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Christopher Eccleston in Blackout; on the Chariots of Fire track; ping pong

Duration:
30 minutes
First broadcast:
Monday 02 July 2012

With Mark Lawson.

In the new three-part TV thriller Blackout, Christopher Eccleston plays a disillusioned, heavy-drinking local politician, who is dealing with the consequences of an alcohol-fuelled fight. Author and former MP Chris Mullin reviews.

The new stage version of Chariots of Fire has just transferred to the West End, with the actors put through their paces on a running track which extends five rows out into the stalls. Mark puts on his running shoes and tries out the track for himself, alongside the set designer Miriam Buether.

A new film Ping Pong follows a group of eight pensioners from different corners of the globe as they compete in the over-80s category of the World Table Tennis Championships in Inner Mongolia. Three-time Commonwealth table tennis champion and two-time Olympian Matthew Syed reviews.

Photographer Stuart Roy Clarke has spent 20 years with his focus on football, taking over 100,000 photographs at more than 4000 matches around the world. As an exhibition of his work opens at the new National Football Museum in Manchester, Clarke discusses his work with the Rochdale manager John Coleman.

Producer Jerome Weatherald.

Chapters

4 items
  • Blackout

    Author and former MP Chris Mullin reviews TV thriller, Blackout.

  • Chariots of Fire

    Mark puts on his running shoes and tries out the running track from the stage version of Chariots of Fire for himself, alongside the set designer Miriam Buether.

  • Ping Pong

    Three-time Commonwealth table tennis champion and two-time Olympian Matthew Syed reviews film Ping Pong.

  • Stuart Roy Clarke: Homes of Football

    Photographer Stuart Roy Clarke discusses his work, Homes of Football, with the Rochdale manager John Coleman.

  • Chariots of Fire

    Chariots of Fire

    Mark Lawson and Miriam Buether on the Chariots of Fire running track at the Gielgud Theatre in London.

    Photo Jerome Weatherald

  • Stuart Roy Clarke: Homes of Football

    Stuart Roy Clarke: Homes of Football

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  • Stuart Roy Clarke: Homes of Football

    Stuart Roy Clarke: Homes of Football

    "Glastonbury Turn on England" England

  • Stuart Roy Clarke: Homes of Football

    Stuart Roy Clarke: Homes of Football

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