The Amen Corner; Much Ado About Nothing; Peter James; Stephen Hough

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With Mark Lawson.

James Baldwin's play, The Amen Corner, tells the story of Margaret, the uncompromising pastor of a Harlem church, who has to face a secret from her past. Marianne Jean-Baptiste stars in a new National Theatre production, featuring a gospel choir. Writer and critic Bidisha gives her verdict.

Best-selling crime writer Peter James discusses his latest book Dead Man's Time, the ninth novel in the Roy Grace Series, and reveals the high-profile real-life inspiration for his character Amis Smallbone.

For Cultural Exchange, concert pianist Stephen Hough chooses a song called The Hurdy Gurdy Man by Franz Schubert, from his 1828 song cycle Die Winterreise.

After directing the blockbuster Avengers Assemble, Joss Whedon now releases a very different film: a modern-day version of Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing, shot in his own home, in black and white, and featuring a cast of his friends - most of whom appeared in his various cult TV series. Larushka Ivan-Zadeh reviews.

Producer Nicki Paxman.

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The Amen Corner

The Amen Corner runs at the National Theatre in London until 14th August.

Main image: Lucian Msamati (Luke) and Marianne Jean-Baptiste (Sister Margaret). Photo by Richard Hubert Smith.

Peter James

Dead Man’s Time, by Peter James, is available now, published by Macmillan.

Much Ado About Nothing

Much Ado About Nothing is released in UK cinemas on 16th June, certificate 12A.


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PresenterMark Lawson
Interviewed GuestPeter James
Interviewed GuestStephen Hough
ProducerNicki Paxman

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