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Breaking Kate
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Breaking Kate

Katherina despairs at Petruchio's treatment of her, detailing many of the ways her husband has tried to break the headstrong woman and turn her into a compliant wife.

Katherina despairs at Petruchio's treatment of her, detailing many of the ways her husband has tried to break the headstrong woman and turn her into a compliant wife.

Father rules when daughters may marry
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Father rules when daughters may marry

Baptista Minola determines that his daughter Bianca may only marry when her elder sister, shrewish Kate, finds a husband.

Baptista Minola determines that his daughter Bianca may only marry when her elder sister, shrewish Kate, finds a husband.

Kate and Petruchio's battle of the sexes
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Kate and Petruchio's battle of the sexes

Petruchio and Katherina argue from the moment they first meet but Petruchio still insists Kate will be be his wife.

Petruchio and Katherina argue from the moment they first meet but Petruchio still insists Kate will be be his wife.

The auction of Bianca
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The auction of Bianca

Gremio and Tranio (disguised as Lucentio) bid to marry Bianca, telling Baptista how wealthy they are. Baptista agrees to let Lucentio marry Bianca if the suitor's financial ...

Gremio and Tranio (disguised as Lucentio) bid to marry Bianca, telling Baptista how wealthy they are. Baptista agrees to let Lucentio marry Bianca if the suitor's financial position can be verified.

The plot to marry Kate off to Petruchio
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The plot to marry Kate off to Petruchio

Hortensio, Gremio and Tranio (disguised as Lucentio) agree to pay Petruchio if he will marry Kate, leaving the competing suitors free to pursue Bianca.

Hortensio, Gremio and Tranio (disguised as Lucentio) agree to pay Petruchio if he will marry Kate, leaving the competing suitors free to pursue Bianca.

Thy husband is thy lord'
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Thy husband is thy lord'

Petruchio wagers that his wife is more compliant than both Lucentio and Hortensio's. Kate delivers thy husband is thy lord monologue, exhibiting the power relationship between ...

Petruchio wagers that his wife is more compliant than both Lucentio and Hortensio's. Kate delivers thy husband is thy lord monologue, exhibiting the power relationship between men and women in the play.

Percy Bysshe Shelley's Ozymandias
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Percy Bysshe Shelley's Ozymandias

Clip from Arrows Of Desire
A reader recites Shelley's Ozymandias and critics discuss the composition and significance of the poem.

A reader recites Shelley's Ozymandias and critics discuss the composition and significance of the poem.

The strong female lead in Taming Of The Shrew
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The strong female lead in Taming Of The Shrew

Critics discuss the way in which William Shakespeare subverted a traditional comic role for women, the shrew.

Critics discuss the way in which William Shakespeare subverted a traditional comic role for women, the shrew.

Opium, Coleridge and his poetry
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Opium, Coleridge and his poetry

Clip from The Romantics
Peter Ackroyd discusses the role of opium in Coleridge's theories of poetry, imagination and identity.

Peter Ackroyd discusses the role of opium in Coleridge's theories of poetry, imagination and identity.

The Book Show
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The Book Show: Roger Moore

Season 8  |  Episode 2  |  Arts  |  October 9, 2017
A-list authors and big-name guests discuss their favourite reads and their own works. The series features interviews with leading authors and well known guests; it covers ...

A-list authors and big-name guests discuss their favourite reads and their own works. The series features interviews with leading authors and well known guests; it covers topical literary news such as the trend for vampire fiction, the phenomenon of atheist books, the demise of paper books, and authors' working environments. Also included is entertainment, either music inspired by literature or performance poetry. This episode features guests Roger Moore, Jung Chang and Michael Chabon.

A Profile Of A Tale Of Two Cities
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A Profile Of A Tale Of Two Cities

FOXTEL Arts  |  September 26, 2016
Dirk Bogarde stars in this celebrated adaptation of the Dickens classic. This profile includes interviews with Dorothy Tutin (starring actress), Christopher Lee (starring ...

Dirk Bogarde stars in this celebrated adaptation of the Dickens classic. This profile includes interviews with Dorothy Tutin (starring actress), Christopher Lee (starring actor), Ralph Thomas (director) and Paul Guerr (starring actor).

The Book Club's
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The Book Club's

ABC  |  December 13, 2016
Host, Jennifer Byrne and regular guests Marieke Hardy and Jason Steger are joined by 7:30 host and passionate reader Leigh Sales, and Wheeler Centre director Michael Williams ...

Host, Jennifer Byrne and regular guests Marieke Hardy and Jason Steger are joined by 7:30 host and passionate reader Leigh Sales, and Wheeler Centre director Michael Williams to discuss 2015's best books.

Bloodlines: The Dracula Family Tree
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Bloodlines: The Dracula Family Tree

The History Channel  |  May 14, 2011
Almost 30 years ago, two scholars from Boston revealed the historical truth behind the legendary vampire known as Dracula. For the first time, their 15-year research ...

Almost 30 years ago, two scholars from Boston revealed the historical truth behind the legendary vampire known as Dracula. For the first time, their 15-year research demonstrated the link between Bram Stoker's infamous vampire and a 15th century Romanian prince named Vlad Tepes, or Vlad the Impaler.

The Book Show
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The Book Show: Carl Bernstein

Season 8  |  Episode 8  |  Arts  |  August 24, 2017
A-list authors and big-name guests discuss their favourite reads and their own works. The series features interviews with leading authors and well known guests; it covers ...

A-list authors and big-name guests discuss their favourite reads and their own works. The series features interviews with leading authors and well known guests; it covers topical literary news such as the trend for vampire fiction, the phenomenon of atheist books, the demise of paper books, and authors' working environments. Also included is entertainment, either music inspired by literature or performance poetry. This episode features guests; Colum McCann, Edna O'Brien and performance by Chrysta Bell.

The Art Of
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The Art Of: Comics

Season 3  |  Episode 2  |  FOXTEL Arts  |  November 20, 2015
Proving comics aren't just for kids, look at artists whose comic strips entertain adults and kids alike, including a political cartoonist whose work explores Latino culture, a ...

Proving comics aren't just for kids, look at artists whose comic strips entertain adults and kids alike, including a political cartoonist whose work explores Latino culture, a comics publisher, and the man behind our favourite super heroes.

Pride and Prejudice: Having A Ball
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Pride and Prejudice: Having A Ball

SBS  |  December 27, 2014
This documentary celebrates the 200th anniversary of Pride and Prejudice, revealing the hidden world behind one of the greatest love stories of all time by restaging a Regency ...

This documentary celebrates the 200th anniversary of Pride and Prejudice, revealing the hidden world behind one of the greatest love stories of all time by restaging a Regency ball at Chawton House, the grand estate of Jane Austen's brother. Amanda Vickery and Alastair Sooke lead a team of world-class experts as they reconstruct the ball in loving detail, from music and dancing to food and fashion.

A Profile Of A Town Like Alice
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A Profile Of A Town Like Alice

FOXTEL Arts  |  September 26, 2016
An award-winning adaptation of Nevil Shute's moving novel starring Virginia McKenna and Peter Finch. This intriguing profile features interviews with Virginia McKenna, Jack ...

An award-winning adaptation of Nevil Shute's moving novel starring Virginia McKenna and Peter Finch. This intriguing profile features interviews with Virginia McKenna, Jack Lee and Jean Anderson.

The Beauty Of Books
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The Beauty Of Books: Ancient Bibles

Season 1  |  Episode 1  |  SBS  |  January 7, 2012
From the first bibles to medieval masterpieces like Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, and from children's stories such as Alice in Wonderland to the beauty of the humble paperback, ...

From the first bibles to medieval masterpieces like Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, and from children's stories such as Alice in Wonderland to the beauty of the humble paperback, this series combines human stories, expert interviews and historic archive, to reveal the astonishing beauty of books.

Richard III: Martyr or Monster?
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Richard III: Martyr or Monster?

The History Channel  |  October 1, 2013
After being lost for centuries, the recent discovery of a skeleton has now been confirmed as that of King Richard III, widely depicted as one of history's most notorious ...

After being lost for centuries, the recent discovery of a skeleton has now been confirmed as that of King Richard III, widely depicted as one of history's most notorious villains. Filmed entirely on location in Great Britain, this program reveals the true man behind Shakespeare's villain and exposes the extent to which Shakespeare bent the truth in order to please his own Tudor monarch.

Richard III: The King In The Car Park
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Richard III: The King In The Car Park

SBS  |  October 20, 2013
When a skeleton was reported to be found under a Leicester council car park in September 2012, the news broke around the world. People started to wonder whether it could it be ...

When a skeleton was reported to be found under a Leicester council car park in September 2012, the news broke around the world. People started to wonder whether it could it be the remains, lost for 500 years, of England's most infamous king. This documentary takes you deep inside the full story of the hunt for Richard III.

Great Scots: Writers Who Shaped A Nation
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Great Scots: Writers Who Shaped A Nation

Episode 2  |  FOXTEL Arts  |  December 5, 2016
The life of Walter Scott, the prolific novelist and poet who wrote swashbuckling tales of romance and derring-do. However, Andrew Marr reveals his lesser-known side as a ...

The life of Walter Scott, the prolific novelist and poet who wrote swashbuckling tales of romance and derring-do. However, Andrew Marr reveals his lesser-known side as a political fixer who believed in a proud Scotland inside the UK. Scott brought George IV to his home country and, swathing him in tartan, created an enduring myth of Scotland as a place of romance populated by a brave race doing brave deeds, all clad in the kilt.

The Book Show
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The Book Show: Jon Ronson

Season 8  |  Episode 6  |  Arts  |  August 22, 2017
A-list authors and big-name guests discuss their favourite reads and their own works. The series features interviews with leading authors and well known guests; it covers ...

A-list authors and big-name guests discuss their favourite reads and their own works. The series features interviews with leading authors and well known guests; it covers topical literary news such as the trend for vampire fiction, the phenomenon of atheist books, the demise of paper books, and authors' working environments. Also included is entertainment, either music inspired by literature or performance poetry. This episode features guests India Knight and Lionel Shriver.

The Turn Of The Screw
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The Turn Of The Screw

SBS  |  April 17, 2010
An opera by Benjamin Britten based on the novel by Henry James dealing with the sinister, supernatural forces besetting a governess and her two young charges.

An opera by Benjamin Britten based on the novel by Henry James dealing with the sinister, supernatural forces besetting a governess and her two young charges.

The Word: Rise of the Slam Poets
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The Word: Rise of the Slam Poets: Poetry in the Streets: Omar Musa

ABC ME  |  August 18, 2017
Omar Musa grew up idolising the words of Muhammad Ali and Malcolm X. Now, he performs bold spoken word in their footsteps.

Omar Musa grew up idolising the words of Muhammad Ali and Malcolm X. Now, he performs bold spoken word in their footsteps.

The Word: Rise of the Slam Poets
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The Word: Rise of the Slam Poets: Child Soldier to Warrior Poet: Abe Nouk

ABC ME  |  August 4, 2017
Having taught himself English by listening to hip hop lyrics, Sudanese refugee Abe now uses spoken word to inspire others.

Having taught himself English by listening to hip hop lyrics, Sudanese refugee Abe now uses spoken word to inspire others.

The Book Club
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The Book Club: ABC On The Road In Toowoomba

ABC  |  November 1, 2015
Jennifer Byrne presents this month's Book Club from Toowoomba, joined by playwright Hannie Rayson and journalist and author Matthew Condon to discuss the provocative new novel ...

Jennifer Byrne presents this month's Book Club from Toowoomba, joined by playwright Hannie Rayson and journalist and author Matthew Condon to discuss the provocative new novel 'The Natural Way of Things' by Charlotte Wood.

The Book Club
28:26

The Book Club: November 2014

ABC  |  November 4, 2014
A program hosted by book lover and ABC arts personality Jennifer Byrne. An integral part of the book world, it features regular panellists and guests from the world of ...

A program hosted by book lover and ABC arts personality Jennifer Byrne. An integral part of the book world, it features regular panellists and guests from the world of literature, entertainment, sport or politics.

The Book Club's
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The Book Club's

ABC  |  December 1, 2015
Host, Jennifer Byrne and regular guests Marieke Hardy and Jason Steger are joined by 7.30 host and passionate reader Leigh Sales, and Wheeler Centre director Michael Williams ...

Host, Jennifer Byrne and regular guests Marieke Hardy and Jason Steger are joined by 7.30 host and passionate reader Leigh Sales, and Wheeler Centre director Michael Williams to discuss 2015's best books.

Jennifer Byrne Presents
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Jennifer Byrne Presents: Books That Changed The World

ABC  |  September 10, 2013
Host Jennifer Byrne is joined by Perth Writers Festival guests, Tom Holland, Ahdaf Soueif, Jared Diamond and Loretta Napoleoni who each introduce their book of choice and ...

Host Jennifer Byrne is joined by Perth Writers Festival guests, Tom Holland, Ahdaf Soueif, Jared Diamond and Loretta Napoleoni who each introduce their book of choice and explain why it is worthy of world changing status.

The Book Club
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The Book Club: June 2014

ABC  |  June 3, 2014
A.M. Homes and Vikram Chandra join the panel for this special Sydney Writers Festival edition of The Book Club, discussing We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy ...

A.M. Homes and Vikram Chandra join the panel for this special Sydney Writers Festival edition of The Book Club, discussing We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler and The Chemistry of Tears by Peter Carey.

Patience After Sebald
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Patience After Sebald

SBS  |  August 31, 2013
WG Sebald's renowned and influential novel, The Rings of Saturn, provides the backdrop to this lyrical documentary, which retraces the walk along the Suffolk Coast in England.

WG Sebald's renowned and influential novel, The Rings of Saturn, provides the backdrop to this lyrical documentary, which retraces the walk along the Suffolk Coast in England.

The Mystery Of Agatha Christie With David Suchet
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The Mystery Of Agatha Christie With David Suchet

ABC  |  January 25, 2014
David Suchet has spent more of his life acting out the plots of Agatha Christie's work than anyone else in the world. Now he takes a journey around Britain to get under the ...

David Suchet has spent more of his life acting out the plots of Agatha Christie's work than anyone else in the world. Now he takes a journey around Britain to get under the skin of the best-selling author of all time.

Dangerous Edge
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Dangerous Edge

SBS  |  February 9, 2013
Narrated by Derek Jacobi, this is a study of the life and works of author Graham Greene. From his struggles with mental illness and associated suicide attempts to his ...

Narrated by Derek Jacobi, this is a study of the life and works of author Graham Greene. From his struggles with mental illness and associated suicide attempts to his conversion to Catholicism and serial adultery, the film analyses the forces which drove his writing, and impregnated it with the dualities and oppositions in his own life.

Jennifer Byrne Presents
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Jennifer Byrne Presents: Cads And Bounders

ABC  |  December 22, 2011
Jennifer Byrne Presents is a series of individual treats for lovers of books and writing. It features discussions with leading authors and investigations into the popularity ...

Jennifer Byrne Presents is a series of individual treats for lovers of books and writing. It features discussions with leading authors and investigations into the popularity of writing genres such as crime, sex and romance, and fantasy. Jennifer and her guests embark on a fascinating exploration of literature's bad boys - the cads and bounders!

The Romantics
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The Romantics: Nature

Season 1  |  Episode 2  |  ABC2  |  February 20, 2011
The Romantics were fascinated by the power of wild nature. But as industry and science sought to harness that same power, the ideas of the child, nature and scientific ...

The Romantics were fascinated by the power of wild nature. But as industry and science sought to harness that same power, the ideas of the child, nature and scientific progress would collide in Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. A Romantic manifesto, the novel declares that children are sacred and need unconditional love. It also warns that nature is not to be trifled with or corrupted by science.

The Nobel Prize In Literature 2010
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The Nobel Prize In Literature 2010

SBS  |  August 13, 2011
A profile of Peruvian Mario Vargas Llosa, one of the most acclaimed writers in the Spanish-speaking world, who was awarded the 2010 Nobel Prize in literature. The 74-year-old, ...

A profile of Peruvian Mario Vargas Llosa, one of the most acclaimed writers in the Spanish-speaking world, who was awarded the 2010 Nobel Prize in literature. The 74-year-old, one-time presidential hopeful has written more than 30 novels, plays and essays.

The Book Show
50:46

The Book Show: Alain De Botton

Season 7  |  Episode 7  |  FOXTEL Arts  |  April 10, 2017
A-list authors and big-name guests discuss their favourite reads and their own works. The series features interviews with leading authors and well known guests; it covers ...

A-list authors and big-name guests discuss their favourite reads and their own works. The series features interviews with leading authors and well known guests; it covers topical literary news such as the trend for vampire fiction, the phenomenon of atheist books, the demise of paper books, and authors' working environments. Also included is entertainment, either music inspired by literature or performance poetry. This episode features guests Tony Parsons and Pauline Black.

In Search Of The Brontes
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In Search Of The Brontes

Episode 1  |  STUDIO  |  October 17, 2010
In Search Of The Brontes is a story of alcoholism and illness, of thwarted passion and unrequited love, of a 19th century quest for fame, and a story of literature. The ...

In Search Of The Brontes is a story of alcoholism and illness, of thwarted passion and unrequited love, of a 19th century quest for fame, and a story of literature. The Bronte sisters have been described as 'emotionally fragile young women, beset by family tragedy, channelling their pent-up emotions into some of the most passionate and enduring novels of the 19th century'.

Jennifer Byrne Presents
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Jennifer Byrne Presents: Christopher Hitchens

ABC  |  July 13, 2010
Jennifer Byrne Presents is a series of individual treats for lovers of books and writing. A panel of leading authors and expert celebrity guests join Jennifer for ...

Jennifer Byrne Presents is a series of individual treats for lovers of books and writing. A panel of leading authors and expert celebrity guests join Jennifer for investigations into some of the most popular reading genres: they reveal the conventions, controversies, and titles that have helped shaped the literary landscape. In this episode, Jennifer talks to #1 New York Times bestselling author and National Book Award finalist, Christopher Hitchens - one of the most admired and controversial public intellectuals of our time.

Walt Whitman
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Walt Whitman

ABC2  |  May 23, 2010
He is one of the most recognised figures in American literary history: poet, patriot and faithful advocate of democracy. He has adherents around the globe. But in his time, ...

He is one of the most recognised figures in American literary history: poet, patriot and faithful advocate of democracy. He has adherents around the globe. But in his time, critics denounced Walt Whitman as a "lunatic raving in pitiable delirium". They pronounced his signature book of poetry, Leaves Of Grass, "slimy", "vile", and "beastly". One reviewer wished to see him whipped in public; another suggested he commit suicide.

Iconoclasts
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Iconoclasts: Dave Chappelle and Maya Angelou

Season 2  |  Episode 6  |  Arts  |  June 26, 2017
American icon Maya Angelou welcomes Dave Chappelle into her home for the day, and the two talk about comedy and poetry.

American icon Maya Angelou welcomes Dave Chappelle into her home for the day, and the two talk about comedy and poetry.

The Secret Life Of Books
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The Secret Life Of Books: The Mill On The Floss

Season 2  |  Episode 3  |  FOXTEL Arts  |  October 13, 2016
Multi-award-winning actor and director Fiona Shaw explores the genesis of her all-time favourite book, The Mill on the Floss, and discovers how the scandal that caused George ...

Multi-award-winning actor and director Fiona Shaw explores the genesis of her all-time favourite book, The Mill on the Floss, and discovers how the scandal that caused George Eliot (born Mary Ann Evans) to take a male pen name was also played out in the plot of her classic novel about a woman's thwarted intellectual ambitions and conflicting sexual desires.

Shakespeare Uncovered
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Shakespeare Uncovered: Antony and Cleopatra with Kim Cattrall

Season 2  |  Episode 2  |  Arts  |  September 24, 2017
A look at Antony and Cleopatra with Kim Cattrall, who has twice played Cleopatra. She meets Janet Suzman, Harriet Walter and Vanessa Redgrave, who have also starred as the ...

A look at Antony and Cleopatra with Kim Cattrall, who has twice played Cleopatra. She meets Janet Suzman, Harriet Walter and Vanessa Redgrave, who have also starred as the Egyptian queen; and visits Rome in search of possible inspirations for the play.

Great Expectations
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Great Expectations: Ep 3 Of 3

Season 1  |  Episode 3  |  ABC  |  March 18, 2012
Pip is shocked when Magwitch reveals that he is his secret benefactor. He decides he wants nothing to do with him and rushes to confront Miss Havisham.

Pip is shocked when Magwitch reveals that he is his secret benefactor. He decides he wants nothing to do with him and rushes to confront Miss Havisham.

The Book Club
28:55

The Book Club: September 2015

ABC  |  September 6, 2015
Coming to you from Melbourne Writers Festival with guests Will Self and Jon Ronson discussing new release Preparation for the Next Life by Atticus Lish plus Roz Chast's ...

Coming to you from Melbourne Writers Festival with guests Will Self and Jon Ronson discussing new release Preparation for the Next Life by Atticus Lish plus Roz Chast's classic Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant.

Jennifer Byrne Presents
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Jennifer Byrne Presents: Helen Garner

ABC  |  September 23, 2014
Jennifer Byrne speaks to writer, novelist and journalist Helen Garner in a very rare television interview. Garner discusses her new book This House of Grief and previous works ...

Jennifer Byrne speaks to writer, novelist and journalist Helen Garner in a very rare television interview. Garner discusses her new book This House of Grief and previous works as well as compassion and wisdom.

The Book Club
28:49

The Book Club: June 2015

ABC  |  July 5, 2015
A program hosted by book lover and ABC arts personality Jennifer Byrne. An integral part of the book world, it features regular panellists and guests from the worlds of ...

A program hosted by book lover and ABC arts personality Jennifer Byrne. An integral part of the book world, it features regular panellists and guests from the worlds of literature, entertainment, sport or politics.

The Book Club
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The Book Club: Summer Special 2014

ABC  |  December 2, 2014
What is Australia's favourite classic beach book? Find out as Jennifer Byrne counts down the Top 10 viewer-voted classic beach books of all time on The Book Club.

What is Australia's favourite classic beach book? Find out as Jennifer Byrne counts down the Top 10 viewer-voted classic beach books of all time on The Book Club.

The Book Club
29:06

The Book Club: June 2015 - Sydney Writers' Festival

ABC  |  June 7, 2015
The panel will discuss Peruvian Nobel Laureate Mario Vargas Llosa's The Discreet Hero, which follows two characters whose lives are destined to intersect. The classic for ...

The panel will discuss Peruvian Nobel Laureate Mario Vargas Llosa's The Discreet Hero, which follows two characters whose lives are destined to intersect. The classic for discussion this month has been chosen by Alan Cumming and is volume one of Enid Blyton's The Famous Five series - Five on a Treasure Island.

The Book Club
28:49

The Book Club: December 2013

ABC  |  December 3, 2013
Don't miss the last Book Club of the year! John Birmingham and Lucy Turnbull join the Club to discuss Robert Galbraith's new release The Cuckoo's Calling, as well as Hunter S ...

Don't miss the last Book Club of the year! John Birmingham and Lucy Turnbull join the Club to discuss Robert Galbraith's new release The Cuckoo's Calling, as well as Hunter S Thompson's classic Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.

The Book Club
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The Book Club: April 2013

ABC  |  April 2, 2013
This month on The Book Club, host Jennifer Byrne and panellists Marieke Hardy and Jason Steger are joined by guests Toni Jordan and Andy Griffiths. The two books being ...

This month on The Book Club, host Jennifer Byrne and panellists Marieke Hardy and Jason Steger are joined by guests Toni Jordan and Andy Griffiths. The two books being reviewed are The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion and Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka.

The Book Club
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The Book Club: April 2015

ABC  |  April 5, 2015
A program hosted by book lover and ABC arts personality Jennifer Byrne. An integral part of the book world, it features regular panellists and guests from the worlds of ...

A program hosted by book lover and ABC arts personality Jennifer Byrne. An integral part of the book world, it features regular panellists and guests from the worlds of literature, entertainment, sport or politics.

Jennifer Byrne Presents The Seven Deadly Sins
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Jennifer Byrne Presents The Seven Deadly Sins: Wrath

Season 1  |  Episode 2  |  ABC  |  July 22, 2014
Actor and novelist Brendan Cowell, journalist, media presenter and former newsreader Tracey Spicer, author and poet Craig Sherborne and academic and Indigenous rights activist ...

Actor and novelist Brendan Cowell, journalist, media presenter and former newsreader Tracey Spicer, author and poet Craig Sherborne and academic and Indigenous rights activist Larissa Behrendt join Jennifer to discuss the role of Wrath in literature and art.

The Trouble With Tolstoy
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The Trouble With Tolstoy

SBS  |  December 10, 2011
BBC presenter Alan Yentob embarks on a journey through the heart of Russia, on the trail of the life story of Leo Tolstoy. With contributions from literary critics, experts ...

BBC presenter Alan Yentob embarks on a journey through the heart of Russia, on the trail of the life story of Leo Tolstoy. With contributions from literary critics, experts and ordinary Russians, together with readings from his diaries and novels, Yentob reveals an ambiguous and flawed non-conformist, deeply self absorbed, but yet who remains a writer and theorist of unsurpassed genius.

The Romantics
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The Romantics: Eternity

Season 1  |  Episode 3  |  ABC2  |  February 27, 2011
As the Romantic period blossomed, there was great progress in medical science. But the scientists treated the human body as a mechanism while the Romantics were interested in ...

As the Romantic period blossomed, there was great progress in medical science. But the scientists treated the human body as a mechanism while the Romantics were interested in the spirit. In seeking to transcend the ordinary world, poets and painters explored the landscape of the human mind - with results that were decades ahead of the scientific researchers.

Jennifer Byrne Presents
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Jennifer Byrne Presents: Animal Tales

ABC  |  October 10, 2011
Jennifer Byrne Presents is a series of individual treats for lovers of books and writing. It features interviews with leading authors and investigations into the popularity of ...

Jennifer Byrne Presents is a series of individual treats for lovers of books and writing. It features interviews with leading authors and investigations into the popularity of fiction genres like crime, sex and romance and fantasy. Tonight Jennifer and guests explore the world of animals in books. From the furry friends of childhood with their joyful ways - and sometimes improving morals - to the four-legged metaphors which roam unchecked and untamed through adult literature. What is it about animals that manages to grab such a firm grip on our hearts and minds and never lets go?

Jennifer Byrne Presents
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Jennifer Byrne Presents: Jeanette Winterson

ABC  |  July 31, 2012
More than 25 years ago as a young, debut author Jeanette Winterson seized the limelight - and Britain's major first novel award - with Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit, a ...

More than 25 years ago as a young, debut author Jeanette Winterson seized the limelight - and Britain's major first novel award - with Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit, a scarifying but also comic story of a girl adopted by a strict, working-class Pentecostal Christian couple in England's industrial north. Some 18 books and - for the author - half a lifetime later, comes the non-fiction version of that same truly bizarre childhood plus, what happened next. It's called Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?

The Book Show
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The Book Show: Stephanie Beacham

Season 7  |  Episode 4  |  FOXTEL Arts  |  March 20, 2017
A-list authors and big-name guests discuss their favourite reads and their own works. The series features interviews with leading authors and well known guests; it covers ...

A-list authors and big-name guests discuss their favourite reads and their own works. The series features interviews with leading authors and well known guests; it covers topical literary news such as the trend for vampire fiction, the phenomenon of atheist books, the demise of paper books, and authors' working environments. Also included is entertainment, either music inspired by literature or performance poetry. This episode features guests Richard Dawkins and Marina Warner.

The Book Show
51:22

The Book Show: John O'Farrell

Season 7  |  Episode 6  |  FOXTEL Arts  |  April 3, 2017
A-list authors and big-name guests discuss their favourite reads and their own works. The series features interviews with leading authors and well known guests, it covers ...

A-list authors and big-name guests discuss their favourite reads and their own works. The series features interviews with leading authors and well known guests, it covers topical literary news such as the trend for vampire fiction, the phenomenon of atheist books, the demise of paper books, and authors' working environments. Also included is entertainment, either music inspired by literature or performance poetry. This episode features guests William Boyd and Daphne Sheldrick.

Shakespeare Uncovered
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Shakespeare Uncovered: The Taming of the Shrew with Morgan Freeman

Season 2  |  Episode 1  |  FOXTEL Arts  |  April 18, 2016
Morgan Freeman investigates The Taming of the Shrew. He talks with Tracey Ullman, who starred with him a 1990 Shakespeare in the Park production that set the story in the Old ...

Morgan Freeman investigates The Taming of the Shrew. He talks with Tracey Ullman, who starred with him a 1990 Shakespeare in the Park production that set the story in the Old West; and also talks with Sinead Cusack and Julia Stiles.

Shakespeare Uncovered
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Shakespeare Uncovered: Romeo and Juliet with Joseph Fiennes

Season 2  |  Episode 6  |  FOXTEL Arts  |  April 9, 2016
Joseph Fiennes examines Romeo and Juliet and its many permutations, including Royal Ballet productions; West Side Story and other musicals; and Baz Luhrmann's cinematic ...

Joseph Fiennes examines Romeo and Juliet and its many permutations, including Royal Ballet productions; West Side Story and other musicals; and Baz Luhrmann's cinematic re-imagining of the play. Included: remarks from Orlando Bloom, Condola Rashad and Stephen Sondheim.

Shakespeare Uncovered
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Shakespeare Uncovered: Antony and Cleopatra with Kim Cattrall

Season 2  |  Episode 2  |  FOXTEL Arts  |  April 12, 2016
A look at Antony and Cleopatra with Kim Cattrall, who has twice played Cleopatra. She meets Janet Suzman, Harriet Walter and Vanessa Redgrave, who have also starred as the ...

A look at Antony and Cleopatra with Kim Cattrall, who has twice played Cleopatra. She meets Janet Suzman, Harriet Walter and Vanessa Redgrave, who have also starred as the Egyptian queen; and visits Rome in search of possible inspirations for the play.

The Book Club
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The Book Club

Season 10  |  Episode 1  |  ABC  |  January 31, 2017
Sydney Writers' Festival headliner Jeanette Winterson joins Jennifer Byrne, Marieke Hardy, Jason Steger and Virginia Gay in the return of The Book Club. Includes exclusive ...

Sydney Writers' Festival headliner Jeanette Winterson joins Jennifer Byrne, Marieke Hardy, Jason Steger and Virginia Gay in the return of The Book Club. Includes exclusive live performance by Paul Kelly.

Perspectives
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Perspectives

FOXTEL Bio  |  September 27, 2015
Roald Dahl is the one of the most successful children's authors of all time. His words weave magical worlds of incomparable sparkle, his characters continue to charm and ...

Roald Dahl is the one of the most successful children's authors of all time. His words weave magical worlds of incomparable sparkle, his characters continue to charm and terrify generations. Superstar comedian and best-selling author David Walliams delves into Dahl's world, meeting along the way those who knew him best.

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