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Kurt Russell on playing Santa, Poet Ruth Fainlight, Damien Hirst's Qatar sculptures

Kurt Russell on playing Santa Claus in The Christmas Chronicles, Ruth Fainlight discusses her new poetry collection, and Damien Hirst's controversial bronze sculptures in Qatar.

Kurt Russell, whose credits include The Thing, Escape from New York and The Hateful Eight, discusses his new role as Santa Claus in the new Netflix family film The Christmas Chronicles. Russell looks back over his five-decade acting career, including the time he worked with Elvis and Walt Disney as a child actor.

Poet Ruth Fainlight talks about her new collection Somewhere Else Entirely, her first book in eight years and the first since the death of Alan Sillitoe, her husband of 50 years. Several of the works in Fainlight’s collection serve as elegies to him, a meditation on mortality and memory in poetry and prose .

Damien Hirst's latest artwork has been unveiled outside a hospital in Qatar - fourteen large bronze sculptures that graphically chart the journey from conception to birth. Layla Ibrahim Bacha, the Art Specialist for the Qatar Foundation who commissioned the controversial artworks, talks to John Wilson from Doha.

Presenter John Wilson
Producer Jerome Weatherald

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29 minutes

Kurt Russell

Kurt Russell
Kurt Russell and John Wilson

The Christmas Chronicles
is available on Netflix from
22 Nov

Main image: Kurt Russell in
The Christmas Chronicles
Photo credit: Michael Gibson 

Ruth Fainlight

Ruth Fainlight
Ruth Fainlight
Photo credit: Emily Andersen

Ruth Fainlight's new poetry collection Somewhere Else Entirely is available

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