The Utopian Dream – and its Disappointments

Presenter: The Revd Canon Dr Jane Shaw, Dean of Divinity, New College, Oxford
BBC Radio 3 – The Essay – January 2009

Human beings are dreamers and idealists. They want the best, the most perfect, and, to that end, history has been punctuated with a series of utopian experiments that have, seemingly, ended in disappointment. The Revd Canon Dr Jane Shaw explores the utopian dream – and its disappointments.


Follow the Money

Presenter: Alkarim Jivani
BBC Radio 4 – September 2008

In the UK, money transfer shops are doing a roaring trade. Alkarim Jivani investigates the economics and the human stories behind the global money flows.


The Colonel of Tamarkan

Philip Toosey and
The Bridge on the River Kwai

By Julie Summers

Read by Anton Lesser
Abridged by Neville Teller

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A Daily Telegraph audiobook of the year 2009
Runner-up Best Audiobooks of the Year 2010

Broadcast on BBC Radio 7 – April 2010
Radio choice: The Daily Telegraph

A remarkable tribute to a forgotten British hero. Alec Guinness won an Oscar for his portrayal of Colonel Nicholson in The Bridge on the River Kwai but, as Julie Summers reveals in this brilliant and moving biography, his role bore scant resemblance to the facts. The real officer in charge of the bridge-building was her grandfather, Philip Toosey.


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