Tom Sutcliffe and guests discuss the week’s cultural highlights on BBC Radio 4.
Notes on a Scandal
Adapted by Patrick Marber and Richard Eyre from Zoe Heller’s Booker shortlisted novel, Notes on a Scandal tells the story of a North London art teacher who finds herself lured into an affair with a fifteen year old pupil. The film stars Cate Blanchett, alongside Judi Dench in an Oscar nominated performance.
Citizens and Kings
This new exhibition at the Royal Academy is devoted to portraiture between the years 1760 and 1830 - the age of Revolution and Enlightenment. As the name suggests, it includes paintings of the monarchy, self made elite and citizen heroes of the period, with work by artists such as Goya, David, Ingres, Canova and Sir Joshua Reynolds. However, the exhibition is not just as a record of the leading figures of the age, but also of radical changes in attitude and perception - a time when ideas of what it was to be a subject were changing very rapidly.
Citizens and Kings: Portraits in the Age of Revolution from 1760 to 1830 is at the Royal Academy in London.
Guest Choice: Star Spangled Banner by Jimmy Hendrix
Hendrix’s version of the Star Spangled Banner is on The Best of Woodstock on the Atlantic label.
The Yacoubian Building
Egyptian writer Alaa al Aswany’s The Yacoubian Building achieved something that very few novels do in the Arab world – a huge popular readership, not just in his own country, but in the wider region. Even more surprising is the fact that he writes openly about political corruption, police brutality and homosexuality - subjects which, if not outrightly taboo, are certainly the subject of considerable caution. The Yacoubian Building, by Alaa al Aswany, is published by Fourth Estate
BBC Two’s new drama about the politics behind politics is an eight part series from the makers of No Angels and This Life. It centres on the personal political lives of the ambitious twenty-something researchers, lobbyists, journalists and career politicians vying for success behind the scenes at Westminster.
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