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Denise Gough, Fairport Convention, Leonardo da Vinci

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Denise Gough on her TV role in Paula, and 50 years of Fairport Convention.

Denise Gough on the TV role of Paula, 50 years of the British band Fairport Convention, and Martin Kemp on the mystery of Leonardo da Vinci's mother.

Olivier Award-winning actress Denise Gough talks about taking on the title role in the TV drama Paula, and how she wants to help change the types of stories being told about women on the small screen.

On Saturday Fairport Convention will give a concert 50 years to the minute since their very first. Founding member Simon Nicol, and newcomer Dave Pegg - he joined in 1969 - talk about the early days of the band that launched the careers of Sandy Denny, Richard Thompson and Ashley Hutchings, and discuss their latest album 50:50@50.

The identity of Leonardo da Vinci's mother has remained a mystery - long after the identity of his most famous painting, the Mona Lisa, was finally discovered - until now. Previously there have been several theories and a possible first name of Caterina, but nearly six centuries on, Martin Kemp - one of the leading authorities on da Vinci - says he can now reveal who Leonardo's mother was, and argues that it is time to finally cut through the myths that still surround the Mona Lisa and Da Vinci himself.

Presenter John Wilson

Producer Jerome Weatherald.

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Presenter
John Wilson
Producer
Jerome Weatherald
Interviewed Guest
Denise Gough
Interviewed Guest
Simon Nicol
Interviewed Guest
Dave Pegg
Interviewed Guest
Martin Kemp

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Pan, Titian to Canaletto, Lisa Genova, Marcus Gardley

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Mark Eccleston reviews Pan, featuring Hugh Jackman, Cara Delevingne and Rooney Mara.

New film Pan reviewed, Titian to Canaletto: Drawing in Venice, Lisa Genova on her new novel Inside the O'Briens, and dramatist Marcus Gardley on A Wolf in Snakeskin Shoes.

Hugh Jackman stars as Blackbeard in Pan, a new adaptation of J.M. Barrie's story of the boy who never grew up. Mark Eccleston reviews the film which also features Cara Delevingne and Rooney Mara.

A new exhibition Titian to Canaletto: Drawing in Venice focuses on the overlooked element of Venetian art from 1500 to 1750 which opens today at the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford. Martin Kemp, Emeritus Professor of the History of Art at Oxford University, assesses the works on display.

Lisa Genova, a trained neuroscientist and author of Still Alice which explored early-onset Alzheimer's, discusses her new novel Inside The O'Briens, in which the head of the family discovers he has Huntington's Disease. The writer reveals why she believes she can achieve more in that field by writing novels than she did in the lab.

A Wolf in Snakeskin Shoes is a theatrical reworking of Moliere's satire Tartuffe, transplanted to present-day Atlanta, Georgia. It's a comedy set in a world of guns, fast-food tycoons and black churches. The dramatist Marcus Gardley, whose father was a pastor and whose uncle a founder of the Black Panthers, discusses his adaptation.

Presenter Samira Ahmed

Producer Jerome Weatherald.

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Presenter
Samira Ahmed
Interviewed Guest
Mark Eccleston
Interviewed Guest
Martin Kemp
Interviewed Guest
Lisa Genova
Interviewed Guest
Marcus Gardley
Producer
Jerome Weatherald

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