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Andrew Graham-Dixon on the Mona Lisa, David Bowie's Lazarus and Andrew Lloyd Webber's School of Rock open in New York

Arts news with Samira Ahmed, including Andrew Graham-Dixon on his TV documentary on the Mona Lisa, and a look at David Bowie's Lazarus and Andrew Lloyd Webber's School of Rock.

Andrew Graham-Dixon discusses his TV documentary about the Mona Lisa, in which state-of-the-art technology has been used on the painting and reveals secrets which could significantly alter our view of Leonardo's masterpiece.

David Bowie's new stage show Lazarus - an adaptation of the novel The Man Who Fell to Earth - and Andrew Lloyd Webber and Julian Fellowes' School of Rock have just opened in New York. Theatre critic David Cote reviews both productions.

Sharon Bolton has set her latest thriller Little Black Lies in the Falkland Islands. She discusses the novel in which friendships are torn apart when one woman's sons are killed while in the care of her best friend, and the Islanders are having to deal with the reality that someone amongst them could be a killer.

Julia Eccleshare and Young Adult Fiction writer Sophia McDougall make their recommendations for Children's and Young Adult books for Christmas.

Presenter Samira Ahmed
Producer Jerome Weatherald.

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30 minutes


  • Mona Lisa

    Duration: 07:12

  • Lazarus and School of Rock

    Duration: 06:16

  • Children’s and Young Adult books for Christmas

    Duration: 05:59

  • Sharon Bolton

    Duration: 08:24

Secrets of the Mona Lisa

Secrets of the Mona Lisa

Secrets of the Mona Lisa is on BBC Two on Wednesday 8 December at 9pm.



Lazarus is at the New York Theatre Workshop until 20 January 2016.

Photo: © Jan Versweyveld.

School of Rock

School of Rock

School of Rock - The Musical is at the Winter Garden Theatre in New York until New Year’s Eve 2016.

Photo by Matthew Murphy. 

Children’s and Young Adult books for Christmas

Julia Eccleshare recommended reads:

Imaginary Fred  by Eoin Colfer and Oliver Jeffers  

A Boy Called Christmas by Matt Haig

Sophia McDougall recommended reads:

The Lie Tree  by Frances Hardinge

The Accident Season by Moïra Fowley-Doyle

Sharon Bolton

Sharon Bolton

Little Black Lies by Sharon Bolton is out now.

Image: © Mark Bassett 


Role Contributor
Presenter Samira Ahmed
Interviewed Guest David Cote
Interviewed Guest Sharon Bolton
Interviewed Guest Julia Eccleshare
Interviewed Guest Sophia McDougall
Producer Jerome Weatherald


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