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Spectator Play: what’s worth watching, listening to or going to this weekend

26 April 2013

6:00 PM

26 April 2013

6:00 PM

Perched at number 3 in The Times’ ‘30 Richest under 30’ list this week were Fawn and India Rose James, aged just 27 and 21 respectively and with an estimated fortune of £329 million. Who are they, and how did they get on the list? Their grandfather, Paul Raymond, was dubbed the ‘King of Soho’ for buying up swathes of the area, and was infamous for his Raymond Revue Bar strip club and his adult magazine empire. The Look of Love is his biopic and, says Deborah Ross in this week’s film review, is ‘visually fantastic, with more retro kitsch than you can shake a stick at’. The trailer’s below, and you can read what Deborah made of it here.

If the urban scenes of Soho are all too much, then the Tate Britain’s current exhibition of landscape art, Looking at the View, might prove a welcome escape. This ‘stimulating’ free display in the Tate’s main galleries is reviewed by Andrew Lambirth in this week’s magazine. In the clip below, the artist Julian Opie talks about the challenges he had when creating his work for the exhibition.

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Front Row is one of Radio 4’s daily programmes in a prime listening spot, which is now being ‘promoted’ to its evening schedule. So why the need to invite the trendy ‘cultural punter’ Tracey Emin on, wonders Kate Chisholm. Yes, alright, she was controversial – but did that make the programme any better? You can decide for yourselves. Here’s Kate’s review, and below is the programme in full.

This week’s television review has a Westminster theme, as Clarissa Tan has been watching BBC2’s latest political offering, The Politician’s Husband. Although influenced by the fast-paced US dramas, it remains ‘British at its core’, with David Tennant and Emily Watson as its main stars. Think you’ve seen enough political television shows? Read Clarissa’s review and watch the clip below and you might change your mind.

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