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Elvis Costello; Rob Brydon and Steve Coogan

Duration:
30 minutes
First broadcast:
Thursday 28 October 2010

With John Wilson.

Elvis Costello discusses his new album National Ransom, which combines topical themes of financial meltdown with depictions of historical people and places. He reflects on the process of song-writing and the tension in his work between the caustic and the lyrical.

Men Should Weep, by the Scottish playwright Ena Lamont Stewart, has just opened in a new National Theatre production. Written in 1947 and set during the Depression of the 1930s, the play tells the story of a large and impoverished working class family living in the Gorbals in Glasgow. Almost ignored by the theatre establishment of her day, will this staging bring Ena Lamont Stewart further out of the shadows of theatrical history? Bidisha gives her verdict.

Rob Brydon and Steve Coogan discuss their new BBC comedy show The Trip. Directed by Michael Winterbottom, the series shows what happens when Steve invites Rob on a road trip around the North of England to review restaurants - but where does fiction end and reality begin?

Producer Philippa Ritchie.

  • Elvis Costello

    Elvis Costello's album National Ransom is out now.

    Image credit: James OMara

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  • Men Should Weep

    Men Should Weep

    Men Should Weep by Ena Lamont Stewart is at the National Theatre in the Lyttelton auditorium, and is currently booking until mid-January.

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  • The Trip

    The Trip staring Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon starts on 1st November at 10pm on BBC 2.

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