In five programmes this week, writer Ronan Bennett is at work on a new novel set in Halifax, west Yorkshire, in the 17th century: a time of religious zeal and a middle-class concern with the attitudes and behaviours of the poor.
In the second of this week's five programmes, Ronan Bennett discuss John Briggs, the main character of his new novel. He talks about the scant historical facts about the real John Briggs on whom the character is based and his own reinvention of him as a fictional character.
In the fourth of this week's five programmes, Ronan Bennett discusses social intolerance and the attempts of wealthy merchants to regulate the behaviour of the poor in 17th-century Halifax.
In the last of this week's five programmes, Ronan Bennett talks of creating a language and an emotional life for the characters in his novel which befits its 17th-century setting.