Morecambe and Wise, Kate Tempest, Poets' Corner, the return of Blofeld

With Kirsty Lang.

Morecambe and Wise are remembered and revived in a new stage production called Eric And Little Ern, which follows on from a TV biopic of the double-act, a one-man show about Eric Morecambe, and the award-winning The Play What I Wrote. The writers and stars of this latest homage, Ian Ashpitel and Jonty Stephens, discuss the reasons for the comedians' enduring appeal.

Performance poet and rapper Kate Tempest won this year's Ted Hughes Prize for innovation in poetry for Brand New Ancients, an hour long spoken story depicting the intertwining lives of two families. As she begins a tour which will take the show all over the country, she explains who the Brand New Ancients are and reveals the play that changed her life.

James Bond producers found themselves embroiled in a legal dispute with Kevin McClory - a co-writer of the 1965 film Thunderball - over who invented the cat-stroking supervillain Blofeld. As a result, the character was left on the shelf for 30 years but with news that the relevant rights have been acquired from the McClory estate, it looks like our most famous screen villain could be given a new lease of life. To reflect on the character of Blofeld and why he has become so ubiquitous in popular culture, journalist Stephen Armstrong came to the rescue.

And 50 years after his death, the Chronicles of Narnia writer CS Lewis has been honoured with a memorial stone in Poets' Corner in Westminster Abbey. The Dean of Westminster, the Very Reverend Dr John Hall, explains how the selection process works.

Produced by Ella-mai Robey.

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Eric and Little Ern

Eric and Little Ern
Main image left to right: Jonty Stephens and Ian Ashpitel. Photo by Geraint Lewis.

Eric and Little Ern runs at the Vaudeville Theatre in London from now until 12 January 2014.

 

Poets' Corner memorials

Poets' Corner memorials
Writer C.S. Lewis has been honoured with a memorial stone in Poets' Corner at Westminster Abbey, 50 years after his death.

Image: the C.S. Lewis memorial, courtesy of Andrew Dunsmore/Westminster Abbey

Credits

Role Contributor
PresenterKirsty Lang
Interviewed GuestIan Ashpitel
Interviewed GuestJonty Stephens
Interviewed GuestKate Tempest
Interviewed GuestStephen Armstrong
Interviewed GuestDr John Hall
ProducerElla-mai Robey

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