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Entertainment Picks - September 2019

27/09/19

The best of entertainment from September 2019, as chosen by Red Bee’s entertainment experts.

BEST BOOK: THE UNINHABITABLE EARTH BY DAVID WALLACE-WELLS

This harrowing book takes you on a bleak journey to where our beloved planet is headed. It delves into a multitude of frightening facts and predictions about worldwide famine and economic meltdown. It’s not an easy read, but a worthy one for anyone who cares about the future.

BEST PRODUCTION: ROMEO AND JULIET - SADLER’S WELLS THEATRE

Matthew Bourne’s most recent ballet is a dramatic and chillingly violent adaptation of the classic love story, Romeo and Juliet. This contemporary version is set in a white-tiled clinical institution, with teenage inmates controlled and abused by authority. The storytelling is unpredictable and fast paced, with endless controversial twists. Through hauntingly beautiful set design, ferociously passionate dancing and a stunning orchestra, Bourne re-tells this classic play with an entirely new interpretation of forbidden love in a divided society.

BEST TV DRAMA: THE CAPTURE

Billed as the new Bodyguard, this new crime drama centres on a British solider charged with a crime, with the main evidence being falsified surveillance footage. Beautifully shot, brilliantly cast and expertly crafted, especially considering the production of the vast number of purpose-made surveillance shots. It’s an unsavoury, sobering look at big brother CCTV culture, police use of facial recognition, the growing application of deep fakes and how seemingly objective data can be easily manipulated. And they say the camera never lies.

BEST RADIO: BBC RADIO 5 LIVE TEST MATCH SPECIAL – CRICKET

In a summer in which cricket has come back to the fore of the nation’s consciousness, BBC Test Match Special remains a crown jewel in terms of sporting coverage. From the World Cup via the Ashes to T20 final day. A clever and constant evolution of the commentary team, including the excellent Isa Guha and insightful Alastair Cook, and Jonathan Agnew’s sensitive and engaging interval interviews, combine to make it an indispensable part of September sports coverage.

BEST EXHIBITION: OLAFUR ELIASSON - IN REAL LIFE

Eliasson was the guy behind the phenomenally popular glowing sun exhibition at Tate Modern back in 2003. He’s back and his new latest exhibition has the same interactive spirit. You’ll lose sight of yourself (literally) as you walk through a brightly lit fog tunnel, be shattered and re-configured in a kaleidoscopic mirror, and multiplied in a simple, but somehow addictive, light projector set-up. It’s fun and interactive (in the best way) and definitely worth a trip.

Stay tuned for more in October