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Roger McGough and Cath Staincliffe

1 hour, 57 minutes
First broadcast:
Friday 15 March 2013

Poet and playwright Roger McGough chats to Claudia about the Misanthrope.

Crime author Cath Staincliffe talks about her latest book in the Scott and Bailey series Bleed Like Me

Arts Show correspondent Anna Bailey opens up the Arts Desk with the next 7 days of not-to-be-missed arts news from around the country. And she takes a tour of the Lichtenstein Retrospective at the Tate Modern with art critic Alastair Sooke and Lichtenstein's model and muse Erica Wexler.

Plus, Alex Heminsley has the latest books. And film critic Peter Bradshaw looks at the latest movie and DVD releases around the country.

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    Womack & Womack Teardrops

    Legends Of Soul, M&S, 1-1

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    Bon Jovi Because We Can

    What About Now, Island, 0

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    ZZ Top Legs


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    The Beatles I'll Follow The Sun

    Beatles For Sale, Parlophone, CDP-746438 2

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    Andrew Gold Thank You For Being A Friend

    Jukebox 70's Hits -I Got The Music, Old Gold, OG-3729

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    Quincy Jones Ai No Corrida

    A & M Gold Series, A & M, 397074-2

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    Bastille Pompeii

    N/A, N/A, N/A

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    Elvis Presley His Latest Flame (Marie's The Name)

    The 50 Greatest Hits, BMG, 74321-811022

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    Michael Jackson Black Or White

    Dangerous, EPIC, 465-802 2

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    Michael Bublé It's a beautiful day

    Unknown, na, 1

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    Barry White You're The First My Last My Everything

    Let The Music Play, PICKWICK, PWKS-4128P

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    Haircut One Hundred Love Plus One

    Cold Feet, GLOBAL, 74321-72607 2 A&B

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    Steve Mason Oh My Lord

    Monkey Minds In The Devil's Time, Double Six, 1

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    Cat Stevens Remember The Days Of The Old School Yard

    The Very Best Of Cat Stevens, ISLAND, 840 148-2

  • Roger McGough tells us about Moliere's The Misanthrope

    Roger McGough tells us about Moliere's The Misanthrope

    Master wordsmith Roger McGough began writing poetry at University and is the author of more than fifty books. Following the success of his adaptations of the classic Moliere comedies Tartuffe and The Hypochondriac,
    Roger has dipped his quill into what many consider to be Molière’s best work – the Misanthrope - a mockery of manners and morals set amid 17th century French aristocracy. In collaboration with the English Touring Theatre and Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse, Roger’s adaptation of The Misanthrope had its world première at the Liverpool Playhouse last month and is about to head off on a national tour.

    The Misanthrope began its tour at the Liverpool Playhouse and goes to Cambridge Arts Theatre on 25th March. It then tours around the country – Richmond, Oxford, Truro, Exeter, Brighton, Southampton, Ipswich and York before ending at the Theatre Royal Bath at the end of May.

  • Peter Bradshaw tells us about latest film releases

    Peter Bradshaw tells us about latest film releases

    1. The Paperboy

    Director: Lee Daniels
    Cast: Nicole Kidman, Matthew McConaughey, Zak Effron, John Cusack, David Oyelowo
    This story follows two brothers: Ward Jansen (McCONAUGHEY), a reporter for the esteemed daily newspaper, The Miami Times, and Jack Jansen (EFRON), a recent college dropout who lives in a small town in central Florida with their gutless father, W.W. Jansen (GLENN). When Ward shows up with his writing partner, Yardley Acheman (OYELOWO), to investigate a story for their paper, Ward asks Jack to drive them around. The reason Ward is in town is that Charlotte Bless (KIDMAN), an enigmatic loner who writes to prisoners on death row, has convinced them that Hillary Van Wetter (CUSACK), an unsavoury alligator hunter from the backwoods, was wrongly convicted at a trial that took place near their hometown.
    As the investigation unravels, it becomes clear that these brothers are on a journey that is filled with betrayal. The only thing that remains constant is that there is this strange, beautiful woman who falls in love with killers and her passion could be everyone’s downfall.

    The Paperboy is certificate 15, out now

    2. The Spirit Of ’45 (documentary)
    Writer / Director: Ken Loach

    1945 was a pivotal year in British history. The unity that carried Britain through the war allied to the bitter memories of the inter-war years led to a vision of a better society. The spirit of the age was to be our brothers and our sisters keeper.

    Director Ken Loach has used film from Britain’s regional and national archives, alongside sound recordings and contemporary interviews to create a rich political and social narrative. The Spirit of 45 hopes to illuminate and celebrate a period of unprecedented community spirit in the UK, the impact of which endured for many years and which may yet be rediscovered today.

    The Spirit Of ’45 is certificate U, in cinemas now

    3. The Incredible Burt Wonderstone

    Director: Don Scardino
    Cast: Steve Carell, Jim Carrey, Steve Buscemi

    For 30 years magicians Burt Wonderstone and Anton Marvelton have been partners, once having made the Vegas Strip a magical place to be. But with their recent plummeting ticket sales their once-strong partnership coincides, giving hip street wizard Steve Gray the opportunity to steal the limelight. Seeming almost completely hopeless Burt's original mentor, Rance Hanson, finally to talks some sense into him causing Burt to learn some new tricks and get back on track as the passionate magician he once was.

    The Incredible Burt Wonderstone is certificate 15, in cinemas now

    4. Sightseers (DVD):

    Director: Ben Wheatley
    Cast: Steve Oram, Alice Lowe

    Chris (Steve Oram) wants to show Tina (Alice Lowe) his world and he wants to do it his way - on a journey through the British Isles in his beloved Abbey Oxford Caravan. Tina's led a sheltered life and there are things that Chris needs her to see - the Crich Tramway Museum, the Ribblehead Viaduct, the Keswick Pencil Museum and the rolling countryside that accompanies these wonders in his life. But it doesn't take long for the dream to fade.

    Litterbugs, noisy teenagers and pre-booked caravan sites, not to mention Tina's meddling mother, soon conspire to shatter Chris's dreams and send him, and anyone who rubs him up the wrong way, over a very jagged edge...

    Sightseers is certificate 15 and out on the 25th March

  • Cath Staincliffe talks about her latest novel

    Cath Staincliffe talks about her latest novel

    Cath has written her second ‘Scott & Bailey’ novel, ‘Bleed Like Me,’ featuring the characters of DC Janet Scott and DC Rachel Bailey, who first hit our TV screens in the drama back in 2011, and were so successful that a third series is now being filmed. In ‘Bleed Like Me’, they find themselves in a race against time to find a desperate man who is a danger to his two young sons.

  • Alex Heminsley looks at the latest cookery books

    Alex Heminsley looks at the latest cookery books

    1. How To Boil An Egg by Rose Carrarini It's the new collection of recipes from the Rose Bakery in Paris. Following Rose Carrarini's "Breakfast, Lunch, Tea,” this new cookbook has over 80 original recipes where the egg is the star - from simple omelettes to savoury treats, pastries, desserts and more. And it features nearly 40 specially-commissioned, full-page, original hand-drawn paintings of the finished dishes by award-winning botanical artist Fiona Strickland.

    How To Boil An Egg by Rose Carrarini is published by Phaidon and out now.

    2. The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook by Deb Perelman
    You don't need to be a chef, you don't need special ingredients, you don't even need a big kitchen. There is a half-galley kitchen in New York with just a single counter, a tiny stove, pans stacked high in the corner - yet it has conjured up stews and slaws, salsas and pestos, tartins and cheesecake. This is Deb Perelman's kitchen. Deb is an ordinary home cook who believes food should be a pleasure and deliciousness a guarantee. So she founded her award-winning blog, where she concocts, tweaks and tests recipes for the everyday cook such as Courgette Ribbons with Almond Pesto for a summer lunch, Everyday Margarita Pizza for the family, Seared Halibut with Gazpacho Salsa for a weekend dinner, or Tiny But Intense Chcocolate Cake for a special treat.

    The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook by Deb Perelman is published by Square Peg and available now.

    3. Skinny Weeks and Weekend Feasts by Gizzi Erskine

    A new healthy eating book of two halves from bestselling author Gizzi Erskine, Skinny Weeks and Weekend Feasts shows you how to have your cake and eat it - and still lose weight.

    Part One, Skinny Weeks, gives you a calorie-counted recipe plan for 6 days of the week, designed to help you keep within 1,500 calories a day. Yogurt Curry Chicken Bowl, Korean Beef and Glass Noodles and Pancetta and Chilli Baked Beans on Sourdough are all on the menu, demonstrating that healthy food needn't be boring.

    In Weekend Feasts, Gizzi shows you that once a week it’s good to let your hair down and treat yourself to the food you love to eat. Choose from a Friday night feast, a long leisurely brunch, a proper Sunday lunch or an indulgent afternoon tea.

    Skinny Weeks and Weekend Feasts by Gizzi Erskine is published by Quadrille Publishing and is out on 28th March.

    4. The Breakfast Bible by Seb Emina
    When it comes to the most important meal of the day, this book has a selection of recipes, advice, illustrations and miscellany.
    The recipes begin with the iconic full English - which can mean anything as long as there are eggs, bacon, sausages, mushrooms, tomatoes, black pudding, bread, potatoes and beans involved - before moving on to more exotic fare such as kedgeree, omelette Arnold Bennett, waffles, American muffins, porridge, roast peaches, channa masala from India, borek from the Balkans and pães de queijo from South America. There are also useful tips like the top songs for boiling an egg to, and how to store mushrooms.
    Interspersing the practicalities of putting a good breakfast together are essays and miscellanies from a crack team of eggsperts. Among them are H.P. Seuss, Blake Pudding, Poppy Tartt and Malcolm Eggs, who offer their musings on such varied topics as forgotten breakfast cereals of the 1980s, famous last breakfasts and Freud's famous Breakfast Dream.

    The Breakfast Bible by Seb Emina is published by Bloomsbury and available now.

  • Anna Bailey brings latest Arts Desk News and views the Lichtenstein exhibition

    Anna Bailey brings latest Arts Desk News and views the Lichtenstein  exhibition

    BOOKS: Oxford Literary Festival with Hilary Mantel

    BALLET: The Great Gatsby now on tour in Edinburgh

    ART: 500 Years of Italian Art featuring works by Bellini, Botticelli and Titian in Glasgow

    CLASSICAL MUSIC: The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Choir are hosting Classical Spectacular at the Liverpool Eco

    THEATRE / POETRY: Refugee Boy by poet Benjamin Zephaniah at the West Yorkshire Playhouse

    The American Pop Artist Roy Lichtenstein has been described as the King of Cool, Prophet of Popular Culture and the Connoisseur of the Comic Strip. Yet when his work was first exhibited in the 1960s it caused an outcry with many critics questioning whether it was art, particularly in comparison to the abstract expressionist artists of the time such as Jackson Pollock. Now some fifty years later the Tate Modern has opened one of the largest exhibitions dedicated to his work. Anna attended a viewing with the Daily Telegraph’s Art’s Critic Alistair Sooke, who has written a book about him; and Erica Wexler, former girlfriend and model to the artist to find out more about him - his work, life and love of jazz and whether he was a one trick pony or a Pop Art genius.

    Lichtenstein Retrospective at the Tate Modern


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