2022 Programme

10:00-11:00  

The line of duty: can the Monarchy survive?

Wesley Kerr (c), Tina Brown, Robert Hardman and Camilla Tominey give us feud for thought

10:00-11:00 

Adventures in the Human Heart

William Boyd on his literary voyage through love and time with Sam Leith

11:30-12:30    

The visible man

Vogue Editor Edward Enninful tells Catherine Ostler about his fashionable life

11:30-12:30    

The last king

HM King Simeon of the Bulgarians, the last WW2 head of state and a man who has been both king and elected Prime Minister, recounts his extraordinary life to Robert Hardman, from a Bulgaria crushed by Hitler and Stalin, to exile and the EU

13:00-13:45     

British business: boom or bust?

Antonia Romeo (c), Luke Johnson and Octavius Black on how to escape recession, avoid revolution and return to growth

14:00-15:00    

From Shakespeare to Succession

The patriarch of British actors Brian Cox tells Chris Evans about his journey from Dundee to Logan Roy via a lascivious Princess Margaret

14:00-15:00     

The Press Baron: power without responsibility?

Andrew Roberts talks to Michael Gove about the remarkable story of Lord Northcliffe, the greatest of all the press barons and a force of power in early 20th century global politics – and the birth of modern journalism

15:30-16:30    

The World: what the past says about the future

Catherine Ostler (c), Peter Frankopan, Aindrea Emelife, Ben Okri and Simon Sebag Montefiore discuss the meaning of world history, the role of family and what will happen next

15:30-16:30     

You’ve been framed

Yana Peel (c), Katy Hessel and Flora Yukhnovich paint women back into the picture

17:00-18:00    

The War Doctor

David Nott, the ‘Indiana Jones of surgery’, talks to Wyre Davies about life on the frontline of war medicine

17:00-18:00 

The examined life

Alice Thomson (c), Jonathan Bate, Andrea Elliott, Julia Samuel and Abi Morgan on navigating childhood, marriage and the rest of the emotional landscape

18:30-19:30  

Slava Ukraina!

Clarissa Ward (c), Serhii Plokhy, Olesya Khromeychuk, Anne Applebaum and Radek Sikorski on war, Zelensky and Ukraine’s place in European history

18:30-19:30  

Timeless Classics: the eternal inspiration of the ancient world

Jonathan Bate (c), Daisy Dunn, Robert Harris and Andrea Marcolongo on why all roads still lead to Rome

10:00-11:00  

The Lyricist

Ireland’s finest writer Sebastian Barry discusses his craft with Roy Foster

10:00-11:00    

Ladies in waiting

Natalie Livingstone (c), Catherine Ostler, Lucasta Miller and Susan Jonusas on why female protagonists are vital in history (and the most fun)

11:30-12:30  

The chronicles of Monica

From Brick Lane to Love Marriage – Monica Ali talks to Merve Emre about the highs and lows of a writer’s life

11:30-12:30  

Putin’s bloody gamble: the lethal game in the Kremlin

Simon Sebag Montefiore (c), Mark Galeotti, Mikhail Zygar and Jonathan Haslam discuss the fatal powerplays within Putin’s court

14:00-15:00     

Eastern Powers: China and India

William Dalrymple and Peter Frankopan discuss how and why the all-powerful India and China fell victim to the empires of Europe – and the dangers and opportunities of their 21st century ascendancy

14:00-15:00    

Losing the plot: how to make modern fiction

Merve Emre (c), Monica Ali, Sebastian Barry, Ben Okri, Susie Boyt and Howard Jacobson on the novel approach

15:30-16:30     

The King of the thriller

Robert Harris talks to Albert Read about fiction, history, politics and his many movie adaptions

15:30-16:30     

Toxic femininity?

Sam Leith (c), Louise Perry, Joanne Cash and Inaya Folarin Iman on surfing the many waves of feminism

17:00-18:00

The Escape Artist and the triumph of truth

Jonathan Freedland talks about the man who escaped Auschwitz to reveal the truth of the Holocaust to the world – and why it still matters

17:00-18:00     

Gossip, sex, power and malice: the blast of the Channon cannon

Andrew Roberts talks to Simon Heffer about Chips Channon, the master diarist and mischief-maker of 20th century politics

18:30-19:30

From Kurdistan to the Cabinet

Nadhim Zahawi talks to Natalie Livingstone about fleeing Saddam Hussein, the power of pollsters and the challenges of modern politics