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17 November 2008
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This week Andrew Marr is joined by Christopher Bigsby, Peter Flannery, Adriano Shaplin and Ken Arnold.
Betrayal and denial permeate Arthur Miller’s life and, consequently, his work; betrayal in his marriages and denial in refusing the House Un-American Activities Committee any names of supposed Communists. In CHRISTOPHER BIGSBY’s new biography of the playwright, he argues that Miller’s life is a story of America encompassing the Great Depression, The Spanish Civil War and World War II. Arthur Miller is published by Weidenfeld & Nicolson and will be Book of the Week on Radio 4 from 24 - 28 November.

PETER FLANNERY, best known as the writer of Our Friends in the North, is back with a new series dramatising the English Civil War. With a high-profile cast including Andrea Riseborough and Dominic West, he sets out to challenge the stereotypes surrounding the conflict and ponders why the Civil War has been so neglected as a subject for writers and filmmakers. The Devil's Whore, a 4-part TV dramatisation for Channel 4, starts on Wednesday 19 November at 9.00pm.

The Royal Shakespeare Company’s writer in residence ADRIANO SHAPLIN is premiering his play, The Tragedy of Thomas Hobbes, which challenges our assumptions about the foundation of the Royal Society. At a time when the theatres were closed, these scientists performed miraculous demonstrations which proved the power of God’s nature to the common people. The Tragedy of Thomas Hobbes is at Wilton’s Music Hall, London from 12 November - 6 December.

Wars may bring death and injury but the battlefield can also pioneer advances for civilian medicine. KEN ARNOLD from the Wellcome Collection explains how many of our domestic systems of ambulances, triage and nutrition are all the direct results of wars. War and Medicine, a new exhibition exploring the impact of war on medicine, is at the Wellcome Collection in London from 22 November - 15 February.

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