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Middle Age: David Bainbridge, Deborah Moggach, Simon Armitage and Claudia Hammond

43 minutes
First broadcast:
Monday 05 March 2012

Andrew Marr celebrates middle age with the scientist David Bainbridge, who dismisses any suggestion of mid-life crisis, to argue that there's much more to middle age than just a period between youth and being old. The poet Simon Armitage asks in 'Knowing what we Know Now', whether we'd choose to live our life backwards once we got to the mid point, but the writer Deborah Moggach suggests there's a gender divide to reaching 50. And the psychologist Claudia Hammond discusses perceptions of time, and explores why we're so obsessed with its passing.
Producer: Katy Hickman.


    David Bainbridge is the Clinical Veterinary Anatomist at Cambridge University.

    Middle Age: A Natural History is published by Portobello Books.

    David Bainbridge

    Simon Armitage is a poet, writer, broadcaster and playwright.

    Simon Armitage

    Deborah Moggach is an author.

    The adaptation of her novel These Foolish Things is on at cinemas as The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.

    Deborah Moggach

    Claudia Hammond is a psychologist and presents All in the Mind on Radio 4.

    Time Warped: Unlocking the Mysteries of Time Perception is published by Canongate in May.

    Claudia Hammond


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