The Novels That Shaped Our World is a major new series about the books that really made a difference
The first episode of this new series, The Novels That Shaped Our World, looks at a truly seminal work (Saturday, 9.45pm, see our TV Guide for full details).
In 1719 what’s often considered the first British novel – Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe – was published.
Now, 300 years on, this new three-part series asks about the impact of that popular page-turner and others of its ilk.
It begins focusing on women and how the female novelist has shaped and informed the lives of ordinary women. Featuring comments from a plethora of writers and academics including Philippa Gregory, Victoria Hislop and Monica Ali, it highlights a selection of seminal novels.
Starting with the first ever book about women – Pamela – written by a man in 1740, it takes in the iconic Frankenstein by Mary Shelley and classic titles from Jane Austen and Virginia Woolf as it journeys towards our modern age.