The Villain

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Episode 4 of 4

Duration: 1 hour

Sebastian Faulks looks at villains and how they have evolved over the last three hundred years from theatrical rakes like Lovelace in Samuel Richardson's Clarissa to much more sinister yet much more ordinary characters like Barbara in Zoe Heller's Notes on a Scandal.

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  • Sebastian on set

    Sebastian on set

  • Books featured in the villain

    VILLAIN

    Clarissa (Lovelace), 1748, Samuel Richardson

    Oliver Twist (Fagin), 1838, Charles Dickens

    A Woman in White (Count Fosco), 1859, Wilkie Collins

    Gormenghast (Steerpike), 1950, Mervyn Peake

    Lord of the Flies (Jack), 1954, William Golding

    The Raj Quartet (Merrick), 1965, Paul Scott

    Notes on a Scandal (Barbara Covett), 2003, Zoƫ Heller

  • Web exclusive

    Web exclusive

    Zoe Heller talks about Barbara Covett

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  • Locations featured in The Villain

    Lovelace
    Milton Manor House, Abingdon, Oxford


    Fagin
    Various Locations, Clerkenwell, London
    Smithfield Meat Market
    House of Detention, Sans Walk, Clerkenwell Close, London EC1R 0AS


    Count Fosco
    Boughton Monchelsea Place
    Maidstone
    Kent


    Steerpike
    Arundel Castle, Arundel, West Sussex


    Jack
    Sherborne School
    Sherborne Old Castle
    Camber Sands


    Merrick
    Delhi
    Shimla

    Barbara Covett
    Archway
    Highgate

    Closing
    Hampstead Heath

Credits

Series Producer
Mary Sackville-West
Executive Producer
Basil Comely

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