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Vanessa Redgrave, Imperium, French African artefacts, Sally Rooney

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Vanessa Redgrave looks back over her long and varied career, and Imperium at the RSC.

Vanessa Redgrave on receiving the Richard Harris Award; Robert Harris's Cicero trilogy brought to the stage; the repatriation of French African artefacts; Sally Rooney.

Vanessa Redgrave has just been awarded the Richard Harris Award which is given to an actor for their outstanding contribution to British film. She talks to Stig about her long career in cinema and theatre.

Imperium is the Royal Shakespeare Company's new six-hour production which looks at power politics in ancient Rome, which is based on Robert Harris's bestselling Cicero trilogy. The writer and classical historian Natalie Haynes has seen the production and gives her verdict.

French president Emmanuel Macron has called for African artefacts currently held in French museums to be returned to their countries of origin. Cultural historian Andrew Hussey discusses the reaction in France, the practicalities of such a pledge, and what pressure it might put on museums in Britain.

The Irish writer Sally Rooney has just been awarded The 2017 Sunday Times/Peters Fraser + Dunlop Young Writer of the Year Award for Conversations With Friends. The 26-year-old's debut novel has become a critical and word-of-mouth hit this year, acclaimed as fresh and clever. She talks to Stig about the book and what the win means to her.

Presenter Stig Abell

Producer Jerome Weatherald.


Interviewed Guest
Vanessa Redgrave
Interviewed Guest
Natalie Haynes
Interviewed Guest
Andrew Hussey
Interviewed Guest
Sally Rooney
Stig Abell
Jerome Weatherald


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