3 October 1990
10 October 1990
5 December 1990
Rock critic Sean O'Hagan argues that the Rolling Stones are a burnt-out collection of middle-aged men who have failed to mature or find a late style. He also suggests that they have become the opposite of much of what they once stood for.
6 October 1992
There are over 50,000 words of slang in common usage today. Lexicographer Jonathon Green points out that most of them come from sex, drugs and music.
12 October 1993
Germaine Greer launches an attack on the cult of youth. She argues that the obsession with youth has led to a morbid fear of aging at a time when old people outnumber the young.
8 November 1994
26 March 1996
2 April 1996
9 April 1996
17 October 1990
A celebration of the satellite dish, looking at their history and considering the prospects for designer dishes.
5 March 1996
Tony Parsons delivers an essay on the state of the sex war, he suggests that there are some things that women do better than men: weeping, shopping and housework.
4 February 1992
15 March 1994
Dramatised scenes from Errol Flynn's life.
5 October 1993
'Margaret Rutherford' (Tim Spall in drag) tells her life story in cabaret form before an audience.
14 April 1992
Looks at the cult of the Radio1 DJ. Links from Mike Smash (Paul Whitehouse) and featuring Tony Blackburn, Gary Davies, Mike Read and Dave Lee Travis.
21 December 1991
1 November 1994
Allison Pearson criticizes the news values of the BBC and ITN, saying that they are trivial, sycophantic and and prisoners to new technology.
1 November 1991
Robert McKee dismisses Orson Welles film, Citizen Kane as a mish-mash of stylistic excess and clichéd content.
28 May 1996
Cosmo Landesman accuses comedians of the nineties of becoming a force for political reaction 'the court jesters of the chattering classes'. He argues that politicians now wield the weapon of humour which was once turned against them.
16 February 1993
Rory Bremner argues that having set herself up as a satirist on suburban values, Dame Edna now personifies the same values that she once abhorred.
3 March 1992
Russell Davies questions Laurence Olivier's position as the pre-eminent actor of our times.
19 March 1996
Janet Street-Porter takes the Internet to task, claiming its main use is to provide an occupation for boring, inadequate and socially inept people.
7 March 1995
Jonathan Meades attacks the myths and culture surrounding vegetarianism.
15 January 1991
Looks at the hype behind the Mozart bicentennial celebrations.
22 March 1994
Ice-T Looks at the history of 1970s Blaxploitation cinema and its continuing influence.
3 May 1994
Camille Paglia, a lesbian academic, looks at how lesbianism has become chic. She traces its history, from the writings of Sappho to the recent lesbian culture.
11 May 1993
19 March 1996
American film critic, Joe Queenan, adopts the persona of a male film star to assess his contribution to the cinema.
23 April 1996
1 January 1993
24 October 1990
Trial of the book and the acquittal of Penguin Books ushered in the freedom of the Sixties. With dramatic reconstructions this programme recreates the atmosphere of the time and tells the story of Lawrence's lifelong battle with the censors.
14 January 1991
Looking at the Royal Ballet's film started in the 1960s and left unfinished.
14 January 1992
A tribute to the long-running cult 1960's spy adventure series.
Jerry Sadowitz presents a history of swearing on television.
25 October 1994
An appraisal of cultural icon, Alf Garnett (played by Warren Mitchell in the TV series Till Death Do Us Part and In Sickness and in Health).
1 November 1994
25 October 1994
The spoof arts magazine show presents a drama exploring the short cuts television takes in its treatment of art. Lucrezia Borgia, one of the most glamorous women of Renaissance Italy, discusses her role as patron of Italian art.
30 March 1993
11 April 1995
The Reduced Shakespeare Company's interpretation of Wagner's Ring Cycle, compressing 16 hours into 30 minutes.
19 December 1990
Paul Morley looks at Christmas decorations. Why do we want them? What do they mean to us and what do they say about us? How do the stores entice us to buy them? Do they offer a taste of a traditional Christmas or plastic nostalgia for a non-existent Golden Age?
31 October 1990
Paul Morley looks at prisons, historic and new, and at the "interior design" practiced by prisoners within their cells.
21 November 1990
Inspired by the footballer, Paul Gascoigne, this documentary with music from Smokey Robinson and Sydney Devine, looks at men in tears - in art, pop, music, sport, the cinema and politics.
14 November 1990
The mutual mistrust between the French and the English goes back centuries. A British television team looks at the way the French are adjusting to a world in which many of their ideals - revolution, patriotism and national culture - seem to be increasingly irrelevant.
18 November 1990
A French television team looks behind the stereotypes and asks what the public role of British intellectuals is at a time when the channel tunnel is forcing the two societies together.
12 December 1995
An examination of Proust's fascination with sex and food with a look at the psycho-sexual history evoked in 'Remembrance of Things Past'(A La Recherché Du Temps Perdu).
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