When I married Helen back in 1980 little did I realise that I would be ruthlessly exploiting her family and their literary acquaintances thirty two years later. I have just finished making Gloomsbury (by Sue Limb) through Little Brother and it starts its run on Radio 4 this Friday. So what’s the connection? Helen’s grandfather was John Middleton Murry, literary critic, husband of Katharine Mansfield and naked wrestler of DH Lawrence, and Gloomsbury is an affectionate parody of the Bloomsbury group, whose arty and adulterous adventures dominated the cultural scene in the early 20th century. Will JMM turn in his grave? Will Helen ever speak to me again? … I expect so.

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