Michael Billington introduces an evening to celebrate the work of Harold Pinter, with Sir John Gielgud, Dame Peggy Ashcroft, Sir
Peter Hall, Martin Esslin, David Jones, Arthur Miller, Salman Rushdie, Dirk Bogarde, Penelope Wilton and John Malkovitch.
7.02 Paul Allen talks to Pinter about the plays which made him the leading British playwright of his generation, about his first novel The Dwarfs and his commitment to human rights.
7.40 The Unnamable
Harold Pinter talks about his mentor, Samuel Beckett, and reads the final haunting pages of Beckett's prose trilogy.
(First broadcast on BBC2's 'A Wake for Sam')
In 1964 Harold Pinter wrote a series of short revue sketches for the BBC Third Programme.
Last to Go
Producer Michael Bakewell
8.20 Family Voices
with Peggy Ashcroft as the mother, Michael Kitchen as the son, Mark Dignam as the father.
Producer John Tydeman (R)
(Directed by Peter Hall in association with the NT)
8.55 The Dwarfs
'Bach is like cold or heat or water or flame. He is Bach but he's not Bach.'
Harold Pinter reads from The Dwarfs.
9.00 Bach Violin Concerto in A minor
9.15 Pinter on Film
Harold Pinter is one of cinema's foremost screenplay writers with films as diverse as The Servant and The French Lieutenant's Woman.
Michael Billington talks to Dirk Bogarde, Margaret Atwood, Ian McEwan and Jeremy Irons.
Pinter's recollection of a great 'player' from the world of cricket.
With Edward de Souza as Arthur Wellard.
Director Cherry Cookson
9.45 Michael Billington discusses Pinter's work in human rights with Arthur Miller and Ian McEwan, and introduces an extract from Mountain Language, Pinter's most recent stage play.
10.00 A Kind of Alaska
A fictional representation of a mysterious 'sleeping sickness' epidemic that swept through Europe and the US in 1916.
Director Walter Acosta
Evening produced by Fiona McLean