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MONDAY 18 AUGUST

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ANTONY SHER
Mark Lawson talks to Antony Sher about his new play I.D, based on the book A Mouthful of Glass by Henk van Woerden.

I.D opens at the Almeida Theatre in London on 28 August and runs until 18 October
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TOMB RAIDER 2
Film critic Bob McCabe reviews Tomb Raider 2: The Cradle of Life starring Angelina Jolie as Lara Croft.

Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life is released at cinemas nationwide from this Friday, certificate 12A
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SEPTEMBER NOVELS COMPETITION
Each day this week five passages from different books will be read out on air. You have to guess who the five authors are by their writing style. By the end of this week all five readings will be available to see here on the website.

1st Reading
Every woman he dares to sleep with bears his child. So now it is Mouetta's turn. Whispering and smudging his ear with her lipstick, her breath a little sour from the garlic in her lunch, she confirms her first, his sixth pregnancy. His sixth at least. She's 'passed the urine test,' she says - an unintended play on words, which she acknowledges in the matinée darkness with half an optimistic smile. The doctor thinks she's twelve or thirteen weeks. A baby due by May. It's early days.
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TOBIAS SMOLLETT
Front Row looks at the life of 18th century Scottish novelist Tobias Smollett, who is the subject of a new book by Jeremy Lewis.

Tobias Smollett by Jeremy Lewis, published by Jonathan Cape on 28 August
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INVENTED LANGUAGES IN KIDS TV
As a new version of the classic programme Pingu in which Pingu spoke a totally invented language, Pinguish, is released, Tony Thorne, head of the Language Centre at King's College joins Mark Lawson to discuss whether examples like Pinguish really are a new language or just gibberish.

The Complete Pingu is out on DVD and VHS this week
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