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Ray Davies, Force Majeure, Gillian Ayres, Game of Thrones

Ray Davies on Sunny Afternoon, the musical about The Kinks, plus artist Gillian Ayres on working into her 80s, Swedish family drama Force Majeure and the return of Game of Thrones.

Songwriter Ray Davies joins John to talk about Sunny Afternoon, his critically acclaimed musical based on the early years of the Kinks, which is enjoying a successful transfer to London's West End and is nominated for five Olivier Awards. Ray Davies discusses how the band's troubled early years and rise to fame are portrayed on stage.

Swedish film Force Majeure won prizes at Cannes and the Guldbagge Awards, as well as being nominated for Best Foreign Language film at the Golden Globes. It follows a Swedish family on holiday in the French Alps, and the rising tensions when a controlled avalanche threatens the family, provoking unexpected reactions. The critic Mark Eccleston reviews.

Game of Thrones has gained cult status among its fans and the fifth series of the fantasy drama is highly anticipated. Historian Dr Janina Ramirez discusses how its creators have drawn on historical events and what makes the series such compelling viewing.

Artist Gillian Ayres, who is now in her mid 80s, talks about a new exhibition of her work, her love of colour and her experiences teaching art to young children in London's bomb ravaged East End during the Blitz.

Presenter: John Wilson
Producer: Olivia Skinner.

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30 minutes


  • Ray Davies

    Duration: 08:42

  • Force Majeure

    Duration: 05:10

  • Game of Thrones

    Duration: 05:40

  • Gillian Ayres

    Duration: 08:18

Ray Davies

Ray Davies
The Kinks Musical, Sunny Afternoon, is currently on at the Harold Pinter Theatre in London.  Ray Davies has been nominated for Outstanding Achievement in Music at the Olivier Awards this Sunday.

Force Majeure

Force Majeure
Force Majeure is in cinemas nationwide tomorrow, certificate 15

George RR Martin

George RR Martin
Extended interview with George RR Martin whose epic series of fantasy novels A Song Of Ice And Fire formed the basis for the TV hit Game Of Thrones.

Game of Thrones

Game of Thrones

Season 5 of Game of Thrones starts at 9pm on Monday on Sky Atlantic


Role Contributor
Presenter John Wilson
Interviewed Guest Ray Davies
Interviewed Guest Mark Eccleston
Interviewed Guest Janina Ramirez
Interviewed Guest Gillian Ayres
Producer Olivia Skinner


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