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09/06/2011

Duration:
45 minutes
First broadcast:
Thursday 09 June 2011

A new television drama based on Mallory's Morte d'Arthur starts on Channel 4 this weekend starring Joseph Fiennes and Eva Green. The historical novelist Philippa Gregory and Professor of Medieval History Miri Rubin give their verdict on this latest foray into Arthurian legend.

This week the government brought in legislation to combat the sexualisation of children, banning the sale of deliberately provocative clothing. This Saturday hundreds of women will march in a 'Slut Walk' - a rejection of the idea that women should moderate their dress to minimise the risk of sexual attack. Classicist Edith Hall and columnist Deborah Orr discuss the historical interrelation of dress and sexuality, and ask whether it is ever possible to detach dress from social expectation.

The political cartoonist Steve Bell has artistically lampooned everyone from John Major to George Bush. He explains how he captures the mannerisms of the political elite and is joined by Sir Menzies Campbell who explains what it is like to be the subject of one of Bell's depictions.

And the author David Pryce-Jones discusses his latest book 'Treason of the Heart', which looks at the British radicals and activists who took up foreign causes; from Thomas Paine's influence on American independence to Byron's support for the Greeks rebelling against the Ottoman empire.

  • Camelot

    Camelot begins with two episodes on Channel 4, 11 June at 9pm.

  • Steve Bell

    Bell Epoque is at The Cartoon Museum in London until 24 July.

  • David Pryce-Jones

    Treason of the Heart is published by Encounter Books.

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