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Jeffrey Archer, Niamh Cusack and Daniel Mays

1 hour, 57 minutes
First broadcast:
Friday 08 March 2013

Actor Daniel Mays chats to Claudia about his new play Trelawny Of The Wells directed by Joe Wright.

Author Jeffery Archer talks about his new book Best Kept Secret, the latest instalment of The Clifton Chronicles

Niamh Cusack stops by to reveal all about the play The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time

Arts Show correspondent Thomas Magill opens up the Arts Desk with the next 7 days of not-to-be-missed arts news from around the country. And he heads to Somerset for the Bath Literary Festival.

Plus, Alex Heminsley reviews the latest books. And film critic Peter Bradshaw has all the latest movie and DVD releases on offer.

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    Jackson, Janet & Luther Vandross Best Things In Life Are Free

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    Bruno Mars When I Was Your Man

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    Whitney Houston I Will Always Love You

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    Kelly Rowland Daylight

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    Ms Kelly Diva Deluxe, Columbia, 88697-110292

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    David Bowie The Stars

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    Rufus & Chaka Khan Ain't Nobody

    The best disco album in the world ever 2, Virgin, VTDCD191

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    The Rolling Stones (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction

    Singles Collection (The London Years), LONDON, 844-481-2

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    Maroon 5 Daylight

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    Neil Diamond Beautiful Noise (Cut Intro)

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    ABBA Honey Honey

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    Deacon Blue Turn

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    The Kinks Waterloo Sunset

    The Singles Collection, SANCTUARY, NA-01

  • Jeffrey Archer's "Best Keep Secret"

    Jeffrey Archer's "Best Keep Secret"

    Jeffrey Archer was just 34 when a bad investment left him with debts of almost half a million pounds and on the brink of bankruptcy. Determined to repay his creditors in full, he sat down to write his first novel Not a Penny More, Not a Penny Less - and sold it to 17 countries within a year. It wasn’t a one-off, …a best-selling author, he’s sold 250 million books worldwide. He’s just written his latest book Best Kept Secret, the third book in the Clifton Chronicles.

    Best Kept Secret is published in hardback by Macmillan, and is out now

    Jeffrey Archer's website
  • Trelawny of the Wells star Daniel Mays

    Trelawny of the Wells star Daniel Mays

    Daniel Mays was influenced by the talent of Robert De Niro, and set his sights on a career in acting at 15-years-old. He went on to attend a stage school before training at RADA and within a year following graduation, he got his big break in Mike Leigh's 2002 film All or Nothing.

    Trelawny of the Wells, By Arthur Wing Pinero (1898)is at the Donmar Warehouse, 15th February 2013 – 13th April 2013 Tickets from £7.50 - £35

    Donmar Warehouse
  • Thomas Magill talks about the Bath Literature Festival and brings latest news from Arts Desk

    Thomas Magill talks about the Bath Literature Festival and brings latest news from Arts Desk

    The Independent Bath Literary Festival is currently in full swing and as always has attracted the important authors of our time including Hilary Mantel and JK Rowling.

    As well as being able to meet and hear established writers - the festival is a hugely valuable platform for new talent to showcase their work.

    Thomas Magill went to the festival and spoke to its Artistic Director James Runcie, best-selling author PD James, producer and writer Marilyn Imrie and event organiser Susan McKillian - as well as the great literary loving public....

    1. THEATRE: Curosity Shop, Exeter

    2. ART: Robert Caitlin Exhibition - National Portrait Gallery

    3. FILM: Human Rights Film Festival – various venues around London

    4. ART: Pharaoh Kings of Egypt Exhibition - Bristol Museum and Art Gallery.

    and you can hear more from Thomas by listening to the ciips

    Bath Literature Festival
  • Niamh Cusack talks about her role in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

    Niamh Cusack talks about her role in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

    Niamh Cusack was born into an acting family of great repute: her father was the late Cyril Cusack, star of the stage and screen, her mother was actress Maureen Keilty. Niamh trained to be a flautist at the Royal College of Music and she worked as a freelance musician with the RTE National Symphony and Concert Orchestra before she followed her sisters Sinead and Sorcha into acting.

    She’s currently starring in the Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time; based on Mark Haddon’s award-winning novel, adapted by Simon Stephens and directed by Marianne Elliott. Christopher, fifteen years old, stands beside Mrs Shears’ dead dog. It has been speared with a garden fork, it is seven minutes after midnight and Christopher is under suspicion. He records each fact in the book he is writing to solve the mystery of who murdered Wellington. He has an extraordinary brain, exceptional at maths while ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. He has never ventured alone beyond the end of his road, he detests being touched and he distrusts strangers. But his detective work, forbidden by his father, takes him on a frightening journey that upturns his world.

    The Curious Incident Of the Dog In the Night Time is playing at the Apollo Theatre Until 31 AUGUST 2013 Tickets £12 - £57.50

  • Peter Bradshaw tells us about the latest film releases

    Peter Bradshaw tells us about the latest film releases

    1. Side Effects

    Director: Steven Soderbergh
    Cast: Jude Law, Rooney Mara, Catherine Zeta Jones, Channing Tatum
    Once a successful New York couple, Emily (Rooney Mara) and her husband (Channing Tatum) are now struggling to readjust to life after his recent release from prison. Emily is plagued with a clinical depression and, following a car crash, is referred to respected psychiatrist Dr Jonathan Banks (Jude Law) who offers the latest in prescription drugs to try and alleviate her anxiety.
    However as Emily’s relationship with both Dr Banks and her prescribed medication intensifies, she finds herself descending into a chemical-fuelled nightmare where the lines between fantasy and reality become dangerously blurred.

    Side Effects is certificate 15, out now

    2. Broken Director: Rufus Norris
    Cast: Tim Roth, Cillian Murphy, Bill Milner and Rory Kinnear

    11 year-old Skunk is traumatized after she witnesses the sweet unstable boy, Rick, who lives next store brutally beaten by ugly Mr. Oswald. Rick is accused of rape and Skunk’s life begins to change rapidly before her eyes. As her innocence is quickly drained away, all of her once familiar surroundings become treacherous, filling her with doubt. She seeks solace in the unspoken friendship of the damaged Rick and suddenly finds herself in a world of chaos.

    Broken is certificate 15, in cinemas now

    3. OZ THE GREAT AND POWERFUL (dir. Sam Raimi)

    Director: Sam Raimi
    Cast: James Franco, Mila Kunis, Rachel Weisz

    Oscar Diggs, a young magician from Kansas with a grandiose attitude, is forced to flee a traveling circus after a stroke of dubious behaviour. While attempting a hot air balloon getaway, he is quite literally swept up by a tornado and taken to the land of Oz, a fantastical world controlled by three witches: Theodora, Evanora, and Glinda. Stunned by the powerful wizard’s arrival, the inhabitants of Oz are counting on him to resolve the epic problems that plague their community. But in order to do so, Oscar must figure out who is on his side and who is against him before time runs out.

    Oz The Great And The Powerful is certificate PG, in cinemas now

    4. The Master DVD/video release:

    Director: Paul Thomas Anderson
    Cast: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams
    Freddie Quell (Phoenix), a World War II veteran is struggling to adjust to a post-war society when he meets Lancaster Dodd (Hoffman), a leader of a religious movement known as "The Cause." He sees something in Quell and accepts him into the movement. Freddie takes a liking to "The Cause" and begins traveling with Dodd along the East Coast to spread the teachings.

    The Master is certificate 15 and available now

  • Alex Heminsley brings news of the latest published books

    Alex Heminsley brings news of the latest published books

    1. Life After Life by Kate Atkinson
    What if you had the chance to live your life again and again, until you finally got it right?

    In 1910, Ursula Todd is born during a snowstorm in England, but two parallel scenarios occur - in one, she dies immediately. In the other, she lives to tell the tale. As the possibility of having a second chance at life opens up, the novel unfolds, following Ursula as she lives through the events of the twentieth century again and again.

    Life After Life by Kate Atkinson is published by Transworld and out now.

    2. Secrecy by Rupert Thompson
    The novel is set in 17th-century Florence, a city blighted by corruption and austerity. It follows Zummo, a sculptor of figures that are so realistic they look like they might draw breath, and who is summoned to the Medici court and tasked with sculpting a life-size Venus from wax.

    Secrecy by Rupert Thompson is published by Granta and available now.

    3. The Last Runaway by Tracy Chevalier
    When modest Quaker Honor Bright sails from Bristol with her sister, she is fleeing heartache for a new life in America, far from home. But tragedy leaves her alone and vulnerable, torn between two worlds and dependent on the kindness of strangers.

    The Last Runaway by Tracy Chevalier is published by Harper Collins and out now. And Tracy Chevalier is my guest on the Radio 2 Arts Show in a couple of weeks.

    4. Warpaint by Alicia Foster
    England, December 1942. A dark world of conflict, hardship and subterfuge where information is a matter of life and death and art has become a weapon. At Bletchley Park and in London, four female artists create propaganda during the darkest hour of the Second World War in this debut novel based on real life events and paintings. As the course of the war turns, these women's lives interweave closely in a tale of truth, lies, tragedy and black comedy.

    Warpaint by Alicia Foster is published by Fig Tree and available now.



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