Judi Dench, Julian Barnes on Daumier, Ambassadors, Ibsen's Ghosts

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With Mark Lawson.

Dame Judi Dench discusses her role in the new film Philomena, in which she plays a 70-year-old Irish woman who is looking to trace her son, taken away from her when she was a teenager. She discusses portraying and meeting the real Philomena Lee, and working with Steve Coogan, who co-scripted and co-stars in the film as Martin Sixsmith, the man who helped Philomena find her child.

Honoré Daumier was a French printmaker, sculptor and painter whose work offered a social commentary on 19th Century French life. A new exhibition, Visions of Paris, explores his legacy. Booker Prize-winning novelist Julian Barnes reviews the show.

Henrik Ibsen's play Ghosts is enjoying two very different new productions at the moment. In English Touring Theatre's staging, the sets take inspiration from designs originally made for the play by Edvard Munch in 1906. In Richard Eyre's new version, at the Almeida Theatre, London, the transparent walls of the set provide a stark contrast to the secrets hidden by the characters. Tim Hatley who designed the Almeida's production and Sue Prideaux, Munch's biographer, discuss the different approaches to representing the text.

Peep Show stars David Mitchell and Robert Webb reunite in Ambassadors, a TV comedy-drama series about the inner-workings of an embassy in the fictional country of Tazbekistan. Briony Hanson of the British Council delivers her verdict.

Producer Jerome Weatherald.

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Wed 23 Oct 2013 19:15


Philomena is in cinemas from 1 November 2013, certificate 12A.

Honoré Daumier

Honoré Daumier

The exhibition Daumier (1808-1879): Visions of Paris is at the Royal Academy of Arts in London from 26 October 2013 to 26 January 2014.

Gallery: Daumier (1808-1879): Visions of Paris


Three-part comedy drama The Ambassadors begins tonight at 9.00pm on BBC 2.



Richard Eyre’s Ghosts is at the Almeida Theatre in London until 23 November.

Rose Theatre and English Touring Theatre’s co-production of Ghosts is at The Oxford Playhouse until 26 October and then continues its national tour.


Role Contributor
PresenterMark Lawson
Interviewed GuestJudi Dench
Interviewed GuestTim Hatley
Interviewed GuestSue Prideaux
ProducerJerome Weatherald

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