The Brave New World


20131112On the day the world gasped in shock at the shooting of John F Kennedy, two of the 20th century's greatest literary minds passed away almost unnoticed. Christian apologist C S Lewis and intellectual and philosopher Aldous Huxley died on the same day, 50 years ago.

In an audio portrait, using archive and contemporary accounts, biographers Alister McGrath and Nicholas Murray explore the events that shaped Lewis and Huxley's lives. Taking some of the authors' seminal works - such as Lewis's 'Chronicles of Narnia' and Huxley's 'Brave New World', - they explore some of the ideas and visions of the future that made Lewis and Huxley such influential and prophetic figures of the 20th century.

The programme is set against the backdrop of some of the key events in 20th century history that shaped and influenced literary and political thinking - the First and Second World Wars, the rise of fascism and modern consumer culture.

The programme features historic audio from the BBC's archives and the voices of C S Lewis and Aldous Huxley.

Contributors include:

Alister McGrath - biographer, C S Lewis

Nicholas Murray - biographer, Aldous Huxley

Dr Lucy Noakes - social historian

Producer- Mark O'Brien.

An audio portrait exploring the lives and ideas of CS Lewis and Aldous Huxley.