10. The show includes a rare TV interview with pianist Alfred Brendel, who reveals a passion for the later films of Luis Bunuel. Greg Dyke turns reporter and sets out to uncover the secret of HBO, the company behind such hits as Sex and the City and The Sopranos. Mark Kermode reviews the week's film releases including The Soloist and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. And there's a celebration of the 200th anniversary of the birth of Felix Mendelssohn with a special performance -- 11. On Heat magazine's tenth anniversary, Mark Kermode and Miranda Sawyer discuss the merits of Heat and celebrity culture in general. Greg Dyke meets Alan Ball, writer of American Beauty and the man behind HBO's Six Feet Under. Martin McDonagh, who has received an Oscar nomination for Best Original Screenplay for his first feature film In Bruges, talks to Mark Kermode. Plus a profile of Glasgow-based artist David Shrigley, and there's music from Canadian band Ladyhawk and Franz Ferdinand -- 12. With the Oscars coming up, the Culture Show brings an alternative - The Kermode Awards. With no tearful winners or embarrassing speeches, The Kermodes are the antidote to the Oscars. As with the Oscars, huge secrecy surrounds The Kermodes but insiders are tipping the likes of director Terence Davies, and actors Michael Fassbender and Eddie Marsden to do well. Plus Lauren Laverne previews a new production of Waiting for Godot which hit British theatres fifty years ago.