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Presenter Tom Sutcliffe and guests offer sharp, critical discussion of the week's cultural events

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The Nest, The Truth, The Bass Rock, Cranach at Compton Verney and Home Entertainment Recommendations

Mar 21 • 46:17
The Nest is the new Sunday night drama on BBC1 that raises questions around the ethics of surrogacy as a wealthy couple invite a young woman whose past is not known to them into their lives.
The Truth is a French/Japanese production directed by Hirokazu Kore-eda who won the Palme d'Or at Cannes in 2018 for his film Shoplifters. It stars Catherine Deneuve and Juliette Binoc...

Misbehaviour, On Blueberry Hill, Abi Dare, Warhol, Breeders and Kate+Koji

Mar 14 • 49:42
Misbehaviour is a new film about the 1970 Miss World pageant which saw the first black Miss World and was also disrupted by the nascent Women's Liberation movement who threw flour bombs at host Bob Hope
Sebastian Barry's play On Blueberry Hill is set in a prison cell where two men's stories of how they got there become intertwined.
Abi Daré's novel The Girl With The Louding ...

Hilary Mantel, The Mikvah Project, Sulphur and White, Among The Trees

Mar 7 • 54:11
Hilary Mantel's new novel - The Mirror and The Light - is the final part of her Thomas Cromwell trilogy. The previous two parts have sold millions of copies worldwide and garned prizes from all quarters. Can this one compare?
The Mikvah Project is a new play at The Orange Tree Theatre in Richmond. Two Jewish men meet every Friday for ritual cleansing and a close friendship ...

Portrait Of A Lady On Fire, Women Beware Women, Christos Tsiolkas, Leon Spilliaert, Noughts and Crosses

Feb 29 • 49:20
The newest film by French director Céline Sciamma (Tomboy, Girlhood) is Portrait Of A Lady On Fire. An 18th century painter is commissioned to paint a bride-to-be's wedding portrait and falls in love with her subject
Women Beware Women is a play by Middleton just opened at The Globe Theatre in London. How do you navigate a society in which women are consciously and unconsci...

Midnight Family, Masculinities exhibition, Actress by Anne Enright, Far Away by Caryl Churchill, I Am Not Okay With This

Feb 22 • 49:02
Mexican documentary Midnight Family follows a family-run private ambulance in Mexico City racing to the scenes of accidents in order to earn a living
Masculinities:Liberation Through Photography, is a new exhibition at The Barbican in London, about how masculinity is experienced, perfomed, coded and socially constructed.
Actress is the latest novel from Irish author by Anne ...

Stoppard -Leopoldstadt, Emma, Philip Hensher, Steve McQueen - Tate Modern, The End

Feb 15 • 56:36
Tom Stoppard has a new play - Leopoldstadt - a slightly autobiographical telling of the story of several generations of a wealthy Jewish family in Europe over 6 decades, from 1899

How many different cinematic versions of Jane Austen novels does the world need? What does The latest Emma - directed by a former photographer/ pop video director - bring that's new?

A Small Revol...

Mr Jones, Death of England, The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates, British Baroque, This Life

Feb 8 • 56:22
Director Agnieszka Holland assembles a cast including James Norton and Vanessa Kirby to tell the story of Welsh journalist Gareth Jones who in 1933 travelled to Soviet Russia and told the truth about the famine in Ukraine.

At the National Theatre, Clint Dyer directs the play he has co-written with Roy Williams, Death of England, starring Rafe Spall as a white working-class ...

Ingmar Bergman, The Lighthouse, William Gibson, The Art, Design and future of Fungi, Art on the BBC

Feb 1 • 56:51
Ingmar Bergman's 1966 film Persona has been adapted into a stage play and it is the opening production at the newly revamped Riverside Studios in London The Lighthouse, starring Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson is a black and white film set in a claustrophobic remote isolated lighthouse where the two keepers begin to rub each other up the wrong way
William Gibson is a sci-...

David Copperfield, Welkin, Motherwell, Pregnancy exhibition, Windermere Children

Jan 28 • 50:47
Armando Iannucci has taken on Dickens' David Copperfield with Dev Patel in the lead role
A new play by Lucy Kirkwood, Welkin, has opened at London's National Theatre. The Welkin is set in Norfolk in 1759, when a jury of matrons is called to try a female murder suspect who is 'pleading the belly' in order to avoid execution
Motherwell is the memoir of journalist, the late De...

Beckett triple bill, Bombshell, Avenue 5, American Dirt, Tullio Crali

Jan 18 • 53:51
A triple bill of Samuel Beckett plays has just started at London's Jermyn Street Theatre. Directed by Trevor Nunn, it's a chance to see Krapp's Last Tape as well as two lesser-known works - Eh Joe and The Old Tune.
Bombshell has been Oscar nominated. It's the story of Roger Ailes' reign at Fox News and the sexual harrasment case...

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