BBC iPlayer – Arena: The Dreams of William Golding

Posted: March 23, 2012 by Lee in news

Anyone who was interested in watching the BBC Arena documentary on William Golding last week but missed it (this includes me) has one last chance to do so.  The programme is available to watch online or download from the BBC iPlayer website (link below) until the end of the day tomorrow.  If you download it, you’ll have thirty days in which to watch it.

BBC iPlayer – Arena: The Dreams of William Golding.

  1. Peter Jenkin says:

    Thanks Lee.

    The documentary fails, predictably, to mention that Wm Golding was born in Cornwall.

    But I think you’ll like it – it’s a fairly whistle stop tour and made me want to get hold of The Inheritors.

  2. Lee says:

    Sadly inevitable, yes. Very few features on him ever do mention that fact and I do think that someone at CUC should make something of it. I’m ashamed to say that I have never read any of his books, however I’m very keen to read The Inheritors and recently purchased Lord of the Flies (it would seem the obvious place to start!).

  3. Lee says:

    I finally watched the documentary last night, and very enjoyable it was too. Many of the key points were mentioned in the Guardian article but what really came to the fore in this for me was his class-consciousness, something which we queried in that article.

  4. Laura says:

    Is there any chance I could download a copy? I only just heard about it and I searched youtube etc but couldn’t find it anywhere else on the web

    • Peter Jenkin says:

      Alas !

      But … if you type “dreams of William Golding” in Google and, from the menu along the top or side of the Google page, select More/Videos, there a few clips at least (about 10 mins) which have been put on Vimeo.

      Stingy old BBC ! 🙂

  5. Lee says:

    Hi Laura, sorry but I don’t think there’s any legal way to get hold of it now except waiting for the BBC to repeat it some time (or for iPlayer’s rumoured forthcoming pay to view content).

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