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2014 Season - Prom 16 (part 1): Oriental Promise

Twenty Minutes Episode guide

  1. Oblomov

    A discussion about Ivan Goncharov's novel Oblomov.

    First broadcast: 01 Sep 2009

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  2. The Annual General Boiled Egg Panic

    Specially-commissioned memoir by Alexei Sayle, recalling archetypal British bank holidays.

    First broadcast: 31 Aug 2009

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  3. Pictures Re-arranged

    Gabriel Prokofiev looks at arrangements of Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition.

    First broadcast: 30 Aug 2009

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  4. The Songs I Have Made for Thee

    Claire Tomalin discusses the recently re-discovered songs by Muriel Herbert.

    First broadcast: 29 Aug 2009

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  5. Wunderkind

    Carson McCullers's story about the troubled life of the child prodigy.

    First broadcast: 26 Aug 2009

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  6. The Keyed Serpent

    James Jolly explores the history of the ophicleide, an unusual brass instrument.

    First broadcast: 21 Aug 2009

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  7. Total Eclipse

    Simon Heighes discovers the story of the English doctor who blinded both Bach and Handel.

    First broadcast: 20 Aug 2009

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  8. Miklos Radnoti: Poet of My Heart

    Actress and writer Mia Nadasi discusses the life and work of Hungarian poet Miklos Radnoti

    First broadcast: 18 Aug 2009

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  9. Our Lady of Paris

    Daniyal Mueenuddin's story focusing on the cultural divide between two people in love.

    First broadcast: 17 Aug 2009

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  10. Entrance to the Underworld

    Domhnall Uilleam Stiubhart explores the High Pasture Cave on the island of Skye.

    First broadcast: 14 Aug 2009

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  11. The Fairy's Curse

    Author and playwright Lucy Caldwell delves into the fantasy world of fairy tales.

    First broadcast: 10 Aug 2009

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  12. Multiple Pianos

    Sarah Walker explores the world of multiple pianos and talks with performers from Prom 33.

    First broadcast: 09 Aug 2009

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  13. Move over Darling...

    Sarah Walker reveals the world of the piano duo, where music and friendships collide.

    First broadcast: 09 Aug 2009

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  14. Rome and the Writer's Response

    James Woodhall discusses his own and various literary figures' responses to Rome.

    First broadcast: 08 Aug 2009

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  15. Viva la Musica! Viva il Duce!

    William Ward investigates the effects of Fascism on Italian musical life.

    First broadcast: 07 Aug 2009

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  16. Two Welsh Hills

    Two specially-written programmes, recorded on location, exploring Welsh hills

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  17. Beastly London

    Richard Foster learns about the exotic animals found in London in Darwin's time.

    First broadcast: 02 Aug 2009

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  18. Mendelssohn

    Louise Fryer and guests discuss the life and works of Felix Mendelssohn.

    First broadcast: 30 Jul 2009

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  19. Land of Music

    Fergus McWilliam discovers just why music-making is so rich and so revered in Germany.

    First broadcast: 29 Jul 2009

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  20. The Flirt

    A short story by emigre Russian satirist Nadezhda Teffi. Read by Lindsay Duncan.

    First broadcast: 27 Jul 2009

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  21. The Musicians of Ingo

    Helen Dunmore's atmospheric Cornish short story written to accompany 2009's Family Prom.

    First broadcast: 26 Jul 2009

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  22. In Memoriam 1934

    David Owen Norris the response to the deaths of Elgar, Holst and Delius in 1934.

    First broadcast: 25 Jul 2009

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  23. Sho and Tell

    Robin Thompson discusses the sho, a Japanese wind instrument.

    First broadcast: 24 Jul 2009

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  24. The Roma Today

    Novelist Louise Doughty looks at the poor image and status of Romanies across Europe today

    First broadcast: 24 Jul 2009

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  25. Shelley's Invocation

    Paul Farley explores Shelley's Invocation, the inspiration behind Elgar's Second Symphony.

    First broadcast: 23 Jul 2009

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  26. Proms Plus: Cambridge University at 800

    Louise Fryer hosts a discussion to mark Cambridge University's 800th anniversary.

    First broadcast: 22 Jul 2009

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  27. Myth and Reality of Queen Elizabeth I

    Rana Mitter hosts a discussion about the myth and reality of Queen Elizabeth I.

    First broadcast: 21 Jul 2009

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  28. Michael Longley at 70

    The renowned Belfast poet and professor of poetry for Ireland celebrates his 70th birthday

    First broadcast: 19 Jul 2009

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  29. 1934 in History

    Historian Juliet Gardiner analyses the political, social and cultural events of 1934.

    First broadcast: 17 Jul 2009

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  30. Moving Pianos

    A behind-the-scenes peek at the process of moving pianos onto the stage during the Proms.

    First broadcast: 17 Jul 2009

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