Penelope Lively; Julian Fellowes' Romeo and Juliet; Paddy McAloon

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With Kirsty Lang.

Julian Fellowes, the creator of Downton Abbey, has adapted Romeo And Juliet for the big screen, inserting his own blank verse in the process. Andrew Dickson, the author of The Rough Guide To Shakespeare, delivers his verdict.

Booker Prize-winning novelist Penelope Lively, now in her 80s, discusses the impact of ageing and the fallibility of memory as her memoir Ammonites and Leaping Fish is published.

The Bridge was a Scandi TV drama about a body found on the bridge between Denmark and Sweden and the cultural differences that informed the investigation of the murder. Now it has been adapted for British and French audiences as The Tunnel, with the body found halfway across the Channel Tunnel. Former Times Paris correspondent Kate Muir gives her verdict.

It's 25 years since the band Prefab Sprout enjoyed their greatest chart success with the single The King of Rock 'N' Roll, and a decade since their last album of new material, but now founder-member Paddy McAloon is back with a new disc. He discusses finding inspiration in a school cinema trip to Romeo and Juliet, the effects of tinnitus, and whether a song about a deal with the Devil reflects his own experience of the music business

Producer Ellie Bury.

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Fri 11 Oct 2013 19:15

Romeo and Juliet

Romeo and Juliet is in cinemas now certificate PG.

Penelope Lively

Ammonites and Leaping Fish: A Life in Time by Penelope Lively is available in hardback and ebook now.

The Tunnel

The Tunnel begins on Sky Atlantic on Wednesday 16th October at 9pm.

Prefab Sprout

Crimson/Red by Prefab Sprout is out now.

Credits

Role Contributor
PresenterKirsty Lang
Interviewed GuestAndrew Dickson
Interviewed GuestPenelope Lively
Interviewed GuestPaddy McAloon
Interviewed GuestKate Muir
ProducerEllie Bury

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