A journey through our seven universal emotions in the company of readers Iain Glen and Brid Brennan.
There are 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.
You can find a collection of discussion programmes exploring different emotions recorded at the 2019 Free Thinking Festival in a collection on the programme website
Jack Underwood: Happiness
Aatish Taseer: Extract from The Twice Born: Life and Death on the Ganges
Milton: Extract from Il Penseroso
John Clare: I Am!
Margery Kempe translated by Barry Windeatt: Extract from The Book of Margery Kempe
Rupi Kaur: What is Stronger than the Human Heart?
Dylan Thomas: Not This Anger
Charlotte Brontë: Extract from Jane Eyre
Ted Hughes: Crow Blacker Than Ever
Roald Dahl: Extract from The Twits
Sara Teasdale: Fear read by Iain Glen
Henry James: Extract from The Turn of the Screw
Dorothy Parker: Surprise
Bret Easton Ellis: Extract from American Psycho
Translated by Hetta Howes: Extract from Speculum Sacerdotale
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
Brett Easton Ellis
Extract from An American Psycho read by Iain Glen
Translated by Hetta Howes
Extract from Speculum Sacerdotale, collection of fifteenth-century sermons, read by Iain Glen
- Sun 31 Mar 2019 17:30
- Tue 31 Dec 2019 17:45