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18/01/2010

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Monday 18 January 2010

In Clive Owen's latest film, The Boys Are Back, he makes a departure from his usual tough-guy roles, and plays a bereaved father learning how to cope with raising his sons as a single parent. Mark Eccleston reviews.

A new three-part BBC4 documentary series, Shooting the War, brings to light rare footage shot by British and German servicemen and women and civilians before and during the Second World War. The historian James Holland considers what this new material adds to our understanding of the war.

A three-mile high column of cloud - visible from up to 100km away - will be projected from Merseyside in 2012 for 18 months. It's one of twelve Arts Council commissions across the UK as part of the Cultural Olympiad. Artist Athony McCall explains why Birkenhead needs a cloud on its horizon.

At 28, New York classical Composer Nico Muhly has been commissioned by the Chicago Symphony orchestra and Carnegie Hall, written film scores including The Reader, and works regularly with Philip Glass and Bjork. Muhly talks to Kirsty Lang as he takes up a residency with Britten Sinfonia to include premieres of new works and a composers workshop.

Don't Stop Believin' was released by American rock band Journey in 1982 and made little impact on the UK charts, but now two different versions of the song are at numbers five and six in the UK singles chart. Musician and broadcaster Tom Robinson explains why the song has made such a resounding comeback and reveals the secrets of its appeal.

  • The Boys Are Back

    The Boys Are Back opens across the country on Friday, cert 12A

  • Shooting The War

    Shooting The War begins on BBC4 on Wednesday at 9pm.

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  • Anthony McCall

    More details about Anthony McCall's project Projected Column can be found via the link below.

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  • Nico Muhly

    Nico Muhly's residence with the Britten Sinfonia runs from from 17 January until 12 February.

    His programme for the Britten Sinfonia’s At Lunch series, all starting at 1pm on the following dates:
    Tuesday 19 January, Cambridge, West Road Concert Hall.
    Wednesday 20 January, London Wigmore Hall.
    Thursday 21 January, Birmingham Town Hall
    Friday 22 January, Norwich, The Assembly House

    He also appears with the orchestra this Sunday 24 January, 7.30pm at London’s Roundhouse.

    Impossible Things, Muhly’s new work for tenor, violin and string orchestra, will be premiered by Britten Sinfonia, Mark Padmore and Pekka Kuusisto as part of a UK tour from 5 February. Full details via the link below.

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