Sunday 8th December 2019. Episode 66 The Untouchables Part 3 of 3. This week we conclude our examination of The Untouchables, wrapping up the movie but also looking at how the legends of Eliot Ness and Al Capone have grown in popular culture. Much of what is said about these two towering figures of early twentieth century crime-fighting is drawn from artistic sources such as books, movies and TV shows. Has the truth been lost amongst the legends? And is the truth any less dramatic? We hope to reveal the answers to these questions in this last episode
Sunday 15th December 2019. Episode 67 The Insider Part 1. We tackle our third Russel Crowe movie as he stars as Jeffrey Wigand, a tobacco industry whistle-blower who works with Lowell Bergman played by Al Pacino, a journalist. Directed by Michael Mann, it was universally praised by critics and audiences, this being one of the few movies that rates over 90% from both.
Sunday 22nd December 2019. Episode 67 The Insider Part 2. This will be the second part of our examination of tobacco industry whistle-blower Jeffrey Wigand.
Sunday 29th December 2019. This week may see part 3 of Episode 67 The Insider if we need three shows to cover the movie. If it is concluded in two parts, we will take a two-week break for the festive season and return on Sunday 12th January 2020 raring to launch into our fourth year of the show.
12th & 19th January 2020. Episode 68 Supplementary 5 Shakespeare’s Historical Plays. This week sees Martin flying solo and looking at film adaptations of two of Shakespeare’s historical plays. Kenneth Brannagh’s 1989 film of Henry V is up first, a far grittier version than Sir Laurence Olivier’s 1944 effort. Olivier will feature in the second half of our show however, as we look at his Richard III, released in 1955. We chose these two plays as they’re amongst The Bard’s best-known historical plays and they bookend the Wars of the Roses. How close to the plays do the movie’s stick and, by extension, does this make them more or less historically accurate than we might expect from a modern telling of the stories? We thank listener and friend of the show Dr Phil Pomerantz for inspiring this episode.
26th January and 2nd February 2020. Episode 68 Frost/Nixon. This time out we’re examining 2008’s movie detailing the extraordinary interview between David Frost, a British broadcaster and journalist with President Richard Nixon in which the President made some startling statements about his Presidency and his attitude to leading the United States.
9th February 2020*. The Social Network. Mark Zuckerberg and the genesis of Facebook is the topic of this week’s show, featuring a guest host who was not only part of the Californian software industry at the time of the movie’s setting but knows some of the people involved.
*Publication dates may vary depending on the number of shows used for the preceding movie episode.