Presenter: Tom Sutcliffe
Guests: Historian Amanda Vickery
Journalist Michael Goldfarb
Comedian Danny Robins
Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio play a young married couple living in a Connecticut suburb, struggling to come to terms with their personal problems, while trying to raise their two children, in mid 1950s suburbia. Based on a novel by Richard Yates and directed by Sam Mendes.
Revolutionary Road is on general release, certificate 15
A second television series of Mad Men which provides compelling insight into the harsh reality of life in the early 60s, portrayed through the dealings of a prestigious advertising agency in New York's Madison Avenue. This was the era of sexism, homophobia and the last golden years of the guilt free cigarette, as mass consumerism took hold and helped form the American dream. Created by Matthew Weiner who also produced the Sopranos. We review programmes 1 and 2.
Series two of Mad Men starts on BBC4 on 10th February.
The Given Day
Denis Lehane’s latest novel The Given Day, which takes place primarily in Boston just after WWI, is an epic story of family greed, love, power, hardship, lust, hope and politics. It features two families, one white and one black, swept up in the maelstrom of revolutionaries, anarchists, immigrants and the Boston police department strike of 1919.
The Given Day is published by Doubleday
Be Near Me
Adapted for the stage by Ian McDiarmid from The Man Booker Prize nominated novel by Andrew O’Hagan. Be Near Me is a compelling drama about love, morality and regret.
David Anderton, played by Ian McDiarmid is an Oxford-educated Catholic priest who is assigned to a parish in a dispirited Scottish town on the Ayrshire coast. Lonely and adrift he befriends two unstable teenagers from the local school and is drawn into their exotic world with tragic consequences.
Be Near Me, a co-production with the National Theatre of Scotland, is at London’s Donmar Warehouse until 14th March and then goes on tour.
Andrea Palladio: His Life and Legacy
A celebration of the Venetian architect at the Royal Academy of Arts. Palladio was one of the greatest Italian architects, whose work continues to resonate five centuries after his birth. His work in Vicenza, Venice and the Veneto region created a new architectural language. He used classical sources, but shaped them to meet both the practical demands and aesthetic aspirations of the 1500s. Palladio designed public buildings and churches, but it was his town palaces and country villas that influenced subsequent generations of European and American architects.
The exhibition Andrea Palladio: His Life and Legacy is at The Royal Academy of Arts until 13th April.