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Matthew Sweet talks to author Owen Sheers about his new contribution to the distinctive genre of fiction that imagines a Britain that had been occupied by the Nazis. Who might have resisted the occupiers and how? Matthew and guests consider our changing attitudes to cleanliness in everything from religion to art: is our obsession with it entirely healthy?

Derek Jarman

Derek Jarman


Derek Jarman

On Saturday 26th May, Tate Modern presents a unique screening of Derek Jarman's rarely seen early experimental super 8 films, made in the 1970s. Derek Jarman (1942-94) is best known for his films Jubilee, 1977, arguably the first punk movie, Caravaggio,1986, and Blue, 1993.

Focusing on his super 8 material, this screening includes Studio Bankside 1970, a poetic journey through Jarman's studio, with introductions to the characters who frequented it.

Matthew Sweet talks to film historian Colin MacCabe from the Cannes film festival and to Jarman's biographer, Tony Peak, about this unique film maker.

Owen Sheers
Owen Sheers, one of the Poetry Book Society's Next Generation Poets, talks to Matthew Sweet about his first novel, Resistance.

Based on the first hand stories of the British men who were committed to form a guerrilla resistance force in the event of a successful German occupation, the novel is set in a 1944 Britain occupied by the Nazis, and imagines the lives of the women who would have been left behind.

Matthew Sweet talks to an economist who argues that governments are condemned to make bad policies by the ignorance of the electorate - Bryan Caplan explains why voters are inherently irrational.

The Romans were very interested in it, the Vikings much less so and many think we're obsessed with it today.

Cleanliness is central to religious ceremony, ideas about morality as well as health and the way we order our lives. Night Waves investigates what our relationship with cleanliness says about us in the twenty-first century and examines whether our attitudes are about to change again as water becomes a precious commodity.

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