Interviews with leading novelists, musicians, film directors, artists and more, from Radio 4's flagship arts show, presented by Mark Lawson, Kirsty Lang and John Wilson. Front Row is broadcast on BBC Radio 4 each weekday evening at 7.15 - 7.45pm
Fri, 7 Mar 14
Guy Garvey of Elbow talks to John Wilson about writing songs of love and loss. A trio of poets laureate examine the question of national verse. John heads to the British Museum to find out if the Vikings were ruthless raiders or international traders? Larushka Ivan-Zadeh reviews the film The Grand Budapest Hotel. And an album by Johnny Cash, rediscovered by his son John Carter Cash.
Fri, 28 Feb 14
Comedian Stewart Lee tells John Wilson why he’s still so grumpy on stage. We review the film adaptation of bestselling novel The Book Thief plus an exhibition of Great War portraits at the National Portrait Gallery. Peter Gabriel revisits his biggest album on stage and screen. Young novelist Helen Oyeyemi talks about myths and fairy tales. Will Gompertz marks the re-opening of the new Everyman Theatre in Liverpool. And why black actors need black playwrights to help them audition for roles.
Fri, 21 Feb 14
John Wilson talks to Martin Scorsese and film maker Thelma Schoonmaker about commemorating the work of Michael Powell and Emerik Pressburger. Lynda La Plante reveals her plans for a Prime Suspect prequel. Andrew Graham-Dixon explains why German renaissance art was once deemed too ugly for British galleries and music producer Jon Hopkins talks about his very solitary creative process. Jane Graham reviews the Lego movie and Tom Sutcliffe interviews author Joanne M Harris whose latest novel, The Gospel of Loki, is the first epic adult fantasy book.
Fri, 14 Feb 14
John Wilson talks to Barkhad Abdi, the debutante actor who took Tom Hanks hostage in Captain Philips. Author Armistead Maupin tells John why his latest Tale From The City is also his last. Architects Norman Foster and Richard Rogers reunite for a rare interview. More than a year after being diagnosed with terminal cancer, Wilko Johnson and his new musical partner Roger Daltrey talk about the album they've recorded together. Larushka Ivan-Zadeh reviews the film The Monuments Men. And John checks in to The Langham Hotel to watch Tennessee Williams plays.
Fri, 7 Feb 14
Dame Angela Lansbury on returning to London theatre, Swedish actress Sofia Helin and Danish actor Kim Bodnia from TV show The Bridge; sculptor Richard Deacon on his career and actor Reece Shearsmith discusses his latest post-Gentleman project. Kirsty Lang talks to author Hanif Kureishi about a novel that isn’t about VS Naipaul and to actress Isabella Rossellini about dramatising the sex lives of insects
Fri, 31 Jan 14
Kirsty Lang talks to Annie Proulx about the opera of her novel Brokeback Mountain and artist Martin Creed about his retrospective at the Hayward Gallery; and hears from actress Juliet Stevenson about the challenges of acting in the Samuel Beckett play Happy Days; while Mark Lawson talks to Matthew McConaughey about losing 47lbs for his film Dallas Buyers Club and to Ralph Fiennes about directing his film The Invisible Woman. comedians Adam Hills, Josh Widdicombe and Alex Brooker discuss the their series of The Last Leg on Channel 4.
Fri, 24 Jan 14
Simon Russell Beale on King Lear and Julie Hesmondhalgh on her controversial exit from Coronation Street; Sir Kenneth Branagh discusses the transition from Shakespeare to directing and playing the baddie in a thriller set in the new Cold War. John Wilson talks to special effects expert Tim Webber about defining Gravity; we count up rather more than three Musketeers and Tasmin Little delivers a Winter Olympics-related musical surprise.
Fri, 17 Jan 14
This week - writer Christios Tsiolkas on following his global bestseller The Slap and violinist Maxim Vengerov on the benefits of selective hearing; cellists Julian and Jiaxin Lloyd Webber discuss their new work and director Dominic Dromgoole on working in a new Shakespearean space. Kirsty Lang talks to actor Colin Firth and theatre designer Es Devlin and John Wilson film directors The Coen Brothers and we review The Wolf of Wall Street.
Fri, 10 Jan 14
Naomie Harris talks about playing Winnie Mandela and director Steve McQueen discusses his film 12 Years a Slave; Jarvis Cocker also talks film - The Big Melt. Sculptor Tom Price talks about his work at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park and author Graeme Simison discusses his best selling book, The Rosie Project and Vince Vaughn's new film the Delivery Man is reviwed.
Mon, 23 Dec 13
Martin Freeman on the Hobbit, Mark Gatiss on Coriolanus and Olivia Colman on a great year for acting roles. Andrew Lloyd Webber talks about his musical on Stephen Ward and Paul Hayman talks about ghost writing Sir Alex Ferguson's best selling memoir. And a round up of 2013's best music offerings.
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