Mud reviewed; Howard Jacobson's Cultural Exchange; MD Villiers

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With Mark Lawson.

Matthew McConaughey stars as a fugitive befriended by two children in Mud, a new drama from acclaimed director Jeff Nichols. The kids try to help him avoid capture and reunite him with his first love, but not everything goes to plan. Critic Ryan Gilbey delivers his verdict.

M D Villiers was nominated for the Crime Writers Association's Debut Dagger award for her novel City of Blood. The book is set in Johannesburg and was inspired by a real murder which took place on the streets of the city. She explains how she started to write about her home country.

In the latest episode of Cultural Exchange, in which creative minds select a favourite art-work, Booker Prize-winning novelist Howard Jacobson nominates Carnal Knowledge, the 1971 film directed by Mike Nichols and starring Jack Nicholson.

This week further allegations arose about abuse in Britain's specialist music schools. Martin Roscoe is a music teacher who has voiced his concern about how schools are run. Paul Lewis is a world-renowned pianist and former pupil at Chetham's. Both talk to Mark about one-to-one teaching and how the culture of musical education should change.

Producer Ellie Bury.

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Wed 8 May 2013 19:15


Mud, starring Matthew McConaughey and Reese Witherspoon, is in cinemas from Friday, certificate 12A.

City of Blood

City of Blood by MD Villiers is out this week, published by Harvill Secker. 


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PresenterMark Lawson
Interviewed GuestHoward Jacobson
ProducerPenny Murphy
EditorJohn Goudie

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