Rpt: Mon 21:30-22:00
Setting the week's cultural agenda.
31 July 2006
This week Andrew Marr is joined by Roy Hattersley, Patrick Hannan, Stella Duffy and Julian Baggini.
It's 150 years since George Bernard Shaw's birth and although he might be best known for his contribution to literature - Pygmalion and winning the Nobel Prize - he was also a socialist involved in the formation of the Labour Party. Ex-deputy leader of the party, ROY HATTERSLEY, discusses Shaw's political contribution.
For a year in the 1980s, Arthur Scargill and Margaret Thatcher were on opposite sides of a conflict that decided some of the most important questions in contemporary Britain. But they never met. Journalist PATRICK HANNAN examines the monumental clash of ideology and temperament that was the miners' strike and why, although they were never in the same room, Arthur and Maggie's confrontation still resounds today. When Arthur Met Maggie is published by Seren Books.
STELLA DUFFY has published ten novels, thirty short stories and written seven plays. She's also a performer and stand-up comedian. This summer her play, Prime Resident, premieres as part of a sextet of plays representing 50 years of the National Youth Theatre. She discusses her play which is a satirical, Orwellian view of the 1st decade of the 21st century. Sextet: Six Plays, Six Writers, Six Decades is at the National Youth Theatre, Soho Theatre from 4 August.
JULIAN BAGGINI is a philosopher who has created a series of quizzes which make us question what we think, realise and face up to our prejudices. Do you think what you think you think?, a series of thought experiments written with Jeremy Stangroom, is published by Granta in October. Julian will also be speaking at the Edinburgh Book Festival on Matters of the Mind on 24 August.
This is the last in the present series. Start The Week returns on 2 October.
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