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Lively Arts 23 October 1977 [Television programme]

Melvyn Bragg talks to John Fowles at his home in Lyme Regis. The author of ‘The Magus’ and ‘The French Lieutenant’s Woman’ discusses his life, career and latest publication, ‘Daniel Martin’. He talks about a diverse range of subjects and literary forms that feature in his writing including the state of the modern novel, socialism, humanism, love of nature and the defining features of the English character. 55 minutes

Monitor 13 September 1959 [Television programme]

An Interview with T.H. White in Alderney and an exploration of Arthurian legend and English traditions. The writer of ‘The Sword in the Stone’ talks to Robert Robinson and reveals the connection he sees between physical health and literary skill and explains why he feels he should be able to do everything he writes about, whether it’s hunting for food or deep-sea diving. 20 minutes

Intimations – Robert Graves 16 November 1965 [Television programme]

The author of ‘I, Claudius’ converses with Malcolm Muggeridge. Poet and novelist Robert Graves is best known for his World War I memoir ‘Goodbye to All That’, his children’s books about the Greek myths and the Roman sagas ‘I, Claudius’ and ‘Claudius the God and His Wife Messalina’. In this discussion with Malcolm Muggeridge, Graves reveals his influences and shares his views on Christianity and other religions, marriage and homosexuality, and his experiences during World War I. 29 minutes

Was 2009 the year of historical fiction – Newsnight Review 21 December 2009 [Television programme]

Kirsty Wark is joined by Ekow Eshun, Natalie Haynes, Paul Morley and Michael Gove to consider why historical fiction has proved so popular in 2009. 10 minutes




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