September 29th, 2015
Episode 1008 of 1397 episodes
Margaret Atwood discusses her new novel The Heart Goes Last. Set in the near future, the plot follows a couple who sign up for a new utopian community to escape the world of toxic debt, homelessness and violence. But all is not quite what it seems in the picture perfect town of Consilience where the townsfolk take turns playing prisoners and civilians. Actress Emily Blunt talks to Kirsty about her latest role as FBI agent Kate Macer in drug cartel film Sicario. She discusses training with FBI agents to research the role and the position of women in Hollywood action blockbusters. Sky's new comedy drama, You, Me and the Apocalypse, imagines the world on the brink of disaster as a meteorite hurtles towards earth, threatening to wipe out the human race. The British and American cast includes Rob Lowe as a foul mouthed Priest and Pauline Quirke. Natalie Haynes reviews. Radio 4's Reading Europe season continues with contemporary literature from Germany. Award-winning German screenwriter Sascha Arango discusses his first novel, The Truth and Other Lies, a dark thriller which has become a best-seller in Germany and has been published in twenty five countries. Claudia Rankine has won the Forward Prize for poetry for her latest collection, she reads one of the poems from Citizen: An American Lyric. Presenter: Kirsty Lang Producer: Olivia Skinner.