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A War, Maigret, Guys and Dolls, Frances Hardinge, The missing Hong Kong booksellers

Tim Collins reviews Danish film A War, Guys and Dolls reviewed, crime writer Natasha Cooper on the return of Maigret and Costa Children's Book Award winner Frances Hardinge.

Colonel Tim Collins reviews the new Danish feature film A War which offers a foot soldiers' view of life on the frontline. Set in the recent military conflict in Afghanistan, the company commander makes a decision that has grave consequences for him and his family back home. Tobias Lindholm's film is Denmark's entry to the Best Foreign Language Film category at this year's Oscars.

2016 sees the return of Inspector Maigret, both on screen and in print. John Simenon, son of Maigret's creator Georges Simenon, and crime writer Natasha Cooper discuss the French detective's enduring appeal.

It's the musical that brought us Luck Be A Lady and Sit Down You're Rocking the Boat. David Benedict reviews Guys and Dolls, starring Sophie Thompson and David Haig, as the acclaimed Chichester Festival production opens in the West End before embarking on a UK tour.

In Hong Kong the whereabouts of five missing booksellers remains a mystery, although they are widely suspected to have been detained by the Chinese authorities. As one major bookshop chain stops selling politically sensitive books in Chinese, Professor Gregory Lee, a specialist in Chinese cultural and literary studies, assesses the implications.

Frances Hardinge, winner of the Costa Children's Book Award with The Lie Tree, discusses her tale of murder and deception set in Victorian England.

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30 minutes


  • A War

    Duration: 04:05

  • Maigret

    Duration: 08:19

  • Guys and Dolls

    Duration: 04:50

  • The missing Hong Kong booksellers

    Duration: 03:57

  • Frances Hardinge

    Duration: 06:36

A War

A War

A War is in cinemas from Friday 8 January, certificate 15. 



Maigret in New York by Georges Simenon is published today. 

Rowan Atkinson stars in Maigret Sets a Trap and Maigret and the Dead Man in the Spring, both will be aired on ITV later this year.

Guys and Dolls

Guys and Dolls

Guys and Dolls is at the Savoy Theatre in London until 12 March 2016, it then continues on a national tour. Dates can be found here.

Image: Siubhan Harrison and Jamie Parker. Photo by Paul Coltas.

Costa Children’s Book Award

Costa Children’s Book Award

The winner of the 2015 Costa Children’s Book Award is The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge.


Role Contributor
Presenter Kirsty Lang
Interviewed Guest Tim Collins
Interviewed Guest John Simenon
Interviewed Guest Natasha Cooper
Interviewed Guest David Benedict
Interviewed Guest Gregory Lee
Interviewed Guest Frances Hardinge
Producer Angie Nehring




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