November 30th, 2015
Episode 1053 of 1486 episodes
The film Victor Frankenstein stars James McAvoy as the scientist driven by a desire to create life and Daniel Radcliffe as his young assistant Igor. Larushka Ivan-Zadeh reviews the latest screen adaptation of the Frankenstein story. Poets Andrew McMillan and Neil Rollinson explore sex and masculinity in their work; the first from a gay man's view point, the second from a straight perspective. Both have recently won top poetry prizes; the Guardian First Book Award and the National Poetry Competition. Shami Chakrabarti of Liberty explores how literature can increase empathy in today's Reading Agency lecture. Author Nikesh Shukla joins her to discuss what we should be giving our children to read. In 1914 Lindsay Mattick's great-grandfather rescued a female baby bear which became the real-life inspiration for Winnie-the-Pooh. She reveals the true story of the world's most famous bear.