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Tuesday 22 December 2009

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Tuesday 22 December 2009

The best of the world's arts, film, music, literature and music brought to you every day. Presented by Mark Coles.

In today's programme - Nowhere Boy review, Christmas pop hits, Australian literature, Georgia Simpsons.


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  • Nowhere Boy

    Nowhere Boy

    We review a new film about John Lennon's early life in Liverpool, directed by the artist Sam Taylor-Wood. It stars Kristin Scott Thomas as Lennon's aunt Mimi and his mother Julia is played by Anne-Marie Duff. The young actor Aaron Johnson plays Lennon himself and the movie focuses on the strained and often complicated family relationship.

  • Nowhere Boy

    Nowhere Boy

  • Christmas Pop: Hits or misses?

    Christmas Pop: Hits or misses?

    Every Christmas time, pop performers bring out seasonally-themed releases, of wildly varying muscal merit; 2009 has seen Sting and Bob Dylan bringing their special offerings to the yuletide record-buying public. Pat Kane (who has his own album 'Xmas Day' just out) dissects what it takes to make a Christmas record that can last.

    Photo above: Noddy Holder with Slade performing 'Merry Christmas Everybody' in 1973.

  • Australian Literature

    Australian Literature

    We hear from the General Editor of a new anthology of Australian literature which traces its history from the writings of the first settlers and indigenous Australians through to modern day writers who were born elsewhere and now call the country home. This landmark anthology has been a mammoth task of compilation drawing together the work of more than 300 writers from over two centuries.

  • Georgia's answer to the The Simpsons

    As the American cartoon The Simpsons celebrates its 20th anniversary we report on Georgia's home-grown version of the popular series.

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    World Book Club

    From Alice Walker to Chinua Achebe, the world's greatest authors discuss their best known novel.…

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