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Woody Allen's Irrational Man, Richard Hawley, Mike Bartlett, The Chineke Orchestra

September 8th, 2015

Episode 993 of 1300 episodes

Woody Allen's latest film Irrational Man stars Joaquin Phoenix as a philosophy professor at a small New England college who enters into a relationship with a student, played by Emma Stone. Viv Groskop reviews. Playwright Mike Bartlett, who wrote King Charles III, Bull, and Earthquakes in London for the stage, discusses his second foray into television writing - Doctor Foster. Starring Suranne Jones as the trusted GP who appears totally in control until her life changes for good when she begins to suspect her husband is having an affair. Sheffield singer-songwriter, guitarist, and ex-Pulp band member Richard Hawley on how both nature and smart phones have inspired his lyrics, and the historic meaning behind the title of his new album, Hollow Meadows. This Sunday the Africa Utopia festival in London sees the launch and first concert of the Chineke! Orchestra. It's the creation of the double bassist Chi-Chi Nwanoku and is the UK's first all-Black and Minority Ethnic classical symphony orchestra. Presenter John Wilson Producer Jerome Weatherald.