TV and RADIO
by Elizabeth Bano
IN RECENT months, BBC television has dedicated a large amount of airtime to design. This week the subject under discussion was a 20th-century masterpiece, a copy of which is kept in the New York Museum of Modern Art. The design in question was the map of the London Underground system which was devised by Harry Beck in 1931.
He was not commissioned to execute the map, nor was he a designer. He was a 29-year-old engineering draftsman who drew out the first draft in an old school exercise book. He presented his revolutionary concept, of a map which bore no relation to geography or scale, to London Transport, but was turned away.
After pressure from friends he tried again, and this time they agreed to print a trial number of 500. His systemised scheme became so popular that it was adopted as the map for the system. Over the years he was asked to adjust and update it. In 1960 he was pushed aside by a publicity man who thought he could do better. He couldn't, and Beck was brought back to continue refining his brainchild.
The key to the map fay in Beck's assertion that it was not necessary to show relative distances, but only the order of the stations and where they interconnect. His revolutionary method of graphic presentation, with the different lines represented by different colours, the stops indicated by ticks and the interconnecting stations indicated by circles and bars, has become a classic.
SUNDAY July 5: 6.32am Morning Has Broken, Radio 4. Jack Hywel-Davies introduces some beautiful sacred music, and the programme ends with a 7.30am Good Morning Sunday, Radio 2. The veteran entertainer of stage, TV and radio, Sir Harry Secombe, who now presents the successful TV religious series Highway, talks about that programme and his amazing career, ranging from "The Goons" to variety shows. 7.40am Sunday, Radio 4. A look at the week's religious news and views.
9.15am Articles of Faith, BBC1 . Another chance to see the series concerning the rediscovery of
religious belief. This week Charles Elliott talks about "Longing for the kingdom".
9.30am This Is The Day, BBC 1, Linda Mary Evans continues the theme of "Articles of Faith" in a simple service of prayer and meditation presented from a viewer's home near Nottingham. 9.30am Morning Service, Radio 4. Today's service comes from the annual Christian Aid Conference, taking place at Hayes Conference Centre, in Swanick, Derbyshire. The
preacher will be the Rev Michael Taylor, Director of Christian Aid.
1 lam Morning Worship, ITV. From St Mary Magdalen, Bermondsey.
2pm Thy Kingdom Come, ITV. "I Hope I'm A Gay Minister In The Sense That I'm Happy." Is the era of sexual permissiveness in Europe — and especially in the church — over? is the question posed by the programme this week.
6.40pm Home on Sunday, BBCI . A new series of six
programmes in which Cliff Michelmore talks to well-known personalities in their homes about their lives, their faith and their music. The first guest is Val Doonican who reflects on a life that's taken him from a simple Roman Catholic childhood in Ireland to over 20 years as a top entertainer. His choice of music ranges from "Panis Angelicus" to his own hit song "You Needed Me".
6.40pm Highway, ITV. Harry Secombe (interviewed on Good Morning Sunday on Radio 2 earlier today) presents the programme from Aylesford parish church in Kent, where he interviews actress Jan Francis. 8.30pm Sunday Half Hour, Radio 2. Cormac Rigby introduces the hymns from the Royal Holloway and Bedford New College, in Egham, Surrey. 10.20pm Choices, BBC1. Rabbi Julia Neuberger continues her excellent series with the fourth programme debating the need for a new set of commandments to suit the times. This week's "new" commandment is "Thou shalt seek justice before the law", and Judge James Pickles, Sheila Cameron QC, Sir David Napley and Anthony Lester QC discuss the theme in front of an invited studio audience.
llpm Rock Gospel Show, BBC1. Alvin Stardust and Sheila Walsh host a repeat of the programme that features Jessy Dixon, Huey Lewis and the News and Steve Camp and guests. 11pm Seeds of Faith, Radio 4. The late evening Office of Compline from All Saints Church, Margaret Street, London is led by the Rev Ronald Farrow.
TUESDAY July 7: 8.30pm Northern Light — A Life of St Cuthbert, Radio 4. Cuthbert, Bishop of Lindisfarne is probably the best loved Saint of the North of England. In unsettled times he consolidated the conversion of Northumbria to Christianity and Durham Cathedral was built as his shrine. In this year, the 1300th* anniversary of his death, Rosemary Hartill, the BBC Religious Affairs Correspondent, travels through Northumberland tracing the major events of his life, discovering the spiritual legacy of this extraordinary 7th century Saint.