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David Tennant on playing Dennis Nilsen, BBC National Short Story Award shortlist announced, The Painted Bird reviewed

David Tennant on playing Dennis Nilsen. The BBC National Short Story Award shortlist is announced. And film The Painted Bird reviewed.

David Tennant talks to Front Row about new ITV drama DES, in which he plays one of the most infamous serial killers in UK history, Dennis Nilsen - a civil servant who went undetected as he murdered boys and young men he met on the streets of London from 1978 to 1983.

2020 is the 15th anniversary of the BBC National Short Story Award with Cambridge University. Tonight, with the help of judge Lucy Caldwell – who has herself been twice shortlisted for the award – Front Row announces this year’s shortlist.

Critics Arifa Akbar and Leslie Felperin join Front Row to look back at the week in culture and to review The Painted Bird, a new film by Czech director/producer Václav Marhoul - an adaptation of Jerzy Kosiński's classic novel. 3 hours long, in black and white, it is the first film to feature the Interslavic language and tells the tale of a young Jewish boy who undergoes a series of harrowing, life-changing episodes in rural Eastern Europe during the Second World War. It was the Czech entry for the Best International Feature Film at the Oscars but its brutal depictions of violence have led to walkouts at festivals.

Presenter: John Wilson
Studio Manager: Emma Harth

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41 minutes

Des

David Tennant stars in ITV's Des

Des begins on ITV  at 9 pm on Mon 14 Sept

Main image: David Tennant as Des
Photo credit: ITV

The Painted Bird

The Painted Bird
The Painted Bird
Photo credit: Eureka Entertainment

The Painted Bird is in selected cinemas, cert 15

National Short Story Award Shortlist

National Short Story Award Shortlist
Caleb Azumah Nelson is shortlisted for his story Pray

You can listen to all the stories shortlisted on Radio 4 

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  • Fri 11 Sep 2020 19:00

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