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Sharon Maguire, Liz Carr, Ann Patchett

Actor and activist Liz Carr on her new show Assisted Suicide: The Musical, director Sharon Maguire on the return of Bridget Jones, and Ann Patchett on her new novel, Commonwealth.

Bridget Jones is back and this time there's a baby. Director Sharon Maguire discusses her return to the film franchise and how to make female focused comedy in the era of the Frat-Pack.

With the news that Sir Nicolas Serota, the Director of Tate, will step down next year, Louisa Buck, contemporary art correspondent for The Art Newspaper, looks back on the career of the man who has held one of the top jobs in the Arts world for 28 years.

Actor, comedian and disability activist Liz Carr explains why she has chosen the spectacular world of musical theatre as the backdrop to explore the complex subject of assisted suicide in her new show Assisted Suicide: The Musical.

After years of avoiding writing about personal experience, Ann Patchett's new novel, Commonwealth, finally succumbs. Based loosely on the ups and downs of her own life, it features two families who are thrown together by infidelity, divorce and remarriage, and explores the impact of these events upon the children over the course of more than fifty years.

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30 minutes

Chapters

  • Sharon Maguire

    Duration: 08:13

  • Sir Nicholas Serota

    Duration: 04:15

  • Liz Carr

    Duration: 07:52

  • Ann Patchett

    Duration: 07:13

Sharon Maguire

Sharon Maguire

Bridget Jones's Baby is out in UK cinemas on 16 Sepotember 2016, Certificate 15.

Images: main image above: (from left) Colin Firth, Renee Zellwegger and Jack Dempsey in Bridget Jones's Baby.

            image to the left: Director Sharon Maguire (Right) with Kirsty Lang

    

 

Sir Nicholas Serota

Sir Nicholas Serota

Image: Sir Nicholas Serota

Image credit: Tate Photography

Liz Carr

Liz Carr
The Assisted Suicide Musical is at the Southbank Centre, London from 10 - 11 September 2016; at the Tramway in Glasgow from 17 - 18 September 2016 and at Dadafest in Liverpool from 17 - 18 November 2016.

Ann Patchett

Ann Patchett

Commonwealth by Ann Patchett is released as an ebook on 08 September 2016.

Image: Ann Patchett

Image credit: Heidi Ross

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Interviewed Guest Sharon Maguire
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Interviewed Guest Liz Carr

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