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Calvary, Birdland, Jamaica Inn, Teju Cole, The First Georgians

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45 minutes
First broadcast:
Saturday 12 April 2014

John Michael McDonagh's film Calvary reunites him with Brendan Gleeson after their success together on The Guard in 2011. This time it's about a priest who is told in confession that - in one week's time - he will be killed. It has an allstar Irish cast and was rewarded with prizes at The IFTAs. Does the mix of serious subject matter and offbeat humour work?

Simon Stevens is probably best known for his stage adaptation of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time -which is about to transfer to Broadway. His newest work Birdland opens at London's Royal Court Theatre and features Andrew Scott as a disintegrating rock star; could it achieve the same degree of success?

The BBC's new adaptation of Jamaica Inn is a sumptuous brooding production starring Jessica Brown Findlay (Lady Sybil from Downton Abbey). Filmed in Northern Ireland and Cumbria, does it do justice to Daphne du Maurier's Cornish setting?

Nigerian-born Teju Cole won widespread acclaim for his first published work Open City, setting a young African man wandering the streets of New York City. His follow-up; Every Day is for the Thief, sends a young African American man back to Nigeria and explores the cultural resonances and differences he experiences.

The First Georgians exhibition at The Queen's Gallery Buckingham Palace, reflects the reigns of Kings George I and II (1714-1760) through a range of objects from The Royal Collection. Portraits, gold table settings, battle plans, furniture and a whole room full of works by Hogarth are among the items on display. Does it hold together and impress or just overwhelm with its opulence?

  • Calvary

    Directed by John Michael McDonagh, Calvary is in cinemas from Friday 11 April 2014, certificate 15.
  • Every Day Is For The Thief

    Every Day is for the Thief by Teju Cole is published by Faber and Faber.
  • The First Georgians: Art and Monarchy 1714-1760

    The First Georgians: Art and Monarchy 1714-1760, is on display at The Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace, London, from Friday 11 April to Sunday 12 October 2014.
  • Birdland

    Written by Simon Stephens, Birdland is at the Royal Court Theatre in London, until 31 May 2014.
  • Jamaica Inn

    An adaptation of Daphne du Maurier's book, Jamaica Inn begins on Easter Monday 21 April, BBC One.

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Tom Sutcliffe
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Mark Billingham

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