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Andy Hamilton, Rattigan on stage, Studio Ghibli's last film, Blake Morrison and Gavin Bryars

The Power Monkeys co-creator Andy Hamilton talks about his new satire about the EU referendum, plus reviews of two new openings of Terence Rattigan plays.

Andy Hamilton is co-creator of Power Monkeys, a new Channel 4 comedy that responds to the daily events in the EU referendum campaign. He tells us about the last minute rewrites required on the day of broadcast and the challenge of re-creating the interior Donald Trump's plane.

Two Terence Rattigan's plays have opened this week: The Deep Blue Sea starring Helen McCrory at the National Theatre in London, and Ross at the Chichester Festival Theatre with Joseph Fiennes. Henry Hitchings reviews both productions and the current Rattigan revival.

Studio Ghibli, the legendary Japanese animation house behind Spirited Away and Howl's Moving Castle, has ceased in-house production. So is its latest film a fitting swansong? Marc Eccleston reviews When Marnie was There, an adaptation of a 1967 book by British author Joan G Robinson about a reclusive girl who discovers an otherworldly new friend.

Poet Blake Morrison and composer Gavin Bryars tell us about their celebration of the train journey between Goole and Hull that will be entertaining passengers as part of the Yorkshire Festival.

Presenter: Kirsty Lang
Producer: Rachel Simpson.

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30 minutes

Chapters

  • Andy Hamilton

    Duration: 07:52

  • Rattigan on stage

    Duration: 06:50

  • Studio Ghibli's last film

    Duration: 05:09

  • Blake Morrison and Gavin Bryars

    Duration: 07:18

Andy Hamilton

Andy Hamilton

Andy Hamilton's Power Monkeys is on Channel 4 on Wednesdays at 10.00pm, and on demand.

Image - left and above: Andy Hamilton

Image credit: Sharon Wallace

Rattigan on stage

Rattigan on stage

Ross by Terence Rattigan is at the Chichester Festival Theatre until 25 June 2016.

Rattigan's The Deep Blue Sea is on the National Theatre's Lyttleton stage until 17 August 2016.

Image: Joseph Fiennes as TE Lawrence in Ross (Left); Tom Burke as Freddie Page and Helen McCrory as  Hester Collins in The Deep Blue Sea. (Right and far Right).

Image credits: Ross - Johan Persson; The Deep Blue Sea - Richard Hubert Smith

 

Studio Ghibli's last film

Studio Ghibli's last film

When Marnie Was There by Studio Ghibli, Certificate U, is on limited release in UK cinemas from today (10 June 2016).

Image: Anna (Left) and Marnie (Right) in When Marnie Was There

Image credit: Studio Ghibli

Blake Morrison and Gavin Bryars

Blake Morrison and Gavin Bryars

Sonic Journey by Blake Morrison and Gavin Bryars is part of the Yorkshire Festival.  The audio can be downloaded from 16 June, and can be heard in a carriage on a Northern stopping train travelling from Goole to Hull and back on 21 June 2016.  There will be a sound installation and exhibition at Junction, Goole from 16 July - 6 August 2016.

Image: Poet Blake Morrison (Left) and composer Gavin Bryars (Right)

Image credit: Sara Teresa

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Presenter Kirsty Lang
Producer Rachel Simpson
Interviewed Guest Andy Hamilton
Interviewed Guest Henry Hitchings
Interviewed Guest Mark Eccleston
Interviewed Guest Gavin Bryars
Interviewed Guest Blake Morrison

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