Faulks On Fiction

9.00pm Saturday 5 February on BBC TWO

Author Sebastian Faulks gets to the heart of the British novel through its characters, exploring the heroes, lovers, snobs and villains in classics including Robinson Crusoe, 1984, Brick Lane, Emma and The End Of The Affair

Faulks On Fiction

BBC TWO

Author Sebastian Faulks gets to the heart of the British novel through its characters, in a new four-part series for BBC Two.

Faulks On Fiction explores the heroes, lovers, snobs and villains in classics such as Robinson Crusoe, Wuthering Heights, Great Expectations, Lord Of The Flies and The End Of The Affair.

Written and presented by Sebastian, the series tells the story of how the British novel made us who we are and features characters including Fagin from Charles Dickens’s Oliver Twist, Mr Darcy from Jane Austen’s Pride And Prejudice, Chanu from Monica Ali’s Brick Lane and Jim Dixon from Kingsley Amis’s Lucky Jim.

Faulks On Fiction

In 2011 BBC Two celebrates the power of the British novel, with a major new series and some complementary programming.

In Faulks On Fiction best selling novelist Sebastian Faulks (The Girl At The Lion D’Or, Birdsong, A Week In December) looks at the history of the novel through its characters, each episode focusing on a different archetype – the Hero, the Lover, the Snob and the Villain – and how they have developed over the centuries.

Touring the country, with the occasional foray abroad, Sebastian uses his unique personal knowledge of characterisation to get under the skin of some familiar and not so familiar British literary characters.

From Daniel Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe to Martin Amis’s John Self and Jane Austen’s Emma to Monica Ali’s Chanu, Sebastian puts them all on the psychiatrist’s couch.

To continue the focus on novels, The Culture Show’s Sue Perkins investigates crime and experiences new romance in her journey to discover the essential ingredients of a bestseller.

 

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