Saturday Review

Saturday Review

Tom Sutcliffe and guests discuss the week’s cultural highlights on BBC Radio 4.

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  • Grayson Perry, Fury, Harlem Dream, Per Petterson, The Missing 25 Oct 14

    Sat, 25 Oct 14

    Duration:
    42 mins

    Grayson Perry's new exhibition at London's National Portrait Gallery is called "Who Are You". Through pots and paintings, a hijab and tapestry it explores the nature of identity. Brad Pitt's latest film Fury follows a tank crew towards the end of WW2, when a rooky soldier joins the grizzled old conflict-hardened team in the hell of war. London's Young Vic Theatre plays host to Dance Umbrella 2014. We review Harlem Dream - a work by young British choreographer Ivan Blackstock. Norwegian writer Per Petterson's 2003 novel Out Stealing Horses won widespread acclaim. His newest 'I Refuse' has been hailed as a masterpiece in Norway. And every parent's nightmare - a child disappears on a family holiday overseas - is the plot of BBC1's new drama The Missing, which stars James Nesbitt.

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  • Here Lies Love, Palo Alto, Life Story BBC1, Being Mortal, Germany at The British Museum, 18 Oct 14

    Sat, 18 Oct 14

    Duration:
    42 mins

    Here Lies Love is David Byrne and Fatboy Slim's disco musical that tells the life story of the former First Lady of the Philippines Imelda Marcos, from poverty to the Presidential Palace. Gia Coppola is the grand-daughter of Hollywood titan Francis Ford Coppola and her debut film Palo Alto has just been released in the UK. David Attenborough's ninth 'Life' series begins on BBC1 this week. Life Story follows animals from all over the world on their journey through life. US surgeon and writer Atul Gawande's latest book Being Mortal is about how to make the inevitable process of dying as good as possible. To celebrate 25 years since the fall of The Berlin Wall, The British Museum's major new exhibition 'Germany: Memories of a Nation' tries to encapsulate 600 years of German history.

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  • Henry IV at the Donmar, '71 film, Gotham on TV, Lila, Tracey Emin 11 Oct 14

    Sat, 11 Oct 14

    Duration:
    42 mins

    Razia Iqbal and guests review Phyllida Lloyd's all-female production of Henry IV at London's Donmar Warehouse. '71, a film about a young British army soldier who becomes separated from his unit while on patrol during The Troubles in Belfast. Gotham is a new series on Channel 5 that explores that city in the days before Batman. Our novel is Lila by Pulitzer-winning Marilynne Robinson; the third part of her Gilead trilogy. Tracey Emin's latest exhibition of drawings, paintings, neon, embroidery and bronze work at London's White Cube.

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  • Electra, Gone Girl, The Code, Howard Jacobson, Gothic Imagination 04 Oct 14

    Sat, 4 Oct 14

    Duration:
    42 mins

    Kristin Scott Thomas in Electra at The Old Vic. David Fincher's film version of Gillian Flynn's best seller Gone Girl stars Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike. Howard Jacobson's Booker-nominated novel J. Gothic Imagination at British Library. BBC4's new Australian drama The Code.

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  • The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher, Anselm Kiefer, An Enemy Of The People, Ida, 27 Sep 14

    Sat, 27 Sep 14

    Duration:
    42 mins

    Tom Sutcliffe and guests discuss the cultural highlights of the week including Hilary Mantel's new book of short stories The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher. The first major of retrospective of German artist Anselm Kiefer in the UK opens at the Royal Academy of Arts in London. Thomas Ostermeier, artistic director of Berlin's Schaubühne's Theatre, launches the Barbican's International Ibsen season with a potent adaptation of An Enemy of the People. Pawel Pawlikowski's award winning film Ida is his first set in his native Poland and explores the relationship between a novice and her magistrate aunt in 1960's Poland struggling to come to terms with its recent history. And Transparent is a new ten part series from Amazon, winning a public vote to be made into a series after a pilot was aired on line.

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  • Riot Club, Ballyturk, Mr Mac and Me, Constable, The Driver, 20 Sept 12

    Sat, 20 Sep 14

    Duration:
    42 mins

    The film Riot Club fictionalises the riotous behaviour of Oxford's notorious Bullingdon Club, whose members included David Cameron, George Osborne and Boris Johnson. Enda Walsh's new play Ballyturk starring Cillan Murphy and Stephen Rea has been compared to Samuel Beckett's Waiting For Godot. The novel Mr Mac and Me by Esther Freud is a blend of fact and fiction which sees the architect Charles Mackintosh through the eyes of a 12 year old boy. Constable, the Making of a Master, a new exhibition at London's V&A, shows his work alongside the Old Masters whom he copied so fastidiously. The Driver, a new BBC One drama written by Danny Brocklehurst and starring David Morrissey, focuses on an ordinary man who due to a family mystery and frustration with his job and life, makes a terrible decision.

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  • Destiny, Pride, The Leftovers, Ali Smith, Horst, 13 Sep 14

    Sat, 13 Sep 14

    Duration:
    42 mins

    Destiny: the most expensive video game ever produced has just been released - a perfect excuse for us to explore the rich and diverse world of gaming. Pride is a lighthearted film about lesbian and gay groups from London who supported Welsh miners during the 84 miners' strike. - leading to an unexpectedly harmonious and fruitful relationship. What would America be like after a Rapture-like event if 2% of the population were taken into heaven and the rest are left behind? The Leftovers is a TV series that considers a post-rapture-like USA. Ali Smith's new novel is called How To Be Both - 2 complimentary self-contained stories that can be read in either order. The work of German American fashion photographer Horst is featured in a new exhibition at London's Victoria and Albert Museum.

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  • The Children Act, Little Revolution, Watermark, Secrets, Bernd and Hilla Becher, 06 Sep 14

    Sat, 6 Sep 14

    Duration:
    42 mins

    Ian McEwan's new novel The Children Act deals with a young man who is suffering from leukaemia and the conflict between his parent's wishes and the authority of the State in the form of a high court judge. Little Revolution is a play by Alecky Blythe concerning the London riots of 2011 using a script drawn from verbatim interviews. Watermark is a film by photographer Edward Burtynsky about the world's most precious resource: H2O. The Secrets, a new mini drama series on BBC1 begins with a play about a mother who discovers she's dying of cancer and her relationship with her daughter. Bernd and Hilla Becher were a German husband and wife photographic duo who specialised in impartial pictures of industrial structures.

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  • Pitcairn, Martin Amis, The Moth, Obvious Child, Secret Life of Books, 30 Aug 14

    Sat, 30 Aug 14

    Duration:
    42 mins

    Martin Amis' latest novel The Zone of Interest deals with the Holocaust, but has riled some critics because of its light tone. Pitcairn is Richard "One Man, Two Guv'nors" Bean's new play dealing with the aftermath of The Mutiny on the Bounty. The Moth is a public storytelling event that started in America and is now coming to the UK ; "true stories told live". Obvious Child is a romcom film about abortion which has incurred the wrath of pro-lifers in the US; can it be a suitable topic for a humorous film? BBC TV's new series The Secret Life of Books examines original texts, manuscripts, letters and diaries to uncover the story behind the creation of six classic books.

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  • A selection of the best of the Edinburgh Festival 23 Aug 14

    Sat, 23 Aug 14

    Duration:
    42 mins

    At the 2014 Edinburgh Festival: National Theatre of Scotland's production of a new history play looking at the Scottish Stuart kings - we've been to see James II. Front is a multilingual, multi sensory theatrical experience telling the stories of the First World War. Marion Cotillard's new film, directed by The Dardenne brothers is Two Days One Night; in order to try and save her own job, a woman has to persuade her work colleagues to forgo their annual bonus. The shameful history of colonisation and racial exploitation is explored in Exhibit B, an exhibition that has caused consternation and extreme reactions amongst those who have visited it. Sarah Waters' new novel The Paying Guests is set in 1920s London when a mother and daughter in reduced circumstances, take in tenants leading to complicated repercussions.

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