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Malorie Blackman, Bastille Day, Sam Gold, Simon Russell Beale

April 18th, 2016

Episode 1157 of 1303 episodes

Former Children's Laureate, Malorie Blackman takes a twist on Othello into the future and outer space in her new book for young adults, Chasing the Stars. She tells Kirsty why she chose sci-fi to explore contemporary issues such as immigration and prejudice. Idris Elba plays a lone wolf CIA operative in the new Paris-based thriller Bastille Day, who enlists the assistance of a reluctant American played by Richard Madden from Game of Thrones. Antonia Quirke reviews the film whose release was postponed after the Paris attacks. The Flick is a Pulitzer Prize winning play about the staff at a run-down cinema in Massachusetts. Kirsty talks to its director Sam Gold as it starts its run at the National Theatre this week. As part of our Shakespeare's People series, Simon Russell Beale chooses Benedick from Much Ado About Nothing. Presenter : Kirsty Lang Producer : Dymphna Flynn.

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