Bernardo Bertolucci

On Start the Week Tom Sutcliffe looks at the cultural history of Italy. The world renowned film director, Bernardo Bertolucci discusses his latest film Me and You. The journalist and film-maker Annalisa Piras looks back at her country's political, economic and social decline over the last two decades while the English born conductor with Italian roots, Antonio Pappano, talks about the musical soul of Italy. And Tim Parks offers a portrait of his adopted homeland - the 'charmingly irritating dystopian paradise' of Italy - as he travels the country by train.

Producer: Katy Hickman.

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Mon 22 Apr 2013 21:30

Bernardo Bertolucci

Bernardo Bertolucci is a film director and screenwriter.


Me and You (Io e Te) is on general release.


Me and You

Annalisa Piras

Annalisa Piras is a journalist and film-maker.


Girlfriend in a Coma is out now on DVD.


Girlfriend in a Coma

Tim Parks

Tim Parks is an author.


Italian Ways: On and Off the Rails from Milan to Palermo is published by Harvill Secker.


Tim Parks

Antonio Pappano

Antonio Pappano is Music Director of The Royal Opera, Covent Garden.


Don Carlo is on at the Royal Opera House in London from 4 May.


Antonio Pappano

Start the Week at Brighton Festival

Start the Week is at the Brighton Festival on Thursday 2nd May. Stephanie Flanders will be presenting this special edition of the programme with guests Michael Rosen, Jay Griffiths, Mariele Neudecker and Matt Adams. 


The recording will take place at midday at the Brighton Dome Studio Theatre. If you would like to be part of the audience please email Brighton Festival.


Due to limited availability, tickets will be issued on a first come first served basis.


Doors open at 11.30 and the recording will take place from 12:00 to 13:00.


Role Contributor
PresenterTom Sutcliffe
Interviewed GuestAntonio Pappano
ProducerKaty Hickman
Series EditorRebecca Stratford