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The Moorside, 20th Century Women, Peter Greenaway on Russian Revolution at 100

Producer Jeff Pope on The Moorside starring Sheridan Smith, Annette Bening in 20th Century Women reviewed, Pygmalion at the West Yorkshire Playhouse, Russian Revolution at 100.

The Moorside, which airs on BBC1 at 9pm tonight, is a drama about events surrounding the disappearance of nine year old Shannon Matthews in 2008. Starring Sheridan Smith as Julie Bushby, the woman who orchestrated the hunt for Shannon and Gemma Whelan as Shannon's mother Karen, who was eventually found guilty of the kidnap and false imprisonment of her daughter, the programme has been criticised by some as inappropriate subject matter for a TV show. Executive producer Jeff Pope defends the making of The Moorside and discusses the ethics and challenges of turning real-life events into drama.

In 20th Century Women, Annette Bening stars as a freethinking Santa Barbara mother who enlists the help of two young women in raising her adolescent son during a period of cultural and social turmoil. Film critic Jenny McCartney reviews.

To mark the centenary of the Russian Revolution, Front Row has asked figures from the arts world to champion their favourite work, inspired by events in 1917. Today, film director Peter Greenaway makes the case for Sergei Eisenstein's Battleship Potemkin.

As a new contemporary staging of George Bernard Shaw's Pygmalion opens at the West Yorkshire Playhouse, Samira met the team behind the production - director Sam Pritchard, sound designer Max Ringham, lead actors Alex Beckett and Natalie Gavin- to discover why they think Shaw's ideas about language and accent as a repository of class and power remain just as relevant in 2017 as they were when the play premiered just over a century ago.

Presenter : Samira Ahmed
Producer : Ella-mai Robey.

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30 minutes


  • The Moorside

    Duration: 09:16

  • 20th Century Women

    Duration: 04:41

  • Peter Greenaway on the Russian Revolution at 100

    Duration: 04:47

  • Pygmalion

    Duration: 08:49

The Moorside

The Moorside

 The Moorside, the 2-part drama about the kidnapping of Shannon Matthews starts on 07 February 2017 at 9.00pm on BBC One, and on the BBC iPlayer.



Main image above: Sheridan Smith as Julia Bushby in The Moorside.

Image to the left: Julia Bushby (Sheridan Smith) is surrounded by the media in The Moorside.

Images credit: Stuart Wood/ITV/BBC 

20th Century Women

20th Century Women

20th Century Women is in UK cinemas on 10 February 2017, certificate 15.


Image: Annette Bening (Dorothea - Left), Elle Fanning (Julie) and Greta Gerwin (Abbie - Right) in 20th Century Women.

Image credit: Cameo Productions 

The Russian Revolution at 100

The Russian Revolution at 100

Peter Greenaway on Eisenstein's film Battleship Potemkin.


Regent Street Cinema, in London is screening Battleship Potemkin with live music on 17 February 2017. 

Peter Greenaway's film Eisenstein at Guanajuato is available now on DVD.


Image: Peter Greenaway

Image credit: Axiom films




Pygmalion directed by Sam Pritchard is at The West Yorkshire Playhouse  from 07 - 25 February 2017.

The play tours from 28 February 2017, visiting Warwick, Liverpool, Leicester, Cheltenham, Bath, Oxford and Southampton, ending on 13 May 2017.


Image: Natalie Gavin (Eliza Dolittle) and Alex Beckett (Prof Henry Higgins) in Pygmalion.

Image credit: Manuel Harlan


Role Contributor
Interviewed Guest Jeff Pope
Interviewed Guest Jenny McCartney
Interviewed Guest Peter Greenaway
Interviewed Guest Sam Pritchard
Interviewed Guest Max Ringham
Interviewed Guest Alex Beckett
Interviewed Guest Natalie Gavin
Presenter Samira Ahmed
Producer Ella-mai Robey




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