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Philip Hoare, Morality and the Law, Andrew Upton

Presented by Anne McElvoy. With a debate on ethics and the law, Philip Law talking about our relationship with the sea and Andrew Upton on his adaptations of classic Russian plays.

Tonight on Night Waves, Anne McElvoy discusses ethics and the law. Several politicians have complained recently about tax avoidance by big companies. They say that even though avoiding tax is not illegal, it's not always moral either. So where do ethics and the law come apart? And what's the point of law anyway? Anne is joined by a lawyer, a political campaigner and a philosopher: Geoffrey Robertson QC, Mark Littlewood, Director General of the Institute of Economic Affairs, and Angie Hobbs, Professor of the Public Understanding of Philosophy at the University of Sheffield.

In "The Sea Inside", writer Philip Hoare explores his fascination and fear of the sea in a journey which takes him from his home in Southampton to the other side of the world. He explains to Anne McElvoy why we all have a relationship to the sea, and just as it sustains and threatens us, it is also where we come from.

Plus, Australian writer Andrew Upton discusses his sometimes controversial adaptations of classic Russian plays and explains to Anne why he inserted an egg fight into his recent production of Maxim Gorky's Children of the Sun.

Produced by Luke Mulhall.

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45 minutes


  • Morality and the Law

    To discuss Morality and the Law are Geoffrey Robertson QC, Mark Littlewood and Angie Hobbs

    Duration: 15:52

  • Philip Hoare

    Writer Philip Hoare explores his fascination & fear of the sea talking about his new book

    Duration: 14:46

  • Andrew Upton

    Andrew Upton talks about his sometimes controversial adaptations of classic Russian plays

    Duration: 13:05

Philip Hoare

Philip Hoare

The Sea Inside by Philip Hoare is published by Fourth Estate on Thursday 6 June 2013.

Andrew Upton

Andrew Upton
Children of the Sun by Maxim Gorky in a new version by Andrew Upton is on now at the National Theatre, London until Sunday 14 July 2013.


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