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Television

An enjoyably gossipy whisk through half a century of fierce rivalries and bruised egos

20 October 2018

9:00 AM

20 October 2018

9:00 AM

At the beginning of Barneys, Books and Bust Ups: 50 Years of the Booker Prize (BBC4), Kirsty Wark’s voiceover promised us ‘a tale of fierce rivalries, bruised egos and, most importantly of all, countless brilliant books’. In the event, though — as the title perhaps suggested — those countless brilliant books proved rather less important to the programme than Kirsty’s edifying words had led us to believe.

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