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Jessica Chastain, Ali Smith, Bob Copper at 100, the Art of the Self-Portrait

January 23rd, 2015

Episode 737 of 1502 episodes

Jessica Chastain on her new film A Most Violent Year, the lack of diversity in Hollywood, and how she feels about missing out on an Oscar nomination this time. Ahead of his centenary celebrations this weekend, the late British folk legend Bob Copper is remembered by singer Shirley Collins, Bob's grandson Ben Copper, and Jon Boden, singer and fiddle player with multi-award-winning innovative folk big band Bellowhead. Art critic Richard Cork reviews Self: Image and Identity - Self-portraiture from Van Dyck to Louise Bourgeois at Turner Contemporary in Margate. Ali Smith won this year's Costa Novel Award for How to be Both, a novel in two parts which can be read in either order. She tells John about the real painting that inspired the book. Presenter: John Wilson Producer: Ellie Bury.

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