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The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society director Mike Newell, Joanna Walsh, Milos Forman, 1978 in music

Film director Mike Newell discusses his period drama The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society and experimental writer Joanna Walsh talks about her new novel Break.up.

Mike Newell discusses his film The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, which stars Lily James as a writer uncovering a mystery from World War II on the Channel island. The director looks back at his career which includes Four Weddings and a Funeral, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire and Donnie Brasco.

Joanna Walsh is one of the UK's leading experimental writers. She discusses her new novel, Break.up about a nameless woman recovering from a relationship with a man which was mainly conducted online. Break.up also challenges the borders between fiction and non-fiction, as it ranges into travelogue, essays on music, boredom, marriage and art.

Film critic Hannah McGill examines the cultural legacy of the late Czech filmmaker MiloŇ° Forman, known primarily for his two Oscar-winning masterpieces One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest and Amadeus.

Music writer Ben Wardle attempts to prove that 1978 was the greatest and most significant year in the history of pop music - think Kate Bush, Blondie, The Village People, The Police, Springsteen's Darkness on the Edge of Town, Buzzcocks, and Kraftwerk's The Man Machine for starters.

Presenter: Alex Clark
Producer: Hannah Robins.

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30 minutes

Chapters

  • Mike Newell

    Duration: 08:38

  • Milos Forman

    Duration: 05:47

  • Pop Music 1978

    Duration: 05:13

  • Joanna Walsh

    Duration: 07:57

Mike Newell on The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

Mike Newell on The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
Lily James
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society is on general release from 20 Apr,
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Main image:
Lily James in The Guernsey Literary and Potato
Peel Pie Society
Photo credits: Studio Canal

Joanna Walsh

Joanna Walsh
Joanna Walsh
Photo credit: Lauren Elkin

Break.up is available from 19 Apr

Credits

Role Contributor
Presenter Alex Clark
Interviewed Guest Mike Newell
Interviewed Guest Joanna Walsh
Interviewed Guest Hannah McGill
Interviewed Guest Ben Wardle
Producer Hannah Robins

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