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Harold Pinter

A programme devoted to the playwright and actor who died in December 2008, featuring archive recordings of Pinter himself reading poems by Thomas Hardy, Nazim Hikmet and his own work.

Plus new readings by Michael Gambon, including the passage from No Man's Land which the actor read at Pinter's request at the playwright's funeral. He also reads a passage from Proust's Time Regained, a poem by WS Graham and an unpublished poem heard for the first time, To My Wife, dedicated to Antonia Fraser.

Penelope Wilton's readings include a passage from Old Times and, with Michael Gambon, she reads the passage from TS Eliot's Little Gidding chosen by Pinter for her to read at his funeral.

Some of the late playwright's favourite music is also featured, including Miles Davis, Bach, Thelonius Monk, Schubert (played by his friend Mitsuko Uchida) and Beethoven, alongside music from one of the films Pinter worked on - The French Lieutenant's Woman.

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1 hour, 5 minutes

Last on

Sun 22 Feb 2009 22:25