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J K Rowling's Fantastic Beasts, Steve Jones of the Sex Pistols, French film Divines, Chris Riddell on school libraries

The filmmakers behind JK Rowling's screenwriting debut discuss Fantastic Beasts, Sex Pistol Steve Jones looks back on his life and award-winning French film Divines reviewed.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them marks the screenwriting debut of Harry Potter author JK Rowling. The film tells the tale of magizoologist Newt Scamandar and his menagerie of fantastical creatures which are accidentally set free in 1920s New York, a place riven with political turmoil and persecution of the magical community. Producer David Heyman, who produced all eight of the Harry Potter films, and director David Yates, who helmed the final four of the franchise, discuss the latest instalment from the Potter universe.

Divines, the debut movie from female French director Houda Benyamina won the Caméra d'Or at Cannes this year. Ginette Vincendeau reviews the drama that, 20 years after La Haine, takes place in a rough Parisian housing estate and focuses on the women's experience of drugs, power, crime and religion.

It's almost 40 years since the Sex Pistol's released their landmark album Anarchy in the UK. The band's guitarist Steve Jones discusses his new autobiography Lonely Boy, which charts how punk gave him - a petty thief - a purpose.

The Children's Laureate, Chris Riddell talks about why he, along with all eight of his predecessors, has sent a letter to education secretary Justine Greening protesting the undermining of school library services and the loss of specialist librarians.

And, as the moon comes closer to earth than it has in a lifetime, a recording of Ted Hughes reading his great poem about seeing the full moon.

Presenter: John Wilson
Producer: Julian May.

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30 minutes


  • JK Rowling's Fantastic Beasts

    Duration: 09:27

  • Chris Riddell on school libraries

    Duration: 04:26

  • Steve Jones of The Sex Pistols

    Duration: 08:19

  • French film Divines

    Duration: 04:32

  • Ted Hughes reading Full Moon and Little Frieda

    Duration: 01:06

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is in UK cinemas from 18 November 2016, certificate 12A.


Main image above: Dan Fogler as Jacob (Left) and Eddie Redmayne as Newt with a beast called a Bowtruckle.

Image credit: 2016 Warner Bros Ent. All Rights reserved/Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts Publishing Rights © JKR

Image to the left: Fantastic Beasts Director, David Yates(Left) and Producer, David Heyman (Right), with John Wilson

Chris Ridell

Chris Ridell

Image: Children's Laureate Chris Ridell

Image credit: Tom Pilston

Steve Jones

Steve Jones

Steve Jones' memoire, Lonely Boy:Tales from a Sex Pistol is published on 17 November 2016, in hardback and as an ebook.

Image: Steve Jones

Image credit: Davis/Factor



The film Divines, certificate 15, is available to stream on Netflix from 18 November 2016.

The Divines official trailer

Image:  Left: Oulaya Amamra as Dounia, and Déborah Lukumuena as Maimouna (Right) in Divines


Role Contributor
Interviewed Guest David Heyman
Interviewed Guest David Yates
Interviewed Guest Ginette Vincendeau
Interviewed Guest Steve Jones
Interviewed Guest Chris Riddell
Reader Ted Hughes
Presenter John Wilson
Producer Julian May




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