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The Lives of the Stars
When East Meets West
Amazing Africa
The Last Reef
David Bowie: Starman
Is your Brain Male or Female
Dream and Machine
Cannabis: The Evil Weed
The Great Math Mystery
Trinity and Beyond: The Atomic Bomb Movie
The Clash of Titans
Game Over Kasparov and the Machine
Nature Miniature Miracles
Curing Cancer
The Secret World of Lewis Carroll
Journey to Space
The Search for a Second Earth
Back in Time
Shine a Light 2of2
What the World is Waiting for - British Indie
Last Man Standing
Bugs a Rainforest Adventure
New Blood
Tiny Giants
Goya: Crazy Like A Genius
The Indian Ocean Coastal Waters
Stopping Armageddon
What is the Right Diet for You 1of3
Playing with Nuclear Fire
The Day Pictures Were Born
Giants
Blackfish
Planet Dinosaur Ultimate Killers
Maidentrip
Is Everything We Know about the Universe Wrong
Frozen Planet: The Last Frontier

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Birth of the British Novel
Birth of the British Novel 2011

Author Henry Hitchings explores the lives and works of Britain's radical and pioneering 18th-century novelists who, in just 80 years, established all the literary genres we recognise today. It was a golden age of creativity led by Daniel Defoe, Jonathan Swift, Henry Fielding, Laurence Sterne, Fanny Burney and William Godwin, amongst others. Robinson Crusoe, Gulliver's Travels, Tom Jones and Tristram Shandy are novels that still sparkle with audacity and innovation. On his journey through 18th-century fiction, Hitchings reveals how the novel was more than mere entertainment, it was also a subversive hand-grenade that would change British society for the better. He travels from the homes of Britain's great and good to its lowliest prisons, meeting contemporary writers like Martin Amis, Will Self, Tom McCarthy and Jenny Uglow on the way.

Category:Art  Duration:59:00   

 
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