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Sunken Cities, Han Kang, Sing Street, Christian Blackshaw

Sunken Cities: Egypt's Lost Worlds at the British Museum, 2016 Man Booker International winner Han Kang, Sing Street director John Carney and classical pianist Christian Blackshaw.

Sunken Cities: Egypt's Lost Worlds is the British Museum's first major show on underwater archaeology, and brings together more than 200 discoveries by the French diver and archaeologist Franck Goddio. It tells the tale of two cities, Thonis-Heracleion and Canopus, and the relationship between Greece and Egypt. Professor Edith Hall reviews.

John Carney' s film Once won the Oscar for Best Original Song in 2007. The writer and director discusses his latest film Sing Street, about a boy growing up in Dublin during the 1980s who escapes his strained family life by starting a band to impress the mysterious girl he likes.

Han Kang, winner of the 2016 Man Booker International prize, talks to John about her novel The Vegetarian. The story centres on an ordinary wife, Yeong-hye and her ordinary husband, whose lives change dramatically when Yeong-hye decides to stop eating meat.

As his Hellens Music Festival prepares to open, the concert pianist Christian Blackshaw explains why less is more when it comes to interpreting the great composers.

Presenter: John Wilson
Producer: Ella-mai Robey.

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30 minutes


  • Sunken Cities

    Duration: 06:03

  • Sing Street

    Duration: 08:26

  • Han Kang

    Duration: 05:22

  • Christian Blackshaw

    Duration: 07:48

Sunken Cities: Egypt's Lost Worlds

Sunken Cities: Egypt's Lost Worlds

The BP exhibition Sunken Cities: Egypt's Lost Worlds is at the British Museum, London from 19 - 27 May 2016.

Images (left and main image): A colossal statue of the god Hapy, Thonis-Heracleion, Aboukir Bay, Egypt.

Images credit: Franck Goddio/Hilti Foundation. Photos: Christoph Gerigk

Sing Street

Sing Street

Sing Street certificate 12A is released in the UK on 20 May 2016. 

Image: The Sing Street band

Han Kang

Han Kang

The Man Booker International  Prize-winning book, The Vegetarian by Hang Kan , translated by Deborah Smith is out now.

Image: Han Kang giving her acceptance speech

Image credit: Janie Airey


Christian Blackshaw

Christian Blackshaw

The Hellensmusic Festival, Herefordshire is on until 20 May 2016.

Image: Christian Blackshaw, pianist and Artistic Director of the Hellensmusic Festival

Image credit: James Hill


Role Contributor
Interviewed Guest Edith Hall
Interviewed Guest John Carney
Interviewed Guest Han Kang
Interviewed Guest Christian Blackshaw
Presenter John Wilson
Producer Ellamai Robey


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