Private: 4,550-lb Great White inspired Jaws

Peter Benchley, author of Jaws, discusses the inspiration for the novel:

“In 1964 I saw a small item in the New York Daily News about a fisherman who caught a 4,550lb Great White off the beaches of Long Island,” Benchley told BBC Radio 4’s Front Row programme.

“And I thought right then ‘What if one of these things came round and wouldn’t go away?”