Hanif Kureishi: Writers Are Trouble — A Culture Show Special
Sunday, 9pm, BBC World News The English playwright, filmmaker ( My Beautiful Laundrette) and novelist Hanif Kureishi (Intimacy,
Something To Tell You) delights in literary provocation, blurring truth with fiction. He’s a master at it. As the narrator, Alan Yentob, says in this excellent profile, “When a writer is born into a family, the family is finished.” He certainly managed to upset some members of his wealthy Madras family and many of his friends with his take on racism and sexual transgression with his barbed and ruthless prose. This year he turns 60, but he hasn’t mellowed.