Free Thinking

Episode Guide

John Boorman

Director John Boorman talks to Matthew Sweet about his new film Queen and Country and its place...

Steve Hilton

Is progress making us inhuman? Steve Hilton, a former Senior Advisor to David Cameron, argues...

Alain Mabanckou

Philip Dodd welcomes writer Alain Mabanckou, nominated for this year's Man Booker International...

How Cultures Advance

Addressing the question of why some nations succeed while others don't, Clotaire Rapaille and...

Anne Enright

Anne Enright won the Booker Prize for The Gathering back in 2007, and earlier this year she was...

Antony Sher

Philip Dodd in extended conversation with actor Antony Sher, whose recent roles include Willy...

Free Thinking

Matthew Sweet talks to Hugh Aldersley-Williams and Claire Preston, admirers of the literare...

Julian Barnes

Anne McElvoy is joined by Booker Prize-winning writer Julian Barnes to discuss the painters he...

Alberto Manguel

Matthew Sweet interviews Alberto Manguel about his new book Curiosity, in which he tracks his...

Global Shakespeare

Global Shakespeare is a new catchword at UK institutions at home and abroad. But does it mean...

Inequality

Philip Dodd and guests explore the tension between public and private in the creative economy,...

Caryl Phillips

Caryl Phillips talks to Matthew Sweet about Emily Brontë's classic tale Wuthering Heights and...

Landmark: The Tin Drum

Anne McElvoy is joined by novelists Lawrence Norfolk and Eugen Ruge, journalist Oliver Kamm and...

Violence in Culture

Philip Dodd considers violence in culture with crime writer Frances Fyfield, historian...

Mexican Fiction

Matthew Sweet presents a study of contemporary Mexican fiction with Valeria Luiselli, author of...