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Wednesday 24 Sep 2014

Books On The BBC – Archive

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Books On The BBC

BBC Archive

Celebrating the BBC's ongoing commitment to literature programming, BBC Archive is making new material available within its popular collection: In Their Own Words – British Novelists.

Throughout its history, the BBC has helped audiences delve into the imagination of Britain's most revered writers, to understand better the settings they evoke and the characters they create.

The collection of television and radio interviews with some of the 20th century's most-loved authors already includes Muriel Spark and John le Carré, both featured in the inaugural World Book Night in partnership with BBC Two. It will now be supplemented with additional material to support the BBC's Year Of Books.

The BBC Archive is one of the largest multimedia archives in the world. Held in 27 locations across the UK, it holds close to a million hours of TV and radio programmes, 6 million stills photographs, more than 4 million items of sheet music and more than half-a-million documents and records. New material in the collection is now available at

BBC Archive collections allow users to explore some 75 years of UK and BBC history. Programmes, documents and images bring the past to life and enable content discovery within a rich interactive resource, available to UK audiences. For more information visit:


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