Under the Skin; Cézanne; W1A new comedy

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Under The Skin is the new film from Jonathan "Sexy Beast" Glazer. Starring Scarlett Johansson, it's the story of an alien on earth and her encounters with humans. It's been booed and cheered at film festivals around the world, what do our humanoid reviewers make of this unconventional almost- psychedelic spacey work?

Henry Pearlaman was an American cold storage magnate and a collector of impressionist and post-impressionist art. A selection from his collection has come to the UK for the first time - and it includes some stunning works. How does Oxford's Ashmolean Museum present such a sumptuous array of riches?

The Olympic-themed sitcom Twenty Twelve was a rip-roaring award-winning success, and the BBC's follow up is set in The Corporation's HQ; New Broadcasting House. Is it full of self-indulgent in-jokes funny only to those "who work in the media" or do the bizarre machinations of any big organisation lend themselves to rib-tickling comedy?

Urinetown is the uninvitingly named new musical that has just opened. Set in a town where one man controls the public lavatories, and his attempt to quell the opposition who want to "pee for free". It originated on Broadway and was garlanded with awards, it subverts conventional expectations of what musicals should be. But does it do so in a way that will beguile our reviewers and British audiences more generally?

"Arguably the most successful author in China today", Mai Jia has sold more than 5 million copies. His espionage novels are a hit in the most populous nation on earth, but can they break out to the wider world? We look at his latest - Decoded -which deals with cryptographers in a top secret government department.

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Sat 15 Mar 2014 19:15

Cézanne and The Modern

The exhibition Cézanne and The Modern is at The Ashmolean Museum in Oxford, 13 March - 22 June 2014. Main Image Credit: Vincent van Gogh, Tarascon Stage Coach, 1888, © The Henry and Rose Pearlman Foundation, on long-term loan to the Princeton University Art Museum.


W1A begins on Wednesday 19 March, 10pm, BBC Two.

Under The Skin

Directed by Jonathan Glazer, Under The Skin is in cinemas from Friday 14 March, certificate 15.


Decoded by Mai Jia is published by Allen Lane on 18 March 2014.


Directed by Jamie Lloyd, Urinetown: The Musical is at St James Theatre in London, until 3 May 2014.


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PresenterTom Sutcliffe