Front Row - Steve Coogan, Ruth Rendell's Cultural Exchange, Peter Bazalgette
Arts news. Steve Coogan on his career, the Leveson Inquiry and creating his Alan Partridge movie. Plus, Ruth Rendell selects Handel's oratorio Solomon for Cultural Exchange.
With Mark Lawson.
Steve Coogan returns as his best-known character, Norwich radio DJ Alan Partridge, in a new film Alpha Papa, which sees Partridge involved in an unusual hostage situation at a local radio station. Steve Coogan discusses the evolution of the character from the small to the big screen, the pressure from fans to reprise his 'hit' character, and how his fears of turning into Alan Partridge himself inspire his performances.
For Cultural Exchange, crime writer Ruth Rendell discusses her choice of Handel's oratorio Solomon, based on the bible story and containing the sinfonia The Arrival of the Queen of Sheba.
On the day that Arts Council England announces investment plans for 2015 to 2018, Peter Bazalgette, its chairman, talks to Mark about what these plans will involve - in the light of cuts to local authority budgets.
Producer Claire Bartleet.