Preview – Passions: Philip Larkin by Andrew Motion

Philip Larkin Andrew Motion
Passions, Series 02, Andrew Motion on Philip Larkin, Sir Andrew Motion interviews Humphrey Ocean, Photographer: Justin Downing, ©Sky UK Ltd.

The former poet laureate examines the live of one of Britain’s most loved, yet deeply controversial poets of modern times.

Andrew Motion clearly has a passion for Philip Larkin, having written a biography about him and acting as his literary executor. Here he tries to detail his life, which is a tricky task given that his archive of letters revealed what appear to be racist views.

Featured in this programme are readings of Larkin’s poetry by residents of his hometown of Hull.

Passions is on at 21.00 on Sky Arts.