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National Treasures
The new live debate show that looks at how we value culture presented by Lawrence Pollard.

Wednesdays 9:00-9:45 Rpt 21:30-22:00
The programme that attempts to put a price on culture presented by Lawrence Pollard. Each week two “national treasures” are pitted against each other to determine which has the most cultural value.

Wednesday 5 September 2007

Lawrence Pollard and guests consider the ways in which we value our culture. Looking back over the series in which a variety of national treasures – from landscapes to buildings and works of art – have been examined for both their practical and non-monetary value, the programme asks if politicians and funding agencies should adopt a new approach to culture.

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Wednesday 29 August 2007

Poussin's Seven Sacraments v Chatterley Whitfield Colliery
Which is more deserving of £80 million, Poussin's religious paintings or Chatterley Whitfield Colliery, the largest surviving Victorian coalmine? Industrial archaeologist Kate Clark champions the colliery while National Gallery curator David Jaffe speaks for the Poussins.
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Wednesday 22 August 2007

Canterbury Cathedral v Damien Hirst's For The Love Of God
Jonathan Foyle calls for the urgent restoration of Canterbury Cathedral’s ageing infrastructure, while style guru Stephen Bayley argues that Damien Hirst’s diamond-encrusted skull should be bought for the nation.

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Wednesday 15 August 2007

The Cutty Sark v BFI National Film Archive 
Director Terence Davies champions the world's largest film archive, in danger of decay, while Colin White argues for the famous tea clipper, recently damaged by fire.

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Wednesday 8 August 2007

Stonehenge v the Thames Estuary
Germaine Greer champions the vast natural resource of the Thames Estuary while historian Tristram Hunt argues for Stonehenge, one of the world's great heritage sites.

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Lawrence Pollard

Lawrence PollardLawrence Pollard is the arts correspondent of the BBC World Service, based in London but has reported from Africa, America and Asia. He's also presented and reported for Radios 3 and 4 and BBC2 TV.

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