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Front Row Weekly

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

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Recent episodes (10)

  • Martin Freeman, Paolo Nutini, Patience Agbabi

    Thu, 17 Apr 14

    56 mins

    John Wilson speaks to actor Martin Freeman about acting in sub-zero temperatures while filming the television version of cult Coen brothers film Fargo and to Scottish pop star Paolo Nutini about his new album. We review Locke, a new film starring Batman star Tom Hardy, set entirely in a car. Author Val McDermid discusses the challenges of re-interpreting Northhanger Abbey for the 21st century and Kirsty Lang talks to one of the world’s greatest classical guitarists Milos Karadaglic and to award winning poet Patience Agbabi on a modern retelling of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales.

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  • Chiwetel Ejiofor, Jean Paul Gaultier, Emma Thompson

    Fri, 11 Apr 14

    61 mins

    John Wilson talks to Chiwetel Ejiofor on how life has changed since being Oscar nominated, Emma Thompson and Celia Imrie on why big screen roles are hard to come by for older actresses and Ben Watt of Everything But The Girl about his second solo album. Kirsty Lang is surrounded by corsets and conical bras for a Jean Paul Gaultier exhibition. Comedian Rory Bremner talks about the perils of forgetting your lines on stage. Irish folk singer Christy Moore looks back over his musical career and Desmond Shaw-Taylor takes us on a tour around an exhibition at Buckingham Palace.

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  • Kate Winslet, Richard Ayoade, Ricky Wilson

    Fri, 4 Apr 14

    54 mins

    Ricky Wilson talks about the Kaiser Chief’s new album and what it’s really like being a judge on The Voice. Kate Winslet discusses her latest film, Divergent German author Timur Vermes discusses a best-selling satire depicting Hitler as a present day celebrity after awakening from a 66-year sleep in 2011. John Wilson meets Chris Chibnall, writer of last year’s smash hit Broadchurch who has now written a play about the Worst Ever Wedding. He also reviews new biblical drama Noah, starring Russell Crowe and talks to Richard Ayoade about his second feature film, The Double starring Jesse Eisenberg.

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  • Anne Hathaway, Kristin Davis, Nan Goldin

    Fri, 28 Mar 14

    60 mins

    Kirsty Lang talks to Hollywood A-lister Anne Hathaway, Tom Hollander discusses his return to the role as vicar Adam Smallbone in Rev and actress Kristin Davis from Sex And The City about her West End stage debut. In a rare interview American photographer Nan Goldin tells John Wilson how the camera saved her life. Author Emma Donoghue talks about Frog Music, her first novel since being Booker nominated for Room and how Donald Rumsfeld’s most famous maxim inspired an Oscar winning documentary maker.

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  • Kylie Minogue, Harry Hill & Kings of Dance

    Fri, 21 Mar 14

    63 mins

    John Wilson meets Kylie Minogue to discuss her new album and Harry Hill and Sean Foley, creators of the new 'X Factor' musical. He talks to writer John Banville about his new take on Raymond Chandler and to two of the stars of the King of Dance. Sarah Dunant reviews the Veronese exhibition at the National Gallery and Kirsty Lang meets John Morton, creator of Twenty Twelve about his new series W1A.

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  • Jeff Beck, Alexander McCall Smith, Siri Hustvedt

    Fri, 14 Mar 14

    60 mins

    In Oxford, John views works by Cezanne, Manet, Degas and Van Gogh – part of a great private collection that has left America for the first time. Rock guitarist Jeff Beck on how he joined the Rolling Stones…for two days. Hollywood star Scarlett Johansson goes undercover in Glasgow for her latest film. Award winning writer Alexander McCall Smith discusses his latest novel about an expatriate community in the Cayman Islands. The Duke Of Devonshire takes John on a buggy trip round the Chatsworth estate and author Siri Hustvedt on the line from New York talks about her novel The Blazing World.

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  • Guy Garvey, Johnny Cash, Carol Ann Duffy

    Fri, 7 Mar 14

    46 mins

    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.

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  • Peter Gabriel, Stewart Lee, Helen Oyeyemi

    Fri, 28 Feb 14

    56 mins

    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.

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  • Martin Scorsese, Lynda La Plante, Joanne M Harris

    Fri, 21 Feb 14

    53 mins

    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.

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  • Norman Foster & Richard Rogers, Wilko Johnson & Roger Daltrey

    Fri, 14 Feb 14

    50 mins

    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.

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