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Black Mass, The Homecoming at 50, Peter Bazalgette on arts funding, Paul Ruddock

Michael Carlson reviews Black Mass with Johnny Depp as mobster 'Whitey' Bulger. Pinter's The Homecoming 50 years on. Arts Council England's Peter Bazalgette on government funding.

Johnny Depp stars in Black Mass as James "Whitey" Bulger, the infamous Irish-American mobster turned FBI informant. Michael Carlson reviews.
Harold Pinter's great drama of familial power struggles, 'The Homecoming' was first staged half a century ago. As a new production opens, John Wilson talks to its director, Jamie Lloyd, to John Simm, who plays Lennie, and Pinter's biographer, Michael Billington, who, as well as the new one, saw the original production.
Following the Chancellor's Autumn Statement on Government spending plans, Arts Council England chair Peter Bazalgette looks at the bottom line and the future. And Front Row asks key cultural philanthropists about the part they play in funding artistic endeavour. At a time when public spending on the Arts is squeezed, can, and should, money from the private sector bridge the gap? Philanthropist Paul Ruddock on having one's name above the door.

Presenter: John Wilson
Producer: Elaine Lester.

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30 minutes


  • Black Mass

    Duration: 05:55

  • The Homecoming at 50

    Duration: 10:30

  • Peter Bazalgette on arts funding

    Duration: 05:20

  • Paul Ruddock

    Duration: 05:51

Black Mass

Black Mass

Black Mass is in cinemas from today, certificate 15.

Left and Main Image - Photo Credit: Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures

The Homecoming

The Homecoming

The Homecoming is running at Trafalgar Studios in London until 13 February 2016.

Photo Credit: Marc Brenner


Role Contributor
Presenter John Wilson
Interviewed Guest Michael Carlson
Interviewed Guest Jamie Lloyd
Interviewed Guest John Simm
Interviewed Guest Michael Billington
Interviewed Guest Peter Bazalgette
Interviewed Guest Paul Ruddock
Producer Elaine Lester




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