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22/10/2008

Duration:
45 minutes
First broadcast:
Wednesday 22 October 2008

Anne McElvoy talks to film director Terence Davies, whose highly personal documentary about growing up in Liverpool was a hit at the Cannes Film Festival. Of Time and the City is composed of archive footage of the post-war years and life on Liverpool council estates, with a voice-over in which Davies speaks passionately about his strict Catholic upbringing and struggle with homosexuality.

  • Terence Davies

    Anne McElvoy talks to the director Terence Davies, whose highly personal documentary about growing up in Liverpool was a hit at the Cannes Film Festival. Of Time and the City is made of archive footage of the post-war years and life on Liverpool council estates, with a voice-over in which Davies speaks passionately about his strict Catholic upbringing and struggle with homosexuality.

    Of Time and the City, certificate 12A opens on 31 October

  • Little Dorrit

    The novelist A S Byatt reviews the BBC series Little Dorrit, the latest period adaptation by screenwriter Andrew Davies, whose previous credits include another Dickens classic Bleak House, and Austen’s Pride and Prejudice.

    Little Dorrit begins on Sunday 26 October at 9.00pm on BBC1

  • The Welsh Language

    There’s a debate about the place of the Welsh language in Welsh culture, with the film-maker Karl Francis arguing that far too much importance is placed on being bilingual in Wales, to the detriment of the non-Welsh speaking majority. He is joined by Professor Deian Hopkin from South Bank University, London.

  • Public Apologies

    A decade after President Clinton said sorry, the American writer Susan Wise Bauer explores the public apologies that have become central to American political culture.

    The Art of the Public Grovel by Susan Wise Bauer is published by Princeton University Press

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