The Bomb: Geiger Sweet, Geiger Sour Tales from the Radiation Age: BBC2, Sunday, July 30, 8.00pm. This year is a double anniversary for the atomic age the 50th anniversary of the dropping of the first atomic bomb and the centenary of the discovery of radiation. This documentary begins the BBC's "The Bomb" season, with a history of radiation, from x-rays to Chernobyl.
Waiting for Godot: Radio 3FM, Sunday, July 30, 9.40pm. A broadcast marking the 40th anniversary of the first British staging of Beckett's ground-breaking play, in a version including his final revisions. The impact of the play is recalled in Godot Was Here, Radio 3FM, Thursday, August 3, 11pm.
Deaf-Blind Education in Russia: BBC2, Monday, July 31, 7.30pm. The pioneering work of a Moscow school for children that are both deaf and blind. Founded in 1963, the school uses specific techniques, such as model-making, which relate the remaining senses to the outside the world. The programme shows how former pupils have gone on to university education.
Nagasaki Journey: BBC2, Tuesday, August 1, 8.30pm. The destruction of the Japanese town in 1945 by an atomic bomb is recalled by survivors and eye-witnesses. The documentary includes film footage of the aftermath. The Legacy of Nagasaki: Radio 5 Live, Sunday, July 30, 10.35pm. Again using interviews with survivors, the programme considers the effects of radiation and questions the legitimacy of the dropping of the bomb.
Closing Downs: Channel 4, Thursday, August 3, 8.00pm. This programme follows the successful campaign fought by parents to keep open an inner-London school. Hackney Downs, once celebrated for producing Harold Pinter, Michael Caine and Steven Berkoff, had been earmarked for closure, but parents, almost all black or Asian, campaigned to save it.