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17 Oct. 1990
Doing the Dishes
A celebration of the satellite dish, looking at their history and considering the prospects for designer dishes.
 
24 Oct. 1990
Sexual Intercourse Began in 1963
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.
 
31 Oct. 1990
The Thing Is... Prisons
Paul Morley looks at prisons, historic and new, and at the "interior design" practiced by prisoners within their cells.
 
14 Nov. 1990
Tunnel Visions: 1
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 Nov. 1990
Tunnel Visions: 2
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.
 
21 Nov. 1990
Tracks of My Tears
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.
 
19 Dec. 1990
The Thing Is... Christmas Decorations
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?
 
14 Jan. 1991
Sleeping Beauty Rediscovered
Looking at the Royal Ballet's film started in the 1960s and left unfinished.
 
15 Jan. 1991
J'accuse: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Looks at the hype behind the Mozart bicentennial celebrations.
 
1 Nov. 1991
J'accuse: Citizen Kane
Robert McKee dismisses Orson Welles film, Citizen Kane as a mish-mash of stylistic excess and clichéd content.
 
21 Dec. 1991
I Want Your Sex
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14 Jan. 1992
The Avengers
A tribute to the long-running cult 1960's spy adventure series.
 
4 Feb. 1992
Fin de Siècle
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3 Mar. 1992
J'accuse: Laurence Olivier
Russell Davies questions Laurence Olivier's position as the pre-eminent actor of our times.
 
14 Apr. 1992
Hang the D.J.
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.
 
1 Jan. 1993
Seriously Seeking Sid
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16 Feb. 1993
J'accuse: Dame Edna Everage
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.
 
11 May 1993
Lolita Unclothed
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5 Oct. 1993
For One Night Only: Margaret Rutherford
'Margaret Rutherford' (Tim Spall in drag) tells her life story in cabaret form before an audience.
 
12 Oct. 1993
Bad Ideas of the 20th Century Youthism
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.
 
15 Mar. 1994
For One Night Only: Errol Flynn
Dramatised scenes from Errol Flynn's life.
 
22 Mar. 1994
Kiss My Baadasssss Ice-T's Guide to Blaxploitation
Ice-T Looks at the history of 1970s Blaxploitation cinema and its continuing influence.
 
3 May 1994
Lesbians Unclothed
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.
 
25 Oct. 1994
The National Alf
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).
 
25 Oct. 1994
The Night Show: Lucrezia Borgia Reveals All
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.
 
1 Nov. 1994
J'Accuse: The News
Allison Pearson criticizes the news values of the BBC and ITN, saying that they are trivial, sycophantic and and prisoners to new technology.
 
8 Nov. 1994
Ball and Chain
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7 Mar. 1995
J'accuse: The Vegetarians
Jonathan Meades attacks the myths and culture surrounding vegetarianism.
 
11 Apr. 1995
The Ring Reduced
The Reduced Shakespeare Company's interpretation of Wagner's Ring Cycle, compressing 16 hours into 30 minutes.
 
12 Dec. 1995
Unpeeled: Proust - Remembrance of Tastes Past
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).
 
1996
A Brief History of Slang
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.
 
5 Mar. 1996
Equal But Different
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.
 
19 Mar. 1996
J'accuse: Technonerds
Janet Street-Porter takes the Internet to task, claiming its main use is to provide an occupation for boring, inadequate and socially inept people.
 
19 Mar. 1996
My Fair Hugh
American film critic, Joe Queenan, adopts the persona of a male film star to assess his contribution to the cinema.
 
26 Mar. 1996
C4PD Starsky and Hutch
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2 Apr. 1996
CP4D Z Cars
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9 Apr. 1996
CP4D: The Professionals
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23 Apr. 1996
Not Fade Away
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28 May 1996
J'accuse: Comedy
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.
 

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