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Being the Brontes

Martha Kearney, novelist Helen Oyeyemi and journalist Lucy Mangan travel to Haworth Parsonage, the home of Charlotte and her sisters Emily and Anne.

To mark the 200th anniversary of Charlotte Bronte's birth, Martha Kearney, novelist Helen Oyeyemi and journalist Lucy Mangan travel to Haworth Parsonage, the home of Charlotte and her sisters Emily and Anne, to discover the inspiration behind their classic novels Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights and Agnes Grey.

Just two years before the books were published, prospects for the three unmarried sisters were bleak. Their brother was battling alcoholism, Charlotte was hopelessly in love with a married man and their father was going blind. But by 1848 they were a literary sensation. To find out how this extraordinary turnaround happened, Martha, Lucy and Helen each immerse themselves in the life of a Bronte sister. From everyday routines at the Parsonage to walks on windswept moors, from harsh schooldays to misadventures as governesses, the trio learn how the Brontes combined literary genius with real-life experience to create some of the best-loved novels in the English language.

59 minutes

Last on

Wed 20 Jun 2018 22:30

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Credits

Role Contributor
Presenter Martha Kearney
Presenter Lucy Mangan
Presenter Helen Oyeyemi
Producer Linda Sands
Director Linda Sands
Series Producer John Das

Broadcasts

  • Sat 26 Mar 2016 21:00
  • Sat 26 Mar 2016 22:00
  • Thu 31 Mar 2016 00:15
  • Thu 31 Mar 2016 00:45
  • Thu 14 Apr 2016 02:15
  • Fri 15 Jul 2016 23:35
  • Wed 20 Jun 2018 22:30

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