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The Strand - Monday 14th June 2010

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Monday 14 June 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: Normandy's major show of impressionist paintings from around the world, Shankaboot - the Arab world's first online soap opera, translations of the essays of Russian writer Marina Tsvetaeva and American director, producer and author Tyler Perry.


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  • Impressionism

    The world loves Impressionist art, but the French, who invented it, aren't so keen?

  • Shankaboot

    From Lebanon, a revolutionary new soap opera...

  • Marina Tsvetaeva.

    From Russia, arguably that country's greatest poet - Marina Tsvetaeva.

  • Tyler Perry

    One of Hollywood's most versatile, successful and little-known film-directors.



    Picture shows Claude Monet's Waterlillies at Midday (Oil on Canvas)

    John Laurenson reports on Normandy's major show of impressionist paintings from around the world - why they're good and why they were original at the time and explore the question of why this movement is so phenomenally popular today.



    Turkish, egyptian and american tv soaps have vice-like grip in many parts of the Middle-east but arabic material on-line is growing exponentially. Natalia Antelava hears about one trend-setting experiment, the arab world's first on-line soap which was launched this weekend (supported by BBC World Service Trust). It's called Shankaboot, the name of the central character's can the adventures of a Beirut delivery boy prove a ratings winner and prove to the vanguard of a new confidence


    New translations of the great Russian writer's essays reveal a clear and fascinating insight into her imagination.



    The actor, director, playwright, screenwriter, producer, and author Tyler Perry is possibly one of America's best known secrets. Last year he opened his own very slick movie studios in Atlanta Georgia. There have been seven films in the past four years, each one grossing on average more than 45 million American Dollars. Recently Tyler Perry was in the UK - step one in his plan for world domination - The Strand asks him why some of his characters have made such an impact among African American audiences.


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