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#TVforTeachers – Pick of the Week – Poetry Evening on BBC4

As part of ERA’s commitment to helping licence holders make best use of the material available to them, we have decided to start highlighting our ‘top pick’ each week. We’re hoping to reveal multiple educational uses for a single episode, series, or film with enough time to act as a ‘heads up’ for teachers to be able to record, or access the material.


On Sunday (11th October), BBC4 are showing a number of programmes about poetry.

8pm – Simon Armitage in Conversation with Tony Harrison

From the BBC:

In this special programme recorded in front of a live audience, two of Britain’s best-known and most popular poets, Simon Armitage and Tony Harrison, discuss their craft and careers.


9pm – Return to Larkinland

From the BBC:

To celebrate National Poetry Day, and to commemorate the 30th anniversary of his death, writer and critic AN Wilson revisits the life and work of one of the greatest English poets of the 20th century, Philip Larkin – a poet soon to be honoured with a place in Poets’ Corner at Westminster Abbey.


10.30pm –  Black Roses: the Killing of Sophie Lancaster

From the BBC:

Sophie Lancaster was kicked to death in a Lancashire park in 2007 because of her appearance. Sylvia Lancaster remembers her daughter and the tragic events after the attack as Sophie tells her own story through a sequence of poems written by poet by Simon Armitage.

Extracts from these programmes could be used in conjunction with the excellent programmes available in the BBC’s Contains Strong Language season – which covers a broad range of poetry.


Follow the hashtag #TVforTeachers or @EraResources for more lesson ideas.


Related links:

Contains Strong Language – A major season centered around National Poetry Day on 8 October 2015.