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Saturday 2 February 2008
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The Battle For Haditha. Image: Barney Broomfield
Monsters in Manhattan in Cloverfield; the terror of war on the streets of Iraq; the liquid voice of Lena Horne; Peter Carey’s new novel, His Illegal Self; and a working mum tells it like it is in Lucinda Coxon’s new play Happy Now?
Joining presenter Tom Sutcliffe on the panel this week are:

Dreda Say Mitchell – novelist
Don Guttenplan – historian and writer
Michael Arditti - writer

Shot entirely on handheld cameras, the film begins in Manhattan, where friends have gathered in an apartment for a surprise goodbye party. But the good times are interrupted by a huge explosion across town. Is it an earthquake? Terrorists? No, it's much, much worse…

Cloverfield is out now, certificate 15

Battle for Haditha
Nick Broomfield’s latest film tells the story of a group of Iraqi insurgents who bombed a convoy of US Marines, resulting in the death of their most popular officer. Enraged by their loss they carry out a brutal retaliation.

In cinemas now and on Channel 4 Televison on 17 March

Lena Horne sings Stormy Weather
The guest choice from Don Guttenplan, is Lena Horne singing Stormy Weather. Written by Harold Arlen and Ted Koehler in 1933, Ethel Waters first sang it at The Cotton Club night club in Harlem. Lena Horne sang it in the 1943 film Stormy Weather, which is also a favourite of Don’s.

Stormy Weather by Lena Horne is available on CD on the Bluebird label

His Illegal Self by Peter Carey
Booker Prize winner Peter Carey's new novel His Illegal Self, in which a young boy is abducted from his New York home by a woman he believes to be his mother.

His Illegal Self by Peter Carey is published by Faber and Faber

Happy Now
Lucinda Coxon's play Happy Now?, directed by Thea Sharrock, is an acerbic comedy which explores the grinding pressures of balancing marriage, children and career.

Happy Now? by Lucinda Coxon and directed by Thea Sharrock is at the Cottesloe Theatre, on London’s South Bank, until 15 March.
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