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Wolf Hall on TV, Whiplash, Michael Boyd, Belle and Sebastian

January 13th, 2015

Episode 721 of 1502 episodes

Hilary Mantel's Tudor novel-turned-stage-play Wolf Hall makes its transition to TV starring Mark Rylance and Damian Lewis. Sarah Crompton reviews the six-part adaptation. Michael Boyd, former artistic director of the RSC, discusses directing opera for the first time, with his production of Monteverdi's Orfeo at the Roundhouse in London. Matt Thorne reviews new film Whiplash, about a big band drummer and his difficult relationship with his controlling instructor Fletcher, played by J K Simmons who won a Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor this week. Stuart Murdoch of Glaswegian band Belle and Sebastian, former winners of the Best Newcomer Brit Award, discusses the literary influences on new album Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance. New Government figures show the UK's creative industries add 8.8 million pounds an hour to the economy - something to celebrate or a cause for concern? Jan Dalley of the Financial Times assesses the data. Presenter Samira Ahmed Producer Jerome Weatherald.

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