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I LOVE ME
Stevie Wonder on an extraordinary life in music

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A close shave with fame

Pontefract poltergeist
Film of a family haunting

Peter Bradshaw
Berberian Sound System

The Vaccines
Alexis Petridiss verdict

Harry in Vegas update

Lost in Showbiz
After Harrys Naked Romp, oers for the wayward prince are ooding in. Will he opt for porno stardom or join the Chippendales?
By Alexis Petridis

his week, like the ruminant mammal enjoying a bolus of regurgitated food, Lost in Showbiz fears it must retrace the footsteps taken by Hadley Freeman in this column last week and lead you back to Room 2401 of Las Vegass Wynn Encore resort. You are doubtless familiar with its two-storey, 5,829 sq ft, three-masterbedroom interior the 72in at-screen television, the walls padded with mohair to absorb sound, something mysteriously described as privacy controls, which, under the circumstances, they might want to send someone from maintenance up to have a look at but news of what took place in its opulent surroundings during Prince Harrys recent Naked Romp just keeps on coming. First, let us examine the report from our old friend An Anonymous Source on showbiz website Radar Online that the spirit of the late Hunter S Thompson was unexpectedly abroad once more in Sin City that fateful evening. Apparently, among the princes new-found American friends were some people on drugs. Thus far, the papers seem to have concentrated on the angle that some were doing cocaine. Lost in Showbiz, however, is far more intrigued by the suggestion that others had ingested psilocybin, or, as AA Source put it, were rolling on shrooms. Lost in Showbiz wonders if it was one of them who was operating the cameraphone that US media claim was lming His Naked Romp, and if the reason footage has yet to surface is that it consists entirely of another shroomuser delightedly making the suites touch-screen-operated curtains open and close for 45 minutes. It also likes the idea that some members of the party may have spent the Naked Romp trying to commandeer the stereo in order to turn o Essential R&B 2012 and put on Ozric Tentacles Fetch Me the Pongmaster, suggesting they all stop playing strip billiards and watch The Wizard of Oz with the sound turned

Harrys dream job? Fronting the Chippendales trousers optional

Sharon Osbourne informed TV viewers that Harry possessed a rare wit

down and Dark Side of the Moon playing, or as was the case with a similarly fuelled acquaintance of Lost in Showbiz during a stag weekend in Amsterdam continually interrupted proceedings by alternately bellowing IM CLINGING ON TO SANITY BY MY FINGERNAILS and howling like a wolf. Furthermore, Lost in Showbiz is impressed to the point of awe by the notion that there were people present, tripping on powerful psychedelics, at the exact moment the third in line to the British throne decided to show his penis to everybody. It cant think of circumstances more likely to deliver a catastrophic blow to a psyche undergoing an intense hallucinogenic experience. If they are not currently being attended to in a psychiatric unit as a result their faces locked into a horried grimace, their voices mute save for the terrible, bloodcurdling

scream they let out whenever they hear Ozric Tentacles Fetch Me the Pongmaster it can only salute their sheer mental fortitude. Here, surely, are what Allen Ginsberg would have called the best minds of our generation: people with brains of purest titanium, capable of withstanding the worst the world can throw at them. But let us move from the event itself to the aftermath. Lost in Showbiz is delighted to note that for every voice carping about royal duty, there are many who not merely support the Naked Romp, but feel it is the key that unlocks a glittering future for the wayward prince: when life hands you lemons, you go to the fully stocked wet bar in your two-storey, 5,829 sq ft, three-bedroom suite and make lemonade. It applauds the optimism of Las Vegass self-styled Diamonds in the Bu , the Chippendales, who

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ORIGINAL CHIPPENDALES PHOTOGRAPH: REX FEATURES

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have apparently invited Prince Harry to join them onstage in their custom-designed theatre complex with adjacent boutique hosting a variety of items that appeal to women (neon vibrating crotchless panties, $19.95). Its applause turns to a veritable standing ovation when it thinks of Steven Hirsch, founder and co-chairman of a company called Vivid Entertainment, who swiftly dispatched a letter to Clarence House, oering Harry not merely $10m, but the opportunity to truly become the coolest prince of all time, by starring in a fun, sexy, bigbudget adult lm called The Trouble with Harry. We assure you the sex will be wellscripted, he added, as if Harry might expect anything other than auteur lm-making and high quality mise-enscene from the company behind Big Tit Jack O, The Anal Intern and the educational Penny Flames Expert Guide to Hand Jobs. There are voices who will doubtless suggest that any situation that commences with you taking all your clothes o in a room full of people on drugs and ends with an oer to make a celebrity porno must, by default, involve some loss of dignity. Lost in Showbiz prefers to view said situation as an unexpected platform on which the protagonists manifold qualities can come to light. For proof, let us nally turn to Sharon Osbourne, who used a discussion on American television to inform viewers that Harry was in possession of a rare wit, which she encountered during a visit to Buckingham Palace: I said to him, would you watch my bag while I go to the loo. And he said: Fuck o. How fabulous. What a fabulous answer in jest. What a week: hallucinogenic drugs, porn, neon vibrating crotchless panties, the kind of repartee unheard since The Vicious Circle drifted apart. Exhausted, but wide-eyed with wonder, Lost in Showbiz plaintively asks: where will it all end? Who among us can dare to predict where the Naked Romp will lead us next?

Shame! Weve let Olympic glory eclipse our neglected celebs


A lone voice of sanity in a world of madness, Lost in Showbiz professes itself disappointed with Britain this summer. What a let-down this country has proved: capriciously disregarding the activities of the nations celebrities in order to gawp like mindless idiots at Olympians and Paralympians just because they are performing almost superhuman feats of skill, endurance and bravery. Are the British really that ighty? Is that all it takes to distract attention from the latest important updates about Alex The Reidinator Reids engagement to former Celebrity Big Brother star Chantelle Houghton? It Broth is apparently strained thanks to her appare inability to come to terms with his cross-dressing alter ego Roxanne, yet cross-dre the country seems more interested in coun watching Oscar Pistorius, a man who, as far as LiS can tell, doesnt have any L cross-dressing alter ego to speak of. cross-d Do we really believe these Olympians are superior to, say, Olym ance of Kym Marsh and former a Hollyoaks star Jamie Lomas, Ho who spent his stag night handcued to a dwarf dressed as Mr T? Lets see how many gold medals Jessica wins Ennis win while handcued to a dwarf dressed as Mr T before we start dre talking about where the real talent lies. ab And does no one have any interest in magazines brilliant scoop about OK! maga Kerry Katonas relationship with Jonny Kat KERRY AND JONNY TALK Laidler? K WEDDINGS WEDDIN AND BABIES screams the headline, headline which turns out to refer to two sentences in her column reading: sente totally just friends I bet the Were to headlines headline will be that Im getting or married o I want a baby, you know what people are like. This, my friends, peo real is the rea gold: are we so stupeed by

Kerry Katona: no gold medal for her disclosures

the interminable parade of remarkable human achievement on our screens that weve forgotten what quality journalism is? Priorities, people! The ratings for the new series of The X Factor are the lowest in the shows six-year history, allowing Bradley Wiggins to crow the Olympics, everywhere you went the country was on a high then you see The X Factor and its like: Oh God, everybody has got to put up with that all winter now. A few weeks ago, even this column turned quisling in the hands of Peter Robinson, spouting some gu about how athletes represented a whole new celebrity stratum. LiS can only apologise and assure you that normal service is resumed: it is meaningless stories about bizarre hollow orange carapaces, baingly elevated to stardom for no discernible reason, from here on in. Thank God the ghtback nally seems to have begun in earnest. The scripted reality show stars and former X Factor nalists are massing, the spirit of D-day in their hearts, a rousing chorus of We Shall Not Be Moved on their lips, their spirits bolstered by the front cover of yesterdays Sun, which rightly chose to ignore the Paralympics opening ceremony in favour of the real headline news that Cheryl Cole had sustained a nosebleed in Los Angeles. And what resources this hastily formed army has at its disposal! LiS can barely type, so thrilled is it to disclose whats coming up. A new television series in which Jedward not only show funny YouTube clips from around the world but also, they proudly announce, wear clothes that no one has seen us wear before! My Fair Kerry, a scripted comedy reality show featuring crazy antics as David Gest attempts to teach the former Atomic Kitten star etiquette! The scintillating rumour that former The Only Way is Essex star Lauren Goodger is to star in the next series of Dancing on Ice! LiS gazes awestruck at this array of glittering jewels: what price the trivial diversions of the Olympic Park now?

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Hi, Noah! Whats it like in Belfast? Im in Brighton. (1) Ah sorry. For the surng? Not all Aussies surf. Youve lived over here for ages. Almost 17 years. Australia feels quite foreign to me now. Its not so much that the place has changed but its a dierent era. Youre nostalgic for that. Youre a patron (2) of this years Australian lm festival. What do your duties involve? Not much, really. Having my name on it, for whatever thats worth, and occasionally talking to people like yourself. rself. Im doing it out of some sort of patriotic triotic sense of duty. Its a great festival and theyre all doing it voluntarily. And the d industry is important. Its a really good training ground, partly because the he budgets are small, so they have to rely o on a decent script and acting and plotting rather than throwing a bunch of h special eects at it. Do you feel like a elder statesman? n I felt old. Being an ambassador isnt a nt title Im particularly comfortable with because Im not generally a diplomatic matic personality type. There seems to be a bit of a grisly new wave of Aussie cinema (3). Yeah, thats probably a generational nal thing. Its like when, say, Lock Stock ock came out here, everyone wanted to make East End gangster lms, and one d of the denitive lms for those Ausussies is Chopper. And undoubtedly y those scripts are a reection of a cerertain aspect of Australia. Prior to that hat there was an era of big landscapes s and horses. Is it right that before your rst lms ms (4), you wanted to join the army? That was my one real ambition, and I nd got it from reading war comics. But ut that idea faded when I became a teen een and I realised I didnt really like getting etting up early and being told what to do. o. And you play music (5) and paint, too. I do lots of dierent things but I dont ont do them with any great ambition or plan. Just in the past couple of years ars Ive tried to be a bit more serious.
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30 minutes with ... Noah Taylor The actor on being an Aussie in Brighton, his love of country and western and being mistaken for Prince

unsuccessful but its almost impossible to make money from music unless you are a chart-topping global sensation or a super-cute boy band, or their manager, and you have a good line in ring tones. Your song Fuck You (6) is pretty catchy. Do you ever hear people singing it? I never have, its a shame. I had my rst singalong experience the other night I did a cover of Like a Virgin and these Aussie girls joined in. So I felt like a genuine pub entertainer. It was good to have a singalong. You once said that there are four types of songs: the falling in love song; the you don t love me song; the its all over dont son song; and the I want to hop in your t pants song. Whats your favourite? yo Everyone likes falling in love songs best. But very chirpy love songs if best. youre devastated are generally unwelcome. I really li country and like western songs becaus theyre combecause plete literary masterp masterpieces. Country has a real discipline. Do you get recognised a lot? recognise Youve overestimatin my place in the overestimating world. A few people t think Im Ben Mendelsohn (7). I was mistaken for Prince once in Africa w when I had a moustache. Did you correct them? corre I felt it wa the right thing was to do. So Sometimes someone will come up to me wil and say Tomb Raider sa (8), which always (8), w makes me feel good. make Most people are Mos pleasant and I try to plea be pleasant back. Ive p occasionally gone up occ to s someone and if theyve been an the arsehole, it really ars ruins their work for rui you. I almost met you Lou Reed once and Lo I decided not to de about ve seconds abo before. I would hate befo not to be able to t listen to his records any more. m Its your birthday next week (9): can we get you a gift ? gi Cash is always good. As much alway as you like; Im not fussed. I

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But your music is quite successful. ul. It depends how you dene success. s. If its by making money, its very

Foot notes (1) Adopted hometown. Nick Cave is a neighbour. Was in Belfast shooting The Double. (2) The other is Georey Rush; they played David Helfgott young and old in Shine. (3) Snowtown, Animal Kingdom, Wolf Creek, Sleeping Beauty etc. (4) The Year My Voice Broke, Flirting. (5) Hes been in loads of bands, and currently fronts Noah Taylor and the Sloppy Boys. (6) From his Live Free or Die!!! album. (7) Worked with Taylor in The New World. (8) Taylor played a computer geek. (9) 4 September; hell be 43.

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ll right, mate? chirrups Stevie Wonder in a mockney accent last tried by Dick Van Dyke. He is tired, hardly surprising given it is 2.30am where he lives in California, but that doesnt stop him from acting his usual playful self. Nor does it prevent him from talking at length about his 50-year career, and the events that shaped it. Hes not one to hold back. Before long, he is vividly remembering the car crash in which he nearly lost his life. It was 1973, and the sedan in which he was travelling careened into a truck. His wounds were severe. It was on 6 August that I almost died in that car accident, he recalls. It was a key date for another reason. It was also on 6 August 1988 that my son Kwame was born. Life is funny. Does the crash remain the signal event of his life? It is signicant, he replies, and its a typical Wonder response, but I was blessed to come out of it. God gave me life to continue to do things that I would never have done. Principal among these was the electrication of modern soul that he eected on his extraordinary series of 70s albums. They have exerted a tremendous inuence on musicians, from Michael Jackson and Prince in the 80s to rapper Drake and this years most lauded new R&B star, Frank Ocean. Yeah, I like Frank, says Wonder, who sang the hook from Oceans No Church In The Wild to the Odd Future sensation when he met him at a party recently. The feeling is mutual: reviews of Oceans 2012 album, Channel Orange, drew comparisons with Wonders music at its most expansive. After being consigned to MOR-soul hell following the likes of I Just Called To Say I Loved You, Wonder who next week headlines Bestival is hip again. Is there anybody who doesnt like him? Heh, he chuckles, then pauses. Well, there are those. But we dont like to think about that. No, Wonder-haters are few. Maybe hes thinking of his early days. In Where Did Our Love Go?, a history of Motown, Nelson George noted the jealousy among staers towards the 12-year-old-genius, even if detractors were soon silenced by his fabulous run of mainly self-penned hits: Uptight (Everythings Alright), For Once In My Life, My Cherie Amour and Signed, Sealed, Delivered. In 1971, he released the transitional Where Im Coming From, which along with Marvin Gayes Whats Going On was the rst serious album from a label accustomed to singles. It was a brave

TIME IS LONG BUT LIFE IS SHORT

He has survived car crashes, death threats and 50 years in the music industry. Ahead of his Bestival show, soul legend Stevie Wonder talks about Motown, Jacko and Winehouse to Paul Lester

departure from the Motown sound, with forays into psychedelia, baroque pop and folk-inected soul. I had fun doing that album with [ex-wife] Syreeta, he says. Berry [Gordy, Motown boss] said: Do your thing. He recalls writing the song If You Really Love Me at the apartment of Laura Nyro, no stranger herself to the startling chord sequence. Fellow Motown songwriter Smokey Robinson, however, was unimpressed with his new direction after he saw Wonder on comedian Flip Wilsons TV show. I got a call from Smokey and he says: I didnt like your choice of material. I think its really ridiculous. I said: I dont give a uh what you think, or what anyone thinks! That was my growing-up moment at Motown. Hooking up with Malcolm Cecil and Robert Margoule of electronic duo Tontos Expanding Headband, Wonder pursued a radical synthesised context for his new soul vision. His purple streak continued with 1972s Music of My Mind and Talking Book, 1973s Innervisions, 1974s Fulllingness First Finale, culminating in 1976s doubleLP (plus additional EP) treasure trove Songs In The Key Of Life. With their dazzling melodies and blend of gritty politicised funk and elegant ballads, these albums appealed to rock and soul fans alike. He overreached himself on 1979s Journey Through The Secret Life Of Plants, a double concept album full of

Im no better than the next person Wonder; (below) in 1970 Photograph by Eamonn McCabe for the Guardian

new age noodling, but he redeemed himself, critically and commercially, with 1980s Hotter Than July. And if his recordings since have been patchily received, there is consensus among music lovers that his golden age lasted longer than anyones, Bob Dylan and the Beatles included. Wonder is adamant that his heyday of exploratory music-making is not over, despite the fact that his last album, A Time to Love, was issued in 2005. Im still experimenting, he enthuses. Theres a new instrument Im learning to play called the harpejji. Its between a piano and a guitar. Im writing really dierent songs with it I have so many. The question is, will they outlive me? Time is long but life is short. Does Wonder, who has just turned 62, have a growing sense of his mortality? I dont feel it, he says of times marching. I know it for a fact. He feels a pressing need to achieve in non-musical spheres, and digresses to discuss gun crime, a subject on which he has been outspoken. Im concerned about how accessible guns are, he says. Is he referring to the Batman shootings in Colorado? No, Im talking about in the hood, he replies. That [Colorado] was also very sad, but this is an occurrence almost every week in various cities. But no politician wants to confront it. The right to bear arms? What about the right to live? Does he fear what happened to John Lennon could happen to him? Ive had threats, he says, but I dont put that energy out there because thats just craziness. be b Can he feel the same connection to the street that he did in the 70s when t he penned sociopolitical anthems such as Living For The City? Of course, he exclaims. I travel and do stu. an Whats it like when he and his entourage sweep through town? en I just focus on what Im doing, he says. If fans take pictures ... Every time I think about getting Ev annoyed I remember how blessed an Ive been to have people who have Iv followed my career. fo Is he in touch with the young man who wrote, say, Superstition? w Oh yeah, he replies, breezily. I listen to him. And I make sure I feel the lis same way still. sa Many of his best-loved songs were Nixon-era rebukes. These days, he supN ports the president. What is his view of po rappers such as Jay-Z, said to be turnra ing against B-Rock? in Well, he sighs, striking a rare note of antipathy, those ra

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who have turned against him, its because theyre ignorant or it doesnt serve their own interest, which probably has to do with money. But the reality is, your money is only as good as youre able to help others with it. Even before his accident, when his music was at its most supersonically joyous, Wonder spoke in dread tones of an apocalyptic future, and of the ominous present presaging it. Its the last days of life, of beauty, he declared, referring darkly to all the horrors and hypocrisy in the world. After the crash he became increasingly armative. But how do these times compare? Is he more optimistic now? Im always optimistic, but the world isnt. People need to make a jump to a place of positivity but they put it all on one person to make it happen, he says. It takes everybody. And the mindset has to be dierent. I mean, how do we have, in 2012, racism in the world? Did he assume that racism would be obliterated? It cant be obliterated until people confront the demon in the spirit, he says. No wonder one of his current roles is as a Messenger of Peace for the United Nations. You need to put your heart into making a dierence, he says, proposing an end to poverty, starvation, racism and illiteracy and nding cures for cancer and Aids as just some of the jobs that need doing. Wonder mentions the demon in the spirit. How has he managed to endure when his revolutionary soul peers Marvin, Sly Stone, James Brown succumbed to torment and temptation? First of all, he stresses, Im no

Clockwise from top: recording We Are The World for USA for Africa with Lionel Richie, Daryl Hall, Quincy Jones and Paul Simon, 1985; with Barack Obama at the White House, 2009; in the early 60s

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better than the next person. But Ive never had a desire to do drugs. When I was 21 I smoked marijuana, and I didnt like the way it made me feel. When I woke up the next morning I felt like Id lost part of my brain. Wonder has also seen the passing of younger talents: Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, Amy Winehouse ... Its been a heartbreak, he says. Obviously I knew Michael. In 2009 he broke down during a performance of Jacksons The Way You Make Me Feel. I knew Whitney, too, and I understand Amy came to my concert in England a couple of years ago. I was thinking about us doing a duet an old Marvin and Mary Wells song called Once Upon A Time. It would have been amazing. Had he met Winehouse, would he have oered her words of wisdom, or

would there have been no point? Theres always a point, he says. Wonder has never gone o the rails, although when I ask whether a movie version of his life would be a drama, a comedy or a tragedy, he says: All of the above. Does he ever consider that its his disadvantages being born blind and black that have made him what he is? Do you know, its funny, he starts, but I never thought of being blind as a disadvantage, and I never thought of being black as a disadvantage. I am what I am. I love me! And I dont mean that egotistically I love that God has allowed me to take whatever it was that I had and to make something out of it. Does he never allow himself an egotistical moment to survey his career? Nah, he says, thats a waste of time. I enjoy listening to the stu Ive done, but thats it. Is he a genius? No, he says, I was just blessed to have ideas. The genius in me is God its the God in me coming out. This summer, he met the Queen after performing at the jubilee concert in London. She was born under the same astrological sign as me: Taurus, he marvels. It was wonderful meeting her. When I suggest that, if anyone should have been bowing and scraping, it was the one who, by accident of birth, acquired enormous status and wealth, not the one who, by sheer hard graft, changed the course of popular culture, he disagrees. Thats because you dont believe in the power and the spirit that is intangible but is all around us, he mildly scolds. There has to be a higher energy power. Nevertheless, Wonder is aware of his impact, and of those who have picked up his progressive soul baton, such as Ocean. Was he surprised that there could, in 2012, be a furore at the revelation that a rapper might be gay? I think honestly, some people who think theyre gay, theyre confused, he says. People can misconstrue closeness for love. People can feel connected, they bond. Im not saying all [gay people are confused]. Some people have a desire to be with the same sex. But thats them. In 1974, US rock critic Robert Christgau described Wonder as a sainted fool. He wrote: Im not saying hes a complete fool; in fact, Im not saying he isnt a genius. But you cant deny that if you were to turn on a phone-in station and hear Stevie rapping about divine vibrations and universal brotherhood ... you would not be impressed with his intellectual

I didnt like the way marijuana made me feel, as if Id lost part of my brain

discernment. Certainly, with Wonder, you have to suspend your cynicism. But he has to contend with being narrowcast still. Ive never said I was a soul artist or an R&B artist, he responds when I venture that the music he made in the 70s was a soul version of progressive rock. Theyre just labels. When youre soul it means black, when youre pop it means white. Thats bullshit. If its good, its good. Its like that old Jerry Reed song: When youre hot, youre hot, when youre not, youre not.

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ven with a new lm to sell, Guy Maddin is not your standard-issue eager-toplease director. So many people are baed, he says, with well-practised irony. The movie will be crystal-clear upon your third viewing. This is Keyhole, Maddins ninth full-length lm since 1988; and against all the odds its secured a theatrical release in the UK. Most of Maddins work simply doesnt get to Britain, so resolutely has he followed his own path. If you know him at all, it is probably for his ballet lm Dracula: Pages from a Virgin Diary, or just possibly My Winnipeg, his heartfelt docu-essay tribute to his Canadian hometown. More energetic cineastes may remember 2003s The Saddest Music in the World, Maddins most determined shot at the mainstream, an elaborate parody musical starring Isabella Rossellini. All share Maddins preoccupations: a swirl of phantasmagoric imagery and cut-up surrealism, ltered through his particular brand of cinema ancestor-worship (German silents, 50s Technicolor, big-hat noir) and occasional shafts of very daft humour. Clarity of narrative and ease of access is not high on the agenda; Maddin would appear to be the closest living counterpart we have

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Guy Maddins latest lm Keyhole is a woozy homage to Homer and gangster movies. The avant-garde director explains his vision to Andrew Pulver

to Jack Smith, the underground legend of Flaming Creatures renown. In the esh, the 56-year-old Maddin turns out to be an avuncular, energetic talker, not afraid to discuss his elaborate concepts in detail. Keyhole, it emerges, was made as a result of a bunch of dreams I was having that have really been haunting me. Melancholy dreams, he says, where I revisit my past: dead relatives and homes that have meant a lot to me, particularly my childhood home. Chief among these, it would seem, is Maddins own father, Chas, a general manager for Winnipegs ice hockey team who died in 1977, and who Maddin has frequently revisited since in celluloid. Keyhole mashes together noir-gangster imagery with Homers Odyssey The Odyssey is a story witnessed through the eyes of a son who idolises his father as a great warrior, and I had a childish notion of a father as a strong alpha-male gangster and sets up a frankly bizarre and sketchy-to-the-point-of-nonexistent storyline of a hoodlum journeying from room to room in a seemingly haunted house. New-age friends of mine say I should say goodbye to my father and wrap him up in a blanket and put him in the ground for ever. But I dont want to.

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THE DETAILS

Since we all live in the past and present simultaneously, and the past makes us who we are in the present, destroying it is such a cockeyed notion. But Keyholes tenuous relationship with narrative logic, or even momentto-moment comprehensibility, means its perhaps a tad on the self-indulgent side? Whether I want them to or not, my movies end up disjointed and disconnected and discontinuous. I feel the only way I can get away with such loosey-goosiness, even for my own judge and jury, if its genuinely coming from some place honest. He staged collage parties to help generate script ideas for Keyhole: I invited the best young up-and-coming scene-grabbing artists, in various cities. I would prime their pumps with a few words electric chair, things like that and supplied a stack of old melodrama magazines, a stack of porn, and a few kegs of bourbon. We embarked on a very peaceful and therapeutic and yet disruptive process of snipping paper into blizzards of nipples. Maddin says he sold a few of the collages to help nance the lm: I should have kept them, on the ochance theyd go up in value, but I needed the money pretty badly. Money seems to be increasingly on his mind, and explains why he is cropping up so often in galleries. I never thought about money in the past; but I decided when I turned 50 I was going to have to. I have no savings, no retirement plan, and the art world just seems wealthier. I started to be more serious about it four or ve years ago, and I liked my initial sorties there. You also get the sense that the art world is as accepting of lm-makers as cinema is of artists: Maddin mentions Apichatpong Weerasethakul, but he might just as well have taken cues from Patrick Keiller or Matthew Barney. For the past year or so, Maddin has been working on a lm seance project called Hauntings (or Spiritismes, when it fetched up at the Pompidou in Paris earlier this year). The idea is that Maddin and his cohorts would contact the ghost of a lost lm William Wellmans Ladies of the Mob, for example, or Mikio Naruses The Strength of a Moustache and then recreate/reimagine it as if under the inuence of the cosmic ectoplasm. Its expensive, says Maddin, at half a million dollars a go, but he puts on a good show. Maddin says he tried shooting some of the seances simultaneously with Keyhole, on the same set. In practice, this meant actorly rows: Jason Patric and Udo Kier stormed o set after the latter started screaming out as

Kaiser Wilhelm in The Beast of Berlin in one corner while Jason was trying to achieve some serene, wrathful interiority on Keyhole in another. Maddin remains an unrepentant avant-gardist, a lm-maker committed to walking the untrodden ways, far from commercial gain. Keyhole is no excep-

Keyhole is released in the UK on 14 September

tion. I wanted to make something viewers could let themselves go with and just listen to, like a piece of music. I dont mean listen with their ears, I mean listen with their eyes; and feel no need to understand it, but just take it in. It may not be to everyones taste, but cinema is all the richer for his trying.

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POSSE RIOT
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n the past few years rap crews have been making a comeback. From all-black-wearing collectives to boys still in school, they have been popping up everywhere from the west coast to New York and this year has seen them reach eye-watering levels of mainstream success. While it might say something about a new generation of entrepreneurs wanting to gain creative control, its more likely just a return to what hip-hop was always supposed to ys be about hanging out with your friends and having the best time of your life ... all to a beat. Here at. are some of the best:

The hip-hop crew is back with rappers rediscovering the joy of hanging out with your friends and having a good time. Kieran Yates sorts the excitable teenagers from the black-clad computer nerds

single Black and Yellow. Though LoLa Monroes Getting To It gives Nicki Minaj a run for her money as she tells us about being squeezed like toothpaste. Slogan: Being free and being yourself. Beef? Wiz is dating Kanye Wests exAmber Rose, so watch this space. Anything to look forward to? Wizs album O.N.I.F.C is out on 18 September.

A$AP MOB
Key members: A$AP Rocky, A$AP Ferg, A$AP Twelvy, Ty Beats (producer of $ e y, T Pe$o), A$AP Ya Yams (Rockys manager). Description: A$AP Mob, headed by A$AP Rocky, is a collective of Roc managers, ra rappers and producers. Think Andy Warhols Factory after a W hip-hop makeover and relocated m to mo modern-day Harlem. The gang are, as may be clear gan from their monikers, f slightly more militant in their allegiance to the crew. Dening moment: The De mob descending into onstage de chaos during one of Rockys sets du at SXSW this year. Key track: A$APs breakout hit trac Pe$o last year put the mob on las the map, but the track Bath map Salt (you know, that drug (yo that makes you eat people) ma from their collective mixtape th Lord$ Never Worry is another N highlight. highligh Slogan: Fuck Swag/Stay Trill. Beef? A$AP threatened to A smack the shit outta Tyler the Creator on Twitter after he Crea apparently criticised his video apparen directing. directin Anything to look forward to? Anythin Black Hippy members Jay Rock, ScHoolboy Q, Kendrick Lamar and Ab-Soul; (below) Pro Era; (left) LoLa Monroe from Taylor Gang Debut album LongLiveA$AP is out 11 September and the A$AP MOB mixtape Lord$ Never Worry is out now.

Black Hippy
Key members: Kendrick Lamar, ScHoolboy Q, Jay Rock, Ab-Soul. Description: LA foursome Black Hippy provide an antidote to high-gloss crews that dominate the pop charts such as YMCMB and Odd Future. Full of talent, they are in that rare position of being respected by the kind of hip-hop fans who like to lament about a golden era, and wont disappoint them by selling out. Dening moment: Part of parent label Top Dawg entertainment or TDE, which earlier in the year broke

Taylor Gang (Or Die)


Key members: Wiz Khalifa, lifa, LoLa Monroe, Chevy Woods, oods, Juicy J. Description: The tattooededup golden boy of Pittsburgh urgh rap, Wiz Khalifa has enlisted isted the talents of Sizzurpslurping rapper Juicy J, former video vixen and fem-cee LoLa Monroe and nd Pittsburgh rapper Chevy y Woods, among others. Taylor Gang is the quintessential crew-cum-busisiness-empire dream, and d now boasts its own record label rd and clothing line. Pretty impresy sive for a rapper who spends his ends day smoking copious amounts of mounts weed Dening moment: Making the ing cover of hip-hop magazine the ine Source earlier in the year, with Wiz ar, draped in an American ag. ag. Key track: Wizs 2011 crossover ossover

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on the prestigious Pitchfork Selector, the crew are rumoured to be gearing up for a European tour. Key track: Joey Bada$$s mixtape 1991 was released earlier in the year featuring production from MF DOOM and beats from J Dilla. The track There It Go introduced us to the word swank (which means well put together swag, apparently). Slogan: Its the era, no error. Beef? None to speak of. Anything to look forward to? They have conrmed that they are working on a new album.

Rvidxr Klvn / Raider Klan


Key members: SpaceGhostPurrp, Key Nyata, Denzel Curry, Ethelwulf Description: Indie label 4ADs rst hiphop signing SpaceGhostPurrp heads up the Raider Klan. Sometimes styled with Raider hieroglyphics (just like their almost unreadable Twitter feed), their head-to-toe black uniform represents their black hearts (according to Purrp). Dening moment: Raider Klan

are preparing to release a clothing line, but up until now its been SpaceGhosts success that has shed most light on them. Key track: SpaceGhostPurrps Mysterious Phonk: The Chronicles of SpaceGhostPurrp album, released last year, is a gloopy lo- oering that highlights his unique (ie, demented) worldview as he raps about his love of the female form and being a computer nerd. Slogan: No real slogan, unless you count all that stu about having a black heart. Beef? SpaceGhostPurrp has had a very public falling out with A$AP on Twitter where he opined: I showed loved to them n*ggas last year and some shit went down, and we dont f*ck with them no moreI dont f*ck with you bruh. Elsewhere, Soulja Boy has waded in, threatening to eat someones face or something equally ridiculous. Anything to look forward to? No news on a collaborative album as yet, but SpaceGhosts record is out now.

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the internet (or at least the hip-hop section) by releasing something every day for a week. Key track: Lamars Section 80 mixtape catapulted the group on to the radar of the hip-hop elite, thanks to single HiiPower. Although Lamar is probably the best known, the squawking-voiced ScHoolboy Q is the real talent, and his release There He Go is one of the best tracks of the year. Slogan: HiiPower Beef? According to Ab-Soul there will never be a Black Hippy album. Not sure if thats because they all hate each other, but time will tell. Anything to look forward to? Lamars album is out on 2 October.

ALSO ON THE RAP RADAR

YMCMB (AKA Young Money) The rap crew that forged the blueprint for how to make it includes Nicki Minaj, Lil Wayne, Birdman and a little known rapper called Drake. Most Dope Headed by rapper Mac Miller, Most Dope are a collective of Millers friends who follow him around giggling and rolling huge joints. Maybach Music Headed by Rozay, whose crew-cumlabel include French Montana and Gunplay. Odd Future If you dont know who they are by now

Pro Era /Progressive Era


Key members: Joey Bada$$, Capital Steez, CJ Fly, Chuck Strangers. Description: Headed by 17-year-old Joey Bada$$, this is basically just a bunch of excited teenage boys having a collective wet rap dream. Pro Era are 90s babies of the NY hip-hop scene, full of mischief and, thankfully, talent. The 22-strong (at last count) crew is big on teen braggadaccio and, conveniently, they all go to the same school. Dening moment: After a web TV slot

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So far, indie band Alt-J have come from nowhere to enjoy success without the fame. But that could all be about to change. They talk to Sam Wolfson

A CUT ABOVE
our songwriting style being nomadic or rhizomatic, but I dont think he knows what that means. Much of my conversation with Alt-J is almost town-planning meeting in tone. Instead of answering questions, they often descend into discussions of whether theyre giving a boring answer and what another band would say. At times I think we are all part of a meta in-joke, undermining the whole charade of a music interview. We only have two rocknroll stories, says frontman Joe, trying to be helpful. The rst one is that we were chucked out of a hotel for peeing o a balcony. Well, I wasnt personally, but our guitarist Gwill was. In fact I was the one suggesting he just went upstairs and did it in his own hotel room, but he ignored me and just started hosing it. The other one is we were doing a gig in Sicily and I met some people and went back to their house and I fell asleep and missed my ight the next day. Joe sighs, realising his tales dont pack the punch he was hoping for. We are actually pretty tame. We have a lovely collection of magazines onboard when were on tour. Do they ever want to have a night of excess? I suppose the thing is that we like to be polite, says Joe, and you cant do that when youve just done a fat line of ket before an interview. It was the same when they met at Leeds University. While most of their friends spent three years getting smashed and dancing to electroclash, they formed a little bubble in their student house. Oh God, we didnt go out much, remembers Gus. We werent socialites at all. Wed just keep working on the record.

arius is the head trimmer at Legends, a smart London barber that specialises in wet shaves. Before he came to the UK, Darius trained in Poland, learning how to perform a cut-throat shave by smothering an inated balloon in foam and then removing it with a single blade. Awaiting his razor-sharp skills are four Cambridge lads sporting varying degrees of bum u. Keyboardist Gus (a little shadow above his top lip), guitarist Gwill (a coating of wispy blond pelage), drummer Thom (early-onset beard) and singer Joe (as close to clean shaven as you can get with an old disposable). They are Alt-J, and they are the most successful new British band of the year. Their album went top 20, the single is all over the radio and they are now odds-on favourite to win the Mercury music prize, even though nominations are a week away. They are playing sold-out shows in the US, and have charted in Belgium, France and the Netherlands. At a time when guitar music is in the doldrums, they have come from nowhere to buck the trend. Yet Alt-J have somehow managed to nd success without fame. The groups rst single, Tessellate, an onomatopoeic puzzle of angular beats and pointed sexual advances, became a radio hit before anyone knew who they were. Weve got this far with pretty much nobody knowing anything about us, says Gus. Gwill is rst in the barbers chair. He is the baby face of the band, all blackrimmed emo glasses and blond oppy hair. Gwill uses quite a lot of long words in interviews, Joe warns me when hes out of earshot. He keeps talking about

Were our harshest critics, agrees Joe. Were not one of those bands that bash things out really quickly. We didnt want to look like morons, so we spent ages on the little things. The result of ve years hard work is a record that sounds more like a mature big ideas third album than something a bunch of students recorded in their digs. Certainly theres a pop immediacy, but its underpinned by complex scoring, well-crafted hooks and some esoteric lyrical ourishes. One song, Taro, is about the death of 20th-century war photographers Robert Capa (who stepped on a mine in Indo-China) and Gerda Taro (who was run over by a tank during the Spanish civil war.) It was only after reading all this that I discovered she was his love interest and they were engaged, says Joe. I liked those two and that story. That gripped me and I trawled through as much as I could to get a good song out of it. Conversation dies down as the four of them relax into the shaves. This feels like a dog licking your face, says a mummied Joe from underneath a hot towel. Of course, if Alt-J do win the Mercury, they can kiss their nonchalance towards public persona goodbye. The hype machine will come careering through the door, wondering why it wasnt consulted in the rst place. But in the meantime, they can continue to muddle along as they are: aable, a bit posh and ne with it. I feel so relaxed, announces Gus, smoking a post-shave menthol cigarette outside the barbers. Im going to start getting shiatsu when I get back to Cambridge.

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ts easy to dismiss the claims of most horror movies that they are based on real events. When the Lights Went Out is dierent. A groundbreaking kitchen-sink horror lm, it brings rare social realist grit to the genre. Were in Yorkshire, in 1974, and an ordinary working-class family is terrorised by the malign spirit of a medieval monk. This isnt mere fancy. Writer/director Pat Holden based the lm on the haunting of his auntie Jeans council house at 30 East Drive, Pontefract. The events were a sensation locally, but largely unknown elsewhere until Colin Wilson wrote about them from witness interviews. The ghoulie, which arrived briey in 1966 and then reappeared for a protracted stay two years later, caused chaos. Holden was kept away because of his young age. His mother, Rene, the model for the character Rita (Andrea Lowe) in the lm, was frequently in the thick of the paranormal action, however. She was a psychic. She read palms, and she was interested in spiritualism and anything weird, he says. She went there as much as she could to provide my auntie with some support. But also because she was really fascinated by it. The women were tough old birds, says Holden, women who had been through the war and now led routine lives. My mum played bingo, she did the shopping, and went to the working mens club with my dad I think she found the ghost exciting. Houseproud Jean, meanwhile, became locked in a battle of wills. Im convinced, and she was convinced, it tried to wind her up because she was so fastidious. It threw objects, slashed photographs, created puddles of water, smashed eggs, and made banging noises so loud they could be heard by passersby. The family named the cowled,

Pat Holdens cousins were at the centre of a notorious haunting in the 1970s. Now he has turned their story into a gritty horror lm. By Stephen Applebaum

A GHOST IN THE HOUSE

shadowy gure Fred and took the piss out of it, says Holden. Their self-defence mechanism was humour, which I think is a very northern thing. He could have played the whole of When the Lights Went Out for comedy. But some of the ghosts actions were less amusing, particularly once it homed in on Jeans children, Phillip and Diane. The image that I always remembered was Diane being pulled up the stairs, and the handprints on her neck, says Holden. That stuck in my head and I always felt that it should be a climactic moment. When Holden interviewed Diane at the house for research, she refused to go back in the lounge. Theres a lot of stu she doesnt like to talk about, he says. You could tell it aected her badly. The lm is his own imaginative recreation of what it would have been like alone in the house with the ghost as Diane frequently was as well as the loneliness of childhood. Both siblings are conated in the lm into a new character, Sally (played by newcomer

Tasha Connor), who nds, in the ghost, a sort of kindred spirit. I imagined this kid who is displaced and so desperate that she forms a friendship with something that is dead. Sally clashes frequently with her father, just as Holden often felt at war with his own dad, Joe. Such discord was important to show, he thinks, as it might explain the phenomenon; a Church of England exorcist told him that ghosts are the manifestation of some kind of tension within a family. The lm, admits Holden, is clearly catharsis. I have always had the feeling Ive missed the boat. I was a little bit too young for punk. I was a little bit too old for rave. Ive always had this feeling of never quite being in the zeitgeist. And I think it was a little bit like that with the ghost. My sister was allowed to see it. My mum got to see it. My dad wasnt that interested. I felt like Id missed out. As a child, he never questioned whether the stories were true, despite the lack of documentary evidence an audio tape of loud banging sounds is all that exists. I was a bit surprised by that. Sometimes you do say: Well, did they make it up? But I think it was a daily battle against this thing rather than being objective and stepping out and recording it. He believes that the familys reluctance to capitalise on the lm by doing lots of publicity backs up the storys authenticity. Almost as bad as the ghost itself was the stream of curious visitors to the house. The family said: Look, if you make a lm of it we dont want this to happen again, says Holden. They did think long and hard before letting me run with it. In the end, I think they trusted me.
When the Lights Went Out is released in the UK on 12 September.

Call the exorcist: a scene from When the Lights Went Out

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Total Recall page 19 HERE COMES THE SUN

Cat Power is back from the brink with an uplifting and moving album she calls a rebirth. Review page 22

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The Rain Song Led Zeppelin A new biography of Zep oers an excuse to indulge in this most bombastic of bands all over again. They still sound awe inspiring.

More Attention Krystal Klear feat Jenna G Producer Krystal Klear embraces 90s nostalgia, enlisting garage legend Jenna G on this electro house oering.

Push and Shove No Doubt Title track from the bands new album, in their words our Bohemian Rhapsody (in ours: lots of dierent-sounding bits stuck together).

Friday Night The Busy Twist (left) Yet another instance of hipsters discovering highlife? Well, yes, but this meeting between London clubland and Ghana is super fresh.

Big Trouble in Little China DJ Yoda feat Action Bronson Former chef Bronson takes a culinary tour of Chinatown through the medium of hip-hop.

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Reviews Film

Berberian Sound Studio

Dir: Peter Strickland. With: Tony Jones, Cosimo Fusco, Eugenia Caruso, Susanna Cappellaro. 92min. Cert: 15

Career-best performance Toby Jones in Berberian Sound Studio Berberian Sound Studio has something of early Lynch and Polanski, and the nasty, secretive studio is a little like the tortured Mark Lewiss screening room in Powells Peeping Tom, but that gives no real idea of how boldly individual this lm is. In fact, it takes more inspiration from the world of electronic and synth creations and the heyday of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop, and it is close in spirit to Kafkas The Castle or to the Gothic literary tradition of Bram Stoker and Ann Radclie: a world of English innocents abroad in a sensual, mysterious landscape. Strickland shows us the opening credits of The Equestrian Vortex on screen, wittily created for the cognoscenti of course, but this is far from the aectionate, celebratory approach of Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguezs Grindhouse movies. It could be that someone seeing this will be moved to create a feature-length pastiche of The Equestrian Vortex but that I think would be to misread the detached, alienated and icy spirit in which this lm is treated here. Crucially, its action is never shown on screen: we see only the mashed and dismembered vegetables, emblems of violence, comic and barbaric. What is most important is the sound, and all the occult equipment for creating and manipulating the sound eects. Strickland imbues this pre-digital world with passion and fascination. This is analogue sound, sound that takes up space in the real world, a material to be shaped like paint or stone or marble. One lm, bizarrely, is shown on screen and that is Gilderoys earlier work, the one he clearly considers to be his masterpiece: a natural history documentary about Dorking and the South Downs, knowledgeable, detailed, passionate but anodyne. Its interpolation in this inner drama of Gilderoys mental breakdown is a great moment. He believes this world to be gentle and comforting, and the poignant letters from his mother daily conrm him in both this view and his growing disdain for the world in which he nds himself now. But might Santini and The Equestrian Vortex be saying something more honest about the natural world? Ultimately, it is not at all clear if the Berberian Sound Studio is corrupting him, or revealing to Gilderoy his awful true destiny. With a face suggesting cherubic innocence, vulnerability and cruelty, Toby Jones gives the performance of his career, and Peter Strickland has emerged as a key British lm-maker of his generation.

Three years ago, British lm-maker Peter Strickland grabbed us with his debut, Katalin Varga, an eerie revenge drama unfolding in the central European countryside. Arresting as it was, nothing in that movie could have given us any clue to this quite extraordinary followup: utterly distinctive and all but unclassiable, a musique concrte nightmare, a psychometaphysical implosion of anxiety, with strange-tasting traces of black comedy and movie-bu ris. It is seriously weird and seriously good. Toby Jones plays a mousy sound engineer called Gilderoy from Dorking in the 1970s; he has taken a job in a post-production studio in Italy, the Berberian sound studio of the title. These facilities are presumably in Rome, but there is to be no highminded cinephile swooning over the history of Cinecitt and the like. This cheesy, crummy place provides the electronic music, sound eects and dialogue overdubbing on low-budget pulp shockers the giallo genre made famous by Dario Argento: sex, violence and Satanism. With its nasty corridors and distant, repeated and meaningless screams, the building is like a psychiatric hospital. Lonely, homesick Gilderoy nds himself working on an explicit horror called The Equestrian Vortex. In the studio itself, bored guys aurally simulate human atrocity by whacking and stabbing vegetables, while female stars give operatic screams in the sound booth. (Sadly, however, despite the title, no one gets the coconut halves out.) Gilderoy is confronted with the lms dyspeptic producer Francesco (Cosimo Fusco) and the elegant and sinister director Santini (Antonio Mancino), and Gilderoy baes and irritates everyone with his maladroit Englishness and nerdy insistence on being reimbursed for his expenses, an issue which is ultimately to raise unexpected questions. But how on earth has he got this job? Gilderoy is certainly a whiz at creating new eects, but that might not be the only reason he was hired. Slowly, he becomes immersed in the pure sensual horror of sound: the screams, the scrapes, the clunks and clicks, the sudden electro stabs, the dusty silences that bring out his inner fears. At the mixing desk, he is part high priest, part human sacrice in the black mass of cinema production.

Sonic doom
With his weird, giallo-inspired drama about an English sound engineer coming apart in Italy, director Peter Strickland conrms himself as a serious British lm-making talent

By Peter Bradshaw

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THIS WEEK PETER ENJOYED ...

Short memory
Philip K Dicks story gets ts another airing for the CGI generation. Meh, says Peter Bradshaw

Doug Quaid, the ordinary guy in a boring construction job, in a future world where a cramped and deteriorating urban society depends on exploiting the mineral reserves of subject colonies. Perhaps Farrell is better at playing ordinary than Arnold Schwarzenegger, who always looked so uncompromisingly

a Bellini in Harrys Bar

Total Recall

Dir: Len Wiseman. With: Colin Farrell, Kate . Beckinsale, Jessica Biel, Bill Nighy. 118min. Cert: 12A

Len Wisemans futurist thriller is a new version of the famous Philip K ip Dick short story We Can Remember mber It for You Wholesale; the result recalls Ridley Scotts Blade Runner ner and Christopher Nolans Inception, ion without, sadly being quite as distinctive as either. And as for the famous 1990 Total Recall by y Paul Verhoeven starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, well, the eects are ts far ashier here, of course, although ough watching the rst lm is a reminder nder of just how much special eects s can date. Now it is Colin Farrell (pictured, with Jessica Biel) playing ing

extraordinary in any lm he was ever in, but Farrell doesnt quite have Schwarzeneggers weird, almost extraterrestrial charisma. Quaid is married to Lori, played by Kate Beckinsale the role was memorably Bec taken in 1990 by Sharon Stone and take in this movie Dougs wife is a far th more important character, in the action mor pretty much all the way through. pret Doug is bored and unhappy, plagued Dou with bad dreams and on a whim visits a creepy company called Rekall cre that promises to implant vivid fantasy memories of exciting fan events in your brain. Quaid decides even on a spy adventure memory, and this triggers a chain of terrifying events, which causes him to question even the reality of his own life. One oddity of the lm is that, in O the future, the ruling empire is us! The United Federation of Britain, which is busily exploiting a place whi called The Colony. From the map call in the opening sequence this would th appear to be Australia. And why is it app that Britain has attained such global importance? Well, the reason is that imp the plot involves terrorists, or freedom gh ghters, and they are supposed to be the good guys. Even so long after 9/11, distinctions have to be drawn and dist contemporary associations carefully con managed. Having said this, the vision man of London in the movie is interesting: L a va ugly sprawl, as if a million vast, Shards have been imposed on the Sha city from above; it might not be so far from the future truth. Its a bit of a avourless CGI-fest, without the character and comedy w of the Arnie version, and it never really gets to grips with the idea of reality as a slippery, malleable concept.

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The Myth of the American Sleepover

Dir: David Robert Mitchell. With: Claire Sloma, Marlon Morton, Amanda Bauer. 96min. Cert: 15

the undead. The blood-and-guts FX work is also of a good standard, but the lm needs more than mere gore blimey. PON

Petit Nicolas

Dir: Laurent Tirard. With: Maxime Godart, Valrie Lemercier, Kad Merad. 90min. Cert: PG

The teens of suburban Detroit are spending the last nights of their summer at pyjama parties, stupeed and waiting for escape. Except Scott (Brett Jacobsen), a college dropout whos tracking down a pair of twins he had a crush on in high school. Scotts quest is at the heart of the problem with writer/director David Robert Mitchells sweet, sexless drama. Presumably not all kids are roaming as wildly as Larry Clarks little heathens, but this lms reverence to three little words (I like you) is chastity-band creepy. I like you, too, Myth of the American Sleepover but Im going no further than that. Henry Barnes

Samsara

Dir: Ron Fricke. 102min. Cert: 12A

Although Ron Frickes followup to the stunning Baraka arrives almost 20 years later with his methods virtually unchanged, it still seems just as fresh and interesting. His collection of beautifully shot, enigmatic images from his globetrotting large-format cameras are this time assembled to tell a nonnarrative tale of human belief systems, congregations and wonders both manmade and natural. Each snippet tells only part of a bigger story, barely giving you time to process who you are looking at and what they are doing, but this makes the whole thing a more active experience than most lms. Questions are provoked then dismissed as we move on, but the themes build up in the mind. It may be just more of the same from Fricke, but with his unique process, another incrediblelooking lap around the world is more than welcome. Phelim ONeill

wedding reception of Clara (Leticia Dolera) and Koldo (Diego Martin). The conceit that made the franchise is the rst to cop it, as camcorders are trampled under foot; still, theres just enough Braindead-style satire to keep the blood up. The danceoors full of bodies, the bride and groom have been backed into a corner by relatives desperate for their pound of esh. Pretty much your average wedding, then. HB

Belief systems Samsara; A Few Best Men

The books on which this is based, though virtually unknown here, have been an integral part of growing up in France since their creation in the late 1950s where this lm demolished all challengers at the box oce upon its release a couple of years ago. Written by Ren Goscinny (better known for Asterix, whose comics make a cameo here), it takes the adult world and lters it through the more simplistic and imaginative eyes of a young boy. Here Nicolas, through a series of misunderstandings, believes his parents are planning to supplant him with a new baby brother, and he rallies his friends in a series of unusual plans to make sure this doesnt happen. It presents a gently humorous, beautifully shot idyllic version of childhood, all blue skies, good manners and not a hair out of place. A nice place to visit for the duration. PON

A Few Best Men

Cockneys vs Zombies

Dir: Matthias Hoene. With: Harry Treadaway, Michelle Ryan, Alan Ford. 88min. Cert: 15 Dir: Stephan Elliott. With: Xavier Samuel, Kris Marshall, Kevin Bishop. 98mins. Cert: 15

[REC]3 Gnesis

Dir: Paco Plaza. With: Leticia Dolera, Diego Martin, Javier Botet. 80min. Cert: 18

Roll shaky handheld camera on the third instalment of Jaume Belaguer and Paco Plazas found-footage horror series, a prequel that trades the scratchy terror of its predecessors for hit-and-miss body shocks. This time a demonic virus has taken hold at the

Like Snakes on a Plane, this is a lm that seems content to sit back and let et the title do all the work the at direction does little to imbue the proceedings with any feeling of tension or surprise. An East End building development unearths an ancient zombie grave, unleashing an n undead plague. Our young supposed d heroes present a very tired and insulting version of cockneys thick, aggressive and dishonest; introduced as bankrobbers, they put the viewer instantly on the side of the zombies. Much more interesting ing and dignied are the older cast members in a besieged care home. Led by Alan Ford, there are some nice ce moments and some much-needed originality here, a highpoint being Richard Brierss rst encounter with h

This lm shows just how delicate a construct a good comedy can be. What must have seemed at some point in production to be charming i and hilarious arrives on screen as hi neither of those things. In a neithe clear attempt to merge Meet the a Parents with The Hangover, Parent Samuel drags his rather unappealing Samue and unlikable mates to Australia to un attend his wedding to a senators atten daughter. Cue plenty of welldaugh telegraphed gags with setups so teleg laborious and obvious that they labor deliver relief when they are deliv nal over, rather than laughs. nally Its full of events that are ridiculous f rather than actually funny, such as rathe the seemingly unending routine s involving a prized sheep and a invo misplaced bag of hard drugs. mispl Its all oddly low-energy, climaxing in scenes of almost oensively scen unearned emotion. PON unearn

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Reviews Pop
By Alexis Petridis

Second thoughts
The Vaccines want to show the world theyre a dierent band now. But they dont seem to have decided what kind yet

The Vaccines
Come of Age
SONY

Without hearing a note of their second album, you might already detect a new sense of purpose about the Vaccines. For one thing, theres the title. Their debut album slunk into the shops under the name What Did You Expect From the Vaccines?, an apologetic shrug amid a storm of hype. Here, instead, is a cocksure statement of condence and maturity. For another, theres the way they look now. Gone are their nondescript, preppy clothes, replaced by lank, centre-parted hair, skintight jeans and the kind of denim cut-o known to metal fans as a battle jacket. Its all presumably intended to communicate the same message expressed by vocalist Justin Young in a recent interview: We dont want to be an indie band any more, we want to be a rock band. Theres something charmingly gauche and gung-ho about signalling your new rock direction by dressing up like the front row of the Swindon Leisure Centre the night Saxons Strong Arm of the Law Tour 80 hit town; its like indicating your new album has a reggae inuence by insisting every member wear those fancy dress shop rasta hats with the fake dreadlocks attached. Still, the Vaccines new assurance and vaulting ambition seems a little hard to square with Come of Ages two singles, both of which nd Young agonising over his own shortcomings as a rock star. On the peppy Teenage Icon, he proclaims himself ordinary average out of shape with messy hair not magnetic. Opener No Hope, meanwhile, bus up the trebly sound found on their debut

Trying on other peoples styles the Vaccines

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AlunaGeorge - Your Drums, Your Love Another fantastic single from London duo: as before, a pop sensibility collides with weird electronics to startling eect

until it sounds suitably epic, while Young impersonates the poisonous, bug-eyed sneer Bob Dylan patented in the mid-60s: The whole thing feels like an exercise in trying to be someone I would rather not be. This is a funny thing to sing while youre audibly doing an impression of another artist. Maybe its a clever metatextual joke, or maybe Young just hasnt really thought it through; either way, you get the point about his discomfort as a frontman. It goes without saying that an awareness of your own shortcomings and a sense of unease are not characteristics betting a would-be rock god: it seems highly unlikely there were waves of self-doubt emanating from vocalist Bi Byford the night Saxons Strong Arm of the Law Tour 80 hit Swindon Leisure Centre. Nevertheless, its discomfort rather than condence that runs through Come of Age, a noticeably more tentative record than the Vaccines are talking it up to be. The sense of a band with ambitions to be something other than what they currently are is strong, but so is the sense that they havent really worked out what it is they want to be. Aside from the Dylan impersonation, there are tracks on which the Vaccines do that thing indie bands aiming for greater heaviness always do and write boring songs with ris but no tunes: maintaining a certain standard, the Vaccines boring songs with ris but no tunes are every bit as boring as the Arctic Monkeys boring songs with ris but no tunes. More successful are Aftershave Oceans stab at a Teenage

Fanclub jangle, and All in Vains attempt at classic 60s pop, complete with George Harrison-inspired slide guitar. Amid all the trying-on of other peoples styles, the most successful tracks are the ones that stick to what the Vaccines did on their debut, albeit in a slightly more opaque way. With lyrics in which Young imagines himself bewitching and enthralling all the boys, I Wish I Was a Girl attempts to conjure up an atmosphere of louche sexual ambiguity. On that level, its a failure it feels about as louche and sexually ambiguous as Gertcha by Chas and Dave but musically its terric: winding, crepuscular, decorated with spikes of Pixies-esque guitar. The dolorous twang of Weirdo is beautifully controlled, threatening to burst into something more direct, but never quite doing it. The closing Lonely World balances its anthemic ambitions against an o-kilter, trudging beat, a weird combination that somehow works. Come of Age isnt a bad album, but nor is it the swaggering bid for world domination its made out to be: its too confused and incoherent. But if it isnt going to propel them skywards, theres enough decent songs on it to keep the Vaccines ticking over in their current position. Given that their current position is as virtually the only new British alt-rock band to sell any albums, thats hardly a disaster, even if its clearly not what the Vaccines had in mind. But as someone listening to Justin Young agonizing about his inadequacies might gently suggest: sometimes you have to be content with what you are.

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Reviews Rock & Pop

Two Door Cinema Club


Beacon
KITSUNE

drink the pain away), but shes found a kind of peace. Dueting with fellow survivor Iggy Pop on Nothin But Time, she sings, as if to herself: Its up to you a sentiment that underlies the rest of this moving record. Caroline Sullivan

Too much anonymity Rita Ora

Two Door Cinema Clubs boisterous gigs belie the shy, understated young men on stage. Similarly, and like 2010s successful debut, Tourist History, Beacon combines uplifting electro pop with introspective, melancholy undercurrents. The likes of Wake Up, a cocktail of Delphic/Bloc Party electronics and youthful energy, explode with such enthusiasm you can almost hear the sound of curtains being hurled apart. However, Alex Trimbles vocals and lyrics are more delicate, with their new songs particularly reecting the loneliness of touring. Ill be home next year, he promises on opener Next Year, while the lovely Settle nds him ruefully pondering that This is not home. Next Years eeting Beach Boys/Beatles harmonies aside, there arent too many departures from what made them successful: radio-friendly songs with intricate little catchy bits which may nd new homes as advertising jingles. A path they havent explored is the ethereal frailty Trimble brought to Underworlds Olympic opening ceremony tune Calibans Dream, but Trimbles contention that Beacon takes us one step closer to the band weve dreamed of becoming suggests a work in progress. Dave Simpson

Jens Lekman
I Know What Love Isnt
SECRETLY CANADIAN

deprecation to his Morrissey-at voice. On this third album nothing quite matches the second track, Erica America, for subtlety, its delicately anguished lyric set to a lush, Richard Carpenter-style melody. Elsewhere, the fashionably tinny production and unending roster of failed romances and pretty girls names start to sound weirdly ippant. He says he set out to explore loves grey areas, but hes rather too stylised to get to the heart of the matter. Kate Mossman

Someone once compared Jens Lekman to the lmmaker Wes Anderson, for his sparkly artistic vision and his tendency to come over a bit twee. The 31-year-old Gothenburger is best known for combining autobiography with arch humour; he writes quizzical pop songs with arch titles (Rocky Dennis Farewell Song to the Blind Girl is about the guy from Mask) and hes got the kind of shrugging sadness that resonates deeply with the Brits, from his amusing self-

The Fresh & Onlys


Long Slow Dance
SOUTERRAIN TRANSMISSIONS

Cat Power
Sun
MATADOR

Though the word Sun seems to point backward, to the southern soul/blues of Cat Powers last studio album, The Greatest, it has nothing to do with Sun Studios. Rather, the name comes from the albums second track, an electronic swoon that acts as a mission statement: Here is the day/ We are free, you and me, and we can nally run. In the six years since The Greatest, Power has faced bankruptcy and the end of a relationship, but shes lived to ght another day, and this album is what she terms a rebirth. It is assuredly that. Guitars have been swapped for synths, beats are crisp and shes evidently on the road to sobriety and emotional recovery. Inevitably, theres rawness and relapses (the R&B chant 3,6,9 was written in the throes of a hangover, after a night of failing to

While Ty Segall, Thee Oh Sees, Mikal Cronin et al are busy establishing something of a new golden age for superfuzzed psych-rock in San Francisco, elsewhere in the city the sound of 1980s trenchcoat rock seems to be making an unexpected transatlantic comeback. Sleepy Suns recent album contained a fair few echo-laden tilts at early U2, and on their fourth fulllength, the Fresh & Onlys forge deeper into the shimmering, glassy indie sound theyve been working towards for some time. There are still shades of the more traditional, garagey sound of their hometown, too a surfy twang here; a pretty, paisley ourish there but its the gentle boom of Tim Cohens vocals, hovering at the border between melancholy and cheer, that make Long Slow Dance sound a bit more Cumbria than California. Theres airy, hilltop drama in the synths and piano that nestle behind the guitars, too, and on standout songs such as Presence of Mind and rollicking closer Yes Or No, enough songwriting smarts to make a somewhat unlikely stylistic journey well worth the trip. Tom Hughes

Rita Ora
Ora
ROC NATION

PHOTOGRAPH MICHAEL BOWLES/REX

Not many pop stars can they say they have duetted with Craig David, auditioned to represent the UK at Eurovision and signed a multimillion-pound deal with Jay-Zs Roc Nation. Unfortunately for Rita Ora, her backstory is the most interesting thing about her, with her debut feeling more like a collection of other peoples songs than a cohesive album. Rihannas inuence is all over it from the fact that the Drake-penned

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rst single, RIP, was originally written for her, to the employment of most of her recent collaborators (Stargate, The-Dream, will.i.am etc). But while Rihanna stamps her authority on her best songs, Rita often sounds a bit lost amongst the aggressive bravado (the Diplo-produced Facemelt) or modern self-empowerment numbers (Shine Ya Light, Roc the Life). The three No 1 singles RIP, How We Do (Party) and DJ Fresh collaboration Hot Right Now are all clear highlights, but the lilting Hello, Hi, Goodbye and the sleek, Siapenned Radioactive aside, theres just too much anonymity. Michael Cragg

Brother Ali
Mourning in America and Dreaming in Color
RHYMESAYERS

Idan Raichel for a series of improvised, largely instrumental pieces in which both musicians quietly extend their range. Raichel has become something of a hero across the Middle East for his adventurous fusion of Israeli, Arab and African themes, though his band, the Idan Raichel Project, sometimes veer towards classy global easy-listening. Here, he allows the African guitar hero to dominate many of the tracks, with Tour moving away from his driving, electric-guitar bluesrock style to concentrate on laid-back acoustic ris and improvised urries that at times echo the work of his legendary father, Ali Farka Tour. Raichel adds sensitive piano embellishments, and the duo are backed by insistent bass and calabash percussion, with added harmonica work and vocals from Ethiopian-Israeli singer Cabra Casey. Ideal for late-night listening or meditation. RD

While ostensibly an attempt to address contemporary social issues, this fourth album by Minnesotan white Muslim rapper Brother Ali is more clearly an exercise in nostalgia. The consequence may not be intended, but it turns out to be Mourning in Americas main strength. With production by Jake One thats heavy on the drum lls, horn ares and rolling piano hooks, you can occasionially mistake a song for latenoughties Jay-Z. Alis ow, meanwhile, is reminiscent of early Kanye or, better yet, Pharoahe Monch. Its melliuous and clear in its delivery, but this points up Alis limitations at the same time; the inexibility of his style and the limits of his vocabulary. As for the politics, the subjects may be job insecurity (Work Everyday) or sub-prime property (Fajr), but there is little in the way of insight that couldnt have been gleaned from the news, while specicity is usually ignored in favour of familiar generalisations. In this, Brother Ali sounds like even older hip-hop; the golden-age days when Five Percent Nation rappers were as common as club swag MCs today. Paul MacInnes

Ishmael Wadada Leo Smith


Ten Freedom Summers
CUNEIFORM RECORDS

Melliuous but limited Brother Ali just because of their extraordinary history. When I rst met them in Kinshasa three years ago, they were still rehearsing in a zoo, and surviving by selling cigarettes from their wheelchairs when they werent busking. They said they played rumba-blues because it was popular with European audiences. Now they are global stars, but as this new set proves, they are still distinctively Congolese musicians, matching Latin, African and funk inuences in songs that are both cheerfully infectious and thoughtful. The lyrics are moral and optimistic with warnings about begging, joining gangs or evil churchmen matched against songs about their own history while the music is consistently joyful, featuring guitars, seven lead vocalists, insistent percussion, and the remarkable wailing solos of Roger Landu on his home-made, single-string satonge, constructed around a tin can. Magnicent. Robin Denselow

STILL HOT

Sta Benda Bilili


Bouger Le Monde
CRAMMED DISCS

Election Special Ry Cooder Showing a side of Mitt Romney that he might not appreciate Contact Noisettes Frothy fun, as if that were a crime Ashes Kyla La Grange Parades End to Florence Welchs Downton?

The Tour-Raichel Collective


The Tel Aviv Sessions
CUMBANCHA

The worlds best-known band of paraplegic former street musicians are back, with a UK tour to coincide with the Paralympics, a Prom at the Albert Hall next week, and a second album providing further proof that they have succeeded because of their music, not

A gently mesmeric set in which the Malian guitarist Vieux Farka Tour teams up with Israeli keyboard player

Ishmael Wadada Leo Smith, the 70-year-old American trumpeter, composer and teacher, has spent more than three decades composing the four-and-a-half hours of music on this set, inspired by the freedom struggles of African-Americans since the 19th century. Smiths London appearances with local musicians this week have been all-improv encounters, but the huge work on these recordings (premiered in Los Angeles over three evenings last October) join the trumpeters exciting small band with pianist Anthony Davis, bassist John Lindberg and drummers Pheeroan akLa and Susie Ibarra, and Southeast Chamber Musics nine-piece classical ensemble. These variously spiky and solemn pieces shift through Miles Davis-like muted-horn slow-burns, a loose, Art Ensemble of Chicago feel on Thurgood Marshall and Brown v Board of Education (the titles often name key historical episodes), romantic classical strings swirls on Black Church, and rugged, almost swing episodes such as The Freedom Riders Ride. The jazz and classical groups play separately and sometimes merge, and though conventional themes or sustained pulses are mostly sidelined by the languages of free jazz and contemporary classical music, this epic lifes work is a landmark in jazzs rich canon. John Fordham

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Reviews Classical

Cage: Dream; The Wonderful Widow of Eighteen Springs; etc


Pschenitschnikova/ Lubimov
ECM

Schumann: Violin Concertos in D minor and A minor; Phantasie


Marwood/BBC Scottish SO/Boyd
HYPERION

As pianist Alexei Lubimov reveals in a short memoir included in the liner notes, the origins of this quietly haunting disc might be traced back to 1988, when John Cage visited Russia as part of the US delegation to the international contemporary music festival held in Leningrad. Lubimov and his contemporaries were already performing Cage, but a few weeks after that visit a ve-hour concert of his works was staged in Moscow involving a new generation of musicians, one of whom was the soprano Natalia Pschenitschnikova, who shares this disc of early songs and piano pieces with Lubimov. Their selection ranges from the Three Songs to words by Gertrude Stein of 1933, composed before Cage went to study with Schoenberg in Los Angeles, to pieces from the 1940s, such as the Joyce setting The Wonderful Widow of Eighteen Springs, as well as She Is Asleep, Cages only work for voice and prepared piano, and the unaccompanied Experiences 2, to a poem by EE Cummings. Between the songs come some of the early piano and prepared piano pieces often, like Meditation and The Unavailable Memory Of, and many of them composed for dances by Cages partner, Merce Cunningham. But what emerges most forcefully is the precision of Cages aural imagination. Nothing is generalised, and the performances by Lubimov and Pschenitschnikova take immense care over every nuance, without ever sacricing any of the sense of the musics shape.

drawn attention to his new Debussy recording, which neatly ts both books of piano preludes on to a single disc. As youd expect, Aimards accounts of the 24 pieces are technically impeccable, whether articulating every rhythmic detail in La Danse de Puck, or perfectly layering the chordal accumulations of La Cathdrale Engloutie, but there is something matter of fact about it all. Alongside Alexei Lubimovs recent revelatory ECM set on a piano of Debussys time, Aimards version seems very much an also-ran.

Technically impeccable Pierre-Laurent Aimard

Anthony Marwood is the latest violinist to go into bat on behalf of Schumanns late and much-criticised D minor Violin Concerto, a work that was completed in 1853, but withheld by Clara Schumann after her husbands death, and eventually performed in 1937. Theres little Marwood can do to disguise the shortcomings of the solo writing, or the repetitions of the nale, but he and the BBC Scottish Symphony go at it with a great deal of enthusiasm. The singlemovement Phantasie in C is more cogent and rewarding, while the Violin Concerto in A minor is a real curiosity the composers 1853 recasting of his Cello Concerto in the same key. The solo line tends to lie over the orchestral accompaniment rather than weaving its way through it, which does make the work seem less introspective than usual.

Suk: A Summers Tale; Prague


BBCSO/Belohlvek
CHANDOS

Elgar: The Apostles


Evans/Coote/Groves/ Imbrailo/Kempsters/ Sherratt/Hall Choir and O/Elder
(HALLE, TWO CDS)

Debussy: Preludes Books 1 & 2


Pierre-Laurent Aimard
DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON PHOTOGRAPH MARCO BORGGREVE

Pierre-Laurent Aimards muchpublicised recent claim in an interview with a German newspaper that Debussy is a greater composer than Wagner is by no means original it was also made in an inuential study of 20th-century music rst published in France in the 1960s. But presumably it must have

Mark Elder and the Hall have already made magnicent recordings of Elgars two other great oratorios, The Dream of Gerontius and The Kingdom, and like those, this new version of The Apostles is based upon a performance given at the Bridgewater Hall, Manchester, in May. Its hard to believe that this detailed account was sourced from a concert there is very little extraneous noise. Though The Apostles is usually regarded as inferior to The Kingdom, Elders performance has shown that, though the narrative thread is sometimes quite weak, the best of the score is top-quality Elgar. Its not a work that has been extensively recorded, but this joins two ne versions, conducted by Adrian Boult (EMI) and Richard Hickox (Chandos). Elder doesnt supersede them, but makes a choice that much more dicult.

A Summers Tale is one of three symphonic poems that Josef Suk composed in the wake of his great Asrael Symphony, which he had completed in 1906 as a memorial to his wife and to his father-in-law Dvor k. Jir Belohlvek and the BBC Symphony Orchestra made a ne recording of the second poem in the trilogy, Ripening, for Chandos two years ago, but A Summers Tale, rst performed in 1909, is more expansive work, in ve movements lasting about 55 minutes in this performance. The language is highly wrought late-romantic, with just occasional hints that Suk may have been aware of the musical world that Debussy had revealed and Suks models were presumably were Dvor ks late symphonic poems. But Suks eorts lack the conciseness and the dramatic instincts of his mentors: neither A Summers Tale nor Prague really justies its length, however sumptuous and grandiose the eects.
Reviews by Andrew Clements. To download or buy any reviewed CD, go to guardian.co.uk/ music/reviews or call 0330 333 6840.

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Reviews Television
INSTANT OUTRAGE

Your next box set Brideshead Revisited


Thirty years after Brideshead Revisited was rst broadcast on ITV, some questions remain unanswered. Why, after Sebastian threw up through Charless ground-oor Oxford college window, did the latter not clean up the mess but retire to bed, where the stench must surely have invaded his dreams? Were Oxford servants in the interwar years so in thrall to their oppressors that they could say of Lord Sebastian, as Lunt (the intolerably umble Bill Owens) does, the following day: Such an amusing young man. Pleasure to clean up for him, Im sure. Does a fetid air, for me, infuse the whole drama the suocatingly deferential class system, the airless orchid house of its quest-for-grace storyline, the rottenness at the heart of the English stately home Arcadia? I can answer that last question, at least: yes, yes, yes! That said, rent this 30th anniversary box set and maybe youll enjoy what I found and still nd insuerable. The TV series follows the novel as a bildungsroman with a framing device. Twenty years after he was bewitched by tragic lord Sebastian Flyte, younger son of the Marchmain dynasty, both at Oxford and at the posh blond gods country estate (Castle Howard in North Yorkshire serves well here), Captain Charles Ryder returns to the pile during the second world war after being unexpectedly billeted there. He recalls himself as a virgin undergraduate seduced by Sebastian from tweedy academia into the Marchmain familys ambit. Later, after being entangled in the Roman Catholic family members quests for spiritual redemption for the best part of two decades, he nds himself homeless, childless, middle-aged and loveless. But the quest for grace that spurred

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A week in radio Secrets shared


Elisabeth Mahoney

Evelyn Waugh is less captivating to viewers than the nostalgia for a lost, ostensibly better world. Long before Downton was a twinkle in Julian Fellowes eye, Charles Sturridge and John Mortimers adaptation of Waughs novel proselytised for the gilded charms of the landed gentry and doubtless provoked a similar spike in National Trust season-ticket sales. Brideshead has always been a problem to me, not least because I was at Oxford when it was rst screened. Thatcherism was hard enough to tolerate; worse were the wannabe Sebastians brandishing teddy bears and yucking up their enthusiasm for the English nobility of yore. Brideshead has a timely pop at the the Bullingdon club, whose beefy posh thugs chuck the amboyantly camp Anthony Blanche in an Oxford fountain for the twin crimes of being gay and of south European ancestry. Only a few years after this telly drama, such traditional undergraduate rites of passage were being performed by Cameron, Johnson and Osborne. This adaptation, I feel sure in my most bitter moments, helped Oxbridge dining society culture to thrive and gave our current rulers their as-yet-unsated taste for anti-egalitarian politics. Even if thats not true, its well worth watching Brideshead Revisited with that idea in mind. Stuart Jeries

Anthony Andrews and Jeremy Irons in Brideshead Revisited. Below: Debbie Daniels knows all her husbands secrets

It was, Jane Garvey suggested, a little bit of radio history. On Monday, Radio 4 and Radio 5 Live joined forces: Womans Hour and Mens Hour shared a 45-minute slot co-hosted by Jane Garvey and Tim Samuels. The two networks make unlikely bedfellows they might struggle to chat sitting next to each other at a dinner party but Garvey was there as a bridge, well known to listeners of both. The programmes theme was secrets. Garvey and Samuels shared theirs, which predictably werent earth-shattering: Garvey cant use chopsticks and Samuels is having laser treatment to remove hair from his back. But there were more powerful stories of lives shaped or changed by secrets. These came mostly in womens contributions in what felt like the Womans-Hour parts of the programme: lengthy interviews with women talking about family secrets (a murder), hiding your sexuality, or discovering that you are adopted. Joan talked about the latter, nding out as her adopted mother died. I was bereaved of my mother and my identity, she said. What stung more, she explained, was gradually realising that everyone else in her life knew: It was only a secret from me. Cath described living two lives, as a married heterosexual woman and also a lesbian. It was what my mother wanted, she said, trying to explain how she could live a lie. She and a female friend would pretend to go shopping every Saturday, renting a room instead. Nobody guessed: They didnt even realise we didnt have any shopping. The mens contributions were less moving overall: shorter, lighter and in one instance downright odd. Magician Paul Daniels talked about secrets or in fact the lack of them between him and his wife Debbie. He would tell her any tricks she wanted to know about, he said breezily, and they are open about everything. This ended with a big reveal (Debbie was shopping for bathroom xtures and ttings), and was a reminder that, as well as radio history, the programme was also a bit of bank-holiday fun.

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his is not a good day for John Paul Rocksavage, the good cop played by Warren Brown in Good Cop (BBC1). Well he wakes up in Liverpool for a start ... hey, cmon, I dont mean that, Im not going to have to go there to apologise, am I? I mean Id love to, some of my best friends are scousers, its one of my favourite cities. And it looks beautiful in a north-west kind of way in Stephen Butchards brooding four-part police drama, like Manchester did in Cracker ... Anyway, moving (swiftly) back to John Pauls bad day. While out on his morning run along the beach he bumps into a meaningful ex. Shes with her (their?) daughter, he wants to chat, the ex isnt interested. Then John Paul has an unpleasant encounter with a thug called Finch (terrifyingly played by Stephen Graham) in a cafe, who snarls: The next copper I see on his own, Im going to hammer him. To work then, and John Pauls rst job of the day is a tragedy, a cot death. A patronising CID ocer turns up to add whatever the opposite of icing to the cake is. Shit to the shit? Theres just time for a Skype chat with his old dad, whos sick and bedridden and has tubes coming out of his nose, before JP along with partner and best mate Andy are called to a disturbance at a house. Turns out its probably no accident that the terrifying thug Finch is there, with his gang of henchmen, and he carries out his earlier threat. Its not John Paul but Andy who gets hammered, and battered, an attack so shockingly vicious I found it impossible to watch. Andy is left ghting for his life. And thats not the end of it. John Paul later goes back to the house, nds a gun, Finch turns up, JP shoots him dead. Its hard not to cheer, until you realise what that means: that Graham wont be appearing in the the rest of Good Cop. Thats one big loss; he

Nothing ash Warren Brown as John Paul Rocksavage in Good Cop me. Racists. Though to be fair you can probably get away with a tea leaf in a cop show. Its good. Not perhaps as deeply absorbing as The Killing or The Bridge; Im not as involved with John Paul to that extent. I like the fact that hes just an ordinary bobby on the beat though, nothing special or ash. That hes awed. All the police are Andy is a sexist knob (though still probably doesnt deserved his hammering). Theres a nice sense of foreboding hanging over it. Charlie Brooker would see plenty of cop show cliches here. The rain, and the urban grime; the troubled protagonist burdened by the weight of his backstory and personal life; the good cop who turns out not to be so good etc. But truth is, a totally true-to-life police drama would probably be mainly about paperwork. Quite mundane Which is what British Cycling: The Road to Glory (Sky Atlantic) was. This could have done with a few sports -documentary cliches (whatever they are), a bit more of the drama of the race, rivalries, personalities, something, anything, to liven it up. What it really needed in fact was someone from outside Sky to be involved, rather than a programme for a TV company about a sports team sponsored by that TV company. The result is basically a corporate video, about a bunch of guys with laptops, talking management speak. Youve got to be thinking on the solution side and not on the problem side, says Dave Brailsford, Mr British Cycling. You can think so much about a problem. Lets think: right, whats the way forwards? Then he gives us an exclusive look at his diary, at the meetings hes got coming up in the next few days. And reveals the number of emails he currently has in his inbox: 195.

Last night's TV Rejection, violence, sickness Good Cop is having a very bad day y

By Sam Wollaston
really is a very good actor, the standout performance, a mesmerising if terrifying presence. Oh, and Andy dies, in hospital. OK, so were into the next day now, but still thats a fairly full-on 48 hours for poor John Paul. Rejection, humiliation, tragic death, sickness, savage violence, lethal shooting, tragic death. Plus its pouring with rain the whole time. They really are laying on the opposite of icing thick. Its almost Scandinavian in its bleakness. A new genre perhaps, north-west noir? The only respite to the misery comes when John Paul takes his top o to reveal pecs that only come from being a Thai-boxing champion (which Warren Brown is). And a comedy encounter with a comedy-scouser car thief. Hey, they put him in there, not

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Pop quiz: what famous question is Kristin Shepherd the answer to? Clue: next Wednesday, Channel 5.

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TV and radio

Film of the day The Departed (9pm, More4) Martin Scorseses remake of Infernal Aairs is a wonderfully brash and violent mob opera, Leonardo DiCaprio going undercover to ensnare Jack Nicholson

BBC1
6.0pm BBC News (S) 6.30 Regional News (S)

BBC2
6.0pm Eggheads (S) 6.30 Celebrity MasterChef (S) The contestants nd out who has reached the next round. 7.0 Hidcote: A Garden For All Seasons (S) (AD) Behind the scenes of Hidcote Manor Garden in Gloucestershire, regarded as the epitome of the English country garden.

ITV1
6.0pm Local News (S) 6.30 ITV News (S)

Channel 4
6.30pm Hollyoaks (S) (AD) A surprise visitor at the McQueens has advice for Michaela.

Cash Britain, BBC1

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Cash Britain 7.30pm, BBC1
If you were for some reason in any doubt that the nancial crisis has consequences for individuals, here is the documentary series to put you straight. Focused around a pawnbrokers a business one imagines as pretty much the same in boom times and bust the show meets the shops customers, ranging from the relatively wealthy (a factory owner hocking diamonds to avoid laying o sta ) to those at the sharp end of things (a woman seeking to pay o a high-interest loan before the waters close over her head). John Robinson Fords novels continues: he is so dutiful and decent that its hard for anyone to match his standards, let alone an unfaithful partner. The HBO star power can be distracting, but its compelling nonetheless. Jonathan Wright

7.0 The One Show (S) Chris Evans and Alex Jones host the live magazine. 7.30 Cash Britain (S) New six-part series following a family-run pawnbrokers and the stories behind some of items handed in. 8.0 EastEnders (S) (AD) Sharon and Tanya argue. 8.30 Miranda (R) (S) (AD) Miranda decides to give waitressing a go. Repeat of the rst series of Miranda Harts sitcom.

7.0 Emmerdale (S) (AD) Ashley has bad news for his children. 7.30 Uefa Super Cup Live (S) Champions League winners Chelsea take on Europa League cup holders Atletico Madrid. Kicko is at 7.45.

7.0 Channel 4 News (S) 7.30 Paralympic Games 2012 (S) Clare Balding and Ade Adepitan introduce coverage of athletics, wheelchair basketball, swimming, judo and archery.

8.0 Mastermind (S) Specialist subjects include Shakespeares comedies, Duran Duran and the Shipping Forecast. 8.30 Gardeners World (S) Advice on perennial plant seeds and box plant problems. 9.0 Parades End (S) (AD) Despite a public reunion, Christopher and Sylvias relationship troubles continue in private. Benedict Cumberbatch and Rebecca Hall star.

Cropredy 2012 9pm, Sky Arts 1


Highlights from the UKs friendliest festival, held in the small Oxfordshire village that gives the event its name. This years headliners, as ever, are Fairport Convention, as well as former founder Richard Thompson and chip o the old block, his daughter Kami, who with her squeeze James Walbourne makes up the fabulous Dead Flamingoes. Talking of Squeeze, Cropredy also welcomes Glenn Tilbrook and Chris Diord, whose songs of love and strife ought to mist the eyes of at least two generations present. Ali Catterall

9.0 In With The Flynns (S) Liams attempt at being a personal trainer goes awry. 9.30 Mrs Browns Boys (R) (S) Dermot and Maria prepare for their new arrival with a robotic baby. 10.0 BBC News (S) 10.25 Regional News And Weather (S) 10.35 Would I Lie To You? (R) (S) Rob Brydon hosts as Greg Davies, Konnie Huq, Phil Tufnell and Marcus Brigstocke join David Mitchell and Lee Mack. 11.05 Come Fly With Me (R) (S) (AD) FlyLo passengers are delayed on a ight to Malaga. 11.35 The National Lottery (S) 11.45 EastEnders (S) (AD) Omnibus edition.

Parades End 9pm, BBC2


In wife Sylvias estimation, Christopher Tietjens is both a paragon of honourable behaviour and the cruellest man I know. Shes got a point, which is what makes him so fascinating as the adaptation of Ford Madox

10.0 QI (R) (S) Guests David Mitchell, Rob Brydon, Sandi Toksvig and Alan Davies join quiz host Stephen Fry. 10.30 Newsnight (S) Presented by Mishal Husain.

10.10 ITV News (S) 10.40 Local News (S) 10.45 Stay Alive (William Brent Bell, 2006) (S) Feeble teen horror starring Jon Foster and Samaire Armstrong.

10.30 The Last Leg With Adam Hills (S) The comedian presents an alternative review of the days Paralympics action.

11.0 The Review Show At The Edinburgh Festival (S) Kirsty Wark and guests review Zadie Smiths new novel. 11.50 Reading Festival Highlights (S) Including the Cure and the Maccabees.
Concert. Barry Douglas completes the LSO St Lukes Beethoven Piano Sonata cycle by performing the composers Piano Sonata No 25 in G; and No 29 in B at (Hammerklavier). (R) 2.0 Afternoon On 3. From Londons Royal Albert Hall, the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and associate guest conductor Andrew Manze perform Vaughan Williams Symphonies Nos 4, 5 and 6. (R) 4.30 In Tune. Sean Raerty welcomes guests including conductor Riccardo Chailly, who brings the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra to the Proms with performances of Mendelssohn, Messiaen and Mahler. 7.0 BBC Proms 2012. In their second Prom live from the Royal Albert Hall, the Berliner Philharmoniker, conducted by Simon Rattle, perform pieces by Brahms and Lutosawski. 9.30 A Symphony For Detroit. Petroc Trelawny presents a portrait of Detroit seen through its world-class orchestra, playing again after a six-month strike. (R) 10.15 BBC Proms 2012. Live from the Royal Albert Hall, the London premiere of guitarist Martin Taylor and conductor Guy Barkers joint work The Spirit of Django. 11.30 World On 3. Mary Ann Kennedy presents a session by American folk singer Tom Paley, best known as a member of the New Lost City Ramblers, whom Bob Dylan once cited as a great inuence. 1.0 Through The Night. Including music by Biber, Ana Milosavljevic, Skroup, Bartok, Handel, Jordi Cervello, Vaughan Williams, Dvorak, Martinu, Granados,

11.15 Alan Carrs Summertime Specstacular 2 (R) (S) The comedian celebrates the Olympics with guests including Jonathan Ross, Tulisa, Keith Lemon, Mo Farah and Greg Rutherford.
Reutter, Elgar, Rachmaninov, Spohr and Telemann.

Radio
Radio 3
90.2-92.4 MHz
6.30 Breakfast. With Petroc Trelawny. 9.0 Essential Classics. With Rob Cowan. Including the Essential CD of the Week by Szymon Goldberg and the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra, Artist of the Week Andres Segovia and guest Paul Bailey. 11.0 Edinburgh International Festival 2012. Live from the Queens Hall, violinist Richard Tognetti directs the Australian Chamber Orchestra in an eclectic programme of works by CPE Bach, Scelsi, Grieg and Peteris Vasks. 1.0 Radio 3 Lunchtime

Radio 4

92.4-94.6 MHz; 198kHz


6.0 Today. With Evan Davis and John Humphrys. 9.0 The Reunion. Sue MacGregor reunites ve Asians who were expelled from Uganda in 1972. (R) 9.45 (LW) Act Of Worship. Led by Andrew Graystone. 9.45 (FM) Book of the Week: Leonardo And The Last Supper. By Ross King. Abridged and produced by Jane Marshall. 10.0 Womans Hour. With Jenni Murray. 11.0 Missing, Presumed. Part two of two. Eorts to locate children who have disappeared. 11.30 Beauty of Britain. By Christopher Douglas and

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Full TV listings For comprehensive programme details see the Guardian Guide every Saturday or go to tvlistings.guardian.co.uk/

Channel 5
6.0pm Andy Bates Street Feasts (R) (S) Andy visits a farmers market in Edinburgh. 6.30 5 News (S)

BBC3

BBC4

More4
6.25pm Paralympic Games (S) Clare Balding and Ade Adepitan present coverage of swimming nals and athletics.

Atlantic
6.0pm ER (R) Benton is in for a surprise, and Carter struggles to return to normality.

Other channels
E4 6.0pm The Big Bang Theory. Sheldon and Penny fall out over a game of paintball. 6.30 The Big Bang Theory. The pals try to start a conversation with a sci- star. 7.0 Hollyoaks. Esther and Ruby dread their rst day of college. 7.30 How I Met Your Mother. Marshall and Lily elope. 8.0 The Big Bang Theory. Leonard confronts a bully from his past. 8.30 2 Broke Girls. Max persuades Caroline to join her in a drug trial. 9.0 My Stepmother Is An Alien. Sci- comedy, with Kim Basinger. 11.10 Revenge. Emily and Daniel prepare to celebrate their engagement. Film4 7.10pm Bedazzled. Fantasy comedy remake, starring Brendan Fraser. 9.0 Die Hard 4.0. Action thriller sequel, starring Bruce Willis. 11.30 The Final Destination. Horror sequel, starring Bobby Campo. FX 6.0pm Leverage. The Leverage team tries to con a corrupt ght promoter. 7.0 NCIS. A marines wife kills an intruder. 8.0 NCIS. Tony disappears during an undercover operation. 9.0 NCIS. Tonys father is found inside a car with a dead body in the boot. 10.0 Falling Skies. Tom is reunited with his old mentor Professor Arthur Manchester. 11.0 Family Guy. Brian and Stewie embark on an epic journey. 11.30 Family Guy. Peter searches for his real father. 12.0 American Dad! Stan prays to God for a new friend. ITV2 6.0pm The Jeremy Kyle Show USA. The host takes his successful talk-show stateside. 7.0 Peter Andres Bad Boyfriend Club. Two more men are given makeovers. 8.0 Youve Been Framed Rides Again! Compilation show. 9.0 Mamma Mia! Musical comedy, starring Meryl Streep. 11.15 Take Me Out. An athlete, a farmer and a rock musician take part. Sky1 6.0pm The Simpsons. Marge rediscovers her air for art. 6.30 Futurama. Leela faces a dicult choice. 7.0 The Simpsons. Lisa develops a crush on a teacher. 7.30 Raising Hope. Burts wealthy And Johnny Onion 4.0 A Bunch of Fives 4.15 Perfect Timing 5.0 No Commitments 5.30 The Young Postmen

7.0 Frontline Police (R) (S) Rav Wilding joins ocers as they search a suspected drug dealers at.

7.0pm Doctor Who (R) (S) (AD) The Doctor nds himself in the middle of the second world war where two evacuees and their mother need help.

7.0pm World News Today (S) 7.30 BBC Proms 2012 (S) Martyn Brabbins leads the BBCSO and Chorus and the London Philharmonic Choir in Herbert Howells Hymnus Paradisi and Elgars First Symphony.

7.30 Gok Cooks Chinese (R) (S) Gok Wan prepares some of his favourite family recipes, including pork and ginger soup, braised tofu on a spring onion omelette and dragon scallops in burning oil sauce. 8.0 Grand Designs (R) (S) (AD) Kevin McCloud meets Daren Howarth and Adi Nortje, who are using ideas pioneered in 1970s New Mexico to build a home made from recycled materials.

7.0 House (R) As the team ghts to keep Amber alive after the crash, an amnesic House tries to remember a vital symptom he saw before the accident.

Trollied, Sky 1
parents spend Thanksgiving with the Chances. 8.0 The Simpsons. Homer and Marge try to save their marriage. 8.30 The Simpsons. With the guest voice of Sacha Baron Cohen. 9.0 Trollied. New series. Gavin is promoted to head oce. 9.30 Trollied. Lorraine unveils a new line of products that leaves Julie unimpressed. 10.0 A Touch Of Cloth. Spoof crime drama, by Charlie Brooker. 12.0 An Idiot Abroad. Karl Pilkington visits Machu Picchu in Peru. Sky Arts 1 6.0pm Video Killed The Radio Star. Bob Geldof discusses the Boomtown Rats music videos. 6.30 Suggs Italian Job. The singer takes a ride on a Vespa. 7.0 Architecture School. Tensions rise as the project falls behind schedule. 7.30 Virgin Virtuosos. Keith Allen tries to re-create a work by Canaletto. 8.0 All You Need Is Love. Producer Sam Phillips recalls how he discovered Elvis Presley. 9.0 Cropredy 2012. Featuring Fairport Convention, Squeeze and Joan Armatrading. 10.30 Seasick Steve At Isle Of Wight 2011. The American blues musicians performance. 11.0 Oasis Live At The City Of Manchester Stadium. The bands 2005 homecoming gig. TCM 6.55pm Monte Walsh. Western, starring Lee Marvin. 9.0 Collateral Damage. Action thriller, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger. 11.05 Batman Returns. Comicbook adventure sequel, starring Michael Keaton.

8.0 Ice Road Truckers: Deadliest Roads (S) Lisa Kelly and GW Boles nd themselves on a hairraising route of narrow tunnels and crumbling clis in the Peruvian Andes.

8.0 Great Movie Mistakes 2011: Not In 3D (R) (S) Robert Webb counts down the most memorable movie mishaps of last years blockbusters.

8.0 Blue Bloods (R) (S) (AD) Danny spends a romantic weekend with Linda while keeping one eye on an investigation.

9.0 Celebrity Big Brother: Live Eviction (S) Brian Dowling reveals which celebrity will be the fourth contestant to leave the house.

9.0 The Comedy Marathon Spectacular (S) Chris Ramsey and Jameela Jamil present highlights of this years eight-hour comedy marathon, the rst to be held at the Edinburgh Fringe. 10.0 The Tape Face Tapes (S) Sketches and stand-up by silent comedian The Boy with Tape on His Face. 10.30 EastEnders (R) (S) (AD) Sharon and Tanya argue.

9.30 Imagine (R) (S) Paul Simon recalls the making of his groundbreaking 1986 album Graceland, and returns to South Africa to reunite with musicians who played on the record.

9.0 The Departed (Martin Scorsese, 2006) (S) (AD) Gripping mobster thriller starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon and Jack Nicholson.

9.0 Blue Bloods (R) (S) (AD) Things turn violent when a security team prevents Jamie and Renzulli from entering a church.

10.30 Celebrity Big Brothers Bit On The Side (S) Emma Willis and her panel are joined by the latest evicted housemate.

10.0 Boardwalk Empire (R) (S) (AD) Nucky springs a surprise on his enemies at a Memorial Day service. Eli questions his allegiances and Jimmy is taught a painful lesson.

11.20 The Bachelor (S) Spencer Matthews takes the two remaining contestants on individual dates before revealing the winner. Last in the series.

11.0 Bad Education (R) (S) (AD) A new game has a bad eect on the pupils. 11.30 Family Guy (R) (S) Peter injures his hand in an accident. 11.50 Family Guy (R) (S) Lois becomes a sex education teacher.
Australian writer Ken Welshs 1971 travel guide. 4.0 (FM) Last Word. 4.30 (FM) Feedback. Listeners views. 5.0 (FM) PM. With Eddie Mair. 5.57 (LW) Live International One-Day Cricket. England v South Africa. 5.57 (FM) Weather 6.0 (FM) Six OClock News 6.30 (FM) Chain Reaction. Caitlin Moran interviews Jennifer Saunders. Last in the series. 7.0 (FM) The Archers. Vicky struggles to cope. 7.15 (FM) Front Row. An interview with tenor Ale Boe. 7.45 (FM) Craven. By Amelia Bullmore. 8.0 (FM) Any Questions? From Hebden Bridge. 8.50 (FM) A Point of View. With John Gray.

11.0 Paul Simon: Live At Webster Hall, New York (R) (S) A June 2011 concert by the singer, featuring songs including The Obvious Child, Kodachrome and Gone at Last.

11.55 Embarrassing Bodies (R) (S) Revisiting patients from previous shows, including a woman who needed major dental work.

11.05 The Wire (R) (S) Avon refuses to take Stringers advice about a truce with Marlo, and Brother Mouzone returns on a mission of revenge.

Collateral Damage, TCM


Today 4.50 Witness 5.0 World Brieng 5.30 World Business Report 6.0 World Have Your Say 7.0 World Brieng 7.30 Scotts Legacy 7.50 From Our Own Correspondent 8.0 News 8.06 The BBC Africa Debate 9.0 Newshour 10.0 World Brieng 10.30 World Business Report 11.0 World Brieng 11.30 The Strand 11.50 Sports News 12.0 World Brieng 12.30 World Football 1.0 World Brieng 1.30 World Business Report 1.50 From Our Own Correspondent 2.0 News 2.06 HARDtalk 2.30 World Football 3.0 World Brieng 3.30 The Strand 3.50 Witness 4.0 News 4.06 Assignment 4.30 Scotts Legacy 4.50 From Our Own Correspondent 5.0 World Brieng 5.20 Sports News 5.30 The 5th Floor

Nicola Sanderson. 12.0 News 12.04 You And Yours. 12.45 The New Elizabethans. Prole of Scottish politician Alex Salmond. 12.57 Weather 12.59 (LW) Live International One-Day Cricket. England v South Africa. 1.0 (FM) The World At One. Presented by James Robbins. 1.45 (FM) Poetic Justice. Mr Gee investigates neighbourhood rivalries in Edinburgh. Last in the series. 2.0 (FM) The Archers. David and Ruth make plans. (R) 2.15 (FM) Afternoon Drama: The Benet of Time. By Terri-Ann Brumby. (R) 3.0 (FM) Gardeners Question Time. The panel answers queries in Norfolk. 3.45 (FM) Hitch-Hikers Guide To Europe. New series. Mark Little celebrates

9.0 Friday Drama: Freud: The Case Histories. Conclusion. By Sigmund Freud, dramatised by Deborah Levy. (R) 9.59 Weather 10.0 The World Tonight. With Robin Lustig. 10.45 Book At Bedtime: Pure. By Andrew Miller. Abridged by Jeremy Osborne. 11.0 Great Lives. Comedienne Natalie Haynes champions Roman poet Juvenal. (R) 11.30 Radio 4 Extras Comedy Club: On The Hour. Spoof news show, with Chris Morris. (R) 12.0 News And Weather 12.30 Book of the Week: Leonardo And The Last Supper. By Ross King. Abridged and produced by Jane Marshall. (R) 12.48 Shipping Forecast

Radio 4 Extra
Digital only
6.0 Sherlock Holmes With Carleton Hobbs 6.30 Rogue Male 7.0 The Young Postmen 7.30 Whats So Funny? With Ed Byrne 8.0 The Navy Lark 8.30 The Burkiss Way 9.0 Hazelbeach 9.30 Whispers 10.0 Five Summers And Johnny Onion 11.0 A Bunch Of Fives 11.15 Perfect Timing 12.0 The Navy Lark 12.30 The Burkiss Way 1.0 Sherlock Holmes With Carleton Hobbs 1.30 Rogue Male 2.0 Ladies Of Letters Log On 2.15 This Sceptred Isle 2.30 Book At Beachtime: EM Forsters A Passage To India 2.45 A Life of Chekhov 3.0 Five Summers And Johnny Onion

4.0 The 4 OClock Show 5.0 No Commitments 5.30 The Young Postmen 6.0 Journey Into Space 6.30 Doctor Who and the Creature from the Pit 7.0 The Navy Lark 7.30 The Burkiss Way 8.0 Sherlock Holmes With Carleton Hobbs 8.30 Rogue Male 9.0 A Bunch Of Fives 9.15 Perfect Timing 10.0 Comedy Club: Whats So Funny? With Ed Byrne 10.30 Nigel And Earl Sort Out The World 11.0 This Is Craig Brown 11.15 Date With Fate 11.30 On The Hour 12.0 Journey Into Space 12.30 Doctor Who and the Creature From The Pit 1.0 Sherlock Holmes With Carleton Hobbs 1.30 Rogue Male 2.0 Hazelbeach 2.30 Whispers 3.0 Five Summers

World Service

Digital and 198 kHz after R4


8.30 Business Daily 8.50 From Our Own Correspondent 9.0 News 9.06 HARDtalk 9.30 The Strand 9.50 Witness 10.0 World Update 11.0 World Brieng 11.30 Science In Action 11.50 From Our Own Correspondent 12.0 World Have Your Say 12.30 Business Daily 12.50 Sports News 1.0 News 1.06 HARDtalk 1.30 World Football 2.0 Newshour 3.0 World Brieng 3.30 The Strand 3.50 From Our Own Correspondent 4.0 News 4.06 HARDtalk 4.30 Sport

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Puzzles

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Quick crossword no 13,202


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Sudoku no 2,280
Hard. Fill the grid so that each row, column and 3x3 box contains the numbers 1-9. Printable version at guardian.co.uk/sudoku
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Solution to no 2,279
6 9 7 8 5 4 3 2 1 1 8 2 9 6 3 4 7 5 4 3 5 7 2 1 6 9 8 9 5 6 3 1 7 8 4 2 8 1 3 2 4 9 5 6 7 2 7 4 5 8 6 9 1 3 5 4 8 1 9 2 7 3 6 3 2 9 6 7 8 1 5 4 7 6 1 4 3 5 2 8 9

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Medium. Fill in the grid so that each run of squares adds up to the total in the box above or to the left. Use only numbers 1-9, and never use a number more than once per run (a number may recur in the same row, in a separate run). Printable version at guardian. co.uk/kakuro
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Across
1 Police station (3,4) 8 Lift (7) 9 (Dough made with) cornmeal (7) 10 Covered with hair (7) 11 Firecracker (5) 13 Explanation interpretation (9) 15 Electrical device in an internalcombustion engine (5,4) 18 Salted n vinegared item? (5) 21 (US) aircraft carrier cropped haircut (4-3) 22 Caterer (anag) (7) 23 Lively movement, usually in 3/4 time (7) 24 Guess (the future) (7)

14 Chooses (4) 15 Most secure (6) 16 Indierence lack of interest (6) 17 Computer (6) 19 Native of Basra, perhaps (5) 20 Fold in a skirt (5)
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1 Manages (5) 2 Rice seasoned with spices and cooked with meat or vegetables (5) 3 Skidding manoeuvre in a car (9,4) 4 Female bird (with a proud partner?) (6) 5 Graph of educational progression? (8,5) 6 Dog resembling a greyhound (6) 7 Sea between Greece and Turkey (6) 12 Quick witty remark (4)

Solution no 13,201
B O N P U S S K A I J I U M A P E P R U L A P P P D R A A G S Q U D E E E N E V O Y L U S M T E R A W W E I G R D D O A R E O V E A R B D V E J E L L Y B E A N R P A Y F R E E Z E
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Solution no 1306
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