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Richard III with Chris Skidmore

Friday 9th September, 8pm

King Richard III’s personality was forged in the tribulation of exile and the brutality of combat, his short two-year reign becoming one of the most tumultuous in English history. Popular interest in his colourful life is undergoing somewhat of a revival at present, with his remains alleged to have been found in an unlikely resting-place […]

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A. N. Wilson

Monday 12th September, 8pm

The celebrated writer talks about his latest fiction which explores the life and times of one of the greatest British explorers, Captain Cook, and the golden age of Britain’s period of expansion and exploration. The novel is told through the eyes of botanist George Forster who joined Captain Cook on his second journey to the […]

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Matt’s September Reading Group

Tuesday 13th September, 8pm

A busy bookshop schedule pushes the reading group onto the second Tuesday of the month, rather than the usual Monday date. This month, we celebrate the booker longlist announcement with two time winner, current longlistee and Nobel laureate J.M. Coetzee. Coetzee is one of the finest living writers, and we are reading one of his […]

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Simple Supper with Diana Henry

Wednesday 14th September, 8pm

She is our favourite flavour queen, she has charisma by the bucket and she is one of the most magical cooks writing today. Her superb, award winning cookbooks – Crazy Water Pickled Lemons, Roast Figs Sugar Snow, Salt Sugar Smoke, A Change of Appetite, A Bird in the Hand are always exciting and never allowed […]

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Ashes of London with Andrew Taylor

Thursday 15th September, 8pm

Time-hopping crime writer Andrew Taylor returns to us for another foray into the deadly mysteries of history. This time, Andrew’s smouldering new novel, Ashes of London, is set during the Great Fire of London: towering infernos turn the proud and booming city of 17th century England into a blistering hellscape; but that is not all […]

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Colin Thubron

Saturday 17th September, 11.30am

Barely a sentence can be written about Colin Thubron’s work that doesn’t include the word ‘masterful’. The list of accolades he has accumulated spans decades and disciplines, from classic travel literature, including Behind the Wall (winner of the Hawthornden Prize and the Thomas Cook Travel Award), to his excellent novels, such as A Cruel Madness […]

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Eimear McBride

Monday 19th September, 8pm

From the writer of one of the most memorable debuts of recent years,  A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing, comes an utterly compelling new novel. An eighteen-year-old Irish girl arrives in London to study drama and falls violently in love with an older actor. This older man has a disturbing past that the young girl is […]

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Anna Pasternak

Tuesday 20th September, 8pm

Lara tells the story of the love between Boris Pasternak and his typist and literary muse, Olga Ivinskaya and the affair which devastated the Pasternak family. This astonishing true history gives new illumination to the tragedy behind Pasternak’s masterwork, Doctor Zhivago. This heartrending account explores her great uncle’s hidden act of moral compromise and describes […]

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An Evening with F1 Superstar Damon Hill

Wednesday 21st September, 8pm

2016 marks the twentieth anniversary of Damon Hill’s crowning as Formula One World Champion. For the first time ever Damon Hill tells the story of his journey through the last golden era of the sport when he took on the greats including Ayrton Senna and Michael Schumacher and emerged victorious as World Champion in 1996, […]

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Local Launch for Novelist Jason Hewitt

Thursday 22nd September, 8pm

A deeply compelling and poignant story that, like the novels of Pat Barker or Sebastian Faulks’ Birdsong, dramatises the tragic lessons of war, the significance of belonging and of memory – without which we become lost, even to ourselves. Spring, 1945: A man wakes in a field in a country he does not know. Injured and […]

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Louis de Bernières

Saturday 24th September, 11.30am

Join much-loved and award-winning novelist and poet Louis de Bernières to hear him read from his new novel Blue Dog, the sequel to his bestseller Red Dog. When a family tragedy means Mick is sent to the outback to live with his Granpa, it looks as if he has a lonely life ahead of him. The […]

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An Evening with The Cure’s Lol Tolhurst

Monday 26th September, 8pm

In his powerful new memoir, CURED, founding member of The Cure Lol Tolhurst reveals the story of a timeless band and a life truly lived. The Cure‘s journey to worldwide success is one of not only of the great highs and lows of the lifelong friendship between Tolhurst and frontman Robert Smith, but also of […]

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Robert Harris

Tuesday 27th September, 8pm

Robert Harris, Britain’s leading thriller writer, returns to launch the Bath Autumn Book Festival. His new novel, Conclave, swells with intrigue and twisting intensity. The Pope is dead. Behind the locked doors of the Sistine Chapel, one hundred and eighteen cardinals from all over the globe will cast their votes in the world’s most secretive […]

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The Polish Way of Food and Life with Zuza Zak

Wednesday 28th September, 8pm

Polska brings you a revolutionary style of cooking, taking you on a culinary journey through Poland’s national dishes and folkloric roots. Zuza Zak welcomes you into her Polish kitchen, offering an inspiring take on both traditional recipes and new ingredients. Slavic salad with crabmeat and green spinach pierogi with kasza, Polish kimchi with venison, Krupnik […]

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Eric Shanes on Young Mr Turner

Thursday 29th September, 8pm

Young Mr Turner traces with huge insight and in unprecedented detail the life and creative development of Britain’s greatest painter, J.M.W. Turner. One of the most magnificent books of recent years, its 473 illustrations – the majority of them in colour – stand at the very heart of the story. The Sunday Times called it […]

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Ben MacIntyre on the SAS

Saturday 1st October, 11.30am

The history of the SAS is an exhilarating tale of fearlessness and heroism, recklessness and tragedy; of extraordinary men who were willing to tale monumental risks. Britain’s Special Air Service—or SAS—was the brainchild of David Stirling, a young, gadabout aristocrat whose aimlessness in early life belied a remarkable strategic mind. Where most of his colleagues […]

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Bath Feast Talk and Tastings Celebrate the True Food of Spain

Saturday 1st October, 8pm

We are delighted to welcome Monika Linton to Bath for a very special evening of talk and tastings, to launch our Bath Feast events. Sure to be a sell-out event, do make sure you call in – or phone – to secure your place at a very delicious event indeed. Monika Linton is widely respected […]

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Poetry on the Paragon with Katharine Towers

Monday 3rd October, 8pm

Katharine Towers’ second collection of poems  is a book of small wonders. From a house drowning in roses to crickets on an August day, from Nerval’s lobster to the surrealism of flower remedies, these poems explore the fragility of our relationship with the natural world. Towers also shows us what that relationship can aspire to […]

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Richard Francis

Thursday 6th October, 8pm

Richard Francis’s stunning novel Crane Pond is the story of Samuel Sewall, loving father and husband, anti-slavery advocate, defender of Native American rights, and presiding judge at the Salem Witchcraft trials in 1692, where he sentenced twenty innocent women to death. He was the only judge to later admit his terrible mistake, and ask for […]

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Inside New Order with Peter Hook

Friday 7th October, 8pm

Legendary bassist Peter Hook has written a no-holds barred, comprehensive account of New Order’s entire history. Following on from Joy Division’s two seminal albums and the death of lead singer Ian Curtis on the eve of the band’s first US Tour, Hooky and band members moved on swiftly to become New Order. “We didn’t really […]

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Margaret Atwood’s Shakespeare

Saturday 8th October, 8pm

Come and spend an evening with the bestselling novelist Margaret Atwood this autumn as she discusses her new novel, Hag-Seed, a reimagining of Shakespeare’s The Tempest. Margaret’s novel take on this tale of enchantment, revenge and second chances is filled with new surprises and wonders of its own. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear from […]

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Inside Politics with Nick Clegg

Saturday 8th October, 8pm

We live in momentous times. Politics has changed. For decades Britain was divided between Left and Right but united in its belief in a two-party state. Now, with nationalism resurgent and mainstream parties in turmoil, stark new divisions define the country and the centre ground is deserted. As Deputy Prime Minister of Britain’s first coalition […]

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An Evening with Raymond Blanc

Tuesday 11th October, 8pm

Raymond Blanc OBE is one of the world’s most highly regarded chefs, his legendary hotel and restaurant Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons is the only British country house hotel to sport two Michelin stars for more than three decades and he famously  mentors many leading head chefs across the world. This evening he will share his […]

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Richard Holloway on A Little History of Religion

Wednesday 12th October, 8pm

Richard Holloway is one of the most extraordinary churchmen of our times. Anti-authoritarian, impatient of doctire, and candid about his own lifelong emotional and intellectual wrestling with the nature and place of religion, he has consistently stood out against fundamentalist certainties. He brings all his deep humanity, compassion and integrity to bear on this charming […]

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King Edward’s School Joint Launch for The 2016 Anthology and The Ring

Thursday 13th October, 8pm

This year sees the publication of not one but two new books by the talented pupils of King Edward’s Senior School. The Anthology 2016 is a collection of short stories, poetry and art-work,  with an introduction by  YA author, Alex Campbell, this year’s guest editor. The Ring is a unique project, a ‘collaborative’ novel: 55 […]

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Luke Kennard

Monday 17th October, 8pm

The long-awaited fifth collection from Next Generation Poet Luke Kennard, Cain is a fiercely witty and breathtakingly original book from one of British poetry’s brightest lights. The year is 2016 and the poet finds himself estranged from his family, his publisher and his faith. With the help of his Community Psychiatric Nurse, who claims to […]

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Chris Mullin

Tuesday 18th October, 8pm

All serious politicians are supposed to possess a hinterland, but not all do. Chris Mullin was one who did. By the time he entered parliament he had reported from the wars in Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia and tracked down the survivors of the CIA operation in Tibet. He was the author of three novels, including […]

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Lunchtime Signing with Sir Tony Robinson

Wednesday 19th October, 12.30pm

Sir Tony Robinson is a much-loved actor, presenter and author with a stellar career spanning over fifty years. Now, in his long-awaited autobiography, he reveals how the boy from South Woodford went from child stardom in the first stage production of Oliver!, a pint-sized pickpocket desperately bleaching his incipient moustache, to comedy icon Baldrick, the […]

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An Evening of Cricket with Mark Nicholas

Wednesday 19th October, 8pm

“Cricket is the most artistic of all games and, to me, the most beautiful. Cricket is difficult, frustrating and unfair but the bounty of its reward is plentiful.” Former Hampshire captain Mark Nicholas is one of the most respected commentators in cricket. As both a former player and now a professional observer and commentator on […]

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Michelle Paver

Wednesday 19th October, 8pm

The chilling new ghost story from the author of Dark Matter. In 1935, young medic Stephen Pearce travels to India to join an elite team of five to climb Kangchenjunga, the world’s third highest mountain and one of mountaineering’s biggest killers. No one has scaled it before, and they are, quite literally, following in the […]

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Richard Holmes on the Literary Life

Tuesday 25th October, 8pm

Richard Holmes is unquestionably one of the greatest biographers of our age. He changed the writing of biography forever with his publication of Footsteps in 1985, a series of essays that included his journey, sleeping rough, in the footsteps of Robert Louis Stevenson in the Cevennes, and his wanderings through Italy on the trail of […]

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Artemis Cooper on Elizabeth Jane Howard

Wednesday 26th October, 8pm

Elizabeth Jane Howard wrote brilliant novels about what love can do to people, but in her own life the lasting relationship she sought so ardently always eluded her. Following her divorce from her first husband,  naturalist Peter Scott, Jane embarked on a string of high-profile relationships with Cecil Day-Lewis, Arthur Koestler, Laurie Lee and Kingsley Amis which […]

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Good, Good Food with Sarah Raven

Thursday 27th October, 8pm

Sarah Raven is not only an inspirational cook, she was also once a doctor and has a wealth of medical training and knowledge behind her. Here she brings together her unique talents to offer a magnificent canon of recipes, sharing her medical knowledge to explain exactly how and why certain foods help protect your body […]

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An Evening with F1 Superstar Johnny Herbert

Monday 31st October, 8pm

Johnny Herbert was one of the most brilliant natural talents to emerge in motor racing, but for all his bravery and prowess, he’s lucky to be alive. After becoming British Junior Karting Champion (losing a finger in the process), then the Formula 3 title for Eddie Jordan in 1987, he was all set for a […]

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Jeremy Paxman on his Life in Questions

Wednesday 2nd November, 8pm

The witty, incisive and frank memoirs from the legend of Newsnight and long-standing quiz master of University Challenge. Filled with views, opinions and stories from 4 decades in front of the camera. Jeremy Paxman is Britain’s bravest, most incisive political interviewer. The no-nonsense star of BBC Newsnight, Paxman is a supreme inquisitor, a master at […]

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Nicola Tallis on Lady Jane Grey

Wednesday 2nd November, 8pm

Most people recognize her name, and many think that they know her story: Lady Jane Grey, the Nine Days Queen, a young girl who was cruelly abused by her parents, manipulated by the power players in the complex world of sixteenth-century politics, and executed at the age of seventeen. Thus, Jane is remembered as one […]

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River Cottage’s Gill Meller Celebrates the Best of Seasonal British Food

Thursday 3rd November, 8pm

Gill Meller is a celebrated chef, food writer, author and food stylist who has cut his teeth at group Head group Chef of the River Cottage team. Working closely with Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall over more than a decade, Meller’s cooked alongside Hugh on Channel 4 and contributed to the many delectable River Cottage Cookbooks – now he has […]

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John Julius Norwich on Four Giants of the Renaissance

Saturday 5th November, 11.30am

John Julius Norwich’s incredible prolificacy, undeniable erudition and incandescent enthusiasm make him one of Britain’s most important historians. It’s fitting that he now turns to Henry VIII, Francis I, Charles V and Suleiman the Magnificent – sometimes friends, more often enemies. These four men held early modern Europe in the hollow of their hands. Never […]

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An Evening with Reverend Richard Coles

Monday 7th November, 8pm

A multi-instrumentalist who partnered Jimmy Somerville in the 1980s band The Communards – achieving three Top Ten hits, including the biggest selling hit of 1986 “Don’t Leave Me This Way” – Richard Coles subsequently left the pop world to train for a priesthood in the Church of England, becoming what can only be described as […]

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Launch of Rosie Jackson’s The Glass Mother

Monday 7th November, 8pm

Working at the University of East Anglia alongside Malcolm Bradbury and Lorna Sage, Rosie Jackson, in her twenties, was racing towards the top of the academic ladder. But success,  she discovered, came at too great a cost. Turning her back on a life in which she’d fervently believed, she embarked on a difficult search for […]

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Sebastian Barry

Tuesday 8th November, 8pm

After signing up for the US army in the 1850s, aged barely seventeen, Thomas McNulty and his brother-in-arms, John Cole, go on to fight in the Indian wars and, ultimately, the Civil War. Having fled terrible hardships themselves, they find these days to be vivid and filled with wonder, despite the horrors they both witness […]

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Lord Ashdown on the Game of Spies

Wednesday 9th November, 8pm

Join Paddy Ashdown, renowned politician and former marine and intelligence officer, as he discusses his latest book, The Game of Spies. He recreates an absolutely riveting three-way spy story set in occupied France. He grippingly tells the story of a lethal spy triangle that existed between 1942 and 1944 in Bordeaux and of France’s greatest betrayal by aristocratic and right-wing Resistance leader André Grandclément. The story […]

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Ben Fogle

Thursday 10th November, 7pm

Following hot on the heels of the publication of the Number One Sunday Times bestseller Labrador, Ben Fogle turns his attention to that icon of Britishness, the Land Rover Defender.  To understand our national love affair Ben has travelled the length of the British Isles in an old Series 1 Land Rover, spending time with […]

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John Burnside on Utopia

Thursday 10th November, 8pm

The search for an ideal society has intrigued us for thousands of years. Politicians, writers and philosophers of every generation have proposed their views, from Plato’s Republic and Sir Thomas More’s Utopia, to William Morris’ News from Nowhere and H G Wells’ A Modern Utopia. In Havergey, the acclaimed poet and novelist John Burnside visits […]

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Susie Dent Uncovers the Secret Languages of Britain

Saturday 12th November, 11.30am

Susie Dent is familiar to us all as the resident word expert in Dictionary Coerner on Channel 4’s Countdown and 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown. Noone is as well-placed to uncover the secret languages we all use. Have you ever wondered why football managers all speak the same way, what a cabbie calls […]

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Alice Oswald

Tuesday 15th November, 7pm

Alice Oswald is quite possibly our greatest living poet. She received an immense amount of critical recognition, winning ­ the Eric Gregory award, the Forward Prize for Best First Collection, the T S Eliot Prize, the Forward Prize for best Single poem and the inaugural Ted Hughes Award for innovation in poetry. It is hardly […]

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Local Launch for Poet Ruth Sharman

Wednesday 16th November, 8pm

“Many people have experienced the wounds Ruth Sharman uncovers…”, wrote Julia Casterton of Birth of the Owl Butterflies (Picador), “but few have sung their wounds, vengefully, murderously, in such lovely music, with such a good ear and eye for when to strike the coup de grâce.” Scarlet Tiger is Ruth Sharman’s second collection. Gentler, more […]

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Talk and Tastings with Fuchsia Dunlop on the Culinary Heart of China

Thursday 17th November, 8pm

“Fuchsia Dunlop, our great writer and expert on Chinese gastronomy, has fallen in love with this region and its cuisine – and her book makes us fall in love too, “Claudia Roden. “Fuchsia Dunlop’s erudite writing infuses each page and her delicious recipes will inspire any serious cook to take up their wok, “Ken Hom Take […]

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Mark Frost Uncovers The Secret History of Twin Peaks

Friday 18th November, 8pm

From the co-creator of the landmark series Twin Peaks comes a novel that deepens the mysteries of that iconic town that will not only thrill disciples of the original series, and will prep fans for the upcoming TV series like nothing else out there. Twin Peaks changed television forever, and paved the way for the innovative, […]

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From Shiver Production 
Programme 1 Tintagel 
Friday 17th October 2014 on ITV 
Pictured: Historian Bettany Hughes at Tintagel Castle 
The countrys most historic landmarks and glorious landscapes are explored from a birds eye view in Secrets From The Sky. 
Using an octocopter, a remote controlled helicopter carrying a camera, historian Bettany Hughes and aerial archaeologist Ben Robinson look down on sites of great historical interest to gain a brand new perspective and uncover further information about our ancestors. 
Britains landscape is dotted with historical monuments such as Tintagel Castle in Cornwall, Stonehenge, Maiden Castle, Sutton Hoo, The Antonine Wall and Old Sarum in Wiltshire. The series investigates these monuments, revealing a new insight into our nations story and showing Britains stunning landscapes through fantastic aerial views. 
By looking down on these sites from above, the clues on the ground can be linked together to uncover the full story locked in the landscape. The lumps and bumps in the ground can take on a different meaning when viewed from above. 
This photograph is  ITV and can only be reproduced for editorial purposes directly in connection with the  programme Secrets From The Sky. Once made available by the ITV Picture Desk, this photograph can be reproduced once only up until the Transmission date and no reproduction fee will be charged. Any subsequent usage may incur a fee. This photograph must not be syndicated to any other publication or website, or permanently archived, without the express written permission of ITV Picture Desk. Full Terms and conditions are available on the website

Bettany Hughes

Wednesday 8th February 2017, 8pm

Istanbul has always been a place where stories and histories collide and crackle, where the idea is as potent as the historical fact. From the Qu’ran to Shakespeare, this city with three names – Byzantium, Constantinople, Istanbul – resonates as an idea and a place, and overspills its boundaries – real and imagined. Standing as […]

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David Crystal

Wednesday 15th March 2017, 8pm

Grammar is in the news again, involving new generations of children, teachers, and parents. People continue to argue about what’s right and wrong, and try to get to grips with the complexities. But why is grammar thought to be so difficult? How do children learn it so easily? Is there a way of making its […]

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