Alan Bennett on writing Smut

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Alan Bennett reveals his frustration with writing risqué material, and talks about how he had to wait until his parents had died before writing short story collection, Smut.

Watch the full Front Row interview with Mark Lawson, in which Alan Bennett reflects on his recent work for the National Theatre, the inspiration of his parents, and why his writing has become increasingly autobiographical.

Interview highlights:

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Bennett on class

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Bennett on a new drama for BBC Radio. Denmark Hill is an adaptation of an older work - "Hamlet without the twiddly bits"

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Alan Bennett on his feelings for his parents while at Oxford. He also paints a vivid picture of fellow undergraduate Russell Harty's parents.

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Bennett on the British honours system

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Alan Bennett reflects on mortality

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