Saturday Review offers sharp, critical discussion of the week's cultural events.
Saturday 7 April 2007
How to re-ignite the fading sun in Danny Boyle's film 'Sunshine'; what sinister secrets lie behind the inocuous title of "American Youth" Phil Lamarche's debut novel and a peek at laughs and groans to come on television.
Tom Sutcliffe and guests discuss the cultural highlights of the week
Joining Tom on this week's panel are:
Fay Weldon: novelist
Howard Schuman: screenwriter
John Mullan: academic
This sci-fi film is directed by Danny Boyle with a screenplay by Alex Garland who worked together on Trainspotting. The film is set in 2057, the sun is dying and mankind faces extinction. Earth’s last hope lies with the Icarus II, a spacecraft with a crew of eight men whose mission is to deliver a nuclear bomb to reignite the fading sun. Sunshine is on general release now, Certificate 15.
This is Phil Lamarche’s debut novel. It tells the story of a boy living in New Hampshire who is involved in a tragic shooting accident and as a result becomes embroiled with a sinister group of boys who call themselves ‘American Youth’. American Youth is published by Sceptre
Comedy Triple Bill
The panel watched the fourth series of ‘Peep Show’ starring David Mitchell and Jeremy Webb, a new BBC 2 comedy series ‘Roman’s Empire’ and ‘Ruddy Hell – It’s Harry and Paul’ starring the veteran comedy duo Paul Whitehouse and Harry Enfield. Roman's Empire is on 12th April at 9.30pm on BBC2 ;Ruddy Hell! is on 13th April at 9.30pm on BBC1 and
The Peep Show is on 13th April at 10.30pm on Channel 4.
The Invisible Collection by Stefan Zweig
Howard Schuman picked this short story as this week’s guest choice.
Brecht Double Bill
The Young Vic presents a double-bill of very early and untypical Brecht plays: The Jewish Wife and A Respectable Wedding. The Jewish Wife and A Respectable Wedding are at the Young Vic until April 14th.
From April 20th until May 5th there is another double bill consisting of How Much Is Your Iron? and Senora Carrar’s Rifles.
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