Andrey Kurkov, workplace TV, Australian circus, Jeffrey Archer

With Kirsty Lang.

The acclaimed Ukrainian novelist Andrey Kurkov is best known in the UK for his cult novel Death and the Penguin. He reflects on the origins of his new book, The Gardener from Ochakov, a dark satire where a young man can time travel between 2010 and 1957 Ukraine, with the help of a vintage Soviet police uniform.

Two new TV documentary series begin tonight, aiming to reveal what it is like to work in retail and sales at the moment. Channel 4's The Dealership shows Essex car salesmen in action, while BBC Three's Shoplife follows a group of young people who are employed at the Metrocentre in Gateshead. Tiffany Stevenson gives her verdict.

With three Australian circus troupes taking to the stage at this year's Edinburgh Festival Fringe, and another currently entertaining audiences in London, Kirsty talks to the creative minds behind two of these shows - Wunderkammer and Limbo - to find out why Australian circus seems to be soaring.

For Cultural Exchange, writer Jeffrey Archer chooses the painting Ecce Homo by the 19th Century Italian artist Antonio Ciseri, which depicts the moment Pontius Pilate presented Jesus to a hostile crowd.

Producer Dymphna Flynn.

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Andrey Kurkov

The Gardener From Ochakov, by Andrey Kurkov, is available now, published by Harvill Secker.

Australian Circus

Wunderkammer runs at Underbelly in Edinburgh until 26th August, and Limbo is on at London Wonderground until 29th September.

Retail TV

The Dealership begins on Channel 4 on 1st August at 8pm.

Shoplife begins on BBC Three on 1st August at 9pm.


Role Contributor
PresenterKirsty Lang
Interviewed GuestAndrey Kurkov
Interviewed GuestJeffrey Archer
ProducerDymphna Flynn
EditorJohn Goudie

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