The Scottsboro Boys; Arcade Fire; Russell Banks' short stories

The new musical from Broadway composers John Kander and Fred Ebb tells the story of a group of 9 young African Americans who- in 1931 - were imprisoned on trumped-up rape charges. They've previously created singing Nazis (Cabaret), loveable mobsters (Chicago) and created the ultimate love song to a city (New York, New York). Have they turned a historical miscarriage of justice into a hit musical?

Philomena is a film starring Judi Dench as the mother of an illegitimate child born in 1950s Ireland and then put up for adoption without her knowledge. Steve Coogan is the investigative journalist who - 50 years later - helps her in her attempt to track him down. It's based on a real life story, but does a potentially sentimental story make a sentimental film?

Arcade Fire is a Grammy winning Montreal band whose 4 albums in 9 years have been gaining more and more critical and popular acclaim. Their latest Reflektor, features a brief contribution from one of their most famous fans, David Bowie, alongside tribal drumming and sounds for "people who've never even heard The Beatles". Is this album a triumph of hype over substance, or further development in the evolution of one of indie rock's great hopes?

Before American author Russell Banks began his writing career he worked as a plumber, and his work always retains a grounding in the real world. Many of the works in his latest collection of short stories are set around his real life in New York and Florida. Do they enhance his reputation and resonate with his heart and soul?

Channel 4's new documentary series about patients at the London's Maudsley Hospital has a controversial title; Bedlam. 1 in 4 of us suffers from a mental health problem, and for the first time TV cameras have been allowed unprecedented access to wards and patients at The Maudsley, but how can it avoid being voyeuristic or making the situation even worse?

Tom Sutcliffe is joined by dramatist Mark Ravenhill, critic and writer Paul Morley and writer Maev Kennedy.

Producer: Oliver Jones.

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The Scottsboro Boys

The Scottsboro Boys is on at the Young Vic in London until 21 December 2013.

Picture above from The Scottsboro Boys. Left-right: Forrest McClendon (Deputy Tambo), Kyle Scatliffe (Haywood Patterson),Colman Domingo (Sheriff Bones) and Adebayo Bolaji (Preacher). Photocredit: Richard Hubert Smith. 

Permanent Member of the Family by Russell Banks

Permanent Member of the Family by Russell Banks is available from 14th November and published by Profile.

Reflektor by Arcade Fire

Reflektor by Arcade Fire is out now


The first episode of Bedlam is available to catch up  on 4od, the  series continues on Channel 4 on Thursday at 9pm


Philomena is in cinemas from 1st November, certificate 12A.


Role Contributor
PresenterTom Sutcliffe
Interviewed GuestMark Ravenhill
Interviewed GuestPaul Morley
Interviewed GuestMaev Kennedy
ProducerOliver Jones

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