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Anne-Marie Duff, Under Milk Wood, The Affair, Fading light

October 26th, 2015

Episode 1026 of 1303 episodes

As well as starring in the film Suffragette and the TV drama series From Darkness, Anne-Marie Duff is currently on stage at the National Theatre in Husbands & Sons, a combination of three plays DH Lawrence wrote about the Nottinghamshire mining community he grew up in, directed by Marianne Elliott. Samira Ahmed meets Anne-Marie and Marianne in the theatre where to discuss the challenge of staging them as a single play. Kevin Allen's new film Under Milk Wood features Mrs Ogmore Prichard as a dominatrix and has Mr Pugh tearing the heart from his wife as they dance the Tango. Professor John Goodby asks if it's a good idea to update Dylan Thomas for a modern audience. Dreda Say Mitchell reviews the second series of The Affair, which begins this Wednesday on Sky Atlantic. Starring Dominic West and Ruth Wilson, the American series examines the aftermath of an affair. Adjusting our clocks at the weekend signalled the end of British Summer Time. Now the nights which will draw in at increasing speed. These daily and seasonal variations in the light have long since fascinated the great painters such as Claude Monet, or J.M.W. Turner - whose ability to capture nature's luminosity on canvas even earned him the title 'painter of light'. But illustrations of illuminations - particularly the diminishing sort we'll be experiencing in the months ahead - aren't just the preserve of the painter. To consider how filmmakers, writers, and even composers have responded to the fading light of winter, Front Row brings together David Sexton, Literary Critic for the Evening Standard - Briony Hanson, Director of Film at the British Council - and Jeremy Summerly, Conductor and Director of Music at St Peter's College, Oxford.

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