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Playing the Dot

Janet Ellis explores the role of the dot in early punctuation and Harold Pinter's love of the pause and listens to the music of the dots.

Then there was a pause... Janet Ellis explores the role of the dot in early punctuation, Harold Pinter's love of the pause, and listens to the music of the dots.

The simple dot is one of the first marks man ever made. From being a word we uttered infrequently, the advent of digital has made it one we use all the time.

The dot. We wear it, listen to it, read it and gaze on it. We send it through the air and under the waves. Each programme in this series circles a different aspect of this simple mark.

Contributors include theatre director David Leveaux, writers Keith Huston and Lynne Truss, and composer Gary Yershon.

Harold Pinter extract taken from Penguin Random House audiobook Various Voices, with permission of The Harold Pinter estate.

Producer: Caroline Raphael
A Dora production for BBC Radio 4.

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15 minutes