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Broadcast Resources- Literature

With the start of the new term, we’ve picked out a few resources that may be useful for introducing new authors to your literature class or seminar group.


The Secret Life of Books (airing on BBC Four, Tuesdays, 8:30PM) 

BBC Four has just commenced a 6 part series exploring the background of a few literary greats.

The series will cover Great Expectations, Shakespeare’s First Folio, Mrs Dalloway, The Mabinogion, Jane Eyre, and Frankenstein.

In conjunction with the series, the Open University have released an app, which provides clips from the episodes alongside further reading around the texts, all based in a virtual library.


The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time: From Page to Stage (Originally broadcast on BBC Two)

Clips from BBC Two’s The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time: From Page to Stage are available through the BBC Learning Zone. The programme looks into the process of transferring Mark Haddon’s novel into a play script, and then transforming that play script into a performance.

With clips exploring physical theatre and working with different stage spaces, these segments could be useful to introduce the foundation of dramatic staging with an English or Drama class.


White Teeth (Originally broadcast on Channel 4, currently available on 4OD)

Following the interlinked experiences of three families living in multi-cultural Britain, the Channel 4 adaptation of Zadie Smith’s first novel is available in full on 4OD.


The John Betjeman Collection (BBC Four and BBC iPlayer)

Following BBC Four’s Return to Betjemanland, which explored the impact of the poet’s work as a writer and a broadcaster, the BBC iPlayer has made a number of John Betjeman’s programmes available to access online. These include episodes featuring his poetry, as well as some travelogues.