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Issue No. 2296

Love Against Death

Sean Taylor

CD out now

Singer songwriter Sean Taylor is a rising star on the British blues scene, drawing comparisons to John Martyn and Tom Waits.

He is also passionately political, as witnessed by his work with Love Music Hate Racism and showcased by his new album Love Against Death.

Sean describes himself as “an unwilling member of the generation defined by neoliberalism—one of Thatcher’s children who became Blair’s adults”.

Love Against Death is “a howl against both”, he adds, and about choosing sides against greed, inequality and injustice.

When Ali Came to Britain

ITV1, 11.35pm, Friday 30 March

This documentary directed by Gareth Williams was commissioned to mark Muhammad Ali’s 70th birthday earlier this year.

It looks at the times Ali visited Britain in the 1960s and 1970s and features interviews with many of those who met him.

Unsurprisingly, the film’s focus is on Ali’s fights. But it also looks at events such as his 1977 visit to a mosque in South Shields.

Sex and Sensibility: The Allure of Art Nouveau

BBC4, 9pm, Thursday 29 March

The second episode in this three part series looks at the influence of the radical Art Nouveau movement on British art at the end of the 19th century.

It focuses on the brief and controversial career of Aubrey Beardsley, who worked closely with Oscar Wilde and illustrated many of Wilde’s works.

In Darkness

Film directed by Agnieszka Holland

This polish film looks at the true story of Leopold Socha, a sewer worker in the city of Lvov during the Second World War.

The city is under Nazi occupation and Jews are being rounded up and terrorised. Socha starts hiding persecuted Jews in the underground passageways. Initially he does this for money, but soon he is risking his life.

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