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Robert Downey Jr, David Cronenberg, The Knick Reviewed

October 17th, 2014

Episode 598 of 1502 episodes

Damian Barr talks to Hollywood's highest-paid actor Robert Downey Jr about his latest role as hotshot young lawyer Hank Palmer in The Judge, in which Palmer and his estranged father - the judge, played by Robert Duvall - are made to face their demons when the judge is accused of murder. Film director David Cronenberg discusses penning his first novel, Consumed, which returns to the blackly comic subject matter of his early cinematic work. Mr Francis Wells, one of the UK's leading cardiac surgeons, reviews medical drama The Knick, directed by Steven Soderbergh. And, as an exhibition of Russian avant-garde theatre designs opens at the V&A in London, the curator Kate Bailey explains why the ground-breaking artists of the early 20th century started designing costumes and sets. Presenter: Damian Barr Producer: Olivia Skinner.

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