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Front Row - Lincoln, Hilary Mantel, Lesley Joseph and Brian Conley

Steven Spielberg's film about Abraham Lincoln reviewed; Costa Award winner Hilary Mantel; crime writer Adrian McKinty; Lesley Joseph and Brian Conley on panto post-Christmas.

With Mark Lawson.

Steven Spielberg's film Lincoln has been nominated for 12 Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Director. Daniel Day-Lewis is favourite to win Best Actor for his portrayal of the 16th American president Abraham Lincoln, as he fights to abolish slavery. Elaine Showalter reviews.

Northern Irish crime novelist Adrian McKinty has just published the second book in his Sean Duffy trilogy. I Hear the Sirens in the Street features Duffy, a Catholic detective inspector in the RUC at the height of the Troubles in Northern Ireland. McKinty now lives in the US and Australia, and discusses his latest novel and his recent return to his home town of Carrickfergus, County Antrim, to discover that violence and demonstrations are still a potential feature of daily life.

In the latest of Front Row's interviews with the winners of the Costa Book Awards, Hilary Mantel reflects on the continuing success of her novel Bring Up The Bodies, which also won the Man Booker Prize. She also discusses the forthcoming TV and stage adaptations of her work, in the light of today's announcement that the Royal Shakespeare Company will produce versions of Wolf Hall, which also won the Booker, and Bring Up The Bodies.

Lesley Joseph and Brian Conley discuss what it's like still performing in panto at the end of January. Robinson Crusoe and the Caribbean Pirates is running in Birmingham until the end of this week. The actors explain how the show has to change after Christmas.

Producer Olivia Skinner.

  • Broadcast on BBC Radio 4, 7:15PM Wed, 23 Jan 2013
  • Available until 12:00AM Thu, 1 Jan 2099
  • First broadcast BBC Radio 4, 7:15PM Wed, 23 Jan 2013
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  • Duration 30 minutes

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