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Jed Mercurio's Critical, Iain Banks's Poetry, James Bay, Sculpture Victorious

February 24th, 2015

Episode 783 of 1306 episodes

With John Wilson Lennie James and Claire Skinner star in Critical, Sky 1's first medical drama from the creator of Line of Duty, Jed Mercurio. Set in a state-of-the-art Major Trauma Centre each episode unfolds in real-time and centres on the most life-threatening hour of their treatment - the golden hour. Kevin Fong, Consultant Anaesthetist & Lead for the Patient Emergency Response Team at University College London Hospital, reviews. Author Iain Banks was best known for his novels The Wasp Factory, The Crow Road, and The Culture series of science fiction novels he wrote using the name Iain. M. Banks. Lesser known was the fact he also wrote poetry and was working on putting together a collection of his poems - alongside those of his school friend, and fellow science fiction author, Ken MacLeod - at the time of his death in 2013. Ken MacLeod talks to John about he and Iain's shared love of poetry. Sculpture Victorious is the first major exhibition devoted to sculpture produced during Queen Victoria's reign (1837-1901). It shows how sculpture featured in all aspects of Victorian politics, empire and industry, and includes works by major Victorian sculptors like Francis Chantrey and Alfred Gilbert. Historian and Victorianist Kathryn Hughes reviews. James Bay, the hotly tipped young singer/songwriter and winner of this year's Critics' Choice Brit Award, discusses his debut album Chaos and the Calm released next month. Produced by Ella-mai Robey.

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