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31/08/2010

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30 minutes
First broadcast:
Tuesday 31 August 2010

With Mark Lawson.

Oscar-winning actress Juliette Binoche discusses her new film Certified Copy, directed by Iranian writer and director Abbas Kiarostami. She talks about her ambiguous role as a wife and mother, working with William Shimell in his first acting role and her response to Gerard Depardieu's recent comments about her acting ability.

Bret Easton Ellis launches Front Row's Chain Story, which also contains contributions from Ian Rankin and Peter James.

Trevor Eve and Imogen Poots star in a new version of Andrea Newman's psychological drama A Bouquet of Barbed Wire, made famous by the controversial 1976 TV series starring Frank Finlay and Susan Penghaligon. Bel Mooney reviews.

The next edition of the complete Oxford English Dictionary might not be published in book form. Novelist Lawrence Norfolk considers whether the pleasures of reading the OED on paper outweigh the advantages of accessing it online.

Producer Philippa Ritchie.

Chapters

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  • Juliette Binoche

    • Juliette Binoche

      Oscar-winning actress Juliette Binoche discusses her new film Certified Copy.

  • Chain Story First Instalment

    • Chain Story First Instalment

      Bret Easton Ellis launches Front Row's Chain Story, which also contains contributions from Ian Rankin and Peter James.

  • Bouquet of Barbed Wire

    • Bouquet of Barbed Wire

      Trevor Eve and Imogen Poots star in a new version of Andrea Newman's psychological drama A Bouquet of Barbed Wire.

  • Chain Story Second Instalment

    • Chain Story Second Instalment

      Bret Easton Ellis launches Front Row's Chain Story, which also contains contributions from Ian Rankin and Peter James.

  • Oxford English Dictionary

  • Chain Story Reprise

    • Chain Story Reprise

      Bret Easton Ellis launches Front Row's Chain Story, which also contains contributions from Ian Rankin and Peter James.

  • Certified Copy

    Certified Copy starring Juliette Binoche is released on Friday, certificate 12A.

  • Bouquet of Barbed Wire

    Bouquet of Barbed Wire Part 1 starts ITV1 on Monday 6 September at 9pm. Part 2 is on 13 September and Part 3 on 20 September.

  • Chain Story - The Story So Far

    Chain Story - The Story So Far

    Picture shows Bret Easton Ellis

    While Jake was away his fiancée spent a steamy weekend with another guy. (Bret Easton Ellis)

    On any other occasion Jake might have been jealous, but as it happened he had been planning to kill her anyway. (Mark Billingham)

    He had, however, failed to take into account that the other guy was the son of Jimmy 'The Juice' Bonetti. (Ian Rankin)

    Jimmy's internationally successful fruit juice and smoothie empire had given him the resources to exercise his need for power over his nearest and dearest, so neither Jake nor Tiffany had any chance of maintaining a shred of secrecy in their lives. (Val McDermid)

    Jimmy's son, "Crazy" Lou Bonetti was a psycho who liked to model himself on his dead hero, Crazy Joe Gallo of the Columbo crime family. Like Gallo, Lou Bonetti kept a full grown lion in his basement. When someone owed him money, he would starve the lion for three days then bring his victim down to meet it. "You gonna pay me what you owe me or you wanna play with my pet?" was his catchphrase. (Peter James)

    Bonus chain links.

    Unbeknownst to Jake, Tiffany was wise to his schemes and she had not only been spiking his morning glass of Bonetti fruit cocktail with enough antifreeze to fell an ox, she also took the precaution of carrying a quantity of lion food in her handbag - after all, when you're having an affair with a psycho, you can never be too careful... (Zoë Sharp)

    And Tiffany had certainly known her fair share of psychos, from Jake to Jimmy to the barely-disguised attraction she had for young Lou – and he for her – the girl was drawn to crazy men and their crazy ways like a lobster’s drawn to the pot – he knows there’s no way out, but he just can’t stop himself heading on in. (Stella Duffy)

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