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Belgian Waffle

15 minutes
First broadcast:
Saturday 21 May 2011

In the week that Dominique Strauss-Kahn has resigned as head of the IMF - following his arrest on sexual assault charges - award-winning novelist Lionel Shriver (We Need To Talk About Kevin, So Much For That) imagines the reaction of a Brussels-based bureaucrat - and his no-nonsense wife.

"Belgian Waffle" by Lionel Shriver


Rupert ... Alex Jennings
Fiona ... Anna Chancellor

Produced by Emma Harding

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