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Roald Dahl

Treasure Islands. Roald Dahl talks to Julia Eccleshare about the importance of reading, childrens' love of laughter and attraction to rudeness his views on the conditioning of children and their… Read more

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15 April 1988

Mel Brooks

An Arena Special from 1981 with Alan Yentob trying to interview Mel Brooks about his life and work. American filmmaker, actor and comedian. Mel Brook's films are best known for… Read more

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7 December 1988

Charles Schulz

PM. Charles Schulz talks to R. Morris about the origins of Snoopy, the world of Peanuts and Charlie Brown and his collaboration with Billie Jean King on a tennis book. Read more

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28 June 1977

Gerald Scarfe

Kaleidoscope. Gerald Scarfe talks to Paul Vaughan about his reportage drawing in SE Asia, and Northern Ireland, reducing characters to abstracts, the influence of other artists and his drawing processand… Read more

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9 September 1982

Richard Rogers

The Creating Eye. Richard Rogers talks to Caroline Julius about the role of the architect, pushing forward with new ideas, the need for constant questioning, architecture in the environment and… Read more

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21 August 1988

Dalai Lama

His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama. Both the spiritual and temporal ruler of Tibet until 1959, the Dalai Lama is also head of the Dge-lugs-pa (Yellow Hat) order of Tibetan… Read more

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28 August 1982

Doris Lessing

Bookshelf. Doris Lessing talks to Susan Hill about starting as a writer, what it takes to be a writer, her feelings that The Golden Notebook is not necessarily a "womans'… Read more

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14 January 1987

Malcolm Arnold

English composer, trumpeter and conductor Known for his melodic and accessible music, Malcolm Arnold's works include nine symphonies, 12 concertos, six sets of symphonic dances and three film scores for… Read more

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5 July 1959

Tony Benn

An edited version of the transcript of the online chat with Tony Benn. Tony Benn's extreme opinions and powerful rhetoric made him one of Parliament's most entertaining advocates. Read more

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19 July 2002

Helen Chadwick

Woman's Hour Helen Chadwick talks to Jenni Murray about her self portraits, images of women, works on contemporary British life and nomination for the Turner prize. Helen Chadwick's art "was… Read more

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11 February 1982

Vanessa Redgrave

Woman's Hour. Vanessa Redgrave talks to Jenni Murray about her agonies as a teenager, the influence of her parents, her politics, her sense of being an ever-changing person Read more

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10 March 1991

Edward Estlin Cummings

Extract from a Yale University programme. EE Cummings talks about what he thinks an artist is. A widely popular poet, Cummings used eccentric typography and phrasing in his work "to… Read more

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10 January 1955

Seamus Heaney

Turning Points. Seamus Heaney talks to Bel Mooney about his formative years and doing English at University, the influence of Irish writing. Read more

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15 November 1988

Joseph Heller

Third Ear. Joseph Heller talks about the role of the artist, the difference between creating and responding to emotional passages in novels and the similiarities of his central characters. Read more

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25 May 1988

Laurie Lee

Literary Walks. Laurie Lee in the village of Slad in Gloucestershire, talks to Christopher Somerville about the locals' reaction to Cider with Rosie, changes in the valley of Slad, Rosie… Read more

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21 September 1985

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