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20th Century Literature on the BBC this Autumn

This Autumn the BBC has launched its season of adaptations of 4 iconic 20th Century novels, which feature on reading lists from GSCE to HE level.

 

In the BBC press release to announce the season, Charlotte Moore, Controller of BBC One, says: “These four classic works each represent a real moment in our recent history when Britain was on the cusp of great social and cultural change. This season of films aims to explore and contextualise the enormous changes in the way men and women lived and behaved in the 20th century. They all tell uniquely intense and personal stories about people living in Britain 100 years ago.”

 

The season began on Sunday  with Jed Mercurio’s adaptation of DH Lawrence’s Lady Chatterley’s Lover.  While not on school syllabuses, the novel features on many reading list at HE level. Now available on BBCiPlayer until 3 October, this version of the novel is far less explicit than Ken Russell’s 1993 adaptation.

 

An Inspector Calls BBC1, 13 September 9pm

This novel features on a number of GCSE English syllabuses and a new adaptation of this classic mid 20th Century play by JB Priestley will hopefully bring the text to life for students.  Further information on this production can be found  at the BBC Media Centre.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/mediacentre/latestnews/2015/inspector-calls

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/english_literature/dramainspectorcalls/

The Go-Between  BBC1, date tbc

LP Hartley’s tale of forbidden love, innocent lost and social hierarchy in Norfolk in the 1900s is a standard KS4 text.  This new adaptation directly by Adrian Hodges stars Jim Broadbent and Vanessa Redgrave.

 

Cider with Rosie  BBC1, date tbc

On reading lists for KS3 and KS4 pupils, this evocative memoir of author Laurie Lee’s Childhood in a Cotswold village chronicles rural life in England during and after World War One.

Further information on broadcast dates and times will be available on twitter @eraresources

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