To commemorate the 200th anniversary of Robert Burns's death, Maya Angelou (right) offers a tribute to her fellow poet. Angelou on Burns, to be broadcast on BBC2 later this month, films the American on a pilgrimage to meet other Burnsians in Ayrshire. Angelou first came across the Scottish poet as a mute eight-year-old: "He was the first white man I read who seemed to understand that a human being was a human being and that we are more alike than unalike." Active in the American Civil Rights movement of Martin Luther King, she greets Burns - the author of A Man's A Man For A' That - as a kindred spirit.
Geoff Hamilton, who died last weekend, left his programme, Gardeners' World, in blooming shape. In the week ending 14 July, the show he presented from his garden at Barsndale had sprung into third place (behind The X Files and Sunday Grandstand) in the BBC2 ratings with 4.10 million viewers. He will be hard to replace.Reuse content