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Saturday Review

Blue Is the Warmest Colour; Dylan Thomas; No Place to Go

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Blue Is the Warmest Colour; Dylan Thomas; No Place to Go

Tom Sutcliffe and guests discuss Palme d'Or winner Blue Is the Warmest Colour.

In Cardiff, Sir Peter Blake interprets Under Milk Wood, in celebration of the 100th anniversary of poet Dylan Thomas's birth. Plus, Palme d'Or winner Blue Is the Warmest Colour.

Palme d'Or winning film Blue is the Warmest Colour has proved controversial, in part because of its subject matter - it's a story of two young lesbians who fall in love. The author of the original bande dessinee has described the film as porn, and the lengthy explicit sex scenes have caused consternation. And since its release the two actresses have said that they feel exploited. So it's a prize-winning film mired in problems but is it worth paying money to go and see?

Have you ever wondered what Arthur Conan Doyle would make of contemporary crime fiction ? Or how the Marquis de Sade feels about the fact that his plays are largely forgotten and that his name is mostly associated with sexual peccadilloes? A new book from Granta allows present day authors to imagine interviews with artists who - long ago - shuffled off this mortal coil. Is this merely a vanity project for the authors to stretch their skills or can it offer some sort of insight into the mind and working of their dead heroes?

2014 will mark the centenary of Dylan Thomas's birth. The great Welsh poet's most famous work - Under Milk Wood - has long been an inspiration to artist Sir Peter Blake. A new exhibition just opened in the Cardiff shows his interpretation of the story and its characters - he still listens to the radio play at least once a week. How successfully can an Englishman translate one of the classics of Welsh literature?

How can you turn redundancy into art? Earl Lipton is a New Yorker who has created a cabaret show about being made unemployed when his company relocated operations "to Mars". With songs including "Thank You (Financial Crisis Blues)"and "(When I move in with) My aging middle-class parents" it takes a satirical look at the problems that having no job can entail. It also includes a song sung by an abandoned sandwich. No Place To Go is at the Gate Theatre in London.

Jim Al-Khalili OBE is a theoretical physicist and Professor of Theoretical Physics and Chair in the Public Engagement in Science at the University of Surrey. He has a new series on BBC4/Open University that explores what 95% of what the universe is made up of. Can even he explain to a layman what dark matter is?

Tom Sutcliffe is joined by professor Maria Delgado, journalist Jim White and poet Cahal Dallat.

Producer: Oliver Jones.

Credits

Presenter
Tom Sutcliffe
Interviewed Guest
Maria Delgado
Interviewed Guest
Jim White
Interviewed Guest
Cahal Dallat
Producer
Oliver Jones

Saturday Review

Hieronymus Bosch, OJ Simpson, North Water, A Bigger Splash, Battlefield

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Hieronymus Bosch, OJ Simpson, North Water, A Bigger Splash, Battlefield

A look at the biggest Hieronymus Bosch exhibition ever and OJ Simpson's trial as a drama.

The week's cultural highlights, including the biggest Hieronymus Bosch exhibition ever, OJ Simpson's trial as a TV drama and Ian McGuire's North Water.

The biggest Hieronymus Bosch exhibition ever has just opened in Holland. 500 years after his death, Noordbrabants Museum has gathered together the largest collection of his bizarre, extraordinary work

OJ Simpson's 1994 trial has been turned into a US TV drama. Does it have something new to show or say?

Ian McGuire's North Water has garnered positive reviews from the likes of Hilary Mantel and Martin Amis. It's a whodunnit set on board an 18th century whaling ship. "A version of Captain Ahab (if you squint a little) meets a version of Sherlock Holmes"

Ralph Fiennes stars in A Bigger Splash, a tale of louche life set around a swimming pool in a baking hot Italian villa. Also starring Tilda Swinton, Matthius Schoenaerts and Dakota Johnson

Battlefield at The Young Vic is Peter Brook's distillation of his magnum opus Mahabarata. A few short tales which deal with life an immense canvas in miniature

Tom Sutcliffe is joined by Amanda Vickery, Natalie Haynes and Jim White. The producer is Oliver Jones.

Credits

Presenter
Tom Sutcliffe
Interviewed Guest
Amanda Vickery
Interviewed Guest
Natalie Haynes
Interviewed Guest
Jim White
Producer
Oliver Jones

Saturday Review

Mudbound, Network, Javier Cercas, She's Got To Have It, North exhibition

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Mudbound, Network, Javier Cercas, She's Got To Have It, North exhibition

Mudbound, Network, Javier Cercas, She's Got To Have It (adapted for TV), North exhibition.

The week's cultural highlights. Mudbound, set in America's deep south; Network at The National; Javier Cercas's The Impostor; She's Got To Have It; and the North exhibition.

Mudbound, is a searing look at prejudice set in the Jim Crow deep south of the United States shortly after WW2

Network is a new production at The National Theatre in London. It's an adaptation of the 1976 Oscar-winning film about a TV anchorman who announces that he's "mad as hell and not going to take it anymore" which appalls then delights and ultimately infuriates his network bosses. It stars Bryan "Breaking Bad" Cranston as the newsreader who wigs out.

Javier Cercas's novel The Impostor tells the extraordinary tale of a Spanish man who falsely claimed to have been a survivor of Mauthausen concentration camp. Can we trust that anything in the story he tells of his life is true?

She's Got To Have It was Spike Lee's 1986 breakout film which he has now adapted into a 10 part TV series for Netflix

North: fashioning Identity, is an exhibition at Somerset House exploring contemporary artistic and stylistic representations of the north of England.

Tom Sutcliffe's guests are Emma Jane Unsworth, Kit Davis and Jim White. The producer is Oliver Jones.

Credits

Presenter
Tom Sutcliffe
Interviewed Guest
Emma Jane Unsworth
Interviewed Guest
Kit Davis
Interviewed Guest
Jim White
Producer
Oliver Jones

Saturday Review

Ghost In The Shell, Don Juan in Soho, Les Murray, Comics at Kelvingrove Museum, Harlots on ITV

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Ghost In The Shell, Don Juan in Soho, Les Murray, Comics at Kelvingrove Museum, Harlots on ITV

Ghost In The Shell, Don Juan in Soho, Les Murray, comics at Kelvingrove Museum, Harlots.

Scarlett Johansson's manga-based film Ghost In The Shell, David Tennant plays Don Juan in Soho, Les Murray's latest poetry collection, comics at Kelvingrove Museum, Harlots on ITV.

Scarlett Johansson plays Major in the manga-based action film Ghost In The Shell.

David Tennant leads the cast of Don Juan in Soho. Patrick Marber's play, based on Moliere's original - which debuted a decade ago - reaches London's West End for the first time

Australian poet Les Murray's latest collection On Bunyah cogitates on the rural spot in New South Wales where his ancestors settled and lived - Wild Horses Creek, known to the aboriginal Australians as Bunyah

The Art of Comics, a new exhibition in Glasgow, looks at the work of comicbook artist Frank Quitely, "from Krypton to Kelvingrove.. from Gotham to Glasgow".

Harlots is a TV series starting on ITV Encore - is it too good to be hidden away on a niche channel?

Tom Sutcliffe's guests are Miranda Carter, Jim White and Robert hanks. The producer is Oliver Jones.

Credits

Presenter
Tom Sutcliffe
Interviewed Guest
Miranda Carter
Interviewed Guest
Jim White
Interviewed Guest
Robert Hanks
Producer
Oliver Jones

Saturday Review

My Name is Lucy Barton, Alexander McQueen, Rachel Kushner, Aftermath at Tate Britain, City of Ghosts

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My Name is Lucy Barton, Alexander McQueen, Rachel Kushner, Aftermath at Tate Britain, City of Ghosts

My Name is Lucy Barton, Alexander McQueen, Rachel Kushner, Aftermath, City of Ghosts.

My Name is Lucy Barton at the Bridge Theatre, Alexander McQueen documentary, Rachel Kushner: The Mars Room, Aftermath - art post-WW1 at Tate Britain, and City of Ghosts on BBC4.

My Name is Lucy Barton is a one woman play starring Laura Linney in her London stage debut. At London's Bridge Theatre, it's based on the novel by Elizabeth Strout and directed by Richard Eyre

There's a new documentary looking at the life and career of designer Alexander McQueen who died in 2010. It includes interviews with familiar faces and also less-well-known family and friends

Rachel Kushner's novel The Mars Room is largely set within the American penal system - it's not a nice place to be, especially for the narrator who is a prisoner serving a life sentence in the largest women's prison in the world

Aftermath is an exhibition at Tate Britain of art from Europe following the end of the first World War - it shows new art movements emerging in Britain France and Germany reflecting and influencing the society from which it sprang

City of Ghosts is being shown in the Storyville strand on BBC4. It's an Oscar-nominated documentary about a group of Syrian website that opposes ISIS and tries to tell the truth about what is happening in their ruined home city of Raaqa

Tom Sutcliffe's guests are Amber Butchart, Liz Jensen and Jim White. The producer is Oliver Jones.

Credits

Presenter
Tom Sutcliffe
Interviewed Guest
Amber Butchart
Interviewed Guest
Liz Jensen
Interviewed Guest
Jim White
Producer
Oliver Jones

Saturday Review

William Gibson; Marco Polo; Chimera; Conflict Time Photography; Concerning Violence

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William Gibson; Marco Polo; Chimera; Conflict Time Photography; Concerning Violence

William Gibson, Marco Polo, Chimera, Conflict Time Photography, Concerning Violence.

William Gibson's novel The Peripheral, Netflix epic adventure series Marco Polo, Gate Theatre's Chimera, Conflict Time Photography at Tate Modern, Concerning Violence documentary.

William Gibson's novel The Peripheral is set in 2 dystopian futures filled with drugs, 3D printers, high-tech surveillance and various legally dubious practices. When readers are immersed in a complete universe of newness, how do they orientate themselves?

Netflix newest production is an epic adventure series (10 x 60 minutes) telling the story of Marco Polo; full of spectacle, does it have substance or is it an Oriental Game of Thrones?

London's Gate Theatre is staging Chimera - a play about DNA, genetic inheritance and kitchens

Tate Modern's exhibition Conflict Time Photography looks at the relationship between photography and sites of conflict over time - eschewing chronological arrangement, it is displayed instead according to how soon after the event the photograph was taken - from moments to a century later.

Concerning Violence is a documentary that deals with the struggle for independence of former colonies - how can they free themselves from the yoke of oppression?

Tom Sutcliffe is joined by Bidisha, Jim White and Alice Jones. The producer is Oliver Jones.

Credits

Presenter
Tom Sutcliffe
Interviewed Guest
undefined Bidisha
Interviewed Guest
Jim White
Interviewed Guest
Alice Jones
Producer
Oliver Jones

Saturday Review

Ken Loach's film, Joshua Ferris's novel, The Normal Heart on TV, Bakersfield Mist and The Whitstable Biennale

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Ken Loach's film, Joshua Ferris's novel, The Normal Heart on TV, Bakersfield Mist and The Whitstable Biennale

Ken Loach, Joshua Ferris, The Normal Heart, Bakersfield Mist and The Whitstable Biennale.

Tom Sutcliffe and guests discuss Ken Loach's film, Jimmy's Hall, Joshua Ferris's novel, The Normal Heart on TV, Bakersfield Mist and The Whitstable Biennale.

Bakersfield Mist at London's Duchess Theatre stars Hollywood actress Kathleen Turner in a play about a woman who's convinced she's turned up a Jackson Pollock original in a junk shop.

Ken Loach's new film Jimmy's Hall tells the story of the only Irishman ever to be deported from his own country as an illegal alien. As the Irish Republic was struggling to be born, Jimmy Gralton ran up against the Church and State too many times and their solution was to send him to America. Irish history is familiar territory for Loach; what does this story tell us about today?

To Rise Again at a Decent Hour is Joshua Ferris's novel about dentistry and the meaning of life. What can a man do when his analog life is hijacked and put on the internet?

Whitstable Biennale is a festival of contemporary British art on the south coast of England. It grew out of the developing artists' community in the town and focuses on moving image and performance, with a range of new commissions and specially curated programs.

The Normal Heart was Larry Kramer's play about the AIDS epidemic in 1980s America. He's adapted it into a TV drama for HBO and it's been warmly received in the USA. What will Saturday Review make of it?

Tom Sutcliffe is joined by Jim White, Maria Delgado and Natalie Haynes. The producer is Oliver Jones.

Credits

Presenter
Tom Sutcliffe
Interviewed Guest
Jim White
Interviewed Guest
Natalie Haynes
Interviewed Guest
Maria Delgado
Producer
Oliver Jones

Saturday Review

Ishiguro, Man and Superman, It Follows, Matt Lucas - Pompidou, Sculpture Victorious

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Ishiguro, Man and Superman, It Follows, Matt Lucas - Pompidou, Sculpture Victorious

Kazuo Ishiguro, Man and Superman, It Follows, Matt Lucas - Pompidou, Sculpture Victorious.

Kazuo Ishiguro's novel The Buried Giant, Man and Superman at the National, horror film It Follows, Matt Lucas' wordless TV series Pompidou and Sculpture Victorious at Tate Britain.

The Buried Giant is Kazuo Ishiguro's first new novel for 10 years, set in Arthurian England

George Bernard Shaw's Man and Superman at The National's Lyttleton Theatre starring Ralph Fiennes

New horror film It Follows has been a success in the US and could be a new teen creepy classic

Matt Lucas' is best known for Little Britain; his new TV show is entirely devoid of catchphrases - it's a wordless series called Pompidou

Sculpture Victorious at Tate Britain looks at sculpture created during Queen Victoria's reign - the innovations in style and technique

Tom Sutcliffe's guests are Natalie Haynes, Jim White and Rebecca Stott. The producer is Oliver Jones.

Credits

Presenter
Tom Sutcliffe
Interviewed Guest
Natalie Haynes
Interviewed Guest
Jim White
Interviewed Guest
Rebecca Stott
Producer
Oliver Jones

Arena

Searching for the Wrong-Eyed Jesus

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Searching for the Wrong-Eyed Jesus

Jim White takes a road trip into the heart of the poor white American South. (2004)

First transmitted in 2004, Jim White takes a road trip into the heart of the poor white American South through a gritty terrain of churches, prisons, truckstops and coalmines.

First transmitted in 2004, this is a stunningly-photographed, thought-provoking road trip into the heart of the poor white American South. Singer Jim White takes his 1970 Chevy Impala through a gritty terrain of churches, prisons, truckstops, biker bars and coalmines.

Along the way are roadside encounters with present-day musical mavericks the Handsome Family, David Johansen, David Eugene Edwards of 16 Horsepower and old-time banjo player Lee Sexton, and grisly stories from the cult Southern novelist Harry Crews.

Credits

Presenter
Jim White
Director
Andrew Douglas
Producer
Andrew Douglas
Producer
Martin Rosenbaum
Executive Producer
Anthony Wall
Executive Producer
Steve Golin
Writer
Steve Haisman

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