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Martin Freeman; American Psycho; Crime books round-up

Duration:
30 minutes
First broadcast:
Friday 13 December 2013

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

Also recommended:-
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.

Chapters

4 items
  • Martin Freeman

    Martin Freeman on his return as Bilbo Baggins in the second installment of The Hobbit

  • American Psycho

    Dreda Say Mitchell reviews the new American Psycho musical starring Matt Smith

  • Publishing Houses

    Mark speaks to Ravi Mirchandani about publishing houses

  • Christmas Crime Books

    Jeff Park joins Mark to reveal his Christmas round-up of crime books

  • American Psycho

    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

    The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is in cinemas now certificate 12A.  


  • Crime Novels

    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


    Also recommended

    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

Credits

Presenter
Mark Lawson
Interviewed Guest
Martin Freeman
Interviewed Guest
Dreda Say Mitchell
Interviewed Guest
Ravi Mirchandani
Interviewed Guest
Jeff Park
Producer
Timothy Prosser

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