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Colin Firth and Rachel Weisz, Irish Women Writers, Vaseem Khan

Arts news, interviews and reviews. Colin Firth and Rachel Weisz on their new film The Mercy, the true story of an amateur sailor's attempt to sail around the world.

Colin Firth and Rachel Weisz on their new film The Mercy, which tells the true story of the ill-fated attempt in 1968 by the amateur sailor Donald Crowhurst to become the first person to sail solo, non-stop, around the world.

Vaseem Khan discusses his latest Inspector Chopra novel, about an Indian detective with a baby elephant as his sidekick, which he has written as a Quick Read.

As Irish and Northern Irish women poets campaign for greater recognition in their home country, we discuss the gender battle currently taking place in Irish literature, with campaign co-founder Mary O'Donnell, playwright Rosemary Jenkinson and novelist John Boyne.

Presenter: Kirsty Lang
Producer: Timothy Prosser.

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30 minutes


  • Colin Firth and Rachel Weisz

    Duration: 09:40

  • Irish and Northern Irish Women poets

    Duration: 10:51

  • Vaseem Khan

    Duration: 05:19

The Mercy

The Mercy
Colin Firth
Photo credit: Courtesy of STUDIOCANAL

The Mercy is on general release from Fri 9 Feb, cert 12A

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Colin Firth and Rachel Weisz in The Mercy

Photo credit: Courtesy of STUDIOCANAL

Vaseem Khan

Vaseem Khan
Vaseem Khan

His book, Inspector Chopra and the Million-Dollar Motor Car is available now


Role Contributor
Presenter Kirsty Lang
Interviewed Guest Colin Firth
Interviewed Guest Rachel Weisz
Interviewed Guest Vaseem Khan
Interviewed Guest Mary O'Donnell
Interviewed Guest Rosemary Jenkinson
Interviewed Guest John Boyne
Producer Timothy Prosser



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