OU on the BBC: The Secret Life of Books

Uncover the secrets of six classic works of fiction that we all know and love.

  • Updated Thursday 10th July 2014
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This page accompanies the first series of The Secret Life of Books - find out about the second series here.

The Secret Life of Books series title overlaying many open books Copyrighted image Copyright: BBC

About the series

Great Expectations, Jane Eyre, Mrs Dalloway, Frankenstein…just some of the classic works of fiction that we all know and love. But how well do we really know them?

We might remember Rochester and Jane’s sparky dialogue in Jane Eyre or Frankenstein's monster jerking to life in the classic black and white movies…

But these rich and vibrant works have much more to offer us, and in this series our presenters will revisit original texts, manuscripts, diaries and correspondence to reveal new insights into some of the greatest works of literature.

You can watch this series on BBC Four from Tuesday 2nd September 2014 at 8:30pm. More information about this programme and a link to catch up later on iPlayer will be available from the BBC website.