Zoe Wanamaker; Cultural Exchange - Suggs; Arne Dahl

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With Mark Lawson.

Zoe Wanamaker, familiar to TV and cinema audiences from her roles in My Family, Poirot and the Harry Potter films, returns to the stage in a new production of Passion Play by Peter Nichols - a drama about marriage and temptation. She reflects on her approach to theatre, and remembers her father Sam, founder of Shakespeare's Globe theatre.

Swedish novelist and critic Jan Arnald uses the pen-name Arne Dahl when writing crime-fiction. His novels about Paul Hjelm and his colleagues in the Intercrime Group, an elite team of Swedish detectives, were adapted for Swedish TV, and are currently being broadcast on BBC Four. The books themselves are now being published in English. He discusses the advantages of having a team of detectives, rather than an individual, and about the reaction in Sweden to the British passion for Scandi Noir fiction.

In the latest edition of the Cultural Exchange project, in which 75 leading creative minds share their passion for a book, film, poem, piece of music or other work of art, Suggs from Madness nominates the poem On a Portrait of a Deaf Man by John Betjeman.

It's 50 years since The Beatles first topped the UK singles chart with From Me to You, which was a hit in May 1963. But what else was in the Top 40 back then? David Hepworth considers whether this was a turning-point in pop history, and identifies some other classics in that week's chart.

Producer Olivia Skinner.

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30 minutes

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Thu 2 May 2013 19:15

Zoe Wanamaker in Passion Play

Photo credit: Johan Persson


Role Contributor
PresenterMark Lawson
Interviewed GuestSuggs
ProducerOlivia Skinner
EditorJohn Goudie
Interviewed GuestZoe Wanamaker
Interviewed GuestArne Dahl
Interviewed GuestDavid Hepworth

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