The Women We Loved Season: Introduction

I have spent a lot of time thinking about this season, first broadcast on BBC Four in the winter of 2009.  It might seem a strange preoccupation: why would anyone be so fascinated by a series of relatively obscure, low-budget docudramas first shown on British TV several years ago? It was the season's title that immediately … Continue reading The Women We Loved Season: Introduction

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Why Real Lives on Screen?

"The unexamined life is not worth living." If Socrates is right about this (and far be it for me to disagree with him), he has provided the greatest possible justification for the art of biography. Biography, of course, is all about the examination of lives.  It is the art of stitching together the facts of … Continue reading Why Real Lives on Screen?