A journey through our seven universal emotions in the company of readers Iain Glen and Brid Brennan.
Inspired by the theme of this year's Radio 3 Free Thinking Festival, Words and Music is So Emotional this week, exploring the seven universal emotions: happiness, sadness, anger, fear, disgust, surprise and contempt. Readers Brid Brennan and Iain Glen take us on an emotional roller coaster with words ranging from the 17th-century lusciousness of Milton to the high impact sparseness of 'insta-poet' Rupi Kaur.
Our emotional journey begins with the laughter of a four-year-old, Judy Garland bidding us to 'Get Happy' and Jack Underwood's touching portrait of Happiness. But sadness has a beauty of its own and Milton hails Melancholy, while the 14th-century mystic Margery Kempe immerses herself in the misery of Christ's suffering. No-one does misery like Morrissey so The Smiths are here to tell us: Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now. Dylan Thomas and Elvis Costello deliver some explosive anger, while Dorothy Parker and Lulu have a surprise for their disappointing lovers. Roald Dahl's truly disgusting description of Mr Twit's beard will put you off extravagant facial hair for life, while Henry James and Benjamin Britten deliver the fear-factor in the spine-chilling Turn of the Screw. Our emotional journey ends with the chillingly inhuman contempt of Brett Easton Ellis' American Psycho and a look back to the medieval practice of fasting to fine-tune human emotions.
Producer: Georgia Mann
Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes
Happiness read by Brid Brennan
Extract from The Twice Born: Life and Death on the Ganges read by Iain Glen
Extract from Il Penseroso read by Brid Brennan
I Am! read by Iain Glen
Margery Kempe translated by Barry Windeatt
Extract from The Book of Margery Kempe read by Brid Brennan
What is Stronger than the Human Heart? read by Iain Glen
Not This Anger read by Iain Glen
Extract from Jane Eyre read by Brid Brennan
Crow Blacker Than Ever read by Ted Hughes
Extract from The Twits read by Iain Glen
Fear read by Iain Glen
Extract from The Turn of the Screw read by Brid Brennan
Surprise read by Brid Brennan
Bret Easton Ellis
Extract from American Psycho read by Iain Glen
Translated by Hetta Howes
Extract from Speculum Sacerdotale, fifteenth-century sermons, read by Iain Glen""Added, go to My Music