Spanish film director Pedro Almodovar and film star Penelope Cruz join Lauren Laverne as The Culture Show comes from the courtyard of Somerset House in London for the première of Almodovar's new film, Broken Embraces. Mark Kermode, meanwhile, meets director Sam Mendes to talk about his latest work, The Bridge Project, a joint production of The Winter's Tale and The Cherry Orchard by the Old Vic and the Brooklyn Academy of Music. Mark also joins Simon Mayo to present another slice of Screening Room where, with the help of a studio audience, they dissect a film genre. Lauren, when not larging it up with Hollywood stars, will have a few words with The Arctic Monkeys about their cultural influences and inspirations. They range from John Cooper-Clarke to Jimi Hendrix, and John Schlesinger's classic film, Midnight Cowboy. What? No George Formby classics?!