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Book of the Week

The Novel of the Century: The Extraordinary Adventure of Les Miserables

Episode 2

Duration: 15 minutes

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

While narrating Victor Hugo's fall from grace in France, Bellos begins to decode his epic, exploring the meaning of colours and money in the context of Hugo's time. Show more

Book of the Week

The Novel of the Century: The Extraordinary Adventure of Les Miserables

Episode 3

Duration: 15 minutes

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

Hugo finds himself in exile in the Channel Islands and returns to the manuscript he had begun more than a decade earlier - a novel of the poor, with a working title of Les Miseres. Show more

Book of the Week

The Novel of the Century: The Extraordinary Adventure of Les Miserables

Episode 4

Duration: 15 minutes

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

Still exiled on Guernsey, as the author Victor Hugo tries to reconstruct Paris from memory, distance also complicates the revision and delivery of his final manuscript to Brussels. Show more

Book of the Week

The Novel of the Century: The Extraordinary Adventure of Les Miserables

Episode 5

Duration: 15 minutes

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

As Victor Hugo finishes the book and it is launched to huge acclaim, David Bellos offers insights into the politics and morality of a novel as serious and complex as it is popular. Show more

Start the Week

Les Misérables: novel of the century?

Duration: 43 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Cultural discussion programme. Andrew Marr discusses the 19th-century novel with David Bellos, Dinah Birch, Simon Callow and Barbara Hannigan. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Andrew Marr
Interviewed Guest:
David Bellos
Interviewed Guest:
Dinah Birch
Interviewed Guest:
Simon Callow
Interviewed Guest:
Barbara Hannigan
Producer:
Katy Hickman

Book of the Week

The Novel of the Century: The Extraordinary Adventure of Les Miserables

Episode 1

Duration: 15 minutes

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

David Bellos explores why Les Miserables is 'France's greatest gift'. He reveals its inspirations and its resonance now, while describing Victor Hugo's life as he penned his epic. Show more

Free Thinking

France and Algeria, Birds, Augustus

Duration: 45 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 3

Available for over a year

Anne McElvoy discusses the relationship between France and its former colonies. Plus research about bird mating systems and the lessons to be learned from Roman emperor Augustus. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Anne McElvoy
Interviewed Guest:
David Bellos
Interviewed Guest:
Andrew Hussey
Interviewed Guest:
Karima Laachir
Interviewed Guest:
Tim Birkhead
Interviewed Guest:
Charlotte Higgins
Producer:
Zahid Warley