26/03/2011

Tom Sutcliffe and his guests novelist Adam Mars Jones, historian Amanda Vickery and film-maker James Runcie review the week's cultural highlights.

Cave of Forgotten Dreams is a 3D film by Werner Herzog which explores the Chauvet cave in the south of France. The cave was discovered in 1994 and contains paleolithic paintings of animals which date back 35,000 years - the oldest ever found. Wim Wenders has also used 3D for his film Pina (due for release on 22nd April), about the choreographer Pina Bausch. Four of Bausch's most celebrated works are performed by key members of her company.

Philip Hensher's novel King of the Badgers is set in Hanmouth - a small, picturesque Devon town which becomes the focus of national interest when an eight year old girl goes missing. There's a lot more going on behind Hanmouth's closed doors and pastoral facade than is immediately apparent.

Jacques Demy's film Les Parapluies de Cherbourg won the Palme d'Or at Cannes in 1964. It has now been adapted for the stage by Kneehigh as The Umbrellas of Cherbourg and - as in the film - every word of the script is sung to Michel Legrand's original score. Carly Bawden and Andrew Durand are the star-crossed lovers Guy and Genevieve in the rainy Normandy port.

Dirt: The Filthy Reality of Everday Life at the Wellcome Collection in London is an exhibition which explores dirt and our relationship to it in six different settings - a home in seventeenth century Delft in Holland; a street in Victorian London; a hospital in Glasgow in the 1860s; a museum in Dresden in the early twentieth century; a community in present day New Delhi; and a New York landfill site in 2030.

Campus is a new comedy series on Channel 4 from the makers of Green Wing. The setting is Kirke University where the behaviour of the teaching staff makes the students look like paragons of virtue and maturity. Andy Nyman stars as the venal Vice Chancellor Jonty de Wolfe.

Producer: Torquil MacLeod.

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