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The Brontes, Malian kora player Ballake Sissoko and French cellist Vincent Segal, Truth reviewed

Arts news with Samira Ahmed, including AS Byatt on the enduring legacy of the Brontes' juvenilia, and Malian kora player Ballake Sissoko and French cellist Vincent Segal.

Samira Ahmed takes a tour of the Haworth Parsonage to consider the closed world of the Brontë siblings, and the how their imaginative childhood games fed into their writing. Novelists AS Byatt and Sophia McDougall, and actor Tom Burke who plays Mr Rochester in the new Radio 4 adaptation of Jane Eyre, discuss the enduring appeal of the Brontës' characters.

Michael Carlson reviews Truth, starring Robert Redford and Cate Blanchett, in which an investigative team at CBS News comes under fire for possible inaccuracies. The film is based on television news producer Mary Mapes' memoir Truth and Duty: The Press, the President and the Privilege of Power.

Malian kora player Ballaké Sissoko and French cellist Vincent Ségal recorded their album Musique de Nuit last year. Before they begin their tour of the UK, they discuss how they shunned the music studio, choosing instead to record on a Bamako rooftop.

Presenter Samira Ahmed
Producer Dixi Stewart.

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  • The Bronte sisters

    Duration: 18:18

  • Truth reviewed by Michael Carlson

    Duration: 04:34

  • Musicians Ballaké Sissoke and Vincent Ségal

    Duration: 05:47

The Brontë sisters

The Brontë sisters

Please visit The Brontë Museum website for opening hours and visiting times.

Image ©The Brontë Society

Musicians Ballaké Sissoko and Vincent Ségal

Musicians Ballaké Sissoko and Vincent Ségal
Ballaké Sissoko and Vincent Ségal will be playing at the Union Chapel, London on Thursday 3 March.


Truth is in cinemas from Friday 4 March, certificate 15.


Role Contributor
Presenter Samira Ahmed
Interviewed Guest AS Byatt
Interviewed Guest Sophia McDougall
Interviewed Guest Tom Burke
Interviewed Guest Michael Carlson
Interviewed Guest Ballake Sissoko
Interviewed Guest Vincent Segal
Producer Dixi Stewart




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