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Bill Nighy, The ever-changing appeal of Hamlet, Photographer Steve McCurry

Bill Nighy on his acting style, Janet Suzman discusses Hamlet, and photographer Steve McCurry on his collection of images from Afghanistan.

More often associated with comic films, actor Bill Nighy turns his hand to gothic horror in his latest movie The Limehouse Golem. Based on the Peter Ackroyd novel, Nighy plays Inspector Kildare, a compassionate detective, drafted in to investigate a series of grisly murders in Victorian London. He talks to Samira about the safety of comedy and how he hates a challenge.

As Londoners were treated to three different productions of Hamlet this summer, we explore why audiences can never seem to get enough of The Prince of Denmark. Samira is joined by Dame Janet Suzman, who has both acted in and directed the play; Kosha Engler who is currently playing Gertrude and Ophelia in a 3 person abridged version with her husband Benet and her father-in-law Gyles Brandreth; and psychotherapist Mark Vernon.

American photographer Steve McCurry's most famous image is Afghan Girl, a photo taken in 1984 for the cover of National Geographic Magazine. The multi award-winning photographer has been travelling regularly in Afghanistan since the 1979 Russian invasion and tells Samira about his latest book; Afghanistan, a collection of pictures taken over a four decade career.

Presenter: Samira Ahmed
Producer: Edwina Pitman.

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30 minutes


  • Bill Nighy

    Duration: 08:29

  • Hamlet Discussion

    Duration: 11:31

  • Steve McCurry

    Duration: 09:13

Bill Nighy

Bill Nighy
Presenter Samira Ahmed with actor Bill Nighy.    The Limehouse Golem is on general release from Thursday.  Certificate 15.

Steve McCurry

Steve McCurry
Afghanistan by Steve McCurry is published by Taschen.
Image:  Afghan Girl.  Copyright: Steve McCurry.



Hamlet is on until 16 September 2017 at the Park Theatre, Finsbury Park, London.

Photo:  Gyles Brandreth & Kosha Engler in Hamlet at Park Theatre.  Photo by Francis Loney



Role Contributor
Presenter Samira Ahmed
Interviewed Guest Bill Nighy
Interviewed Guest Janet Suzman
Interviewed Guest Kosha Engler
Interviewed Guest Mark Vernon
Interviewed Guest Steve McCurry
Producer Edwina Pitman




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