Saturday Review

Saturday Review

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

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  • Oppenheimer, A Most Violent Year, Fortitude, Rubens, Sandip Roy 24 Jan 15

    Sat, 24 Jan 15

    Duration:
    43 mins

    The RSC's latest production is Oppenheimer, a play about the man behind the invention of the nuclear bomb - a flawed hero, is it a flawless production? A Most Violent Year is set in New York in 1981, a year when more than 1.2m crimes were committed. JC Chandor's film follows a man trying to build up a family business in the face of alarming violence and corruption. Fortitude is Arctic-noir TV: set in an Icelandic Research Station where mysterious and untoward things start happening, the cast includes Sofie Grabol, Michael Gambon, Christopher Eccleston and a host of other big names. Will it leave the reviewers cold? Rubens And His Legacy at the Royal Academy attempts to explore the influence of the great Flemish master on artists over the last three and a half centuries. Sandip Roy's first novel Don’t Let Him Know tells the story of a young man in modern India exploring his sexual identity.

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  • Women on the Verge..., Reese Witherspoon in Wild, Wolf Hall on TV, Adam Thirlwell, Bull 17 Jan 2015

    Sat, 17 Jan 15

    Duration:
    42 mins

    Women On The Verge Of A Nervous Breakdown; Pedro Almodovar's film has been turned into a stage musical with Tamsin Greig as Pepa Marcos. It flopped on Broadway, now thoroughly rejigged, can it succeed in London? Reese Witherspoon is in the running for an Oscar playing Cheryl in Wild, about a woman who sets off to discover herself on a 1100 mile walk in the wilderness. Wolf Hall was first a best-selling book by Hilary Mantel, then an RSC play and now it comes to BBCTV, with Mark Rylance as Thomas Cromwell. Adam Thirlwell is a young British writer whose third novel Lurid and Cute focusses on an ordinary egotistical young man whose life spirals out of control. Bull at The Young Vic is a play about the consequences of ruthless office bullying. At only 55 minutes long it has to come out swinging, but does it land any punches?

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  • Whiplash, Foxcatcher, Daniel Kitson's Tree, Cucumber Banana Tofu, Lucy Wood's Weathering 10 Jan 2015

    Sat, 10 Jan 15

    Duration:
    42 mins

    Two films about tyrannical mentors, being talked of as Oscar-worthy. Foxcatcher has comedian Steve Carrel playing a straight role as a millionaire wrestling coach and Whiplash, about a young drummer who wants to be the best. Comic performer and writer Daniel Kitson has a unique approach to fame and publicity: basically avoiding it when possible. His new play Tree, is a double hander with Tim Key, will it bring him unwanted attention? Russell T Davies wrote Queer as Folk and then took Dr Who to its current golden era. His latest project Cucumber Banana Tofu is a TV series about sex. A mix of dramas about modern gay relationships, short narratives about love and sex and factual programmes about sex. Award-winning author Lucy Wood's novel Weathering is a story about a grandmother, mother and daughter of the same family coping with growing up, together, and apart. Tom Sutcliffe is joined by Adam Mars-Jones, Susan Jeffreys & Louise Doughty. Produced by Oliver Jones

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  • Birdman, 10:04 by Ben Lerner; Golem at The Young Vic; Crisis TV drama; Kentucky Route Zero computer game 3 Jan 15

    Sat, 3 Jan 15

    Duration:
    43 mins

    Birdman starring Michael Keaton is director Alejandro G Inarritu's first comedy and hotly tipped for Academy Awards: does it live up to the hype? 10:04 by Ben Lerner is the poet and novelist’s 2nd work of fiction which probes the reality of his own life and so raises questions about the nature of fiction itself. Golem - on at the Young Vic and staged by the 1927 theatre company. It combines performance and live music with handcrafted animation and film. Inspired by Meyrink's The Golem published in 1915 - the play challenges our current obsession with technological gadgets. Crisis is a new drama on UKTV Watch channel starring Gillian Anderson and revolves around a mass kidnapping of teenagers on a school bus – the children of America's rich and powerful elite. And Kentucky Route Zero, an innovative point and click computer game in 5 acts which employs storytelling and graphics to involve the player in the character's choices - how entertaining and different is it?

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  • V+A Cast Court, Big Eyes, City of Angels, Kureishi/Murakami/AN Wilson, Mapp and Lucia 20 Dec 14

    Sat, 20 Dec 14

    Duration:
    42 mins

    London's V+A Museum has reopened the Weston Cast Court,housing lifesize casts of statuary & artefacts from around Europe. It includes the museum's largest items, can it draw their largest crowds? Larry Gelbart's City of Angels is revived at London's Donmar Warehouse. A musical which garnered awards galore 25 years ago in its original run, will this production be a winner? Tim Burton's new film Big Eyes is about 1960s housewife Margaret Keane whose paintings of waifs with enormous dark eyes were wildly commercially successful. Small Books: We look at 3 very short works. Hanif Kureishi, Haruki Murakami and AN Wilson all have stories to tell, that they feel are best-suited to new diminutive formats. The BBC has remade EF Benson's Mapp and Lucia in sumptuous style; is it a new classic? Tom Sutcliffe is joined by Meg Rosoff, Deborah Moggach and John Carey. The producer is Oliver Jones

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  • Treasure Island; Electricity; Black Mirror; The Hot Country and Dolls' Houses

    Sat, 13 Dec 14

    Duration:
    42 mins

    Treasure Island is The National Theatre's seasonal offering, full of pirates, parrots and seaspray. How does it play to the various audiences who come to the theatre at Christmas? Electricity is a film starring Agyness Deyn whose character deals with her epilepsy as she tries to find a community to be a part of. Charlie Brooker is back with a one-off feature-length Christmas special of Black Mirror on C4. It's a worrying look at a future world that may be closer to the present than we expect - guaranteed to inject some darkness into the joviality of Christmas. Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Robert Olen Butler's new novel is The Hot Country; a historical thriller set in Mexico 1914 with a hardbitten journalist as hero. The V+A has an exhibition of Dolls' Houses a world of wonder in miniature. How do they reflect the society of the children for whom they were made? Tom Sutcliffe is joined by Deborah Bull, Neil Brand and Misha Glenny. The producer is Oliver Jones

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  • Men Women and Children, Hope, William Blake, Olive Kitteridge, End of Days 6 Dec 14

    Sat, 6 Dec 14

    Duration:
    43 mins

    Jason Reitman's latest film Men Women & Children is a lighthearted look at the way the internet has become woven into everyone's existence. Hope is a new play by Jack Thorne at the Royal Court Theatre about a cash-strapped Labour council trying to balance its books and do the least harm in the face of cuts. William Blake was a printmaker, painter and revolutionary poet and is now the subject of an exhibition at the Ashmolean in Oxford. The show attempts to reveal how he acquired and developed his skills and to show his legacy. HBO's new 4 part mini-series, Olive Kitteridge is based on a Pulitzer Prize-winning novel and stars Frances McDormand in a tale of marital affairs, crime and tragedy in a small American town. Acclaimed novel End of Days by German author Jenny Erpenbeck explores a multi-narrative story of a family whose destiny could spiral in many directions. Tom Sutcliffe is joined by Charlotte Mendelson, Kate Mossman and Michael Arditti. Produced by Oliver Jones

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  • William Gibson, Marco Polo, Chimera,Tate Photography, Concerning Violence film 29 Nov 14

    Sat, 29 Nov 14

    Duration:
    43 mins

    William Gibson's novel The Peripheral is set in 2 dystopian futures filled with drugs, 3D printers, high-tech surveillance and other legally dubious practices. When readers are immersed in a completely new universe how do they orientate themselves? Netflix newest production is an epic series telling the story of Marco Polo; full of spectacle, does it have substance or is it an Oriental Game of Thrones? London's Gate Theatre is staging Chimera - a play about DNA, genetic inheritance and kitchens. Tate Modern's exhibition Conflict Time Photography looks at the relationship between photography and sites of conflict over time. Concerning Violence is a documentary that deals with the struggle for independence of former colonies - is violent rebellion the most effective way to gain freedom? Tom Sutcliffe is joined by Bidisha, Jim White and Alice Jones. The producer is Oliver Jones

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  • Institute of Sexology, What We Do in the Shadows, Behind the Beautiful Forevers, Robert Edric, Legacy 22 Nov 14

    Sat, 22 Nov 14

    Duration:
    42 mins

    London's Wellcome Institute has a new exhibition entitled The Institute of Sexology which it describes as "a candid exploration of the most publicly discussed of private acts". How will our reviewers tiptoe gently around the explicit nature of what's on show? What We Do In The Shadows is a New Zealand vampire comedy film about a group of bloodsucking flatmates (a 'dracumentary' if you will). Who does the washing-up and vaccuuming in the house of the undead? Behind The Beautiful Forevers is David Hare's new play at the National Theatre, based on the non-fiction book by award winning author Katherine Boo. It deals with life death and hope in a Mumbai undercity. Robert Edric’s latest book explores the life of Branwell Bronte - brother of the more famous sisters. Legacy is a new Danish TV police programme. What is it about ‘Scandi Noir’™that keeps gripping UK audiences? Tom Sutcliffe is joined by Helen Lewis Pat Kane & Amanda Craig. Producer: Oliver Jones

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  • Rose Tremain; The Imitation Game; Wildefire; Allen Jones; Remember Me 15 Nov 2014

    Sat, 15 Nov 14

    Duration:
    43 mins

    Rose Tremain's latest book is a collection of short stories called The American Lover; how do her short stories compare to her novels? Benedict Cumberbatch plays the WWII codebreaker Alan Turing in The Imitation Game. How successfully does it breathe new life into the biography of a private man? Roy Williams' new play Wildefire, deals with 'the precarious world of modern policing'; how does a good copper stay good when her world turns nasty? British artist Allen Jones is probably best known for 3 works he created 45 years ago; Hat Stand, Table and Chair. An exhibition at London's Royal Academy looks back at his career. Do accusations that his early work demeans women still hold sway in the more broadminded 21st century? Michael Palin returns to a British TV series for the first time in more than two decades in Remember Me on BBC1 - a supernatural thriller.

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