Frederic Raphael's classic television series The Glittering Prizes traced the lives of a group of gifted Cambridge University undergraduates in post-war Britain as they rose through university and made an impact on the wider world.
Now, over thirty years later, Raphael has updated the story for a BBC Radio 4 series. Kenan Malik assesses the results.
Armin Mueller-Stahl, Vincent Cassel and Viggo Mortenson in Eastern Promises.
Kenan Malik talks to David Cronenberg about his latest film, Eastern Promises.a Russian mob thriller set in London which continues the interrogation of violence that has defined his work from Shivers and Crash to Naked Lunch and eXistenZ.
Eastern Promises is released 26th October 2007 certificate 18.
The Glittering Prizes
Frederic Raphael's The Glittering Prizes was one of the landmark television drama series of the Seventies, as well as a bestselling novel. Now, Raphael has written a sequel, Fame and Fortune, which is also airing as a six part drama over on BBC Radio 4. Kenan is joined by the critics Chris Dunkley and Kathryn Hughes to discuss whether the follow-up tells us as much about the impact of the Eighties as The Glittering Prizes told us about the impact of the Fifties.
Fame and Fortune is published by JR Books. The adaptation for BBC Radio 4 is broadcast on Saturday 27 October, 2.00-3.00pm. The Glittering Prizes is re-broadcast on BBC Radio 4 on November 20th, 3.00-4.00pm.
Anthropologists and the US Army
Should anthropologists put their expertise at the disposal of the military? As a debate rages in America about such co-operation, Kenan is joined by Montgomery McFate, the anthropologist leading members of her profession into engagement with the American Army, and by one her project's leading critics, to debate the ethics of this controversial collaboration.
Renaissance Art in Siena
A new exhibition at the National Gallery in London makes the case for Siena as a major city in the landscape of Renaissance art.
Renaissance: Siena, Art for a City is at the National Gallery, London from October 24th.
Free Thinking: People's Choice
And in the run-up to Radio 3's festival of ideas, Free Thinking, which takes place in Liverpool next month, Jane Davis, director of The Reader organization, which promotes the pleasure of literature, makes her pitch for the festival's People's Choice debate.