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New BBC documentary: ‘Barneys, Books and Bust Ups: 50 Years of the Booker Prize’

New BBC documentary: ‘Barneys, Books and Bust Ups: 50 Years of the Booker Prize’

To mark the Man Booker Prize’s 50th anniversary the BBC has produced a documentary to help commemorate the world’s most distinguished literary award for fiction written in English. The hour-long film, ‘Barneys, Books and Bust Ups: 50 Years of the Booker Prize’, will air at 9pm on Monday 15 October on BBC Four.

Narrated by Kirsty Wark, the programme explores ‘how from humble beginnings in the late 1960s, this prize revolutionised the sleepy world of literary fiction … and its impact today is beyond the wildest dreams of its founders’.

First awarded in 1969, the Man Booker Prize’s list of former winners features many of the literary giants of the last four decades: from Iris Murdoch to Salman Rushdie, Ian McEwan to Hilary Mantel. This year, Michael Ondaatje was crowned the winner of a special award for the 50th anniversary, the Golden Man Booker Prize, for The English Patient.


The shortlist for the 2018 prize was announced last month by the judges — philosopher Kwame Anthony Appiah (Chair); crime writer Val McDermid; cultural critic Leo Robson; feminist writer and critic Jacqueline Rose and artist and graphic novelist Leanne Shapton. The winner of the 50th prize will be announced on Tuesday 16 October at an award ceremony at the Guildhall.

The Man Booker Prize is sponsored by Man Group, the active investment management firm.