The screenwriter (War and Peace, Bleak House, Dr Zhivago, Pride and Prejudice) is joined by his script editor and producer to discuss the challenges of adapting Victor Hugo’s masterpiece for the screen. The six-hour series will broadcast later this year with Dominic West as Valjean, David Oyelowo as Javert and Olivia Colman as Mme Thénardier. Chaired by Francine Stock.
The heroic tale of how Lord Woolton, Minister for Food 1940-1943, really fed Britain. As a nation at war, with supply routes under attack from the Axis powers and resources scarce, it was Woolton’s job to fulfil his promise to the British people, and Prime Minister Winston Churchill in particular, that there would be food on the shelves each week. He battled to outwit unscrupulous dealers on the black market streets of cities across the British Empire, persuading customs authorities to turn a blind eye to his import schemes.
To live in 19th century Britain was to experience an astonishing series of changes, of a kind for which there was simply no precedent in human experience. There were revolutions in transport, communication, work; cities grew vast; scientific ideas made the intellectual landscape unrecognisable. This was an exhilarating time, but also a horrifying one. In this lecture David Cannadine discusses his dazzling new book offering a bold, fascinating new interpretation of the British 19th century in all its energy and dynamism, darkness and vice. Professor Sir David Cannadine is President of the British Academy, Dodge Professor of History at Princeton University and visiting Professor at the University of Oxford. His books include Margaret Thatcher: A Life and Legacy and The Undivided Past. Chaired by Tom Clark of Prospect magazine.
On 17 July 1918, the whole of the Russian Imperial Family was murdered. There were no miraculous escapes. The former Tsar Nicholas, his wife Alexandra, and their children – Olga, Tatiana, Maria, Anastasia and Alexey – were all gunned down in a blaze of bullets. On the centenary of these brutal murders, historian Helen Rappaport set out to uncover why the Romanovs’ European royal relatives and the Allied governments failed to save them.
It was only a coincidence that the NHS and the Empire Windrush, a ship carrying 492 migrants from Britain’s West Indian colonies, arrived together. On 22 June 1948, as the ship’s passengers disembarked, frantic preparations were already underway for 5 July, the Appointed Day when the nation’s new National Health Service would first open its doors. The relationship between immigration and the NHS rapidly attained, and has enduringly retained, huge political and cultural significance. The Warwick University historian interrogates and re-balances the political history of Britain’s response to immigration. Her current Wellcome Trust-funded work develops a People’s Encyclopaedia of the NHS and a Virtual Museum of the NHS. Chaired by Rosie Boycott.
The author and illustrator introduces a lion who is just a little bit different. When a mouse meets a lion it’s easy to guess who will be more afraid…or is it? Find out how this lion can overcome his fears and discover his own true bravery.
Practise your battle cries and meet the good wizard Aduro as he talks beasts, spells and adventures. Listen to tales of new beasts, watch as he casts amazing spells, and then gather all your courage to help summon Nanook, the snow monster… A fun, interactive event celebrating the 10th anniversary of Beast Quest with a sneak peek of Adam Blade’s new series, Team Hero.
The bio-engineer assesses the carbon footprint of popular building materials like steel and concrete and discusses approaches for substituting new bio-inspired materials instead.
The novelist presents an evening of ancient and modern stories to meet the chill of a winter’s night. Winterson’s most recent novel was The Gap of Time, a reimagining of Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale. Her new festive book is Christmas Days, 12 Stories and 12 Feasts for 12 Days from which she will be reading.
A majestic distillation of our current understanding of the birth of the universe, of the solar system, of the oceans, of mountains and minerals, of all life on earth and of the driving dynamics of human culture and achievement. Christian is a Distinguished Professor in History at Macquarie University in Australia and the co-founder, with Bill Gates, of The Big History Project.
Can art and business coexist, or does a drive for profit lead to the end of creative integrity? From art to literature, fashion to ceramics, four creative pioneers discuss the tensions between art and the corporate world with former Minister for Culture, Ed Vaizey, jewellery designer Theo Fennell, economist Linda Yueh, Jo Jo Maman Bebe founder Laura Tenison and curator at The Wedgwood Museum Gaye Blake-Roberts.
Join the authors and illustrator behind the Artemis Fowl graphic novels as they present their new book Illegal and take you on an epic and heart-breaking journey across continents. Hear how their graphic novel came to be, the real-life stories behind the headlines and what it takes to make a graphic novel.
The prolific Edinburgh novelist discusses the joys and travails of writing fiction – plotting, voice, tone and humour – with his fellow crime-writer. His books, in numerous series including No.1 Ladies Detective Agency, Isabel Dalhousie and 44 Scotland Street, have sold tens of millions of copies worldwide, in 46 languages.
Culture-grown lab meat is becoming big business. It can be taking a few animal cells, feeding them nutrients, growing them in to meat and allowing them to self-renew indefinitely; or taking the fish out of fishing by helping fish cells to multiply in a brewery-like environment to create fish fillets. The benefits could be huge, not only in removing the need to kill animals but also in the reduction of methane production and water use. However, it raises lots of potential ethical concerns too. To discuss the benefits and drawbacks, Dan Crossley, Executive Director at the Food Ethics Council, farmer Illtud Llyr Dunsford, Marianne Ellis, Senior Lecturer in Biochemical Engineering in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Bath University and Alexandra Sexton, researcher at Wellcome Trust "Livestock, Environment, People' project, talk to Andy Fryers, Sustainability Director at Hay Festival.
The marvellous complexity of the Universe emerges from several deep laws and a handful of fundamental constants that fix its shape, scale, and destiny. There is a deep structure to the world which at the same time is simple, elegant, and beautiful. The University of Oxford professor asks: Where did these laws and these constants come from? And why are the laws so fruitful when written in the language of mathematics?