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The Audience, Heritage, Side Effects, The Digital Revolution

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A first night review, by Susannah Clapp, of Peter Morgan's new play, The Audience, starring Helen Mirren as the Queen. The drama imagines the weekly private meetings the monarch has had with her twelve Prime Ministers over the years of her reign.

To mark the centenary of the Ancient Monuments and Amendments Act, Night Waves looks at the rise of the heritage movement in the UK. From its foundation by radical figures like John Ruskin and William Morris to its current manifestation in organisations like English Heritage, the idea of heritage has changed over the decades as it came to represent something of a British national identity. Simon Thurley, Chief Executive of English Heritage, the architect Richard Griffiths and architecture critic Hugh Pearman discuss what place heritage has in a modern and increasingly urbanised Britain.

Steven Soderbergh's latest - and perhaps last - film imagines horrifying consequences experienced by a young woman, Emily, after she's prescribed antidepressants by her psychiatrist. Adrian Wootton reviews.

And Jaron Lanier, one of the most important philosophers of the digital age who coined the term 'Virtual Reality', explains how the digital revolution is unlike previous world-changing revolutions: it's driving down wealth and taking away the freedoms of the people.

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45 minutes

Last on

Tue 5 Mar 2013 22:00

The Audience

The Audience is on now at the Gielgud Theatre, London until Saturday 15 June 2013.

Jaron Lanier

Jaron Lanier
Who Owns The Future? written by Jaron Lanier is published by Allen Lane on Thursday 7 March 2013.

Side Effects

Side Effects
Side Effects is released in UK cinemas on Friday 8 March 2013, certificate 15.



English Heritage celebrates 100 years of protecting the past throughout 2013 - find out more here. And watch BBC Four's series Heritage! The Battle for Britain's Past which starts on Thursday 7 March at 21:00.

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