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Mad Max, Walter Mosley, Dark Arteries, 1864

May 13th, 2015

Episode 895 of 1302 episodes

Mad Max: Fury Road is the latest instalment in the massive film franchise. Starring Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron, the action once again takes place in a post-apocalyptic desert. Antonia Quirke reviews. Walter Mosley, author of the Easy Rawlins detective novels, has been dubbed a Raymond Chandler for the Obama generation for his sparse prose and cool uncompromising private eyes. He discusses his latest crime novel And Sometimes I Wonder About You, which explores crime, moral ambivalence and race relations after Ferguson in America. Dark Arteries is a new dance work which reflects upon Britain's coal industry 30 years after the miners' strike and celebrates the power of the arts to sustain communities during times of social and political upheaval. Artistic Director Mark Baldwin, and composer Gavin Higgins discuss the project. Alex Forrest reviews 1864, the latest drama from the makers of The Killing and Borgen, set during the war between Denmark and a newly unified Germany. Presenter: John Wilson Producer: Ellie Bury.