The Leopard


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Dec 13, 2008, 12:49pm

Sounds intriguing if a little odd - Antonio Carluccio of the restaurant chain is exploring the history of Lampedusa and his novel on BBC 4 tonight.

But once again BBC 4 appears to be the only UK TV channel that even attempts to show anything of intellectual value.

Dec 13, 2008, 1:29pm

It is just further evidence that the only way to get a book programme on television now is for it to be linked to someone famous or another television programme. It's a disgrace that BBC4 can't find any time for a serious weekly book show, especially since Newsnight Review only reviews 1 or 2 books a month - it is too busy reviewing films and television to waste much time on literature.

Dec 14, 2008, 6:47am

Quite so.

But we should still be thankful for BBC4 - it is the only outpost for challenging thought and insight (apart from the occasional documentary on More 4).

I worry that the pressure will eventually come on the BBC to either dumb it down or lose it.

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