Peter Capaldi as Dr Who, new Star Wars, US poet Ben Lerner and E R Braithwaite
Samira Ahmed talks to Peter Capaldi about the Dr Who Christmas special; Rogue One reviewed; US poet Ben Lerner; E R Braithwaite, who wrote To Sir With Love.
Peter Capaldi tells Samira Ahmed what it's like for a young sci-fi fan to regenerate as one of his heroes - he's Dr Who in the Christmas Special. He touches, too, on another doctor, Martin Tucker, the eloquently foul-mouthed spin man in The Thick of it.
Rogue One is a new Star Wars story that goes back before the beginning. It's a prequel to the original 1977 block-buster. Lots of familiar archetypes, a C3PO-type droid, Darth Vader himself and storming troops of Stormtroopers. But is it adequately Force-full? Critic Catherine Bray considers.
Ben Lerner recently wrote a monograph, The Hatred of Poetry, in which he questions why there is such anxiety and embarrassment about the art, and so reveals his love of it. Now he has published, No Art, which brings together his many poems old and new. He explains that in a world of Trump, climate change and poverty, poetry is as important as ever.
E.R. Braithwaite has died aged 104. His novel 'To Sir With Love', about a black teacher's struggles, and eventual success, as a teacher in an East End London school in the 1950s, made a profound impact. It was made into a film starring Sidney Poitier - with Lulu - in 1967. The playwright Roy Williams, who dramatised the book for radio and the stage, remembers the man, and his work.
E R Braithwaite
Peter CapaldiLogan Hoffman and Peter Capaldi
Dr Who Christmas Special is on BBC One 25 December at 5.45pm
Rogue OneRogue One: A Star Wars Story - Stormtroopers
Photo credit: Jonathan Olley © 2016 Lucasfilm Ltd
Rogue One is on general release
Ben LernerBen Lerner
Photo credit: Matt Lerner
No Art is available now
Role Contributor Presenter Samira Ahmed Interviewed Guest Peter Capaldi Interviewed Guest Catherine Bray Interviewed Guest Ben Lerner Interviewed Guest Roy Williams