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Judi Dench in Peter and Alice and Danny Boyle's film Trance

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First broadcast:
Saturday 30 March 2013

Life and Death in Pompeii and Herculaneum arrives at the British Museum to huge advance ticket sales and great anticipation: a moving illumination of the lives that were stopped short in AD79.

Judi Dench and Ben Whishaw become Alice in Wonderland and Peter Pan, in Skyfall writer John Logan's new play Peter and Alice, exploring the themes of lost childhood and becoming public property.

Danny Boyle's film Trance is a rollercoaster heist movie starring James McAvoy and Rosario Dawson. It's got energy and twists and turns... will it be the crowd pleaser that his Olympic opening ceremony proved to be?

Ghana Must Go is a feted first novel from Taiye Selasi, set in America, Ghana and Nigeria. It revolves around the death of a father before his relationships with other family members have truly been resolved.

And The Village, BBC1's new series created by Peter Moffatt, takes the working class view of 20th century history. Does its ambition, restrained pace and realism work for an audience more accustomed to costume fare?

Saturday Review today is presented by Sarfraz Manzoor.

Producer: Sarah Johnson.

  • Life and Death Pompeii and Herculaneum - Wall painting of the baker Terentius Neo and his wife

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    Wall painting of the baker Terentius Neo and his wife. From the House of Terentius Neo, Pompeii. AD 50 to 79. Copyright Soprintendenza Speciale per i Beni Archeologici di Napoli e Pompei / Trustees of the British Museum



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