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.
Fri, 31 Dec 10
Mark Lawson talks to some of 2010's highest cultural achievers, including Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes; crime writer Belinda Bauer, Coronation Street’s creator Tony Warren and actor Bill Tarmey; The Social Network screenwriter Aaron Sorkin; Inception director Christopher Nolan; and conductor Sir John Eliot Gardiner.
Fri, 24 Dec 10
In the first of two podcasts, Mark Lawson talks to some of 2010's highest cultural achievers: including Colin Firth, Zaha Hadid, Howard Jacobson, Mumford & Sons and that TV Sherlock, Benedict Cumberbatch.
Fri, 17 Dec 10
David Walliams and Matt Lucas on their new comedy series; poet Les Murray; the verdict on new film Catfish; comedian Russell Howard; The Human League's Phil Oakey; and Rob Lemkin on his documentary about the Cambodian killing fields.
Fri, 10 Dec 10
Comedy performers Harry Hill, Catherine Tate and Lenny Henry; musical parodist Weird Al Yankovic; the verdict on the new Upstairs, Downstairs; Front Row's Jukebox Jury on songs aimed at the Christmas charts.
Fri, 3 Dec 10
Mark Lawson speaks to the winners of the 56th London Evening Standard Theatre Awards, including Sir Michael Gambon; comedian Ricky Gervais on tackling taboo subjects; the William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award; music writer Alex Ross explains concert etiquette and birth of 'classical music’; Cecilia Bartoli on choosing to record less familiar repertoire, and comedian Simon Amstell gives his first radio interview.
Fri, 26 Nov 10
Sir Peter Hall looks back from the age of 80 at the dramas of his life; Eddie Izzard on how Anne Robinson changed his approach to stand-up; 41 years after her death, why Judy Garland can still be Dorothy; Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane on why he's touring the UK as a crooner; and photographer Albert Watson explains why he told Jack Nicholson to go outside and wait in the snow.
Fri, 19 Nov 10
Miranda Hart discusses her comic persona, Sir David Attenborough explains why his new series First Life is a personal quest, news of the 2010 Costa Book Awards Shortlist, Keith Coventry, winner of this year's John Moores Painting Prize, describes the paintings in his studio, 89 year old jazz singer Jon Hendricks recalls how Charlie Parker encouraged him to swap a career in law for music, and film director and artist Julian Schnabel discusses his new film Miral.
Fri, 12 Nov 10
Peter Firth on surviving – so far – as Sir Harry in Spooks; Bill Bailey on a stroke of comic luck in Ireland; Jimmy McGovern on how to rehabilitate the courtroom drama; director David Yates on bringing Harry Potter to an end; Oliver Sacks – chronicler of medical case histories discusses becoming one himself; and UK rapper Tinie Tempah.
Fri, 5 Nov 10
Crime writer PD James on why she’s too nervous to write another Adam Dalgliesh book, Colin Bateman explains why his new play attempts to find a national anthem for Northern Ireland, Dawn French on her debut novel and unusually amicable divorce, South African playwright Athol Fugard talks politics and explains the inspiration behind his latest work The Train Driver, historian Tom Holland reviews the Egyptian Book of the Dead at the British Museum; and Brett Anderson and Mat Osman discuss Suede's reformation.
Fri, 29 Oct 10
Elvis Costello discusses his new album National Ransom; Rob Brydon and Steve Coogan on new comedy The Trip, directed by Michael Winterbottom; Damien Hirst on Brit Art now; and actor Christopher Plummer, whose film career includes The Sound of Music and an Oscar nomination in 2010 for The Last Station.
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