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The Trials of Jimmy Rose, Cerys Matthews and Timberlake Wertenbaker, Zambezi News, Miss Julie

August 27th, 2015

Episode 985 of 1502 episodes

Ray Winstone and Amanda Redman star in a new ITV drama, The Trials of Jimmy Rose. Winstone plays a notorious criminal who is released from prison to find that the world has changed beyond recognition. Dreda Say Mitchell reviews. Playwright Timberlake Wertenbaker and singer songwriter Cerys Matthews discuss their new production of Our Country's Good, which is set in Botany Bay as the first ships filled with British convicts arrive. In her debut as a stage composer, Matthews has created a score that combines English folk music with didgeridoos. Journalist and arts critic Jake Kerridge reviews the The Girl in the Spider's Web, which continues the saga of Stieg Larsson's hacker Lisbeth Salander and investigative journalist Mikael Blomkvist. Larsson died in 2004, so his best selling Millennium series is being, somewhat controversially, continued by author David Lagercrantz. In Zimbabwe, satire has found its voice on the internet in a country where there's only one TV channel run by the government. Zambezi News uses satire to talk about everything from vote rigging to corruption. Kirsty Lang speaks to its creators Comrade Fatso and Outspoken. Tim Robey reviews Miss Julie, Liv Ullman's new film adaptation of Strindberg's classic play about sexual power and dominance. Set in a country estate in Ireland in the1880s it stars Colin Farrell, Jessica Chastain and Samantha Morton. Presenter: Kirsty Lang Producer: Olivia Skinner.

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