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Wild Things - The Robin

Synopsis
Radio programme. In the second of her 5-part series of essays considering our responses to the creatures which make up the British landscape, the writer and poet Ruth Padel turns her attention to the robin. She explores why our feelings on seeing their red breasts in winter have grown so strong and finds out that religious symbolism has played a large part. She charts the history of the bird in Britain and traces the ways it has been represented in literature from Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night to Frances Hodgson Burnett’s The Secret Garden. How has this affected the way we perceive it?
Series
Essay, The
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Radio
Transmission details
1 Feb 2011 at 23:00 (Channel: BBC Radio 3)
Duration
15 mins

Credits

Producer
Emma Kingsley
Contributor
Ruth Padel

Additional Details

Production type
Documentary/Educational/News
Plays
Twelfth Night
Keywords
birds; Shakespeare, William (1564-1616); wildlife

Notes

History
Episode 2 of a 5-part series.

Production Company

Name

BBC

Notes
The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)

Archive

Name

British Library Sound Archive

Email
listening@bl.uk
Web
http://www.bl.uk/nsa External site opens in new window
Phone
020 7412 7676
Fax
020 7412 7441
Address
96 Euston Road
London
NW1 2DB

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