SRSLY #11: Years of England

In this episode of the New Statesman’s pop culture podcast, the past haunts the present: we talk about new film 45 Years, the This Is England series and The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus.

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The Links

On 45 Years:

The director of the film, Andrew Haigh, talked on the Barbican film podcast about 45 Years and working with Charlotte Rampling and Tom Courtenay.

“Amid the suspicion there is tenderness too”, writes Mark Kermode of the film.

Film4 have got a longish interview with Haigh, Rampling and Courtenay:


On This is England:

All4 has all the episodes here.

The Guardian is doing recaps of This Is England 90 here.

Louisa Mellor on Den of Geek takes a look back at the whole series.


On The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus:

Here's a clip:

A bit more background on how the show came to be here.


Next week:

Anna is reading The Lives of Christopher Chant by Diana Wynne-Jones.


Your questions:

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The music featured this week, in order of appearance, is:

1) Smoke Gets in Your Eyes - The Platters
2) Fool's Gold - The Stone Roses
3) Sympathy for the Devil (Live) - The Rolling Stones (from The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus)

Our theme music is “Guatemala - Panama March” (by Heftone Banjo Orchestra), licensed under Creative Commons. 


See you next week!

PS If you missed #10, check it out here.

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