In this week's programme presented by KIRSTY WARK:
Film: THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA
Book: PETER PAN IN SCARLET
TV: ROBIN HOOD
Art: USA TODAY and THE TURNER PRIZE
THIS WEEK'S PANEL:
Antonia Fraser | Meredith Etherington-Smith |
Mark Kermode | Mark Bolland
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The Devil Wears Prada
In 2003, ex Vogue employee Lauren Weisberger climbed to the top of the bestseller lists with her debut novel The Devil Wears Prada.
It's the story of young, aspiring journalist Andy Sachs who gets a coveted job working as a personal assistant to a powerful fashion magazine editor.
The job turns increasingly hellish as she struggles to keep up with her boss's capricious and demeaning requests.
New York fashionistas were taken with the idea that boss Miranda Priestly was based on Vogue editor Anna Wintour although Weisberger has denied this.
The film adaptation is directed by David Frankel whose work includes episodes of Sex in the City and Entourage.
Anne Hathaway takes the role of Andy but the star of the show is Meryl Streep as the ice queen editor.
THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA IS ON GENERAL RELEASE
Peter Pan in Scarlet
By Geraldine McCaughrean
In 1924, JM Barrie gifted the copyright on his much loved play, Peter Pan, and best selling novel, Peter Pan and Wendy, to Great Ormond Street Children's Hospital.
The adventures of Peter, Captain Hook, the Lost Boys and the Darling children in Neverland have inspired spin off tales ranging from the kid friendly film Hook to Alan Moore's pornographic novel Lost Girls.
In 2004 the Hospital decided to sanction an authorised sequel to the work and ran a competition among authors for the job of creating it.
Geraldine McCaughrean, author of over a hundred works for children and winner of dozens of literary awards, came away the victor.
A century after we were first introduced to Peter, Wendy and the Lost Boys, in Peter Pan in Scarlet McCaughrean presents us with a darkened Neverland 20 years on from Barrie's work, where the problems of the outside world, in particular the Great War, have seeped into the fantasy world.
Wendy and the Lost Boys, now grown up with families of their own, are plagued by dreams calling them back to their childhood playground where the Wonderful Boy Pan is undergoing a strange transformation.
McCaughrean captures Barrie's style while injecting her own poetry - will Pan afficionados be satisfied?
PETER PAN IN SCARLET IS PUBLISHED BY OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS, WITH PROCEEDS GOING TO GREAT ORMAND STREET HOSPITAL
Remade many times, the tale of Robin Hood receives its latest treatment as a BBC ONE primetime drama, in an attempt to update the popular legend for all the family.
Newcomer Jonas Armstrong takes the lead role alongside Keith Allen, as the Sheriff of Nottingham; and Lucy Griffiths, as Marian. The series will chronicle Robin Hood fighting the authority of the evil Sheriff of Nottingham with scams, disguises, tricks, archery and swordplay.
The programme received an unintentional puff of publicity this summer, when the programme tapes were stolen from the filming location of Budapest. Despite the production re-shooting a number of scenes, the tapes were eventually returned.
EPISODE ONE OF ROBIN HOOD IS ON BBC ONE ON SATURDAY, 7 OCTOBER AT 7.05PM
Royal Academy of Arts
USA TODAY is an exhibition featuring new work from The Saatchi Gallery by a group of young American artists, together with other young artists who have moved from Europe, Asia, Africa and other parts of the world to work in the United States.
The subjects of these recently made art works, most of which are no more than two years old, focus on the artists' views of world events and America's place in global society.
Pyromaniac by Josephine Meckseper
It is intended to be the first showcase for an exciting new wave of talent emerging in the US. Over 150 new works of art are featured including paintings, sculptures and photographs.
In 1997 The Saatchi Gallery and the Royal Academy of Arts presented Sensation, an exhibition showcasing the stars of the Young British Art movement, which included talents such as Tracey Emin and Damien Hirst.
It received record numbers of visitors. Since then Charles Saatchi feels that new British Art has lost its edge, and he is focussing on the States where he feels the emerging talent lies:
"The era of Damien, the Chapmans and Sarah Lucas has had its golden age. I used to buy lots, but in the past five years I haven't. This year I've bought one artist out of Goldsmiths, nothing from Chelsea. America is now as exciting as Britain was in the early Nineties."
USA TODAY IS AT THE ROYAL ACADEMY OF ARTS UNTIL 4 NOVEMBER 2006
The Turner Prize
Yes, it's that time of year again. Time for the critics to put on their jeering hats.
This year marks the 22nd year of the Turner Prize, the prize for contemporary visual art.
Named after the 19th century artist JMW Turner, a controversial artist of his time, since its inception in 1984 the prize has delivered us artists who have become household names.
From Tracey Emin and her headline grabbing "My Bed" to Damien Hirst's "Mother and Child, Divided", there has been no shortage of controversial candidates.
This year, there is a bit of just about everything from installations to video, abstract art to sculpture.
The short-listed artists come from the four corners of the art world. Tomma Abts paints abstract paintings in acrylic. Mark Titchner's mechanical and graphic artworks pose questions about technology. Rebecca Warren's new set of sculptures are a mixture of bronze and unfired clay, along with found objects that she displays in wall-based boxes. Phil Collins showcases a video piece from Istanbul "The Return of the Real" which features ex-talk show participants whose lives have been ruined by reality TV and reveals his live production office Shady Lane Productions, where he works alongside researchers to research the British equivalent.
Will it be another year of controversy and who will win the coveted prize of £25,000?
The winner will be announced on Monday, 4 December on Channel 4.
THE TURNER PRIZE IS AT TATE BRITAIN UNTIL 14TH JANUARY 2007
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