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Matt Smith on Unreachable, Author Sean O'Brien, Summertime film review, Cultural Olympiad legacy

July 12th, 2016

Episode 1223 of 1502 episodes

Matt Smith stars in a new play that was completely conceived in the rehearsal room. In 'Unreachable', written and directed by Anthony Neilson, Smith plays a film director consumed by his attempts to capture the perfect light. We speak to them both about the rehearsal process and the end result. Unreachable is on at the Royal Court in London until the 6th August. Award-winning poet Sean O'Brien talks about his new novel, Once Again Assembled Here. Set in the claustrophobic world of a boys' boarding school in the late 60s, it's a murder story which explores the re-emergence of the far right after World War II. Once Again Assembled Here is published on 14 July. Ruth Mackenzie was the director of the Cultural Olympiad for the London 2012 Olympics. In the run up to Rio 2016, we ask her to assess its legacy four years on. Hannah McGill reviews French film La Belle Saison or Summertime. Presenter: Tom Sutcliffe Producer: Elaine Lester.

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