The Beauty of Books: Tonight on BBC Four

BBC Four begin broadcasting their new four-part series, The Beauty of Books, tonight at 20:30 GMT. The aim of the series is to ‘explore the enduring appeal and importance of books from a 4th century bible to present day paperbacks’. The first episode looks at ancient Bibles, focusing on the 4th-century Codex Sinaiticus (the world’s oldest surviving bible) and a 12th-century Winchester Bible.

The episode is followed at 21:00 by a documentary on the Birth of the British Novel, presented by author Henry Hitchings, and looking at the lives and works of 18th-century British authors.

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