Beckett triple bill, Bombshell, Avenue 5, American Dirt, Tullio Crali
A triple bill of Samuel Beckett plays has just started at London's Jermyn Street Theatre. Directed by Trevor Nunn, it's a chance to see Krapp's Last Tape as well as two lesser-known works - Eh Joe and The Old Tune.https://bit.ly/2Rm8AtG https://bit.ly/2uWA95b
Bombshell has been Oscar nominated. It's the story of Roger Ailes' reign at Fox News and the sexual harrasment cases that were brought against him. It stars Nicole Kidman, Charlize Theron and Margot Robbie
Armando Iannucci has a new comedy TV series on HBO. Avenue 5 is set onboard a luxurious interplanetary cruiseship when things start to malfunction.
American Dirt is a new novel from Jeanine Cummins which follows a Mexican woman and her young son who have to flee to El Norte to escape drug cartel violence. They have become migrants
Tullio Crali was an Italian futurist painter who has an exhibition at London's Estorick Collection. He was a fervent futurist and you can see his paintings and sassintessi - compositions of stones and natural found objects
Tom Sutcliffe's guests are Rosie Boycott, Ekow Eshun and Amanda Craig. The producer is Oliver Jones
Podcast Extra recommendations
Amanda: Kara Walker at Tate Modern and The Gulbenkian in Lisbon
Rosie: Garden Museum at Newt Hotel in Somerset
Ekow: Atlantiques on Netflix
Tom: The Kinks' Days on Radio 4's Soul Music and Lucy Hughes-Hallett's The Pike
Main image: Detail taken from Tricolour Wings, 1932 by Tullio Crali
1917, London International Mime Festival, King Gary, Ismail Kadare, Saad Qureshi,
Sam Mendes' film 1917 is set during the First World War and based on his Grandfather's experiences during the conflict. It's already won a Golden Globe and is touted for more awards glory. What do our reviewers make of it?
This Time is a show by the group Ockham's Razor and part of The London International Mime Festival 2020. It tells an inter-generational story through circus skills with a 4 person troupe whose member range from 13 to 60
Albanian author Ismail Kadare was the inaugural winner of the Man Booker International Prize and his latest novel to be translated into English is The Doll, It's the story of his mother and her difficulties when she married his father
British artist Saad Qureshi has an exhibition at The Chapel at Yorkshire Sculpture Park. Something About Paradise considers the widely differing ideas of what paradise might look like
BBC1 has a new sitcom,King Gary, co-written by and starring Tom Davis as Gary King a builder and building entrepreneur. It was launched with a pilot episode last year and is now a six part series.
Tom Sutcliffe's guests are Sarah Crompton, Rajan Datar and Lynn Nead. The producer is Oliver Jones
Podcast Extra recommendations:
Sarah: Bombshell, Little Women and Top Hat
Lynn: Musicals at the BFI and her son's vegan Christmas cake
Rajan: Death Of A Salesman with Wendell Pearce, and In The Viper's Shadow by Prince Fatty and Play Well at the Wellcome Collection
Tom: Guys and Dolls
Photo by Nik Mackey
Little Women, War Of The Worlds Immersive Experience, Untitled Goose Game, Graphic novels, podcasts
There's a new all-star Little Women on the big screen. The cast includes Saoirse Ronan, Florence Pugh, Emily Watson, Laura Dern, Timothee Chalamet and Meryl Streep. Louisa May Alcott's novel has been a popular text for film makers since the first silent version in 1912 - is there anything new which director Greta Gerwig can bring to this version?
HG Wells' novel The War Of The Worlds is probably best known to many people as the Jeff Wayne musical version, it's the UK's 32nd best-selling studio album of all time. It's been a touring show, made into a video game and now it's become an immersive theatrical experience,complete with AI headsets.
Untitled Goose Game is an award-winning game in which the player is a goose who wanders around irritating characters by honking and flapping at them. We look at a couple of graphic novels: Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me and November.
Four hundred years ago, in August 1619, a ship carrying more than 20 enslaved Africans arrived in America. A podcast series “1619,” from The New York Times, hosted by Nikole Hannah-Jones, examines the long shadow of that fateful moment. You're Dead To Me is a BBC podcast series which describes itself as "a history podcast for people who don't like history". Presented by Greg Jenner, it looks at a variety of subjects from a lighthearted perspective
Jordan Erica Webber's guests are Arifa Akbar, Naima Khan and Carl Anka. The producer is Oliver Jones.
Podcast Extra Recommendations:
Naima - Christina Craig; Mint Tea and Other Stories
Carl - Super Eyepatch Wolf
Arifa - Death Of England at The National Theatre
Jordan Spinning by Tilley Walden
Listeners' cultural highlights of 2019
Find out what Saturday Review listeners chose as their cultural highlights of 2019. We asked what you'd enjoyed this year and you told us about things we'd missed, disagreed about some cultural events we'd reviewed, and let us know about which ones had delighted you too. We'll discuss all the regular genres: films, theatre, exhibitions, books and television. And lots of items which we didn't get a chance to review from the past 12 months. Tom Sutcliffe is joined by Tiffany Jenkins and Shahidha Bari as well as lots of listeners on the phone from around the country, telling us what particularly impressed them last year.
Producer Oliver Jones
Cats, Susan Hill's Ghost Story, Martin's Close, Nora Ephron's I Feel Bad About My Neck, Gypsy
The much-anticipated film of Cats with its stellar and fur-enhanced cast including Judi Dench and Taylor Swift finally reaches the big screen. Catnip or catastrophe?
Spooky offerings in the Christmas TV schedule this year include Martin's Close by Mark Gatiss on BBC 4 and Susan Hill's Ghost Story on Channel 5. How shiver-inducing are they?
Nora Ephron's collection of essays on ageing and much else - I Feel Bad About My Neck - is being reissued with a new introduction by Dolly Alderton. It's a book that Alderton recommends giving as a present so Saturday Review suggests some other enduring literary choices that work as gifts.
And Gypsy starring Ria Jones is on at the Royal Exchange, Manchester in a new production directed by Jo Davies. Do its songs keep our critics smiling in an age of different sexual politics?
Rowan Pelling, Linda Grant and Kerry Shale join Tom Sutcliffe.
The books recommended as gifts are:
The Book of Jewish Food by Claudia Roden
Karoo by Steve Tesich
The Prince of West End Avenue by Alan Isler
Breakfast at Tiffany's by Truman Capote
Love Lessons by Joan Wyndham
The Haunting of Hill House and We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson
This is Pleasure by Mary Gaitskill
Haunts of the Black Masseur by Charles Sprawson
The Compleet Molesworth by Geoffrey Willans and Ronald Searle
This week's podcast choices are:
Linda: podcast and Radio 4 programme Fake Heiress
Kerry: album If You're Going to the City, a tribute to Mose Allison
Rowan: TV series The Young Offenders, BBC3
Tom: TV series Watchmen, HBO