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Ab Fab director Mandie Fletcher, Phill Jupitus on Trumpton's creator, Olivia de Havilland turns 100

Ab Fab director Mandie Fletcher, Phill Jupitus on Trumpton's creator, Brief Encounters, Matthew Sweet on Olivia de Havilland's 100th birthday, Darren Henley on culture and society.

Director Mandie Fletcher discusses the challenges of taking Joanna Lumley, Jennifer Saunders and Absolutely Fabulous from the small to the big screen.

Comedian Phill Jupitus remembers Gordon Murray, the creator and puppeteer of the Trumpton series of children's TV animations - Camberwick Green, Trumpton and Chigley - whose death was announced today.

Matthew Sweet celebrates the 100th birthday of Olivia de Havilland, one of last great stars of Hollywood's golden era, whose films include Gone with The Wind and The Heiress.

Penelope Wilton and Sophie Rundel star in a new six-part comedy-drama, Brief Encounters. Set in Sheffield in 1982 - and loosely based on the memoir of the CEO of Ann Summers, Jacqueline Gold - the story centres on the lives of four women whose lives are turned around when they start running parties selling exotic lingerie. Julia Raeside reviews.

As arts organisations around the country begin assessing how the vote to leave the EU might affect their funding and freedom of movement for artists, Darren Henley, chief executive of Arts Council England, discusses what he calls the 'dividends' of a healthy cultural scene for wider society.

Presenter Samira Ahmed
Producer Jerome Weatherald.

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30 minutes


  • Ab Fab director Mandie Fletcher

    Duration: 07:28

  • Phill Jupitus on Trumpton's creator

    Duration: 04:22

  • Brief Encounters review

    Duration: 04:10

  • Darren Henley on The Arts Dividend

    Duration: 06:44

  • Olivia de Havilland turns 100

    Duration: 04:31

Ab Fab director Mandie Fletcher

Ab Fab director Mandie Fletcher

Absolutely Fabulous: the Movie opens in UK cinemas on 01 July 2016. It is certificate 15.

Images - main image above and image to the left: Jennifer Saunders (Edina Monsoon) and Joanna Lumley (Patsy Stone) in the Ab Fab film.


Image: the Trumpton puppets

Brief Encounters

Brief Encounters

Brief Encounters, the 6-part series starts on ITV on 4 July 2016 at 9.00pm. 

Image: Penelope Wilton as Pauline in Brief Encounters

Darren Henley

Darren Henley

Darren Henley's book, The Arts Dividend: Why Investment in Culture Pays is published in paperback and as an ebook from 30 June 2016.

Image: Darren Henley

Image credit: Arts Council England

Olivia de Havilland turns 100

Olivia de Havilland turns 100
Image: Olivia de Havilland


Role Contributor
Presenter Samira Ahmed
Producer Jerome Weatherald
Interviewed Guest Mandie Fletcher
Interviewed Guest Phill Jupitus
Interviewed Guest Matthew Sweet
Interviewed Guest Julia Raeside
Interviewed Guest Darren Henley


  • Thu 30 Jun 2016 19:15



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