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Tom Sutcliffe and his guests the novelists Deborah Moggach and Michael Arditti and academic and critic Maria Delgado review the week's cultural highlights including The Iron Lady.

The Iron Lady is Phyllida Lloyd's film about Britain's first woman Prime Minister - Margaret Thatcher. Written by Abi Morgan it stars Meryl Streep in the leading role.

Edmund White's novel Jack Holmes and His Friend follows its two central characters - Jack and Will - across several decades from the early 1960s in New York City. Jack is gay and can never quite get over his unrequited love for Will who is straight.

Rodrigo Garcia's film Mother and Child weaves together various narrative strands all of which explore the relationship between mothers and - in most cases - their daughters. Annette Bening plays Karen - a woman in her fifties whose life has been overshadowed by the absence of the child she gave up for adoption when she was in her early teens.

Fog is a new play written by Tash Fairbanks and Toby Wharton which has opened at the Finborough Theatre in London. Cannon (Victor Gardener) is a father trying to rebuild his family after leaving the army. Wharton plays his son - Fog - who has been in care for the last ten years and moves into a flat with his dad where they both face the challenge of getting to know each other.

The Mystery of Edwin Drood was the novel which Charles Dickens was writing at the time of his death - it consequently remains unfinished. Gwyneth Hughes has written a two part adaptation for BBC1, starring Freddie Fox as Drood and Matthew Rhys as his sinister uncle John Jasper. The first part takes the action up to the point where Dickens's novel ends, the second part is Hughes's ingenious extrapolation.

Producer: Torquil MacLeod.

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Sat 7 Jan 2012 19:15

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