Saturday Review offers sharp, critical discussion of the week's cultural events.
Saturday 24 November 2007
The Darjeeling Ltd - brotherly bonding aboard an Indian train; Launchpad - the Science Museum’s new interactive gallery; children who kill children in Boy A; and the murky history of the CIA in a new TV drama...
Tom Sutcliffe at the Launchpad gallery with a bubble
Joining presenter Tom Sutcliffe on the panel this week are:
Adam Mars-Jones - writer Liz Forgan - Chair of the Heritage Lottery Committee Bidisha - novelist
Launchpad The Science Museum has unveiled the new version of Launchpad, its most popular gallery, after a £4 million transformation. Aimed at 8–14 year olds the gallery offers a bigger, bolder version of the original interactive science gallery which first opened 21 years ago.
Admission to Launchpad is free of charge. The Science Museum is open daily from 10.00am – 6.00pm.
Boy A This television drama tells the story of a 24-year-old boy (Andrew Garfield) who is freed after serving time for killing a child when he was himself a minor. Adapted from Jonathan Trigell’s award-winning book, the story focuses not on why the boy committed the murder, but on his re-emergence into the world after his rehabilitation in prison and on the difficulties he faces.
Boy A is on Channel 4 on Monday 26 November
The Darjeeling Ltd Wes Anderson’s film is the story of three American brothers who have become estranged since their father’s death a year before. The eldest brother Francis, played by Owen Wilson, organises for them to reunite on a train journey across India to find themselves and bond with each other. Soon their spiritual quest veers off-course and a new, unplanned journey begins. Owen Wilson, Adrien Brody and Jason Schwartzman play the brothers, and Angelica Huston appears as their mother.
The Darjeeling Ltd is on general release now, certificate 15.
Guest Choice: Radio Activity by John Murray Adam Mars-Jones nominates this book by the Cumbrian writer John Murray as one of his favourite books. It was first published in 1993.
The Company This three part series was made for American television and based on Robert Littell’s best-selling novel about the CIA. It traces CIA activities over a 40 year-period, from the beginning of the Cold War through the demise of the Soviet Union. It stars Alfred Molina as Harvey Torriti, code-named The Sorcerer, who is an old-style CIA agent. Chris O’Donnell plays his apprentice, Jack McAuliffe, an idealistic young man straight out of Yale and on his first assignment in Berlin in 1954.
The Company begins on BBC2 on Saturday, 24 November, at 9.40pm
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