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Phil Daoust on Unmasking the English | Proms

It's probably redundant to describe someone as a proud Scot - have you ever met one who isn't? - but it's a label you could stick on Andrew Marr. He is fascinated, however, by the English, among whom he is unfortunate enough to live and work. How best to understand them? A handful of characters, he reckons, might just reveal essential aspects of Englishness. Real and fictional figures like Miss Marple, Agatha Christie's spinster sleuth; the learned courtier and ruthless entrepreneur Sir Walter Raleigh; and Dr Johnson, the original scary Tory but also one of the kindest men you could hope to meet.

What does this odd bunch mean in the 21st century, when we all cruise around in hovercars and holiday on Venus? Find out in the four-part Unmasking the English (9am, Radio 4).

Meanwhile, back at the Royal Albert Hall, Daniel Barenboim and the Vienna Phil return to the Proms (7pm, Radio 3) for the first of two concerts. Tonight they're performing a pair of symphonies by Austrian composers, beginning with Schubert's Symphony No 5, written when he was just 19. The companion piece is by the slower-burning Bruckner, who was well into middle age when he produced his "Romantic" Symphony No 4.

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