Josie Rourke, Nathan Filer, Julie Hesmondhalgh

As Conor McPherson's multi-award-winning play The Weir opens in the West End, director Josie Rourke talks about reviving this modern Irish ghost story whilst preparing to screen her production of Coriolanus, starring Tom Hiddleston, in cinemas worldwide.

Julie Hesmondhalgh has been making headlines as her Coronation Street character Hayley Cropper, suffering from terminal pancreatic cancer, leaves the soap by taking her own life. She discusses being involved in a storyline that has generated a national debate, and about her latest role in Blindsided, a new play by Simon Stephens.

Nathan Filer, the winner of the Costa Book Award for the first novel category, discusses his debut The Shock of the Fall. Following a protagonist who suffers from mental health problems, the novel explores themes of guilt, grief and mental illness. Nathan Filer discusses his other career as a mental health nurse and his plans for a second novel.

Classical violinist Vanessa Mae has qualified to compete with the Thai ski team in this year's Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics. Violinist Tasmin Little explains why violinists and skis are an unusual combination.

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Tue 21 Jan 2014 19:15


Blindsided, by Simon Stephens, runs at the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester from 23rd January - 15th February 2014.


Episode image: photo by Kevin Cummins.

The Weir

The Donmar Warehouse's production of Conor McPherson's The Weir has transferred to the West End and runs at Wyndham's Theatre until 19th April 2014.

Nathan Filer

The Shock of the Fall by Nathan Filer is available now, published by Harper Collins.


Role Contributor
Interviewed GuestJosie Rourke
Interviewed GuestJulie Hesmondhalgh
Interviewed GuestNathan Filer
Interviewed GuestTasmin Little
ProducerOlivia Skinner

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