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Representing Homelessness July 18th 2019

Three back to back interviews with media-makers Paul Atherton and Sabine Hellman followed by Professor Susan Phillips and facilitated by Emma Street and Alex Lewczuk on the first day of the British Academy Representing Homelessness conference at the University of Lincoln.

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Apollo 11, Courtney Cannon, Native Voices and the 2019 San Diego Comic Con

Robin Pierce , Fergus Jeffs, Emma Street, Eva Macdonald, Anna Lewis, William Coles and Alex Lewczuk connect with Virginia Based Courtney Cannon, Student Vet Zoe Jamison, Writer/Producer Arthur Weingarten, `Dr Trek` Larry Nemecek, Writers Samantha Lee Howe and David J Howe before wrapping up with some key reflections on Native Voices in the USA from […]

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Newark Book Festival 2019 Launch event

In which Emma Street and Alex Lewczuk encounter Sara Bullimore. Town Crier Steve, Lauren Wood, Zuska the greatest showgirl, the Robin Hood Theatre Company and Quids for Kids at the opening launch of the Newark Book Festival #Newarkbf

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Romantic writing, William Coles, Kimberly Stuart, Paul Zollo and Ezekial Bone

Emma Street, Fergus Jeffs and Alex Lewczuk launch the programme with William Coles before heading to Des Moines Iowa to discuss the awesome work of Kimberly Stuart after which Zoe Jameson reports from a mystery train station, Paul Zollo provides more music updates from Los Angeles, Robin Pierce critiques the programme from Wales , Ade […]

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SPOILER Episode 26: Die Hard (1988, Bruce Willis, Bonnie Bedelia, Alan Rickman)

Written by on 14th June 2017

SPOILER Episode 26: Die Hard (1988, Bruce Willis, Bonnie Bedelia, Alan Rickman)

 
 
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“Now I know what a TV dinner feels like”

The Spoiler team are back and we’re kicking off series 5 with a listener choice, John McTiernan’s action-thriller ‘Die Hard’, starring Bruce Willis, Bonnie Bedelia and Alan Rickman.

Despite Paul stating emphatically in his introduction that ‘Die Hard’ is not a Christmas film, Andy and Rachael set about trying to convince him that it is by employing tenuous links and obscure lines of dialogue. As Rachael and Paul struggle to remember if this is the one with the building or the aeroplanes, Andy ties himself in knots with elaborate theories on symbolism, all for the sake of a lousy pun.

While the team seem to enjoy the film, they also enjoy picking it to pieces for its racial stereotypes, wobbly dialogue and an inverse snobbery about people who work from behind desks. Andy has to be restrained and, ultimately, censored in his determination to quote the movie’s most famous line, Rachael admires Bruce Willis’s funny little pout and the team imagine an alternate universe in which Frank Sinatra played the role of John McClane. And, of course, everyone loves Alan Rickman.

Elsewhere, Andy looks at the art of the movie sequel and lists five sequels which have equalled or surpassed the original films from which they stemmed. Controversially, at least as far as Paul is concerned, the list does not include ‘Ghostbusters 2’.

This week’s scale: 640 million dollars in bearer bonds or £6.40 in a postal order