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Unfinished Masterpieces

Synopsis
Alastair Sooke explores the appeal of unfinished works of art, from Dickens’s ‘The Mystery of Edwin Drood’ and Jane Austen’s ‘Sanditon’ to Coleridge’s ‘Kubla Khan’, and talks to the writers who have attempted to complete these literary enigmas and those who believe that any such task is futile. Sooke explores the moral dilemmas as well as the commercial opportunities that completing unfinished works presents. And he considers how, in the modern era, artists have purposefully left their work unfinished. Paul Morley, Mark Lawson, John Mullan, Robert McKee, Sarah Churchwell, Gwyneth Hughes, Andrew Motion and Mike Figgis amongst others, contribute to the debate.
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Year of release
2012
Subjects
Literature
Keywords
Austen, Jane (1775-1817); Coleridge, Samuel Taylor; Dickens, Charles (1812-1870)

Credits

Contributor
Alastair Sooke

Distribution Formats

Type
DVD
Format
Region 2 PAL
Price
£195.00
Availability
Sale
Duration/Size
50 minutes
Year
2013

Production Company

Name

BBC

Notes
The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)

Distributor

Name

BBC Active Video for Learning - now BBC Learning

Contact
Carolina Fernandez Jeremy Wilcox (CF - for educational enquiries JW - channel sales manager)
Email
BBCStudiosLearning@bbc.com
Web
https://www.bbcstudioslearning.com/ External site opens in new window
Phone
+44 (0) 20 8433 1009
Address
BBC Studios Limited
Television Centre
101 Wood Lane
London
W12 7FA
UK
Notes
The BBC Active company has now been absorbed within BBC Learning, a division of BBC Studios. It was originally a joint venture between BBC Worldwide and Pearson Education. Formerly known as ‘BBC Worldwide Learning Studies’ and before that as ‘Videos for Education & Training’

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