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Pinter at the BBC from the end of October

Pinteresque pin-ter-esk', adj. in the style of the characters, situations, etc., of the plays of Harold Pinter, 20th-cent. English dramatist, marked esp. by halting dialogue, uncertainty of identity, and air of menace.

Oxford English Dictionary

"I loved words as a child, and that excitement has remained with me all my life. I still feel as excited as I ever did about words on a page and about the blank piece of paper and the words that might fill it."

Harold Pinter

"Harold Pinter is … a cricketer, a defender of human rights, a passionate polemicist, a playwright of rare power and profound originality, a lucid director and an actor who always surprises and never disappoints."

Richard Eyre

Pinter at the BBC
broadcasts this October across BBC TWO, BBC FOUR, BBC Radio and BBCi.

The centrepiece of the season is a two-part special from Arena on BBC TWO.

To complement this, BBC FOUR broadcasts an extensive season of Pinter's plays, films and talks - both archive and newly filmed works exclusive to the channel, including The Dwarfs by BBC Fictionlab.

Notes to Editors

The Harold Pinter press pack is available below, in PDF format. You may require Adobe Acrobat Software to read PDF files which can be obtained here.

Nigel Williams – "I first met Harold Pinter ..."
(191 KB)

Programming details (579 KB)

Harold Pinter biography (354 KB)

Related events in October 2002 (242 KB)

From 14 October there will be a website for the Pinter at the BBC season -



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