iPlayer Radio What's New?
Image for 24/10/2011

Listen now 45 mins

Listen in pop-out player


45 minutes
First broadcast:
Monday 24 October 2011

Andrew Marr talks to musician Jarvis Cocker about lyrics and the lyricism of the everyday; to playwright Jez Butterworth about his vision of bucolic myths and modern brutality in the English countryside; to poet Melanie Challenger about the extinction of species and also of ways of life and to Matthew White who catalogues and compares the brutality of humanity throughout the ages.

Producer: Eleanor Garland.


    Mother, Brother, Lover is a collection of lyrics from Jarvis Cocker, charismatic frontman of the Britpop stalwarts, Pulp. They are songs of love, loss and lust, often set in the remembered nyloned bedrooms of his 1970s hometown, Sheffield. They celebrate, he says, the epic in the everyday and the details that tether memories in your mind. Jarvis Cocker talks about the life of the reluctant writer, his new role as Editor-at-Large for Faber Books and why lyrics should never, ever, be read while you listen to the music that goes with them.

    Mother, Brother, Lover - Selected Lyrics is published by Faber and Faber.

    Jarvis Cocker

    Jerusalem, the multi award-winning play, returns to London's West End, following its triumphant run on Broadway. Described as an 'instant modern classic' and 'a riveting hymn to England', the play traces the events of St George's Day where a small country town is preparing to crown its new May Queen. In the woods, Rooster Byron is facing eviction from his caravan. Unequal parts shaman, showman, Pied Piper and philosopher, the charismatic Rooster has dealt drugs and dreams to the local teens for decades but now faces his last stand. Playwright Jez Butterworth talks about writing and rewriting Jerusalem - a vision of an England where the May Queen is missing, the Morris Dancers are drunk, you can pay for drugs with a tortoise and where a meeting with the 3,000 year old giant who built Stonehenge may, or may not, make the evening bulletin on Points South West.

    Jerusalem is on at the Apollo Theatre in London until 14 January.

    Jerusalem - Apollo Theatre

    How do we think about things that we have lost? And how have we come to lose them? In Melanie Challenger's new book, On Extinction: How We Became Estranged from Nature, she explores the way humans interact with the world around them. Melanie Challenger discusses the damage we have done to our environment, our emotional responses to extinctions, and how these responses might shape our future relationship with nature.

    On Extinction: How We Became Estranged from Nature is published by Granta Books.

    On Extinction

    Which event in human history has been the most deadly? And does it matter? In his book Atrocitology: Humanity's 100 Deadliest Achievements, Matthew White takes a statistical look at the events in history we would prefer to forget. From the Persian Wars to Rwandan Genocide, Matthew White shatters many of the myths surrounding human violence, and argues that chaos is more deadly than tyranny and that the army is the safest place to be in times of war.

    Atrocitology: Humanity's 100 Deadliest Achievements is published by Canongate.



Arts & Culture selection

Damian Lewis on reading A Delicate Truth

A selection of highlights from our arts and culture programmes.


  1. Image for Start the Week

    Start the Week

    Start The Week sets the cultural agenda for the week ahead, with high-profile guests discussing the…

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.

Added. Check out your playlist Dismiss