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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.

In this Friday’s Artsnight (11:35pm, BBC2) author Lionel Shriver looks at the appeal of economics in fiction.

From the BBC:

After detailing the impact of a financial meltdown in her new novel The Mandibles, Lionel Shriver asks why economics, once seen as a difficult subject for fiction, has become one of the most exciting and apocalyptic subjects for writers, artists and filmmakers.

Lionel speaks to Damian Lewis, star of Sky Atlantic’s Billions, about the realities of playing a hedge-fund manager, talks to writers John Lanchester and Paul Murray about the challenges of turning economics into literary fiction, and meets the makers of a new documentary presented by Terry Jones, Boom Bust Boom.

Playwright Lucy Prebble makes the case that theatre is the best medium for exploring the subject, profiling current productions Boy and The Invisible Hand.

This programme would be of use for English or Drama students that are looking into cultural and literary trends. It may also be of interest to Economics students, as an example of the changing public perception of finance, and to consider whether fiction can impact policy.

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