06 December 2005
The Film: March of the Penguins
When French director Luc Jacquet spent a year in the Antarctic, following emperor penguins across the frozen wastes, probably only himself and the penguins had any idea they might have a hit movie on their hands. The result, 'March of the Penguins', is the second highest grossing documentary ever made. Starring assorted penguins, as themselves, the English language version is narrated by Morgan Freeman.

The Book: No Country for Old Men
'No Country for Old Men' is the new novel from American writer Cormac McCarthy. Set in Texas in 1980, it's a dark tale of greed and violence. Llewelyn Moss is out hunting deer when he finds a suitcase stuffed with money - clearly something to do with the drug dealers who lie dead beside it. So what's a man to do? He takes the money and runs. Not a wise move as it turns out - because some very nasty people are certain to want their money back. 'No Country for Old Men' is published by Picador and costs £17 sterling.

The Play: Titus Andronicus
Shakespeare's 'Titus Andronicus' is a play of justice, morality and revenge, set in Rome following the war between the Romans and the Goths. Currently on at the Project in Dublin, this Siren Production is directed by Selina Cartmell. The cast includes Olwen Fouere, Owen Roe, David Heap and Ruth Negga.

The Discussion: Artists' Tax Exemption
Since 1969 when Charles Haughey introduced the Artists' Tax Exemption Scheme, all manner of writers, visual artists, playwrights and poets have benefited to varying degrees. Recently voices have been raised arguing that if all are equal before the law, why should anybody be exempt from tax especially if, as in some very rare examples, their creativity has proven extremely lucrative. Olive Braiden, Chair of the Arts Council, argues her case in advance of tomorrow's budget

The Performance: Mark Eitzel
The main man in American Music Club, Mark Eitzel has, many times over, been hailed as one of America's greatest songwriters. Tonight he performs for us a track from his new album 'Candy Ass', 'Sleeping Beauty'.

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