Sylvia Plath: Life Inside The Bell Jar

Confirmed for BBC Two on 11 August at 9pm to 10pm

Saturday 11 August



Sylvia Plath’s iconic novel The Bell Jar exploded the myth that women were content and life was sweet. It shone a light on 1950s gender politics, sexual identity and mental health at a time when women struggled to find a voice.

Life Inside The Bell Jar is the first documentary about Plath’s classic semi-autobiographical novel. In it Frieda Hughes talks about her mother in depth for the first time on camera, and has unprecedented access to people who knew Sylvia Plath, many of whom are talking publicly for the first time.

Blending beautifully shot interviews, impressionistic reconstruction, unpublished letters and photographs and a wealth of period archive that takes us back to the summer of 1953. This film is the story of an age, a person and a novel like no other.

Life Inside The Bell Jar (1x60') is directed by Teresa Griffiths. Siân Price and Angus McQueen are the Executive Producers for Yeti, the BBC Commissioning Editor is Emma Cahusac.