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'My Cousin Rachel' Weisz, Arundhati Roy, Bamber Gascoigne's opera house, Literary agent Ed Victor remembered

Actress Rachel Weisz on My Cousin Rachel; author Arundhati Roy on her new book, Bamber Gascoigne's Grange Park opera house; and Nigella Lawson remembers literary agent Ed Victor.

Hollywood star Rachel Weisz talks about the unusual ambiguity in her latest role as the beguiling widow Rachel in a big screen adaptation of Daphne Du Maurier's psychological drama My Cousin Rachel.

Two years ago Bamber Gascoigne inherited West Horsley Place, a crumbling 15th century stately home and 380 acres in Surrey, along with a restoration bill of £7.3m. So he built the first opera house in the UK this century in the woods behind the house, which opens tonight. He gives us the guided tour along with the woman behind the project, Grange Park Opera impresario Wasfi Kani.

It's rare for a novel to hit the news headlines but that's happened this week for Arundhati Roy's The Ministry of Utmost Happiness as it's twenty years since her first - and only other - novel, The God of Small Things, became a much loved and huge bestseller, winning the Booker Prize and selling over 8 million copies around the world. In the meantime, she's become known as an activist in her home country, India. This novel takes readers on a tumultuous journey to Delhi and Kashmir, blending the personal and the political. She joins Samira to talk about why the time felt right to tell this story now.

Nigella Lawson remembers her close friend and literary agent Ed Victor.

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30 minutes


  • Rachel Weisz

    Duration: 06:15

  • Bamber Gascoigne

    Duration: 09:19

  • Arundhati Roy

    Duration: 09:04

  • Ed Victor remembered

    Duration: 02:38

My Cousin Rachel

My Cousin Rachel
Rachel Weisz in My Cousin Rachel 
My Cousin Rachel is in cinemas from 9 June, cert 12A

Main image: Rachel Weisz in My Cousin Rachel 
Both photo credits: 20th Century Fox 

Arundhati Roy

Arundhati Roy
Arundhati Roy
Photo credit: Mayank Austen Soofi

Her book, The Ministry of Utmost Happiness, is available now 

Bamber Gascoigne's Opera House

Bamber Gascoigne's Opera House
Bamber Gascoigne and Grange Park Opera House
Photo credit: Jerome Weatherald

Timelapse video of the construction of Grange Park Opera House in the woods at West Horsley Place


Role Contributor
Presenter Samira Ahmed
Interviewed Guest Rachel Weisz
Interviewed Guest Bamber Gascoigne
Interviewed Guest Wasfi Kani
Interviewed Guest Arundhati Roy
Interviewed Guest Nigella Lawson


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