Fairview at Young Vic, So Long My Son, Annette Hess, John Walker, A Very Scandi Scandal
Fairview is a Pulitzer Prize-winning play just opened at the Young Vic in London. It starts out like a conventional US African American dramedy and then begins to mess with the audience's expectations. How will our reviewers feel about it?
Chinese film So Long My Son has won awards at international film festivals. It tells the story of a family over 30 years of turbulent Chinese history
Annette Hess' prize-winning novel The German House is the story of a Polish translator at the 1963 Frankfurt Auschwitz trials. Caught between societal and familial expectations and her unique ability to speak truth to power—as she fights to expose the dark truths of her nation’s past. If everything your family told you was a lie, how far would you go to uncover the truth?
A new exhibition of work by British abstract painter John Walker at Ikon in Birmingham includes new paintings
A Very Scandi Scandal has just started in the Walter Presents slot on Channel 4. It's a Swedish comedy heist with two extremely unlikely bank robbers
Shahidha Bari's guests are Dea Birkett, Kit Davis and Robert Hanks. The producer is Oliver Jones
Main image: Rhashan Stone & Nicola Hughes in Fairview (c) Marc Brenner
The Nightingale, My Brilliant Friend, Lee Child, Troy: myth and reality, Upright
The Nightingale is a film set in Tasmania in the brutal days of convict settlers and soldiers. A young wife faces violence as she tries to track down a man who has violated her family
The National Theatre's adaptation of Elena Ferrante's My Brilliant Friend condenses the four wildly-successful novels into 2 three-hour plays at The Olivier.
The creator of Jack Reacher - Lee Child- has written a short book about The Hero. It's the first of two publications in the new Times Literary Supplement imprint - the other reproduces Virginia Woolf's reviews from the TLS.
Troy: myth and reality is the latest big exhibition at London's British Museum. trying to work out where legends end history begins in these classical tales
Tim Minchin co-wrote and stars in a new roadtrip-based TV comedy series Upright which has just begun on Sky TV. In it he has to transport an old piano across Australia, accompanied by a sassy grumpy young female companion. Is it funny? Is it worth watching?
Tom Sutcliffe's guests are Deborah Moggach, Tom Shakespeare and Briony Hanson. The producer is Oliver Jones.
Podcast extra recommendations:
Tom Sh: Independence Square by AD Miller
Deborah: Netherlandish Proverbs explained video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tboRw6CPXjI
Briony: Hanna Gadsby's Douglas (and Nanette)
Tom S: The End of the F***ing World on All 4 and Les Indes Galantes https://youtu.be/Q4jy2wrjESQ and Jo Jo Rabbit film
Dear Evan Hansen, Feast & Fast, Greener Grass, Irenosen Okojie, Ken Burns' Country series
Broadway musical Dear Evan Hansen has been an enormous success and has now transferred to London's West End. It's the story of a socially awkward young man who accidentally becomes a hero
Feast & Fast: The art of food in Europe, 1500 – 1800 is the latest exhibition at The Fitzwilliam in Cambridge
Greener Grass is a peculiar take on the American suburban comedy
British Nigerian author Irenosen Okojie's collection of short stories; Nudibranch
American documentary series maker Ken Burns has turned his attention to Country music for his latest series now airing on BBC4
Tom Sutcliffe's guests are Deborah Bull, Susie Boyt and Louisa Uchum Egbunike. The producer is Oliver Jones
Photo by Matthew Murphy
Susie: Wednesday Afternoon matinees at Regent Street Cinema and the Joan Crawford film Queen Bee
Deborah: Ballet Black on tour and Inspire The Mind blog
Louisa: Chinua Achebe- There was a Country and Chinelo Okparanta - Under the Udala Trees
Tom: The Pallisers on Channel 4 and Lil Nas X - Old Town Road
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