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Ian McKellen, The Handmaid's Tale Season 2, Bill Gold remembered, Tishani Doshi

Ian McKellen on his acting career and gay rights work, Julia Raeside reviews The Handmaid's Tale, Season 2, Bill Gold remembered, plus Tishani Doshi reads some of her poems.

Ian McKellen looks back on his acting career and his work as a gay rights activist as a new documentary film comes out about his life.

Critic Julia Raeside reviews season 2 of The Handmaid's Tale, which has just started on Channel 4.

Bill Gold - the creator of some of the most memorable classic movie posters from the early 1940s until 2011, including Casablanca, Alien and Dirty Harry - died yesterday, aged 97. Publisher and vintage movie poster specialist Tony Nourmand remembers the man whose motto was 'Less is more'.

Poet, writer, and dancer Tishani Doshi talks about her new poetry collection, The Girls Are Coming Out of the Woods, which was inspired in part by the murder of a close friend. The poems consider how women's bodies are treated, and explore themes of anger, love and loss as well as ways to find hope and strength in the modern world.

Presenter: Stig Abell
Producer: Rebecca Armstrong.

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30 minutes


  • Ian McKellen

    Duration: 10:01

  • The Handmaid's Tale Season 2

    Duration: 03:54

  • Bill Gold remembered

    Duration: 06:18

  • Tishani Doshi

    Duration: 06:01

Ian McKellen

Ian McKellen

McKellen:Playing the Part broadcasts live to cinemas nationwide from the BFI Southbank on 27 May 2018.

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Sir Ian McKellen also stars in King Lear at the Duke of York's Theatre, London from 11 July - 03 November 2018.

Images - main image above and image to the left: Sir Ian McKellen


The Handmaid's Tale Season 2

The Handmaid's Tale Season 2

The Handmaid's Tale Season 2 is on Channel 4 on Sundays at 9.00pm.

Image: Offred played by Elisabeth Moss in The Handmaid's Tale

Image credit: MGM


Tishani Doshi

Tishani Doshi

The Girls are Coming Out of the Woods by Tishani Doshi is out now in paperback from Bloodaxe Books.

Image: Tishani Doshi

Image credit: Carlo Pizzati

Bill Gold remembered

Bill Gold remembered

Image: Bill Gold (front) with Tony Nourmand, his wife Susan Gold and Christopher Frayling, Tony's co-writer.

Image credit: Tony Nourmand


Role Contributor
Presenter Stig Abell
Interviewed Guest Ian McKellen
Interviewed Guest Julia Raeside
Interviewed Guest Tony Nourmand
Interviewed Guest Tishani Doshi
Producer Rebecca Armstrong


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