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The Hero

Episode 1 of 4

Series on the brilliance of the British novel. Sebastian Faulks looks at how the ideas of heroism have evolved over the last 300 years, from Daniel Defoe to Martin Amis.

Bestselling author Sebastian Faulks presents a major four-part series on the brilliance of the British novel and its characters. In this episode, Faulks looks at how the hero in literature and ideas of heroism have evolved over the last 300 years, from Daniel Defoe's Robinson Crusoe to Martin Amis's John Self.

With contributions from Simon Armitage, Brian Keenan, Ruth Rendell, Robert Harris, Boris Johnson and Martin Amis.

1 hour

Last on

Fri 24 Jun 2011 01:00

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Music Played

Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes

  • Mark Hollis

    A Life 1895-1915

  • UNKLE

    A Perfect Storm

  • Portishead

    A Tribute to a Monk and Canatella

  • Jacaszek

    Aala

  • Massive Attack

    Angel (feat. Horace Andy)

  • Bălănescu Quartet

    Aria

  • Bernard Herrmann

    Brave New World Suite

  • Material

    Bustin Out

  • Massive Attack

    Butterfly Caught

  • Bill Connor

    Dark Clouds

  • Max Richter

    H Thinks a Journey

  • Veigar Margeirsson

    Journey to the Edge

  • Herb Alpert

    Jump Street

  • Herb Alpert

    Keep Your Eye on Me

  • Four Tet

    Love Cry

  • Cast of Lucky Jim

    Madrigal from Lucky Jim

  • City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra - Never on a Sunday

  • London Voices

    Oceania,'Tis For Thee

  • His Name Is Alive

    One Year

    (Four Tet remix)

  • Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra

    The Ship Sinks Beneath the Waves

  • The Stranglers

    Peaches

  • City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra - Prova d'orchestra

  • Nfi

    Pulse of Fear

  • Herb Alpert

    Rotation

  • James Keane

    Waltz in Becky Sharp

  • D Train

    You're the One for Me

  • James Keane

    Yugobrazilica

Credits

Role Contributor
Presenter Sebastian Faulks
Participant Ruth Rendell
Participant Ruth Rendell
Participant Simon Armitage
Participant Simon Armitage
Participant Martin Amis
Participant Martin Amis
Participant Boris Johnson
Participant Boris Johnson
Participant Robert Harris
Participant Robert Harris
Director Phil Cairney
Director Phil Cairney
Series Producer Mary Sackville-West
Series Producer Mary Sackville-West
Executive Producer Basil Comely
Executive Producer Basil Comely
Writer Sebastian Faulks
Producer Phil Cairney
Producer Phil Cairney
Director David Vincent
Director David Vincent

Broadcasts

  • Sat 5 Feb 2011 21:00
  • Mon 28 Feb 2011 01:00
  • Fri 24 Jun 2011 01:00