Kate Atkinson; Outnumbered; August Osage County

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With Mark Lawson.

Conductor Simon Rattle remembers Claudio Abbado, the acclaimed Italian conductor and former musical director of La Scala, Milan, who has died aged 80.

The Pulitzer prize-winning play, August: Osage County, a dark comedy looking at the lives of a group of women brought back to the Oklahoma house they grew up in, has been adapted for the screen. The all-star cast includes Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts, both nominated for Academy Awards, alongside Ewan McGregor and Benedict Cumberbatch. Diane Roberts comments on whether the translation from stage to screen is successful.

In the first of five interviews with the authors who have won their categories for this year's Costa Book Awards, Mark talks to Kate Atkinson. She discusses winning the best novel category for her book Life After Life, the unusual structure of the book - in which the protagonist dies and is re-born - and imagining alternative futures.

BBC One's family comedy, Outnumbered, is returning for a fifth series. Hugh Dennis and Tyger Drew-Honey talk about their roles as father and son, the development of the show from improvised to scripted scenes, and watching the family drama with their own families.

Producer: Olivia Skinner.

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Kate Atkinson

Life After Life by Kate Atkinson is out in hardback and ebook, and in paperback from Thursday 30 January 30, published by Black Swan.

August: Osage County

August: Osage County is in cinemas nationwide from Friday 24 January, certificate 15.


The fifth series of Outnumbered begins on BBC 1 at 9pm on Wednesday 29 January.


Role Contributor
PresenterMark Lawson
Interviewed GuestSir Simon Rattle
Interviewed GuestKate Atkinson
Interviewed GuestHugh Dennis
Interviewed GuestTyger Drew-Honey
ProducerOlivia Skinner

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