Gavin Hood, Moving to Mars, Salvator Mundi, Winsome Pinnock & Amit Sharma
Gavin Hood, director of Tsotsi and Eye in the Sky, discusses his new film Official Secrets, which stars Keira Knightley as the GCHQ whistleblower who was taken to court by the British government for leaking a top secret email to the press in the lead-up to the Iraq war in 2003.
Next week The Louvre Museum in Paris opens a major exhibition on Leonardo da Vinci to commemorate the 500th anniversary of his death. Nearly 120 works will be displayed, with many on loan from collections around the world. However, there is much speculation over whether the world’s most expensive painting, Salvator Mundi, sold for $450m in 2017, will be on show. The painting of Christ, attributed to da Vinci in the last decade, hasn’t been on public display since its sale. Ben Lewis, author of The Last Leonardo, joins John Wilson to discuss.
Moving to Mars, the latest exhibition at the Design Museum in London, explores how sending humans to the planet is not just a new frontier for science but also for design. Architect Tara Gbolade reviews the variety of exhibits which include a multisensory experience of the Red Planet and a full-scale prototype habitat.
For their latest touring production, Graeae Theatre - the company that puts D/deaf and disabled actors centre stage - has asked Winsome Pinnock to reimagine her play One Under, first staged in 2005. It explores the aftermath of a young man dying under a tube train. Cyrus, the driver, becomes convinced he is his son. John Wilson talks to Winsome Pinnock and the director, Amit Sharma, about the drama.
Presenter: John Wilson
Producer: Sarah Johnson
Víkingur Ólafsson, social housing on screen, Hannah Khalil
Having won several album of the year awards for his recording of works by J.S Bach, Icelandic pianist Víkingur Ólafsson performs and talks about reinventing Bach for a new generation.
This year the highest accolade in British architecture, the Stirling Prize, has been awarded for the first time to a social housing development. Social housing as places of crime and deprivation have been commonplace in popular culture for decades, often at odds with the experience of people living there. Cultural commentator and film historian Matthew Sweet and architect Jo McCafferty look at how these spaces have been portrayed in a more positive light on screen.
For most of the 20th century, The Iraq Museum was home to an enormous collection of artefacts from the ancient civilisations of the region. Following the US-led invasion in 2003, it’s estimated that around 15,000 objects were taken during mass looting, with many finding their way onto the black market. Hannah Khalil discusses her new play A Museum In Baghdad, which is set simultaneously in 1926 and 2006 – following British archaeologist and diplomat Gertrude Bell struggling to create the museum and her latter day counterpart Ghalia Hussein trying to restore its former glory.
Presenter Samira Ahmed
Producer Jerome Weatherald
Aisling Bea, Booker Prize Double, Zawe Ashton
Aisling Bea, writer and star of the recent hit Channel 4 comedy This Way Up, on her new Netflix drama Living with Yourself, in which she plays the wife of a man who undergoes a mysterious treatment only to discover that he has been cloned and replaced by a better version of himself.
With the surprise announcement last night that the Booker Prize was being awarded to two authors – Margaret Atwood and Bernardine Evaristo – chair of the judges Peter Florence and the prize’s literary director Gaby Wood reveal what went on behind the scenes and how and why the judges came to their rule-breaking decision.
And Kirsty talks to Zawe Ashton, who is currently starring on Broadway alongside Tom Hiddleston in Harold Pinter's play, Betrayal. She's also written a play which is opening on both sides of the Atlantic at once, for all the women who thought they were Mad.
Presenter: Kirsty Lang
Producer: Timothy Prosser
Margaret Atwood book group, LA artist Mark Bradford, Peanut Butter Falcon review
Ahead of the announcement of the 2019 Booker Prize winner tonight, it's the final Front Row Booker Prize Book Group with shortlisted author Margaret Atwood, in which she meets a group of readers to discuss The Testaments, her long awaited sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale.
Last year, Los Angeles artist Mark Bradford sold a single work for $12m, the highest-ever auction price achieved by a living African-American artist. He represented the United States at the Venice Biennale two years ago, and now has a new exhibition of his large works in London. In front of his 14-metre-long canvas Cerebus, the artist discusses his art, which addresses issues of institutionalised racism, marginalised communities, police violence and inequality.
A new film opening this weekend, The Peanut Butter Falcon, has been a bit of a sleeper hit in the USA. It stars Shia LeBeouf and Zack Gottsagen - an actor with Down Syndrome - and reinterprets Mark Twain's Huckleberry Finn story for today.
Presenter: Samira Ahmed
Producer: Oliver Jones
Sienna Miller, Elif Shafak, Giri/Haji
Sienna Miller discusses her latest role as a mother whose daughter goes missing, in her new film American Woman, directed by Jake Scott.
Our latest Front Row Booker Prize Book Group puts its questions to shortlisted author Elif Shafak about her novel 10 Minutes 38 Seconds in This Strange World which tells the story of Leila, a woman whose body has died, but whose mind has a precious ten minutes to reflect on the joy, pain and injustice of her life as a prostitute in Istanbul.
Giri/Haji, which translates as Duty/Shame in English, is a new drama produced by the BBC and Netflix, about a Tokyo detective who travels to London in search of his presumed deceased brother. The script for the series is written in both Japanese and English. Kate Taylor-Jones reviews.
Presenter Kirsty Lang
Producer Jerome Weatherald