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Spooks, Meklit, Christopher Hope, The Spalding Suite

May 5th, 2015

Episode 883 of 1502 episodes

Spooks: The Greater Good brings the popular TV spy thriller series which ended in 2011 to the big screen with Kit Harington and Peter Firth. Will the move work? Antonia Quirke reviews. Ethiopian American singer songwriter Meklit Hadero tells Kirsty about her second album We Are Alive and explains how it was influenced by a project to bring the nations of the Nile Basin together through music. The theatre director Benji Reid, and the writer and poet Inua Ellams, discuss their new show, The Spalding Suite. Set in the world of British basketball, it uses live beatboxing, hip-hop, movement, and poetry. The South African novelist Christopher Hope on his latest book, Jimfish, which - inspired by Voltaire's Candide - tells the story of an unusual young man's encounters with some of the most notorious tyrants of the 20th century. And a piece of audio art will be broadcast tonight on Radio 4. The piece, The Quarryman's Daughters, was commissioned from artist Katrina Palmer by the BBC and Artangel. She discusses the differences between creating art for a gallery and for radio. Presenter: Sarah Johnson Producer: Kirsty Lang.

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