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The Rijksmuseum and Once on the London stage

45 minutes
First broadcast:
Saturday 13 April 2013

The Rijksmuseum, the Dutch national museum of art and history, has re-opened after ten years of rebuilding, renovation and restoration. The building houses the country's collections of fine and decorative arts.

In the film A Place Beyond the Pines a motorcycle stunt rider (Ryan Gosling) turns to robbing banks as a way to provide for his lover (Eva Mendes) and their newborn child, a decision that puts him on a collision course with an ambitious rookie cop (Bradley Cooper) who is navigating a department ruled by a corrupt detective.

Americanah is the title of the new novel by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie the Orange Prize award winning author of Half of a Yellow Sun. Americanah tells a story of love and race centred around a young man and woman from Nigeria who face difficult choices and challenges in the countries they come to call home.

The musical Once, which, on Broadway, won eight Tony Awards, including Best New Musical, has now come to London. Once tells the story of an Irish guy and an Eastern European girl who meet in a traditional Irish pub. Both musicians, their love affair is told through the songs they write for one another.

Tom Sutcliffe is joined this week by Paul Morley, Deborah Bull and Julia Peyton Jones.

Producer Anne-Marie Cole.

  • Once - the Musical

    Declan Bennett (Guy) and Zrinka Cvitesic (Girl) in Once

    Photo credit: Manuel Harlan


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Tom Sutcliffe
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Deborah Bull
Interviewed Guest
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