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Matt Smith plays Christopher Isherwood;and the David Cohen Prize Winner

Duration:
30 minutes
First broadcast:
Thursday 17 March 2011

With Mark Lawson.

Actor Matt Smith, the current Doctor Who, stars in a new TV drama as Christopher Isherwood. Scripted by Kevin Elyot, it chronicles Isherwood's relationship with his mother (played by Lindsay Duncan) and his escape to Berlin, which inspired the musical Cabaret. Philip Hoare, the biographer of Noel Coward, reviews the drama.

The David Cohen Prize is awarded every two years as recognition of a writer's career. Previous winners include Seamus Heaney, Beryl Bainbridge, Doris Lessing, William Trevor and Muriel Spark. This year's winner talks to Mark Lawson ahead of the ceremony tonight.

Ryan Craig's new play for the National Theatre paints a picture of a Jewish family under pressure. The father (Henry Goodman) has a failing catering business. While his son fights for the Israelis in Gaza, his daughter investigates war crimes in the same conflict. Sarah Churchwell reviews.

Producer Ella-mai Robey.

Chapters

3 items
  • CHRISTOPHER AND HIS KIND

    New TV drama reviewed, starring Matt Smith as Christopher Isherwood whose time in Berlin inspired the musical Cabaret.

  • JULIAN BARNES

    Interview with Julian Barnes who has won the David Cohen Prize 2011 for his lifetime achievement in literature.

  • THE HOLY ROSENBERGS

    Review of Ryan Craig's new play which paints a picture of a Jewish family under pressure.

  • CHRISTOPHER AND HIS KIND

    Christopher and His Kind is on Saturday 19 March at 9.30pm, BBC 2.

    BBC 2
  • THE HOLY ROSENBERGS

    THE HOLY ROSENBERGS

    The Holy Rosenbergs is currently on at the Cottlesloe Theatre in London, until 24 June.

    National Theatre
  • THE DAVID COHEN PRIZE FOR LITERATURE 2011

    THE DAVID COHEN PRIZE FOR LITERATURE 2011

    The David Cohen Prize for Literature 2011 has been awarded to the English novelist, essayist and short story writer Julian Barnes for his lifetime’s achievement in literature.

    Booktrust: David Cohen Prize

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