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Sunday 28 October 2012

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

Presented by Mark Coles.

Greek Theatre Attacks
A theatre in Greece has been attacked by far-right MPs for staging a controversial play that has homosexual themes. Audience members were beaten and suffered broken bones, while the actors have received death threats. The director has called it ‘Krystallnacht’ for Greece. The Strand investigates.

Colm Tóibín
Award winning Irish novelist Colm Tóibín talks about giving a voice to Mary, mother of Jesus, in his latest book.

Robert Soko
From Bosnia to Brazil gypsy brass dance music Balkan Beats has been a worldwide phenomenon, Mark talks to the godfather of the genre DJ Robert Soko (pictured) about his new remix CD.

50 years old and still kicking! James Bond is back with the latest offering directed by Oscar-winning Sam Mendes. Skyfall takes us back to the roots of 007 and features a sinister villain played by Spanish Oscar-winner Javier Bardem.

Ecuadorean Films
This year has seen more films released and in production in Ecuador than ever before, mainly thanks to increased state funding. Journalist Irene Caselli talks about two current releases and reflects on the challenges that the industry faces.

Matteo Garrone
The director Matteo Garrone made his name with the award-winning mafia film Gomorra. His new film couldn't be more different. It's the story of a fishmonger who wants to be on Big Brother but his desire to be on reality TV starts to distort his sense of reality.

Cloud Atlas
Directed by Lana and Andy Wachowski and Tom Tykwer, this film adaptation of David Mitchell's novel opens in the US this week. Production designer Uli Hanisch talks about bringing this very ambitious book to the screen.

Image: Robert Soko, photographed by Michael Mann



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