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C. P. Snow (1905-1980)
'I often write about people who, using the camp phrase, are part of the Establishment. But many of the characters I m most interested in are not figures of that kind.'
C. P. Snow's major series of 11 novels Strangers and Brothers - a subtle and ambitious exploration of Britain's professional classes over 50 years- has been adapted as a major new BBC series.
Snow's career began in science, and took him, via radar research in World War n, into government - the 'corridors of power', and the House of Lords. His novels examine the so-called Establishment from within its own borders - yet Snow, the son of a clerk, always felt himself to be an outsider - a position he thought essential for a writer.
The programme combines excerpts from the drama series with assessments of C. P. Snow from
Lord Wilson , Sir Patrick Nairne Sir Bernard Lovell Sir John Plumb and the novelist Susan Hill
Film editor jo TUCK
Produced by YABA BADOE
(Strangers and Brothers begins on Wed, 9.25) • FEATURE: page 8
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