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Front Row - Mark Gatiss as Charles I; Posy Simmonds; 2013 City of Culture plans

The verdict on Mark Gatiss as Charles I in Howard Brenton's play 55 Days, cartoonist Posy Simmonds, and the programme of events for Derry-Londonderry City of Culture 2013.

With Mark Lawson.

Mark Gatiss stars as King Charles I in Howard Brenton's play 55 Days, which focuses on the period culminating in the trial and execution of the monarch, as Oliver Cromwell takes control. Peter Kemp reviews.

Cartoonist and writer Posy Simmonds, whose creations include Tamara Drewe, discusses Mrs Weber's Omnibus - a collection of the newspaper comic strips she began in 1977 and continued for more than a decade. The strips centre on three middle-class, middle-aged school friends and their families, and Posy Simmonds reflects on finding inspiration from everyday life, and how she approached the ageing of her characters.

At lunchtime today Derry~Londonderry City of Culture 2013 announced its programme of events. Executive Programmer Graeme Farrow reveals what's happening, and the decisions behind his choice.

Seal Team Six: the Raid on Osama Bin Laden is a new film to be broadcast on TV in America two days before the Presidential election - and it has prompted controversy following reports that producer Harvey Weinstein, a Democrat supporter, had added more footage to highlight the role played by the current President. David Darcy reports from New York.

Producer Ella-mai Robey.

  • Broadcast on BBC Radio 4, 7:15PM Thu, 25 Oct 2012
  • Available until 12:00AM Thu, 1 Jan 2099
  • First broadcast BBC Radio 4, 7:15PM Thu, 25 Oct 2012
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  • Duration 30 minutes

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