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, 6 Dec 13
Hilary Mantel on the RSC stage adaptations of Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies; the verdict on the film Nebraska; the new set of Coronation Street; Jude Law in Henry V reviewed; Investigative journalist John Pilger; one-woman shows; bestselling autobiographies put to the test.
Fri, 29 Nov 13
Russell Brand and reveals what Morrissey said in his dressing room. Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson star in a movie about why Mary Poppins almost never flew in movies; screenwriter Paula Milne on recreating the Cold War. Choreographer Shobana Jeyasingh reflects on 25 years of making dancers stretch and sweat. Kirsty Lang explores the enduring fascination with Eric and Ernie and the return of a famous cat-smoking villain
Fri, 22 Nov 13
Mark Lawson talks to actress Anjelica Huston, Sally Wainwright, writer of TV drama Last Tango in Halifax, and to the writer and director of the new West End production of Mojo. Film critic Rosie Swash reviews The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and Mark Eccleston explores surprising and unlikely film sequels. Plus Kirsty Lang talks to Adam Price, director of Danish political drama Borgen, and to illustrator Peter Blake.
Fri, 15 Nov 13
American novelist Donna Tartt; actor Forest Whitaker on The Butler; cellist Anita Lasker-Wallfisch, a survivor of Auschwitz; Chinese pianist Lang Lang; Bel Mooney reviews the film Don Jon; singer-songwriter and X Factor judge Gary Barlow.
Fri, 8 Nov 13
J J Abrams describes his unorthodox new creation – S; Zadie Smith on her new story The Embassy of Cambodia; Kitty Empire gives her verdict on the new albums by Lady Gaga and Lorde; Matthew Macfadyen and Stephen Mangan on playing Jeeves and Wooster; Hermione Lee discusses her biography of writer Penelope Fitzgerald; movie-industry documentary Seduced and Abandoned reviewed; Neil Gaiman on his new Dr Who short story.
Fri, 1 Nov 13
Sandra Bullock talks to Mark Lawson about Hollywood finally discovering women; Broadway director and choreographer Susan Stroman discusses the experience of making musicals with both Mel Brooks and Woody Allen; Ross Noble tells Mark about his new TV travel show in which he has no idea where he's going; and Joan Collins discusses her memoir, husbands and not giving away her age. Plus John Wilson talks to singer-songwriter Graham Nash and Kirsty Lang meets Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love.
Fri, 25 Oct 13
Dame Judi Dench on why laughing makes it easier to play tragedy and novelist Susan Hill on taking a break from crime fiction. In Derry-Londonderry (UK City of Culture 2013) award-winning novelist Jennifer Johnston reflects on fictionalising the Troubles...and the Turner Prize for Modern Art – leaving England for the first time. Kirsty Lang meets the band Earth Wind and Fire and John Wilson talks to film-maker Clio Barnard.
Fri, 18 Oct 13
Mark Lawson talks to Sir David Jason about balancing privacy with autobiography; to the new artistic director of the National Theatre, Rufus Norris, on learning to speak up for UK drama; to songwriter Tori Amos and playwright Samuel Adamson about their new musical fairytale for the 21st century; and he follows a Frank Auerbach picture into a Luton primary school; while Kirsty Lang meets writer Penelope Lively; and John Wilson talks to Sir Paul McCartney about finding new things to do at 71.
Fri, 11 Oct 13
Tom Hanks on his latest role as an American captain taken hostage at sea. Jennifer Saunders explains why she lied to Goldie Hawn. Sir John Eliot Gardiner on the 50 of conducting that informed his new book about Johann Sebastian Bach and John Wilson meets artist Frank Auerbach and musician Anoushka Shankar
Fri, 4 Oct 13
David Tennant and Gregory Doran on Richard II; Actress Saoirse Ronan; rapper Dizzee Rascal; Australian author Hannah Kent; Adil Ray on his TV persona Citizen Khan; documentary-maker Lucy Walker.
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