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2011 Albums of the Year
The Strand picks 3 top albums of 2011: Adele's 21, Tiny Ruin's Some Were Meant for Sea, and Anoushka Shankar's Traveller.

Abdoulaye Konaté
The Malian textile artist shows us his latest political work, seven metres long and inspired by the plumage of a guinea fowl.

Sherlock Holmes
As a new Sherlock Holmes film is released around the world, the Strand talks to writers Michael Dirda and Anita Sethi about the famous fictional detective's enduring appeal.

Steven Zaillian
The Oscar-winning screenwriter discusses his Hollywood take on Swedish crime drama The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.

We Bought a Zoo
The BBC's Kate Adair went to Dartmoor Zoo to meet Benjamin Mee, the journalist turned zoo-keeper whose story has been turned into a Hollywood film starring Matt Damon.

It's a South African, children's rom-com in Afrikaans, the first for nearly four decades. We talk to the producer about the state of the South African film industry.

We talk to the French band about their new album, the soundtrack to the 100 year old silent movie A Trip to the Moon, from pioneer director George Melies.

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Boxing Day 2011 04:05 GMT