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Marco Polo; Behind the scenes at Nutcracker; Manakamana; The Christmas Truce in art

December 10th, 2014

Episode 674 of 1502 episodes

Historian Tom Holland delivers his verdict on a new TV drama series charting the life of adventurer Marco Polo. As English National Ballet prepares to stage its Christmas stalwart, Nutcracker at the London Coliseum, Samira Ahmed visits the company's warehouse in Kent to meet the team behind the scenes. With the approach of the centenary of the WWI Christmas truce on the Western Front, playwright Phil Porter, whose new play at the RSC dramatises the truce, and historian Emily Mayhew discuss how the remarkable events of the day have been represented in culture. And Ryan Gilbey reviews a new documentary film Manakamana, shot entirely in a cable-car high above Nepal. Producer Craig Smith.

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