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Jeremy Bowen on Rosewater, Artist John Craske, Grace and Frankie, Phill Jupitus on Viv Stanshall

May 8th, 2015

Episode 889 of 1502 episodes

Rosewater, the directorial debut from The Daily Show presenter John Stewart, is based on a memoir by Maziar Bahari, a journalist who was imprisoned in Iran in 2009. Jeremy Bowen, the BBC's Middle East Editor, reviews. The Norfolk fisherman, painter and embroiderer John Craske had a few famous champions when he was alive including Sylvia Townsend Warner and Peter Pears, but he remains an obscure figure. A new a biography by Julia Blackburn, Threads, and an associated exhibition hope to might change that. John Wilson finds out more about him from Julia Blackburn and the exhibition curator Neil Powell. Grace & Frankie stars Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin as long term rivals who discover their husbands have been having an affair with each other for twenty years and now plan to marry. Boyd Hilton reviews the bittersweet comedy about starting over in your 70s. Comedian Phill Jupitus celebrates the life of Vivian Stanshall, the maverick singer and entertainer, famous for the Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band and the radio series Sir Henry at Rawlinson End, who died 20 years ago.

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