Simon Russell Beale; Derek Jarman

The actor Simon Russell Beale talks to Samira Ahmed about his approach to playing King Lear, which opens at the National Theatre tonight.

Derek Jarman is the subject of a season at the BFI and an exhibition Pandemonium - at the Cultural Institute at Kings College London. Composer Simon Fisher Turner worked with him on Blue, a collaboration between BBC Radio 3 and Channel 4. Artist Tacita Dean says he inspired her to take on working in film. Samira Ahmed also discusses Jarman's career with Briony Hanson who is Director of Film at the British Council and writer Jon Savage - whose book Teenage: The Creation of Youth 1875-1945 has been turned into a documentary out in UK cinemas on January 24th.

New Generation Thinkers Philip Roscoe and Jonathan Healey reflect on attitudes to the deserving poor, benefits culture and the Channel 4 series Benefits Street. Philip Roscoe's book I Spend Therefore I Am explores measurement and morality in economics.

Producer: Laura Thomas.

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Derek Jarman

Derek Jarman

BFI Southbank season Queer Pagan Punk: Derek Jarman is on throughout February and March 2014.

Derek Jarman: Pandemonium is an exhibition by the King's Cultural Institute. It is showing in the Inigo Rooms at Somerset House East Wing, in London until the 9th March 2014.

Image above and right: Portraits of Derek Jarman. Credit: British Film Institute

King Lear

King Lear

King Lear, with Simon Russell Beale in the title role, is at the National Theatre currently booking until 25 March.


Image: Simon Russell Beale as King Lear and Olivia Vinall as Cordelia. Photo credit: Mark Douet.

Free Thinking in Bristol

Free Thinking in Bristol

This Saturday Free Thinking is at the Bristol Slapstick Festival, where Matthew Sweet will discuss Charlie Chaplin’s landmark film City Lights with actor Paul McGann, comedian Lucy Porter and silent film experts David Robinson and Kevin Brownlow. 

More information and tickets available here


Role Contributor
PresenterSamira Ahmed
Interviewed GuestSimon Russell Beale
Interviewed GuestSimon Fisher Turner
Interviewed GuestTacita Dean
Interviewed GuestBriony Hanson
Interviewed GuestJon Savage
Interviewed GuestPhilip Roscoe
Interviewed GuestJonathan Healey
ProducerLaura Thomas

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