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When Mary Beard Met Margaret Atwood

Mary Beard talks to novelist Margaret Atwood about her career and her sequel to The Handmaid's Tale.

Mary Beard meets the acclaimed Canadian novelist Margaret Atwood. As her sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale – The Testaments – is published, in a wide-ranging encounter Mary talks to her about how Gilead has changed almost 35 years on from the original book; how the cloak which features in the TV adaptation of The Handmaid’s Tale has become a symbol of protest around the world; about her responses to the current political climate; about the accusation that she is a ‘bad feminist’; and about the hype surrounding the release of this new book.

39 minutes

Last on

Boxing Day 2019 22:30

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Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes

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    Agnes Obel

    Under Giant Trees


Role Contributor
Presenter Mary Beard
Interviewed Guest Margaret Atwood
Director Alex Harding
Executive Producer Tanya Hudson
Series Producer Mark Crossan