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Wednesday 27 October 2010

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Wednesday 27 October 2010

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

On today's programme: John Landis, Cairo Street Circus, Rumer and Jenny Erpenbeck.

Photo shows actors Simon Pegg and Andy Serkis in John Landis’ Burke and Hare.


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  • Burke and Hare

    The director John Landis discusses his new film.

  • Cairo Street Circus

    The acrobats, fire eaters and clowns taking over the city centre in Cairo.

  • Rumer

    The sultry voiced singer launches her much awaited debut album.

  • Jenny Erpenbeck

    The ghosts of Germany's past haunt the house at the heart of a chilling new novel.

  • Burke And Hare

    Anna talks to John Landis, the veteran director of such films as The Blues Brothers, An American Werewolf in London and Coming to America. He discusses his new film Burke and Hare, about two grave robbers in 19th century Edinburgh.

  • Cairo Street Circus

    Cairo Street Circus

    For centuries street circus artists entertained generations of Egyptians in public places and gardens for gratuities. But urbanization, traffic congestion and the surge of conservative values forced these artists off the streets.

    Now the first ever international street circus festival is bringing back the magic of circus arts to the streets and squares of Cairo. For The Strand, Eva Dadrian reports.

  • Rumer


    Some artists have a real buzz about them and Anglo Pakistani singer Rumer is one of them - her voice has been compared to Dusty Sopringfield and Karen Carpenter, and she's being courted by the likes of James Taylor, Burt Bacharach, Sandy Shaw and Carly Simon. Her debut album is out and we talk to her about her unusual upbringing and her musical influences.

  • Jenny Erpenbeck

    Jenny Erpenbeck

    Photo: Katharina Behling

    Set on the edge of a lake in Brandenburg, Germany, 12 different inhabitants of a house there recount their individual stories and a picture of Germany in the 20th Century emerges. Jenny Erpenbeck's novel Visitation reaches far into the past and illustrates personal stories of those affected by Hitler's facism, and Stalin's communism.

  • Visitation Book Cover

    Visitation Book Cover


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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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