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The Look of Silence, Waddesdon Galleries at the British Museum, WB Yeats, Interceptor reviewed

June 8th, 2015

Episode 926 of 1502 episodes

The Look of Silence is a new companion documentary to The Act of Killing, about the perpetrators of the Indonesian genocide in the 1960s. Louise Doughty, whose next novel is set during the conflict and has visited Indonesia to research the book, reviews the film. Thursday sees the opening of new galleries at the British Museum which have been built especially to house the Waddesdon Bequest, a collection of Renaissance artworks and treasures left to the British Museum in the 1890s by Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild. Samira talks to the curators. Writer Stella Duffy reviews BBC1's new crime drama, The Interceptor, an 8-part series about a new law enforcement team tasked with hunting down some of Britain's most wanted criminals. The Irish poet W.B. Yeats was born 150 years ago yet such is the potency of his poetry that it was quoted by supporters of equal marriage in Ireland during the recent referendum. Poets Kayo Chingonyi and Bernard O'Donohue discuss his influence on their writing as well the everlasting legacy of the man who, it has been said, dreamed Ireland into being. Presenter Samira Ahmed Producer Dymphna Flynn.

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