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Oscar Wilde's Dorian Gray, Utopias in fiction, Villagers

January 21st, 2016

Episode 1091 of 1338 episodes

Oscar Wilde's grandson Merlin Holland discusses his new adaptation of Wilde's novella The Picture of Dorian Gray for the West End stage. As this year marks the 500th anniversary of the publication of Thomas More's Utopia, Jerry Brotton, Professor of Renaissance Studies, and Sarah Crossan, author of two YA dystopian novels (Breathe and Resist) discuss the impact of More's work on utopian and dystopian fiction. Conor O'Brien, better known for Villagers - his Irish Indie folk band from Dublin - talks about performing old songs in a new way for their latest album Where Have You Been All My Life? Shortly before his death last month, Motorhead's hard-living frontman Lemmy did an unlikely advert for milk. Ben Wardle considers the appeal for advertisers of the wild men of rock, from John Lydon to Alice Cooper. Presenter John Wilson Producer Jerome Weatherald.

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