18/01/2013

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Duration: 50 minutes

Martha Kearney and guests review the new series of the classic comedy Yes, Prime Minister and a new exhibition about the Vikings at the Museum of Scotland.

  • Django Unchained

    Django Unchained

    Quentin Tarantino has written and directed some of the most violent and provocative films of recent years, including Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction and Inglourious Basterds. For his latest movie he’s turned to the theme of slavery in mid-19th century America, treating the subject in typically bloody fashion. His tribute to the spaghetti western stars Jamie Foxx as a slave who is freed by a German bounty hunter, played by Christoph Waltz. Leonardo DiCaprio is the infamous plantation owner and slave master Calvin Candie, and Kerry Washington plays Broomhilda, Django’s wife who has been enslaved for several years and whom he hopes to liberate. The film has already picked up two Golden Globes, and has four BAFTA nominations and five Oscar nods. But do the film’s extreme violence and black comedy do justice to its significant historical subject?

    Django Unchained
  • Yes, Prime Minister

    Yes, Prime Minister

    Yes Minister, starring Paul Eddington as the bumbling Jim Hacker MP and Nigel Hawthorne as his Permanent Secretary, Sir Humphrey Appleby, was one of the nation’s favourite sitcoms in the early 1980s. Now, following a successful stage production, the political duo has been revived for this new series on Gold. Now Prime Minister Hacker (played by David Haig) and his right hand man Sir Humphrey (Henry Goodman) are faced with a European economic crisis, a suspicious energy deal and a leadership crisis within their coalition. The series is written by the original writers Sir Anthony Jay and Jonathan Lynn. But will it appeal to an audience used to the foul-mouthed satire of The Thick of It?

    Yes, Prime Minister
  • Vikings! The Untold Story

    Vikings!  The Untold Story

    This exhibition at the National Museum of Scotland (in partnership with the Swedish History Museum) aims to dispel myths of barbaric, horned helmet-wearing pillagers and instead tell the story of widely-travelled explorers who took part in peaceful trading expeditions over 1000 years ago. The National Museum of Scotland is the only UK venue showing over 500 artefacts rarely seen outside Scandinavia, including jewellery, weapons and carvings from individual grave sites, which illustrate the story of these Nordic explorers. The exhibition runs from 11 February to 12 May.

    Vikings!
  • Navel Gazing – One Woman’s Quest for a Size Normal

    Navel Gazing – One Woman’s Quest for a Size Normal

    This debut book by American writer Anne H. Putnam is an autobiographical account of a struggle with obesity and body-image. As a child in California, Putnam gained more and more weight, eventually reaching 290 pounds (20 stone), and at just 17 years of age she took the drastic decision to undergo gastric bypass surgery, a procedure which forces the patient to drastically decrease their food intake. The book is a brutally honest account of her journey through surgery, recovery and the psychological aftermath.

    Navel Gazing
  • My Mad Fat Diary

    My Mad Fat Diary

    This week saw the launch of E4’s new comedy drama series My Mad Fat Diary. The series centres on Rae (Sharon Rooney), a smart, funny teenager whose confessional diary becomes a vital coping mechanism in her battle against weight and mental health issues. Based on real-life diaries written by Rae Earl in the 1980s (which were subsequently published with the title My Mad Fat Teenage Diary), the series explores an obese teen’s struggles as an outsider, and tackles taboos with a mix of comedy and pathos.

    My Mad Fat Diary

Credits

Presenter
Martha Kearney
Executive Producer
Andrew Lockyer

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