Idris Elba Plays Nelson Mandela

Idris Elba discusses the challenges of portraying Nelson Mandela onscreen and novelist Donna Tartt looks back at her 1992 breakthrough novel The Secret History. Steve McQueen, director of 12 Years A Slave, discusses working with his favourite actor Michael Fassbender, and Korean poet Ko Un talks about life as a monk, a suicidal drunk and a political prisoner. Also on the programme, the thriving Indian music scene that looks to the west instead of Bollywood, writer-director Doug McGrath on his new musical about legendary singer-songwriter Carole King and Indonesian pop and literary superstar Dewi Lestari talks spirituality and quantum physics.

(Photo: From left to right, Idris Elba (c) Carlos Alvarez/Getty, Steve McQueen (c) Ben Stansall/AFP/Getty, Donna Tartt (c) Bas Czerwinski/Getty

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12 Years A Slave

12 Years A Slave

12 Years A Slave tells the true story of Solomon Northup who was kidnapped and sold into slavery.  (Image shows Michael Fassbender and Chiwetel Ejiofor)

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