Mark Rylance; prisons on television; actors on songs

With Kirsty Lang.

Mark Rylance is currently taking a break from acting, and is concentrating on directing a new production of Much Ado About Nothing, which stars Vanessa Redgrave and James Earl Jones. He discusses his approach to the play, and reflects on the success of his role in Jez Butterworth's play Jerusalem, for which he won numerous awards as hard-living Johnny 'Rooster' Byron.

Prisons and the lives of prisoners have provided an enduring fascination for film and TV producers and viewers alike, with series such as Porridge and Prisoner Cell Block H, and more recently Bad Girls and Prisoners' Wives. This summer has seen two new prison dramas - Wentworth Prison, Channel 5's re-imagining of Prisoner Cell Block H, and Orange Is the New Black, the Netflix series which has proved a great success for the streaming network. To examine why prisons offer such a draw, Front Row brought together Dick Clement, co-creator and writer of Porridge, Pete McTighe, scriptwriter for Wentworth Prison, and Maureen Chadwick co-creator and writer of the ITV series Bad Girls.

As actor Dominic West makes a speaking appearance on Rizzle Kicks' new album, David Quantick considers the other thespians who have lent their voices to pop records, from Brian Blessed to Vincent Price and Stephen Fry.

Producer Stephen Hughes.

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Above: Front Row's Kirsty Lang with Mark Rylance. 
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Much Ado About Nothing

Much Ado About Nothing

Much Ado About Nothing, directed by Mark Rylance continues at The Old Vic in London until 30th November.

Image: James Earl Jones and Vanessa Redgrave in Much Ado About Nothing. Photocredit: Jay Brooks. 

Prisons on TV

Wentworth Prison continues on Channel 5 Wednesdays at 10pm.

Orange is the New Black is available to watch on Netflix.


Rizzle Kicks

Rizzle Kicks

Rizzle Kicks’ new album, Roaring 20s, featuring Domninic West, is out now. 


Role Contributor
PresenterKirsty Lang
Interviewed GuestMark Rylance
Interviewed GuestDick Clement
Interviewed GuestPete McTighe
Interviewed GuestMaureen Chadwick
Interviewed GuestDavid Quantick
ProducerStephen Hughes

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