Pick of the Week: by Peter Quinn

There’s enough to slake the most voracious cultural appetite on theartsdesk next week. Highlights include Sky Cinema’s To Olivia, in which famed children's author Roald Dahl (Hugh Bonneville) and Oscar-winning actress Patricia Neal (Keeley Hawes) struggle to cope with the tragic loss of their daughter. The top-drawer cast also includes Conleth Hill and the late, great Geoffrey Palmer in his final film appearance. 

We interview US writer Amina Cain, whose debut novel Indelicacy – a meditation on class, desire, friendship, art and finding one’s true calling – has been shortlisted for the 2021 Rathbones Folio Prize. In a bumper week for books, there’s Havana Year Zero, Karla Suárez’s portrait of Cuba in economic crisis during the 1990s, Brenda Navarro's exploration of motherhood in contemporary Mexico, Empty Houses, plus Joseph Andras's lyrical, award-winning account of the Algerian War, Tomorrow They Won't Dare to Murder Us.

Fresh from their appearance on The Graham Norton Show, we review (husband and wife) Rachel Parris and Marcus Brigstocke's online show Tuesday Night Club, and our customarily generous helping of new music includes albums from Maximo Park and Willie Nelson, plus our ongoing Disc of the Day 10th birthday celebrations. 

Fans of the brilliant Unforgotten (ITV) will be delighted to see the return of DCI Cassie Stuart (Nicola Walker) and DS Sunil 'Sunny' Khan (Sanjeev Bhaskar) in series four of the cold case crime drama, while over on BBC One, Belfast-based DCI Tom Brannick (James Nesbitt) is in hot pursuit of a serial killer in Bloodlands.

Peter Quinn

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