February 9th, 2015
Episode 759 of 1300 episodes
Harriet Walter and Guy Paul discuss playing wife and husband on stage in a new play, Boa, and how much of their off-stage marriage is reflected in their performances; as J K Rowling's novel The Casual Vacancy is adapted for TV, Jonathan Myerson reviews it, and compares the drama with the novel; The Folio Prize was launched with the aim of 'celebrating the best fiction of our time'. Now in its second year, Cathy Rentzenbrink discusses the eight books on the shortlist; and Amit Chaudhuri discusses his new novel, Odysseus Abroad. A re-working of the story of Odysseus and Telemachus, it explores the relationship between Ananda, a young man studying literature in 1980s London, and his eccentric uncle Radhesh. Presenter: Samira Ahmed Producer: Rebecca Armstrong.