Director Mike Newell on La Grande Illusion 75th anniversary
Claudia talks to Mike Newell who directed Four Weddings and A Funeral and Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire about Jean Renoir's classic anti-war masterpiece La Grande Illusion which has been restored for its 75th anniversary this year. It was the last French film with a French director to be nominated for Best Picture until The Artist - and Mike Newell is a huge fan.
Actress Gwen Taylor tells us about starring in The Butterfly Lion by Michael Morpurgo in a new stage adaption by Daniel Buckroyd, at the Curve Theatre Leicester. Gwen Taylor's extensive stage credits include as Mrs Cordon in 'Prick Up Your Ears' with Matt Lucas at the Comedy Theatre. She is currently portraying Ann Foster in ITV's Coronation Street. Michael Morpurgo's 1996 Award winning The Butterfly Lion is a tale of enduring friendship by the acclaimed author of 'War Horse'. When the orphaned white lion cub he has rescued from the African Veldt is sold to a circus owner and shipped off to Europe, young Bertie vows he will see his friend again. Little does he realise the adventurous, romantic, shocking turns his life will take before that momentous day finally comes.
Sculptor David Paynter tells us about his unique sculptures which each come with an accompanying poem.
The 'Tour Guide's Guide To Art' this week comes from our Newcastle studio as Claudia chats to Ed Carter, one of the men behind 'Flow' - a floating musical tidemill docked on the River Tyne.
Plus Jason Solomons reviews this week's films and Michael Billington critiques the latest plays.