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BBC FOUR Autumn 2004
Janice Hadlow

BBC FOUR - Autumn highlights 2004

Janice Hadlow, Controller, BBC FOUR, writes

Welcome to BBC FOUR's Autumn season – a season which shows the channel at its very best – engaging, challenging and thought-provoking, rich in range and texture.


This is BBC FOUR's third autumn and my first. When I was appointed as the channel's second controller, I described the role as the best job in TV. If it's possible to believe that even more – then I do now.


BBC FOUR is in great shape – and this autumn promises programmes which are testament to Roly Keating's development of the channel.


BBC FOUR is an enquiring channel and this new season is no exception with thought-provoking and challenging documentaries ranging from Jonathan Miller's exploration of atheism; through the impact of light on every aspect of our lives; to Israel's Terror Bus, a film about the infamous bus route regularly targeted by Palestinian bombers.


In the lead up to the US elections, BBC FOUR offers a wider perspective: Ben Anderson explores the effect American foreign policy has had on countries from Panama to Vietnam; Storyville examines 50 years of America's defence industry; and irreverent American comic Rich Hall lifts the lid on the election process.


Following on from the success of last year's interactive performance of Richard II, BBC FOUR returns to London's Globe Theatre for a live performance of Shakespeare's enduring comedy Measure For Measure.


In Theatre Biz, BBC FOUR takes an entertaining trip behind the scenes in the world of commercial theatre.


And Gracie Fields explores both the star's enduring talent and the entertainment business in the 20th century.


And, of course, viewers can continue to enjoy BBC FOUR's unique mix of talk, debate and world news.

Janice Hadlow
Controller, BBC FOUR



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