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Zadie Smith's NW, Rambert, Norman Ackroyd, War memorials

Arts news, interviews and reviews. A review of the TV adaptation of Zadie Smith's novel NW, artist Norman Ackroyd in his studio, listing war memorials, and Rambert's The Creation.

Published in 2012, Zadie Smith's postcode-named novel NW was seen as a lyrical love letter to north-west London. This contemporary tale of the entwined lives of four Londoners has now been adapted for television. Critic Gaylene Gould reviews.

Roger Bowdler of Historic England reveals its mission to get 2,500 war memorials listed by November 2018. He announces 50, and another nine by the controversial sculptor Eric Gill, and discusses what a war memorial can reveal about its location and the people it's dedicated to.

Norman Ackroyd is widely considered one of Britain's great landscape artists. As a young man in the 1960s he rejected the lure of pop art and devoted his energy to capturing the coastline of Britain in black and white etchings. As his work goes on show in Norman Ackroyd: Just Be A Poet, he invites us to his studio to see how he works.

For its 90th birthday, Rambert is performing Haydn's The Creation with 100 dancers, musicians and singers. Artistic director Mark Baldwin discusses this new work as well as the state of contemporary dance in the UK.

Presenter John Wilson
Producer Jerome Weatherald.

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30 minutes


  • Gaylene Gould

    Duration: 04:59

  • Norman Ackroyd

    Duration: 07:43

  • Roger Bowdler

    Duration: 05:13

  • Mark Baldwin

    Duration: 09:51


NW by Zadie Smith is on BBC Two on Mon 14 Nov at 9pm
Picture shows Nikki Amuka-Bird and Zadie Smith                                                
Main picture shows Nikki Amuka-Bird and Phoebe Fox in NW
Photo credit: BBC Mammoth Screen, Steffan Hill

Norman Ackroyd

Norman Ackroyd
Picture shows Shiant Gaibh-Eilean by Norman Ackroyd
Copyright: Norman Ackroyd

The Fine Arts Society's show Norman Ackroyd: Just Be A Poet is on until 30 November
More of his work is on display at the Charing Cross Hospital in London

Listed War Memorials

Listed War Memorials
War memorials listed by Historic England

The Creation

The Creation
Picture shows: Hannah Rudd and Daniel Davidson in The Creation
Photo credit: Johan Persson
The Creation is on at Sadler's Wells until 12 November


Role Contributor
Interviewed Guest Gaylene Gould
Interviewed Guest Roger Bowdler
Interviewed Guest Norman Ackroyd
Interviewed Guest Mark Baldwin
Presenter John Wilson
Producer Jerome Weatherald




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