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Bryan Cranston, David Hare, Nikolai Astrup, States of Mind

February 3rd, 2016

Episode 1100 of 1337 episodes

Bryan Cranston, best known for his role as a drugs baron in hit TV series Breaking Bad, discusses his new role as the screenwriter Dalton Trumbo, who was imprisoned and blacklisted for Communist beliefs, in new film Tumbo. As Ibsen's The Master Builder opens at the Old Vic with Ralph Fiennes in the title role, David Hare discusses his approach to adapting the play with Fiennes in mind. The Norwegian painter Nikolai Astrup was a contemporary of Edvard Munch, and his work in Norway is much celebrated but he is little known outside of the country. The Dulwich Picture Gallery hopes to change that with the first UK exhibition dedicated to his work. Jonathan Jones reviews. Author Mark Haddon and curator Emily Sargent discuss States of Mind, an exhibition at the Wellcome Collection that explores the strange borderland between the conscious and the unconscious, and looks at how mental phenomena such as synaesthesia, sleepwalking, memory loss and anaesthesia have inspired art. Presenter Kirsty Lang Producer Rebecca Armstrong.

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