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Ricky Gervais, The Secret, Mark Elder, The return of the repertory company

April 29th, 2016

Episode 1166 of 1338 episodes

Ricky Gervais has written, directed and stars in the feature-length film Special Correspondents for Netflix. Kirsty talks to the comedian about celebrity, David Brent and returning to stand-up. The Secret is a new ITV drama set in Northern Ireland starring James Nesbitt. It tells the true story of a couple who embark on an affair and then plot to murder their spouses. Jenny McCartney reviews. Sir Ian McKellen has called for the National Theatre to have a resident company of actors, and the Liverpool Everyman has plans to trial one. Theatre writer and critic Lyn Gardner considers whether the old rep model of theatre can be resurrected. As The Hallé prepares for its Dvorák Festival, the orchestra's conductor Sir Mark Elder discusses his affinity for the music of the Czech composer. Presenter Kirsty Lang Producer Jerome Weatherald.

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