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Betjeman Season
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A series of programmes marking the centenary of the birth of poet Sir John Betjeman.
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Sir John Betjeman is still remembered as one of Britain's best loved poets - a man who celebrated Britain in a triumphantly popular career as a poet and broadcaster.
BBC Radio 4 celebrates his life and work with dedicated programming from Sunday 27 August 2006. 

A Little Bit of Betjeman
Monday, throughout the day

Listen to this programmeListen to excerpts of Sir John Betjeman's poetry broadcast throughout the day on Radio 4

Poetry Please
4.00pm-4.30pm,  Sunday

Roger McGoughA special programme, presented by Roger McGough, will explore Betjeman's legacy. With contributions from Stephen Fry, Miriam Margolyes and Samuel West.

Woman's Hour Drama
10.45-11.00am, Mon - Fri, repeated 7.45-8.00pm

Throughout the week, Betjeman's Women, five plays by Paul Dodgson, explore the characters in his poetry

The Archive Hour
11.00am-12.00pm, Monday

John Betjeman in 1953Miles Kington traces Betjeman's progress from his early BBC radio programmes to his mastery of the television poetic documentary.

You and Yours
12.04pm-1.00pm, Mon-Fri

The Bard Of Britain: The Shell Guides. The programme revisits some of the towns Betjeman wrote about. 

Afternoon Play: Summoned by Bells
2.15pm-3.15pm, Monday

John Betjeman, 1957A radio version of the best-selling verse autobiography, voiced by Betjeman from a recording made in the 1960s.

Yours Til Death
3.15pm-3.30pm, Monday

John Betjeman in the Brains TrustA selection of newly discovered correspondence between Betjeman and those he worked with at the BBC. Written and presented by Stephen Games, with David Collins as Betjeman.

Doubts and Demons
8.00pm-8.45pm, Monday

John Betjeman on Take it or Leave itWriter A.N. Wilson goes in search of the man behind the image and explores the lesser known side of the man everyone considered the most wonderful company.
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