The Gangster The Cop The Devil, Touching the Void, Romesh Gunesekera, Gold Digger, George IV : Art and Spectacle
The Gangster The Cop The Devil is an award-winning Korean action thriller about an unlikely alliance between a maverick police detective and a ruthless mobster who have to work together to catch a serial killer
Touching the Void began life as a book by Joe Simpson, about a climbing accident which nearly killed him. It has since been turned into a film and now a stage play. How can you show vertiginous dangers and a lot of internal thought processes in the theatre?
Sri Lankan writer Romesh Gunesekera was born in Ceylon - as it was known then - and his coming of age novel "Suncatcher" is set in his native country in 1964, as the struggle for independence began.
Gold Digger is a Sunday night series just started on BBC1. When their 60 year old mum meets and moves in with a much younger man, Julia's children decide they don't like it and start to try and drive them apart
George IV : Art and Spectacle has just opened at The Queen's Gallery at Buckingham Palace. He was arguably the most magnificent of British monarchs and formed an unrivalled collection of art, much of which remains in the Royal Collection
Tom Sutcliffe's guests are Charlotte Mullins, Lynn Shepherd and Jim White. The producer is Oliver Jones
Podcast Extra recommendations:
Lynn - Leonardo Da Vinci at London's National Gallery
Charlotte - Kathe Kollwitz at British Museum and Elizabeth Peyton at London's National Portrait Gallery
Jim - Bruce Springsteen, Western Stars
Tom - Giri Haji on BBC2
Rembrandt van Rijn, The Shipbuilder and his Wife: Jan Rijcksen and his Wife, Griet Jans, 1633
Image credit: Royal Collection Trust / (c) Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2019
The Report, Shook, The Topeka School, 24/7 exhibition, The Morning Show
The Report is a docu-drama starring Adam Driver telling the story of Senate staffer Daniel Jones and the Senate Intelligence Committee as they investigate the CIA's use of torture following the September 11 attacks.
Shook is a debut play at The Southwark Playhouse which won the Papatango New Writing Prize. How will our reviewers receive this brand new work at a fringe theatre by an unknown writer?
The Topeka School by Ben Lerner is the third part of his trilogy featuring a central character who bears a decided resemblance to Lerner himself. Is this a State of America novel or self-indulgent , if brilliant, writing?
A new exhibition at Somerset House: 24/7 looks at artistic responses to the always-on culture that envelopes us all nowadays
Self portrait as time, 2016: https://vimeo.com/170398999
Order of Magnitude: https://vimeo.com/333795857
The Morning Show is Apple TV+'s big marquee show designed to attract voewers and subscribers to the new streaming service. Starring Jennifer Aniston and Reece Witherspoon it deals with the #metoo movement set in a TV newsroom
Tom's guests are Maria Delgado, Kevin Jackson and Louise Doughty. The producer is Oliver Jones
Podcast Extra Recommendations:
Maria - The Chambermaid film
Kevin - Susan Sontag At The Same Time
Louise - Wasafiri magazine
Tom - Julian Barnes' The Man In The Red Coat
Making Waves, The Antipodes, Hanne Orstavik, His Dark Materials, Joy Labinjo
Making Waves: The Art Of Cinematic Sound is a documentary looking at (and listening to) the work of sound designers in film. What do they do and how do they affect the viewer?
The Antipodes the latest play by Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Annie Baker. Set in a brainstorming meeting for some undisclosed creative company, the tensions of office relationships and the need to be imaginative lead to tensions
Hanne Orstavik's novel Love unfolds in a village in far northern Norway. Jon is a young boy, looking forward to his birthday tomorrow, always thinking of his mother even though the attention isn't reciprocal
The BBC has a brand new version of Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials. It's been a book, a BBC Radio play, a film and now a TV adaptation. How does the small screen incarnation fare?
Joy Labinjo is a young Nigerian/British painter who has an exhibition of her work at The Baltic in Gateshead.
Tom Sutcliffe's guests are Ellah Wakatama Allfrey, Christopher Frayling and Kathryn Hughes. The producer is Oliver Jones
Podcast Extra recommendations:
Ellah: Media Democracy podcast
Christopher: The Dublin Murders and Paolozzi exhibition at Hazlitt Holland-Hibbert in London
Kathryn: The Reinvention of Humanity by Charles King
Tom: Guilt on BBC2 and The CryptoQueen podcast
Main image: Dafne Keen
Photo credit: Bad Wolf/BBC One/HBO
Play Well, Monos, Vassa, Elizabeth Strout, The Accident
Play Well is a new exhibition opening at the Wellcome Collection in London, aiming to explore how play transforms both childhood and society.
On a mountaintop in Colombia, eight children with guns watch over a hostage and a conscripted milk cow, communicated with over the radio by a threatening commander. That's the basic plot of a new film Monos, which has won awards at international festivals.
Vassa is the new production at London's Almeida Theatre, adapted from Maxim Gorky's play by Mike Bartlett and starring Siobhan Redmond.
Elizabeth Strout's new novel Olive Again reintroduces readers to Olive Kitteridge, from her best-selling 2008 novel. Older and (maybe) wiser, she's as blunt and delightful as ever as she copes with a second marriage.
The Accident is a new series beginning on Channel 4 written by Jack Thorne and starring Sarah Lancashire.
Presented by Emma Woolf, the reviewers are Pat Kane, Alex Clark and Sally Gardner. The producer is Oliver Jones.
Podcast Extra recommendations:
Pat: The Emotional Mind by Stephen T Asma and Rami Gabriel
Alex: The Reluctant Landlord on TV and the Kilkenny One Act Play festival
Emma: George Gissing
Non Fiction, Stillicide and The Diver's Game, There Are No Beginnings, Pre-Raphaelite Sisters, Living With Yourself
Non Fiction is a very French film about writers and publishers debating the future of the book vs e-book. But the characters also all appear to be having affairs with each other: Tres Francais! But will our reviewers be seduced?
Stillicide by Cynan Jones and The Diver's Game by Jesse Ball are two new dystopian novels which both authors insist are NOT dystopian. Who's right; The reader or the author?
There Are No Beginnings is the play chosen to open the newly renovated Leeds Playhouse. The playwright Charley Miles has insisted it is "NOT a play about The Yorkshire Ripper" but his presence is a dark force at the centre of the play.
Pre-Raphaelite Sisters is a new exhibition at London's National Portrait Gallery which aims to look at the women behind the movement most commonly associated with the Brotherhood - as models, artists, makers, partners and poets.
Living With Yourself is a Netflix series starring Paul Rudd as a man who accidentally finds himself cloned and having to deal with the new version of himself
Tom Sutcliffe's guests are Helen Lewis, Maev Kennedy and Laurence Scott. The producer is Oliver Jones
Podcast Extra selections
Helen: Mephisto at The Gate Theatre... and public loos at theatres more generally
Maev: Georgette Heyer
Laurence: Patricia Lockwood on John Updike in the LRB