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After twelve series, most of which you can find on the archive here, The View came to a full-stop on 13 Dec 2011. We'd like to thank our audience for watching - and commenting! - throughout and to plug the new weekly arts show which John Kelly will be hosting as of Thursday 26th January 2012. We'll see you there!

 13 December 2011
The Guests

My guests tonight are TV and film producer Bill Hughes, playwright and novelist Declan Hughes and artist Jesse Jones.

The Film: The Iron Lady

The Iron Lady stars Meryl Streep as former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, portrayed here in her old age, rambling, hallucinating and talking to the ghost of her dead husband Denis, played by Jim Broadbent. The actual Thatcher is of course a very divisive figure, admired by some and utterly loathed by others. And so there's bound to be a real interest - not least in Ireland - in how this movie treats her legacy. Is she to be remembered here as the grocer's daughter who bucked the system and brought down the Berlin Wall or as the grocer's daughter who virtually wrecked her own country and sank the Belgrano?

The Play: The Making of Tis Pity She's A Whore

John Ford's Tis Pity She's A Whore was considered controversial even by the rather extreme standards of Jacobean drama. In Selina Cartmell's new version of the gorey classic, the themes of lust, incest, revenge and murder are still very much centre stage. This Siren production stars Louis Lovett as a movie director making a movie of the play but from the get-go, the lines between fiction and reality begin to blur. The cast, some on stage and some on screen, includes Lorcan Cranitch and Kate Stanley Brennan.

The Exhibition: A Day Like Any Other

Now on at the Irish Museum of Modern Art, A Day Like Any Other is the title of an exhibition from the leading Brazilian artist Rivane Neuenschwander. In what is seen as a major mid-career survey, what you see here covers a decade of her work - painting, photography, film, sculpture, installation, collaborative actions and participatory events.

The Book: Down the Rabbit-Hole

Down the Rabbit-Hole by Mexican author Juan Pablo Villalobos is a short work already shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award. It's a fresh contribution to a genre known in South America as narcoliterature, tales from the drug culture where life is cheap and lifestyles are expensive. But what's so different about this one is that the story is told by the son of a druglord - a young boy, who for all the horrors he sees or half-sees, is still a child. And so he tells his own innocent story but with the shocking reality of the real story always leaking through.

The Performance: The Unthanks

Currently on tour with their album, Diversions Vol 1 - The Songs Of Robert Wyatt And Antony & The Johnsons, The Unthanks will be at Whelan's in Dublin on 13th and 14th of this month for two unmissable shows. I'm very glad to say they're with us tonight. Here with Robert Wyatt's Lullaby for Hamza, The Unthanks.

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