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This Is the End; Jonathan Dee; Lowry; Brian Aldiss

Apocalyptic comedy This Is the End reviewed; a major new exhibition of work by LS Lowry; novelist Jonathan Dee; Brian Aldiss shares his Cultural Exchange. With Mark Lawson.

With Mark Lawson.

Lowry and the Painting of Modern Life, a new exhibition at Tate Britain, compares Lancashire born artist L S Lowry with the French tradition of the time and argues for his pre-eminence as a painter of the industrial city. Rachel Cooke reviews.

The writer Jonathan Dee, whose novel The Privileges was shortlisted for the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, discusses his latest work. A Thousand Pardons explores what it means to apologise and the tradition of apology and forgiveness in public life. Jonathan Dee talks about receiving an angry e-mail from a reader shocked by the novel's dramatic twist.

This is the End is the latest collaboration from Evan Goldberg and Seth Rogen, following Superbad and Pineapple Express. It's set at a glamorous party, where James Franco, Seth Rogen and Jonah Hill play versions of themselves, with cameos from stars including Rihanna and Emma Watson. The festivities are in full swing when the apocalypse arrives. Viv Groskop reviews.

The writer Brian Aldiss, best known for his science fiction, chooses his Cultural Exchange. He explains how The Journal of Marie Bashkirtseff, the diary of a young artist written between 1860 and 1884, influenced him when he discovered it as a young boy.

Scared To Get Happy is a 5 CD, 134 track box set which charts the history of indie music from 1980 to 1990. An exhaustive collection, it includes tracks from famous names such as The Stone Roses, Primal Scream and Lloyd Cole and the Commotions as well as less familiar groups like Trixie's Big Red Motorbike and Tallulah Gosh, featuring 2013 Turner Prize winner Elizabeth Price. Andrew Collins traces the sound that defined a generation.

Producer: Olivia Skinner.

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30 minutes


  • L.S. Lowry

    Rachel Cooke reviews Tate Britain's exhibition Lowry and the Painting of Modern Life

    Duration: 05:25

  • Jonathan Dee

    Writer Jonathan Dee discusses his latest work, A Thousand Pardons

    Duration: 09:16

  • This Is the End

    Viv Groskop reviews the apocalypse comedy by Evan Goldberg and Seth Rogen

    Duration: 04:58

  • Brian Aldiss - Cultural Exchange

    Writer Brian Aldiss nominates The Journal of Marie Bashkirtseff for Cultural Exchange

    Duration: 04:14

  • Indie music of the 1980s

    Andrew Collins traces the sound that defined a generation

    Duration: 05:00

This Is The End

This Is The End is released in UK cinemas on 28th June, certificate 15.

L.S. Lowry

Lowry and the Painting of Modern Life is on at Tate Britain in London from 26th June - 20th October.


Unseen Lowry: Paintings and Drawings from LS Lowry’s Home, an exhibition of works by Lowry which have never been seen in public before, is on the The Lowry in Salford, Manchester, until 29th September.

A Thousand Pardons

A Thousand Pardons by Jonathan Dee is available now, published by Corsair.

Scared To Get Happy

Scared To Get Happy - A Story Of Indie-Pop 1980-1989 is available now, released by Cherry Red Records.


Role Contributor
Presenter Mark Lawson
Interviewed Guest Jonathan Dee
Interviewed Guest Brian Aldiss
Producer Olivia Skinner


  • Mon 24 Jun 2013 19:15

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