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Tuesday 6 May

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TUESDAY 6 MAY

Presented by Mark Lawson


CAMBRIDGE SPIES
Mark Lawson speaks to Peter Moffat, the scriptwriter of Cambridge Spies, a four-part drama-documentary about the most notorious British double agents in the history of spying: Philby, Blunt, Burgess and Maclean.

Cambridge Spies begins Friday 9 May BBC2 at 9pm
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McCARTHY ERA WITCHHUNT
Front Row dramatises key moments from a meeting which took place in Washington D.C. between Senator McCarthy and the great American composer Aaron Copland - accused of being a 'red commie' spy.

Actor was Kerry Shale. Full transcript of the 26 May 1953 meeting can be found on the U.S. Senate's website.
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THE LOVE BOMB
James Fenton’s new book of verse, The Love Bomb consists of three dramatic pieces, all commissioned to be performed with music: two libretti and the text of an oratorio. Mark Lawson asks James Fenton whether the librettist has the same freedom as a poet to control the length, metre and rhyme of his lines?

The Love Bomb and Other Musical Pieces by James Fenton published by Viking ISBN 0670912883
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THE VICTORIAN BIRDMAN
Between 1862 & 1873, John Gould published his Birds of Great Britain in 5 volumes which included 367 plates of a astonishing range and subtlety. His extraordinary life and contribution to natural history is explored in biographer Isabella Tree's The Birdman. She joins zoologist Sir David Attenborough to discuss with Mark Lawson why John Gould's achievements are still considered so remarkable.

The Birdman by Isabella Tree, published by Ebury, ISBN 071262158X
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