Saturday Review

Saturday Review

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

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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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  • DV8: John, Interstellar, Peter Carey, Gold at Buckingham Palace, Puppy Love, 08 Nov 14

    Fri, 7 Nov 14

    Duration:
    42 mins

    Peter Carey's latest novel, Amnesia follows a disgraced Australian journalist hired to write the life story of a hacker activist who wrote some code that unlocked prisons around the world. DV8 Physical Theatre Company's show "John" at The National's Lyttleton tells the tale of a man who grows up in an extremely abusive family and who- as an adult - seeks comfort and company in gay saunas. Christopher Nolan's new film Interstellar stars Matthew McConaughey as a former NASA astronaut whose job is to save the human race from extinction...not a simple subject, even for such an accomplished director. The Queen's Gallery at Buckingham Palace has an exhibition called Gold, which displays some of Her Majesty's astonishing artefacts around that theme. Puppy Love is the latest project from Joanna Scanlan and Vicky Pepperdine (who made the award- winning Getting On comedy series). This deals with the world of dog training.

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  • Nightcrawler, Tis Pity She’s a Whore, Richard Ford, Science Museum, The Passing Bells 01 Nov 14

    Sat, 1 Nov 14

    Duration:
    42 mins

    Nightcrawler is a movie starring Jake Gyllenhaal about the ambulance-chasing camera crews who film at the site of traffic accidents and sell the footage to TV stations. 'Tis Pity She's a Whore at London's Globe Theatre was written in the early 1600s and the plot includes incest which made it extremely controversial then as now. Richard Ford's new book Let Me Be Frank With You is a collection of short stories featuring Frank Bascombe, a character getting older and dealing with the mess of life in all his imperfect glory. The Queen recently opened The Information Age gallery at London's Science Museum; it's the first permanent gallery dedicated to the history of information and communication technologies. The Passing Bells on BBC1 follows the lives of two young WW1 army recruits: one English, one German as they take part in and are affected by the conflict.

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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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  • Joseph O'Neill, Robin Wright, Jezebel, Match of The Day, Andrew Marr's Great Scots 16 Aug 14

    Sat, 16 Aug 14

    Duration:
    42 mins

    Joseph O'Neill's new book The Dog is a story of a New York Lawyer who accepts a job working for a rich college friend in Dubai, but he realises it's a very complicated role he's expected to play. Robin Wright plays a version of herself in The Congress; a live action/cartoon crossover movie directed by Ari Folman. Jezebel is a comedy by the Dublin-based Rough Magic Theatre Company in which a couple try to spice up their sex-lives with an awkward threesome which has unforeseen consequences. Match Of The Day is celebrating its 50th birthday and we've been watching a TV programme marking this anniversary. Andrew Marr's Great Scots - Writers Who Shaped a Nation is his tribute to three writers who helped to create the modern Scottish identity through their work and lives.

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  • My Night With Reg, Wakolda, Home Front, Kevin Eldon, The Art and Science of Exploration, 09 Aug 14

    Sat, 9 Aug 14

    Duration:
    42 mins

    My Night With Reg was originally staged in 1994 and was the first British gay play to win a wide West End audience. It's now being revived at London's Donmar Warehouse. Wakolda is a film which tells the story of an Argentinian family who unwittingly shared their house with the Nazi war criminal Joseph Mengele without realising who he was. As part of Radio 4's commemorations of the centenary of World War 1, their biggest ever drama commission Home Front has just hit the airwaves. Kevin Eldon has written a mock-biography of his 'cousin', Paul Hamilton, a rather deluded uninspiring poet who doesn't let his own inadequacies stop his ambition and self-belief. The Art and Science of Exploration is an exhibition of work created by artists who accompanied Captain James Cook on his voyages around the globe in 18th Century.

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  • Secret Cinema, Gillian Anderson, Mood Indigo, Philip Hensher, Gomorrah, 02 Aug 14

    Sat, 2 Aug 14

    Duration:
    42 mins

    Gillian Anderson returns to London's West End playing Blanche Dubois in Tennessee Williams' A Streetcar Named Desire. Michel Gondry's Mood Indigo is one of his typically fantastical films, starring Audrey Tautou as a young woman who discovers a flower is growing inside her lungs. Secret Cinema is the new immersive form of cinema. Their latest production is the 1985 classic Back To The Future. Philip Hensher's new novel The Emperor Waltz threads several stories together, dealing with how an idea gains a hold in wider society. A new TV drama series - Gomorrah - looks at the Italian mafia. It's been an enormous hit in Italy but has the previously-toxic subject matter become less controversial nowadays?

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  • Medea, Joe, Our World War, DBC Pierre, Imperial War Museum, 26 Jul 14

    Sat, 26 Jul 14

    Duration:
    42 mins

    Helen McCrory plays Medea at London's National Theatre; a new take on the Greek tragedy. Nicolas Cage's new film Joe is a gritty blue collar tale of poverty and misery in rural Mississippi. The TV series Our World War imagines what our view of it would be like if the soldiers had modern recording technology like headcams. DBC Pierre's novel Breakfast With The Borgias is the story of a man isolated in a rather shabby guesthouse desperately trying to contact his girlfriend, who vividly discovers the truth behind Sartre's maxim that "Hell is other people". The Imperial War Museum in London has just reopened after a multi-million pound refit - making major structural changes and opening a new WW1 gallery.

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  • Malevich, Importance Of Being Earnest, Norte, Silicon Valley, David Flusfeder 19 Jul 14

    Sat, 19 Jul 14

    Duration:
    42 mins

    A new exhibition of work by Russian painter Kasimir Malevich follows his career from early representational work through his cubo-futurist phase to his creation of the concept of suprematism and back to figurative art. There's a revival of Oscar Wilde's The Importance Of Being Earnest, with an old aged all-star cast including Nigel Havers and Martin Jarvis. Filipino film Norte: The End of History, is loosely based on Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment and has been hailed as a masterpiece by many critics. New US TV sitcom Silicon Valley revolves around the lives of a bunch of internet start-up nerds. The work of Mike Judge, it's already been nominated for 5 Emmys. David Flusfeder's John The Pupil is a novel that purports to be the long lost diary of a 13th century monk and his companions as they journey from England to deliver a package from their Friar to The Pope in Viterbo.

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  • Boyhood, Linda Grant, Intimate Apparel, People Just Do Nothing, Sikhs in WW1, 12 Jul 14

    Sat, 12 Jul 14

    Duration:
    42 mins

    Richard Linklater's film, Boyhood, was filmed over 12 years, so the actors / characters age in real time. When production began, the lead actor was 6 and it follows him as he progresses towards adulthood. Linda Grant's novel Upstairs At The Party is about a group of friends at a northern university in the 1970s and how their lives are changed by a personal catastrophe. Intimate Apparel is a play set in 1905, that tells the story of Esther, an African American seamstress who moved from North Carolina to New York City to seek her fortune. BBC 3's People Just Do Nothing is a comedy set in a London pirate radio station and its cheerfully deluded team of enthusiastic idiots. A new exhibition at SOAS in London chronicles the role of Sikh soldiers in The First World War.

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  • Great Britain, The Beatles, Jimmy McGovern, Liverpool Biennial, The Iceberg, 05 July 14

    Sat, 5 Jul 14

    Duration:
    42 mins

    Great Britain is written by Richard Bean, directed by Nicholas Hytner and stars Billie Piper as an unscrupulous tabloid newspaper editor who is in the middle of a web of corruption involving phone hacking, politicians, the press and police. It's 50 years since The Beatles made their big screen debut with A Hard Day's Night. Considered a lightweight thing by many when it was released, it has been hailed as one of the best rock and roll films of all time. Jimmy McGovern's reputation as a TV dramatist is second to none; his latest work, Common, addresses what he sees as the injustice of the law of joint enterprise. Marion Coutts' book The Iceberg, is about the diagnosis from cancer and death of her husband Tom Lubbock. July sees the 8th Liverpool Biennial, 'an exhibition about our habits habitats and the objects images relationships and activities that constitute our immediate surroundings'.What does that mean?

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  • Cold in July, Richard Flanagan novel, Dennis Hopper exhibition, Honourable Woman TV, 28 Jun 14

    Sat, 28 Jun 14

    Duration:
    42 mins

    Cold in July is a film starring Michael C Hall set in 1980s America, telling the story of a man who kills an intruder in his home and then begins to think the local police might not be telling the truth about the victim. Richard Flanagan's novel The Narrow Road To The Deep North is a depiction of the appalling conditions endured by Australasian POWs in Japan during World War 2. Dennis Hopper is best known as a unique edgy film actor - Easy Rider, Blue Velvet, The Last Movie and many more, but an exhibition at The Royal Academy in London looks at his photographic work. Maggie Gyllenhaal stars in a TV drama The Honourable Woman, playing a British spy involved in middle east politics. Idomeneus at London's Gate Theatre is a reimagining of the Greek myth about a returning hero who makes a promise to the gods and is then faced with a dreadful ultimatum.

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  • The Fault In Our Stars, The Silkworm, Making Stalin Laugh, and Making Colour 21 Jun 14

    Sat, 21 Jun 14

    Duration:
    42 mins

    The Fault In Our Stars is the screen adaptation of John Green's best selling young adult novel about a pair of love struck teenagers both of whom are terminally ill with cancer. A second novel from Robert Galbraith - aka JK Rowling - The Silkworm merges an old fashioned detective story with Jacobean tragedy, whilst providing insight into literary London. David Schneider's new play Making Stalin Laugh - tells the story of the Moscow State Yiddish Theatre which in the 1920s was one of the most respected in the world. Making Colour was developed from the National Gallery's own internationally recognised Scientific Department's work into how artists historically overcame the technical challenges in creating colour. And The Human Factor: The Figure in Contemporary Sculpture brings together major works by leading international artists who have fashioned new ways of using the human form in sculpture over the past 25 years.

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  • Mr Burns, Folk Art, Belle, In The Light Of What We Know 14 Jun 14

    Sat, 14 Jun 14

    Duration:
    42 mins

    Mr Burns is a play about an America without electrical power, the end of everything in contemporary USA - when the TV programme The Simpsons has passed into folklore. Folk art has often been neglected in the story of British art but a new exhibition at Tate Britain attempts to set that right. British film Belle explores racial attitudes in 19th Century aristocratic circles through the story of Dido Elizabeth Belle, the illegitimate mixed race daughter of a Royal Navy officer. In the Light of What We Know by Zia Haider Rahman deals with betrayal, revenge, love, faith, science and war through the relationship between two men across Kabul, New York, Oxford, London and Islamabad. And we look at how the British newspapers are dealing with the World Cup - not the matches and the scores but their depiction of the host country, the preparations, atmosphere, heat and unrest.

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  • Mondrian, Van Gogh, Nicholson Baker, Hotel, The Dirties 07 Jun 14

    Sat, 7 Jun 14

    Duration:
    42 mins

    The Dirties is about two friends planning to make a film about a Columbine-style school massacre, where the bullies will be made to pay for what they've done. Nicholson Baker's novel "Travelling Sprinkler" is about a poet who has fallen out of love with writing poems. Trying to become a songwriter, we see his personal life woven into his lyrics. A new exhibition at Tate Liverpool looks at how Piet Mondrian’s work evolved as he moved from studios in Paris and London to New York. A new audio walk "At the Crossroads with Vincent" explores turning-points in life through the perspective of Van Gogh’s letters to his brother. Polly Stenham’s play, Hotel, focusses on a dysfunctional family on holiday at a flash hotel in a poor country and has strong echoes of Shakespeare's The Tempest.

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  • Ken Loach, Joshua Ferris, The Normal Heart, 31 May 14

    Sat, 31 May 14

    Duration:
    42 mins

    Bakersfield Mist at London's Duchess Theatre stars Hollywood actress Kathleen Turner in a play about a woman who's convinced she's turned up a Jackson Pollock original in a junk shop. Ken Loach's new film Jimmy's Hall tells the story of the only Irishman ever to be deported from his own country as an illegal alien. To Rise Again at a Decent Hour is Joshua Ferris's novel about dentistry and the meaning of life. What can a man do when his analog life is hijacked and put on the internet? Whitstable Biennale is a festival of contemporary British art on the south coast of England, which grew out of the developing artists' community in the town. The Normal Heart was Larry Kramer's play about the AIDS epidemic in 1980s America. He's adapted it into a TV drama for HBO.

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  • Tim Winton's Eyrie, Kenneth Clark at Tate Britain, Heli, 24 May 14

    Sat, 24 May 14

    Duration:
    42 mins

    Tim Winton's new novel Eyrie tells the story of a man down on his luck, who tries to sew his life back together with the help of a former neighbour and her mysterious son. Fings Ain’t Wot They Used T' Be was the 1959 musical Lionel Bart wrote before his mega success with Oliver! Kenneth Clark was a man who made it his mission to bring art to the general public. A new exhibition at Tate Britain brings together hundreds of the works he collected or commissioned as well as showing excerpts from his seminal TV series Civilisation. Nick Frost plays a pretty hopeless chump called Jeremy Sloane in a new TV series for Sky. Mexican film Heli shows the tragic socially corrosive effect of drug culture on contemporary Mexican society through the involvement of one innocent family who are inadvertently drawn into crime and appalling violence.

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  • Incognito; Touchy Feely; Penny Dreadful; Ned Beauman’s Glow; 17 May 14

    Sat, 17 May 14

    Duration:
    42 mins

    When Albert Einstein died in 1955, the pathologist performing his autopsy stole the brain, hoping to find out truths about the nature of genius. A new play by Nick Payne uses it as a starting point for an exploration of how our mind makes us who we are. The film Touchy Feely is the story of a masseuse who develops a loathing for skin and a dentist who seems to have extraordinary unprecedented gift for healing. Ned Beauman’s latest novel - Glow - is about an imaginary brand new psychotropic drug flooding the streets of London. Penny Dreadful is a TV series that creates a gory fictionalised Victorian London where many famous figures congregate - Frankenstein, Jack The Ripper, Dorian Grey. Andreas Gursky is a German photographer whose work is characterised by large scale manipulated images.

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  • Arden of Faversham, Joseph O'Connor's novel, Frank, Lily Allen's album 10 May 14

    Sat, 10 May 14

    Duration:
    42 mins

    Joseph O'Connor's novel The Thrill of it All is the story of 25 years in the life of an aspiring Anglo-Irish rock band who seem fated to never quite make the big time. The latest play to open at the RSC’s Swan Theatre in Stratford-Upon-Avon is Arden of Faversham, a revenge tragedy whose authorship is unknown. The film Frank stars one of cinema's most handsome, sought-after actors Michael Fassbender playing a man who wears a large papier-mache head all the time. Amanda Vickery's BBC2 series The Story of Women and Art aims to rediscover the great forgotten female artists of the past in the world of fine art. Lily Allen's album Sheezus is a comeback after three years away.

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  • Comics; Edward St Aubyn novel; Dylan Thomas; 03 May 14

    Sat, 3 May 14

    Duration:
    42 mins

    The exhibition "Art and Anarchy in The UK" at The British Library looks back at nearly 2 centuries of comic book art in this country. Edward St Aubyn's newest novel tells the story of the jury judging the Elysian Prize for Literature. If you've not heard of it, that's because it doesn’t exist; the book includes extracts from novels nominated for the award. Sunny Afternoon is a musical based around the songs and career of The Kinks - a hugely influential group of the 60s and 70s. Blue Ruin is an award-winning independent US film; a gruesome revenge story following a normally placid modest man who seeks retribution on the killer of his parents. In the centenary year of Welsh poet's Dylan Thomas birth, A Poet in New York is part of BBC Wales' coverage to mark the occasion.

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  • John Simm in Prey; Privacy at the Donmar; Simon Armitage's Troy - 26 Apr 14

    Sat, 26 Apr 14

    Duration:
    42 mins

    Privacy is a new play at London's Donmar Warehouse, looking at how we inadvertently give away valuable private information through our use of modern technology. Director Joanna Hogg's third film, Exhibition, continues her exploration of a very British awkwardness in the ways we relate to each other and our environment. The Last Days of Troy is Simon Armitage's theatrical reimagining of Greek Legend. John Simm plays a policeman framed for a crime he didn't commit in Prey. An exhibition at London's Whitechapel Gallery looks back at the work of French artist Chris Marker. Tom Sutcliffe is joined on Saturday Review by Philip Hensher, Julia Peyton-Jones and Susie Boyt.

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  • Matisse; Locke, RSC's Henry IV; Fargo on TV - 19 Apr 14

    Sat, 19 Apr 14

    Duration:
    42 mins

    A new exhibition at Tate Modern brings together a collection of Henri Matisse’s cut-outs. Tom Hardy stars in Locke, a film set entirely in a car driving down the motorway. The darkly comic world of Fargo, the Coen Brothers’ 1996 Oscar-winning film, has inspired a new TV series by the same name. The RSC’s latest production in Stratford-upon-Avon is Henry IV pts 1 and 2. Jayne-Anne Phillips’ newest historical fiction, Quiet Dell, is based on a real-life mass murderer in 1930s Illinois. Tom Sutcliffe is joined on Saturday Review by Dreda Say Mitchell, Emma Woolf and Kevin Jackson.

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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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  • King Lear, Llewyn Davis, Jonathan Lethem 25 Jan 14

    Sat, 25 Jan 14

    Duration:
    42 mins

    Simon Russell Beale plays Shakespeare's monarch King Lear in the latest production at The National Theatre in London. Inside Llewyn Davis is The Coen Brothers look at the folk music scene in New York's Greenwich Village. Jonathan Lethem's latest novel -Dissident Gardens - chronicles a similar period and location; three generations of a New York migrant family steeped in radical politics. Programmes on television about food are an increasingly popular genre. Two new programmes, Restaurant Man and My Kitchen Rules - are hoping they can create a show with enough of a new twist to grab the attention of gastronomic couch potatoes. And a new exhibition at London's Design Museum, In The Making, considers items that are on their way to completion - have you ever wondered what an unwound French Horn looks like?

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  • Scorsese, Beckett, & Sons 18 Jan 14

    Sat, 18 Jan 14

    Duration:
    42 mins

    Martin Scorsese's new film The Wolf of Wall Street (certificate 18)stars Leonardo DiCaprio as a dodgy stock dealer in 1980s New York. 3 Beckett plays in 1 hour: Not I, Footfalls and Rockaby are currently at The Royal Court Theatre and will be touring the country later this year. & Sons is David Gilbert's new novel, the story of a famous J.D. Salinger-type novelist and his complicated relationships with his sons and with friends and associates outside his own family. An exhibition of art by Hannah Hoch looks at the work of the often-overlooked Dadaist pioneer who was an originator of photo-montage. A new TV series looking at the heyday of gangsters in Chicago; Mob City, is just starting on Fox TV - what new angle can TV bring to this much-exploited genre?

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  • New Bruce Springsteen album; RSC: Wolf Hall / Bring Up The Bodies; 12 Years A Slave; 11 Jan 14

    Sat, 11 Jan 14

    Duration:
    42 mins

    High Hopes by Bruce Springsteen is released on 14 January. It's full of previously unreleased material - but does it work? RSC: Wolf Hall / Bring Up The Bodies, the RSC’s stage adaptations of Hilary Mantel’s novels, plays in two parts at the Swan Theatre in Stratford-Upon-Avon until 29 March.Rave reviews from the broadsheets and a sellout run, but is it worth queueing for return tickets for? 12 Years A Slave, directed by Steve McQueen, is an unflinching portrayal of slavery - as seen through the eyes of a free man kidnapped in Washington and transported to the American south. It's released in UK cinemas on 10 January, certificate 15. The Musketeers is the BBC latest costume dramas, imagining new adventures for the intrepid swordsmen, but who's it aimed at? It starts on Sunday 19 January at 9pm on BBC One. The Girl With All The Gifts, is a zombie story by M.R.Carey. What is there still to explore and reveal about zombies? It's published by Orbit on 14 January.

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  • All Is Lost, How to be a Heroine, The Wallace Collection

    Sat, 4 Jan 14

    Duration:
    42 mins

    All Is Lost sees Robert Redford as a sailor all alone and adrift in a holed yacht How To Be A Heroine is Samantha Ellis' exploration of the books she read as a girl and how they shaped her perceptions of how to be a woman TV drama 7.39 is about a flirtatious relationship between 2 commuters starring David Morrissey and Sheridan Smith Lost Boy is a play looking at what might have happened to the characters from J M Barrie's Peter Pan when they grew up And we visit The Wallace Collection in London to see which works caught our eye

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  • Love/Hate: arts that divided opinion in 2013

    Sat, 28 Dec 13

    Duration:
    42 mins

    Kamila Shamsie, David Schneider and Naomi Alderman join Tom Sutcliffe and an audience for a look back at 2013 to discuss the items that split reaction this year: from Only God Forgives starring Ryan Gosling to Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch

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  • Ron Burgundy, Stephen Ward, Christos Tsiolkas

    Sat, 21 Dec 13

    Duration:
    42 mins

    Theatre: Andrew Lloyd Webber's Stephen Ward, The Musical Book Barracuda by Christos Tsialkos TV: Death Comes To Pemberley, The Tractate Middoth Film : Anchorman 2 - The Legend Continues Have a Happy cultural Christmas

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  • Matt Smith in American Psycho.The Innocents.

    Sat, 14 Dec 13

    Duration:
    42 mins

    Theatre: Matt Smith in American Psycho Exhibition: MInd Maps at The Science Museum Film: The Innocnets Book: Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Acting TV The Great Train Robbery

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  • SR:Nebraska, Emil and the Detectives, Kill Your Darlings

    Sat, 7 Dec 13

    Duration:
    42 mins

    Film: Nebraska, Kill Your Darlings Book: Suzanne Berne - Dogs of Littlefield Exhibition: Photorealism in Birmingham Theatre: Emil and The Detectives

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  • Saving Mr Banks and This American Life

    Sat, 30 Nov 13

    Duration:
    42 mins

    Saving Mr Banks tells the story of Disney's courting of PL Travers - the woman who wrote Mary Poppins. Travers didn't want any animation, any songs or even anything that was the colour red in the film. This film shows her reconciled to the Disney-fication of her work. But is this version anything like reality? Irish writer Eimear McBride's first novel A Girl Is A Half-formed Thing has won the inaugural £10,000 Goldsmith's Prize. This American Life is a radio program from WBEZ in Chicago and the most popular podcast in the USA. How does it consistently win popular and critical acclaim? Comedian Larry David is best known for his work on Seinfeld and Curb Your Enthusiasm. His newest project is a 90 minute comedy film for HBO. Does it still seem funny over 90 minutes? White Light White Heat at The Wallace Collection in London is a display of collaborative work between contemporary artists such as Tracey Emin and Gavin Turk with Venetian glass workers.

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  • Blue Is The Warmest Colour and Peter Blake

    Sat, 23 Nov 13

    Duration:
    42 mins

    Controversial film Blue is the Warmest Colour is a story of two young lesbians who fall in love and the lengthy explicit sex scenes have caused consternation. And since its release the two actresses have said that they feel exploited. A new book from Granta allows present day authors to imagine interviews with artists who - long ago - shuffled off this mortal coil. Is this merely a vanity project for the authors to stretch their skills or can it offer some sort of insight into the mind and working of their dead heroes? A new exhibition marking the centenary of Dylan Thomas's birth has just opened in the Cardiff showing Peter Blake's interpretation of Under Milk Wood Earl Lipton is a New Yorker who has created a cabaret show about being made unemployed. No Place To Go is at the Gate Theatre in London. Jim Al-Khalili's new series on BBC4 explores what 95% of what the universe is made up of. Can even he explain to a layman what dark matter is?

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  • Mojo and Fatima Bhutto

    Sat, 16 Nov 13

    Duration:
    42 mins

    Theatre: Mojo Film: The Counsellor TV: Strange Days-Cold War Britain Book: Fatima Bhutto Exhibition:Paul Smith

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  • Gravity and Stanley Spencer

    Sat, 9 Nov 13

    Duration:
    42 mins

    Film:Gravity Theatre:nut Book:Rustication TV:Yonderland Art: Stanley Spencer

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  • Philomena and Scottsboro Boys

    Sat, 2 Nov 13

    Duration:
    42 mins

    Theatre: Scottsboro Boys Russell Banks: A Permanent Member of the Family CD: Arcade Fire TV: Bedlam Film:Philomena

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  • Morrissey and From Here To Eternity

    Sat, 26 Oct 13

    Duration:
    42 mins

    Autobiography from Morrissey; new film The Selfish Giant; Tim Rice's new musical From Here To Eternity; Masterpieces of Chinese Paintings 700-1900 at the V+A in London; The Escape Artist starring David Tennant.

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  • Richard II and The Goldfinch

    Sat, 19 Oct 13

    Duration:
    42 mins

    David Tennant's starring role in Richard II at the RSC; Donna Tartt's long awaited third novel The Goldfinch; Paul Klee exhibition at Tate Modern focuses on the decade he spent teaching and working at the Bauhaus; James Gandolfini and Julia Louis-Dreyfus in Nicole Holofcener's new film, a rom com Enough Said; in BBC Two comedy drama, David Mitchell and Robert Webb star as the British ambassador and his Mission deputy in Tazbekistan.

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  • The Commitments musical and Le Week-end

    Sat, 12 Oct 13

    Duration:
    42 mins

    Le Week-end with Jim Broadbent and Lindsay Duncan; Roddy Doyle's The Commitments, the musical; Dave Eggers' new novel The Circle; Facing the Modern: The Portrait in Vienna 1900 at the National Gallery & Hello Ladies on Sky Atlantic with Stephen Merchant. Deborah Bull, Naomi Alderman and Patrick Gale join Tom Sutcliffe.

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  • Filth and Masters of Sex

    Sat, 5 Oct 13

    Duration:
    42 mins

    James McAvoy in Filth, the film based on the Irvine Welsh novel; Lesley Manville in Ghosts directed by Richard Eyre; Shunga art at the British Museum and the Fitzwilliam in Cambridge; Michael Sheen and Lizzy Caplan in Masters of Sex on Channel 4 and Marriage Material by Sathnam Sanghera. Antonia Quirke, Kamila Shamsie and Kevin Jackson join Tom Sutcliffe

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  • Woody Allen's Blue Jasmine; Serpentine Sackler

    Sat, 28 Sep 13

    Duration:
    42 mins

    Cate Blanchett in Blue Jasmine; Thomas Pynchon's Bleeding Edge; The Lyons at the Menier Chocolate Factory, London; Zaha Hadid's Serpentine Sackler Gallery and James Spader in tv series The Blacklist

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  • A Midsummer Night's Dream and The Luminaries

    Sat, 21 Sep 13

    Duration:
    42 mins

    Eleanor Catton's Booker-shortlisted novel The Luminaries; A Midsummer Night's Dream starring Sheridan Smith and David Walliams; Beeban Kidron's film InRealLife; James Corden in The Wrong Mans on BBC 2; and Australia at the Royal Academy. Kit Davis, David Benedict and Louise Doughty join Tom Sutcliffe.

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  • Rush and Science Britannica

    Sat, 14 Sep 13

    Duration:
    42 mins

    Niki Lauda and James Hunt's 1976 Formula 1 rivalry in Rush; Farragut North at the Southwark Playhouse; new work from Tacita Dean; Richard Dawkins' autobiography An Appetite for Wonder; and Science Britannica with Brian Cox on BBC2. Helen Lewis, Sir Christopher Frayling and James Runcie join Tom Sutcliffe

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  • The Great Beauty and Peaky Blinders

    Sat, 7 Sep 13

    Duration:
    42 mins

    Paolo Sorrentino's The Great Beauty; Mark Ravenhill's take on Candide for the RSC; Jhumpa Lahiri's Booker-longlisted The Lowland; Victoriana at London's Guildhall and Peaky Blinders with Helen McCrory and Cillian Murphy on BBC2. Tom Sutcliffe is joined by Professor John Carey, Bidisha and Ellah Allfrey

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  • Upstream Colour; The Story of the Jews; Blue Stockings

    Fri, 30 Aug 13

    Duration:
    42 mins

    Simon Schama’s new mini-series, The Story of the Jews. Jessica Swale’s debut play, Blue Stockings. Shane Carruth’s enigmatic film, Upstream Colour. MaddAddam, by Margaret Atwood. Reviewers’ favourite items from Tate Britain’s permanent collection. Tom Sutcliffe is joined by Kathryn Hughes, John Mullen and Dominic Sandbrook.

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  • Edinburgh Festival; Elysium; Leaving Planet Earth

    Sat, 24 Aug 13

    Duration:
    42 mins

    Saturday Review from Edinburgh Festival: Grid Iron’s interactive theatre production Leaving Planet Earth. Matt Damon in Neill Blomkamp’s sci-fi thriller Elysium. Peter Doig retrospective at the Scottish National Gallery. Shakespeare meets Chinese Heavy Metal in The Tragedy of Coriolanus. Reviewers’ favourite moments from the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

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  • 2 Guns; Chimerica; What Remains

    Sat, 17 Aug 13

    Duration:
    42 mins

    Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg in action film 2 Guns; Lucy Kirkwood’s play Chimerica at the Harold Pinter Theatre; BBC One’s drama series What Remains; The Interestings, by Meg Wolitzer; reviewers’ favourite items from the V&A’s permanent collection. Tom Sutcliffe is joined by Natalie Haynes, Giles Fraser and Cahal Dallat.

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  • Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa; Big School; The Same Deep Water as Me

    Sat, 10 Aug 13

    Duration:
    42 mins

    Steve Coogan returns in the film Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa; Nick Payne's new play, The Same Deep Water As Me; David Walliams, Frances de la Tour and Catherine Tate in BBC sitcom Big School; Nadifa Mohamed's latest book, The Orchard of Lost Souls; reviewers’ favourite items from the National Gallery's permanent collection. Tom Sutcliffe is joined by Kevin Jackson, Kamila Shamsie and Dreda Say Mitchell.

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  • Ryan Gosling in Only God Forgives; Roddy Doyle's The Guts

    Sat, 3 Aug 13

    Duration:
    42 mins

    Southcliffe on Channel 4; Roddy Doyle's new Commitments-revisiting novel The Guts; Nicolas Winding Refn's Only God Forgives with Kristin Scott Thomas and Ryan Gosling; Titanic at Southwark Playhouse and Mass Observation: This is Your Photo. Denise Mina, Deborah Bull and Kerry Shale join Sarfraz Manzoor

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  • Frances Ha with Greta Gerwig, Barnum and The Mill

    Sat, 27 Jul 13

    Duration:
    42 mins

    The Queen's Coronation 1953 at Buckingham Palace; Frances Ha, Noah Baumbach's film starring Greta Gerwig; Alissa Nutting's novel Tampa; musical Barnum at Chichester and The Mill on Channel 4. Sarfraz Manzoor is joined by Dame Liz Forgan, Antonia Quirke and Deborah Moggach.

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  • The World's End and A Season in the Congo

    Sat, 20 Jul 13

    Duration:
    42 mins

    Chiwetel Ejiofor in A Season in the Congo at the Young Vic; Simon Pegg and Nick Frost reuinited for The World's End; Richard Rogers: Inside Out; Perfect, the new novel by Rachel Joyce and Burton and Taylor with Helena Bonham Carter and Dominic West. Sarfraz Manzoor is joined by Ekow Eshun, Joe Dunthorne and Maev Kennedy

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  • Top of the Lake and Blancanieves

    Sat, 13 Jul 13

    Duration:
    43 mins

    Jane Campion's Top of the Lake starring Elisabeth Moss; silent film Blancanieves; Untangling the Web by Aleks Krotoski; the play Circle Mirror Transformation starring Imelda Staunton and Toby Jones; and Club to Catwalk: London Fashion in the 1980s is a new exhibition at the V&A. Tom Sutcliffe is joined by the novelists Linda Grant and Alex Preston and anthropologist Kit Davis

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  • Kenneth Branagh in Macbeth

    Sat, 6 Jul 13

    Duration:
    42 mins

    The Manchester International Festival: Kenneth Branagh and Alex Kingston in Macbeth, Massive Attack v Adam Curtis and art exhibition do it 2013. Also Ben Wheatley's film A Field in England and Harry Eyres' memoir Horace and Me. Tom Holland, Emma Jane Unsworth and Paul Farley join Tom Sutcliffe

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  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory; Lowry 29 Jun 13

    Sat, 29 Jun 13

    Duration:
    42 mins

    Cerys Matthews, Aminatta Forna and David Benedict join Tom Sutcliffe to discuss Sam Mendes' Charlie and the Chocolate Factory; powerful documentary The Act of Killing; Jonathan Dee's A Thousand Pardons; Sarah Polley's film Stories We Tell and a major retrospective of LS Lowry at Tate Britain.

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  • Before Midnight and Conor McPherson new play

    Sat, 22 Jun 13

    Duration:
    42 mins

    Conor McPherson's new play The Night Alive at the Donmar Warehouse; Before Midnight with Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy; Memory Palace, an exhibition at the V&A of artists' work inspired by a novella by Hari Kunzru; Phil Spector, a television film by David Mamet with Al Pacino and Helen Mirren; and Evie Wyld's novel All the Birds, Singing. Tom Sutcliffe is joined by Bidisha, Patrick Gale and Stephanie Merritt.

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  • The Amen Corner and The White Queen

    Sat, 15 Jun 13

    Duration:
    42 mins

    The Amen Corner at the National Theatre; Joss Whedon's Much Ado About Nothing; Neil Gaiman's novel The Ocean at the End of the Lane; Alternative Guide to the Universe at the Hayward and The White Queen on BBC1. Gillian Slovo, Dreda Say Mitchell and Kamila Shamsie join Tom Sutcliffe.

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  • Behind the Candelabra and Chagall

    Sat, 8 Jun 13

    Duration:
    42 mins

    Michael Douglas and Matt Damon in Behind the Candelabra; a major Chagall exhibition at Tate Liverpool; Strange Interlude at the National with Anne Marie Duff; Hammond Innes; and The Returned on Channel 4. Tom Sutcliffe is joined by Kathryn Hughes, Sarfraz Manzoor and David Aaronovitch.

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  • Byzantium and the new Mary Rose Museum

    Fri, 31 May 13

    Duration:
    42 mins

    In David Mamet's "Race," Mamet sets out to write a play which explores racial tension.The new £27 million Mary Rose Museum opens in Portsmouth's Historic Dockyard. More vampires in Byzantium."Money, The Unauthorised Biography" by Felix Martin sets out to answer the question: "What is Money and how does it work?"And ITV's answer to Channel 4's "Homelands" is "The Americans"

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  • All That Is by James Salter and new play Disgraced

    Sat, 25 May 13

    Duration:
    42 mins

    Disgraced by Ayad Akhtar opens at the Bush Theatre; Olivier Assayas' film Something in the Air; the acclaimed author James Salter's All That Is; Michael Landy's Saints Alive at the National Gallery and The Iraq War on BBC2. Tom Sutcliffe talks to Tom Holland, Kit Davis and Naomi Alderman

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  • Luhrmann's The Great Gatsby and Propaganda

    Sat, 18 May 13

    Duration:
    42 mins

    Baz Luhrmann's The Great Gatsby starring Leonardo diCaprio; Public Enemy at the Young Vic; The Round House by Louise Erdrich; Propaganda at the British Library; Up the Women on BBC4 and Psychobitches on Sky Arts. Ekow Eshun, Hadley Freeman and Louise Doughty join Tom Sutcliffe.

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  • Pinter's The Hothouse & The Reluctant Fundamentalist

    Sat, 11 May 13

    Duration:
    42 mins

    Mira Nair's film of The Reluctant Fundamentalist starring Riz Ahmed; Pinter's The Hothouse with Simon Russell Beale and John Simm; The Fall starring Gillian Anderson on BBC2; Terry Eagleton's How to Read Literature; and coming-of-age movie Mud. Aminatta Forna, John Mullan and Michael Arditti join Tom Sutcliffe

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  • Almodovar's I'm So Excited! and The Pajama Game

    Sat, 4 May 13

    Duration:
    42 mins

    The Pajama Game in a new Richard Eyre production; Pedro Almodovar's I'm So Excited!; Lionel Shriver's novel of obesity, Big Brother; Ellen Gallagher AxME at Tate Modern and Hannibal on Sky Living. Malorie Blackman, Stephanie Merritt and Giles Fraser join Tom Sutcliffe.

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  • Adrian Lester in Othello and The Look of Love

    Sat, 27 Apr 13

    Duration:
    42 mins

    Adrian Lester and Rory Kinnear in Othello at the National Theatre; Steve Coogan in Michael Winterbottom's film The Look of Love; Sam Byers' novel Idiopathy; New Order: British Art Today at the Saatchi Gallery; and Ian McKellen, Derek Jacobi and Frances de la Tour in new sitcom Vicious. Dreda Say Mitchell, David Benedict and Cahal Dallat join Tom Sutcliffe

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  • Promised Land and John le Carre's A Delicate Truth

    Sat, 20 Apr 13

    Duration:
    42 mins

    Matt Damon in Promised Land; Howard Brenton's new play #aiww: The Arrest of Ai Weiwei; John le Carre's new novel A Delicate Truth; the paintings of Richard Patterson and Ben Elton's new sitcom The Wright Way. Tom Sutcliffe is joined by Bidisha, Christopher Frayling and Miranda Sawyer.

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  • The Rijksmuseum and Once

    Sat, 13 Apr 13

    Duration:
    42 mins

    The Rijksmuseum re-opens in Amsterdam; Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's new novel Americanah; and the musical Once arrives on the London stage.

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  • Julian Barnes' Levels of Life and A Late Quartet

    Sat, 6 Apr 13

    Duration:
    42 mins

    Julian Barnes' new novel Levels of Life; A Late Quartet, a film starring Christopher Walken; and an exhibition of the photographs of Bert Hardy.

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  • Pompeii at the British Museum and Trance

    Sat, 30 Mar 13

    Duration:
    42 mins

    Life and Death in Pompeii and Herculaneum at the British Museum; Judi Dench in Peter and Alice; Danny Boyle's film Trance; Ghana Must Go, a debut novel by Taiye Selasi; and The Village on BBC1. Kamila Shamsie, Dominic Sandbrook and Louise Doughty join Sarfraz Manzoor to review.

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  • The Book of Mormon and Compliance: 23 Mar 13

    Sat, 23 Mar 13

    Duration:
    42 mins

    The Book of Mormon on the London stage; Craig Zobel's film Compliance; Mohsin Hamid's new novel How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia; Designs of the Year 2013; and Revolution on Sky1. David Schneider, Ekow Eshun and Kathryn Hughes join Tom Sutcliffe.

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  • Nicole Kidman in The Paperboy; In the Flesh

    Sat, 16 Mar 13

    Duration:
    42 mins

    Lee Daniels' film The Paperboy with Nicole Kidman; Kevin Maher's coming-of-age in 80s Dublin novel The Fields; George Bellows at the Royal Academy; A Thousand Miles of History, a new play about Jean Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring and Andy Warhol starring Adam Riches; and zombie drama In the Flesh on BBC3. Bidisha, Deborah Moggach and Dreda Say Mitchell join Tom Sutcliffe.

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  • Bowie's The Next Day & Helen Mirren in The Audience

    Sat, 9 Mar 13

    Duration:
    42 mins

    Helen Mirren as The Queen in The Audience; Steven Soderbergh's film Side Effects; Kate Atkinson's novel "Life After Life"; David Bowie's new album The Next Day; and BBC1's "The Lady Vanishes" compared with Hitchcock's. Tom Sutcliffe is joined by Jim White, Maev Kennedy and Alex Preston.

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  • Joe Wright's Trelawny of the Wells and Arbitrage

    Sat, 2 Mar 13

    Duration:
    42 mins

    Film director Joe Wright's first stage production, Trelawny of the Wells; Richard Gere in Arbitrage; JM Coetzee's novel The Childhood of Jesus; Bluestone 42 on BBC3 and Barocci at the National Gallery. Patrick Gale, Aminatta Forna and Natalie Haynes join Tom Sutcliffe

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  • Cloud Atlas and Lichtenstein exhibition: 23 Feb 13

    Sat, 23 Feb 13

    Duration:
    42 mins

    Cloud Atlas, Lichtenstein at Tate Modern, A Chorus Line, Give Me Everything You Have by James Lasdun and ITV’s Broadchurch are all reviewed by Tom Sutcliffe and his guests - artist Grayson Perry, playwright Laura Wade and writer Susan Jeffreys

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  • A Life of Galileo and Side by Side 16 Feb 13

    Sat, 16 Feb 13

    Duration:
    42 mins

    A Life of Galileo, Mark Ravenhill's adaptation for the RSC of Brecht's play; Maggie O'Farrell's latest novel, Instructions for a Heatwave; The Bride and the Bachelors showcasing Duchamp and his influence; and V, Tony Harrison's powerful and expletive-heavy poem, about to be broadcast on Radio 4. Presented by Tom Sutcliffe with Kevin Jackson, Kit Davis and Bidisha.

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  • Ice Age Art and Wreck-It Ralph: 09 Feb 13

    Sat, 9 Feb 13

    Duration:
    42 mins

    Wreck-It Ralph, the latest Disney film; Ice Age Art at the British Museum; In the Beginning was the End, a new show from site-responsive company dreamthinkspeak; Harvest, Jim Crace's new novel; and Mysteries of Lisbon directed by Raul Ruiz. David Schneider, Gillian Slovo and Giles Fraser join Tom Sutcliffe.

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  • Dancing on the Edge and Flight: 02 Feb 13

    Sat, 2 Feb 13

    Duration:
    42 mins

    Stephen Poliakoff's Dancing on the Edge; Denzel Washington in Flight; Port at the National Theatre; Mimi by Lucy Ellmann and Light Show at the Hayward Gallery reviewed by Tom Sutcliffe with Naomi Alderman, Sarfraz Manzoor and Kerry Shale

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  • Zero Dark Thirty and Lincoln: 26 Jan 13

    Sat, 26 Jan 13

    Duration:
    42 mins

    Michael Grade, Dreda Say Mitchell and Deborah Bull join Tom Sutcliffe to review: Kathryn Bigelow's Zero Dark Thirty; Dave Eggers' novel A Hologram for the King, Steven Spielberg's Lincoln; The Turn of the Screw at the Almeida Theatre and Manet: Portraying Life at the Royal Academy in London.

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  • Django Unchained and Louie: 19 Jan 13

    Sat, 19 Jan 13

    Duration:
    42 mins

    Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained; No Quarter by Polly Stenham at the Royal Court Upstairs; The Starboard Sea, a first novel by Amber Dermont; Murder in the Library at the British Library; and Louie, Louis CK's Emmy-award winning comedy. Kamila Shamsie, Peter Kemp and Paul Morley join Tom Sutcliffe

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  • The Shard, Les Miserables 12 Jan 13

    Sat, 12 Jan 13

    Duration:
    42 mins

    Les Miserables on the big screen with Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway, The View From The Shard, Fiona Shaw performs The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, Nicholas Royle's "First Novel", and Utopia on Channel 4 are reviewed by Louise Doughty, Philip Hensher and Pat Kane. Presented by Tom Sutcliffe

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  • The Thick of It, Getting On 05 Jan 13

    Sat, 5 Jan 13

    Duration:
    42 mins

    Vicki Pepperdine, Sam Bain, David Quantick and Natalie Haynes join Tom to look back at comedy in 2012, from Peep Show to Getting On and The Thick of It

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  • Life of Pi, Restless, The Girl 22 Dec 12

    Sat, 22 Dec 12

    Duration:
    42 mins

    Life of Pi on the big screen, Christmas tv offerings Restless and The Girl, Strindberg's The Dance of Death and George Saunders' short stories in Tenth of December come under the critical eyes of Kathryn Hughes, Sarah Hall and Misha Glenny. Presented by Tom Sutcliffe.

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  • The Hobbit and Quentin Blake 15 Dec 12

    Sat, 15 Dec 12

    Duration:
    42 mins

    Sarfraz Manzoor and his guests, writers Aminatta Forna and David Benedict and actor Kerry Shale, review The Hobbit; a new Quentin Blake exhibition; the rich history of the Pantomime Dame; Martin Crimp's play In the Republic of Happiness; and the new Barbara Kingsolver novel, Flight Behaviour.

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  • Seven Psychopaths and Julius Caesar: 08 Dec 12

    Sat, 8 Dec 12

    Duration:
    42 mins

    Seven Psychopaths, Martin McDonagh's follow-up to In Bruges; the all-women production by Phyllida Lloyd of Shakespeare's Julius Caesar at the Donmar with Harriet Walter and Cush Jumbo; Herta Muller's novel, The Hunger Angel; a new exhibition at the Royal Academy: Constable, Turner, Gainsborough and the Making of Landscape; and "Loving Miss Hatto", a new film for television written by Victoria Wood. Tom Sutcliffe is joined by Miranda Sawyer, Gillian Slovo and Cahal Dallat

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  • 01 Dec 12: Sightseers and Inside Claridge's

    Sat, 1 Dec 12

    Duration:
    43 mins

    Dark caravan comedy in Sightseers; Boris Godunov at the RSC; TV documentary behind the scenes of the luxury hotel, Inside Claridge's; a new furniture gallery at the V&A; and novels from Susie Boyt - "The Small Hours" - and Emma Tennant - "The Beautiful Child". With Tom Sutcliffe and guests Patrick Gale, John Mullan and Bidisha.

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  • 24 Nov 12 Cultural highlights of the week

    Sat, 24 Nov 12

    Duration:
    43 mins

    Tom Sutcliffe and guests Lionel Shriver, Alex Preston and Jim White discuss the week's cultural highlights including Pinero's farce The Magistrate; David Ayer's cop flick End of Watch; Michael Kimball's novel Big Ray; and two exhibitions at the Saatchi Gallery: Gaiety is the Most Outstanding Feature of the Soviet Union and Breaking The Ice: Moscow Art, 1960s-80s; as well as TV programme The Fear.

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  • 17 Nov 12 Cultural highlights of the week

    Tue, 20 Nov 12

    Duration:
    42 mins

    Tom Sutcliffe and guests Boyd Tonkin, Kevin Jackson and Monique Roffey review the cultural highlights of the week including the play The Effect, with Billie Piper in the leading role.

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  • 10 Nov 12: The week's cultural highlights

    Mon, 12 Nov 12

    Duration:
    42 mins

    Tom Sutcliffe and guests Tracy Chevalier, Julia Peyton-Jones and Sarfraz Manzoor review the week's cultural highlights

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  • 041112: The week's cultural highlights

    Mon, 5 Nov 12

    Duration:
    42 mins

    Tom Sutcliffe and guests Linda Grant, Ekow Eshun and Andreas Whittam Smith review the week's cultural highlights

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  • 19 Oct 12 The week's cultural highlights

    Mon, 29 Oct 12

    Duration:
    42 mins

    Tom Sutcliffe and guests writers Maev Kennedy and David Aaronovitch and author Dreda Say Mitchell review the week's cultural highlights.

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  • SR 20 Oct 12: The week's cultural highlights

    Sat, 20 Oct 12

    Duration:
    43 mins

    Tom Sutcliffe and his guests playwright Laura Wade, broadcaster John Tusa and anthropologist Kit Davis review the week's cultural highlights including Benh Zeitlin's film Beasts of the Southern Wild.

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  • 13 Oct 12: The week's cultural highlights

    Sat, 13 Oct 12

    Duration:
    42 mins

    Tom Sutcliffe and his guests Paul Morley, John Carey and Susan Jeffreys review the week's cultural highlights including Thomas Keneally's new novel, "The Daughters of Mars".

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  • SR 06 Oct 12: The week's cultural highlights

    Sat, 6 Oct 12

    Duration:
    43 mins

    Tom Sutcliffe and his guests Deborah Bull, James Runcie and Deborah Moggach review the week's cultural highlights including Stephen Chbosky's film The Perks of Being a Wallflower.

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  • SR 29 Sep 12: The week's cultural highlights

    Sat, 29 Sep 12

    Duration:
    43 mins

    Tom Sutcliffe and his guests novelist Kamila Shamsie, academic and critic John Mullan and stage designer Es Devlin review the week's cultural highlights including A Chorus of Disapproval at the Harold Pinter Theatre.

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  • SR 22 Sept 12: The week's cultural highlights

    Sat, 22 Sep 12

    Duration:
    43 mins

    Tom Sutcliffe and his guests cultural historian Christopher Frayling, writer Sarfraz Manzoor and historian Kathryn Hughes review the week's cultural highlights including Andrew Dominik's film Killing Them Softly starring Brad Pitt.

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  • SR 15 Sep 12: The week's cultural highlights

    Sat, 15 Sep 12

    Duration:
    42 mins

    Tom Sutcliffe and his guests novelist Alex Preston and writers Miranda Sawyer and Kevin Jackson review the week's cultural highlights including King Lear, starring Jonathan Pryce, at the Almeida Theatre in London.

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  • SR 08 Sep 12: The week's cultural highlights

    Sat, 8 Sep 12

    Duration:
    42 mins

    Tom Sutcliffe and his guests novelist Gillian Slovo, comedian David Schneider and theatre writer David Benedict review the week's cultural highlights including Joe Wright's film Anna Karenina.

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  • SR 01 Sep 12: The week's cultural highlights

    Sat, 1 Sep 12

    Duration:
    43 mins

    Tom Sutcliffe and his guests Jim White, Susan Jeffreys and Giles Fraser review the week's cultural highlights including The Tempest starring Tim Piggot-Smith at the Theatre Royal, Bath.

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  • SR 25 Aug 12: The week's cultural highlights

    Sat, 25 Aug 12

    Duration:
    43 mins

    Bidisha and her guests writers Natalie Haynes and Paul Morley and actor Kerry Shale review the week's cultural highlights including Sweet Tooth by Ian McEwan.

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  • SR 18 Aug 12: The week's cutural highlights

    Sat, 18 Aug 12

    Duration:
    42 mins

    Bidisha and guests review the week's cultural events including Parade's End, starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Rebecca Hall and adapted for BBC Television by Sir Tom Stoppard.

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  • SR 11 Aug 12: The week's cultural highlights

    Sat, 11 Aug 12

    Duration:
    42 mins

    Tom Sutcliffe and his guests Billy Kay, Hannah McGill and Kathryn Hughes review the cultural highlights of the week from the Edinburgh Festival, including Pixar's Brave.

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  • SR 04 Aug 12: The week's cultural highlights

    Sat, 4 Aug 12

    Duration:
    43 mins

    Tom Sutcliffe and his guests novelists Adam Mars Jones and Lisa Appignanesi and writer Ekow Eshun review the week's cultural highlights including Seth MacFarlane's film Ted.

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  • SR 28 Jul 12: The week's cutural highlights

    Sat, 28 Jul 12

    Duration:
    41 mins

    Tom Sutcliffe and his guests novelist Sarah Hall, playwright Laura Wade and writer and columnist David Aaronovitch review the week's cultural highlights including the London 2012 Olympic opening ceremony.

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  • SR 21 Jul 12: The week's cultural highlights

    Sat, 21 Jul 12

    Duration:
    42 mins

    Tom Sutcliffe and his guests novelist Kamila Shamsie, historian Dominic Sandbrook and film-maker Carol Morley review the week's cultural highlights including The Dark Knight Rises.

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  • The week's cultural highlights

    Mon, 16 Jul 12

    Duration:
    42 mins

    Sarfraz Manzoor and his guests Louise Doughty, Kerry Shale and Natalie Haynes review the week's cultural highlights including a new production of A Doll's House

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  • SR 07 Jul 12: The week's cultural highlights

    Sat, 7 Jul 12

    Duration:
    42 mins

    Tom Sutcliffe and his guests writers Susan Jeffreys and Alex Preston and historian Kathryn Hughes review the week's cultural highlights including The Hunter starring Willem Dafoe.

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  • SR 30 Jun 12: The week's cultural highlights

    Sat, 30 Jun 12

    Duration:
    42 mins

    Tom Sutcliffe and his guests novelist Liz Jensen, poet Paul Farley and academic and critic Maria Delgado review the week's cultural highlights including William Friedkin's film Killer Joe.

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  • SR 23 Jun 12: The week's cultural highlights

    Sat, 23 Jun 12

    Duration:
    42 mins

    Tom Sutcliffe and his guests novelist Gillian Slovo and writers Sarfraz Manzoor and Maev Kennedy review the cultural highlights of the week including The Last of the Haussmans at the National Theatre in London.

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  • SR 16 Jun 12: The week's cultural highlights

    Sat, 16 Jun 12

    Duration:
    42 mins

    Tom Sutcliffe and his guests novelists Linda Grant and Adam Mars Jones and writer Bidisha reveiw the week's cultural highlights including David Cronenberg's film Cosmopolis.

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  • SR 09 Jun 12: The week's cultural highlights

    Sat, 9 Jun 12

    Duration:
    43 mins

    Tom Sutcliffe and his guests novelists Dreda Say Mitchell and Deborah Moggach and writer Paul Morley review the week's cultural highlights including Ben Drew's film iLL Manors.

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  • 02 June 2012 The week's cultural highlights

    Sat, 2 Jun 12

    Duration:
    42 mins

    Tom Sutcliffe and his guests writers Malorie Blackman and Giles Fraser and musician Pat Kane review the week's cultural highlights including Ridley Scott's film Prometheus and Christopher Eccleston's performance as Creon in Antigone at the National Theatre.

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  • SR 26 May 12: The week's cultural highlights

    Sat, 26 May 12

    Duration:
    42 mins

    Tom Sutcliffe and his guests novelists Lionel Shriver and Andrew O' Hagan and theatre writer David Benedict review the cultural highlights of the week including Wes Anderson's film Moonrise Kingdom.

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  • 19 May 2012 The week's cultural highlights

    Mon, 21 May 12

    Duration:
    42 mins

    Tom Sutcliffe and his guests writer James Runcie, director of the Serpentine Gallery Julia Peyton-Jones and comedian David Schneider review the week's cultural highlights including the play The Sunshine Boys, starring Danny DeVito and Richard Griffiths; Emily Perkins' novel The Forrests; Edward Burtynsky's project 'Oil' at the newly refurbished Photographer's Gallery; Sacha Baron Cohen's latest film The Dictator and Paul Abott's latest television drama Hit and Miss, starring Chloe Sevigny.

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  • SR 12 May 12: The week's cultural highlights

    Sat, 12 May 12

    Duration:
    42 mins

    Tom Sutcliffe and his guests the writers Miranda Sawyer and Ekow Eshun and the historian Kathryn Hughes review the week's cultural highlights including Bring Up The Bodies by Hilary Mantel.

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  • SR 05 May 12: The week's cultural highlights

    Sat, 5 May 12

    Duration:
    43 mins

    Tom Sutcliffe and his guests academic and critic John Mullan, anthropologist Kit Davis and poet Cahal Dallat review the cultural highlights of the week including Mike Bartlett's play Love, Love, Love at the Royal Court in London.

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  • SR 28 Apr 2012: The week's cultural highlights

    Sat, 28 Apr 12

    Duration:
    42 mins

    Sarfraz Manzoor and his guests Lisa Appignanesi, Kevin Jackson and Natalie Haynes review the week's cultural highlights including Joss Whedon's superhero action film Avengers Assemble.

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  • SR 21 Apr 12: The week's cultural highlights

    Sat, 21 Apr 12

    Duration:
    42 mins

    Tom Sutcliffe and his guests writer Susan Jeffreys, actor Kerry Shale and literary critic John Carey review the week's cultural highlights including Michael Frayn's new novel Skios.

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  • SR 14 Apr 12: The week's cultural highlights

    Sat, 14 Apr 12

    Duration:
    43 mins

    Tom Sutcliffe and his guests novelist Kamila Shamsie, writer and columnist David Aaronovitch and playwright Timberlake Wertenbaker review the week's cultural highlights including Anthony Page's production of Long Day's Journey Into Night at the Apollo Theatre in London.

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  • SR 07 Apr 12: The week's cultural highlights

    Sat, 7 Apr 12

    Duration:
    43 mins

    Tom Sutcliffe and his guests novelist Adam Mars Jones, BBC diplomatic correspondent Bridget Kendall and Deborah Bull from King's Cultural Institute review the week's cultural highlights including Roger Allam as Uncle Vanya at Chichester Festival Theatre.

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  • 31 March 12: The week's cultural highlights

    Sat, 31 Mar 12

    Duration:
    42 mins

    Tom Sutcliffe and his guests: novelist Gillian Slovo, historian Kathryn Hughes and theatre critic David Benedict and discuss the week's cultural highlights including The Duchess of Malfi.

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  • SR 24 Mar 12: The week's cultural highlights

    Sat, 24 Mar 12

    Duration:
    42 mins

    Tom Sutcliffe and his guests actress Fiona Shaw, playwright Mark Ravenhill and writer Susan Jeffreys review the week's cultural highlights including The Master and Margarita at the Barbican in London.

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  • 17 Mar 12: This week's cultural highlights

    Sat, 17 Mar 12

    Duration:
    42 mins

    Sarfraz Manzoor and his guests novelist Liz Jensen and the writers Susannah Clapp and Giles Fraser review the cultural highlights of the week including Can We Talk About This?

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  • SR 10 Mar 12: The week's cultural highlights

    Sat, 10 Mar 12

    Duration:
    43 mins

    Tom Sutcliffe and his guests the writers Kamila Shamsie and Louise Doughty and the poet Paul Farley review the week's cultural highlights including Declan Donnellan's film Bel Ami.

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  • SR 03 Mar 12: The week's cultural highlights

    Sat, 3 Mar 12

    Duration:
    42 mins

    Tom Sutcliffe and his guests the writers Linda Grant and Miranda Sawyer and academic John Mullan review the week's cultural highlights including The Leisure Society.

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  • SR 25 Feb 12: The week's cultural highlights

    Sat, 25 Feb 12

    Duration:
    43 mins

    Tom Sutcliffe and his guests the writers Paul Morley, Deborah Moggach and Kevin Jackson review the week's cultural highlights including Capital by John Lanchester.

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  • SR 18 Feb 12: The week's cultural highlights

    Sat, 18 Feb 12

    Duration:
    42 mins

    Tom Sutcliffe and his guests writer Lisa Appignanesi, historian Dominic Sandbrook and poet Cahal Dallat review the week's cultural highlights including Josie Rourke's production of The Recruiting Officer at the Donmar Warehouse.

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  • SR 11 Feb 12: The week's cultural highlights

    Sat, 11 Feb 12

    Duration:
    43 mins

    Tom Sutcliffe and his guests novelist Dreda Say Mitchell, historian Kathryn Hughes and theatre writer David Benedict review the week's cultural highlights including David Cronenberg's film A Dangerous Method.

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  • SR 04 Feb 12: The week's cultural highlights

    Sat, 4 Feb 12

    Duration:
    42 mins

    Tom Sutcliffe and his guests writers Natalie Haynes and Terence Blacker and anthropologist Kit Davis review the week's cultural highlights including Sean Durkin's film Martha Marcy May Marlene.

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  • SR 280112: The week's cultural highlights

    Sat, 28 Jan 12

    Duration:
    42 mins

    Tom Sutcliffe and his guests writer Ekow Eshun, creative director of the Royal Opera House Deborah Bull and literary critic John Carey review the week's cultural highlights including Alexander Payne's film The Descendants.

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  • SR 21 Jan 12: The week's cultural highlights

    Sat, 21 Jan 12

    Duration:
    43 mins

    Tom Sutcliffe and his guests the writers David Aaronovitch and Sarfraz Manzoor and the historian Amanda Vickery review the week's cultural highlights including Ralph Fiennes' film adaptation of Coriolanus.

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  • SR 14 Jan 12: The week's cultural highlights

    Sat, 14 Jan 12

    Duration:
    43 mins

    Tom Sutcliffe and his guests the writers Susan Jeffreys and Jim White and the writer and broadcaster John Tusa review the week's cultural highlights including Steve McQueen's film Shame.

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  • SR 07 Jan 12: The week's cultural highlights

    Sat, 7 Jan 12

    Duration:
    42 mins

    Tom Sutcliffe and his guests the novelists Deborah Moggach and Michael Arditti and the academic and critic Maria Delgado review the week's cultural highlights including The Iron Lady.

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  • Dec 24: The week's cultural highlights

    Sat, 24 Dec 11

    Duration:
    42 mins

    Tom Sutcliffe and his guests, Giles Fraser, Kevin Jackson & Kathryn Hughes review the week's cultural highlights, including the film The Artist.

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  • SR 17 Dec 11: The week's cultural highlights

    Sat, 17 Dec 11

    Duration:
    42 mins

    Tom Sutcliffe and his guests the writers Lisa Appignanesi and Kamila Shamsie and the theatre critic David Benedict review the week's cultural highlights including Noises Off at the Old Vic.

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  • SR 10 Dec 11: The week's cultural highlights

    Sat, 10 Dec 11

    Duration:
    42 mins

    Tom Sutcliffe and his guests the writers Paul Morley and Bidisha and the actor Kerry Shale review the week's cultural highlights including The Ladykillers starring Peter Capaldi at the Gielgud Theatre in London.

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  • SR 03 Dec 11: The week's cultural highlights

    Sat, 3 Dec 11

    Duration:
    43 mins

    Tom Sutcliffe and his guests the novelist Liz Jensen, the comedian David Schneider and the writer Natalie Haynes review the week's cultural highlights including Martin Scorsese's 3D film Hugo.

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  • SR 26 Nov 11: The week's cultural highlights

    Sat, 26 Nov 11

    Duration:
    42 mins

    Tom Sutcliffe and his guests the novelists Dreda Say Mitchell and Louise Doughty and creative director of the Royal Opera House review the week's cultural highlights including Matilda The Musical.

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  • SR 19 Nov 11: The week's cultural highlights

    Sat, 19 Nov 11

    Duration:
    42 mins

    Tom Sutcliffe and his guests writers Francis Spufford and Miranda Sawyer and musician Pat Kane review the week's cultural highlights including Reasons To Be Pretty by Neil LaBute.

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  • SR 12 Nov 11: The week's cultural highlights

    Sat, 12 Nov 11

    Duration:
    42 mins

    Tom Sutcliffe and his guests playwright Mark Ravenhill, anthropologist Kit Davis and film-maker James Runcie review the cultural highlights of the week including Michael Sheen as Hamlet at the Young Vic.

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  • SR 05 Nov 2011: The week's cultural highlights

    Sat, 5 Nov 11

    Duration:
    42 mins

    Tom Sutcliffe and his guests The novelist Lionel Shriver and the writers Ekow Eshun and Misha Glenny review the week's cultural highlights including John Hodge's play Collaborators.

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  • SR 29 Oct 11: The week's cultural highlights

    Sat, 29 Oct 11

    Duration:
    42 mins

    Tom Sutcliffe and his guests the writers Kamila Shamsie and Bidisha and the historian Kathryn Hughes review the week's cultural highlights including The Ides of March starring Ryan Gosling and George Clooney.

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  • SR 22 Oct 11: The week's cultural highlights

    Sat, 22 Oct 11

    Duration:
    42 mins

    Tom Sutcliffe and his guests novelist Deborah Moggach and writers Jim White and Rowan Pelling review the cultural highlights of the week including Lynne Ramsay's film We Need To Talk About Kevin.

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  • SR 15 Oct 11: The week's cultural highlights

    Sat, 15 Oct 11

    Duration:
    42 mins

    Tom Sutcliffe and his guests writers Lisa Appignanesi and David Benedict and Canon Chancellor of St Paul's Cathedral Giles Fraser review the week's cultural highlights including Everything Must Go starring Will Ferrell.

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  • SR 08 Oct 11: The week's cultural highlights

    Sat, 8 Oct 11

    Duration:
    42 mins

    Tom Sutcliffe and his guests the novelist Michael Arditti and the writers Natalie Haynes and Kevin Jackson review the week's cultural highlights including The Marriage of Figaro at English National Opera.

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  • SR 01 Oct 11: The week's cultural highlights

    Sat, 1 Oct 11

    Duration:
    42 mins

    Sarfraz Manzoor and his guests writers Adam Mars Jones and Susan Jeffreys and art critic Bill Feaver review the week's cultural highlights including John Madden's film The Debt.

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  • SR 24 Sep 11: The week's cultural highlights

    Sat, 24 Sep 11

    Duration:
    42 mins

    Sarfraz Manzoor and his guests the writers D.D. Guttenplan and Dreda Say Mitchell and the poet Cahal Dallat review the week's cultural highlights including Mike Leigh's new play Grief.

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  • SR17 Sep 11: The week's cultural highlights

    Sat, 17 Sep 11

    Duration:
    42 mins

    Tom Sutcliffe and his guests novelist Liz Jensen, critic John Mullan and writer Miranda Sawyer review the week's cultural highlights including Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy.

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  • SR 10 Sep 11: The week's cultural highlights

    Sat, 10 Sep 11

    Duration:
    42 mins

    Tom Sutcliffe and his guests poet Craig Raine, creative director of the Royal Opera House Deborah Bull and literary critic John Carey review the cultural highlights of the week including Jane Eyre.

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  • SR 03 Sep 11: The week's cultural highlights

    Sat, 3 Sep 11

    Duration:
    43 mins

    Tom Sutcliffe and his guests playwright Mark Ravenhill, writer Kamila Shamsie and poet Paul Farley review the cultural highlights of the week including Gillian Wearing's film Self Made.

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  • The Skin I Live In and South Pacific

    Fri, 26 Aug 11

    Duration:
    42 mins

    Tom Sutcliffe and guests review Pedro Almodovar's latest film The Skin I Live In; Alexander Master's book The Genius In My Basement;Bartlett Sher's Broadway production of South Pacific as it comes to London; Memory Remains: 9/11 a photographic exhibition at the Imperial War Museum by artist Francesc Torres; The Museum of Broken Relationships and David Hare's TV spy thriller Page Eight.

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  • Cultural highlights from the 2011 Edinburgh Festival

    Sat, 20 Aug 11

    Duration:
    42 mins

    Tom Sutcliffe and his guests writer Natalie Haynes; novelist Louise Welsh and musician Pat Kane review the cultural highlights of the week from the 2011 Edinburgh Festival, including In A Better World

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  • SR 13 Aug 11: The week's cultural highlights

    Sat, 13 Aug 11

    Duration:
    42 mins

    Bidisha and her guests comedian David Schneider, novelist Deborah Moggach and theatre writer David Benedict review the week's cultural highlights including Anna Christie at the Donmar Warehouse.

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  • SR 06 Aug 11: The week's cultural highlights

    Sat, 6 Aug 11

    Duration:
    43 mins

    Bidisha and her guests the writers Lisa Appignanesi, Ekow Eshun and Misha Glenny review the week's cultural highlights including A Midsummer Night's Dream at the RSC.

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  • SR 30 Jul 11: The week's cultural highlights

    Sat, 30 Jul 11

    Duration:
    43 mins

    Tom Sutcliffe and his guests writer Gillian Slovo, historian Dominic Sandbrook and anthropologist Kit Davis review the week's cultural highlights including The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes.

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  • SR 22 Jul 11: The week's cultural highlights

    Sat, 23 Jul 11

    Duration:
    42 mins

    Tom Sutcliffe and his guests the writers Malorie Blackman, David Aaronovitch and Lindsay Johns review the cultural highlights of the week including Mike Mills' film Beginners.

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  • SR 09 Jul 11: The week's cultural highlights

    Sat, 9 Jul 11

    Duration:
    43 mins

    Tom Sutcliffe and his guests the historian Kathryn Hughes and the writers Kevin Jackson and Adam Mars Jones review the week's cultural highlights including Terrence Malick's film The Tree of Life.

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  • SR 02 Jul 11: The week's cultural highlights

    Sat, 2 Jul 11

    Duration:
    42 mins

    Sarfraz Manzoor and his guests writer Bidisha, actor Kerry Shale and theatre writer David Benedict review the week's cultural highlights including Sam Mendes' production of Richard III at the Old Vic starring Kevin Spacey.

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  • SR 25 Jun 11: The week's cultural highlights

    Sat, 25 Jun 11

    Duration:
    42 mins

    Tom Sutcliffe and his guests the writers Susan Jeffreys, D.D. Guttenplan and Miranda Sawyer review the cultural highlights of the week including Bridesmaids.

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  • SR 18 Jun 11: The week's cultural highlights

    Sat, 18 Jun 11

    Duration:
    42 mins

    Tom Sutcliffe and his guests writer Rowan Pelling, poet Paul Farley and novelist Deborah Moggach review the week's cultural highlights including Ian Rickson's production of Betrayal at the Comedy Theatre in London.

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  • SR 11 Jun 11: The week's cultural highlights

    Sat, 11 Jun 11

    Duration:
    42 mins

    Tom Sutcliffe and his guests writer Jim White, novelist Patrick Gale and creative director of the Royal Opera House Deborah Bull review the cultural highlights of the week including the revival of Simon Gray's play Butley at the Duchess Theatre in London.

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  • SR 04 Jun 11: The week's cultural highlights

    Sat, 4 Jun 11

    Duration:
    42 mins

    Tom Sutcliffe and his guests film-maker James Runcie and writers Lisa Appignanesi and Kevin Jackson review the week's cultural highlights including Josie Rourke's production of Much Ado About Nothing.

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  • SR 27 May 11: The week's cultural highlights

    Sat, 28 May 11

    Duration:
    42 mins

    Tom Sutcliffe and his guests literary critic John Carey and writers Natalie Haynes and Sarfraz Manzoor review the critical highlights of the week including One Man Two Guvnors at the National Theatre

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  • SR 21 May 11: The week's cultural highlights

    Sat, 21 May 11

    Duration:
    42 mins

    Tom Sutcliffe and his guests playwright Mark Ravenhill, novelist Louise Doughty and cultural historian Sir Christopher Frayling review the week's cultural highlights including Thomas McCarthy's film Win Win.

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  • SR 14 May 11: The week's cultural highlights

    Sat, 14 May 11

    Duration:
    43 mins

    Tom Sutcliffe and his guests novelists Gillian Slovo and Michael Arditti and writer Ekow Eshun review the week's cultural highlights including A Delicate Balance and A Screaming Man

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  • SR 07 May 11: The week's cultural highlights

    Sat, 7 May 11

    Duration:
    42 mins

    Tom Sutcliffe and his guests poet Craig Raine and writers Susan Jeffreys and David Aaronovitch review the week's cultural highlights including Joe Wright's film Hanna and At Last by Edward St Aubyn.

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  • Saturday Review: The week's cultural highlights: Thor

    Sat, 30 Apr 11

    Duration:
    42 mins

    Kenneth Branagh's new film Thor; Jane Harris' novel Gillespie and I; Told By An Idiot's experimental theatre production And The Horse You Rode In On; The Shadow Line on TV and Radio 4's documentary Lebanon: The Next Generation.

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  • The week's cultural highlights: Little Eagles

    Sat, 23 Apr 11

    Duration:
    42 mins

    SR 23 Apr 11: The week's cultural highlights Sat, 23 Apr 11 Duration: 43 mins Tom Sutcliffe and his guests: author Linda Grant, BBC diplomatic correspondent Bridget Kendall and novelist Michael Arditti review the week's cultural highlights including Little Eagles at Hampstead Theatre and the film How I Ended This Summer.

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  • SR 16 Apr 11: The week's cultural highlights

    Sat, 16 Apr 11

    Duration:
    43 mins

    Tom Sutcliffe and his guests novelists Liz Jensen and Dreda Say Mitchell and art critic Bill Feaver review the cultural highlights of the week including London Road at the National Theatre.

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  • SR 09 Apr 11: The week's cutural highlights

    Mon, 11 Apr 11

    Duration:
    42 mins

    Tom Sutcliffe and his guests actor Kerry Shale, novelist Deborah Moggach and academic John Mullan review the week's cultural highlights including the Danish Afghan war documentary Armadillo and Wastwater at the Royal Court

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  • SR 02 Apr 11: The week's cultural highlights

    Sat, 2 Apr 11

    Duration:
    43 mins

    Tom Sutcliffe and his guests novelist Louise Doughty, literary critic John Carey and writer Kevin Jackson review the cultural highlights of the week including Cause Celebre at the Old Vic and Room at the Top on BBC4

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  • SR 26 Mar 11: The week's cultural highlights

    Sat, 26 Mar 11

    Duration:
    42 mins

    Tom Sutcliffe and his guests historian Amanda Vickery, novelist Adam Mars Jones and film-maker James Runcie review the cultural highlights of the week including 3D films by Werner Herzog and Wim Wenders

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  • SR 19 Mar 11: The week's cultural highlights

    Tue, 22 Mar 11

    Duration:
    42 mins

    Tom Sutcliffe and his guests writers Iain Sinclair and Natalie Haynes and anthropologist Kit Davis review the cultural highlights of the week including Neil LaBute's new play In A Forest Dark and Deep.

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  • SR 12 Mar 11: The week's cultural highlights

    Sat, 12 Mar 11

    Duration:
    43 mins

    Tom Sutcliffe and his guests creative director of the Royal Opera House Deborah Bull, poet Cahal Dallat and writer Miranda Sawyer review the cultural highlights of the week including Doug Liman's film Fair Game and November by Sean O'Brien.

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  • SR 05 Mar 11: The week's cultural highlights

    Sat, 5 Mar 11

    Duration:
    42 mins

    Tom Sutcliffe and his guests cultural historian Sir Christopher Frayling and writers Rowan Pelling and Ekow Eshun review the cultural highlights of the week including The Wizard of Oz at the London Palladium.

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  • SR 26 Feb 11: The week's cultural highlights

    Sat, 26 Feb 11

    Duration:
    43 mins

    Tom Sutcliffe and his guests writer David Aaronovitch, historian Kathryn Hughes and comedian Danny Robins review the week's cultural highlights including Frankenstein at the National Theatre in London and Animal Kingdom.

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  • SR 19 Feb 10: The week's cultural highlights

    Sat, 19 Feb 11

    Duration:
    42 mins

    Tom Sutcliffe and his guests novelists Terence Blacker and Deborah Moggach and theatre writer David Benedict review the week's cultural highlights including Anna Nicole at the Royal Opera House

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  • SR 12 Feb 11: The week's cultural highlights

    Sat, 12 Feb 11

    Duration:
    42 mins

    Tom Sutcliffe and his guests poet Craig Raine and writers Susan Jeffreys and Kevin Jackson review the week's cultural highlights including True Grit and The Children's Hour.

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  • SR 05 Feb 11: The week's cultural highlights

    Sat, 5 Feb 11

    Duration:
    42 mins

    Tom Sutcliffe and his guests writers Bidisha and Sarfraz Manzoor and musician Pat Kane review the week's cultural highlights including The Fighter and Channel 4 drama The Promise.

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  • SR 29 Jan 11: The week's cultural highlights

    Sat, 29 Jan 11

    Duration:
    42 mins

    Tom Sutcliffe and his guests novelist Liz Jensen, historian Dominic Sandbrook and critic John Mullan review the cultural highlights of the week including Boardwalk Empire on Sky Atlantic and Biutiful.

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  • The week's cultural highlights 22 Jan 11

    Sat, 22 Jan 11

    Duration:
    42 mins

    Tom Sutcliffe and his guests playwright Mark Ravenhill, academic and critic Maria Delgado and novelist Michael Arditti review the cultural highlights of the week including Black Swan and David Vann's novel Caribou Island.

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  • The week's cultural highlights 15 Jan 11

    Sat, 15 Jan 11

    Duration:
    42 mins

    Tom Sutcliffe and his guests writer Paul Morley, novelist Dreda Say Mitchell and broadcaster and cleric Richard Coles review the cultural highlights of the week including Blue Valentine and Linda Grant's novel We Had It So Good.

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  • The week's cultural highlights 08 Jan 11

    Sat, 8 Jan 11

    Duration:
    42 mins

    Tom Sutcliffe and his guests novelist Louise Doughty, literary critic John Carey and comedian Natalie Haynes review the cultural highlights of the week including The King's Speech and Paul Bailey's novel Chapman's Odyssey.

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  • Arts and austerity 01 Jan 11

    Sat, 1 Jan 11

    Duration:
    42 mins

    Tom Sutcliffe and his guests Director of the National Theatre of Scotland Vicky Featherstone, Director of the Serpentine Gallery Julia Peyton-Jones and writer and Artistic Director of the Bath Literature Festival James Runcie look at the future of funding for the arts and ask if the new austerity is a problem - or an opportunity? Historian Dominic Sandbrook, theatre critic David Benedict, former Chairman of the Arts Council Sir Christopher Frayling; Chairman of the UK Film Council Tim Bevan and CEO of Faber & Faber Stephen Page also offer their views on what happens to the cultural life of the nation when the purse-strings are tightened.

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  • The week's cultural highlights 18 Dec 10

    Sat, 18 Dec 10

    Duration:
    42 mins

    Tom Sutcliffe and his guests the writers Kevin Jackson and Bidisha and the historian Kathryn Hughes review the cultural highlights of the week including A Flea In Her Ear at the Old Vic and Norman Rockwell's America at the Dulwich Picture Gallery

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  • The week's cultural highlights 11 Dec 10

    Mon, 13 Dec 10

    Duration:
    42 mins

    Tom Sutcliffe and his guests crime novelist Denise Mina, comedian and writer Doc Brown and journalist Matthew D'Ancona review the week's cultural highlights including Season's Greetings at the National Theatre and The Tourist.

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  • The week's cultural highlights 27 Nov 10

    Sat, 27 Nov 10

    Duration:
    42 mins

    Tom Sutcliffe and his guests critics Bill Feaver and John Mullan and comedian Natalie Haynes review the week's cultural highlights including The American, starring George Clooney, and Sir Peter Hall's production of The Rivals.

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  • The week's cultural highlights 20 Nov 10

    Sat, 20 Nov 10

    Duration:
    42 mins

    Tom Sutcliffe and his guests musician Pat Kane, writer Rowan Pelling and novelist and film-maker James Runcie review the cultural highlights of the week including Fela! at the National Theatre and Palme d'Or winning film Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives

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  • The week's cultural highlights 13 Nov 10

    Sat, 13 Nov 10

    Duration:
    42 mins

    Tom Sutcliffe and his guests poet Craig Raine, writer Antonia Quirke and theatre writer David Benedict review the cultural highlights of the week including Don Giovanni at English National Opera and Accused - Jimmy McGovern's new drama series on BBC1.

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  • The week's cultural highlights 30 Oct 10

    Sat, 30 Oct 10

    Duration:
    42 mins

    Tom Sutcliffe and his guests writers Kevin Jackson and David Aaronovitch and novelist Dreda Say Mitchell review the cultural highlights of the week including The Kids Are Alright and the British Art Show 7 in Nottingham

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  • The week's cultural highlights 23 Oct 10

    Sat, 23 Oct 10

    Duration:
    42 mins

    Tom Sutcliffe and his guests novelists Terence Blacker and Liz Jensen and writer and broadcaster Paul Morley review the cultural highlights of the week including Adam Elliot's film Mary and Max and Tribes by Nina Raine at the Royal Court in London.

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  • The week's cultural highlights 16 Oct 10

    Sat, 16 Oct 10

    Duration:
    42 mins

    Sarfraz Manzoor and his guests writer John Lanchester, poet Cahal Dallat and novelist Louise Doughty review the week's cultural highlights including The Social Network.

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  • The week's cultural highlights 09 Oct 10

    Sat, 9 Oct 10

    Duration:
    42 mins

    Tom Sutcliffe and his guests novelist Deborah Moggach, literary critic John Carey and architectural critic and writer Tom Dyckhoff review the week's cultural highlights including award-winning documentary Restrepo and Jenny Erpenbeck's novel Visitation

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  • The week's cultural highlights 01 Oct 10

    Sat, 2 Oct 10

    Duration:
    42 mins

    Tom Sutcliffe and his guests writer Linda Grant, comedian Natalie Haynes and cultural historian and writer Sir Christopher Frayling review the week's cultural highlights including Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps and Nemesis by Philip Roth

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  • The week's cultural highlights 25 Sep 10

    Sat, 25 Sep 10

    Duration:
    42 mins

    Tom Sutcliffe and his guests comedian David Schneider, writer Bidisha and director of the ICA Ekow Eshun review the cultural highlights of the week including Hamlet at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield and Freedom by Jonathan Franzen

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  • The week's cultural highlights 18 Sep 10

    Tue, 21 Sep 10

    Duration:
    42 mins

    Tom Sutcliffe and his guests writer Miranda Sawyer, critic John Mullan and academic and critic Maria Delgado review the cultural highlights of the week including Debra Granik's film Winter's Bone and Design For Living at the Old Vic.

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  • The week's cultural highlights 11 Sep 10

    Sat, 11 Sep 10

    Duration:
    42 mins

    Tom Sutcliffe and his guests poet Craig Raine, historian Kathryn Hughes and writer David Aaronovitch review the cultural highlights of the week including the Stephen Frears film Tamara Drewe and John le Carre's new novel Our Kind of Traitor.

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  • 4th September

    Mon, 6 Sep 10

    Duration:
    42 mins

    Tom Sutcliffe's guests this week are writers Iain Sinclair and Vesna Maric, and the art critic Bill Feaver, reviewing Tiny Kushner by Tony Kushner; Certified Copy; This Is England '86; Walking to Hollywood by Will Self; and Resonance and Renewal - Shipbuilding on the Clyde by Stanley Spencer.

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