Dancing on the Edge
Set in 1930s London, Dancing on The Edge is a 5 part drama series for BBC Two written and directed by Stephen Poliakoff. The story follows the fortunes of a black, mostly American, jazz band the Louis Lester Band as they find fame among London’s aristocracy. But their support comes at a price and as the band become embroiled in the socialites’ shadowy world loyalties begin to divide. Chiwetel Ejiofor plays the band leader and Matthew Goode the ambitious young journalist Stanley with John Goodman as the enigmatic Mr Masterton and Mel Smith making a surprise appearance as the bigoted hotel owner Mr Schlesinger.Dancing on the Edge BBC website
Dancing on the Edge tackles a relatively untold era in British history and its themes of economic depression, immigration and celebrity culture resonate today.
Dancing on the Edge begins on BBC Two on Monday 4th February 2013 at 9pm.
Flight is the latest film from Academy Award winning director Robert Zemeckis and stars Denzel Washington, Don Cheadle and John Goodman. It’s the story of Captain “Whip” Whitaker a highly skilled airline pilot who finds himself at the helm of a severely defective passenger jet at 30,000 feet. His unrivalled heroics in crash landing the plane save a great many lives but, in the aftermath, his life begins to unravel as his struggles with alcohol addiction threaten to become public. Zemeckis is known for Back to the Future, Forrest Gump and Cast Away as well as for pioneering motion capture technology in films such as Polar Express. But can this former special effects whizz kid turn his hand to serious drama?Flight official website
Light Show at the Hayward Gallery
The dazzling new exhibition from the Hayward Gallery in London features work from international artists which address aspects of light such as colour, shadow, and natural and artificial illumination. The exhibition recreates early pioneering pieces from Dan Flavin and Nancy Holt alongside more contemporary installations by Olafur Eliasson and James Turrell. The exhibition includes freestanding light sculptures, installations and immersive environments, which examine the ways in which light has the power to alter our state of mind, and to change our perceptions of the world around us. Light Show runs from Wednesday 30th January to Sunday 28th April 2013.Light Show official website
Life in the UK
Around 150,000 people each year take citizenship tests in the UK, and the candidates are expected to have a good knowledge of British history, culture and traditions. This week the government published a new edition of a guide which offers the information required to pass the test. The previous edition of the book featured ‘mundane information’ on public transport timetables and water meters, but this has been stripped away, and now it concentrates on our culture and traditions, and on the people who have put the great into Great Britain. The cultural roll call found in the book includes people from William Shakespeare to Morecambe and Wise, with Coronation Street, The Beatles and Monty Python also making the grade. Is the book an accurate reflection of the cultural values shared by people living in Britain today?Home Office website
BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards
The BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2013 took place at The Glasgow Royal Concert Hall this week as part of the Celtic Connections festival. The Folk Awards have become a much anticipated annual event in the folk world. This year’s awards saw performances from Billy Bragg, Treacherous Orchestra, Karine Polwart and Roy Harper and the show was rounded off with a rousing performance of ‘Caledonia’ by Dougie MacLean, winner of the lifetime achievement award for contribution to songwriting, who was joined on stage by John McCusker, Martha Wainwright, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Barbara Dickson and Eddi Reader.Highlights of the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards (until 14th Feb)…
This new production of Harold Pinter’s Old Times is the first to be staged at the Harold Pinter Theatre – formerly known as the Comedy Theatre. The production of Pinter’s psychological drama about three friends reminiscing is the first in the play’s history in which two female actresses play the roles of Anna and Kate on alternate nights. Director Ian Rickson has entrusted Kristin Scott Thomas and Lia Williams with the challenge, while Rufus Sewell plays Deeley, Kate’s possessive husband. The sexual tension between the trio bubbles as they reveal conflicting memories of their time in 1950s London. Old Times runs until 6th April 2013 at the Harold Pinter Theatre in London.Old Times official website
- Kirsty Wark
- Executive Producer
- Andrew Lockyer