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Hamlet, Sensorium, 45 Years, Les Murray, Ascent of Woman

Benedict Cumberbatch's Hamlet, Sensorium at Tate Britain, Tom Courtenay and Charlotte Rampling in 45 Years, Australian poet Les Murray's new collection, BBC TV's Ascent of Woman.

Benedict Cumberbatch's Hamlet has been much-anticipated and every ticket was sold out a year in advance; will our critics be dazzled or disappointed?

Sensorium at Tate Britain in London is a new exhibition which aims to stimulate all our senses as we view a selection of paintings. Can they enhance or distract us from the gallery experience?
Tom Courtenay and Charlotte Rampling star in 45 Years, a British film about a couple celebrating their wedding anniversary when a long-forgotten event disturbs their happiness.

Poet Les Murray has been declared by The National Trust of Australia as one of the 100 Australian Living Treasures. Now 76, he has just published his latest collection: Waiting For The Past
BBC TV has begun a 4-part series The Ascent of Woman, looking at the history of women from the dawn of civilisation to the modern day.

Tom Sutcliffe is joined by Tracy Chevalier, Alice Rawsthorn and Kathryn Hughes. The Producer is Oliver Jones.

Available now

45 minutes

FILM: 45 Years (15)

FILM: 45 Years (15)
On release nationwide.  And if you’d like to hear a long interview with Tom Courtenay about his acting career click here for The Film Programme special

BOOK: Waiting for the Past by Les Murray (Carcanet)


At the Barbican until 31 October 2015

Picture credit: Anastasia Hille (Gertrude) and Benedict Cumberbatch (Hamlet) in Hamlet at the Barbican Theatre. Photo credit Johan Persson

TV: The Ascent of Woman

TV: The Ascent of Woman
On BBC 2 from 2 September at 9 pm

Picture shows Chinese Tang dancers with image of Empress Wu.


At Tate Britain until 20 September 2015

Picture credit:  Installation shot of the IK Prize 2015: Tate Sensorium with David Bomberg’s In the Hold c.1913-4

David Bomberg 1890–1957

In the Hold c.1913–4

Tate. Presented by the Friends of the Tate Gallery 1967© TatePhoto by Joe Humphrys/Tate Photography


Role Contributor
Presenter Tom Sutcliffe
Interviewed Guest Tracy Chevalier
Interviewed Guest Alice Rawsthorn
Interviewed Guest Kathryn Hughes
Producer Oliver Jones


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