16 October 2007
The Guests

Journalist and broadcaster Olivia O'Leary; columnist and critic Fintan O'Toole and barrister John McBratney.

The Film: The Counterfeiters

Directed by Stefan Ruzowitzky from a book by Alfred Burger, 'The Counterfeiters' is based on the true story of the largest counterfeiting operation in history. Set up by the Nazis in 1936, prisoners in Sachsenhausen concentration camp were forced to produce fake foreign currency in a scam known as Operation Berhard. They lived as the most privileged of the camp prisoners but they were still aware of what was happening to their fellow prisoners and suspected too that they too would be killed in the end. But what to do in the meantime as they tried to survive while being forced to put their skills at the service of the Nazi war effort?

The Book: The Ghost

'The Ghost' in the title of the new thriller from Robert Harris is in fact a ghostwriter. He is used to working with pop stars and minor celebrities but this latest commission is altogether more significant. His subject this time is former British Prime Minister Adam Lang. To make it even more exciting for the ghostwriter, the last person who attempted to ghost Lang's memoirs ended up dead. But what really adds edge to the Harris' book is that he himself was very close to the heart of New Labour from the mid to late 1990s - a closeness which ended when he saw a side to Tony Blair which he really didn't like. 'The Ghost' is published by Hutchinson.

The Play: Woman and Scarecrow

Written by Marina Carr and directed by Selina Cartmell, 'Woman and Scarecrow' is a new Abbey production as part of the Dublin Theatre Festival. With Olwen Fouéré and Barbara Brennan in the title roles, we find a dying woman, a scarecrow keeping her company and death itself - whatever death is - waiting in the wardrobe. On paper it seems that things couldn't be bleaker - not least for the audience - but the play is in fact much more than just a long, dark night by a deathbed. And of course, as with all of Marina Carr's work, we are not always entirely sure of the who, the what, the where and the when. 'Woman and Scarecrow' is at the Peacock Theatre until 10 November.

The Exhibition: Patrick Hall

Now on at the Irish Museum of Modern Art, an exhibition entitled 'Patrick Hall: Drawings' brings together 90 drawings by one of our most respected and influential artists. Although his career spans some 50 years, this exhibition focuses on works from the past 17 and includes a series of recent drawings being shown for the first time, plus a selection of new works direct from the artist's studio. 'Patrick Hall: Drawings' is at the Irish Museum of Modern Art until 6 January 2008.

Anne Enright Wins Man Booker Prize

Congratulations to Anne Enright for winning the Man Booker Prize for her fourth novel 'The Gathering'. A regular on 'The View', Anne collected the prestigious award at London's Guildhall earlier this evening and joins fellow Irish winners Roddy Doyle and John Banville in the Irish Booker Hall of Fame.

The Performance: Declan O'Rourke

His debut album 'Since Kyabram' established Declan O'Rourke as a singer and songwriter with an authority that set him well apart from your average bedsit strummer. On his latest album, 'Big Bad Beautiful World', he has augmented his sound with a full orchestra and has made even more of a name for himself outside of Ireland. Tonight he performs for us 'Whatever Else Happens'.

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