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David Edgar/Bassam Abu Sharif/Psychoville

45 minutes
First broadcast:
Wednesday 17 June 2009

Philip Dodd talks to playwright David Edgar about the art of writing for the stage. He examines the mechanisms and techniques which dramatists throughout the ages have used to structure their plays and express their meaning.

Bassam Abu Sharif was press officer to the late Yasser Arafat and the PLO. He explains how he abandoned violence as a means to achieve his Palestinian nationalist aspirations.

Novelist Toby Litt joins Philip to review a new dark comedy thriller on BBC Two - created by the writers of the League of Gentleman. Psychoville features characters from all over the UK - including a midwife played by Dawn French and Eileen Atkins as a nurse - who each receive a mysterious blackmail letter.

  • Money and Morality

    Philip Blond, Catherine Cowley and Peter Owen Jones discuss what the Christian tradition has to say about money.

  • David Edgar

    David Edgar talks about his new book.

    How Plays Work by David Edgar is published by Nick Hern books.

  • Bassam Abu Sharif

    Bassam Abu Sharif talks about his new book spanning his early days as a Palestinian Fighter, his relationship with Arafat and his present life as press officer for the PLO.

    Arafat and the dream of Palestine by Bassam Abu Sharif is published by Palgrave Macmillan.

  • Psychoville

    Toby Litt reviews new TV show Psychoville.

    Psychoville begins on BBC Two at 22:00.


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