What's So Good about Roald Dahl? (2001)

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A three-part unit of programmes profiling the life and work of the popular children's author Roald Dahl. Set in and around Dahl's home Gypsy House, including the garden hut where many of his stories were conceived, explores what makes his writing so successful, and features a variety of readings, accompanied by illustrations by Quentin Blake. Documentary analysis of the writer's life and work reveals how he used his own experience to create stories and his magical manipulation of the physical world. NB: A laptop screen appears throughout the first programme with archive footage of Dahl. The programme titles and main themes are: `Monsters and heroes' Dahl's characters; `The Greatest secrets' how Dahl's life and experiences influenced his work; `Anything is possible' Dahl's creative genius.

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