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Anthony Hopkins and Ian McKellen, Jafar Panahi's Taxi, Guy Garvey

October 27th, 2015

Episode 1027 of 1299 episodes

Anthony Hopkins and Ian McKellen discuss playing Sir and Norman in The Dresser, Richard Eyre's television adaptation of Ronald Harwood's 1980 play, which tells the story of the relationship between a stage actor and his devoted backstage dresser, and their struggles to get ready for Sir's next performance. Iranian Director Jafar Panahi was previously placed under house-arrest for propaganda against the Iranian government and is currently serving a 20-year ban on directing any films. Despite the restriction, he has managed to bring out another film. Taxi sees Panahi himself as a taxi driver driving around Tehran and sharing in-car conversations with various members of the local community. Iranian-born journalist and broadcaster Kamin Mohammadi reviews. As Guy Garvey prepares to release his first solo album Courting the Squall, the Elbow frontman discusses taking a break from his routine, his desire to increase his workload and try his hand at new ventures including acting and writing. Presenter John Wilson Producer Ella-mai Robey.