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Front Row - Danny Boyle switches on the Front Row neon artwork

Arts news. Mark Lawson reports as director Danny Boyle switches on his Front Row Christmas neon artwork. Plus writer Adam Gopnik, and TV drama thirtysomething remembered.

With Mark Lawson.

When Danny Boyle took on the role of Artistic Director of the London 2012 Olympic Games Opening Ceremony, some saw it as poisoned chalice. What could possibly follow the spectacle of Beijing? In his first major interview since the opening ceremony, Danny Boyle joins Mark in Salford to discuss creating art from an army of volunteers.

Danny will also be switching on the Front Row neon artwork in MediaCity, which features a word of his choice, in his handwriting.

First broadcast 25 years ago, the American TV drama thirtysomething centred on a group of middle-class professionals in Philadelphia. It won critical acclaim and a devoted audience, and the influence of its title is acknowledged in the Oxford English Dictionary. As the complete series appears on DVD, writer Charlotte Keatley and broadcaster Chris Hawkins discuss whether the drama now shows its age.

Writer Adam Gopnik has published five reflections on winter, in which he analyses his own long-standing fascination with the season. He also examines how film-makers turn to this time of year to evoke memories, and reflects on the culture winter has inspired.

Producer Ekene Akalawu.

  • Broadcast on BBC Radio 4, 7:15PM Mon, 10 Dec 2012
  • Available until 12:00AM Thu, 1 Jan 2099
  • First broadcast BBC Radio 4, 7:15PM Mon, 10 Dec 2012
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  • Duration 30 minutes

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