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First broadcast:
Saturday 14 July 2012

Sarfraz Manzoor and his guests writers Louise Doughty and Natalie Haynes and actor Kerry Shale review the week's cultural highlights including Magic Mike.

Steven Soderbergh's latest film is set in the world of male strippers. It follows Magic Mike, a seasoned performer who mentors a novice and schools him in the fine arts of partying, picking up women and making easy money.

There's a new adaptation of the classic play A Doll's House by Henrik Ibsen. It centres on a seemingly typical housewife Nora, played by Hattie Morahan, who gets into debt and becomes disillusioned and dissatisfied with her condescending husband.

The artist Julian Opie has a new exhibition of his work which employs modern media to depict new subjects in previously unexplored mediums. The exhibition includes a striking series of walking figures and a series of digitally animated landscapes, with audio, on LCD screens.

A first novel by Jonas Jonasson has become an international bestseller. The title reveals the story, The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared. Escaping on his hundredth birthday from an old people's home Allan begins an unlikely journey involving criminals, several murders and a suitcase full of cash. And as his escapades unfold, we also learn about his extraordinary former life.

Suburgatory is a new TV series from the US is which teenager Tessa who is forced to relocate from the city to the suburbs, after her father discovers a packet of condoms in her bedroom. She finds herself slowly trying to come to terms with her new twisted world of perfection.

Producer: Anne-Marie Cole.


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