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Monday 29th March 2010

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28 minutes
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Monday 29 March 2010

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

On today's programme: The Enchanted Palace multi-media exhibition, New Zealand poet Alison Wong talks about her debut novel 'As The Earth Turns Silver', The World of Suzie Wong celebrates its 50th anniversary and a new documentary looking at the power and genius of JS Bach's music.

The Room of Dancing Princesses photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images.

Chapters

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  • The Enchanted Palace

    Harriett Gilbert goes on a behind the scenes tour of the multi-media exhibition.

  • Alison Wong

    The New Zealand poet talks about her debut novel 'As The Earth Turns Silver'.

  • The World of Suzie Wong

    Actress Nancy Kwan talks about the film which celebrates its 50th anniversary.

  • Interpreting Bach

    A new documentary looking at the power and genius of the composer's music.

  • The Enchanted Palace

    The Enchanted Palace

    Illuminated busts and a palace are displayed in the Rooms of Lost Childhood. Photo: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images.

    Part theatre, part fashion project, Kensington Palace in London is being converted into 'The Enchanted Palace': a multi-media exhibition combining fashion, art, performance and circus spectacle and taking inspiration from both the royal palace and the princesses who once lived there. Harriett Gilbert is given a behind the scenes tour.

    Kensington Palace
  • The Room of a Sleeping Princess at the Enchanted Palace experience

    The Room of a Sleeping Princess at the Enchanted Palace experience

    Photo: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images.

  • Alison Wong

    New Zealand poet Alison Wong talks about her debut novel 'As The Earth Turns Silver', the story of two Chinese brothers who run a greengrocer's shop in Wellington and send money back to their respective wives but can't afford to pay for them to join them. Alison Wong tells Harriett Gilbert about Chinese early 20th century immigration to New Zealand and how it has inspired her novel.

  • The World of Suzie Wong

    The World of Suzie Wong

    Photo of Nancy Kwan by James Burden.

    2010 sees the film 'The World of Suzie Wong' celebrate its 50th anniversary. Based on a book of the same name by the British author Richard Mason, the story is one of love and drama set in the 1960s after an artist - played by the American actor William Holden - meets the enigmatic Suzie on Hong Kong's iconic Star Ferry and again in the bars of Wan Chai, the city's red light district. Suzie was played by Nancy Kwan who was just 20 when she was plucked out of obscurity to play the role. Now 70, she returned to Hong Kong recently to talk about Suzie and to promote a documentary based on her life. The Strand's Annemarie Evans takes a trip with her on the cross-harbour ferry.

  • Interpreting Bach

    A new documentary gathers together world-class Bach players from Phillip Glass and Bobby McFerrin to Joao Carlo Martins. They share their innermost thoughts and personal reflections on the power and genius of Bach's music and perform some of his greatest masterpieces. Harriett meets with the project's director Michael Lawrence.

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