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Stephen Poliakoff and Linda Grant. Yuval Noah Harari.

Philip Dodd is joined by novelist Linda Grant and writer-director Stephen Poliakoff to discuss post-Second World War Britain.

A TB clinic in the countryside is the location of Linda Grant's new novel which follows a Jewish brother and sister from the East End who are sent to recover in an institution where the class divide persists even as the new National Health Service challenges this.
Stephen Poliakoff's new BBC drama series follows an intelligence officer whose final Army role is to ensure that cutting edge technology is made available to the British armed forces.
Philip Dodd discusses the period of immediate post-World War II with the two writers. He also talks to historian Yuval Noah Harari who has studied the history of humanity on the planet earth and who argues that the future holds a wider divide between the techno super rich who are looking to cheat death and the useless class who have been superseded by machines.

Close To The Enemy - a 7 part series written and directed by Stephen Poliakoff airs on BBC Two this November.
The Dark Circle by Linda Grant is out now.
Yuval Noah Harari's books are Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind and Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow.

Producer: Fiona McLean.

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45 minutes

Credits

Role Contributor
Presenter Philip Dodd
Interviewed Guest Linda Grant
Interviewed Guest Stephen Poliakoff
Producer Fiona McLean
Interviewed Guest Yuval Noah Harari

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