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Alan Bennett is offered a role in Fanny Hill and reflects on his public image as 'kindly, cosy and essentially harmless'.

Alan Bennett reads extracts from his recently published diaries.

Following on from Alan Bennett's bestselling, award-winning prose collections Writing Home and Untold Stories, Keeping On Keeping On is a newly-published third anthology featuring his unique observations, recollections and reminiscences.

In these entries, covering the years 2005 to 2014, Bennett looks back on a packed decade that included writing four highly-acclaimed plays - The Habit of Art, People, Hymn and Cocktail Sticks, all of which premiered at the National Theatre - as well as the screenplays for the hit films of The History Boys and The Lady in the Van.

In addition, he reflects on his 25 years of friendship and collaboration with director Nicholas Hytner, life with his partner Rupert Thomas and, radical views notwithstanding, his status as 'kindly, cosy and essentially harmless' - a view which these diaries do their best to disprove.

Today, Alan is offered a role in Fanny Hill, and reflects on his public image as "kindly, cosy and essentially harmless."

Abridged and produced by Gordon House.

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