Things Fall Apart

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20150512

WB Yeats was born 150 years ago. Roy Foster explores why his poems still tell truths.

WB Yeats was born 150 years ago. His biographer Roy Foster explores why The Second Coming, one of his celebrated poems, written in 1919, has continued to capture the zeitgeist. Once more, as so many times before, a beast seems to be slouching towards Bethlehem. With readings by Sinead Cusack and Stephen Rea. Producer: Tim Dee.

0120130401 (BBC7)

Remembering the founding father of African literature with his classic novel. The story begins in a Nigerian village.

0220130402 (BBC7)

Okonkwo, ashamed of his idle father is determined not to follow in his footsteps. Classic novel read by Chuk Iwuji.

0320130403 (BBC7)

Okonkwo becomes a great man in his clan, a fierce warrior and successful farmer. But he is an unforgiving father and husband.

0420130404 (BBC7)

Okonkwo's determination not to appear weak leads him to take part in a killing. Classic novel read by Chuk Iwuji.

0520130405 (BBC7)

The clan gathers for a ceremony and the spirits of the ancestors are abroad. Classic novel read by Chuk Iwuji.

0620130408 (BBC7)

Okonkwo joins his friend Obierika to celebrate his daughter's wedding. Classic novel read by Chuk Iwuji.

0720130409 (BBC7)

Forced into exile, Okonkwo returns to his mother's clan with his three wives and 11 children. Classic novel read by Chuk Iwuji.

0820130410 (BBC7)

Missionaries arrive in the village and ask for land on which to build a church. Classic novel read by Chuk Iwuji.

0920130411 (BBC7)

The seven years of exile are at an end and Okonkwo prepares to return to his clan. Classic novel read by Chuk Iwuji.

10 LAST20130412 (BBC7)

The church has been destroyed and the elders are summoned before the District Commissioner. Classic novel read by Chuk Iwuji.

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By Chinua Achebe, adapted in two parts by Biyi Bandele.

1: Okonkwo is a respected tribal leader in the Ibo village of Umuofia, Nigeria.

Following tribal custom, Okonkwo agrees to take part in the killing of a young boy, Ikemefuna, a hostage of war from a neighbouring village who has been placed in his care.

With Patrice Naiambana, Femi Elufowoju Jr and Freddie Annobil Dodoo.

Director Ralph Rolls.

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By Chinua Achebe, adapted in two parts by Biyi Bandele.

2: Okonkwo is exiled from Umuofia, his Ibo village in Nigeria, for seven years for the accidental killing of a clansman's son.

His tragic decline continues when white Christian missionaries arrive and threaten Ibo tribal customs and culture.

With Patrice Naiambana, Femi Elufowoju Jr and Freddie Annobil Dodoo.

Director Ralph Rolls.

021998101819981031

By Chinua Achebe, adapted in two parts by Biyi Bandele.

2: Okonkwo is exiled from Umuofia, his Ibo village in Nigeria, for seven years for the accidental killing of a clansman's son.

His tragic decline continues when white Christian missionaries arrive and threaten Ibo tribal customs and culture.

With Patrice Naiambana, Femi Elufowoju Jr and Freddie Annobil Dodoo.

Director Ralph Rolls.

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