Upstream Colour; The Story of the Jews on BBC 2; new Margaret Atwood book Maddaddam

Simon Schama explores The Story of the Jews, in a big new history strand on BBC 2. Does his personal approach work for this massive subject?
Margaret Atwood's latest novel, Maddaddam, follows a group of survivors after a man-made plague has swept the earth.

In Blue Stockings, Jessica Swale's new play, the year is 1896 and Tess Moffat and her fellow first years are determined to win the right to graduate from Girton College, Cambridge, the first college to admit women.

Upstream Colour, Shane Carruth's new film, is a haunting, enigmatic tale of destiny, free will and mind-controlling bugs.

And Saturday Review asks its guests - this week it's Kathryn Hughes, John Mullen and Dominic Sandbrook - to select just one picture from Tate Britain's permanent collection for a kind of fine art equivalent of A Good Read.

Produced by Anne-Marie Cole.

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The Story of the Jews

Simon Schama's five-part series The Story of the Jews starts on BBC Two at 9pm on Sunday 1st September.


The third and final part of Margaret Atwood's Oryx and Crake series of science fiction novels, MaddAddam, is available now, published by Bloomsbury.

Blue Stockings

Jessica Swale's debut play Blue Stockings is on at Shakespeare's Globe theatre in London until 11th October.


Episode image: Tala Gouveia, Ellie Piercy and Olivia Ross in Blue Stockings. Photo by Manuel Harlan.

Upstream Colour

Shane Carruth's film Upstream Colour is out now in UK cinemas, certificate 12A.

Tate Britain

We have asked our guests this week to select their favourite item from Tate Britain’s permanent collection.


Role Contributor
Interviewed GuestKathryn Hughes
Interviewed GuestJohn Mullen
Interviewed GuestDominic Sandbrook
ProducerAnne-Marie Cole

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