Broadcast news

Tomorrow (Sunday 29 March), Tom Rob Smith and Donna Leon are on Open Book, BBC Radio 4 at 4 p.m. Tom Rob Smith talks about his second novel, The Secret Speech, which apparently features the same central character as Child 44 (which I must read! It is on my shelf); and Donna Leon (books listed and reviewed here) explains the inspiration of Venice for the exploits of Commissario Brunetti, who features in her latest book About Face.

On Monday 30 March, author Mark Billingham is on The Book Quiz (BBC4, 8.30 p.m.) along with The Bishop of Southwark, The Right Rev Thomas Butler, Rowan Pelling and Jenni Murray. I've not watched this programme before but with that line-up, I'm intrigued! Mark Billingham's novel, a standalone thriller called In The Dark is just out in paperback, and is on sale at half price in W H Smith's this week; did not appeal to me on a quick look at it, but he's very popular. (See Euro Crime for reviews of his other books.)

On Friday 3 April, the Friday Play (BBC Radio 4, 9 p.m.) is an adaptation of Australian author Dorothy Porter's The Monkey's Mask, a "lesbian feminist private-eye novel, written in verse" and set in Sydney.

Waterstones and Film 4 are collaborating on a season of films adapted from books (Great Adaptations), including LA Confidential, The Devil Wears Prada, Brick Lane and The Motorcycle Diaries, which in their book incarnations will be sold on "3 for 2" offers. The TV series starts on 10 April and there will be a launch and panel discussion at Waterstones Piccadilly (London) on 1 April, featuring Simon Beaufoy, who won an Oscar for his screenplay of Slumdog Millionaire (Q&A) and, er, Julie Myerson, who you may be thrilled to know is having her book The Story of You "developed" by Film 4.