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News of the World, British Painting 1910-1975, Sophocles

Anne McElvoy discusses the demise of the News of the World newspaper and finds out how Sophocles is being used to treat soldiers suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.

Anne McElvoy discusses the implications of the demise of the News of the World newspaper with the journalists Matthew D'Ancona and Ian Katz and Mark Wood, the former Chief Executive of ITN and Thomson Reuters.

Can the plays of Sophocles help soldiers retuning from Afghanistan overcome post-traumatic stress disorder? In the US Bryan Doerries' theatre company, Theatre of War, has been doing just that with over 150 performances across the country from Arlington cemetery to Guantanamo Bay. Bryan Doerries and classicist Edith Hall join Anne to discuss the healing power of the ancient Greek tragedian.

And - is British painting from 1910 to 1975 a golden age in art? James Fox, the presenter of a new BBC 4 television series on British Masters argues that it is. He joins Anne and artist Brad Lochore, who put his thesis to the test.

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