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Seven Psychopaths, Beryl Bainbridge's art

Mark Lawson with the verdict on Martin McDonagh's film Seven Psychopaths, starring Colin Farrell; AN Wilson on the paintings of Beryl Bainbridge; and how big should a choir be?

Martin McDonagh won the 2008 Best Original Screenplay Oscar for In Bruges, starring Colin Farrell as an unlucky hit-man. In McDonagh's new film, Seven Psychopaths, Farrell is a struggling screenwriter dragged into the Los Angeles crime world when his quirky friends (Sam Rockwell and Christopher Walken) kidnap a dog belonging to a gangster (Woody Harrelson). Kamila Shamsie reviews.

Novelist Beryl Bainbridge, who died in 2010, won the Whitbread Prize twice and was nominated for the Booker Prize five times. But she was also an accomplished and prolific painter, whose subjects include The Titanic, Napoleon, and Captain Scott's journey - as well as Liverpool memories and portraits of her children. As The Museum Of Liverpool prepares to open the exhibition, Beryl Bainbridge: Painter, her longtime friend A.N Wilson talks about her paintings and their relationship to her writing.

This week Young Voices launches its latest national arena tour in Birmingham NEC, with 7,000 UK schoolchildren. To discuss the pros and cons of different choir sizes, Mark Lawson is joined by Jeremy Summerly from the Royal Academy of Music and Suzi Digby of BBC TV's Last Choir Standing.

Two of the best known faces on television are returning to our screens this week, but both will be out of their comfort zone. Richard Madeley, best-known for being one half of Richard And Judy, is investigating squatting in the UK in the documentary, Madeley Meets The Squatters - and Jamie Oliver is sharing the limelight with his good friend Jimmy Doherty in, Jamie And Jimmy's Food Fight Club. Gabriel Tate joins Mark to discuss whether the new formats have worked.

Producer Nicki Paxman.

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  • Seven Psychopaths

    Kamila Shamsie gives her verdict of Seven Psychopaths.

  • Beryl Bainbridge: Painter

    A.N Wilson reviews Beryl Bainbridge: Painter at The Museum Of Liverpool.

  • Choir Sizes

    Jeremy Summerly and Suzi Digby discuss different choir sizes.

  • Madeley Meets The Squatters and Jamie And Jimmy's Food Fight Club

    Gabriel Tate reviews Madeley Meets The Squatters and Jamie And Jimmy's Food Fight Club

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