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Damian Lewis and Daniel Evans on American Buffalo, Folk Singer Sam Lee, The Proms 2015

April 23rd, 2015

Episode 867 of 1502 episodes

Damian Lewis, best known for his Golden Globe-winning performance in TV thriller Homeland, has returned to the London stage to play Walter "Teach" Cole, a small-time crook planning a heist in David Mamet's American Buffalo. Damian Lewis and director Daniel Evans discuss staging this 1970s classic. A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence, winner of the 2014 Venice Film Festival's Golden Lion Award, is the final part of Swedish director Roy Andersson's trilogy about what it means to be a human being. Larushka Ivan-Zadeh reviews. Sam Lee discusses his new album The Fade in Time, every track of which is a song he has collected from Gypsy, Traveller and traditional singers. Sam has arranged these ancient songs with unusual instruments - including a Japanese Koto - archive recordings and all the resources of a modern recording studio, so how has he remained true to their spirit? The line-up for this year's BBC Proms is announced today. Fiona Maddocks of the Observer joins Kirsty to assess the 2015 offering, which includes celebrations of Nielsen, Sibelius and Boulez, a Prom dedicated to the mind of Sherlock Holmes, and the return of Marin Alsop to conduct the Last Night. Presenter: Kirsty Lang Producer: Olivia Skinner.

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