D D Guttenplan – writer and historian Susan Jeffreys – critic Piers Plowright – radio documentaries producer
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Cave Nineteen years after what was supposedly his Last Crusade, Harrison Ford returns as the action-man archeologist Indiana Jones. The new story is set in 1957 at the height of the Cold War and Indy’s enemy is the icily beautiful KGB agent Irina Spalko (Cate Blanchett) who is bent on uncovering the legendary Crystal Skulls which are believed to be the key to an ancient alien civilisation.
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull open in cinemas across the country on Thursday 22 May, certificate 12A.
Marguerite Marguerite is a new musical, uniting the talents of the team who wrote Les Miserables with the legendary French composer Michel Legrand and starring Ruthie Henshall who returns to the West End stage from Broadway after a seven year absence.
The story is based on the romantic novel La Dame aux Camélias by Alexandre Dumas fils, but the musical updates the story to 1940s wartorn Paris. It tells the tale of a 40 year old ex-singer, who has thrown in her lot with a Nazi official but falls passionately in love with a young musician who is mixed up with the French Resistance.
Marguerite is at The Theatre Royal Haymarket in London until 1 November 2008.
The Treetop Walkway and Rhizotron The treetop walkway at Kew Gardens has been designed by Marks Barfield, the architects of the London Eye. It is 200 metres long and 18 metres tall and enables visitors to experience a close up view of the tree canopy. In addition you can venture into the Rhizotron (from the Greek rhiza, meaning root) where you can learn about the underground world of tree roots and insects.
The Xstrata Treetop Walkway and Rhizotron is open now in Kew Gardens, London.
Lorrie Moore – Collected Short Stories Lorrie Moore is an American fiction writer best known for her short stories. Her third collection Birds of America, published in 1998, became a New York Times bestseller – a great rarity for a book of short stories. This complete collection includes three new stories.
Lorrie Moore – Collected Short Stories is published by Faber and Faber
Filth – The Mary Whitehouse Story A new TV drama about Mary Whitehouse, the teacher and housewife who in 1963 embarked on a mission to clean up British television. Julie Walters stars as Whitehouse and Hugh Bonneville plays her arch-enemy, BBC Director-General Sir Hugh Carleton Greene.
Filth – The Mary Whitehouse Story is on Wednesday 28 May at 9pm on BBC Two.
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