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On Chesil Beach with Ian McEwan, Older people and the arts, Drew McOnie

Novelist Ian McEwan on adapting On Chesil Beach for the cinema, older people and the arts and Strictly Ballroom's director and choreographer, Drew McOnie.

Ian McEwan discusses the process of adapting his novel On Chesil Beach for the big screen. Set in 1962, it tells the story of two young newlyweds spending their honeymoon preoccupied with - and terrified by - the forthcoming consummation of their marriage.

Drew McOnie talks about directing and choreographing the first UK staging of Strictly Ballroom: The Musical, based on the much-loved 1992 Baz Luhrmann film that led to a resurgence of ballroom dancing in popular culture.

A recent DCMS survey shows that over-65s are increasingly engaged in the arts. Two members of the Elders Theatre Company at the Royal Exchange in Manchester talk about how they not only go to more events since retiring but are actively participating in the arts. And David Cutler of the funding organisation the Baring Foundation and David Slater of arts company Entelechy discuss the benefits of an interest in the arts for older people.

Presenter Stig Abell
Producer Jerome Weatherald.

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30 minutes


  • Ian McEwan

    Duration: 07:23

  • Older people and the arts

    Duration: 10:40

  • Drew McOnie

    Duration: 08:53

  • Rathbone Folio Prize

    Duration: 00:38

Ian McEwan

Ian McEwan
Billy Howle and Saoirse Ronan 

On Chesil Beach is on general release from 18 May, cert 15

Main image: Saoirse Ronan in On Chesil Beach
Photo credit: Lionsgate

Drew McOnie

Drew McOnie
Charlotte Gooch and
Gary Watson
Photo credit: Johan Persson

Strictly Ballroom (the Musical) is at the Piccadilly Theatre 


Role Contributor
Presenter Stig Abell
Interviewed Guest Ian McEwan
Interviewed Guest Drew McOnie
Interviewed Guest David Cutler
Interviewed Guest David Slater
Producer Jerome Weatherald
Interviewed Guest Gordon Emerson
Interviewed Guest Christine Connor




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