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16 September 2004
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PHILIP ROTH'S NEW NOVEL
The Plot Against America imagines an alternative Forties America where the right-wing flying ace Charles Lindbergh is elected President. The critic John Sutherland joins Mark to discuss the book's contemporary resonances...

The Plot Against America is published by Cape later this month.


SIR DEREK JACOBI
Mark talks to Sir Derek Jacobi about his famous voice and the vagaries of the casting process as he prepares to play King Philip of Spain in Schiller's Don Carlos.

Don Carlos previews at the Crucible Theatre, Sheffield from 22 September, opens on 1 October, and runs until 6 November.
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THE ART OF BEING WATCHED
American artist Jill Magid explains how she used the CCTV cameras monitoring Liverpool City Centre to create a love story in writing and film.

Jill Magid's installation Evidence Locker/ Retrieval Room runs at Tate Liverpool and the FACT Gallery from Saturday until 28 November, as part of the Liverpool Biennial 2004.
www.biennial.com


FILM STARS TURNED POP STARS
Russell Crowe, Minnie Driver, Juliette Lewis and William Shatner have all recorded pop songs. Singer and actor Jackie Clune joins Mark to assess how they'd fare if they gave up their day jobs...

Russell Crowe's band Thirty Odd Foot of Grunts is out now on Artemis Records; Minnie Driver's album Everything I've Got in my Pocket is out next month on Liberty; Juliette Lewis is featured on The Prodigy's album Always Outnumbered, Never Outgunned, out now on XL; William Shatner's album Has Been on EAC is out next month.

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