BBC Radio 4 – Something Understood

Sometimes the figure offering salvation from physical or spiritual peril isn’t who we’d expect, as Tom Robinson reflects in Knights In Shining Armour.

This episode of Something Understood was first broadcast  on BBC Radio 4 on Sunday 1 August 2010 at 0615. Producer: Alan Hall. A Falling Tree production for BBC Radio 4.


Music 1 – ‘When a Knight Won His Spurs’
Wells Cathedral Choir, Rupert Gough and Kieran White
CD: The English Hymn, Vol. 4
Hyperion CDP12104 tr. 4

Music 2 – ‘Save Me’
Aretha Franklin
CD: I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You
Atlantic 7567814392 tr. 10

Music 3 – ‘Amazing Grace’
Ladysmith Black Mambazo
CD: No Boundaries
Heads Up HUCD3092 tr. 4

Music 4 – Ravel: ‘Chanson Romanesque – Don Quichotte à Dulcinée
Gerard Souzay (Baritone)
CD: Melodies by Ravel and Debussy
EMI CDM 7631122 tr. 13

Music 5 – Leiber: ‘Along came Jones’
Ray Stevens
CD: Only the Best of Ray Stevens
Collectables Records COL-CD-1202

Music 6 – Purcell: ‘King Arthur’
Bath Festival Orchestra
CD: Baroque Classics: Works by Vivaldi, Bach
EMI CDU5650382 tr. 6

Music 7 – ‘Cold Water’
Damien Rice
Vector Recordings 48507 tr. 8

Music 8 – Robinson: ‘The One’
Tom Robinson
CD: Having it Both Ways
Cooking Vinyl Records 97 tr. 2

Music 9 – Burgon: ‘Nunc Dimittis’
The Choir of Wells Cathedral, Matthew Owens (Cond.)
CD: Geoffrey Burgon: Choral Music
Hyperion CDA67567 tr. 18


Reading 1 – Roger Lancelyn Green: King Arthur and His Knights
of the Round Table
Pub. Everyman’s Library

Reading 2 – Mary C. Lamia and Marilyn J. Krieger: The White
Knight Syndrome
Pub. New Harbinger

Reading 3 – Carl Jung: Man and his Symbols
Pub. Laurel Press

Reading 4 – Raymond Chandler: The Big Sleep
Pub. Random House

Reading 5 – Alden Nowlan: ‘The Rites of Manhood’
Pub. Nineties Press

Reading 6 – Robert A. Johnson: The Psychology of Romantic Love
Pub. HarperOne

Reading 7 – Jane Austen: Sense and Sensibility
Pub. Penguin Classics

Reading 8 – Mary C. Lamia and Marilyn J. Krieger: The White
Knight Syndrome
Pub. New Harbinger

Tom Robinson

London-based broadcaster & songwriter, born 1950. His best known songs are 2-4-6-8 Motorway, Glad To Be Gay and War Baby; he has also co-written songs with Peter Gabriel, Elton John, Dan Hartman and Manu Katché. Read More...

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