Front Row - Hilary Mantel; Spike Lee's Oldboy; Liberty and Bergdorf's
Hilary Mantel on the new RSC stage adaptations of Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies. Plus a review of Spike Lee's new film Oldboy, and two new department store documentaries.
With Mark Lawson.
The RSC's stage adaptations of Hilary Mantel's bestselling novels Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies are currently in rehearsal before their sell-out run in Stratford-upon-Avon. Hilary Mantel and Mike Poulton, who has adapted the novels, discuss the challenges of transposing such vast and densely populated books to the stage.
Critics Catherine Bray and Adam Smith review Oldboy, Spike Lee's re-make of the Korean revenge drama, and discuss how it compares with other Hollywood versions of foreign-language dramas.
The historic department stores Liberty of London and Bergdorf's in New York come under the spotlight this week. A three-part Channel 4 documentary series goes behind the scenes at Liberty's, while a new film Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's hears from leading figures in the fashion world about the profile of the family-run store. Finance writer Lucy Kellaway reviews both.
Producer: Jerome Weatherald.