Jane Shilling's Tv Choice

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BRAVE NEW WORLD WITH STEPHEN HAWKING 8PM, CHANNEL 4 "This is the beginning of the Brave New World," announces a passing boffin, apparently unaware of the ironical overtones of the phrase borrowed by Aldous Huxley for his dystopian novel of futuristic technology. Among the inventions chosen to feature in this series are an electronic exoskeleton enabling paraplegics to walk -- among its other benefits, we learn it could "transform warfare" -- and a sinister toddler robot.

COLOURING LIGHT: BRIAN CLARKE -- AN ARTIST APART 10PM, BBC4 What would you say the people on this list had in common? "Bob Geldof, Paul Mac, Stella, Lulu, Salmon [sic] Rushdie, David Bailey." Actually it's Brian Clarke's mum's list of the people who came to his birthday party. Brian who? I hear you cry. You know, Brian Clarke -- the bad boy of stained glass. Born and raised in Oldham by an impressive matriarchy of mother, grandmother and innumberable aunties, he experienced a moment of destiny at an early age while in York Minister, and went on to become, as he puts it, "a person who colours in the holes that architects leave in their buildings." His stained glass embellishes buildings by Norman Foster, Zaha Hadid and Renzo Piano -- he is currently working on designs for the Shard at London Bridge. As for his mum's list of celebrity guests: it is now immortalised in lead, in one of Clarke's latest works of art.

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