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The muse in history, Andrew Miller, Vanity Fair, Neil Simon remembered

Andrew Miller on his new novel Now We Shall be Entirely Free, Muses in History (part of our Inspire season), behind the scenes at ITV's Vanity Fair, and Neil Simon remembered.

Andrew Miller, who won the Costa Book of the Year Award for his novel Pure, discusses his new book Now We Shall Be Entirely Free, an adventure story set during the Napoleonic wars.

We consider how the idea of the artist's muse has changed over time, and ask what makes a modern muse? With art critic Louisa Buck, novelist and critic Matt Thorne and Andrew Miller.

As the latest TV adaptation of William Thackeray's Vanity Fair hits our screens this weekend, Emma Bullimore reports from the set, where she speaks to Olivia Cooke, who stars as Becky Sharp, the consummate and shameless social climber, as well as screenwriter Gwyneth Hughes and Michael Palin, who plays the narrator Thackeray.

Neil Simon, the pioneering playwright who set a new tone in theatrical comedy with such shows as The Odd Couple and captured the spirit of the middle-class American family with plays like Lost in Yonkers, has died. Critic Michael Carlson pays tribute.

Presenter : Samira Ahmed
Producer : Dymphna Flynn.

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Andrew Miller

Andrew Miller
Andrew Miller
Photo credit: Abbie Trayler-Smith

Now We Shall Be Free by Andrew Miller is available now

RIP - Neil Simon

RIP - Neil Simon
Neil Simon - RIP

Celebrated US playwright Neil Simon has died aged 91 in his native New York 



Vanity Fair

Vanity Fair

Claudia Jessie in Vanity Fair
Photo credit: Robert Viglaksy - Mammoth Screen for ITV

Vanity Fair starts on ITV on Sun 2 Sept at 9 pm


Credits

Role Contributor
Presenter Samira Ahmed
Interviewed Guest Andrew Miller
Interviewed Guest Louisa Buck
Interviewed Guest Matt Thorne
Interviewed Guest Emma Bullimore
Interviewed Guest Olivia Cooke
Interviewed Guest Gwyneth Hughes
Interviewed Guest Michael Palin
Interviewed Guest Michael Carlson
Producer Dymphna Flynn

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Inspire

Inspire

A season discovering where artists find inspiration and helping listeners get creative.

BBC Arts Digital

BBC Arts Digital

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Front Row on TV

Join Mary Beard and guests for live and late debate on Friday evenings on BBC Two.

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