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Ben Whishaw; Margaret Kennedy

Arts news, reviews and interviews. Damian Barr talks to actor Ben Whishaw about his new film Lilting. Plus 1920s novelist Margaret Kennedy revisited.

We review the new BBC One comedy series, Boomers. Set in Thurnemouth, 'Norfolk's only West facing resort', it follows the ups and downs of a group of baby boomers wrestling with the unique challenges of life in retirement, featuring an all-star cast including Alison Steadman, Stephanie Beacham, Russ Abbot and June Whitfield.

Actor Ben Whishaw on his new film Lilting, in which he plays a grieving man who tries to befriend his late boyfriend's Chinese mother.

Margaret Kennedy's 1924 novel, The Constant Nymph, was a sensational bestseller on both sides of the Atlantic and inspired a West End play and three films. Kennedy enjoyed success with her subsequent novels but today few recognise her name. With the reissue of her books, novelist Joanna Briscoe and Dr Anne Manuel discuss the qualities of this former literary lioness.

And where art meets science: Front Row spoke to three chemists who work in art galleries, preserving, restoring and even discovering, paintings.

Presenter: Damian Barr
Producer: Nicola Holloway.

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30 minutes

Chapters

  • Boomers

    Boyd Hilton reviews the new BBC one comedy series, Boomers

    Duration: 04:28

  • Ben Whishaw

    Actor Ben Whishaw on his new film Lilting

    Duration: 07:13

  • Margaret Kennedy

    Joanna Briscoe and Dr Anne Manuel discuss the qualities of this former literary lioness

    Duration: 07:48

  • Where Art Meets Science

    Three chemists talk about preserving, restoring and even discovering, paintings

    Duration: 08:16

Lilting

Lilting

Lilting starring Ben Whishaw & Cheng Pei Pei is released in UK cinemas on Friday 8 August 2014, certificate 15.

 

Image: Cheng Pei Pei in Lilting, BBC Films

Boomers

Boomers

Boomers, a new TV comedy series starts on Friday 15 August at 21:00 on BBC one.

 

Image: John (RUSS ABBOT), Maureen (STEPHANIE BEACHAM), Alan (PHILIP JACKSON), Joyce (ALISON STEADMAN), Trevor (JAMES SMITH), Carol (PAULA WILCOX), Joan (JUNE WHITFIELD)

Image Credit:BBC/Hattrick
Photographer:Jack Barnes

The Constant Nymph

The Constant Nymph

The Constant Nymph written by Margaret Kennedy is published by Vintage Classics.

 

Image: Margaret Moore Kennedy (1896-1967)

Smithsonian Institution, USA

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Role Contributor
Presenter Damian Barr
Interviewed Guest Boyd Hilton
Interviewed Guest Ben Whishaw
Interviewed Guest Anne Manuel
Interviewed Guest Joanna Briscoe
Interviewed Guest Jennifer Mass
Interviewed Guest John Delaney
Interviewed Guest Bronwyn Ormsby
Producer Nicola Holloway

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