existence. Using voice synthesis to re-create the strange, twitter-like, mechanical brevity of the original Morse code, this programme brings to life the tragedy through the ears of the wireless operators in the area that night.

    On the night of the disaster, the network of young Marconi wireless operators on different ships and land stations frantically communicated with each other across the cold expanses of the North Atlantic in an effort to mount a rescue for the doomed vessel.

    All these messages were recorded at the time in copper-plate handwriting, now scattered across the world in different collections, but together forming a unique archive.


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  2. Dr Who at the Proms

    Doctor Who (Matt Smith) and Amy Pond (Karen Gillan) join the BBC National Orchestra of Wales for music by Murray Gold from the drama series plus favourites with a celestial theme.

    (This is the complete concert, including the interval documentary)

    More info at Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doctor_Who_Prom,_2010

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  3. The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett

    Tom Wilkinson, Jane Lapotaire, Peter Vaughan and Nickolas Grace star in this stylish dramatisation of Dashiell Hammett’s classic detective story.

    It’s San Francisco, 1928, and Sam Spade is a wisecracking, womanising Private Investigator. Missing husbands and unfaithful wives are his usual stock-in-trade, but when the beautifully distressed Miss Wonderley calls he gets involved in a dangerous caper most people would run a mile from.

    Miss Wonderley asks Sam’s partner, Miles Archer, to shadow Floyd Thursby, whom she maintains has kidnapped her sister. But then Archer is shot dead, and Miss Wonderley’s story turns out to be a lie - just like her name, which is actually Brigid O’Shaughnessy. And Miss O’Shaughnessy keeps on lying. But one thing’s for sure: she does know about the Maltese Falcon, an ancient statuette which has attracted more than one interested party.

    With a bunch of heavies at his elbow and the police on his tail, Sam needs to think fast if he’s to outlive the person who killed his partner…

    —Huffduffed by Jax

  4. Ben Hur - Part 4/4 : The King Comes into His Kingdom

    Ben Hur’s family have leprosy, but Jesus brings hope.

    BBC audio production of Lew Wallace’s 1880 novel.

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  5. Ben Hur - Part 3/4 : The Chariot Race

    The two former friends try to exact revenge on each other.

    BBC audio production of Lew Wallace’s 1880 novel.

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  6. Ben Hur - Part 2/4 : Son of Arrius

    Freed from slavery, Ben Hur encounters his old enemy, Messala.

    BBC audio production of Lew Wallace’s 1880 novel.

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  7. Ben Hur - Part 1/4 : A Friendship Betrayed

    A Jewish prince is betrayed and sent into slavery by his Roman soldier friend.

    BBC audio production of Lew Wallace’s 1880 novel.

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  8. How to Write An Instruction Manual

    Engineer Mark Miodownik presents an instruction manual on how to write an instruction manual, exploring the history and the future of product guides and how they chart our changing relationship with technology.

    He looks at how product guides have changed over the centuries, from the very first examples, written by James Watt on his new ‘copying’ machine, to the latest Ikea pictograms.

    In the first half of the 20th century, manuals not only described how to use your television, but also how to fix it. Now, the first few pages of any TV manual contain stern health and safety warnings about the dangers of tinkering inside the TV.

    Mark travels to Yeovil to visit Mr Haynes, of Haynes car and motorcycle manuals, to ask whether people still need a manual to fix their vehicle. As our products get more sophisticated, is the instruction manual becoming extinct?


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  9. Infinity

    Episode five of Five Numbers, the BBC radio series presented by Simon Singh.

    Given the old maxim about an infinite number of monkeys and typewriters, one can assume that said simian digits will type up the following line from Hamlet an infinite number of times.

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  10. The Imaginary Number

    Episode four of Five Numbers, the BBC radio series presented by Simon Singh.

    The imaginary number takes mathematics to another dimension. It was discovered in sixteenth century Italy at a time when being a mathematician was akin to being a modern day rock star, when there was ‘nuff respect’ to be had from solving a particularly ‘wicked’ equation. And the wicked equation of the day went like this: "If the square root of +1 is both +1 and -1, then what is the square root of -1?"

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