Colin Firth; Hostages

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With Kirsty Lang.

Colin Firth talks about his new film, The Railway Man, a true story in which he plays Eric Lomax, a British Army officer who is tormented as a prisoner in a Japanese labour camp during World War II. Decades later, Eric learns that the Japanese interpreter he holds responsible for much of his treatment is still alive, and sets out to confront him. Colin also considers the fine art of pretending to be patrician - and Paddington Bear as Mr Darcy.
Hostages is a new US TV drama, hot on the heels of Homeland and - like it - based upon an Israeli TV series. Hostages stars Toni Collette as a top surgeon in Washington DC, who - together with her family - gets caught up in the middle of a grand political conspiracy. Sarah Crompton, arts editor of the Telegraph, reviews.

Es Devlin is a stage designer whose work has ranged from west end theatre productions, to designing the London Olympics closing ceremony, and creating tour-sets for artists including Kanye West, Pet Shop Boys and Take That. Es takes Kirsty around her studio where she is preparing work for Don Giovanni at the Royal Opera House, Harry Hill's new musical I Can't Sing and Miley Cyrus's upcoming tour. She discusses working in genres as diverse as opera, theatre and pop music, and why she feels stage directors should get more credit.

Singer Sam Smith is tipped for success after winning BBC's Sound Of 2014; previous winners include Adele, Jessie J and Haim. Smith, who topped the charts in 2013 with his Naughty Boy collaboration, La La La, is also the winner of the BRIT Critics' Choice. He talks to Kirsty about his reaction to receiving both awards and his plans for the year ahead.

Producer: Rebecca Nicholson.

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Fri 10 Jan 2014 19:15

Es Devlin

Es Devlin

Designer Es Devlin with Kirsty Lang.

Devlin has created stage sets for American Psycho - currently at The Almeida Theatre in London; the X-Factor musical written by Harry Hill, I Can’t Sing, which opens at the end of February; Don Giovanni which opens on 1 February at the Royal Opera House and Miley Cyrus’s tour which comes to the UK in May 2014.


The Railway Man

Main image of Colin Firth in The Railway Man, which is out in selected UK cinemas from today, Friday 10 January 2014, certificate 15. 


The US drama Hostages begins from tomorrow, Saturday 14 January, at 9.00pm on Channel 4.

BBC - Sound Of 2014 winner

The BBC Sound Of 2014 winner, chosen from a longlist of 15 most exciting new acts, is singer songwriter Sam Smith.

Sam Smith’s debut single Money on My Mind is released on 16 Feb and his album In The Lonely Hour will be released on 26 May 2014. 


Role Contributor
PresenterKirsty Lang
Interviewed GuestColin Firth
Interviewed GuestSarah Crompton
Interviewed GuestEs Devlin
Interviewed GuestSam Smith
ProducerRebecca Nicholson

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