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Guy Ritchie, China Mieville, George Cole remembered

Arts news, including Guy Ritchie on The Man From U.N.C.L.E., fantasy writer China Mieville on his new collection of short stories and the actor George Cole remembered.

Guy Ritchie's latest project is a reworking of the 1960s classic TV series The Man From U.N.C.L.E., and he's given it a glossy, big-budget, action-packed makeover. The director discusses the appeal of revisiting the Cold War period and the attraction of its two protagonists Napoleon Solo and his nemesis Ilya Kuryakin.

Fantasy fiction writer and academic China Miéville discusses social anthropology, superstition, and fancying the word 'vector', as he talks about his new collection of short stories, Three Moments of an Explosion.

George Cole, who played Arthur Daley in the TV series Minder, has died aged 90. The BFI's Dick Fiddy reflects on the actor's long career.

As US TV comedy The Last Man On Earth comes to UK screens, Fisun Guner discusses the appeal of post-apocalyptic films and TV shows.

Presenter Samira Ahmed
Producer Jack Soper.

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30 minutes

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  • Guy Ritchie

    Duration: 07:41

  • George Cole remembered

    Duration: 05:15

  • China Mieville

    Duration: 09:32

  • Post-apocalyptic films and TV

    Duration: 05:21

Man From U.N.C.L.E.

Man From U.N.C.L.E.

Man From U.N.C.L.E. is in cinemas from Friday 14 August, certificate 12A.

Image above and left: © 2015 WARNER BROS. ENTERTAINMENT INC

China Miéville

China Miéville

Three Moments of an Explosion by China Miéville is available in hard back and ebook now. 

Image: © Chris Stein

The Last Man on Earth

The Last Man on Earth

The Last Man on Earth begins on Monday 10 August at 9pm on Dave.


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Interviewed Guest Guy Ritchie
Interviewed Guest China Mieville
Interviewed Guest Dick Fiddy
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