Arts news round-up
27 April 2016
HOW 'SCANDI CRIME' MADE A KILLING
The critical cliche is that in crime fiction much of the heat in recent years has been from the cold north. Nordic Noir has influenced British crime-writing, on television and bookshelves. So what lessons have British writers learned from their northern neighbours? And has the phase passed?
MASHROU' LEILA: JORDAN BANS LEBANESE ROCK BAND WITH GAY SINGER
A Lebanese rock band says it has been banned in Jordan because its music supports religious and sexual freedom.
TRADE UNION BILL: E-VOTING REVIEW AMONG EXPECTED CHANGES
A review of whether to allow electronic voting in strike ballots is expected to be part of further changes to the government's Trade Union Bill.
NO 10 MAKES NEW U-TURN OVER TRADE UNION BILL
Government backtracks by agreeing to a longer transitional period and e-voting pilot scheme
BBC IN FIGHT TO KEEP GREAT BRITISH BAKE OFF AS RIVALS CIRCLE
Talks with producer of most popular show on TV understood to have stalled as it seeks a bigger fee
BBC AND NETFLIX TEAM UP FOR NEW WATERSHIP DOWN PRODUCTION
All-star cast includes John Boyega, James McAvoy, Ben Kingsley, Gemma Arterton, Olivia Colman, Anne-Marie Duff and Nicholas Hoult
NUJ ACCUSES VICE UK OF 'OLD-FASHIONED UNION-BUSTING RUSE'
Media company had offered to set up an internal committee rather than recognise a union for its staff members
BBC TO ANONYMISE JOB APPLICATIONS IN SOCIAL DIVERSITY BID
Names and universities to be hidden, to help candidates from under-represented groups make it through to interviews
BBC RADIO 4 HIRES GRANTCHESTER AUTHOR AS COMMISSIONING EDITOR FOR ARTS
James Runcie, whose novels have been adapted for ITV, to replace Tony Phillips next month
JAMES BOND DIRECTOR SAM MENDES TO LEAD VENICE FILM FESTIVAL JURY
Spectre director ‘very honoured’ to preside over international panel choosing best film
DAVID CROSS: 'AT LEAST 25% OF AMERICA HAS ALWAYS BEEN RACIST, XENOPHOBIC AND BACKWARDS'
Comic and actor David Cross talks the unsurprising rise of Donald Trump, the stupidity of George W Bush – and playing some of the dumbest characters ever written for TV
LIVERPOOL EVERYMAN'S RESIDENT ACTORS COULD BECOME LOCAL HEROES
Gemma Bodinetz’s plans for a multi-skilled, community-based company with a 50:50 gender split is a bold new vision of the theatre’s 70s rep model
SHOW BOAT: THE CLASSIC MUSICAL STILL SHIPSHAPE AFTER ALL THESE YEARS
Through intelligent handling of its racial themes, Daniel Evans’s revival has steered this much-loved 1927 show smoothly into the modern age
THE NATIONAL THEATRE'S TEMPORARY SPACE MUST SPARK PERMANENT CHANGE
For three years, a bright red box on the South Bank has hosted exciting shows. The National must retain its spirit if it is to truly live up to its name
SEXISM IN ADVERTS TO BE INVESTIGATED BY ADVERTISING STANDARDS AUTHORITY
Members of the public and interested organisations are invited to submit evidence as part of a wider probe into sexism in advertising
LENNY HENRY TO BE AWARDED SPECIAL PRIZE AT BAFTAS
Lenny Henry will be honoured with the special prize at this year's BAFTA Television Awards.
ENGLISH NATIONAL BALLET ANNOUNCES PATRICK HARRISON AS NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
English National Ballet has appointed Patrick Harrison as its new executive director.
SHERMAN CYMRU LAUNCHES BRIG WRITING PROGRAMME FOR WELSH-LANGUAGE PLAYWRIGHTS
Sherman Cymru has launched a new writing programme aimed at discovering contemporary Welsh-language playwrights.
BBC2 TO SHOWCASE LIVE PERFORMANCE IN TWO-YEAR ARTS STRAND
Live performance is to make a major return to BBC television with a two-year strand that aims to support new work and introduce new audiences to the arts.