Culture In

March 2, 2016

Rebecca Eves’ picks of the latest books, DVDs, music and television to enjoy at home

TV: Extreme Mountain Challenge

Adventurer Steve Backshall returns to BBC Two this month with another gripping expedition. The two-parter follows the naturalist on an exploration of Venezuela’s tepuis – sheer-sided mountains that form a spectacular landscape – the inspiration for hit animated film, Up. Steve will be scaling the heights, caving in the depths and abseiling in between, all while looking out for the dangerous local wildlife.

Transmission dates TBC (March)

Book: Moranifesto

Bestselling author Caitlin Moran believes in democracy – and that everyone should make an effort to have their voice heard – so here’s her manifesto for solving the world’s problems. It all sounds pretty heavy so far, and she’s not afraid to tackle the big issues – global inequality and the refugee crisis are both on the table – but she also throws in a few silly solutions and some Benedict Cumberbatch commentary for comic balance.

Out March 10

DVD: Bridge of Spies

The Tom Hanks/Steven Spielberg dream team reformed again in 2015 to create this acclaimed Iron Curtain thriller that’s based on fascinating real-life events. Hanks plays an insurance claims lawyer recruited by the CIA and thrown into the centre of the Cold War, assisting with negotiations for the release of a captured American pilot.

Released March 28

Music: Chaosmosis

Primal Scream follow up their critically acclaimed tenth studio album, More Light, with Chaosmosis, and four gigs to promote it. Head to Aberdeen, Glasgow, Manchester or London if you want to catch them live; otherwise, hold on for the record. The lead single, Where the Light Gets In, is already out, featuring one-time opener for Miley Cyrus and soon-to-be-everywhere model, actress, and singer-songwriter Sky Ferreira.

Released March 18