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Carleen Anderson, Elif Shafak, the commuter in film

Carleen Anderson discusses her album and stage show Cage Street Memorial, Turkish writer Elif Shafak on her controversial novel The Bastard of Istanbul and the commuter on film.

Carleen Anderson, former singer with Young Disciples and the Brand New Heavies, discusses her album and 'tribal opera' Cage Street Memorial, and performs a song from it in the studio.

Turkish writer Elif Shafak discusses her bestselling novel The Bastard of Istanbul about a family of women, for which she was accused of 'insulting Turkishness' in 2006 and put on trial. The novel has been made into a two-part drama as part of Radio 4's Reading Europe season. Kirsty will be exploring the state of Turkish literature in a special Istanbul edition of Front Row next Friday, 26 January.

In the week that Liam Neeson's new film The Commuter opens in cinemas, film critic Mark Eccleston considers the portrayal of commuting on film, from Brief Encounter to The Girl on the Train.

Presenter Kirsty Lang
Producer Jerome Weatherald.

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30 minutes


  • Elif Shafak

    Duration: 10:58

  • Carleen Anderson

    Duration: 08:40

  • The commuter in films

    Duration: 04:59

  • Jenny Joseph tribute

    Duration: 01:30

Carleen Anderson

Carleen Anderson

Carleen Anderson's "tribal opera" Cage Street Memorial is at the Barbican, London on 20 January 2018.

Her album, Cage Street Memorial:The Pilgrimage is out now on Freestyle Records


Main image above and image to the left: Carleen Anderson

Elif Shafak

Elif Shafak

Elif Shafak's book, The Bastard of Istanbul is out now in paperback and ebook formats.

Radio 4’s Reading Europe season launches with the dramatisation of The Bastard of Istanbul at 3.00 pm on Sunday 21 January 2018, and on the BBC iPlayer.

Image: Elif Shafak

The commuter in film

The commuter in film

The Commuter is in UK cinemas from 19 January 2018, certificate 15.

Image: Liam Neeson as Michael MacCauley in The Commuter

Image credit: StudioCanal


Role Contributor
Presenter Kirsty Lang
Interviewed Guest Carleen Anderson
Interviewed Guest Elif Shafak
Interviewed Guest Mark Eccleston
Performer Carleen Anderson
Producer Jerome Weatherald




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