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King Lear, Tom Wolfe remembered, Deadpool 2, Royal Academy at 250

Richard Eyre on his new TV production of King Lear. Plus a tribute to Tom Wolfe and, as the Royal Academy of Arts turns 250, what does it mean to be a Royal Academician?

The American writer Tom Wolfe has died aged 88. His style of reportage in the late 60s became known as the New Journalism, and his best known books were the Right Stuff about the first NASA astronauts, as well as his novel The Bonfire of the Vanities which epitomised the excesses of Wall Street in the 80s. Writer and critic Diane Roberts pays tribute.

Director Richard Eyre talks about his new film of King Lear which is a co-production between BBC Two and Amazon. The stellar cast includes Anthony Hopkins as Lear alongside Emma Thompson and Emily Watson as his scheming daughters.

Deadpool 2 is the follow-up to the hugely successful Marvel Comics' Deadpool, whose eponymous anti-hero is a wisecracking mercenary played by Ryan Reynolds. The latest film sees him assembling a team of superheroes to rescue a young mutant. Rhianna Dhillon reviews.

As the Royal Academy of Arts celebrates its 250th anniversary, what does it mean to be a Royal Academician? Samira talks to its President, Christopher Le Brun and Keeper of the RA, Rebecca Salter.

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30 minutes


  • Tom Wolfe remembered

    Duration: 06:35

  • King Lear

    Duration: 08:27

  • Deadpool 2

    Duration: 04:51

  • Royal Aademy at 250

    Duration: 08:00

King Lear

King Lear

Sir Richard Eyre's film of King Lear starring Sir Anthony Hopkins as Lear is on BBC 2 in the spring.


Main image above: Sir Anthony Hopkins as Lear

Image credit: BBC/Playground Entertainment

Image to the left: Sir Richard Eyre (front)

Deadpool 2

Deadpool 2

Deadpool 2 is in UK cinemas now, certificate 15.


Ryan Reynolds as Deadpool in Deadpool 2

Image credit: 20th Century Fox Film Corporation

Royal Academy at 250

Royal Academy at 250

Image: Royal Academy north-facing entrance, Burlington Gardens, London

Image credit: Hayes Davidson


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Presenter Samira Ahmed
Interviewed Guest Diane Roberts
Interviewed Guest Richard Eyre
Interviewed Guest Rhianna Dhillon
Interviewed Guest Christopher Le Brun
Interviewed Guest Rebecca Salter
Producer Dymphna Flynn




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