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Samuel West, Bloodline, AD Miller, Spring in Verse

March 17th, 2015

Episode 813 of 1502 episodes

Samuel West discusses directing April De Angelis's black comedy After Electra at the The Theatre Royal Plymouth in which secrets of the past take their toll on family relationships. Dark secrets too of a seemingly successful American family feature in a new thriller Bloodline from Netflix, whose previous productions include House of Cards and Orange is the New Black. Viv Groskop reviews. AD Miller was shortlisted for the Man Booker prize with his debut novel Snowdrops, set in Moscow. He discusses his follow up, The Faithful Couple, a contemporary morality tale about a friendship between two men who meet on a gap-year in California. Front Row's 'Green Fuse' series, in which artists choose works that evoke spring for them, comes from Togo Igawa. Togo explains the Japanese springtime passion for cherry blossom - there is even a cherry blossom forecast on Japanese television - and reads haiku by leading poets inspired by these fleeting flowers. Sinead O'Connor has told her fans that she will never sing her biggest hit, Nothing Compares 2 U, live again as she feels she no longer has an emotional connection with the song. David Hepworth discusses other musicians who refuse to perform their best-known songs. Presenter: Samira Ahmed Producer: Olivia Skinner.

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