In 1964 the Mary Poppins film premiered in Hollywood to world acclaim. But one person loathed it. She was PL Travers, the author of the books. To coincide with the release of Saving Mr Banks, this Culture Show special presented by Victoria Coren Mitchell explores the dark and complex life of the writer. Her twenty year battle with Walt Disney, the strange adoption of her child (he was one of twins) and how the film version overshadowed her writings but made her rich. With contributions from Emma Thompson, Cameron Mackintosh and PL Travers's granddaughter.
Documentary investigating the world of identical twins. Using brand new filming techniques, the programme discovers not only what it means to be a twin, but also what it means to be human. Scientists are now discovering that their experiences in the womb also account for much of their surprising synchronicity. This helps explain how 26-year-old French fashion designer Anais Bordier miraculously found she had a twin sister - Samantha Futerman - after spotting her by chance in a movie trailer, as they shared many of the same mannerisms and tastes..
Classic books are considered with a fresh eye. Returning to the authors' original manuscripts and letters, expert writers and performers bring their personal insights to these great works.
Two-part series looking at American diplomacy and the leaked US embassy cables.