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Pinter's The Hothouse and The Reluctant Fundamentalist

45 minutes
First broadcast:
Saturday 11 May 2013

John Simm and Simon Russell Beale star in a new production of Harold Pinter's The Hothouse at the Trafalgar Studios in London. When Pinter first wrote the play in the fifties, he put it in a drawer and pronounced it useless. Was he wrong?

Mira Nair's film The Reluctant Fundamentalist, based on Mohsin Hamid's Booker-nominated novel, stars Riz Ahmed as Changez, who finds his loyalty questioned and torn post 9/11.

Terry Eagleton is one of the best-known literary theorists in the world. His new book is How to Read Literature. Will it enhance the reading experience?

Mud, written by Jeff Nichols and starring Matthew McConaughey and Reese Witherspoon, was nominated for the Palme d'Or at last year's Cannes film festival. It's a coming-of-age movie set on the banks of the Mississippi.

And The Fall, starring Gillian Anderson, is a tense search for a serial killer set in Belfast, beginning on BBC2 next week.

Joining Tom Sutcliffe are Professor John Mullan and the writers Michael Arditti and Aminatta Forna.

Producer: Sarah Johnson.

  • The Hothouse

    The Hothouse continues at Trafalgar Studios, London until 3rd August 2013.


    Main image: John Simm as Gibbs and Simon Russell Beale as Roote in The Hothouse. Photo credit: Johan Persson


    The Hothouse

  • The Reluctant Fundamentalist

    The Reluctant Fundamentalist is showing nationwide in cinemas at the moment. Certificate 15.

  • Mud

    Mud is in cinemas in key cities. Certificate 12A.


  • The Fall

    The Fall begins on BBC Two on Monday, 13th May at 21:00.

    The Fall

  • How to Read Literature

    How to Read Literature by Terry Eagleton is published by Yale Univeristy Press.


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