October Weekend 2021 Saturday 02 October - Sunday 03 October | Tickets now on sale

Online Streaming Pass - Sunday 3rd October

Anne Sebba, Ivor Crewe, Anthony Seldon, Jonathan Coe, Noah Isenberg, Dara Horn, Bernard-Henri Lévy, Elif Shafak, Alan Yentob, Anthony Wall, Sally Angel

03/10/2021 11:30 am
Virtual Event, Available on KPlayer

Ticket Price : £36.00

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This pass gives you online access to six of our October events for half the price of the individual tickets. These events will be available to watch live or for seven days after the initial broadcast.

Events included in the pass:

  • Ethel Rosenberg: An American Tragedy featuring Anne Sebba and Clare Mulley
  • Power Players: Ivor Crewe & Anthony Seldon
  • Billy Wilder: From Vienna to Hollywood with Jonathan Coe, Noah Isenberg and Francine Stock
  • People Love Dead Jews: Dara Horn in conversation
  • Bernard-Henri Lévy and Elif Shafak: Misery & Hope
  • Arena at Jewish Book Week: featuring I Thought I Was Taller: A short history of Mel Brooks. This discussion of the groundbreaking Arena series with Anthony Wall, Alan Yentob, Sally Angel and Mark Lawson also includes access to a viewing of the original Arena film featuring Mel Brooks, for seven days from 3rd October on KPlayer.

Image credit: BBC Arena, Mel Brooks Thought I Was Taller, 1981

Anne Sebba


Anne Sebba: award winning biographer, historian and author of eleven books. Her latest book is Ethel Rosenberg: An American Tragedy published in the UK and US in 2021. In 2016 Les Parisiennes: How the Women of Paris Lived, Loved and Died in the 1940’s was the winner of the 2016 Franco-British Society book prize. Previously Anne wrote That Woman, a biography of Wallis Simpson and the scandal of the 1936 abdication crisis based on her discovery of a secret cache of letters. A former Reuters Foreign Correspondent, Anne is a broadcaster and regularly appears on television talking about her books. She is a former chair of Britain's 10,000 strong Society of Authors and lecturer who gives talks to a variety of audiences in the US and UK as well as on cruises and is a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Historical Research.

Clare Mulley


Clare Mulley is an award-winning author, and broadcaster. Her first book, The Woman Who Saved the Children, won the Daily Mail Biographers' Club Prize, and The Spy Who Loved led to Clare being decorated with Poland’s cultural honour, the Bene Merito. Clare's third book, The Women Who Flew for Hitler, tells the extraordinary story of two women at the heart of Nazi Germany, whose choices and actions put them on opposite sides of history. Her books have been reviewed as ‘Compulsively readable… mesmerising’ (Telegraph), 'Scintillating and moving’ (Spectator), ’Thrilling’ (Mail) and ‘This summer’s most spellbinding saga’ (Vogue). Clare is chair of the Historical Writers Association non-fiction prize 2021, reviews non-fiction for the Spectator, and is an acclaimed public speaker who has given a TEDx talk at Stormont. Recent TV and radio includes the BBC’s Rise of the Nazis, C5’s Secret History of WW2NewsnightSongs of Praise, and Radio 4’s Today ProgrammeWoman’s HourPM and Great Lives.

Ivor Crewe


Sir Ivor Crewe is the former Master of University College, Oxford, and President of the UK Academy of Social Sciences. He has written extensively on elections, public opinion and party politics in the UK. His books include Decade of Dealignment (with Bo Sarlvik); SDP: The Birth, Life and Death of the Social Democratic Party (with Anthony King); and, most recently, with Anthony King, The Blunders of our Governments. He is currently working on a follow up.

Anthony Seldon


Sir Anthony Seldon is the acknowledged national authority on all matters to do with Number 10 and Prime Ministers. His first book on a Prime Minister, Churchill's Indian Summer (1981) was published forty years ago, and since then he has written or edited many books, including the definitive insider accounts of the last five Prime Ministers. He is the honorary historian at Number 10 Downing Street, chair of the National Archive Trust, and has interviewed virtually all those who have worked in Number 10 in the last 50 years. Marking the third centenary of the office of Prime Minister, The Impossible Office explains how and why it has endured longer than any other democratic political office. Sir Anthony Seldon, historian of Number 10 Downing Street, explores the lives and careers of our great Prime Ministers, discussing which have been most effective and why.

Jonathan Coe


Jonathan Coe is the author of thirteen novels, all published by Penguin, which include the highly acclaimed bestsellers What a Carve Up!, The House of Sleep, The Rotters' Club, Number 11 and Middle England, which won the Costa Novel of the Year Award and the Prix du Livre Européen.

Noah Isenberg


Noah Isenberg is the George Christian Centennial Professor and Chair of the Department of Radio-Television-Film at the University of Texas at Austin. His many books include We'll Always Have “Casablanca” and Weimar Cinema. Twitter @NoahIsenberg Instagram @noah.isenberg1967

Dara Horn


Dara Horn is a two-time winner of the National Jewish Book Award for Fiction and one of Granta’s Best American Novelists. She lives in New Jersey with her husband and four children.

Bernard-Henri Lévy


Bernard-Henri Lévy is a philosopher, filmmaker, activist, and the author of over thirty books, including The Virus in the Age of Madness and now The Will to See: Dispatches form a World of Misery and Hope. He is widely regarded as one of the West’s most important public intellectuals.

Elif Shafak


Elif Shafak is an award-winning British-Turkish novelist. She has published 19 books, 12 of which are novels. She is a bestselling author in many countries around the world and her work has been translated into 55 languages. 10 Minutes 38 Seconds in this Strange World was shortlisted for the Booker Prize and RSL Ondaatje Prize; and was Blackwell’s Book of the Year. The Forty Rules of Love was chosen by BBC among the 100 Novels that Shaped Our World. The Architect’s Apprentice was chosen for the Duchess of Cornwall’s inaugural book club, The Reading Room. Shafak holds a PhD in political science and she has taught at various universities in Turkey, the US and the UK, including St Anne's College, Oxford University, where she is an honorary fellow. She also holds a Doctorate of Humane Letters from Bard College. Shafak is a Fellow and a Vice President of the Royal Society of Literature. She was a member of Weforum Global Agenda Council on Creative Economy and a founding member of ECFR (European Council on Foreign Relations). An advocate for women's rights, LGBTQ+ rights and freedom of expression, Shafak is an inspiring public speaker and twice TED Global speaker. Shafak contributes to major publications around the world and she was awarded the medal of Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. In 2017 she was chosen by Politico as one of the twelve people “who will give you a much needed lift of the heart”. She has judged numerous literary prizes, including PEN Nabokov prize and she has chaired the Wellcome Prize. Recently Shafak was awarded the Halldór Laxness International Literature Prize for her contribution to 'the renewal of the art of storytelling.' www.elifshafak.com

Alan Yentob


Alan Yentob has held almost all of the most prestigious posts in BBC television. He was Editor of Arena from 1978 to 1985 and is one of the country’s major figures in arts television, both as a creator and champion. He currently edits and presents the award-winning BBC1 arts series Imagine.  His Arena director credits include I Thought I Was Taller. A short history of Mel Brooks.

Anthony Wall


Anthony Wall was one of the core directors on Arena from 1979-1985 under the editorship of Alan Yentob. He and Nigel Finch took over as Series Editors in 1985. After Finch’s death in 1995, Wall remained sole editor until 2018. During those years, Arena won nine BAFTA awards and over a hundred awards from all over the world. Voted by leading television executives as one of the fifty most influential programmes of all time, Arena was described by Werner Herzog at the Telluride Film Festival as “the oasis in the sea of insanity that is television”.

Sally Angel


Sally Angel is Creative Director of Angelica Films, an All3Media company. She has produced Emmy, BAFTA, RTS and Peabody award-winning programmes for UK and US broadcasters. As a producer/director at the BBC, she worked on all the leading arts strands including Arena. Her recent credits include Arena’s Nothing Like a Dame and Uncle Vanya for the BBC which won a Southbank Sky Arts Award. She is also a psychotherapist.

Francine Stock


Francine Stock is a broadcaster, critic and writer who has fronted a range of arts and current affairs programmes for BBC Television and Radio including Newsnight and Front Row. Since 2004, she’s presented The Film Programme. Her published work includes novels, short stories, film criticism and a social history of cinema, In Glorious Technicolor. She’s been guest artistic director of the From Page to Screen festival and is a patron of Borderlines Film Festival.

Mark Lawson


Mark Lawson is an English journalist, broadcaster and author. Specialising in culture and the arts, he is best known for presenting the flagship BBC Radio 4 arts programme Front Row between 1998 and 2014. He is also a Guardian columnist, and presents Mark Lawson Talks To… on BBC Four.