Contains BBC interviews, documentaries, and films : British Novelists and Great Thinkers.
Disc 1, British Novelists, Episode One: Among the Ruins, 1919-1939. In the first decade after World War I, British novelists examined the lasting effects of the devastating conflict, with the Bloomsbury group providing a keen critique of the interwar years. At the same time, fiction mirrored the new modern age, from bold science fiction to explicit sensuality and Arthurian legends retold for new generations.
Disc 1, British Novelists, Episode Two: The Age of Anxiety, 1945-1969. The decades following World War II included some of the most significant novels in British history published in a single year, each a unique take on what the global conflict taught about human nature and humanity's future. William Golding (The Lord of the Flies) Kingsley Amis (Lucky Jim), Iris Murdoch (Under the Net), and many others are interviewed.
Disc 1, British Novelists, Episode Three: Nothing Sacred, 1970-1990. As the women's movement picked up steam, so did immigration, sexual freedom, and labor discontent. British writers raced to document their moment in time and challenged established assumptions along the way. Includes commentary from an array of groundbreaking novelists such as Angela Carter, Salman Rushdie, Martin Amis, and Ian McEwan.
Disc 2, Great Thinkers, Episode One: Human, All Too Human. What truly defines humanity? As the 20th century unfolded, a wide range of theories evolved, from Sigmund Freud's insights into the unconscious to Margaret Mead's revelations about how society influences the adolescent experience. Commentaries from scientists clarify the modern-day research.
Disc 2, Great Thinkers, Episode Two: The Grand Experiment. It was a moment of triumph for advocates of John Maynard Keynes's economic theory: the post-World War II "Grand Experiment" of investing as much on combating poverty as society had on fighting the war. Includes interviews with Marxist Tariq Ali and historian/philosopher Isaiah Berlin.
Disc 2, Great Thinkers, Episode Three: The Culture Wars. The concept of culture - ballet, theatre, fine art, classical literature - radically redefined in the 20th century, all due to the advent of radio and television. At the same time that ordinary people had their first taste of the finest that culture had to offer, academics and others presented a vast array of experiences as art.
CIRC # 404A , CIRC # 404B.
Disc 1. British Novelists. Among the Ruins, 1919-1939: E.M. Forster ; Virginia Woolf ; Barbara Cartland ; P.G. Wodehouse ; Evelyn Waugh ; Elizabeth Bowen and Jean Rhys ; Robert Graves and T.H. White ; Christopher Isherwood ; Aldos Huxley and George Orwell ; Graham Greene -- The Age of Anxiety, 1945-1969: J.R.R. Tolkien ; William Golding and Iris Murdoch ; Kingsley Amis ; John Braine and Alan Silltoe ; George Lamming and Sam Selvon ; Colin MacInnes ; Ian Fleming & John le Carré ; John Wyndham and Anthony Burgess ; J. G. Ballard ; Doris Lessing and Margaret Drabble -- Nothing Sacred, 1970-1990: Fay Weldon ; Angela Carter ; John Berger ; Ian McEwan and Martin Amis ; Salman Rushdie ; Hanif Kureishi ; James Kelman ; Martin Amis, continued ; Jeanette Winterson ; Salman Rushdie, continued.
Disc 2. Great Thinkers. Human, All Too Human: Sigmund Freud ; Carl Jung ; Stanely Milgram ; R.D. Laing ; Margaret Mead ; Benjamin Spock ; B.F. Skinner : Desmond Morris ; Jane Goodall ; Richard Dawkins --The Grand Experiment: Bertrand Russell ; John Maynard Keynes ; Sir William Beveridge ; Isaiah Berlin ; Herbert Marcuse and Tariq Ali ; Ralph Miliband ; Selma James and Germaine Greer ; Friedrich Hayek ; Milton Friedman and Keith Josheph ; Francis Fukuyama -- The Culture Wars John Reith ; F.R. Leavis and C.P. Snow ; Raymond Williams ; Richard Hoggart ; Susan Sontag ; Marshall McLuhan ; Kenneth Clark and John Berger ; C.L.R. James ; Edward Said ; Stuart Hall.