[img]http://hits.guardian.co.uk/b/ss/guardiangu-feeds/1/H.20.3/74801?ns=guardian&pageName=Alan+Bennett%3A+turning+melancholy+into+an+art%3AArticle%3A1315609&ch=Television+%26amp%3B+radio&c3=GU.co.uk&c4=Drama+%28TV+genre%29%2CTelevision+%28Culture%29%2CTelevision+and+radio%2CAlan+Bennett+%28Playwright%29%2CStage&c6=Laura+Barton&c7=09-Dec-07&c8=1315609&c9=Article&c10=Blogpost&c11=Television+%26amp%3B+radio&c13=&c25=TV+and+radio+blog+%28television%29&c30=content&h2=GU%2FTelevision+%26amp%3B+radio%2FDrama[/img]This week's celebration of the work of playwright and author Alan Bennett is a treat. So which are your favourite Bennett moments?
It's really the perfect time of year for an Alan Bennett celebration. There has, after all, always seemed something of the autumn afternoon to Bennett's writing; it holds the special kind of melancholy one feels as the nights draw in and the trees stand bare. he himself put it in this weekend's Being Alan Bennett: "I've always had a sense that the best is over really, even when I was 16."
If his new play The Habit of Art, is anything to go by, the best of Bennett is far from over, and indeed in his later years (he is now 75) he appears as prolific as ever – Being Alan Bennett showed him pootling around Camden where he now lives, attending the opening of his doctor's new surgery and a WI meeting in a village hall in his native Yorkshire, as well as following the tunnels under the Bodleian library in Oxford, winding his way to the archive of his own work.
Certainly he has amassed quite a collection since his career began in 1960, performing alongside Jonathan Miller, Dudley Moore and Peter Cook in the satirical revue Beyond the Fringe at the Edinburgh Festival. Over the last 50 years he has become one of our most talented and most-loved writers, producing stage and radio plays, books, essays and short stories, films and television series, he gave us The Lady in the Van, The Madness of King George, Untold Stories, The History Boys, and perhaps most importantly, read The House at Pooh Corner on Jackanory.
This week on BBC4, alongside an interview with Mark Lawson and an exploration of his own shyness in Bennett on Bennett, there will be a chance to enjoy several of Bennett's works again. There will be five of his own monologues, and eight of his Talking Heads, among them Her Big Chance with Julie Walters , A Lady of Letters with Patricia Routledge and A Chip in the Sugar. (Search our listings for the whole schedule.)
For those craving even more Bennett, while his work online is a little scarce, you can find Telling Tales: Shopping here – and another of his fabulous monologues here.Put the kettle on, crack open the fig rolls, enjoy – and let us know your favourite Bennett moments.
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