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The Earth: An Intimate HistoryThe palaeontologist introduces his magisterial history of our planets' last four billion years. 'Think of Earth as a recycling system, forever turning granite into clay and sand, ocean mud into marble, gathering gold in veins and silver into seams. The Earth is the greatest show on earth' (The Guardian).
Does It Play?How to hold 12 million people for 28 minutes. A full-morning masterclass in comedy writing for television with the creators of Birds of a Feather, Goodnight Sweetheart and The New Statesman.
Black ComedyWilliams' The Prince of Wales continues his black-comedy trawl through Cardiff's underworld. Wollf's agent provocateur works at The Honey Trap, an agency testing fidelity. Theobald's Trix pairs a Scarborough waitress and a charismatic hustler on a road trip across America.
Building JerusalemThe acclaimed historian explores the history of civic pride and the legacy of the Victorian city from the Gothic wonder of Manchester Town Hall to the coming of theGarden City and Dickens' 'Coketown'
Dad's, debt, and rock'n'roll.
The leading Israeli satirist, author of Human Parts and the Wodehouse Prize-winning author of What a Carve Up and The Rotters' Club in conversation with the Orange Prize-winning novelist about the strategic deployment of heavy ridicule.
Builded HereThe eminent journalist considers his cultural and architectural odyssey around England's Thousand Best Homes and Churches in this illustrated lecture.
The blockbusting champion of masculinism and author of Mand and Boy, Man and Wife, and One for my Baby discusses his career and his new novel The Family Way.
Between the WarsIn this first of a series of conversations about major turning points in British history, the playwright and historian discusses the revolutions in science, society and industry of the 1920's and 1930's with the grandee science-writer John Maddox, and the historian and autobiographer Eric Hobsbawm.
Touching The VoidThe climber and writer discusses his classic mountaineering story and the process of making the feature film with the Channel 4 Commissioning Editior. Is he happy with the result? Does the film add to the experience of the book, or merely bastardise it?
Greenwash?The iconic environmental champion and founder of The Body Shop discusses corporate responsibility and ethics with the Moral Maze presenter and journalist.
International FictionBooker Prize-winner Kelman launches his new novel You Have to Be Careful in the Land of the Free. Sinclair introduces his Dining on Stones. Chaired by the EIBF Director.
The broadcaster discusses her frank and dazzling memoir The Middle of the Bed with the broadcaster and editior.
The Lesser Evil: Political Ethics in an Age of TerrorThe novelist and Harvard Professor of Human Rights Practice explores how a violent response to violence arguably makes us morally indistinguishable from our enimies, and confronts the political challenge of trying to win the war against terror without losing our democratic souls.
Other WorldsIn Maclean's Falling for Icarus our intrepid adventurer sets off to Crete, where, with help from his Cretan neighbours, he attempts to build a woodhopper from scratch and make it fly. In 2001, Stewart, now Deputu Governor of a province in Iraq, set off from Heart to walk to Kabul via the mountains of Ghor in central Afghanistan. Robb's A Death in BRazil engages the politics, history and culture of South America's carnival superpower.
Lost in Space: The Fall of NASA and the Dream of a New Space AgePost-Apollo NASA has got hung up on the Shuttle and the Space Station. The future may lie with an alternative free-market space community.
In this exclusive preview the author of WHite Teeth and The Autograph Man reads from her work in progress on her new novel.
River Cottage MeatThe chef and writer conjures shepherds pie, glazed baked ham, Irish stew, roast grouse with all the trimmings, toad in the hole and oxtail stew, pot au feu, cassoulet, bolito misto, pasticcio, jerked pork, feijoida, cozido, curried goat...Xtreme Organix
Fact and FictionThe Guardian policy editor hosts this discussion about how truths are told in stories. What happens when the imagination is continually outstripped by reality? How can novelists and playwrights keep up when current events repeatdly generate more drama, tragedy and absurdity than any writer could dream up?
Poetry LiveA reading by three award-winning poets. Forde's latest collection is A Map of the Territory, Wardle's is Fields Away, Rees-Jones has just published Quiver.
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