Sam shared with The Guardian his 7 cultural highlights from UK and Germany. Check them out!
Born in West Yorkshire and currently living in Berlin, Riley next stars in the miniseries SS-GB, a dystopian look at what Britain would be like if the Nazis had invaded Britain. It begins at 9pm tonight on BBC1.
Richard III at Schaubühne, Berlin
Lars Eidinger, who plays one of the SS in the show, has been playing both Hamlet and Richard III with this Berlin-based theatre company and he is one of the most extraordinary stage actors working today. He deserves to have a wider audience. I’ve seen both plays, and I think Richard III [at the Barbican, London] is my favourite. He’s a force of nature, there’s no holds barred. He’s quite frightening to watch and he has a reputation in Germany that made me a bit nervous to work with him, but in real life he’s very funny.
Bologna by Wanda
Since my band got dropped, 11 years ago or so, I find it difficult to watch groups because I’m always incredibly jealous of their success. I always wish I was on the stage singing instead, though I wouldn’t do as good a job as half the people I see. I wasn’t wholly convinced that the middle Europeans were that capable of rock’n’roll, but this is an Austrian rock band who are great fun to watch. The singer’s a real livewire and a boozehound, which is exactly what I like from my frontmen. Bologna, which is about dancing with your cousin, is my favourite song by them. I like it because it’s got a great riff, it’s old-school rock’n’roll and it’s slightly cheeky.