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Christos Tsiolkas, Tim's Vermeer, Maxim Vengerov, new US TV cop dramas

Christos Tsiolkas, author of the Man Booker-longlisted The Slap, discusses his new novel Barracuda; new film Tim's Vermeer; violinist Maxim Vengerov; and two new US TV cop shows.

With Mark Lawson.

Australian writer Christos Tsiolkas, who came to worldwide recognition with his controversial novel The Slap, discusses his follow up, Barracuda, the story of a young man with the potential to become an Olympic swimming champion and his struggle with self-acceptance.

Violinist Maxim Vengerov, who is performing a series of concerts at London's Barbican this year, discusses the challenges of the more demanding elements of the repertoire, how he responds to different audiences, and how he alters his playing technique to suit the acoustics of a venue.

Tracy Chevalier, author of Girl With a Pearl Earring, reviews a new documentary film Tim's Vermeer, in which inventor Tim Jenison attempts to understand and recreate the painting techniques used by Dutch Master Johannes Vermeer.

Two American cop shows begin on TV this week. Mob City, created by Oscar-nominated writer Frank Darabont, is a neo-noir drama looking at the LAPD in the 1940s. Brooklyn Nine-Nine won two Golden Globes at this weekend's ceremony and takes a comic look at the exploits of a contemporary Brooklyn police department. Crime fiction expert Jeff Park delivers his verdict on the two shows.

Producer: Jerome Weatherald.

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30 minutes

Chapters

  • Christos Tsiolkas

    Duration: 09:41

  • Tim's Vermeer

    Duration: 04:49

  • Maxim Vengerov

    Duration: 08:07

  • Precinct Dramas

    Duration: 05:00

Christos Tsiolkas

Australian writer Christos Tsiolkas, who came to worldwide recognition with his controversial novel The Slap, discusses his follow up, Barracuda, the story of a young man with the potential to become an Olympic swimming champion and his struggle with self-acceptance.

Maxim Vengerov

Violinist Maxim Vengerov, who is performing a series of concerts at London's Barbican this year, discusses the challenges of the more demanding elements of the repertoire.

Tim's Vermeer

Tracy Chevalier, author of Girl With a Pearl Earring, reviews a new documentary film Tim's Vermeer, in which inventor Tim Jenison attempts to understand and recreate the painting techniques used by Dutch Master Johannes Vermeer.

Mob City and Brooklyn Nine-Nine

Two American cop shows begin on TV this week. Mob City, created by Oscar-nominated writer Frank Darabont, is a neo-noir drama looking at the LAPD in the 1940s. Brooklyn Nine-Nine won two Golden Globes at this weekend's ceremony and takes a comic look at the exploits of a contemporary Brooklyn police department. Crime fiction expert Jeff Park delivers his verdict on the two shows.

Credits

Role Contributor
Presenter Mark Lawson
Interviewed Guest Christos Tsiolkas
Interviewed Guest Maxim Vengerov
Interviewed Guest Tracy Chevalier
Interviewed Guest Jeff Park
Producer Jerome Weatherald

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