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The Heat, Catherine O'Flynn, Milton Jones, Philip Pullman

A review of The Heat, Catherine O'Flynn on her new book Mr Lynch's Holiday, Milton Jones's comedy career, and Philip Pullman chooses Georges Brassens for his Cultural Exchange.

With Kirsty Lang.

The Heat is the latest gross-out comedy from Paul Feig, the director of Bridesmaids. It stars one of its alumni, Melissa McCarthy, as an unorthodox cop who has to team up with an officious, highly strung FBI agent, played by Sandra Bullock. Critic Jane Graham delivers her verdict on this odd couple comedy.

Catherine O'Flynn won the Costa First Novel Award in 2008 with her book What Was Lost, set in and around her native Birmingham. Her new novel, Mr Lynch's Holiday, focuses on a decaying new development in Spain. Among the British ex-pats scratching a living there is Eamonn, who is taken by surprise when his father - a retired Birmingham bus driver - turns up out of the blue. Catherine O'Flynn reflects on her choice of locations and her research trips to a Birmingham bus garage.

Milton Jones is a stand up comedian best known for his dead pan one liners, zany shirts and sticky-up hairdo. As he prepares to take his current touring show to the Edinburgh Festival, he talks to Kirsty about life on the road, his grandfather and how Mock the Week really works.

For Cultural Exchange, His Dark Materials author Philip Pullman chooses a song by the French singer-songwriter and poet Georges Brassens (1921-1981). Supplique pour être enterré à la plage de Sète translates as Plea to be buried on the beach at Sète, Brassens' home town. It is inspired by Paul Valéry's poem Le Cimetière Marin.

Producer Karla Sweet.

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30 minutes


  • The Heat

    Duration: 04:19

  • Cultral Exchange: Philip Pullman

    Duration: 07:16

  • Milton Jones

    Duration: 08:30

  • Catherine O'Flynn

    Duration: 07:21

The Heat

The Heat, cert 15, starring Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy as chalk and cheese law enforcers, opens nationwide  on Wednesday 31 July 2013.

Cultural Exchange: Philip Pullman

Philip Pullman chooses a song by George Brassens – Supplique pour être enterré à la plage de Sète.

Milton Jones

Milton Jones takes his current show to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2013.

Catherine O’Flynn

Catherine O’Flynn's new novel, Mr Lynch’s Holiday, is published on 1st August 2013 by Penguin.  


Role Contributor
Presenter Kirsty Lang
Interviewed Guest Catherine O'Flynn
Interviewed Guest Milton Jones
Interviewed Guest Philip Pullman
Producer Karla Sweet


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