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Reichstag programme was illuminating

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It is quite rare for television programmes on architecture to convey the real dilemmas and dramas involved in creating a real building.

This week's Omnibus on the making of the Reichstag managed to achieve just that, however.

For one thing, it showed the give and take between client and architect (Sir Norman digging in his heels over the idea of a historicist dome, the client getting his way on the colour of the assembly chairs). For another it had a most dramatic subject - and made the most of it.

Seeing the be-medalled old Russian soldier returning to the building after a gap of fifty years was truly moving.

It was interesting that the programme avoided long static shots of the building, concentrating on people and movement.

Surely an object lesson in how to make buildings come alive on the box.

Sarah Hifield, London SW19

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