Saturday Review

Saturday Review

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

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  • SR12 Apr 14: Calvary, Birdland, Jamaica Inn on TV

    Sat, 12 Apr 14

    Duration:
    42 mins

    John Michael McDonagh's film Calvary, is about a priest who is told in confession that - in one week's time - he will be killed. Simon Stephens' newest work at London's Royal Court Theatre - Birdland - features Andrew Scott as a disintegrating rock star. The BBC's new adaptation of Jamaica Inn is a sumptuous brooding production starring Jessica Brown Findlay (Lady Sybil from Downton Abbey). Nigerian-born Teju Cole won widespread acclaim for his first published work Open City. His follow-up, Every Day is for the Thief, sees a young African American man returning to Nigeria and explores the cultural resonances and differences he experiences. The First Georgians exhibition at The Queen's Gallery Buckingham Palace, reflects the reigns of Kings George I and II (1714-1760) through a wide range of objects.

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  • Noah, Olden Days, Kingston 14, 05 Apr 14

    Sat, 5 Apr 14

    Duration:
    42 mins

    Biblical epic Noah is directed by Darren Aronofsky and stars Russell Crowe in the title role. The ambition is impressive but the execution has left some film critics and religious groups underwhelmed. The new novel by Kamila Shamsie, A God In Every Stone, is set in pre-Partition India telling the story of a country taking part in the First World War while struggling with its own identity. Drum and Bass DJ and graffiti artist Goldie is making his stage debut in Kingston 14 a play about Jamaican gangsters by Roy Williams, at the Theatre Royal Stratford East. In Olden Days, Ian Hislop considers the British delight in looking back and invoking the past and tradition to validate the present.

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  • Blithe Spirit; Labor Day; Veronese exhibition; 22 Mar 14

    Sat, 22 Mar 14

    Duration:
    42 mins

    Dame Angela Lansbury returns to the West End theatre in a revival of Noel Coward's Blithe Spirit. Kate Winslet’s latest film 'Labor Day' is about an escaped prisoner (Josh Brolin) who ends up spending time on the run in her home. The Temporary Gentleman by Sebastian Barry - a young man is offered a commission in the British Army for the duration of The Second World War and this work brings turmoil into his personal life. The exhibition by sixteenth century painter Veronese at London's National Gallery includes works from art collections around the world which have never been seen together before. The Widower on ITV stars Reece Shearsmith in the story of Malcolm Webster who murdered his first wife and attempted to murder his second.

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  • Under The Skin; Cezanne; W1A new comedy; 15 Mar 14

    Sat, 15 Mar 14

    Duration:
    42 mins

    Under The Skin is the new film from Jonathan "Sexy Beast" Glazer. Starring Scarlett Johansson, it's the story of an alien on earth and her encounters with humans. Cezanne at The Ashmolean in Oxford - a selection from the collection of Henry Pearlman. W1A is the follow up comedy to the Olympic-themed sitcom Twenty Twelve, set in the Corporation's HQ: New Broadcasting House. Urinetown is the uninvitingly named new musical set in a town where one man controls the public lavatories and his attempt to quell the opposition who want to "pee for free". And "Arguably the most successful author in China today", Mai Jia has sold more than 5 million copies. We look at his latest novel - Decoded - which deals with cryptographers in a top secret government department.

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  • Grand Budapest Hotel; Ruins; Young Skins; 08 Mar 14

    Sat, 8 Mar 14

    Duration:
    42 mins

    Wes Anderson's film Grand Budapest Hotel; Imelda Staunton in Good People at Hampstead Theatre; Colin Barrett's short story collection Young Skins; The Walshes on BBC4; Ruin Lust exhibition at Tate Britain.

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  • The Book Thief; 37 Days; Bark; 01 Mar 14

    Sat, 1 Mar 14

    Duration:
    42 mins

    Tom Sutcliffe is joined by reviewers Linda Grant, Tom Holland and Kate Williams. We review the film adaptation of Markus Zusak's bestseller, The Book Thief and a new television drama set during the 37 days in the lead up to the First World War, called 37 Days.

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  • Nymphomaniac; True Detective; A Taste of Honey; 22 Feb 14

    Sat, 22 Feb 14

    Duration:
    42 mins

    Will Gompertz is joined by Ekow Eshun, Viv Groskop and Gillian Slovo to review Lars von Trier's Nymphomaniac; the National Theatre production of A Taste of Honey; Gary Shteyngart's Little Failure; True Detective; and Beautiful Science at the British Library.

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  • Her; Fleming; Richard Hamilton; 15 Feb 14

    Sat, 15 Feb 14

    Duration:
    42 mins

    Discussion of Spike Jonze's new film Her, a romantic tale of loneliness, desire and boy meets artificial intelligence set in the not too distant future. How well does Tate Modern pull off the first major retrospective of the work of Richard Hamilton? Our reviewers have been reading Tim Pears' eighth novel In the Light of Morning inspired by his father's experiences in German occupied Yugoslavia at the end of WW2. We're watching Fleming the new TV drama series about the creator of James Bond. And we check in to the Langham Hotel in London to see Tennessee Williams'€Hotel Plays.

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  • Dallas Buyers Club, Hanif Kureishi, Inside No 9, 08 Feb 14

    Sat, 8 Feb 14

    Duration:
    42 mins

    Dallas Buyers Club is based on the real life story of Ron Woodruff who fought to make drugs available to patients with HIV and AIDS. We discuss Hanif Kureishi's latest book, The Last Word. It's a tale of two writers, an old novelist and his young biographer who comes to stay. Abi Morgan's new play The Mistress Contract is based on the 30 year agreement of one couple - she provided sexual services to him, in exchange he provided her with a home and an income. Richard Deacon has worked over the last four decades producing, often large, sculptures in a wide range of materials including steamed and laminated oak, steel, and clay. Inside Number 9 is the latest offering in the 'Horror Com' genre that Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith have made their own.

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  • Paxman on WWI, Martin Creed and Beckett 01 Feb 14

    Sat, 1 Feb 14

    Duration:
    42 mins

    Jeremy Paxman presents a BBC series commemorating the centenary of the outbreak of World War 1. Juliet Stevenson is performing Samuel Beckett's Happy Days - buried up to her neck in a mound of earth - at London's Young Vic Theatre. Canadian author Dan Vyleta has just published his third novel set in immediately post-war Vienna, The Crooked Maid. Scott Cooper’s new film Out of The Furnace, starring Christian Bale, Woody Harrelson and Willem Dafoe in a grim tale of rustbelt America. The first major retrospective of Turner Prize winning artist Martin Creed, at the Hayward Gallery in London; do our reviewers think the lights turning on and off and the stacked boxes will baffle, delight or intrigue the visiting public?

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