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Frank McGuinness's A Song for Jenny, Magic Mike, John Waters, Chinese art

Arts news with Samira Ahmed, including Frank McGuinness on his drama about the 7/7 attacks, a review of Magic Mike XXL and the artwork of film-maker John Waters.

Frank McGuinness discusses A Song for Jenny, his drama starring Emily Watson as Julie Nicholson, who lost her daughter Jenny in the 7/7 attacks in London.

After audiences booed the Royal Opera House's production of William Tell last night, critic Fiona Maddocks who was there, discusses what prompted the reaction.

Jenny McCartney reviews Magic Mike XXL, the follow-up to Steven Soderbergh's original film about male strippers, also starring Channing Tatum.

Film-maker, writer and artist John Waters, best-known for feature length films Pink Flamingos and Hairspray, launches an exhibition of photo-based artwork. Beverly Hills John is his first ever exhibition in London.

The Swiss art collector Ulli Sigg began buying contemporary art in China after he started working there in the late 1970s. As part of this collection goes on show at The Whitworth gallery in Manchester, the Director of the gallery, Dr Maria Balshaw, explains its significance.

Presenter: Samira Ahmed
Producer: Ellie Bury.

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30 minutes


  • Frank McGuinness's A Song for Jenny

    Duration: 06:14

  • Boos at the Royal Opera House

    Duration: 03:20

  • Magic Mike XXL

    Duration: 04:32

  • John Waters

    Duration: 07:47

  • Chinese art

    Duration: 05:57

A Song for Jenny

A Song for Jenny

A Song for Jenny is on BBC One on Sunday 5 July at 9pm.

Guillaume Tell

Guillaume Tell

Guillaume Tell is at the Royal Opera House in London until 17 July 2015. It will screened into cinemas on Sunday 5 July.

Image: Gerald Finley and Sofia Fomina in Guillaume Tell © 2015 ROH

Magic Mike XXL

Magic Mike XXL

Magic Mike XXL is in cinemas from Friday 3 July, certificate 15.

John Waters

John Waters

John Waters: Beverly Hills John is at Sprüth Magers London until 15 August 2015.

Image: John Waters, Kiddie Flamingos, 2014. Blue-Ray with 2 channel audio, 74 min. © John Waters. Courtesy the artist and Sprüth Magers.

The M+ Sigg Collection

The M+ Sigg Collection

The M+ Sigg Collection: Chinese art from the 1970s to now is at the Whitworth Art Gallery in Manchester until 20 September 2015.

Image: On the Wall – Shenzhen (I), 2002, by Weng Fen. Image courtesy of the artist.


Role Contributor
Presenter Samira Ahmed
Interviewed Guest Frank McGuinness
Interviewed Guest Fiona Maddocks
Interviewed Guest Jenny McCartney
Interviewed Guest John Waters
Interviewed Guest Maria Balshaw
Producer Ellie Bury


  • Tue 30 Jun 2015 19:15



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