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Duration: 50 minutes

Round table arts and culture discussion programme. Martha Kearney is joined by guests Germaine Greer, Maureen Lipman, David Schneider and A.L. Kennedy to discuss the week's culture including BBC Two's big new costume drama The Crimson Petal and the White, the debut feature from Jim Loach Oranges and Sunshine, and acclaimed new novel A Visit from the Goon Squad.

  • This week Martha Kearney is joined by:

    Germaine Greer
    Consistently vocal on feminism since the publication of ‘The Female Eunuch’ in 1970. Currently the Professor Emeritus of English Literature and Comparative Studies at The University of Warwick.

    A. L. Kennedy
    A comic and the author of 12 books: novels, short stories and non-fiction. She writes for the stage, radio, film and TV and blogs for The Guardian.

    Maureen Lipman
    An actress, comedian and writer has across film, stage and television from The Pianist to Doctor Who.

    David Schneider
    An Actor and Comic, known for his work with Armando Iannuci and Steve Coogan in ‘On The Hour’, going on to work the comedy creation it spawned - Alan Partridge, on ‘The Day Today’ and ‘Knowing me, Knowing you’ for which he won a British Comedy Award.

  • The Crimson Petal and the White

    The Crimson Petal and the White

    BBC Two's new drama The Crimson Petal and the White is an adaptation of Michael Faber’s 2002 novel about the lives and more explicitly the sexual desires of a cast of characters late Victorian London. The 800-plus page book has been made into a 4 part mini series starring Richard E Grant, Gillian Anderson and Romola Garai. Leading the cast of characters is Sugar, a 19 year-old prostitute who is sought after because she will do what others will not for her customers. She has also taught herself to read and her intelligence and her appreciation of literature piques the interest of prostitute connoisseur William Rackham. Rackham is an aspiring writer but finds himself obliged to run his father’s perfume business to earn enough support his family – and his interest in Sugar.

  • Oranges and Sunshine

    Oranges and Sunshine

    The debut feature of Jim Loach is based on the real life story of Nottingham social worker Margaret Humphrys. During the 1980s, Humphreys uncovered the scandal of the forced migration of tens of thousands of young British children in care to Australia over the course of many decades. Starring Emily Watson in the lead role, the film explores how Humphrys courageously took on the UK and Australian governments reuniting many mothers with their long lost children.

  • Cause Célèbre

    Cause Célèbre

    This year marks the centenary of the birth of one of Britain’s most prolific playwrights Terrance Rattigan. He wrote over two dozen stage plays and over a half a dozen television plays over his forty year career. Thea Sharrock’s new production of his final play at The Old Vic in London stars Niamh Cusack and Anne-Marie Duff, based on the trial of Alma Rattenbury and her chauffeur George Stoner for the murder of her husband.

  • A Visit from The Goon Squad

    A Visit from The Goon Squad

    Jennifer Egan’s forth and latest novel following the lives of two central characters and the people on their periphery. It was nominated as one of the Ten Best Books of 2010 by The New York Times and Time Magazine. It won the 2010 National Book Critics Circle Award and Los Angeles Times Book Prize, Following the lives of two central characters and those on their periphery.


Martha Kearney
Germaine Greer
Maureen Lipman
David Schneider
AL Kennedy


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