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The Big Wedding; James Salter; Enough Tudors Already; David Walliams

Duration:
30 minutes
First broadcast:
Monday 20 May 2013

With Mark Lawson

Robert De Niro and Diane Keaton star in The Big Wedding, playing an ex-married couple who must pretend to be together for their adopted son's wedding. The starry cast also includes Susan Sarandon, Amanda Seyfried and Robin Williams as the priest. Larushka Ivan-Zadeh delivers her verdict.

A new series on the Tudors begins on BBC TV this week - so why is this historical period so popular with TV executives, and which other parts of British history deserve the TV treatment? Historians Henrietta Leyser and Don Spaeth pitch their alternatives.

Veteran American writer James Salter has just published his first novel in 34 years. All That Is comes garlanded with praise from writers on both sides of the Atlantic, and draws together many of the themes of Salter's lifetime's work: war, love, sex and marriage. Often considered the great overlooked writer, 87 year old Salter discusses the novel's long gestation, and his trademark economy of prose.

In Cultural Exchange, in which leading creative minds reflect on a favourite cultural experience, David Walliams discusses the work of Harold Pinter, and recalls the guidance Pinter gave him when he performed in No Man's Land.

Producer Penny Murphy.

Chapters

4 items
  • Main image from the film The Big Wedding

    From left to right: Muffin (Christine Ebersole), Don (Robert De Niro), Ellie (Diane Keaton), Nuria (Ana Ayora), Madonna (Patricia Rae) and Lyla (Katherine Heigl) in The Big Wedding. Photo credit: Barry Wetcher
  • The Big Wedding

    The Big Wedding, certificate 15, is in UK cinemas from Wednesday 29 May. 
  • James Salter - All That Is

    All That Is by James Salter is published in hardback and ebook by Picador. 
  • The Tudor Court Season

    The Tudor Court Season on BBC 2 begins this Thursday at 9pm with The last Days of Anne Boleyn. 

Credits

Presenter
Mark Lawson
Interviewed Guest
James Salter
Interviewed Guest
Henrietta Leyser
Interviewed Guest
Don Spaeth
Interviewed Guest
David Walliams
Producer
Penny Murphy
Editor
John Goudie

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