When poverty drives Jean Valjean to steal a loaf of bread from a baker's window, it is an action which will haunt him for the rest of his life. A citizen of post-revolutionary France, he is suffers nineteen years hard labor. On his release, his fortunes change after an encounter with a saintly bishop. He becomes a respectable businessman and member of society - and yet his past continues to dog him in the form of the sadistic Inspector Javert, who seems determined to pursue Valjean to the grave.
Classic books are considered with a fresh eye. Returning to the authors' original manuscripts and letters, expert writers and performers bring their personal insights to these great works.
Six classic British books are considered with a fresh eye. Returning to the authors' original manuscripts and letters, expert writers and performers bring their personal insights to these great works.
To millions of people, Ladybird books were as much a part of childhood as battery-powered torches and warm school milk. These now iconic pocket-sized books once informed us on such diverse subjects as how magnets work, what to look for in winter and how to make decorations out of old eggshells. But they also helped to teach many of us to read via a unique literacy scheme known as 'key words'. Ladybird books were also a visual treat - some of the best-known contemporary illustrators were recruited to provide images which today provide a perfect snapshot of the lost world of Ladybirdland: a place that is forever the gloriously ordinary, orderly 1950s.
Bringing Books to Life is back, taking us on another wonderful adventure into the worlds of some of the best books written for primary-age children. The real and animated worlds collide to suggest the wonder that is contained within the pages of each book and the larger-than-life imaginations of a range of celebrity presenters.
A wonderful adventure into the worlds of some of the best children's books written for primary aged children. The real and animated worlds collide to reveal the wonder that is contained within the pages of each book and the larger-than-life imaginations of the celebrity presenters as they explore the stories that they hold dear. Through the course of the series, we learn how these celebrities discovered these treasured books, what they mean to them and why they love to read. From madcap comedies like The Giggler Treatment, through to mystery capers such as The Demon Headmaster, via Roald Dahl's iconic George's Marvellous Medicine, the series touches on the huge range of reading experiences available to young people and encourages viewers to explore and develop their own taste in books.
The British Library in London is home to 14 million books, on shelves that stretch over 600km. Extraordinary vessels of ideas and knowledge, they testify to the love affair we have with books. This series explores the enduring appeal and importance of books from a 4th-century bible to present-day paperbacks.