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Mark Rylance on Dunkirk, Game of Thrones, best summer reads

Mark Rylance on his role in the new film Dunkirk; Alex Clark and Rosie Goldsmith give us their pick of the summer reads; Sarah Hughes on the latest Game of Thrones series.

Mark Rylance discusses his role in Christopher Nolan's new film Dunkirk, in which he plays the civilian captain of a small vessel commandeered for the rescue of some of the hundreds of thousands of British and Allied troops stranded on the French beach in 1940 as the enemy closes in.

Critic Alex Clark and broadcaster and literary programmer Rosie Goldsmith give their recommended reads for this summer, including a selection of best books in translation from France, Italy and Russia.

The seventh season of Game of Thrones began this week, and the television series has now overtaken the George RR Martin book series the show is based on. We ask TV critic Sarah Hughes, who has written The Guardian's Game of Thrones Blog since the first season, how she thinks the show will fare without the influence of the books.

Presenter Kirsty Lang
Producer Jerome Weatherald.

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  • Mark Rylance, and James Holland, on Dunkirk

    Duration: 12:31

  • Game of Thrones

    Duration: 05:55

  • Best summer reads recommendations

    Duration: 07:33

Mark Rylance on Dunkirk

Dunkirk opens in UK cinemas on 21 July 2017, certificate 12A.

Main image above: Mark Rylance


Game of Thrones

Game of Thrones

The first episode of Games of Thrones is available to watch via Sky Catch up, the series continues on Sky Atlantic, 2am on Monday (if you want to be the first to see it), or 9pm Mondays if you can’t stay up that late.

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Best summer reads

Best summer reads

Front Row’s Summer Reads Recommendations


Andrea Camilleri  - the Revolution of the Moon translated by Stephen Sartarelli

Delphine de Vigan – Based on a True Story translated by George Miller

Boris Akunin - The Winter Queen translated by Andrew Bromfield

Susie Steiner – Persons Unknown

Sylvia Brownrigg – Pages for Her

Yaa Gyasi – The Homegoing



Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich – The Fact of a Body

Amanda Craig – The Lie of the Land

David Sedaris – Theft by Finding

Kjell Ole Dahl – Faithless

Jaoslav Kalfar – Spaceman of Bohemia

Ece Temelkuran – Blowing on Knots


Image: some of Front Row's recommended summer reads



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Interviewed Guest Mark Rylance
Interviewed Guest Alex Clark
Interviewed Guest Rosie Goldsmith
Interviewed Guest Sarah Hughes
Presenter Kirsty Lang
Producer Jerome Weatherald




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