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John le Carré's A Delicate Truth, and Matt Damon in Promised Land

45 minutes
First broadcast:
Saturday 20 April 2013

John le Carré's new novel A Delicate Truth centres on the aftermath of a counter-terror operation codenamed Wildlife which takes place in Gibraltar. It raises difficult moral and emotional territory for all involved and is described as one of le Carré's most personal novels for many years.

Promised Land is set in rural America and centres on whether a community will say yes to fracking when a big corporation arrives to try to buy up their land. Matt Damon and Frances McDormand star; Gus van Sant directs.

Ben Elton's first sitcom for 8 years is The Wright Way, set in the Health and Safety department of a local council and starring David Haig. Will it repeat the success of The Thin Blue Line?

Howard Brenton's new play focuses on the arrest of Chinese artist Ai Weiwei and was written at his request: #aiww: The Arrest of Ai Weiwei opens at the Hampstead Theatre.

And Richard Patterson lost 4 paintings in the warehouse fire that destroyed many of the works in the Saatchi collection in 2004. Now he's re-created one of them and it's amongst the work in his latest exhibition at the Timothy Taylor Gallery.

Miranda Sawyer, Bidisha and Christopher Frayling join Tom Sutcliffe.

Producer: Sarah Johnson.

  • #aiww: The Arrest of Ai Weiwei

    #aiww: The Arrest of Ai Weiwei continues at the Hampstead Theatre, London, until the 18th May 2013.

    Image above: Christopher Goh, Benedict Wong and Andrew Koji in #aiww: The Arrest of Ai Weiwei. Photocredit: Stephen Cummiskey, 2013.

    #aiww: The Arrest of Ai Weiwei

  • Promised Land

    Promised Land is in cinemas in nationwide, certificate 15.

    Promised Land

  • A Delicate Truth

    A Delicate Truth by John le Carré is published by Viking.

    A Delicate Truth

  • Richard Patterson

    The Richard Patterson exhibition continues at the Timothy Taylor Gallery until 1st June 2013.

    Richard Patterson

  • The Wright Way

    The Wright Way is on BBC1 on Tuesday 23rd April at 10.35pm.

    The Wright Way


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