Stephen Fry; Liz Lochhead on The Great Tapestry of Scotland; The Great Beauty

With Mark Lawson

The Italian film The Great Beauty was acclaimed at this year's Cannes Film Festival, and now arrives in British cinemas. Set in contemporary Rome, it's the story of an ageing writer looking back with bitterness on his passionate youth. Sarah Crompton reviews.

Stephen Fry is curating the Deloitte Ignite Festival at the Royal Opera House, London. Events focus on Verdi and Wagner, to mark the bicentenaries of their births. Stephen Fry discusses his ideas for the Festival, which include taking QI panellist Alan Davies to his first opera for a scientific experiment. He also talks about the political situation in Russia, and not wanting to make a career out of his personal life.

The Great Tapestry of Scotland, thought to be the longest in the world, is being unveiled today in Edinburgh. It is more than 140 metres long and depicts the history of Scotland from pre-history to the present. The work was conceived by author Alexander McCall Smith, and the panels were designed by artist Andrew Crummy, with input from the historian Alistair Moffat. More than 1000 stitchers from every corner of Scotland have been working on the project for a year. Poet and dramatist Liz Lochhead discusses one of Scotland's biggest community arts projects.

Producer Claire Bartleet.

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The Great Beauty

The Great Beauty

The Great Beauty is in cinemas from 6th September certificate 15.

Stephen Fry’s Deloitte Ignite

Stephen Fry’s Deloitte Ignite

Deloitte Ignite, curated by Stephen Fry, is at the Royal Opera House in London from 6 September until 29 September.

The Great Tapestry of Scotland

The Great Tapestry of Scotland

The Great Tapestry of Scotland exhibition can be viewed in the Main Hall of the Scottish Parliament until the 21st September 2013. 


Gallery: Panels from the Great Tapestry of Scotland



Role Contributor
PresenterMark Lawson
Interviewed GuestSarah Crompton
Interviewed GuestStephen Fry
Interviewed GuestLiz Lochhead
ProducerClaire Bartleet

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