James McAvoy in Filth; Dizzee Rascal; director Lucy Walker; young Poets Laureate

With John Wilson.

It's 17 years since Irving Welsh's novel Trainspotting became a highly-successful film, and now another of his books, Filth, makes it to the big screen. It stars James McAvoy as foul-mouthed detective sergeant Bruce Robertson, who's supposed to be investigating a murder, but combines this with large quantities of alcohol and drugs, and interfering with his colleagues' personal lives. Jason Solomons reviews.

British director Lucy Walker has been Oscar-nominated twice, for her documentaries Waste Land, and The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom. Her new film is The Crash Reel, which tells the story of professional snowboarder Kevin Pearce, who was severely brain injured after a crash and became determined to return to the sport despite his doctor's wishes. Walker explains how she became involved in the story.

Dizzee Rascal is the British rapper whose Mercury prize-winning debut album, Boy in da Corner, propelled him to stardom in 2003. He reflects on his performance in the London Olympics opening ceremony, his move to America and collaborating with Jessie J, will.i.am and Tinie Tempah on his latest album, The Fifth.

As part of the National Poetry Day celebrations, two new Young Poets Laureate are being announced today: the 2013/2014 Young Poet Laureate for Birmingham, and the first-ever Young Poet Laureate for London. Both winners discuss their poetry, and their feelings about taking on this public role.

Producer Claire Bartleet.

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Filth is in cinemas from 4th October, certificate 18.

The Crash Reel

The Crash Reel

The Crash Reel, directed by Lucy Walker, is in cinemas from 4th October, certificate 12A.

Dizzee Rascal

Dizzee Rascal
Dizzee Rascal’s new album The Fifth is out now.

Image: John Wilson and Dizzee Rascal in the Front Row studio. Photocredit: Jerome Weatherald.  

Young Poet Laureate for Birmingham

Lauren Williams is the 2013-2014 Young Poet Laureate for Birmingham.

The Birmingham scheme is supported by the Feeney Trust

Young Poet Laureate for London

Warsan Shire is the first-ever Young Poet Laureate for London. 

The London scheme is part of Spoke commissioned by the LLDC. The programme is being developed by A New Direction together with Apples and Snakes and Spread the Word.


Role Contributor
PresenterJohn Wilson
Interviewed GuestLucy Walker
Interviewed GuestDizzee Rascal
ProducerClaire Bartleet

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