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The Dreams of William Golding

Duration: 1 hour, 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC HDLatest broadcast: on BBC Two Wales

An insight into the private obsessions and insecurities of the author of Lord of the Flies. With contributions from his daughter and son and bestselling author Stephen King. Show more

Contributors

Series Editor:
Anthony Wall
Director:
Adam Low
Participant:
Judy Golding
Participant:
David Golding
Participant:
John Carey
Participant:
John Gray
Participant:
Nigel Williams
Participant:
June Osborne
Participant:
Stephen King

Brand

Arena

A Point of View

Two Cheers for Human Rights

Duration: 10 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 LW

Available for over a year

John Gray gives only two cheers for human rights. Rather than imposing them like a religious creed, he says we should see them as useful devices that quite often don't work. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
John Gray
Producer:
Sheila Cook

Genres

A Point of View

Isis: A modern revolutionary force?

Duration: 10 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 LW

Available for over a year

John Gray argues that the Sunni extremist group Isis (Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant) is actually a revolutionary force, not a reactionary one. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
John Gray
Interviewed Guest:
Arlene Gregorius

Genres

A Point of View

Soylent and the Charm of the Fast Lane

Duration: 10 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 LW

Available for over a year

The new food substitute Soylent allows you to give up eating meals in order to have more free time. But John Gray argues that human beings crave busy lives. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
John Gray

Genres

A Point of View

Dostoevsky and Dangerous Ideas

Duration: 10 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 LW

Available for over a year

John Gray points to lessons from the novels of Dostoevsky about the danger of ideas, such as misguided idealism sweeping away tyrannies without regard for the risks of anarchy. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
John Gray
Producer:
Sheila Cook

Genres

A Point of View

John Gray: Euro Despair

Duration: 10 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 LW

Available for over a year

John Gray sees the European currency as a misconceived project from the outset and thinks the austerity policies imposed on Greece are destructive and self-defeating. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
John Gray
Producer:
Sheila Cook

Genres

A Point of View

The Limits of Materialism

Duration: 10 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 LW

Available for over a year

John Gray draws on a story by Walter de la Mare to argue that the prevailing creed of scientific materialism is a 'simple-minded philosophy' too limited for an unknowable world. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
John Gray
Producer:
Sheila Cook

Genres

A Point of View

Gatsby: The Perfect Fake

Duration: 10 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 LW

Available for over a year

John Gray finds new resonance for our own age in the story of 'The Great Gatsby'. 'Just like Gatsby, we want to return to a world that was conjured into being from dreams'. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
John Gray
Producer:
Sheila Cook

Genres

A Point of View

The Spectre of Populism

Duration: 10 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 LW

Available for over a year

John Gray on populism. He argues that modern-day populism has largely been created by centre parties who have identified themselves with an unsustainable status quo. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
John Gray

Genres

A Point of View

Capitalism and the Myth of Social Evolution

Duration: 10 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 LWLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 LW

Available for over a year

John Gray reflects on why the advance of capitalism is not, as is widely believed, inevitable. He argues that the 'seemingly unstoppable advance of market forces' is often random. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
John Gray

Genres