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David Tennant and Gregory Doran; Bill Bryson; Sex on film and TV

Duration:
30 minutes
First broadcast:
Tuesday 01 October 2013

With Mark Lawson.

David Tennant and RSC Artistic Director Gregory Doran discuss their forthcoming production of Richard II. Tennant talks about switching accents and the difference between working on the stage and screen. Gregory Doran reveals his techniques for making Shakespeare understandable, why he won't change words and how he copes with his dual role of managing the RSC whilst directing his own plays.

The analysis and control of human sexuality are the focus of a new film and a TV drama series. The film Thanks for Sharing, starring Gwyneth Paltrow, Mark Ruffalo and Tim Robbins, is set in the world of recovering sex addicts, whilst the series Masters of Sex stars Michael Sheen as the pioneering sex researcher Dr William Masters. Advice columnist Bel Mooney gives her verdict.

Bill Bryson, whose bestselling books includes Notes form a Small Island and A Short History of Nearly Everything, discusses his latest work, One Summer: America 1927. Covering a period of just a few months in 1927, the book explores how events including Charles Lindbergh's non-stop flight from New York to Paris, a sensational murder trial and the President's shock decision not to stand for re-election gripped America and shaped its future. Bill Bryson discusses how concentrating on a snapshot of history gave him insights that might elude other biographers and historians.

Producer Olivia Skinner.

  • Richard II

    RSC's RICHARD II Rehearsal
    Richard II is at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon from 10th October until the 16th November 2013 and and travels to the Barbican Theatre in London from 9 December 2013 to 25 January 2014. 

    It will also Broadcast live to cinemas in the UK and around the world on 13 November 2013. 

    Image: David Tennant, Gregory Doran and Nigel Lindsay in a Richard II rehearsal. Photo credit: Kwame Lestrade.

     

  • Masters of Sex

    masters of sex

    Masters of Sex begins on Channel 4 on the 8th October at 9pm. 

  • Thanks for Sharing

    Thanks for Sharing
    Thanks for Sharing is in cinemas from 4th October, certificate 15.


  • Bill Bryson

    Bill Bryson
    One Summer: America 1927 by Bill Bryson is available in hardback and e-book now.


Credits

Presenter
Mark Lawson
Interviewed Guest
David Tennant
Interviewed Guest
Gregory Doran
Interviewed Guest
Bill Bryson
Producer
Olivia Skinner

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