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Hollywood costumes, rock docs, Damien Hirst's harbour sculpture

Duration:
30 minutes
First broadcast:
Wednesday 17 October 2012

With Mark Lawson.

Some of the most famous costumes in Hollywood history, including John Travolta's suit from Saturday Night Fever and Judy Garland's ruby slippers from The Wizard of Oz, are on show in a major new exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum. Curator Deborah Nadoolman Landis and Deborah Scott, costume designer for Titanic and Avatar, discuss the collection.

Three new rock documentaries are released this week, focusing on blues legend BB King, the rock group Status Quo, and the former frontman of Queen, Freddie Mercury. Music critics Rosie Swash and David Hepworth compare and contrast the films' styles and content.

A vast bronze statue of a pregnant woman by the artist Damien Hirst now stands near the seafront in Ilfracombe, Devon. The 20-metre statue called Verity has been given to the seaside town by Hirst on a 20-year loan. Travis Elborough, writer of Wish You Were Here: England on Sea, went to take a look, and gives his verdict on the work, and its role in the town's life.

During the 2008 election for the American Presidency, the media spotlight fell on Barack Obama's youngest half-brother, George Hussein Obama. Much was made of the difference in their lives, one running for the highest Office in the USA and the other living in poverty in Kenya. A new play based on George's life has just opened in Leicester. George Hussein Obama and the writer Kevin Fegan discuss the drama.

Producer Jerome Weatherald.

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