Sunday 20 August 2017

Stephen Fry and Steven Moffat among BBC guests for Hay Festival

Actor Stephen Fry arriving at a Service of Thanksgiving for Lord Snowdon at St Margaret's Church, Westminster Abbey in central London.
Actor Stephen Fry arriving at a Service of Thanksgiving for Lord Snowdon at St Margaret's Church, Westminster Abbey in central London.

By Katie Archer

A schedule of events at the festival’s BBC Tent has been released.

Stephen Fry, Steven Moffat and Bernie Sanders are among the star BBC bookings announced for this year’s Hay Festival.

The broadcaster has revealed a bumper line-up of guests for its programmes coming from the annual literary event, as well as a comprehensive schedule of coverage across TV, radio and digital platforms.

Hay Festival organisation president Fry will host a debate about the internet for BBC Arts Digital, where the opening weekend of the festival will be live-streamed over the first two days.

Outgoing Doctor Who showrunner Moffat will be Samira Ahmed’s guest on a special edition of Front Row where he will also discuss his work on hit drama Sherlock, while US senator Sanders will be interviewed on stage for BBC World News’ HARDtalk

More than 25 BBC programmes will be recorded on site at the Welsh festival, which is in its 30th year, including The Sound Walk for Radio 3, a four-hour immersive broadcast of a walk from the Black Mountains to Hay with music, poetry and reflections from writer Horatio Clare.

Screenwriters of new BBC programming will be showcased, featuring Doctor Foster and Doctor Who’s Mike Bartlett talking about his television adaptation of his Olivier Award-winning play King Charles III; Jimmy McGovern on his new BBC One drama Broken, starring Sean Bean; and Waking The Dead creators Ian Burney and Barbara Machin discussing what they have learnt about murder inquiries while making the show.

Owen Sheers will present a special screening of Bafta-nominated The Green Hollow, his film poem commissioned to mark the 50th anniversary of the Aberfan colliery disaster which killed 144 people in 1966.

Broadcaster Katie Derham will present Sound Of Dance for Radio 3, a programme combining her love of music and dance.

The Talking Books series is set to be recorded with George Alagiah meeting Ahdaf Soueif and Elizabeth Strout, and Rebecca Jones in conversation with Tim Winton and Sebastian Barry.

Events at the festival’s BBC Tent are open for booking from Friday.

Director of Hay Festival Peter Florence said: “For 30 years, Hay Festival has brought readers and writers together to share stories and ideas, to imagine the world.

“Today, our partnership with the BBC enables these conversations to be heard globally – whether from our fields in Wales, or the beaches of Cartagena de Indias – giving everyone, everywhere, front-row seats.”

Speakers at this year’s festival include Peter Singer, Neil Gaiman, Elif Shafak, Nemat Shafik, Tracey Emin, Michael Sheen, Brian May, Graham Norton, Eddie Izzard, Jeanette Winterson, Howard Jacobson, Yanis Varoufakis, Paul Beatty, Carlo Rovelli, Jacqueline Wilson, Judith Kerr and Chris Riddell.

Hay Festival takes place in Hay-on-Wye from May 25 to June 4, with a full programme of events available at www.hayfestival.com.

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