RTÉ One, Thursday, 11.00pm
The Works

8.30pm, Friday, 4th April, RTÉ One


John Connolly (pictured) tells John Kelly about his new Charlie Parker novel, The Wolf in Winter, in which the detective gets caught up in creepy goings-on in a town called Prosperous, Maine. www.johnconnollybooks.com


Part love story, part World War I story, Birdsong is the novel that made author Sebastian Faulks' reputation. Next month, the Everyman Palace, Cork plays host to a stage version from the UK. Actor Peter Duncan and director Alastair Whatley talk to The Works about making theatre out of an iconic novel. www.everymancork.com/2013/11/birdsong/


Journalists Patrick Freyne and Aoife Barry join John Kelly to review The Double, a thriller starring Jesse Eisenberg as a shy office worker taken over by a sinister doppelganger, and Mia Wasikowska as the love interest.


At 83, pianist and composer Ahmad Jamal has been a key part of the US jazz canon for nearly 60 years, name-checked by Miles Davis, for one, as a seminal influence. John Kelly meets a living legend. www.ahmadjamal.net

Anticipation is building about the debut album, due later this year, by Overhead, the Albatross, a six-piece Dublin band best known for intricate layered melodies and exciting live gigs. Tonight on The Works, they play the tune Telekinetic Forest Guard. www.overheadthealbatross.com

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