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03/03/2012

Tom Sutcliffe and his guests writers Linda Grant and Miranda Sawyer and academic John Mullan review the week's cultural highlights including The Leisure Society.

Tom Sutcliffe and his guests writers Linda Grant and Miranda Sawyer and academic John Mullan review the week's cultural highlights including The Leisure Society

The Leisure Society at Trafalgar Studios in London is a play by Canadian playwright Francois Archambault. It's an account of an awkward evening in the lives of a well-to-do New York couple (played by Ed Stoppard and Melanie Gray) who have recently had their first child. When they invite a friend around for dinner to tell him they don't want to see him any more, the cracks in their perfect life begin to show.

Lost Memory of Skin is Russell Banks' novel about a young man known only as the Kid. The Kid is a homeless sex offender living in a squatter camp under a causeway on the Florida coast whose life faces even more disruption, first when the camp is raided by the police and then when a professor of sociology co-opts him into helping with his research.

Argentinian director Pablo Trapero's film Carancho stars Ricardo Darin as a lawyer who has lost his licence and is reduced to making a living by chasing ambulances. He works for a shady company that offers legal help to traffic accident victims but ultimately creams off most of their compensation payments.

Game Plan is a major retrospective of the work of Italian artist Alighiero Boetti at Tate Modern. Boetti started as a member of the Arte Povera movement in the 1960s, but soon dissociated himself from it to make algorithmic works which derived from simple rules and repeated processes.

Touch is a new TV series from Tim Kring - the man behind Heroes. It stars Kiefer Sutherland as Martin Bohm a former journalist who has struggled to look after his autistic son since the death of his wife on 9/11. His son is obsessed with numbers, but a series of unexplainable events suggests that he is using these numbers to communicate and to predict the future.

Producer: Torquil MacLeod.

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