ON THE SHOW THIS WEEK
Miranda Sawyer is a writer and broadcaster. She started her career on Smash Hits and has since written for Select, Time Out, The Mirror, The Face, GQ, Vogue and The Guardian. She is Radio Critic for The Observer.
She has been a Turner Prize judge and made the films Sex Before 16: How the Law Is Failing and A Matter of Life and Death, a film on abortion. She is a 2010 Orange Prize judge.
James Brown is a writer, publisher, broadcaster and editor, who currently heads up Sabotagetimes.com, a multiplatform media content and syndication company. He previously created the magazine Loaded, the first ever mass market men's lifestyle magazine, credited by Campaign as "showing men how they really are, rather than how they are supposed to be."
He has also contributed to Viz Comic, GQ, Quintessentially, Jack, the NME, The Independent, The Mail on Sunday and Sky Sports Magazine. He is a regular business speaker and has addressed the Leaders In London Conference alongside David Cameron, Al Gore and Kofi Annan.
Abby McDonald grew up in Sussex and studied Politics, Philosophy & Economics at Oxford University. She has written two books for teeangers, ‘Sophomore Switch’, which was published in 2009 (and has been translated into German, Dutch, and Polish) and ‘Boys, Bears & A Serious Pair of Hiking Boots’, which came out in April this year. Her first adult title, ‘The Popularity Rules’ appeared in 2009 and her next, ‘The Liberation of Alice Love’, will be published in July 2010.
Giles Coren is Restaurant Critic for The Times. Under the pseudonym 'Professor Gideon Garter', he wrote 'The Intellectual's Guide to Fashion' in The Sunday Times. He co-wrote James Dyson's 1997 autobiography and his first novel 'Winkler' was published in 2009. 'Anger Management for Beginners', a self-help course in 70 lessons, was published in 2010.
Coren's television work has included Gordon Ramsay's The F-Word, Tax the Fat, Animal Pharm and Movie Lounge. He is one half, along with Sue Perkins, of The Supersizers Go…series.
SEX AND THE CITY 2
Sex and the City is back! Carry and co return to the big screen in the second film incarnation of the popular series. We discuss the enduring appeal of the girl gang and whether the film lives up to the hype.
Sarah Churchwell brings us her thesis on romantic comedy.
TONY PARSONS - MEN FROM THE BOYS
We speak to Tony Parsons about Men From The Boys, the soon to be released thrid book in his Harry Silver series.
FATHER AND SON
In ITV's new drama an all star cast explore the difficulties between cross generational relationships against the violent back drop of Manchester's gang culture.
Meanwhile our cultural recommendations this week come from the British-Nigerian artist Yinka Shonibare, whose 'Nelson's Ship in a Bottle' was this week unveiled as the latest artwork to take up residency on Trafalgar Square's Fourth Plinth. He tells us about the inspiration behind the work and also why Fela Kuti and Radio Four are high on his listening playlist.
Katie Melua treats us to the sings the single The Flood from her new and fourth album.Katie Melua's official website
- Martha Kearney