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Front Row - Antony Gormley; painting Blair; beyond popcorn

Artists Jonathan Yeo and John Keane on painting Tony Blair; Antony Gormley and Hofesh Shechter on their dance collaboration; a short history of eating at the cinema.

With Mark Lawson.

Artists Jonathan Yeo and John Keane have both painted the portrait of Tony Blair - the former in an official commission in 2008, and the latter in an unofficial series of new paintings which depict Blair at the Chilcot Inquiry. The artists discuss what they found looking into the face of the former Prime Minister.

Sculptor Antony Gormley has teamed up with choreographer Hofesh Shechter for Survivor, a new musical work which features 150 amateur drummers, audience participation and live video projection. They explain how they divided up the creative work and how Shechter's artistic anger informed the piece.

As a cinema joins forces with chef Leigh Rowley to offer film-goers a meal while watching their movie, popcorn historian Andrew F Smith discusses the long history of eating while gazing at the big screen.

The chain of bookshops originally founded by Tim Waterstone has decided to drop the apostrophe in its name. Linguistics expert David Crystal considers this decision, and assesses whether it spells the beginning of the end for the apostrophe.

Producer Stephen Hughes.

  • Broadcast on BBC Radio 4, 7:15PM Thu, 12 Jan 2012
  • Available until 12:00AM Thu, 1 Jan 2099
  • First broadcast BBC Radio 4, 7:15PM Thu, 12 Jan 2012
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  • Duration 30 minutes

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