Review of The Minor Character
Ian D Hall of Liverpool Student Media gives The Minor Character 5 stars.
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BBC Radio Three Shakespeare Season
David Tennant will be one of the actors involved in the BBC Radio Three Shakespeare Season as part of The Cultural Olympiad. Part of this project is where a company of actors perform two different plays - Romeo and Juliet and Twelfth Night. David Tennant will be playing Prince Escalus in Romeo and Juliet and Malvolio in Twelfth Night.
Twelfth Night will be broadcast on Sunday 22nd April and Romeo and Juliet on Sunday 29th April. Both transmissions wil be at 8.30pm on BBC Radio Three.
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Based on glimmers of truth, Believe It is the hilarious, bizarre, revealing and, most importantly, untrue celebrity radiography of Richard Wilson.
Celebrity autobiographies are everywhere. Richard Wilson has always said he'd never write one. Richard, however, narrates the series, weaving in and out of dramatised scenes from his fictional life story. He plays a heavily exaggerated version of himself: a Scots actor and national treasure, unmarried, private, passionate about politics, theatre and Manchester United - all true.
He’s a confidant of the powerful and has survived childhood poverty, a drunken father, years of fruitless grind, too much success, monstrosity, addiction, charity work, secret work for governments and fierce rivalry with Sean Connery - all not true.
All the melodramatic staples of celebrity-autobiography are wonderfully undercut by Richard's deadpan delivery.
Throughout the series, Richard is supported by a small core cast including David Tennant, John Sessions, Lewis Macleod, Arabella Weir and Jane Slavin.
Wednesday 9 May
BBC RADIO 4
Source: BBC Media Centre
Faber launches Shakespeare app
Faber is in the final stages of producing a "spectacular" digital edition of Shakespeare's Sonnets, in which a broad swathe of high-profile actors including David Tennant, Sir Patrick Stewart and Fiona Shaw will read each of the 154 poems to camera.
The Apple iPad app will be published within the next month, with a price likely to be on a par with Faber's previous app, T S Eliot's The Waste Land (£9.99).
Shakespeare's Sonnets has been created in a partnership with three other parties: digital publisher Touch Press, which Faber also collaborated with for The Waste Land; TV company Illuminations, which filmed the 154 sonnet readings by the act; and the authoritative Arden Shakespeare series, which has contributed its complete Arden notes on the sonnets to the edition.
Scholars including the editor of the Arden edition of Shakespeare’s Sonnets, Katherine Duncan-Jones, also offer filmed commentary as part of the digital edition and a facsimile of the 1609 Quarto edition of the sonnets is also included.
Faber c.e.o. Stephen Page said: "The book is changing and the opportunity to claim new turf is enormous," adding that head of digital publishing Henry Volans had taken a role akin to that of a producer in brokering the partnerships.
The app has cost a "low six-figures" to create, with Faber's contribution a five-figure sum.
Source: The Bookseller
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