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Penny Smith Meets Actress Tessa Peake-Jones

2 hours
First broadcast:
Friday 08 July 2011

Penny Smith meets actors Gray O'Brien and Tessa Peake Jones who discuss the new play Park Avenue Cat - a comedy focussing on the problems that arise if someone refuses to tell their therapist everything, especially if they're part of a love triangle.

Bruce Joel Rubin, who won the Oscar for writing the original screenplay for Ghost talks about Ghost the Musical. Bruce has adapted it for the stage and he discusses the whole journey of Ghost from it being an idea, to a film, to bringing it to the London stage.

Novelist Jemma Forte discusses her book From London with Love.

As part of our Craft of Art series, where we aim to find out more about unusual crafts, potter Keith Harrison tells us about using his craft, along with music and electricity, to replicate a scene from Werner Herzog's 1982 film Fitzcarraldo.

We get a glimpse inside the extraordinary world of the Moulin Rouge and bohemian Paris of the 1890s in a new exhibition of artwork featuring Toulouse-Lautrec's muse, the marmalade-haired dancer Jane Avril.

Plus Xan Brooks reviews this week's films, and Alex Heminsley has her pick of the best summer reads.

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    The Tree Of Life, Certificate 12A

    Terrence Malick's impressionistic story of a Texas family in the 1950s. The film follows the life journey of the eldest son, Jack, through the innocence of childhood to his disillusioned adult years as he tries to reconcile a complicated relationship with his father, played by Brad Pitt.

    The Tree of Life official site

    Clive Owen and Catherine Keener play the anguished parents of a 14-year-old girl, played by Liano Liberato, who finds herself groomed by an internet paedophile called "Charlie". Directed by David Schwimmer.

    Trust official website

    Jesse Eisenberg plays a Hasidic Jew in Brooklyn, studying to be a rabbi, who's lured into the drug trade, where he makes millions but loses his soul. This independent American film charts the hero's fall from grace and eventual quest of redemption.

    Holy Rollers official website

    The latest film from director Jean-Luc Godard boards a luxury cruise through the Middle East and reflects on global conflict and the nature of socialism.

    Film Socialisme: on IMDB

    Ghastly Business by Louise Levene (Published by Bloomsbury)

    It's London 1929. A girl is strangled in an alleyway, the corpse of a peeping Tom is found in a railway tunnel and the juicy details of the latest trunk murder are updated hourly in new editions of the evening papers. Stepping into this world is Dora Strang, a doctor's daughter with an unusual passion for anatomy.

    Bloomsbury official website
  • Waterline by Ross Raisin (Published by Hamish Hamilton)

    Set in Glasgow, Mick has approached his very own mid-life crisis. He's recently lost his beloved wife Cathy, lost his job, and his reasons to get up in the morning - how's he going to cope with it all?

    Penguin official website
  • You by Joanna Briscoe (Published by Bloomsbury)

    Cecilia is in love with her teacher, the older, married Mr. Dahl. She plots and speculates, yet she never guesses that what she dreams of could actually happen. Is it her imagination, or is the high-minded Mr. Dahl responding to her?
    'You' is a story of sex, memory and family lies.

    Bloomsbury official website
  • The Rules of Civility by Amor Towles (Published by Penguin)

    Set in New York City in 1938, it's a watershed year in the life of a twenty-five-year-old Katey Kontent. Armed with little more than a formidable intellect and bracing wit, Katey embarks on a journey from a Wall Street secretary to the upper echelons of New York society in search of a brighter future.

    Penguin official website


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