Martin Freeman; American Psycho; Crime books round-up
With Mark Lawson.
Martin Freeman returns this week as Bilbo Baggins in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, the second film in Peter Jackson's trilogy. He talks to Mark about the physical difficulties of shooting scenes with Ian McKellen's towering Gandalf and how his commitment to the BBC's Sherlock almost cost him the role altogether.
Bret Easton Ellis' cult novel American Psycho has been adapted as a new musical starring Matt Smith as Patrick Bateman, the successful Manhattan banker turned serial killer. Dreda Say Mitchell reviews.
Mark investigates whether dividing large publishing houses into small imprints improves authors' chances of winning literary prizes. With Editor in Chief of Atlantic Books Ravi Mirchandani.
Jeff Park, Front Row's Crime Fiction aficionado, joins Mark to reveal his Christmas round-up of crime books.
Jeff's Top Six:-
Samurai Summer, by Ake Edwardson
The Ghost Riders Of Ordebec, by Fred Vargas
Dead Lions, by Mick Herron
The Siege, by Arturo Pérez-Reverte
The Enigma Of China, by Qiu Xiaolong
The Square Of Revenge, by Pieter Aspe
The Late Monsieur Gallet, by Georges Simenon
The Good Suicides, by Antonio Hill
The Cuckoo's Calling, by Robert Galbraith (aka JK Rowling)
Rogue Male, by Geoffrey Household
A Conspiracy Of Faith, by Jussi Adler-Olsen
The Scent Of Death, by Andrew Taylor
Death Of A Nightingale, by Lene Kaaberbol and Agnete Friis
Producer: Timothy Prosser.
American Psycho is at the Almeida Theatre in London until 1st February 2014.
Image above: Hugh Skinner as Luis Carruthers and Matt Smith as Patrick Bateman in American Psycho. Photographer: Manuel Harlan.
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
Jeff Park’s Top Six
Samurai Summer by Ake Edwardson
The Ghost Riders Of Ordebec by Fred Vargas
Dead Lions by Mick Herron
The Siege by Arturo Pérez-Reverte
The Enigma Of China by Qiu Xiaolong
The Square Of Revenge by Pieter Aspe
The Late Monsieur Gallet by Georges Simenon
The Good Suicides by Antonio Hill
The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith (aka JK Rowling)
Rogue Male by Geoffrey Household
A Conspiracy Of Faith by Jussi Adler-Olsen
The Scent Of Death by Andrew Taylor
Death Of A Nightingale by Lene Kaaberbol and Agnete Friis
|Interviewed Guest||Martin Freeman|
|Interviewed Guest||Dreda Say Mitchell|
|Interviewed Guest||Ravi Mirchandani|
|Interviewed Guest||Jeff Park|