Helena Bonham Carter and Hugh Bonneville feature in a sequence of poetry, prose and music exploring some of life's turning points.
In this edition of Words & Music Helena Bonham Carter and Hugh Bonneville explore Turning Points, from life-changing and epoch-making, to funny and insignificant.
Love is the pivot for many of the programme's turning points. Shakespeare's Antony and Cleopatra, artist Marc Chagall, and Coleridge fall in it; Dorothea (in George Eliot's 'Middlemarch') and Carol Ann Duffy's Eurydice fall out of it; Alan Bennett movingly describes his mother's final days.
Revolutions provide other turning points: the Industrial one provokes opposing reactions from Erasmus Darwin and William Blake; Igor Stravinsky self-consciously remembers his musical one, and Estelle Sylvia Pankhurst recalls her part in an episode in the fight for Women's Suffrage.
The lives of Hilaire Belloc's Matilda and the Bible's Saul are changed forever by versions of the truth, and there's a culinary miracle when eggs and oil emulsify into a mayonnaise, according to Julia Child's instructions.
Music is by Bach, Beethoven, Janacek, Rachmaninov, Vaughan Williams and Erma Franklin, among others.
Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes
The Trumpet, reader Hugh Bonneville
Antony and Cleopatra (excerpt), reader Hugh Bonneville
Premiere of Le sacre du printemps
Estelle Sylvia Pankhurst
The Suffragette Movement: An Intimate Account of Persons and Ideals (excerpt), reader Helena Bonham Carter
Matilda, reader Helena Bonham Carter
Ovid (translated by John Dryden)
Metamorphoses (Book X, Orpheus & Eurydice) (excerpt), reader Hugh Bonneville
Carol Ann Duffy
Eurydice (excerpt), reader Helena Bonham Carter
The Botanic Garden (excerpt), reader Hugh Bonneville
Jerusalem, reader Helena Bonham Carter
Simone Beck, Louisette Bertholle, and Julia Child
How to Rescue a Split Mayonnaise (from Mastering the Art of French Cooking) (excerpt), reader Helena Bonham Carter
Middlemarch (excerpt), reader Helena Bonham Carter
My Life (excerpt), reader Hugh Bonneville
The Bible (Acts 9: 1 – 20)
Saul’s Conversion, reader Hugh Bonneville
Untold Stories (excerpt), reader Hugh Bonneville
Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Frost at Midnight (excerpt), reader Helena Bonham Carter