Main content

Ed Harris and Colin Farell in The Way Back

With Kirsty Lang. Colin Farrell and Ed Harris star in Peter Weir's film The Way Back, based on a story of prisoners who escaped from a Siberian Gulag in World War Two.

Six-time Oscar nominee Peter Weir directs The Way Back, starring Colin Farrell, Ed Harris and Saoirse Ronan as prisoners who escape from a Siberian gulag during the second world war, and trek thousands of miles to freedom. Based on a memoir by Slawomir Rawicz, the film is reviewed by Kate Muir.

Jazz pianist and composer Julian Joseph, writer Reggie Nadelson and critic Kevin LeGendre discuss the jazz photographs of Herman Leonard, now collected in hardback. Leonard's images portray legendary musicians such as Dexter Gordon, Miles Davis and Louis Armstrong in smoky clubs and after-hours sessions, along with surprisingly intimate portraits including Billie Holiday cooking a steak, under the gaze of her dog Mister.

The author and journalist A.D. Miller discusses his debut novel Snowdrops, set in a Moscow winter and charting the gradual corruption of a young British man against a background of endemic crime and debauchery.

TV critic Boyd Hilton makes his selection of Christmas television highlights

Producer Claire Bartleet.

Available now

30 minutes

Chapters

  • The Way Back

    Six-time Oscar nominee Peter Weir directs The Way Back, starring Colin Farrell, Ed Harris and Saoirse Ronan as prisoners who escape from a Siberian gulag during the second world war. We review.

    Duration: 04:58

Broadcast

Inspire

A season discovering where artists find inspiration and helping listeners get creative.

Front Row on TV

Join Mary Beard and guests for live and late debate on Friday evenings on BBC Two.

BBC Arts Digital

The best of British culture live and on demand.

Podcast