Aldershot News & Mail : 2020-09-09

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19 NEWS & MAIL WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 2020 LISTEN UP With Laura Davis Lynda La Plante Lynda La Plante opts to go into forensic detail Famous crime writer enlists experts to dive into the minutiae of crime fighting methods LISTENING TO THE DEAD on forensics on Lynda’s website at http:// lyndalapla­ their honeymoon. He is surprised – and almost struck dumb with awe – in this podcast by his interview being crashed by director Bill Forsyth. It’s wonderful to hear the man whose London Olympics opening ceremony has lived long in the hearts of those who watched it, being so moved, inspired and indeed humbled by someone else’s work. PRIME Suspect author Lynda La Plante fronts this absorbing exploratio­n of forensic techniques in solving crimes. With 33 novels and 150 hours of TV to her name, she has spent many hours researchin­g police procedure and tales of her experience­s are interspers­ed with interviews with experts. These are conducted by CSI Cass Sutherland, a long-time adviser of Lynda’s, and cover everything from fibre analysis to how the discovery of DNA transforme­d the entire field. THE FILM PROGRAMME THIS podcast is worth recommendi­ng for a single episode – the one in which bestsellin­g author Frank Cottrell-Boyce talks so passionate­ly about the 1983 film Local Hero that it makes you want to put on the TV, step inside the screen and live forever in the fictional Scottish village it’s set in. Local Hero, about an oil company trying to buy up a village on the coast of Scotland, has woven its way into Frank’s life from the moment he and his wife unknowingl­y spotted members of the film crew during Where to start: Pollen expert Prof Patricia Wiltshire was working in the archaeolog­y department at University College London when she started being called in to help solve murders including the dreadful Soham case in 2002. Where to start: As well as the above episode, the podcast covers a range of films and issues within the industry. Ben Bailey Smith looks at the problem of nepotism in the class system and the British Film Industry; there’s a great episode on Derek Jarman’s arthouse film The Garden; and the latest on Earl Cameron, one of the first black actors to star in a British film, is fascinatin­g. Where to find it: On all usual podcast apps and there are links to more informatio­n Where to find it: BBC Sounds or all the usual podcast apps. Frank Cottrell-Boyce HAG EIGHT authors have each been given a traditiona­l folk tale from the town or city where they live and challenged to retell it in their own style. The result is an anthology of captivatin­g stories. Some, like Liv Little’s The Sisters about twins separated when one is forced to leave home after coming out, have used the original as inspiratio­n for an entirely modern piece of fiction. Others, like Eimear McBride’s Irish fairy story The Tale of Kathleen narrate the original in a new voice. Particular­ly evocative is Naomi Booth’s Sour Hall, about a woman whose personal demons take the form of a boggart. Each one is followed by an interestin­g discussion between the writer and Prof Carolyne Larrington, specialist in Old Norse and British fairy tales at St Oxford University. Mahsuda Snaith Where to start: It’s so hard to single out an episode as I loved every one, but Mahsuda Snaith’s The Panther’s Tale is a good place to start. She blends elements of Bengali narrative tradition with the mysterious story of an 16th century Birmingham merchant. Where to find it: Hag is an Audible original so you have to subscribe to listen, but you can join free for a month’s trial. PRINTED AND DISTRIBUTE­D BY PRESSREADE­R PressReade­ +1 604 278 4604 . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY ORIGINAL COPY COPYRIGHT AND PROTECTED BY APPLICABLE LAW

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