The American Vice President is just a whisker away from the Oval Office and holds one of the most powerful positions in the world, yet the VP has rarely been called upon to play an important role on the world stage. Now Armando Iannucci, the man who created the foul-mouthed Malcolm Tucker, and explored the role of spin in British politics in The Thick of It, has turned his attention to the States, satirising this most curious and subordinate of jobs. Veep stars Seinfeld’s Julia Louis-Dreyfus as the gaffe-prone lady-in-waiting to America’s top job – perennially optimistic about stepping into the President’s shoes, but frustrated at every turn.Veep on Sky Atlantic
Veep begins on Sky Atlantic on Monday 25 June at 10pm.
Yoko Ono - To The Light
Long before Yoko Ono met John Lennon, she was challenging the establishment and the relationship between art and audience. As an artist, she is known for her pioneering, experimental works, underpinned by a powerful belief in the potential for art to change society. Now, approaching 80, Ono’s work is being celebrated with a retrospective at the Serpentine. Yoko Ono: To the Light features installations, films and performances as well as archive material from her early pieces. She also revisits her 1968 film Smile, with #smilefilm, a large scale participatory project to be shown on a giant screen at the gallery and worldwide, via a website. But will the show bring a smile to our panel’s faces?Yoko Ono at the Serpentine Gallery
The Last of the Haussmans
The Last of the Haussmans opened at the National Theatre in London on Tuesday. Julie Walters plays Judy Haussman, a woman in her twilight years surrounded by the relics of bygone days in her dilapidated art deco house on the Devon coast. After she suffers a health scare, her two wayward children return home where strained relationships and the effects of Judy’s lifelong pursuit of free love and hippy ideals on her family are exposed. Nick played by Rory Kinnear and Libby, Helen McCrory, have developed very different personal problems through their upbringing at the hands of such an unconventional mother and when the home which unites them is threatened, the family members becomes even more disparate.The Last of the Haussmans
Photograph: Catherine Ashmore
The Last Projectionist
The Last Projectionist tells the story of Britain’s oldest working cinema The Electric in Birmingham, built in 1909. With the testimony of practitioners, the film looks back at 35mm film, the technology that brought cinema to millions throughout the 20th century. The story of cinema technology is told alongside the evolution of the building itself, which over 100 years has been forced to adapt to changing tastes and markets, from silent films, talkies and news reels to soft porn in the 70s and 80s and now digital technology. Can locally run, independent cinemas continue to offer something different from the multiplexes?The Last Projectionist
Edinburgh International Film Festival
This week sees the opening of the 66th Edinburgh International Film Festival. Following the damage to its reputation in recent years, the new artistic director, Chris Fujiwara, tells us why this year’s festival will be a fresh start, celebrating a new commitment to film making from Britain and abroad.EIFF
Sunderland’s finest rock foursome, The Futureheads, have acquired a firm following from fans and critics over the past ten years.The Futureheads
Their latest album, Rant, is a critically acclaimed a cappella collection of songs including covers of Meet Me Halfway by The Black Eyed Peas and Acapella by Kelis, and traditional folk tunes, including the 13th century round Sumer Is Icumen In.
Tonight the group perform their new single – Beeswing – a classic by folk troubadour Richard Thompson - live in The Review Show studio.
- Kirsty Wark
- Executive Producer
- Andrew Lockyer