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Hajj at the British Museum

Duration:
30 minutes
First broadcast:
Thursday 26 January 2012

With John Wilson.

Hajj: Journey To The Heart Of Islam, at the British Museum, is the first major exhibition dedicated to the pilgrimage to Mecca, one of the Five Pillars of Islam. Historian Thomas Asbridge and Mehdi Hasan of the New Statesman give their verdict.

The film Like Crazy was a hit at last year's Sundance Festival, winning the Grand Jury Prize. British actress Felicity Jones - who played Emma in The Archers - won best actress for her starring role in this largely improvised film, which tracks a long-distant relationship. Rebecca Nicholson reviews.

Last year, writer and actor Chris Larner accompanied his chronically ill ex-wife, Allyson, to the Dignitas clinic in Switzerland. His one-man show about the experience won a Fringe First Award in Edinburgh, and he's about to take it on a national tour. He tells the story of its creation, and discusses what it's like to go straight from playing a pantomime dame to this more reflective show.

Comedian and actress Andi Osho is now an established figure on the stand-up circuit. She tells John about why she thinks her early acting career featured so many medical roles - and what drew her to comic performance.

Producer Rebecca Nicholson.

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4 items
  • Hajj at the British Museum

  • Andi Osho

    • Andi Osho

      John Wilson talks to comedienne Andi Osho

  • Chris Larner

    • Chris Larner

      Actor Chris Larner talks about his monologue, An Instinct for Kindness

  • Like Crazy

    • Like Crazy

      Rebecca Nicholson reviews the film 'Like Crazy' starring Felicity Jones & Anton Yelchin

  • Hajj: Journey to the Heart of Islam

    Hajj: Journey to the Heart of Islam

    Fig 85: Pilgrims quarrelling on Hajj, fol. 245r from the Kulliyat of Sa’di Shiraz, dated 974 AH/AD 1566. Opaque watercolour and gold leaf on paper. British Library, London

  • Ahmed Mater (b. 1979). Magnetism

    Ahmed Mater (b. 1979). Magnetism

    Photogravure etching. 2011 © Ahmed Mater and the Trustees of the British Museum

  • Detail from a pilgrimage certificate. Mecca, 1433

    Detail from a pilgrimage certificate. Mecca, 1433

  • Mahmal

    Mahmal

    Red silk, with green and dark cream silk appliqués, embroidered with silver and silver-gilt wire on a wooden frame. H: 400 cm (including finial and fringe) © Nasser D. Khalili Collection of Islamic Art (Khalili Family Trust

  • The Caravan of Pilgrims

    The Caravan of Pilgrims

    The caravan of pilgrims, fol. 15a from the Maghreb Anis al-Hujjaj (The Pilgrim’s Companion) by Safi ibn Vali. India, possibly Gujarat, c. 1677-80. Ink, watercolour and gold on paper. © Nasser D. Khalili Collection of Islamic Art (Khalili Family Trust)

    The British Museum

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