Tom Sutcliffe discusses family secrets and Scottish royalty

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Tom Sutcliffe talks to Michael Holroyd about why he put his own family in the spotlight in his late 50s novel A Dog's Life, only published in the UK after the death of his parents. Family secrets and a doctor's revenge are at the heart of Herman Koch's darkly comic novel, while Hugo Blick's new television series, An Honourable Woman, explores how the sins of the father resonate in the present. The playwright Rona Munro looks ahead to a trilogy of plays which chart the rise and fall of Scotland's Royal Family, from James I to III, with tales of love, war, treachery and intrigue.
Producer: Katy Hickman.

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Mon 7 Jul 2014 21:30

Michael Holroyd

Michael Holroyd is a biographer.


A Dog’s Life is published by Maclehose Press.


Michael Holroyd

Herman Koch

Herman Koch is an actor and writer.


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Herman Koch

Rona Munro

Rona Munro is a playwright.


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Hugo Blick

Hugo Blick is a writer, producer and director.


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Role Contributor
PresenterTom Sutcliffe
Interviewed GuestMichael Holroyd
Interviewed GuestRona Munro
Interviewed GuestHerman Koch
Interviewed GuestHugo Blick
ProducerKaty Hickman