Cillian Murphy, Mira Nair, revenge songs, Million Second Quiz

With Kirsty Lang.

Actor Cillian Murphy, who reached a global audience in films such as Batman Begins and Inception, now stars as a gang leader in the BBC Two drama Peaky Blinders, set in Birmingham in 1919. He reflects on the historical background to the drama, and the blurring of the divide between film and TV.

Director Mira Nair discusses her film The Reluctant Fundamentalist, based on the novel by Mohsin Hamid, in which Riz Ahmed plays a Pakistani financier whose life in America is dramatically altered by the attacks of September 11 2001. The film is about to be released on DVD.

The Million Second Quiz is a new high-profile TV show, about to start in America, in which contestants compete over 11 days, 24 hours a day, aiming to win the biggest prize in game show history - $3 million. Stephen Lambert, the British producer who has created the show, talks about his desire to create a TV event for viewers watching live.

Singer Alexandra Burke has released a track called Day Dream, reportedly about her former partner, footballer Jermain Defoe, which contains pointed lyrics about his behaviour. Meanwhile, Taylor Swift accepted an award for her track I Knew You Were Trouble and thanked "the person who inspired this song." Many have assumed that she was talking about Harry Styles from One Direction. Jane Graham discusses the history of revenge songs about high-profile partners, from Carly Simon to Justin Timberlake.

Producer Tim Prosser.

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Cillian Murphy

Peaky Blinders begins on BBC2 on 12 September at 9pm.

Mira Nair

The Reluctant Fundamentalist is released on DVD on 16 September.


Role Contributor
PresenterKirsty Lang
Interviewed GuestCillian Murphy
Interviewed GuestMira Nair
Interviewed GuestStephen Lambert
Interviewed GuestJane Graham
ProducerTimothy Prosser

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