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Wednesday 27 January 2010

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

In today's programme: Terry Pratchett discusses his children's book which has been adapted for the stage, the Director of the British Museum explores the 'History of the World' and art fakes and forgeries at the Victoria & Albert Museum.


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  • Terry Pratchett

    Terry Pratchett

    Terry Pratchett discusses his children's book "Nation", which has been adapted for the stage at the National Theatre in London and which will be screened live in cinemas around the world. He'll be explaining why he wants to be remembered for Nation more than his Discworld novels and why he wanted to change people's perception of Orcs.

    Terry Pratchett's novel "Nation" has been adapted for the theatre by Mark Ravenhill runs until the 28th March 2010.

    It is going to be shown live in cinemas around the world on Sat 30th January, and shown in others in February.

    Terry Pratchett's 'Unseen Academicals' is Published by Doubleday books.

    National Theatre Website
  • The History of the World in 100 Objects

    The History of the World in 100 Objects

    In this landmark BBC series, Neil MacGregor, The Director of the British Museum explores the global history of human life as told through 100 fascinating objects from around the world which are in the museum's collection.
    On today's Strand he looks at the Ain Sakhri lovers, a stone sculpture from 11,000 years ago, found near Bethlehem, which is the worlds earliest representation of a couple having sex.
    Harriett Gilbert talks to archaeologist Prof. Anna Belfer-Cohen from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem about the significance of his piece of early art.

    British Museum Website
  • Art Fakes and Forgeries

    Art Fakes and Forgeries

    Britain's Victoria and Albert Museum, in partnership with London's Metropolitan Police Service is currently staging an exhibition which is all about fake art works. The display offers a rare insight into some of the investigative methods involved in detecting and preventing the increasingly sophisticated crime of art forgery. Visitors will be able to see forged versions of paintings and sculptures from contemporary works such as fake Banksys and artifacts created by Shaun Greenhalgh, who produced fake "masterpieces" ranging from an Egyptian Amarna princess to Lowry paintings.

    The Metropolitan Police Service's Investigation of Fakes and Forgeries runs from 23 January - 7 February 2010 at the V&A Museum, rooms 17a & 18a. Admission free.

    Photo shows The Amarna Princess, created in Bolton 2003, sold for £440,000 and seized by the Metropolitan Police Service’s Art & Antiques Unit in 2006.

    Victoria & Albert Museum
  • MyWorld Film Competition

    MyWorld Film Competition

    This week The Strand has launched 'MyWorld My Minute'; an opportunity for listeners around the world to submit a one minute film in the BBC's search for the best stories/insights told from 60 seconds to 120 seconds. The best entries will be showcased in Superpower - The World Service's internet season in March.

    MyWorld BBC Website


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