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Start the Week

The Tempest Reimagined, with Margaret Atwood and Harriet Walter

Andrew Marr with Margaret Atwood, Harriet Walter, Richard Holmes and Letizia Treves.

Andrew Marr discusses Shakespeare and Caravaggio with the writer Margaret Atwood, actor Harriet Walter, curator Letizia Treves and biographer Richard Holmes.

On Start the Week Andrew Marr talks to the writer Margaret Atwood and the actor Harriet Walter about updating Shakespeare's The Tempest. Revenge is served cold in a men's prison for the former, while the latter reveals how she takes on the great Shakespearean roles in the setting of a women's prison. While Shakespeare was being performed in sixteenth century England, the artist Caravaggio was revolutionising painting on the Continent. The curator Letizia Treves explains how his intense naturalism and dramatic lighting influenced his contemporaries. Whilst little detail is known about Shakespeare's life, Caravaggio's colourful behaviour is writ large: the writer Richard Holmes reflects on the role of the biographer and asks whether a controversial reputation overshadows the art.

Producer: Katy Hickman.

Credits

Presenter
Andrew Marr
Interviewed Guest
Margaret Atwood
Interviewed Guest
Harriet Walter
Interviewed Guest
Richard Holmes
Interviewed Guest
Letizia Treves
Producer
Katy Hickman

Free Thinking

Caravaggio, Bob Dylan, Dario Fo, Lenin's Train Journey

Including the Nobel Prize in Literature, Dario Fo's plays and Caravaggio's art.

Presented by Anne McElvoy. Including the Nobel Prize in Literature, the work of playwright Dario Fo, Caravaggio's art and historian Catherine Merridale on her book about Lenin.

The award of this year's Nobel Prize in Literature to Bob Dylan is discussed by writer Toby Litt and by Anthony Wall, the Editor of BBC TV's Arena series who co-produced the Martin Scorsese documentary about Dylan: No Direction Home and who has made several other films with and about Dylan. As the death of Italian playwright and activist Dario Fo is announced, David Greig Artistic Director of the Royal Lyceum Theatre in Edinburgh is joined by playwright Anders Lustgarten to reflect on Dario Fo's plays. Caravaggio's art explored by curator Letizia Treves, New Generation Thinker Joe Moshenska and playwright Anders Lustgarten. Plus, historian and Russologist Catherine Merridale on her latest book about Lenin's journey from exile in Zurich back to Russia on the eve of the 1917 Revolution. Anne McElvoy presents.

Beyond Caravaggio runs at The National Gallery 12 Oct 2016 To 15 Jan 2017.

Anders Lustgarten's play The Seven Acts of Mercy is at the Royal Shakespeare Company from November 24th to February 10th

Joe Moshenska is the author of A Stain In The Blood and teaches at Cambridge University. He is on the New Generation Thinkers scheme run by BBC Radio 3 and the Arts and Humanities Research Council to find academics who can turn their research into radio.

Mexican writer Álvaro Enrigue's novel is called Sudden Death. It's translated by Natasha Wimmer. You can find more about fiction in translation in a collection on our website http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p047v6vh

Catherine's Merridale's account of Lenin's journey from Zurich to Petrograd is Lenin On The Train.

(Image: Interior with a Young Man holding a Recorder, Oil on canvas 103 x 139.5 cm, Cecco del Caravaggio 1615-20, (c) Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford).

Credits

Interviewed Guest
Toby Litt
Interviewed Guest
Anthony Wall
Interviewed Guest
David Greig
Interviewed Guest
Anders Lustgarten
Interviewed Guest
Letizia Treves
Interviewed Guest
Joe Moshenska
Interviewed Guest
Catherine Merridale
Presenter
Anne McElvoy
Producer
Luke Mulhall
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