The Radio 3 Documentary

The Radio 3 Documentary

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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Recent episodes (10)

  • Enter the Dragon Chinese Theatre in the 21st century

    Mon, 20 Oct 14

    Duration:
    44 mins

    Rana Mitter travels to Beijing to explore the recent flourishing of theatre in China and its re-invention as an art-form of youthful, urban cool.

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  • Sunday Feature: Who Was Richard Strauss?

    Sun, 12 Oct 14

    Duration:
    45 mins

    Richard Strauss's works are staples of both concert hall and opera house, and yet relatively little is known or discussed of the man himself. What we do know about Strauss - that he was incredibly astute financially, that his relationship with the Nazis was "complicated", and that his wife Pauline was as assertive and domineering as his mother was not - is a roughly-drawn portrait of the man which was propagated by almost all his contemporaries, and indeed by Strauss himself. A man who strove to control almost obsessively what was known about him, what cliches there are have largely succeeded in deterring scholars from taking more than a passing interest in this most complex of characters. Drawing extensively on brand new research, Tom Service travels to Switzerland - where Strauss lived from October 1945 for almost four years - in search of the real Richard Strauss, and in the process sheds fascinating new light on some of the composer's later music in particular.

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  • Sunday Feature: Global Classical Music - A New World Symphony

    Sun, 5 Oct 14

    Duration:
    44 mins

    In the final programme in the series Petroc Trelawny measures the impact and effectiveness of education in sustaining and nurturing the massive growth in Western Classical music.

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  • Sunday Feature: Global Classical Music - A New World Symphony

    Sun, 28 Sep 14

    Duration:
    44 mins

    The second programme in Petroc Trelawny’s series looking at the new Global passion for classical music. In programme one his attention was on the dramatic new concert hall’s, opera houses and cultural centres which make such a bold and apparently determined statement of intention about the art form. In this programme the focus switches to a new world of performers.

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  • Sunday Feature: Global Classical Music- A New World Symphony

    Mon, 22 Sep 14

    Duration:
    46 mins

    Petroc Trelawny presents a three part Sunday Feature series looking at the way Western Classical Music is flourishing in often surprising new territories. In the first programme he considers the importance of the buildings that have come to symbolise this new development in Global Classical Music – and that leads inevitably – to China.

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  • I Have Been Here Before 14 Sept 2014

    Mon, 15 Sep 14

    Duration:
    44 mins

    Francis Spufford explores how An Experiment with Time, written by former soldier and aircraft designer J.W. Dunne, had a profound influence on J.B. Priestley and others for decades.

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  • The Devastation of British Art

    Fri, 8 Aug 14

    Duration:
    44 mins

    Diarmaid MacCulloch tells the story of iconoclasm during the English Reformation.

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  • How Did Scotland's Artists Turn Nationalist

    Sun, 13 Jul 14

    Duration:
    43 mins

    Scotland goes to the polls on the 18th September to decide its constitutional future. Why do so many of Scotland's writers and artists support the Yes Campaign? Stuart Kelly investigates.

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  • June 22: Bannockburn Begins

    Thu, 26 Jun 14

    Duration:
    45 mins

    Novelist Louise Welsh explores some of the meanings, ancient and modern, of the battle of Bannockburn on its 700th anniversary

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  • Sunday Feature: Dennis Potter 15 Jun 14

    Sun, 15 Jun 14

    Duration:
    45 mins

    The playwright Dennis Potter died twenty years ago. Matthew Sweet reassesses the legacy of the author of 'The Singing Detective' and 'Pennies from Heaven' and hears from his friends and colleagues, including Michael Grade, Alan Yentob, Melvyn Bragg, Janet Suzman, Kika Markham, Kenith Trodd, Jon Amiel and Tony Garnett.

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