A Body Of Literature

Four programmes examining some of fiction's best-known characters and attempting a new literary diagnosis of their conditions.

Episodes

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0101King Lear20000312

What was wrong with Lear (-) Alzheimer's? Old age? Or did power send him mad? Susan Jeffreys invites Prof Colin Blakemore, Francis Wheen and Dr Susan Bruce to consider one of Shakespeare's great tragic heroes. With actor Brian Cox and Dr Graham Easton

0101King Lear20000312

What was wrong with Lear (-) Alzheimer's? Old age? Or did power send him mad? Susan Jeffreys invites Prof Colin Blakemore, Francis Wheen and Dr Susan Bruce to consider one of Shakespeare's great tragic heroes. With actor Brian Cox and Dr Graham Easton

0102Jane Eyre20000319

Was the first Mrs Rochester really a lunatic locked up in the attic, or is there another explanation? Prof Elaine Showalter, theatre director Polly Teale, Clare Rayner and Prof Sally Shuttleworth join Susan Jeffreys to give their views and verdicts.

0102Jane Eyre20000319

Was the first Mrs Rochester really a lunatic locked up in the attic, or is there another explanation? Prof Elaine Showalter, theatre director Polly Teale, Clare Rayner and Prof Sally Shuttleworth join Susan Jeffreys to give their views and verdicts.

0103Dr Jekyll20000326

Susan Jeffreys is joined by author Andrew O'hagan, Jenni Calder of the National Museums of Scotland and Marjorie Wallace from SANE to reassess Stevenson's most infamous character, and Dr Graham Easton reports on the history of schizophrenia and multi-personality disorder.

0103Dr Jekyll20000326

Susan Jeffreys is joined by author Andrew O'hagan, Jenni Calder of the National Museums of Scotland and Marjorie Wallace from SANE to reassess Stevenson's most infamous character, and Dr Graham Easton reports on the history of schizophrenia and multi-personality disorder.

0104 LASTLa Dame Aux Camelias20000402

`La dame aux camelias - Alexandre Dumas'. A look at tuberculosis in literature. Susan Jeffreys is joined by Prof David Coward, Prof Elizabeth Wilson and John Moore-Gillon, chest consultant at St Bartholomew's Hospital to examine literature's most famous consumptive. With Alan Coren and Dr Graham Easton

0104 LASTLa Dame Aux Camelias20000402

`La dame aux camelias - Alexandre Dumas'. A look at tuberculosis in literature. Susan Jeffreys is joined by Prof David Coward, Prof Elizabeth Wilson and John Moore-Gillon, chest consultant at St Bartholomew's Hospital to examine literature's most famous consumptive. With Alan Coren and Dr Graham Easton