Letters - Excellence on the small screen

To Richard Cork's list of excellent arts programmes on television (The Back Half, 30 August), I would add the BBC's exploration of themes. The film The Sorrow and the Pity, a collector's item, was part of an evening devoted to the German occupation of France, and more recently outstanding documentaries on Robert Capa and Henri Cartier-Bresson formed part of a BBC series on photography. Such programming shows that the alternative to "reality" television need not necessarily be comedy.

Andrew Hoellering

This article first appeared in the 06 September 2004 issue of the New Statesman, The happiness industry