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18/12/2009

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Friday 18 December 2009

Keira Knightley makes her stage debut opposite Damian Lewis in The Misanthrope. Thea Sharrock directs Martin Crimp's contemporary update of Moliere's satire.

John Hurt talks about revisiting his role as Quentin Crisp in An Englishman in New York, which picks up where the 1975 BAFTA award-ining television classic, The Naked Civil Servant, left off.

Jesse Armstrong and Sam Bain, who write Peep Show, and Ben Richards and Richard McBrien, who write Spooks, reveal the secrets of keeping a long-running series fresh.

As a new collection of his work is published, the 82-year-old American poet John Ashbery discusses experimentation and difficulty in poetry and French influences on his writing.

  • Keira Knightley and Damian Lewis in The Misanthrope Photo credit Alastair Muir

  • The Misanthrope

    The Misanthrope is at The Comedy Theatre in London until 13 March.

  • John Hurt

    An Englishman in New York is on ITV at 9pm, and released on DVD on 28 December.

  • Spooks and Peep Show

    Spooks series 8 continues on BBC1 at 9pm on Wednesdays with Series 9 commissioned for 2010.

    Peep Show, series 5 is showing on E4 on Saturdays. Both are available on DVD.

  • John Ashbery

    Planisphere is published in Britain by Carcanet Press. His Collected Poems 1956–1987 is published by the Library of America.

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