Saturday Review offers sharp, critical discussion of the week's cultural events.
Saturday 30 August 2008
Trapped in Pride & Prejudice in new TV drama Lost in Austen; Ibsen’s Hedda reworked on stage; a child’s life in Turkey on film; Alaa al Aswany’s latest novel; and Ardal O'Hanlon & Dara O'Briain in a new radio play
Guests: Cahal Dallat – poet Michelene Wandor - writer Patrick Gale – novelist
Lost in Austen
New ITV drama in which modern day Amanda Price is trapped in the apparently real world of Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice. As a time-traveller in a literary classic, Miss Price must avoid upsetting the plot of the much-loved novel.
Lost in Austen is on ITV1 at 21.00 on Wednesday 3 September
In a reworking by Lucy Kirkwood of the 19th century classic, Ibsen’s tragedy is transformed to modern day London. World premiere at the Gate Theatre in Notting Hill
Hedda is at the Gate Theatre in London until 27 September 2008
Times & Winds
Winning a host of international film awards, Turkish born Reha Erdem’s film shows the pain of childhood in the Turkish countryside where all life is structured around the five daily calls to prayer.
Times & Winds is on at selected cinemas nationwide, certificate 15
Following the huge international success of The Yacoubian Building, Alaa al Aswany’s latest novel is just as rich in characters as it is in individual subplots. He brings together a colourful tapestry of Egyptians and Americans all pursuing different objectives at the University of Illinois’s medical school in Chicago.
Chicago by Alaa al Aswany is published by 4th Estate
Your Only Man – BBC Radio 3
Annie Caufield’s radio drama depicts the life of Irish writer best known as Flann O’Brian at a time when he struggles with drink, his job as a civil servant, and the growing realisation that his masterpiece The Other Policeman may not after all be published as quickly as he’d expected. Stars Ardal O'Hanlon, Dermot Crowley, Dara O'Briain and Pauline McLynn.
Your Only Man is on BBC Radio 3 on 31August
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