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Zoe Wanamaker; Cultural Exchange - Suggs; Arne Dahl

Zoe Wanamaker on her role in Passion Play, writer Arne Dahl on the appeal of Scandi crime, and Suggs from Madness selects a John Betjeman poem for Cultural Exchange.

With Mark Lawson.

Zoe Wanamaker, familiar to TV and cinema audiences from her roles in My Family, Poirot and the Harry Potter films, returns to the stage in a new production of Passion Play by Peter Nichols - a drama about marriage and temptation. She reflects on her approach to theatre, and remembers her father Sam, founder of Shakespeare's Globe theatre.

Swedish novelist and critic Jan Arnald uses the pen-name Arne Dahl when writing crime-fiction. His novels about Paul Hjelm and his colleagues in the Intercrime Group, an elite team of Swedish detectives, were adapted for Swedish TV, and are currently being broadcast on BBC Four. The books themselves are now being published in English. He discusses the advantages of having a team of detectives, rather than an individual, and about the reaction in Sweden to the British passion for Scandi Noir fiction.

In the latest edition of the Cultural Exchange project, in which 75 leading creative minds share their passion for a book, film, poem, piece of music or other work of art, Suggs from Madness nominates the poem On a Portrait of a Deaf Man by John Betjeman.

It's 50 years since The Beatles first topped the UK singles chart with From Me to You, which was a hit in May 1963. But what else was in the Top 40 back then? David Hepworth considers whether this was a turning-point in pop history, and identifies some other classics in that week's chart.

Producer Olivia Skinner.

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Zoe Wanamaker in Passion Play

Photo credit: Johan Persson


Role Contributor
Presenter Mark Lawson
Interviewed Guest Suggs
Producer Olivia Skinner
Editor John Goudie
Interviewed Guest Zoe Wanamaker
Interviewed Guest Arne Dahl
Interviewed Guest David Hepworth


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