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Bletchley Circle creator Guy Burt; author Donal Ryan; the rise of Nollywood

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30 minutes
First broadcast:
Wednesday 08 January 2014

With Mark Lawson.

The Bletchley Circle, a drama about a group of women who worked at Bletchley Park during WWII, returns to our screens this week. It stars Anna Maxwell Martin, Rachael Stirling, Sophie Rundle and Julie Graham as former code-breakers turned detectives who have uncovered a conspiracy. The writer and creator of the series, Guy Burt, on imagining post-war life for the Bletchley code-breakers.

Author Donal Ryan discusses his second novel, The Thing About December. Donal discusses his love of exposing his characters' interior monologues and explains how his day job as an Employment Inspector helps impose a discipline on his writing.

Molly Dineen reviews two documentaries released this week. Kiss the Water is a poetic biography of Megan Boyd, who spent her life in the remote Scottish Highlands making anglers' flies so unique that they were desired all over the world, whilst The Square documents the ongoing struggles of the Egyptian Revolution through the eyes of the activists involved in the conflict.

As part of Radio 4's MINT season, Front Row has been investigating arts and culture in the emerging economies of Mexico, Indonesia, Nigeria and Turkey. Tonight, Nigerian film maker Obi Emelonye discusses the rise of the multiplex in Nigeria.

Producer: Olivia Skinner.

  • The Bletchley Circle

    Main image from The Bletchley Circle, courtesy of ITV, which goes out on Mondays on ITV at 9pm. 
  • Kiss The Water and The Square

    Kiss The Water and The Square are in cinemas in key UK cities from Friday 10 January 2014, certificate PG and 15, respectively. 
  • The Thing About December

    The Thing About December by Donal Ryan is out now in hardback, ebook and paperback, published by Doubleday Ireland. 

Credits

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Mark Lawson
Interviewed Guest
Guy Burt
Interviewed Guest
Donal Ryan
Interviewed Guest
Molly Dineen
Interviewed Guest
Obi Emelonye
Producer
Olivia Skinner

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