My arts list: George Costigan

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George Costigan
George Costigan is best-known for Rita, Sue and Bob Too. He lives in North Yorkshire and is patron of the Square Chapel for the Arts, in Halifax.

I’m currently reading: It is natural for me to have several books on the go. As we speak, it’s Julian Barnes’s The Sense of an Ending, there’s a Rebecca Miller, Jacob’s Folly, and David Byrne’s How Music Works.

I’ve been listening to: A wonderful hip-hop artist called Oxmo Puccino. He’s from Mali but now lives in France, where we have a small place. I read L’Humanitie and in there, I found a review an Oxmo CD. It just said “Listen to this one!” I did and I loved it.

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On TV, I’ve been watching: The War and Peace adaptation for the BBC, which I found very “curate’s egg” – good in parts. Paul Dano was superlative. I’m partial, I know, but I’ve also been enjoying Sally Wainwright’s new series of Happy Valley. I also never miss Eggheads.

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The film I last saw was: The Revenant, with Leonardo di Caprio, which bored me a bit. I love him – usually. However, the screening was somewhere rather special – we have a new cinema in Malton called The Palace, and it has one screen with only 12 seats in it. Long may it prosper!

The live performance I’d recommend is: Any one by The Vermin Theory, but you will have to go to Bergen in Norway to see them. I declare an interest (and a complete bias) here, because our second son, Tom, is the lead singer and lyricist.

My next box set will be: Any of the Scandi stuff The Bridge, The Killing, Borgen, and Spiral, from France. This is proper television, brilliantly acted, well-shot, first-rate scripts.

• An Evening with G and T (George Costigan and Tim Pigott-Smith) Square Chapel, Halifax, February 28. 01422 349422.

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