Cultural Life: Edith Bowman, presenter
Friday 02 December 2011
Television: I just started watching the second series of The Killing. It's a commitment. The first series was 20 episodes. I almost felt like I was having an affair with it. I'd wake up in the middle of the night, sneak downstairs and watch an episode. I've also been watching re-runs of Arrested Development. It just sums up my sense of humour exactly. Also I've got a slight obsession with Jason Bateman.
Films: I'm on the panel for the British Independent Film Awards, so I've just been immersed in film for the past few years. I've watched Senna – a documentary film about a Formula One driver - three or four times now. I'm not a massive Formula One fan but I watch it and think "God, what a waste" I loved Now Is Good, written and directed by Ol Parker, who is Thandie Newton's husband. Dakota Fanning plays this English teenager with terminal leukaemia. Top of her bucket list is to lose her virginity. It really gets to you. I couldn't speak when I came out. It's awesome.
Books: At the moment I'm reading [Chic frontman] Nile Rodgers' book Le Freak. It's brilliantly written as well in a really conversational style. I've re-read A Million Little Pieces by James Frey recently. There are books that inspired me the first time round and re-reading them just reignites that.
Music: I adore The Maccabees and I think they're completely not given the recognition they deserve at all. Wall Of Arms is one of those albums that just gets to you. Tom Smith, my boyfriend, has just done a Christmas album with Andy Burrows from Razorlight called Funny Looking Angels. I don't play it when Tom's around, but Rudy my three-year-old son knows all the words. He sings along in the car.
Edith Bowman hosts The Prince's Trust Rock Gala 2011 which will be broadcast at 9pm on Christmas Day on Sky 3D and Sky Arts 1
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