12/02/2011

Tom Sutcliffe and his guests, poet Craig Raine and writers Susan Jeffreys and Kevin Jackson, review the week's cultural highlights including the remake of True Grit.

The Coen Brothers' version of True Grit stars Jeff Bridges as Rooster Cogburn - the role which finally secured an Oscar for John Wayne in Henry Hathaway's 1969 film. Cogburn is a grizzled US Marshal who is co-opted by 14 year old Mattie Ross (Hailee Steinfeld) to track down the man who shot her father.

Lillian Hellman's play The Children's Hour is being revived at the Comedy Theatre in London, starring Keira Knightley and Elizabeth Moss as Karen and Martha - two women who have set up a successful girls' school. Their lives are transformed when rumours that they are lovers begin to circulate.

In 1995 poet Sarah Manguso started experiencing symptoms which were finally diagnosed as being caused by a chronic auto-immune condition. Antibodies in her blood were stripping the myelin coating from her nerves. The Two Kinds of Decay is her memoir of the seven years of successive relapses which she experienced.

Sexual Nature is an exhibition at the Natural History Museum in London which explores the extraordinary range of behaviour and adaptation that has developed to service the ends of sexual reproduction. Included in the exhibition are several of Isabella Rossellini's idiosyncratic Green Porno short films.

The latest classic that Andrew Davies has adapted for BBC1 is Winifred Holtby's 1936 novel South Riding. It stars Anna Maxwell Martin as Sarah Burton - a forward thinking young headmistress who takes up a new post in a Yorkshire town and becomes embroiled in local corruption over land deals.

Producer: Torquil MacLeod.

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