Enjoy your day of rest with a literary and musical celebration of Sunday. Frances Barber and Greg Wise read extracts by Jane Austen, Graham Swift and Margaret Atwood.
Frances Barber and Greg Wise read texts and poems covering many Sunday-related occupations and states of mind, as well as thoughts about the very purpose of Sunday. A full list of the music and readings can be found on the Words and Music programme website.
Jane Eyre is enduring a freezing cold walk to church, Jim Dixon is nursing the mother of all hangovers, Peter Grimes is fishing and William Brown is looking forward to creating havoc on a Sunday School outing. For some Sunday is a day of rest, a chance to play sports, cook a roast, and read the papers. For others it's planned around one, or in the case of Samuel Pepys, several trips to church. For children it can be a day of utter tedium, captured beautifully by Margaret Atwood in her poem Bored. But for adults Sunday can be an opportunity for a rare day off, to take a moment to dream about the past, as Edward Hirsch does in his poem Early Sunday Morning, or to contemplate the week ahead. Extracts include works by Jane Austen and Graham Swift, with Sunday-themed music by Vaughan Williams, Haydn, Sondheim, and Ellington.
Producer - Ellie Mant.
Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes
Sunday Morning, read by Frances Barber
Samuel Pepys Diary, read by Greg Wise
King James Bible
Genesis 2:2, read by Frances Barber
Early Sunday Morning, read by Greg Wise
The Borough, read by Frances Barber
Lucky Jim, read by Greg Wise
Sunday Dip, read by Frances Barber
Essays From Addison, Spectator, ed JH Fowler
Sir Roger at Church, read by Greg Wise
Mothering Sunday, read by Frances Barber
The Newspaper, read by Greg Wise
Jane Eyre, read by Frances Barber
Thomas De Quincey
Confessions of an English Opium Eater, read by Greg Wise
English Food, read by Frances Barber
The Catch, read by Greg Wise
Mansfield Park, read by Frances Barber
Pershore Station, read by Greg Wise
Bored, read by Frances Barber
When all the others were away at Mass, read by Greg Wise
William the Conqueror, read by Frances Barber
Saturday Night and Sunday Morning read by Greg Wise
Caroline Anne Bowles
Sunday Evening, read by Frances Barber
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