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GREAT LIVES
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SERIES 2
Begins Friday 18 October 2002, 23:02 - 23:30
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PROGRAMME 1: Bernard Manning on Mother Teresa
Picture of Mother Teresa.The first programme in the series kicks off with one of the most unlikely pairings of the series: controversial comedian Bernard Manning nominates Mother Teresa of Calcutta.

Also in the studio is Anne Sebba, Mother Teresa's biographer. While Anne takes a robust line against Mother Teresa's failure to provide proper medical care, and her hobnobbing with the world's dictators, Bernard Manning will see no wrong in her. "A lady like Mother Teresa brings you nearer to religion. What a wonderful person. All she had is what she stood up in - a bundle of rags. Holding children with all sorts of diseases, and loving them and kissing them - that's my kind of person." Manning reveals that he prays every day, and that if Mother Teresa is made a saint, as seems likely, he will pray to her too. Picture of Bernard Manning.

In passing, he mounts a defence of Hitler's economic policies: "Hitler was good for Germany at that time. There were 8 million unemployed in Germany when he took over and he put them on their feet. That's not to say he didn't go the wrong way and went a bit potty at the end."

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