BBC 2 Inside Culture with Mary Beard: Fact and Fiction

Why is there such a fuss about the difference between fact and fiction? With suggestions of ‘truth warnings’ for The Crown, and heated debate about colour-blind casting in Bridgerton, Mary talks to actor Jason Watkins about the difference between playing real and fictional characters. She also speaks to historian Michael Scott about new movie The Dig, and how archaeology itself is often a combination of fact and fiction. There is debate about the perils of straddling the fact/fiction divide in culture with James Graham, Simon Jenkins, and Shahidha Bari, and why this year’s awards season features so many movies based on real life events.

Inside Culture: James Graham, Simon Jenkins and Shahidha Bari