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Director Stephen Daldry on The Crown, Novelist Linda Grant, Nocturnal Animals, Francesca Simon reads The Scarlet Letter

Director Stephen Daldry talks to Clemency Burton-Hill about The Crown, Linda Grant on her new novel, film Nocturnal Animals reviewed, and Francesca Simon reads The Scarlet Letter.

Film and theatre director Stephen Daldry discusses his latest project with Clemency Burton Hill. The Crown charts Queen Elizabeth II's reign starting with her marriage to Philip Mountbatten in the post-war period in 1947. The Netflix drama series is Daldry's first foray into TV, written by Peter Morgan, which is reportedly the UK's most expensive ever.

Nocturnal Animals is the latest film from fashion designer turned director Tom Ford. The psychological thriller stars Amy Adams as a lonely art gallery owner & Jake Gyllenhaal as her ex-husband. Jason Solomons reviews.

As part of the BBC's celebration of books, Love to Read, the creator of Horrid Henry, Francesca Simon talks about the classic book she's read for Front Row: Nathaniel Hawthorne's 1850 story about guilt and sin, The Scarlet Letter.

Linda Grant talks about her new novel The Dark Circle, which set in a tuberculosis sanatorium in the early 1950s.

Producer: Julian May.

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30 minutes


  • Stephen Daldry on The Crown

    Duration: 08:48

  • Francesca Simon reads The Scarlet Letter

    Duration: 05:53

  • Nocturnal Animals

    Duration: 05:52

  • Novelist Linda Grant

    Duration: 06:44

Stephen Daldry

Stephen Daldry

The Crown, directed by Stephen Daldry is on Netflix from 04 November 2016.


Main image above: Claire Foy as Queen Elizabeth II in The Crown

Image credit: Alex Bailey/Netflix

Smaller image to the left: Stephen Daldry

Francesca Simon

Francesca Simon

Image: Author Francesca Simon

Image credit: Francesco Guidicini

Nocturnal Animals

Nocturnal Animals

Nocturnal Animals is in UK cinemas from 04 November 2016, certificate 15.

Image: Jake Gyllenhaal in Nocturnal Animals

Image credit: Universal Pictures 

Linda Grant

Linda Grant

The Dark Circle by Linda Grant is published by Virago.  It is out now.

Image: Linda Grant

Image credit: Judah Passow


Role Contributor
Interviewed Guest Stephen Daldry
Expert Jason Solomons
Interviewed Guest Francesca Simon
Interviewed Guest Linda Grant
Producer Julian May


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