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28 July 2017

Episode 532

45 minutes


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Ben Rylan is joined in the studio by Toby Earle, TV editor for ‘London Live’, and Matt Wolf, theatre critic for ‘The New York Times International Edition’, to find out what’s on the small screen and the stage this week. Plus: we head to Amsterdam to discover the city’s only Arabic bookshop and we meet a duo who have set out to demystify contemporary art.

28 July 2017

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Chapter 1

TV review: Toby Earle

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Toby Earle, TV editor for ‘London Live’, reviews the new series of the BBC’s ‘Top of the Lake’ and Netflix comedy-drama ‘Friends From College’.

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Pages, Amsterdam

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Tucked away on one of the grand canals of Amsterdam is Pages bookstore, the city’s only Arabic bookshop and the brainchild of Syrian publisher Samer al-Kadri. This is a place where you can find works by Egyptian writer Naguib Mahfouz in his original language, or even an Arabic version of Disney classic ‘Frozen’. We find out more.

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Theatre review: Matt Wolf

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Matt Wolf, theatre critic for ‘The New York Times International Edition’ discusses two London stage productions: Sienna Miller and Jack O’Connell in Tennessee Williams’s ‘Cat on a Hot Tin Roof’ at the Apollo and a new play based on songs by Bob Dylan, ‘Girl From The North Country’ at the Old Vic.

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Who’s Afraid of Contemporary Art?

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Have you ever wandered around a contemporary-art gallery and had the feeling that you have no idea what you’re looking at and what it is supposed to mean? Well a new book might just be the companion you need. ‘Who’s Afraid of Contemporary Art?’ aims to demystify the genre so that it can be enjoyed by anyone, as authors and curators Kyung An and Jessica Cerasi tell Holly Fisher.

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The global countdown: Uruguay

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Fernando Augusto Pacheco is back in the studio with Ben Rylan to count down the top five singles in Uruguay this week.

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