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The Essay Episode guide

  1. The Sound and the Fury

    Author and journalist Andrew Martin discusses noises that annoy us

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  2. British War Films of the 50s

    Historian and writer Simon Heffer celebrates British military films made in the 1950s

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  3. The Writer's Dickens

    Contemporary novelists examine the craft of Charles Dickens's prose

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  4. The Antarcticans

    Series about living and working in the Antarctic

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  5. Looking and Looking Away

    Reflections on various aspects of the life, work and influence of German writer WG Sebald.

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  6. Earth Music Bristol

    Series of essays inspired by the musical content of the first Earth Music Bristol festival

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  7. What Is History, Today?

    Series marking the anniversary of the publication in 1961 of EH Carr's What Is History?

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  8. A Dark History of British Gardening

    Jenny Uglow on the less lovely aspects of the British character that blossom in the garden

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  9. I Confess: The Power of the Confession

    Series on the history of confessions, which link the legal world of Cicero to our own

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  10. The Darkest Hour

    Series on sleeplessness and the creative life

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  11. Aspects of Grainger

    Series of programmes devoted to the life and work of composer and pianist Percy Grainger

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  12. Golding Remembered

    Series exploring different aspects of novelist William Golding's life and work

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  13. The Other Empire

    Julian Jackson tells the story of France's imperial past

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  14. The Music Appreciation Movement

    Musicologist Richard Witts describes the development of Music Appreciation

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  15. Dark Arcadias

    Series exploring the history of an idea

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  16. InterRail Postcards

    Series in which writers discuss how new technology has changed student travel forever

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  17. It Talks

    Series exploring key developments in the history of money

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  18. The Mystical Turn

    Jane Shaw on a renewed interest in mysticism from the late 19th to the early 20th century.

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  19. The Feast of Language

    Thomas Lynch, a poet, essayist and funeral director, discusses his favourite poets

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  20. The Essay: The Father Instinct

    Writer Lou Stein explores the connections between being a father and artistic creativity

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  21. New Mystery Plays

    Series of new dramas updating stories from the Old Testament to contemporary settings

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  22. Under the Influence

    People working in the arts discuss important influences on their careers

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  23. Requiem for Networks

    Ken Hollings discusses the history, power and revolutionary change of information networks

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  24. The Book that Changed Me

    Writers, academics and journalists discuss the books that inspired them in their careers

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  25. The Age of Creativity

    Series in which writers, composers and poets explore how ageing affects creative artists

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  26. The Life Cycle of a Fictional Character - An Alternative History of the Novel

    Critic James Wood explores aspects of novelistic technique through a fictional character

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  27. The Team Photo

    Writers discuss a team photo from their past and consider when one is captured in a group.

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  28. Meanings of Mountains

    Series about relationships that different peoples of the world have with their mountains

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  29. Wild Things

    Poet and writer Ruth Padel explores our reactions to five British wild animals

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  30. Listener, They Wore It

    Writers explore the meaning of clothes and accessories in a particular work of art

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