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Christopher Plummer; Ed Smith on Out of the Ashes

Duration:
30 minutes
First broadcast:
Monday 25 October 2010

Mark Lawson talks to actor Christopher Plummer, whose film career includes playing widower Captain Von Trapp in The Sound of Music and an Oscar nomination in 2010 for The Last Station, at the age of 80. As he publishes his new memoir In Spite of Myself he looks back over his long career and the new lease of life he received when Michael Mann cast him in his 1999 whistleblowing thriller The Insider.

Writer and former professional cricketer Ed Smith reviews a new film Out of the Ashes, which follows the enthusiastic but inexperienced Afghan cricket team as they attempt the dream of qualifying for the cricket World Cup. Many of the players come from poor backgrounds and learnt the sport in refugee camps on the Pakistani border, so how will the underdogs fare against much more established cricketing nations?

David Cooke, director of the British Board of Film Classification, discusses the Board's decision-making process when considering the use of strong language in the cinema, and explains why the new film The King's Speech now has a 12A certificate.

Producer Jerome Weatherald.

Chapters

3 items
  • CHRISTOPHER PLUMMER

    Christopher Plummer, now 80, looks back over his long career from playing Captain Von Trapp in The Sound of Music to an Oscar nomination for The Last Station in 2010.

  • OUT OF THE ASHES

    Former professional cricketer Ed Smith reviews Out of the Ashes, which follows an Afghan cricket team as they attempt the dream of playing in the World Cup.

  • INCONSISTENCY IN FILM CLASSIFICATIONS?

    David Cooke, director of the British Board of Film Classification, on considering the use of strong language in film.

  • CHRISTOPHER PLUMMER

    In Spite of Myself: A Memoir by Christopher Plummer is out now in hardback.

    imdb: Christopher Plummer
  • OUT OF THE ASHES

    OUT OF THE ASHES

    Out of the Ashes opens at the ICA in London on Friday, then at selected cinemas across the country.

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  • INCONSISTENCY IN FILM CLASSIFICATIONS?

    Made in Dagenham is in cinemas now.

    The King's Speech will open on Friday.

    BBFC

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