Paul McGann and Kirsty Besterman read works on the theme of solitude by Wordsworth, Larkin, Whitman and Emily Dickinson. With music by Delius, Scriabin and Thelonius Monk.
We shut out the hustle and bustle of the outside world and explore the emotion and experience of solitude through a sequence of poetry, prose and music. Readings by Paul McGann and Kirsty Besterman.
With words from Alexandre Dumas, William Wordsworth, Philip Larkin, Emily Dickinson and Maya Angelou and music from Bach, Delius, Strauss, Scriabin and Thelonious Monk.
Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes
Solitude read by Paul McGann
Personal Talk read by Kirsty Besterman
Drinking Alone by Moonlight read by Paul McGann (translator Arthur Waley)
Sonnet XI: You Not Alone read by Paul McGann
A noiseless patient spider read by Kirsty Besterman
Alone read by Maya Angelou
Cricket Cricket read by Kirsty Besterman
Best Society read by Paul McGann
Solitude I read by Kirsty Besterman (translated by Robert Bly)
Solitude II read by Paul McGann (translated by Robert Bly)
The Lantern read by Kirsty Besterman
The Song of Jonah in the Whales Bellie read by Paul McGann
Count of Monte Cristo read by Paul McGann (Translated by David Coward)
The Commuted Sentence read by Kirsty Besterman
It Might be Lonelier by read by Kirsty Besterman
The Lake Isle of Innisfree read by Paul McGann