Angela Carter’s wild and wonderful books have enchanted generations of readers for decades. So it’s not surprising that an impressive array of literary heavyweights queue up to praise a life and work that in 1992 was cut tragically short by cancer when she was just 51.
Salman Rushdie, Jeanette Winterson, Margaret Atwood and Anne Enright (whom Carter taught) are not short of superlatives for books like Wise Children and Nights at the Circus in this thorough and engaging portrait of a woman who was frank, bold and also, it’s clear, bloody good company.
In between are readings of key passages from her fierce fantasies, with Hattie Morahan putting in lively readings from her diaries charting her rebellious early years, failed first marriage and the eventual happiness she found with her supportive second husband, Mark, and their young son Alexander.
Watch on Saturday 4th August on BBC2 at 9pm.