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08/05/2010

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45 minutes
First broadcast:
Saturday 08 May 2010

Tom Sutcliffe and guests Maria Delgado, Danny Robins and Bidisha review the week's cultural highlights including Four Lions and Alan Warner's novel The Stars in the Bright Sky

Chris Morris's film Four Lions follows the exploits of four wannabe jihadists in Sheffield who want to make their mark on the world

The Stars in the Bright Sky is Alan Warner's sequel to his 1998 novel The Sopranos. Kay, Chell, Kylah, Finn and Manda are now in their early 20s and they meet up at Gatwick Airport to go on the holiday of a lifetime, but getting away isn't as easy as they thought

Holding the Man is a play by Tommy Murphy based on Timothy Conigrave's best-selling memoir. Already a huge success in Australia, this coming of age gay tragi-comedy has opened at Trafalgar Studios in London

Artist Marc Quinn has drawn inspiration from individuals who have used plastic surgery and hormones to transform their bodies for the sculptures in his exhibition Allanah, Buck, Catman, Chelsea, Michael, Pamela and Thomas at the White Cube Gallery in London

Three plays coming soon to Radio 4 look back to the 1980s. Greed All About It by Ian Hislop and Nick Newman takes us back to the Wapping dispute in 1986. The End of the World by Danny Brocklehurst is about an anxious teenager, terrified of nuclear annihilation. Lennon: A Week in the Life by Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais is set in Liverpool in the days following John Lennon's murder.

Producer: Torquil MacLeod.

  • FOUR LIONS

    Nigel Lindsay as Barry, Kayvan Novak as Waj and Arsher Ali as Hassan in the film The Four Lions, on general release, certificate 15.

  • THE STARS IN THE BRIGHT SKY

    The Stars in the Bright Sky by Alan Warner is published by Jonathan Cape.

  • HOLDING THE MAN

    Holding the Man continues at Trafalgar Studios in London until 3rd July.

    Trafalgar Studios
  • MARC QUINN

    Marc Quinn’s exhibition Allanah, Buck, Catman, Chelsea, Michael, Pamela and Thomas continues at the White Cube Gallery in Hoxton in London.

    White Cube
  • GREED ALL ABOUT

    Greed All About It is on Radio 4 at 9pm on Friday 14th May.

    Radio 4 Afternoon Play
  • THE END OF THE WORLD

    The End of the World is the Afternoon Play on Radio 4 at 2.15 on Monday 17th May.

    Radio 4 Drama
  • LENNON: A WEEK IN THE LIFE

    Lennon: A Week in the Life is the Afternoon Play on Radio 4 at 2.15 on Monday 24th May.

    Radio 4 Drama

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