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Pan Am; Simon Keenlyside interview

With Kirsty Lang, including a review of new drama series Pan Am, and interviews with baritone Simon Keenlyside and Kenyan writer Binyavanga Wainaina.

With Kirsty Lang.

Pan Am, a new American TV drama, lands on BBC Two next week. The series follows the lives and loves of a group of air hostesses in the early 1960s, who are apparently empowered by their new profession. Janet Street Porter reviews.

Songs of War is a new disc by award-winning British baritone Simon Keenlyside, featuring his personal selection of music by composers including Ralph Vaughan Williams, George Butterworth and Kurt Weill. He explains why some of his choices may come as a surprise.

Remembrance Day is a fitting release-date for new British horror film The Awakening, starring Rebecca Hall and Dominic West. It's set in the years immediately after the First World War, when many of the bereaved sought solace in spiritualism. Professor Steven Connor gives his verdict.

A photograph of the Rhine by Andreas Gursky has fetched $4.3m (£2.7m) in an auction, setting a new world record for photography. Art market watcher Sarah Thornton explains why photographs are becoming the art market's hottest property.

The Caine Prize-winning Kenyan author Binyavanga Wainaina has published One Day I Will Write About This Place, a memoir of his middle-class childhood in Kenya. He reflects on growing up in a country whose literature was, he argues, stuck in a colonial time-warp.

Producer Georgia Mann.

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30 minutes

Chapters

  • Pan Am

    Kirsty and Janet Street Porter review American TV drama Pan Am

    Duration: 04:24

  • Simon Keenlyside

    Interview with British baritone Simon Keenlyside

    Duration: 09:14

  • The Awakening

    Kirsty and Professor Steven Connor review horror film The Awakening

    Duration: 04:29

  • Rhine by Andreas Gursky

    Sarah Thornton discusses the sale of Rhine by Andreas Gursky

    Duration: 03:30

  • Binyavanga Wainaina

    Interview with author Binyavanga Wainaina

    Duration: 06:40

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