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Simon Pegg in Man Up, Dennis Lehane, Occupy drama Temple

May 26th, 2015

Episode 913 of 1300 episodes

In his new film Man Up, Simon Pegg plays Jack, a divorcee who goes on a blind date, but a case of mistaken identity at the first meeting has unexpected consequences. Naomi Alderman reviews the rom-com directed by Ben Palmer, best known for The Inbetweeners. The American novelist Dennis Lehane has had four Hollywood films adapted from his novels: Mystic River, Shutter Island, Gone, Baby Gone and The Drop. Lehane discusses his new novel, World Gone By, a noir tale of American gangsters set in Miami during World War II. Playwright Steve Waters and director Howard Davies discuss Temple, a fictionalised telling of the Occupy movement's 2011 protest at St Paul's Cathedral. Simon Russell Beale stars as the Dean of St Paul's who resigned in October 2011 after criticism of the way the situation was handled by the Cathedral. As a lock of Mozart's hair goes up for auction at Sotheby's, curator Ross McFarlane from the Wellcome Collection discusses our fascination with grisly mementoes and why museums and private collectors are interested in these relics. Presenter: Samira Ahmed Producer: Olivia Skinner.