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Tom Hardy, Dope, Anne Boleyn's songbook

Arts news with Kirsty Lang. Tom Hardy talks about playing both Kray Twins and Bim Adewunmi reviews Dope, plus a look at the favourite music of Anne Boleyn.

Actor Tom Hardy (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Bronson, Locke) on his film about the notorious East End gangsters Reggie and Ronnie Kray, Legend. He talks to Kirsty about the challenges of taking on the roles of both twins, the importance of having the story told through the voice of Reggie's wife Frances, and playing difficult or violent characters without judging them or making them heroes.

Dope centres on three teenagers obsessed with 90s hip-hop culture and what their classmates dub "white-people stuff" - until a chance encounter with a drug dealer leads them into an adventure. Bim Adewunmi reviews.

The government and local authorities own art worth at least £3.5 billion, but the Taxpayers' Alliance say that only 3% of it is available for the public to view. John O'Connell of the Taxpayers' Alliance and Sharon Heal of the Museums Association join Kirsty to discuss.

And Kirsty is given rare access to the original songbook thought to have belonged to Anne Boleyn, a collection of her favourite pieces of music, which has been recorded for the first time. She talks to musicologist David Skinner.

Presenter: Kirsty Lang
Producer: Sarah Johnson.

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30 minutes



  • Tom Hardy

    Duration: 09:10

  • Publicly owned art

    Duration: 05:58

  • Dope

    Duration: 04:24

  • Anne Boleyn's songbook

    Duration: 08:11

Tom Hardy

Tom Hardy

Legend is in cinemas from Wednesday 9 September, certificate 18




Dope is in cinemas now, certificate 15.


Anne Boleyn's Songbook

Anne Boleyn's Songbook

Anne Boleyn’s Songbook: Music and Passions of a Tudor Queen by Alamire, directed by David Skinner, is released on 7 September 2015.

It will be performed at Shakespeare’s Globe in London on 13 and 14 September 2015, and at the Cadogan Hall in London in March 2016.


Role Contributor
Presenter Kirsty Lang
Interviewed Guest Tom Hardy
Interviewed Guest Bim Adewunmi
Interviewed Guest John O'Connell
Interviewed Guest Sharon Heal
Interviewed Guest David Skinner
Producer Sarah Johnson




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