Front Row Daily

Front Row Daily

Interviews with leading novelists, musicians, film directors, artists and more, from Radio 4's flagship arts show, presented by Kirsty Lang and John Wilson. Front Row is broadcast on BBC Radio 4 each weekday evening at 7.15 - 7.45pm. New editions will be available each night following the live broadcast.

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  • Blur's new album; Empire review; Jim Cartwright

    Fri, 24 Apr 15

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Damon Albarn and Graham Coxon discuss the first new Blur album in 16 years; US TV show Empire reviewed; Little Voice writer Jim Cartwright on his new play; poet Michael Symmons Roberts on Trollope.

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  • Damian Lewis & Daniel Evans, Sam Lee, The Proms. 23 April 15

    Thu, 23 Apr 15

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Damian Lewis and director Daniel Evans on their production of David Mamet's American Buffalo, Singer songwriter Sam Lee on collecting Folk songs, Swedish film A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence reviewed and the launch of the 2015 Proms.

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  • The Good Lie, Dominic Dromgoole, Loudon Wainwright III, Lib Dems' arts policy 220415

    Wed, 22 Apr 15

    Duration:
    29 mins

    The Good Lie reviewed; Dominic Dromgoole on the global Hamlet tour; Loudon Wainwright III on his Radio 2 Lifetime Achievement Award; Lib Dems' Baroness Bonham-Carter on her party's arts policy

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  • Toni Morrison, Indigenous Australia, Car Share

    Tue, 21 Apr 15

    Duration:
    29 mins

    With Samira Ahmed. Toni Morrison; Car Share reviewed; Indigenous Australia at the British Museum and the pop influence of Edgar Allan Poe.

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  • FrontRow - 20/04/15: Antony Gormley; Borodin Quartet.

    Mon, 20 Apr 15

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Antony Gormley; Madam Secretary review; Who Cares writer and director; Borodin Quartet at 70.

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  • National Theatre changes; Dark Horse

    Fri, 17 Apr 15

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Horse racing documentary Dark Horse; changes at the National Theatre; actress and playwright Danai Gurira on her play set during the Liberian Civil War; artist Luke Jerram.

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  • Gypsy, Martin Parr, Hermitage director, new Tennessee Williams 160415

    Thu, 16 Apr 15

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Gypsy starring Imelda Staunton reviewed, Martin Parr's Chinese Photobooks, Hermitage Museum director Mikhail Piotrovsky, newly-discovered Tennessee Williams drama fragments

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  • Francis Bacon, Child 44, The Falling

    Wed, 15 Apr 15

    Duration:
    29 mins

    John Wilson reviews Francis Bacon and the Masters in Norwich. Child 44 starring Tom Hardy. Carol Morley on The Falling. And Irish novelist Lisa McInerney.

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  • Alan Rickman, art of Sonia Delaunay

    Tue, 14 Apr 15

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Alan Rickman on directing his new film A Little Chaos; the art of Sonia Delaunay at Tate Modern. Punchdrunk Theatre at the National Maritime Museum and Anne Frank's Diary revisited

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  • FrontRow - 13/04/15: Baileys shortlist; Gunter Grass; Dear Lupin

    Mon, 13 Apr 15

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Baileys shortlist revealed; Gunter Grass remembered; Dear Lupin letters on stage; The Last Five Years reviewed.

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  • Michael Horovitz, Drone on Film, Jinx review

    Fri, 10 Apr 15

    Duration:
    29 mins

    In the week he turns 80, John Wilson talks to the poet Michael Horovitz. Also: a review of The Jinx, drone warfare on film, and is the download dead?

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  • Ray Davies, Gillian Ayres, Game of Thrones. 9 April 15

    Thu, 9 Apr 15

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Ray Davies on the hit musical about The Kinks, Sunny Afternoon, Swedish family drama Force Majeure reviewed, artist Gillian Ayres on working in her 80s and, as Game of Thrones returns, Dr Janina Ramirez discusses its historical basis.

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  • Helen Mirren, Ed Vaizey, Benjamin Clementine

    Wed, 8 Apr 15

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Helen Mirren on Woman in Gold and playing the Queen on Broadway. Conservative Culture Minister Ed Vaizey. Benjamin Clementine sings live in studio. With John Wilson.

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  • Jo Nesbo, review of John Wick

    Tue, 7 Apr 15

    Duration:
    29 mins

    With Samira Ahmed. Jo Nesbo, review of John Wick, the winner of BBC Music Magazine Recording of the Year announced, and Billie Holiday celebrated

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  • Front Row: Peggy Seeger

    Mon, 6 Apr 15

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Ahead of her 80th birthday, John Wilson travels to Oxfordshire to the home of Peggy Seeger, the American musician who, along with her husband Ewan MacColl, led the folk revival movement of the 1950s and ‘60s.

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  • Clive James 03 APR 2015

    Fri, 3 Apr 15

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Clive James talks to Kirsty Lang about his new poetry collection Sentenced to Life, which looks back over his life and considers his situation as he manages his terminal illness

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  • Code of a Killer, National Poetry Competition

    Thu, 2 Apr 15

    Duration:
    29 mins

    With Kirsty Lang. Code of a Killer on ITV reviewed; politics on stage in Dead Sheep; the winner of the National Poetry Competition and author Attica Locke

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  • Nick Cave; Sweeney Todd review

    Wed, 1 Apr 15

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Nick Cave discusses his new book written partly on sickbags during a US tour; Peter Ackroyd on his Hitchcock biography; the verdict on Emma Thompson and Bryn Terfel in Sweeney Todd and Alexandra Harris discusses a new exhibition of the English painter Eric Ravilious.

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  • Sara Taylor, The Dark Horse, Trevor Noah. 31 Mar 15

    Tue, 31 Mar 15

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Sara Taylor on her Bailey's nominated first novel, The Shore, New Zealand film The Dark Horse reviewed, the play Lincoln was watching when he was assassinated, 70 years of The Glass Menagerie and South African comic Trevor Noah.

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  • Tracey Emin, Blade Runner, Stan Tracey

    Mon, 30 Mar 15

    Duration:
    29 mins

    John Wilson talks to Tracey Emin about her Bed. Clark Tracey on his father Stan's seminal jazz album Under Milk Wood. Plus Tim Robey on Directors Cuts.

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  • Hytner & Spacey, Hofesh Schechter

    Fri, 27 Mar 15

    Duration:
    29 mins

    As Nicholas Hytner leaves the National Theatre and Kevin Spacey the Old Vic John Wilson assesses their era. He reviews The Ark on Television the Oscar nominated film Wild Tales. And John talks to the choreographer Hofesh Shechter, known for visceral, political and provocative dance inspired by growing up in Jerusalem, who has created 'Untouchable', a major new work for the Royal Ballet.

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  • Playing Willy Loman; National Videogame Arcade; Patrick Gale.

    Thu, 26 Mar 15

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Antony Sher on playing Willy Loman; the National Videogame Arcade in Nottingham opens; Patrick Gale on his new novel.

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  • Ben Stiller, James Gillray, Joanne Harris, Peter Doig 250315

    Wed, 25 Mar 15

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Ben Stiller discusses his film While We're Young; cartoonist Martin Rowson reviews Love Bites: Caricatures by James Gillray at the Ashmolean; artist Peter Doig; novelist Joanne Harris on a new app that changes the reading experience.

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  • Russell Crowe, Anish Kapoor, Greek Art. 24 Mar 15

    Tue, 24 Mar 15

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Russell Crowe on his directorial debut, The Water Diviner, artist Anish Kapoor on creating artworks made of silicone, Bettany Hughes on the beauty of the body in Greek Art and could fantasy TV series Outlander become as popular as Game of Thrones?

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  • Cinderella; Akhil Sharma wins Folio Prize

    Mon, 23 Mar 15

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Akhil Sharma, the winner of the 2015 Folio Prize for fiction is live from the ceremony in London. A review of Kenneth Branagh's new film Cinderella, the latest live-action retelling of a Disney classic fairytale. Documentary-maker Nick Broomfield discusses his latest film, Tales of the Grim Sleeper. The film is about Lonnie Franklin Jr. who is believed to have killed more than 100 women, making him the most prolific serial killer in history. And Adam Dant, who has just been appointed official Election artist, discusses his plans to cover events in the coming six weeks.

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  • Peggy Seeger; Sean Scully; The Royals

    Fri, 20 Mar 15

    Duration:
    29 mins

    An interview with folk artist Peggy Seeger about her role in creating the Radio Ballads; artist Sean Scully; a review of a new US TV show about the Royal Family; composer Anna Meredith discusses the music that reminds her of Spring.

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  • Michael Winterbottom and Painting Paradise

    Thu, 19 Mar 15

    Duration:
    29 mins

    John Wilson talks to Michael Winterbottom about his film The Face of an Angel, visits Painting Paradise, an exhibition of garden art, discusses how old bones influence our response to art. And Fred D'Aguiar chooses a poem of spring

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  • Mommy, Maggi Hambling, Ayelet Gundar-Goshen

    Wed, 18 Mar 15

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Kirsty Lang reviews Xavier Dolan's film Mommy. Artist Maggi Hambling on Cy Twombly. Israeli author Ayelet Gundar-Goshen. And contemporary Iraqi art.

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  • Samuel West, AD Miller, Bloodline reviewed. 17 Mar 15

    Tue, 17 Mar 15

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Samuel West on directing After Electra, Netflix thriller Bloodline reviewed, AD Miller on his novel The Faithful Couple, Togo Igawa on the power of Japanese cherry blossom to inspire and the musicians who won't sing their big hits.

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  • Coalition drama and Sweeney Todd

    Mon, 16 Mar 15

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Kirsty Lang brings together the two actors playing David Cameron and Nick Clegg in Coalition, the latest political drama from Channel 4. From a tiny pie shop in Tooting to Shaftesbury’s Avenue, we hear from the team behind a production of Stephen Sondheim’s Sweeny Todd, which is about to make one of the most extraordinary transfers in the history of theatre. Larushka Ivan-Zadeh reviews the Oscar-nominated animation, The Tale of Princess Kaguya. And it might still feel like winter, but as spring officially starts we’ll be marking its arrival by asking practitioners to pick work that best represents the season of daffodils and light. First up, it’s Michael Rosen on ‘The Wind in the Willows’, when Mole scrabbles to the surface.

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  • Raised by Wolves, The Staves, Compton Verney, Boston art heist 130315

    Fri, 13 Mar 15

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Caitlin Moran's TV series Raised by Wolves reviewed; The Staves on their new album If I Was; country mansion Compton Verney re-opens; and the 1990 Boston art heist revisited

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  • Terry Pratchett remembered; Michael Flatley

    Thu, 12 Mar 15

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Michael Flatley on preparing to hang up his dancing shoes for good; Suite Francaise reviewed; Terry Pratchett remembered; Wellington at the National Portrait Gallery.

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  • The Wild Man of the West Indies, Joshua Reynolds

    Thu, 12 Mar 15

    Duration:
    28 mins

    18th Century artist Joshua Reynolds; the UK premiere of Donizetti's opera about slavery, The Wild Man of the West Indies; Polly Samson on her new novel 'The Kindness', and writing lyrics for Pink Floyd;and open submissions - good news for unpublished writers without an agent.

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  • X+Y Review, Tom McCarthy, Housing Crisis plays

    Tue, 10 Mar 15

    Duration:
    29 mins

    A review of film X+Y, starring Asa Butterfield and Sally Hawkins. Booker-shortlisted author Tom McCarthy on latest work, Satin Island. Housing is the inspiration for three plays which explore the lengths people will go to get a foot on the ladder. Two of the playwrights, Philip Ridley and Matt Hartley, discuss the dramatic possibilities of bricks and mortar. And who is Richard Diebenkorn? As the Royal Academy prepares to stage a retrospective, curator Sarah Bancroft discusses the painter whose work hangs in Obama's personal quarters in the White House. Producer: Craig Templeton Smith.

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  • Sean Penn, Madonna, Leonora Carrington

    Mon, 9 Mar 15

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Sean Penn talks about his new film the Gunman; the life and work of artist Leonora Carrington, and Madonna's new album Rebel Heart reviewed. Plus a tribute to documentary maker Albert Maysles who’s died.

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  • FrontRow:Anne Sofie von Otter, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

    Fri, 6 Mar 15

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Swedish Soprano Anne Sofie von Otter, Tina Fey's new comedy series Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Nevada's Burning Man festival temple comes to Derry, and the art of boxing on stage

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  • Kazuo Ishiguro special

    Thu, 5 Mar 15

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Kazuo Ishiguro talks about his latest novel, The Buried Giant, about his career as a writer, and how it all started with dreams of being a singer/songwriter.

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  • Kill The Messenger; Alexander McQueen; 4th Plinth; Jimmy McGovern

    Wed, 4 Mar 15

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Kill The Messenger review; Alexander McQueen exhibition; Jimmy McGovern; 4th Plinth

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  • Sigourney Weaver, Inventing Impressionism, Simon Rattle's return. 3 Mar 15

    Tue, 3 Mar 15

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Sigourney Weaver on her latest role in AI film Chappie, the National Gallery's new exhibition about the dealer behind the Impressionists, Simon Rattle's return to London and how do you stage anti-Semitic 16th C plays for a modern audience.

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  • Juliette Binoche, Poldark, Thomas Heatherwick

    Mon, 2 Mar 15

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Kirsty Lang talks to actress Juliette Binoche. Designer Thomas Heatherwick. Sarah Dunant reviews Poldark. And did the ancient Greeks see the colour blue differently?

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  • Beau Willimon; Tony Harrison; Ella Henderson

    Fri, 27 Feb 15

    Duration:
    29 mins

    House of Cards writer Beau Willimon on hearing from President Clinton about the authenticity of the show; X-Factor singer Ella Henderson on her debut album; Catch Me Daddy reviewed; Tony Harrison on winning the David Cohen Prize; Kim Newman remembers Leonard Nimoy.

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  • Man and Superman, Historic England, Miranda July, Reading Spain 260215

    Thu, 26 Feb 15

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Ralph Fiennes in George Bernard Shaw's Man and Superman reviewed, Simon Thurley on Historic England and The English Heritage Trust, novelist Miranda July, Reading Spain

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  • Peter Sellars, It Follows, Politics on stage, Anna Smaill 250215

    Wed, 25 Feb 15

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Peter Sellars on directing Purcell's final unfinished opera The Indian Queen, Teen horror movie It Follows reviewed, Indhu Rubasingham, director of a new play Multitudes, and Steve Thompson, writer of Feed the Beast, on politics taking centre stage, and Anna Smaill on her debut novel The Chimes.

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  • Iain Banks Poetry, James Bay 24Feb2015

    Tue, 24 Feb 15

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Jed Mercurio's new medical drama Critical, the poetry of novelist Iain Banks, winner of this years Critics' Choice Brit Award James Bay, and Sculpture Victorious at Tate Britain

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  • Julianne Moore and Labour's plans for arts

    Mon, 23 Feb 15

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Julianne Moore, winner of the Oscar for Best Actress; Ed Miliband on Labour's plans for the arts and two Harold Pinter screenplays being performed for the first time.

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  • FrontRowDebate: John Wilson at Hull Truck

    Mon, 23 Feb 15

    Duration:
    43 mins

    John Wilson with Deborah Bull, Richard Bean, Philip Booth, Ekow Eshun, Tiffany Jenkins and an audience at the Hull Truck Theatre.

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  • Iestyn Davies, Sheila Hancock, Kumiko, London Fashion Week 200215

    Fri, 20 Feb 15

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Countertenor Iestyn Davies on playing Farinelli, actress Sheila Hancock, Kumiko the Treasure Hunter reviewed, Es Devlin and Simon Costin on designing theatarical spectacles as London Fashion Week begins.

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  • Johnny Vegas; Alan Howard remembered

    Thu, 19 Feb 15

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Johnny Vegas on his journey from potter to comedian; former RSC Artistic Director Terry Hands remembers Alan Howard; Spanish novelist Javier Mari­as; Julianne Moore looks ahead to the Oscars.

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  • John Madden, Museum of the Mind, Kwabs. 18 Feb 15

    Wed, 18 Feb 15

    Duration:
    29 mins

    The director of the Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel John Madden, the Museum of the Mind at Bethlem Hospital, singer song writer Kwabs on how a school music teacher inspired him and Maidan, a documentary about the Kiev protests, reviewed.

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  • Jacqueline du Pre, Charles Rennie Mackintosh.

    Tue, 17 Feb 15

    Duration:
    29 mins

    John Wilson looks back 50 years to Jacqueline du Pre's historic recording of Elgar's Cello Concerto. The Wilson Twins discuss living off Thatcher's Enterprise Allowancein the 1980s. Architect Amanda Levete on Charles Rennie Mackintosh.

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  • Front Row: Vasily Petrenko, Gurinder Chadha

    Mon, 16 Feb 15

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Kirsty Lang with conductor Vasily Petrenko, filmmaker Gurinder Chadha and artist Lynda Benglis; Briony Hansen reviews The Duke of Burgundy.

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  • Bob Odenkirk, 50 Shades of Grey, ENO

    Fri, 13 Feb 15

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Kirsty Lang talks to Better Call Saul actor Bob Odenkirk. Plus Fifty Shades of Grey, ENO's financial troubles and the play Fireworks by Palestinian playwright Dalia Taha.

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  • Cornelia Parker, Richard Wilson, Barrie Rutter 12 Feb 15

    Thu, 12 Feb 15

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Cornelia Parker discusses her new exhibition at the re-developed Whitworth Art Gallery in Manchester. The show includes new commissions such as Blakean Abstract, a collaboration with Nobel Prize-winning scientist, Professor Kostya Novoselov. Sheffield Theatres is presenting a Sarah Kane season to mark the 20th anniversary of the premiere of her debut play, Blasted. The actor and director Richard Wilson and Sheffield Theatres' artistic director Daniel Evans discuss the late Sarah Kane's work, and her legacy as a playwright. Barrie Rutter, founder and artistic director of Northern Broadsides, first played the role of King Lear in 1999. 16 years on he talks to John Wilson about playing King Lear for the second time. Maria Balshaw, Director of the Whitworth Art Gallery, on how the building's £15m redevelopment has stayed true to the Victorian instincts of its founders but provided a bridge to the needs of its 21st century visitors.

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  • Sargent, Daniel Handler, Reading France, Candlelight 110215

    Wed, 11 Feb 15

    Duration:
    29 mins

    John Singer Sargent: Portraits of Artists and Friends reviewed by AN Wilson, Lemony Snicket author Daniel Handler, Reading France, and filming and directing with candlelight

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  • Jennifer Aniston; Indian Summers review; artists as collectors

    Tue, 10 Feb 15

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Jennifer Aniston discusses playing against type as a grieving woman in the film Cake; a new exhibition showcasing objects collected by artists; period drama Indian Summers reviewed; how important is it for singers to have a great voice? Neil McCormick and Tom Robinson discuss.

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  • Harriet Walter & Guy Paul; The Casual Vacancy. 9 Feb '15

    Mon, 9 Feb 15

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Harriet Walter & Guy Paul on stage; The Casual Vacancy reviewed; The Folio Prize shortlist; Amit Chaudhuri.

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  • The Interview, Blake Morrison, Marie NDaiye

    Fri, 6 Feb 15

    Duration:
    29 mins

    John Wilson reviews Seth Rogen's film The Interview. Poet Blake Morrison. French author Marie NDaiye. And the groundbreaking arts White Paper of 1965.

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  • Alfred Molina, Rona Munro, Bookshops turned Publishers. 5 Jan 14

    Thu, 5 Feb 15

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Alfred Molina on playing one half of an older gay couple in Love is Strange, Rona Munro on dramatising 19th century street gangs, the New York Times theatre critic Ben Brantley on Brits on Broadway and the bookshops that have become publishers.

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  • Timberlake Wertenbaker, Jupiter Ascending

    Wed, 4 Feb 15

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Kirsty Lang talks to Timberlake Wertenbaker talks to Kirsty Lang; Jupiter Ascending reviewed; Sylvain Bourmeau on novels that throw light on contemporary France; and Adrian Wootton of the British Film Commission on why the industry is booming.

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  • Front Row: Harper Lee, William Nicholson, Marlene Dumas

    Tue, 3 Feb 15

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Samira Ahmed on Harper Lee's new novel, writer William Nicholson, The Turning reviewed and artist Marlene Dumas.

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  • George the Poet; RIBA Gold Medal winners

    Mon, 2 Feb 15

    Duration:
    29 mins

    George the Poet, spoken word artist, on his first book; the winners of the RIBA Gold Medal Award, new British film Still Life and the bronze statues attributed to Michelangelo.

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  • Amelia Bullmore, Battle of Waterloo exhibition, Leviathan

    Fri, 30 Jan 15

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Kirsty Lang on Leviathan, the Russian film lauded abroad, damned at home, an exhibition about the Battle of Waterloo at Windsor Castle and actress, now playwright, Amelia Bullmore. Plus Australian crime thriller, Son of a Gun, reviewed.

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  • Trash, The Hard Problem, Andrew O'Hagan, Chilly Gonzales

    Thu, 29 Jan 15

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Stephen Daldry's film Trash and Tom Stoppard's new play The Hard Problem reviewed, Andrew O'Hagan on his new novel The Illuminations, and pianist Chilly Gonzales

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  • David Oyelowo; Bob Dylan album; Helen Macdonald

    Wed, 28 Jan 15

    Duration:
    29 mins

    David Oyelow on Selma; Bob Dylan album reviewed; Helen Macdonald wins the Costa; composer Joanna Marsh.

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  • Inherent Vice, Dara, Teen Movies

    Tue, 27 Jan 15

    Duration:
    29 mins

    With Samira Ahmed. From Cotton to Gold: the art of the cotton mills; Inherent Vice reviewed; Dara at the National Theatre and teen movie tropes dissected

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  • Matthew Vaughn and Mark Millar, Basil Twist

    Mon, 26 Jan 15

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Samira Ahmed talks to the creators of the film Kingsman: The Secret Service. Puppeteer Basil Twist. BP and arts sponsorship. And the bands auctioning off their new albums.

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  • Jessica Chastain; self portraits; Ali Smith

    Fri, 23 Jan 15

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Oscar-nominated actress Jessica Chastain discusses her new film A Most Violent Year; self-portraits at Turner Contemporary; Costa Novel Award winner Ali Smith; Bob Copper at 100.

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  • Johnny Depp and Paul Bettany, Imogen Cooper, Kate Saunders, Fortitude 220115

    Thu, 22 Jan 15

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Johnny Depp and Paul Bettany on new film Mortdecai; pianist Imogen Cooper; Kate Saunders discusses her Costa Children's Book Award winner; Fortitude starring Sofie Gråbøl reviewed

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  • Bjork's new album, Samantha Shannon. 21 Jan 15

    Wed, 21 Jan 15

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Head of Walt Disney Animation Andrew Millstein on the success of Frozen, novelist Samantha Shannon on her dystopian fantasy series, Bjork's unexpected new album reviewed and Costa poetry prize winner Jonathan Edwards.

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  • Ex Machina, Jamie Lloyd, Max Brooks

    Tue, 20 Jan 15

    Duration:
    29 mins

    With Samira Ahmed. Ex Machina reviewed, theatre director Jamie Lloyd on The Ruling Class, graphic novelist Max Brooks, Costa First Novel winner Emma Healey.

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  • FrontRow:Mark Ronson, Michael Chabon,Helen Macdonald

    Mon, 19 Jan 15

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Musician Mark Ronson discusses working with novelist Michael Chabon; Helen Macdonald on her memoir H is for Hawk; William Feaver on the RA's exhibition Rubens and his Legacy

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  • Russell T Davies, PJ Harvey records album

    Fri, 16 Jan 15

    Duration:
    29 mins

    With John Wilson. Russell T Davies; P J Harvey records her new album in a glass box; censorship in the arts explored in Walking the Tightrope,and BBC 2 drama The Eichmann Show reviewed

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  • Oscar Nominations Special

    Thu, 15 Jan 15

    Duration:
    29 mins

    John talks to nominees including Eddie Redmayne, Rosamund Pike, Benedict Cumberbatch, Felicity Jones and Richard Linklater.

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  • Bradley Cooper; abstract art;.

    Wed, 14 Jan 15

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Bradley Cooper in American Sniper; portrayals of the Prophet in art; abstract art from 1915 to present day; Paula Hawkins debut novel.

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  • Wolf Hall, Whiplash, Michael Boyd, Belle and Sebastian 130115

    Tue, 13 Jan 15

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Wolf Hall on TV, reviewed by Sarah Crompton; former RSC director Michael Boyd on his first opera Orfeo; new film Whiplash reviewed by Matt Thorne; Stuart Murdoch of Belle and Sebastian

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  • Wild; winner of TS Eliot poetry prize 2014

    Mon, 12 Jan 15

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Wild reviewed, TS Eliot poetry prize announced, Oppenheimer at the RSC and Canadian soprano and conductor Barbara Hannigan

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  • Into the Woods, Sounds of 2015, Eva Dolan.

    Fri, 9 Jan 15

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Rob Marshall on his film Into the Woods; the band Years & Years, Sounds of 2015 winners; Eva Dolan on her crime fiction novel Tell No Tales and how The Godfather II evokes January.

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  • Michael Pennington, Minimalist Music, January Art. 8 Jan 15

    Thu, 8 Jan 15

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Michael Pennington on how to be an actor, Holocaust documentary The Last of the Unjust reviewed, composers Stephen Montague and Scanner on minimalist music and Tim Marlow on the painting that evokes January for him.

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  • Steve Carell, Ian McMillan on Elvis's 80th, Chris Watson, The Fever 070115

    Wed, 7 Jan 15

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Steve Carell on his new movie Foxcatcher, Ian McMillan on Elvis's 80th, sound recordist Chris Watson celebrates January, and Tobias Menzies and Robert Icke on new play The Fever

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  • Richard Linklater, Garrick Ohlsson

    Tue, 6 Jan 15

    Duration:
    29 mins

    John Wilson talks to director Richard Linklater about the film Boyhood. Pianist Garrick Ohlsson on Scriabin. Alison Brackenbury's January Poem. And the new director of the National Portrait Gallery.

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  • David Tennant; Costa Book Awards; Alicia Vikander

    Mon, 5 Jan 15

    Duration:
    29 mins

    David Tennant discusses series two of Broadchurch; category winners of the Costa Book Awards revealed; Alicia Vikander on playing Vera Brittain in Testament of Youth; January in song.

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  • Birdman, Tamsin Greig, Turner in January

    Fri, 2 Jan 15

    Duration:
    29 mins

    With Samira Ahmed. Tim Robey reviews Birdman; Tamsin Greig on Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown; artist James Bridle on the rise of drone photography and curator Charlotte Topsfield on the annual show of Turner watercolours in Edinburgh each January.

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  • People of the Year part 2 31/12/14

    Wed, 31 Dec 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    John Wilson with the people who made headlines in the arts including Benedict Cumberbatch, Emma Thompson, Dolly Parton, and Sam Smith.

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  • People of the Year - Programme One. 30 Dec 2014

    Tue, 30 Dec 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    John Wilson with the people who made headlines in the arts in 2014 including Carey Mulligan, Hilary Mantel, Gillian Anderson, Ed Sheeran, Paolo Nutini, Marina Abramovic, John Cleese, Lionel Shriver, Helen McCrory and Kristen Scott Thomas.

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  • The Rise and Rise of Event Cinema

    Mon, 29 Dec 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Theatre on the big screen: Kirsty Lang investigates the phenomenon of event cinema, talking to the producer of Billy Elliot: The Musical Live, those involved in NT Live, and actors Helen McCrory and Lesley Manville

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  • The Art of Book Cover Design

    Mon, 29 Dec 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    John Wilson explores the art of book cover design with artist Suzanne Dean and writers Ian McEwan, Tom McCarthy and Audrey Niffenegger.

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  • Sir Alan Ayckbourn

    Thu, 25 Dec 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    In conversation with Kirsty Lang, Sir Alan Ayckbourn discusses his long and prolific career that has seen him, at the age of 75, premiere his 78th play.

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  • Composer John Kander on Cabaret, Chicago

    Wed, 24 Dec 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Kirsty Lang talks to John Kander, composer of musicals Cabaret, Chicago and The Scottsboro Boys. On discovering Liza Minelli, and why Judi Dench is his favourite Sally Bowles.

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  • Young Fathers, Miranda Richardson, Unbroken

    Tue, 23 Dec 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Mercury Music prize winners Young Fathers, Mikhail Baryshnikov on turning from ballet to photography, Miranda Richardson on the new TV adaptation of Mapp and Lucia and war drama Unbroken reviewed.

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  • Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones, Renée Fleming, Billie Whitelaw remembered 221214

    Mon, 22 Dec 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones on The Theory of Everything, soprano Renée Fleming on her new album, Billie Whitelaw remembered, and the dark side of Christmas films

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  • Miranda Hart, poetry of Seamus Heaney

    Fri, 19 Dec 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Razia Iqbal talks to Miranda about the end of her sitcom; Seamus Heaney's selected poetry; Night at the Museum goes to the British Museum; and John Rutter on his new carol

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  • The Thompson Family, Esio Trot on film, Robet Olen Butler. 18 Dec 14

    Thu, 18 Dec 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Razia Iqbal with Pulitzer Prize winning author Robert Olen Butler, British folk group The Thompson Family, a review of the TV adaptations of Esio Trot and The Boy in the Dress and, as Sony cancel the release of The Interview due to threats from Hackers, Matt Prigge discusses the film.

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  • Christoph Waltz; Treasure Island; Mozart in the Jugle

    Wed, 17 Dec 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Oscar-winner Christoph Waltz on new film Big Eyes; backstage at the National Theatre’s Treasure Island; review of Mozart in the Jungle; books we never finish.

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  • Exodus, Serial, The Shoemaker's Holiday, Annie 161214

    Tue, 16 Dec 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Ridley Scott's Exodus reviewed, the phenomenon of the Serial podcast, The Shoemaker's Holiday director Phillip Breen, and Quvenzhané Wallis and director Will Gluck on Annie

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  • Willy Russell's Front Row neon artwork, Kon-Tiki review, Dementia Friendly theatre

    Mon, 15 Dec 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Long Forty years after his breakthrough play - John, Paul, George, Ringo...and Bert, the celebrated playwright, musician, and novelist Willy Russell reveals the word he has chosen for the new Front Row neon artwork. He joins Kirsty Lang on the roof of the BBC's Salford home to turn it on. A review of Kon-Tiki, a new film about Thor Heyerdahl's famous journey across the Pacific ocean. Tomorrow the West Yorkshire Playhouse will be the setting for the UK's first ever 'dementia friendly' theatre performance - a specially adapted theatre performance of a new production of Irving Berlin's Broadway musical White Christmas. Front Row visited the Playhouse to find out more about this performance from those involved with developing it.

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  • Paul McCartney, The Merchant of Venice

    Fri, 12 Dec 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    John Wilson talks to Paul McCartney; Ian McDiarmid and Rupert Goold on The Merchant of Venice; Barry Mason on his song Delilah; and Peter Schade, Head of Framing at the National Gallery

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  • Andrew Lloyd Webber and Trevor Nunn on Cats

    Thu, 11 Dec 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Including an interview with Andrew Lloyd Webber and Trevor Nunn as they bring Cats back to the West End; a review of Winston Churchill's paintings; Wimpy Kid writer Jeff Kinney; the enduring appeal of dolls' houses.

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  • Marco Polo, Nutcracker, Manakamana, the Christmas Truce in art 101214

    Wed, 10 Dec 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Tom Holland reviews Marco Polo on TV, behind the scenes at English National Ballet's Nutcracker, Manakamana reviewed, and The First World War's Christmas truce in art

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  • Christopher Jefferies drama; Ghostwriting

    Tue, 9 Dec 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Roger Michell on his new ITV drama, The Lost Honour of Christopher Jefferies. Ghostwriting in the light of vlogger Zoe Sugg's successful first novel; we discuss the golden age of Panto and review new film The Green Prince. Plus Glasgow's Burrell Collection is on the move.

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  • Mike Scott of The Waterboys, Sarah Waters. 8 Dec 14

    Mon, 8 Dec 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Author Sarah Waters on working with theatre maker Christopher Green to write a ghost story for the stage, Mike Scott of The Waterboys, diversity in theatre and Sarah Crompton reviews two documentaries which go behind the scenes at a great art gallery.

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  • Jim Broadbent, YA Fiction, Tena Stivicic, Elgin Marbles, comedy DVDs 051214

    Fri, 5 Dec 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Jim Broadbent discusses playing Father Christmas for the third time in Get Santa, Young Adult Fiction, Peter Aspden on the Elgin Marbles, Croatian playwright Tena Stivicic, Stephen Armstrong's pick of comedy DVDs

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  • Harrison Birtwistle; Wonder Woman

    Thu, 4 Dec 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Including an interview with composer Sir Harrison Birtwistle; a review of Wong Kar-Wai's film The Grandmaster; the best boxsets to watch this Christmas; Wonder Woman biography.

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  • Peter Jackson, Philip Pullman, Memoirs of the year, Manchester investment 031214

    Wed, 3 Dec 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Peter Jackson on his final instalment of The Hobbit, Philip Pullman on William Blake at the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford, Kathryn Hughes picks her biographies and memoirs of the year, and Alex Poots on the Chancellor's announcement of cultural investment in Manchester

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  • Album picks, Jeremy Deller, Assassins

    Tue, 2 Dec 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    With John Wilson. Greg James, Suzy Klein and Kate Mossman pick the albums for a Christmas list; Jeremy Deller on Warhol and William Morris; Assassins reviewed by David Benedict; and Colin Harding on Drawn by Light - the history of photography at the Science Museum

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  • St Vincent, Mark Thomas, Crime Books

    Mon, 1 Dec 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Kirsty Lang reviews the film St Vincent, interviews the winners at last night's Evening Standard Theatre Awards. Plus comedian Mark Thomas and the Crime Books Christmas Wishlist.

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  • Annie Lennox, James Franco, Philippe Sands, how to win an Oscar 281114

    Fri, 28 Nov 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Annie Lennox discusses her new album Nostalgia and the Great American Songbook, actor James Franco on his Fat Squirrel art, Philippe Sands on Nuremberg and Bach in A Song of Good and Evil, and Tim Robey on how to win an Oscar

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  • remembering PD James; Maggi Hambling

    Thu, 27 Nov 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Ruth Rendell remembers PD James; the contenders for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year and news of the winner; Maggi Hambling on her new National Gallery exhibition.

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  • Idris Elba, Howard Hodgkin

    Wed, 26 Nov 14

    Duration:
    30 mins

    Actor Idris Elba on his new album, painter Howard Hodgkin, V&A's Italian Courts reopen and - do readers prefer authors of their own sex?

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  • 25 Nov 14 Barry Manilow, Jewish comedy

    Tue, 25 Nov 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    With Samira Ahmed. Barry Manilow; Conflict, Time, Photography at Tate Modern; David Baddiel and David Schneider on Jewish comedy; & giving new voice to characters in classic novels.

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  • Jude Law, David Guetta, Post Pop Art. 24 Nov 14

    Mon, 24 Nov 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Jude Law on his latest role as a submarine captain in Black Sea, French DJ and producer David Guetta on his superstar collaborations, an exhibition of Russian and Chinese takes on pop art and German film Stations of the Cross reviewed.

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  • Peter Firmin, Branwell Bronte, Winter Sleep

    Fri, 21 Nov 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Kirsty Lang talks to The Clangers and Bagpuss creator Peter Firmin. Robert Edric on the Bronte sisters' forgotten brother. Kate Muir reviews the film Winter Sleep. And The Two Roberts at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art.

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  • John Adams, Dr John, Mike Nichols remembered. 20 Nov 14

    Thu, 20 Nov 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Dr John on his tribute to fellow New Orleans musician Louis Armstrong, composer John Adams on his opera, The Gospel According to the Other Mary, and director Mike Nichols remembered by David Hare, Adrian Lester and Patrick Marber.

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  • Hugh Bonneville; Mary J Blige; Michael Palin drama

    Wed, 19 Nov 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Hugh Bonneville on Paddington; Mary J Blige on her new album; review of Remember Me starring Michael Palin.

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  • Costa Awards shortlist; Hunger Games review

    Tue, 18 Nov 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Front Row announces the category shortlists for the 2014 Costa Book Awards; Meera Syal on her new stage role; the latest Hunger Games film reviewed; The Arts Council's Peter Bazalgette.

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  • FrontRow 17Nov14:The Homesman review; Dave Grohl

    Mon, 17 Nov 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Tommy Lee Jones' film The Homesman reviewed; Dave Grohl on Foo Fighters' new album; Blanche McIntyre on Accolade

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  • FrontRow:The Drop, Jan Garbarek, Quentin Blake, Assaf Gavron 141114

    Fri, 14 Nov 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    James Gandolfini's last film The Drop reviewed, saxophonist Jan Garbarek, Quentin Blake on Paula Rego and Honoré Daumier, and Israeli novelist Assaf Gavron

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  • William Orbit, Richard Ford, Dylan Thomas's notes

    Thu, 13 Nov 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Writer Richard Ford; music producer William Orbit; Dylan Thomas's newly discovered notebook; and theatre director Kate Hewitt.

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  • FrontRow12 Nov 14: Aaron Sorkin & Ali Smith

    Wed, 12 Nov 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    With Kirsty Lang. Aaron Sorkin, creator of The West Wing, on The Newsroom; Leighton House; Ali Smith wins the Goldsmiths Prize; Dreda Say Mitchell on new novel Vendetta

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  • Chadwick Boseman, Allen Jones, Jonathan Yeo

    Tue, 11 Nov 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    John Wilson talks to Chadwick Boseman who plays James Brown in Get On Up. Sculptor Allen Jones on his retrospective. Plus artist Jonathan Yeo and photographer Anna Fox on portraits and selfies.

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  • Bryan Ferry, The Fall, Peder Balke. 10 Nov 14

    Mon, 10 Nov 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Bryan Ferry on his 14th solo album, the new plays at the Royal Court tackling education and climate change, writer Stella Duffy reviews BBC crime drama The Fall and Peder Balke at the National Gallery.

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  • 07 Nov 14: Benedict Cumberbatch, Pink Floyd

    Fri, 7 Nov 14

    Duration:
    30 mins

    With John Wilson. Benedict Cumberbatch on The Imitation Game; novelist Sumia Sukkar; the looting of Syrian artefacts; and Mark Ellen reviews Pink Floyd's The Endless River

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  • FrontRow 06Nov14:Made In Dagenham; Elif Shafak; Gold

    Thu, 6 Nov 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Made In Dagenham, the stage-musical starring Gemma Arterton, reviewed; Elif Shafak on her new novel; Gold, at Buckingham Palace; can comic books be both mainstream and subversive?

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  • Ben Elton; Queen Coal; Andy Warhol 05 Nov 14

    Thu, 6 Nov 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Successful novelist, playwright and stand-up comic, Ben Elton joins Kirsty Lang to discuss his new novel, Time And Time Again. Kirsty visits Tate Liverpool's new show Transmitting Andy Warhol Bryony Lavery's latest play, Queen Coal looks at the impact of the 1980s miners strike on the lives of three people who bonded on the picket lines. Writer Joolz Denby reviews. Fresh from its recent win of the Best Film prize at the BFI London Film Festival, Leviathan – a tale of corruption in a small Russian town – opens in cinemas this week. Novelist Nicholas Royle reviews. Helen McDonald has just won the £20,000 Samuel Johnson prize for non-fiction for her memoir, H is for Hawk, about coming to terms with the death of her father by trying to win the trust of a goshawk, Mabel. What significance does the bird have here and elsewhere in literature? Kirsty is joined by Horatio Clare, writer and author of A Single Swallow

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  • Babylon; Wendy Cope; Korean art

    Tue, 4 Nov 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Including a review of Babylon, the new series from the creators of Peep Show; poet Wendy Cope on a new collection of prose; immersive theatre on the Welsh border; North Korean art.

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  • Interstellar, Nick Hornby, John Harle, Bob Dylan's Basement Tapes 031114

    Mon, 3 Nov 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Lionel Shriver reviews Interstellar, Nick Hornby on his new novel Funny Girl, saxophonist John Harle discusses Adolphe Sax's musical instrument, and Michael Carlson on Bob Dylan's Basement Tapes

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  • FrontRow 31 Oct 14: Paddington, Snowden film, DV8

    Fri, 31 Oct 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    With Kirsty Lang. Michael Bond, the creator of much-loved Paddington Bear; Laura Poitras on Citizenfour, her film about Edward Snowden; Lloyd Newson on dance theatre company DV8's new piece, John, at the National Theatre; and Adam Smith on video horror from the 80s.

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  • Elijah Wood, Angela Hewitt, Crowd-funded novels. 30 Oct 14

    Thu, 30 Oct 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Elijah Wood on the Dylan Thomas biopic Set Fire to the Stars, pianist Angela Hewitt on Bach's The Art of Fugue, Paul Kingsnorth and Julian Gough discuss crowd funding their novels and film maker Molly Dineen reviews The Overnighters.

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  • Keira Knightley; Nick Drake biography

    Wed, 29 Oct 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Keira Knightley on acting on a green screen and making her Broadway debut; Gabrielle Drake and Joe Boyd on Nick Drake's life and music; Gillian Wearing's Real Birmingham Family; predictions for tonight's Mercury Music Prize.

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  • Nightcrawler, Laura Mvula, Bastille

    Tue, 28 Oct 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Samira Ahmed reviews BBC drama The Passing Bells and Jake Gyllenhaal in the film Nightcrawler. Author Paul Ewen on his literary satire. Plus Laura Mvula and Bastille on re-scoring the film Drive.

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  • FrontRow27Oct14: Horns reviewed; Edwyn Collins

    Mon, 27 Oct 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Daniel Radcliffe reviewed in Horns; singer Edwyn Collins on the documentary about his recovery from strokes; Thomas Adès on a dance celebration of his music; Stephen Daldry on his film, Trash

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  • FrontRow 24 Oct 14: Mr Turner, Picasso, Pires, Memphis

    Fri, 24 Oct 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    With Damian Barr. Timothy Spall on playing JMW Turner in Mike Leigh's film, Mr Turner. The re-opening of the Picasso museum in Paris is reviewed by Waldemar Januszczak. Legendary Portuguese pianist Maria João Pires; and Memphis, the musical, is reviewed by Gaylene Gould

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  • FrontRow23Oct14:Boris Johnson on Churchill; Serena

    Thu, 23 Oct 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Boris Johnson on Churchill's legacy; review of Serena, starring Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper; the Art Review Power 100 List; Harry & Jack Williams, writers of The Missing

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  • Michael Sheen, Egon Schiele, Daniel Kehlmann, Nas 221014

    Wed, 22 Oct 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Michael Sheen on Under Milk Wood in New York, new Egon Schiele exhibition The Radical Nude reviewed, Daniel Kehlmann on his novel F, and classic hip hop album Illmatic 20 years on

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  • John Kander; Jimmy Page; The Babadook

    Tue, 21 Oct 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Composer John Kander discusses The Scottsboro Boys and a career including Cabaret, Chicago and New York, New York; a review of The Babadook; Jimmy Page on remastering Led Zeppelin; an archive interview with photographer Rene Burri who has died aged 81.

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  • Brad Pitt, Moroni, Anthony Horowitz

    Mon, 20 Oct 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Damian Barr talks to Brad Pitt about Fury. Anthony Horowitz on his Holmes novel Moriarty. Sarah Dunant on the painter Moroni. And Robert Webb gets wet on stage.

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  • Robert Downey Jnr, David Cronenberg. 17 Oct 14

    Fri, 17 Oct 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Robert Downey Jnr on his new film The Judge, director David Cronenberg on writing his first novel, one of the UK's leading surgeons, Francis Wells, reviews medical drama The Knick and the art of the Russian Avant-Garde theatre.

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  • Gillian Anderson; Michael Frayn

    Thu, 16 Oct 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Gillian Anderson on her debut novel and playing Blanche DuBois; Jimi Hendrix biopic review; Michael Frayn's new book of short plays; how tablets have changed the art market.

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  • Cat Stevens, Northern Soul, William Morris, Ken Burns 151014

    Wed, 15 Oct 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Yusuf Islam aka Cat Stevens on his new album Tell 'Em I'm Gone, new film Northern Soul reviewed, the William Morris exhibition at the NPG, and TV documentary-maker Ken Burns

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  • Bob Geldof, Rembrandt, Here Lies Love

    Tue, 14 Oct 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    With John Wilson. Simon Schama reviews the National Gallery's new exhibition Rembrandt: The Late Works; Bob Geldof on the release of a new compilation of classic Boomtown Rats tracks; Here Lies Love at the National Theatre, the story of Imelda Marcos with music composed by David Byrne of Talking Heads and DJ Fatboy Slim. And the odds on tonight's Man Booker Shortlist from Graham Sharpe of William Hill.

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  • The Great Fire, Rachel Joyce, Richard Tuttle

    Mon, 13 Oct 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    TV drama The Great Fire, Rachel Joyce discusses her new novel about Harold Fry; writer and actor Ayub Khan Din on East is East, and two Richard Tuttle exhibitions reviewed. Plus, how artists can make sure they receive revenue from sales of their work. With Samira Ahmed.

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  • Iggy Pop, The Lion King, Marcel Duchamp

    Fri, 10 Oct 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    John Wilson talks to godfather of punk, Iggy Pop. Cornelia Parker and Keith Tyson on Marcel Duchamp. And Disney chief Thomas Schumacher on The Lion King.

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  • Sheila Hancock, Gerhard Richter, 71 Reviewed. 9 Oct 2014

    Thu, 9 Oct 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Actress Sheila Hancock on her debut novel, musician and drummer Tony Allen on inventing Afrobeat, Belfast drama '71 reviewed, a rare interview with artist Gerhard Richter and, as Patrick Modiano wins the Nobel Prize for literature, John Wilson hears about his work.

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  • FrontRow 081014: Phyllida Lloyd; Sensory War exhibition

    Wed, 8 Oct 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Phyllida Lloyd; Sensory War exhibition; Robert Wilson's war photography; Super Thursday for books.

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  • FrontRow07Oct14:John Cleese, Ed Sheeran, Tracey Emin

    Tue, 7 Oct 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    John Cleese on his memoir: So, Anyway; singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran discusses songwriting as revenge; Tracey Emin on why she thinks motherhood and an art career are incompatible

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  • Clive James, Effie Gray, Selfie, Niven Govinden 061014

    Mon, 6 Oct 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Clive James on the beauty of poetry, Emma Thompson and Dakota Fanning in new film Effie Gray, Brad Birch on the play Selfie, and Niven Govinden on his novel All the Days and Nights

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  • Phil Collins, Mike Rutherford and Tony Banks of Genesis interviewed

    Fri, 3 Oct 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Phil Collins, Mike Rutherford and Tony Banks of Genesis interviewed; Sarah Churchwell reviews Lindsay Lohan in Speed-the-Plow; Victoria Hislop; Joan Littlewood's Fun Palaces vision.

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  • 021014: Rosamund Pike; Grantchester

    Thu, 2 Oct 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Rosamund Pike in Gone Girl; review of Grantchester on ITV; The Girl of the Golden West at the ENO and Aisling Fahey, Young Poet Laureate for London

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  • FrontRow 011014: Stephen Fry; Tony Benn; Kei Miller

    Wed, 1 Oct 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Stephen Fry; Polly Toynbee reviews Tony Benn doc; Kei Miller; Gothic exhibition.

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  • FrontRow 300914: BBC National Short Story Award special

    Wed, 1 Oct 14

    Duration:
    30 mins

    Hilary Mantel joins John Wilson as the winner of the BBC National Short Story Award is announced.

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  • Kristin Scott Thomas; Turner Prize; Mackenzie Crook

    Mon, 29 Sep 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Kristin Scott Thomas on playing Electra; the Turner Prize shortlist reviewed; Olivia Harrison on George Harrison's solo work; Mackenzie Crook on BBC TV's Detectorists, and a tribute to poet Dannie Abse

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  • Ai Weiwei exhibition, Roy Williams, new Prince albums. 26 Sept 14

    Fri, 26 Sep 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Ai Weiwei at Blenheim Palace, playwright Roy Williams on Antigone, Eimer McBride and Annie Ryan discuss the stage version of McBride's novel A Girl is a Half Formed Thing and Matt Thorne reviews two new albums from Prince.

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  • Lionel Shriver, Bernard Sumner, Activism on Stage. 25 Sept 14

    Thu, 25 Sep 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Musician Bernard Sumner on his new memoir about his time in Joy Division and New Order, author Lionel Shriver on her shortlisted entry for the BBC Short Story Award, What We Did On Our Holiday reviewed and political activism on stage.

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  • Zadie Smith, Ryan Adams, Exhibit B, The Art of the Brick 240914

    Wed, 24 Sep 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Zadie Smith on her shortlisted entry for the National Short Story Award; a review of a new Lego exhibition; the controversy surrounding Exhibit B; musician Ryan Adams; and we remember the conductor Christopher Hogwood.

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  • 230914 Ricky Tomlinson; Daniel Evans; Anselm Kiefer

    Tue, 23 Sep 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Ricky Tomlinson; Daniel Evans on equality on stage in Sheffield Theatres; The Driver reviewed; Francesca Rhydderch's short story; Anselm Kiefer.

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  • Toby Jones; Rose Tremain; Tennessee Williams biography

    Mon, 22 Sep 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Toby Jones on TV drama Marvellous; Rose Tremain discusses her short story The American Lover; John Lahr on his new Tennessee Williams biography; Maps to the Stars review.

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  • Charles Aznavour, Zach Braff, Tessa Hadley

    Fri, 19 Sep 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Kirsty Lang talks to French singer Charles Aznavour. Zach Braff on his film Wish I was Here. Rose Wylie, the 80 year old winner of a major art prize. Plus author Tessa Hadley.

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  • Denzel Washington, Riccardo Chailly

    Thu, 18 Sep 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Denzel Washington on The Equalizer. Gramophone Award winner Riccardo Chailly. Leonard Cohen's new album. Plus Howard Brenton on his play Doctor Scroggy's War.

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  • Joan Baez, BBC Short Story shortlist, Hamlet

    Wed, 17 Sep 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    John Wilson talks to singing legend Joan Baez as well as Hollywood screenwriter James Schamus. Plus we announce the BBC National Short Story Award shortlist and review Maxine Peake in Hamlet.

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  • FrontRow16Sep14: Magic In The Moonlight; V&A's Constable

    Tue, 16 Sep 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Magic In The Moonlight; Constable at the V&A; André Singer on how Hitchcock worked on an unseen Holocaust documentary; Enda Walsh and Mikel Murfi on Enda's new play, Ballyturk

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  • The Riot Club; Ming exhibition; Colin Currie: 15 Sep 14

    Mon, 15 Sep 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    John Wilson reviews The Riot Club, based on Laura Wade's play Posh; gets a tour of the Ming dynasty exhibition at the British Museum; speaks to percussionist Colin Currie; and Viv Groskop on the return of ITV's Downton Abbey.

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  • Kate Mosse; Sir Donald Sinden remembered

    Fri, 12 Sep 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Including an interview with novelist Kate Mosse about The Taxidermist's Daughter; a review of new E4 drama Glue, written by Jack Thorne; an interview with actor Stellan Skarsgård; Enn Reitel on Sir Donald Sinden who has died aged 90.

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  • Sheridan Smith in Cilla; playing Will and Kate on stage

    Thu, 11 Sep 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    A review of Sheridan Smith as Cilla Black; the actors portraying Will and Kate on stage; a new exhibition of Tudor portraits and artefacts; Alice Oswald on Ted Hughes' animal poems.

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  • Rufus Wainwright, Anthony Caro 10 SEP 14

    Wed, 10 Sep 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Singer and composer Rufus Wainwright on his Late Night Prom, TV review of The Leftovers, Anthony Caro's last sculptures, The Kinshasa Symphony Orchestra

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  • 090914 Man Booker shortlist; James Elroy; Joyce DiDonato

    Tue, 9 Sep 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Man Booker Prize shortlist; James Ellroy; Joyce DiDonato; The Wallace Collection.

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  • A Most Wanted Man, Olafur Eliasson and Turner, Breeders 080914

    Mon, 8 Sep 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Philip Seymour Hoffman's final film A Most Wanted Man reviewed; Olafur Eliasson and Late Turner at Tate Britain, and Tamzin Outhwaite and Ben Ockrent on their play Breeders

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  • 05 Sep 14

    Fri, 5 Sep 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Film director Matthew Warchus on his new film Pride, Rachel Cusk on her new novel which tells the story of a creative writing teacher in Athens and new TV series Tyrant reviewed.

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  • Will Self;Tony Bennett: 4th Sep 14

    Thu, 4 Sep 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Kirsty Lang talks to Will Self about his Shark inspired novel; reviews London riots play Little Revolution; speaks to Tony Bennett about his career and Lady Gaga collaboration; and reviews Amy Poehler in They Came Together.

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  • Dan Stevens, Pat Barker, Matthew Thomas

    Wed, 3 Sep 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Samira Ahmed talks to actor Dan Stevens. Pat Barker and Nicholas Wright on the stage version of Regeneration. Author Matthew Thomas. And ITV drama Chasing Shadows.

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  • FrontRow02Sep14:Helen Mirren; Lang Lang; David Mitchell

    Tue, 2 Sep 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Helen Mirren on her new film, The Hundred-Foot Journey; David Mitchell on his novel, The Bone Clocks; Lang Lang shows John Wilson his new technique for learning the piano

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  • Smokey Robinson, Lenny Henry, Before I Go to Sleep

    Mon, 1 Sep 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Legendary Motown singer Smokey Robinson; Lenny Henry on his new theatre show, Rudy's Rare Records; we review the film of bestselling novel Before I Go To Sleep and BBC1's new drama Secrets.

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  • Alan Ayckbourn, Omid Djalili, Venice Film Festival 29 Aug 14

    Fri, 29 Aug 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Playwright Alan Ayckbourn on his cycle of five new plays, comedian Omid Djalili discusses his memoir about his unconventional childhood, the new "video games" that only use audio and news from this year's Venice Film Festival.

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  • Margaret Atwood, Paco Peña, Obvious Child, Folkestone Triennial 280814

    Thu, 28 Aug 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Margaret Atwood discusses Stone Mattress, her new collection of short stories; Paco Peña on the musical legacy of Lorca; new film Obvious Child; art from the Folkestone Triennial

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  • Jesse Eisenberg, Kate Bush reviewed, Karl Ove Knausgaard, Our Zoo 270814

    Wed, 27 Aug 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Jesse Eisenberg discusses his latest role in Night Moves; Norwegian novelist Karl Ove Knausgaard on Boyhood Island: My Struggle 3; Kate Bush's concert reviewed; TV drama Our Zoo

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  • Johnny Marr; Frank Auerbach; Alex Gibney 26 AUG 2014

    Tue, 26 Aug 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Johnny Marr discusses his new album Playland; curator Elena Crippa on Lucian Freud's collection of Frank Auerbach's work at Tate Britain; Oscar-winning documentary maker Alex Gibney on his new film about Nigerian superstar Fela Kuti; in an interview from the archive Kate Bush discusses her relationship with performing live.

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  • Richard Bean special, including James Corden: 25 Aug 14

    Mon, 25 Aug 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    One Man, Two Guvnors writer Richard Bean is premiering three plays this year. Bean discusses his prolific career, with contributions from James Corden and Nicholas Hytner.

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  • Jon Hamm, Crimes of Passion, Ed Stoppard

    Fri, 22 Aug 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Razia Iqbal talks to Mad Men actor Jon Hamm. Ed Stoppard gives voice to Sherlock Holmes. Crimes of Passion reviewed. And the rise of Digital Art

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  • Two Days One Night; Icelandic music; Alan Warner

    Thu, 21 Aug 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Razia Iqbal on the film Two Days One Night. Author Alan Warner. The Icelandic Symphony Orchestra. And Timothy West gives voice to Sir John Barbirolli.

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  • Sin City 2, Erasure, Tom Conti 20 Aug 14

    Wed, 20 Aug 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Sin City: A Dame to Kill For reviewed, Tom Conti on finding a voice for Abraham Lincoln, Andy Bell and Vince Clarke from Erasure, and unscripted crime drama from the new series of Suspects

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  • Lisa Dwan; Lucy; Mark Ravenhill; TV Quizzes

    Tue, 19 Aug 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Lisa Dwan on performing Beckett's Not I; Scarlett Johansson's new film Lucy; quiz show host Richard Osman on creating new tv formats; and Mark Ravenhill as Alan Turing. With John Wilson.

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  • Howard Jacobson; Helen Lederer; Bob and Roberta Smith: 18 Aug 14

    Mon, 18 Aug 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Man Booker prize winner Howard Jacobson on his new novel, J; Helen Lederer on making Dick Whittington's cat statue talk; artist Bob and Roberta Smith's Art Party documentary; and poetry for new doctors.

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  • New Doctor Who reviewed; Simon Pegg 15 Aug 14

    Fri, 15 Aug 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    The new Doctor Who reviewed, actor Simon Pegg on his new film is about a man in search of fulfillment, and Man Booker-nominated author Alison Moore

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  • Edinburgh Special

    Thu, 14 Aug 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    John Wilson hosts a special edition of Front Row, recorded in front of an audience at the Edinburgh Festival, featuring The Killing actress Sofie Gråbøl, director Laurie Sansom, comedian Al Murray and Anne Archer on playing Jane Fonda. With music from piano double-act Worbey and Farrell.

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  • Phill Jupitus, Chef, Sara Pascoe

    Wed, 13 Aug 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Comedian Phill Jupitus on his new show about art and drawing, Lauren Bacall remembered, Sabrina Mahfouz and Jade Anouka, the duo behind a new award-winning monologue drama Chef, and Sara Pascoe on how Darwin inspired her stand-up show.

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  • George RR Martin, Alison Jackson, The Congress

    Tue, 12 Aug 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    George RR Martin, the creator of Game of Thrones, on the success of his epic fantasy series, photographer Alison Jackson on her celebrity look-alike opera, Terry Gilliam remembers Robin Williams and The Congress reviewed.

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  • Jung Chang, Dylan Moran, Referendum Theatre

    Mon, 11 Aug 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Kirsty Lang in Edinburgh with author Jung Chang, Dylan Moran and Igor Meerson on international stand-up comedy, Todd Miller on his documentary, Dinosaur 13, and theatre about the Scottish Referendum.

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  • 080814

    Fri, 8 Aug 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Actor Ben Whishaw on his new film Lilting and 1920s novelist Margaret Kennedy revisited.

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  • Guy Pearce, Joseph O'Neill, Edinburgh

    Thu, 7 Aug 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Damian Barr interviews actor Guy Pearce, novelist Joseph O'Neill. Plus Edinburgh Comedy and Geeks on TV.

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  • FrontRow 06Aug14

    Wed, 6 Aug 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Conductor Sir Neville Marriner; the creators of the Inbetweeners and the history of poets laureate.

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  • FrontRow05Aug14:Christina Hendricks; Sinead O'Connor

    Tue, 5 Aug 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Christina Hendricks on God's Pocket and Philip Seymour Hoffman; Sinead O'Connor on her new album; the artist behind spectra, London's giant light-beam; paintings that evoke summer

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  • Welcome to New York, DBC Pierre, Tavener

    Mon, 4 Aug 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Samira Ahmed reviews the film Welcome to New York; author DBC Pierre; Peter Phillips on Tavener's Requiem Fragments; new Sky drama Gomorrah

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  • Loundon Wainwright, Guardians of the Galaxy. 1 Aug 14

    Fri, 1 Aug 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Musician Loudon Wainwright on his latest album, Guardians of the Galaxy reviewed, a discussion about Northampton Museum losing its Arts Council accreditation and contemporary Japanese fiction.

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  • Jonny Greenwood, Deon Meyer, streaming books, summer films 310714

    Thu, 31 Jul 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Radiohead's Jonny Greenwood on his live soundtrack to There Will Be Blood, South African writer Deon Meyer on his new novel Cobra, streaming books, films that conjure up summer

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  • Adrian Dunbar, Tasmin Little, Mood Indigo, Katie Paterson 300714

    Wed, 30 Jul 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Line of Duty's Adrian Dunbar on directing Beckett's Catastrophe, violinist Tasmin Little's sounds of summer, Audrey Tautou in Michel Gondry's Mood Indigo, and artist Katie Paterson

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  • FrontRow:Streetcar Named Desire review; Daniel Hope and Gabriel Prokofiev; crime writing; summer pop 28 JUL 2014

    Tue, 29 Jul 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Gillian Anderson stars in a new production of A Streetcar Named Desire at the Young Vic Theatre in London. Matt Wolf reviews. Composer Gabriel Prokofiev and violinist Daniel Hope discuss their collaboration for tonight's Prom which features the world premiere of Gabriel's Violin Concerto 1914. Kate Mossman evokes the pop songs that conjure up summer. And the crime reporters who turn to crime novel-writing: Laura Lippman, former crime reporter at the Baltimore Sun and David Mark, former crime reporter at the Yorkshire Evening Post, discuss how their new careers in crime fiction have been influenced by their former trade.

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  • FrontRow 18/07/14: Gareth Malone, Neil Bartlett.

    Mon, 28 Jul 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Gareth Malone & Adrian Sutton on War Horse Prom; Neil Bartlett's new novel; poetry of summer; In The Club reviewed.

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  • Julian Lloyd Webber; Andrew Graham Dixon

    Fri, 25 Jul 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Kirsty Lang talks to cellist Julian Lloyd Webber. Andrew Graham Dixon on the art of China. The mystery of the Galapagos Affair. And playwright Jennifer Haley.

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  • FrontRow24Jul14:Liverpool giant puppets; Porgy And Bess

    Thu, 24 Jul 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Giant puppets return to Liverpool; thriller writer Gerald Seymour (Harry's Game) on Irish politics; Porgy And Bess in Regents Park; the South American artistry of Gego reviewed

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  • 23 Jul 14

    Wed, 23 Jul 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Two of this year's judges discuss the Man Booker Longlist and playwright Lee Hall on adapting Shakespeare in Love for the stage.

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  • FrontRow22Jul14:Judith Weir; Eamonn Holmes on Believe

    Tue, 22 Jul 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Judith Weir on beoming Master Of The Queen's Music; Eamonn Holmes reviews the film, Believe; Philip Hensher on his new novel, The Emperor Waltz; Ashmolean's Discovering Tutankhamun

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  • Joe; David Eldridge; Disobedient Objects: 21 Jul 14

    Mon, 21 Jul 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Samira Ahmed reviews Nicholas Cage in Joe; David Eldridge discusses his play Holy Warriors; Carole Cerasi introduces Bach's favourite instrument, the Clavichord; and objects as tools of social change at the V&A.

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  • Rebecca Hall; China Philharmonic 18 JUL 2014

    Fri, 18 Jul 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Rebecca Hall discusses new film A Promise; conductor Long Yu on bringing a Chinese orchestra to the Proms for the first time; Ben Power adapts Medea for the National Theatre; news of Glasgow's Commonwealth Games Cultural Festival.

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  • Gilbert & George, Jonathan Harvey, Chichester Festival Theatre 170714

    Thu, 17 Jul 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Artistic duo Gilbert & George on their new exhibition Scapegoating Pictures for London, Jonathan Harvey on his new novel, and Chichester Festival Theatre gets a £20m makeover

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  • Imperial War Museum, Linda Grant, Grand Central, John Fay 160714

    Wed, 16 Jul 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    The First World War Galleries at the Imperial War Museum, Linda Grant on her new novel Upstairs at the Party, John Fay discusses his TV drama series The Mill, and Grand Central reviewed

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  • Nigel Havers; Malevich at Tate Modern; Michael Rosen; Caine Prize for African Writing

    Tue, 15 Jul 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    John Wilson talks to Nigel Havers and director Lucy Bailey about their revival of The Importance of Being Earnest, framed within the confines of an amateur dramatics production of the play. Art critic Charlotte Mullins reviews a major retrospective of Russian modernist Kazimir Malevich at Tate Modern. The winner of the Caine Prize for African writing, Okwiri Oduor, talks about her winning short story and the impact she hopes the prize will have on her Writing, and head judge, Jackie Kay, reveals why Okwiri's story was an unanimous winner. And author Michael Rosen on the enduring appeal of We're Going On A Bear Hunt, 25 years on and a record-beating reading.

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  • Nadine Gordimer obit; Matt Reeves; Dennis Kelly - 14/07/14

    Mon, 14 Jul 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Nadine Gordimer obit; Matt Reeves; Dennis Kelly.

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  • 11 Jul 14

    Fri, 11 Jul 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Razia Iqbal talks to award winning novelist Graham Swift about his new collection of short stories, a review of How To Train Your Dragon 2 and the Glasgow Girls.

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  • Peter Greenaway, Longitude, Robert Crawford

    Thu, 10 Jul 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Razia Iqbal talks to film-maker Peter Greenaway. Poet Robert Crawford. Yorkshire Sculpture Park wins Museum of the Year. And National Maritime Museum exhibition Longitude.

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  • Gina McKee; Morrissey's new CD

    Wed, 9 Jul 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    John Wilson talks to actor Gina McKee about starring in Richard III, and reports on the new collection of portraits of Virginia Woolf at the National Portrait Gallery. Plus a review of Morrissey's new album World Peace Is None of Your Business. And leading French artist Daniel Buren.

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  • Halle Berry in Extant; International Museums; A Hard Day's Night: 8 Jul 14

    Tue, 8 Jul 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    A review of Halle Berry in sci-fi series Extant; 3 directors debate the value of museums; Amanda Levete on the legacy of architect Louis Khan;David Hepworth on the influence of A Hard Day's Night.

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  • FrontRow 07Jul14: Andrew Lloyd Webber; Boyhood

    Mon, 7 Jul 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Andrew Lloyd Webber on the return of Cats to London's West End; groundbreaking film Boyhood reviewed; Maths in pop songs; Swedish novel A Man Called Ove

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  • Maxine Peake; David Nobbs 04 Jul 14

    Fri, 4 Jul 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Front Row comes from Yorkshire with a special edition dedicated to the first cultural festival to accompany the Tour de France. Kirsty’s guests include Maxine Peake on her stage debut as a playwright with the premiere of Beryl; David Nobbs, the creator of Reginald Perrin, discusses his new novel set in a small town in the Pennines; Graham Watson on photographing every Tour de France since 1983, and a visit to the Fields of Vision, a project which has turned farmers’ fields into works of art.

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  • 3/7/14 Caitlin Moran; Maureen Lipman.

    Thu, 3 Jul 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Caitlin Moran; Maureen Lipman; Harry Shearer; Chelsea Handler; Digital Art.

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  • Mark Ruffalo, Monty Python Reunion 02 JUL 14

    Wed, 2 Jul 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Actor Mark Ruffalo on playing drunk, Monty Python's reunion tour reviewed, playwright and director Yaël Farber on re-imagining The Crucible, and one-handed pianist Nicholas McCarthy

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  • Pet Shop Boys, Great Britain, Romesh Gunesekera 010714

    Tue, 1 Jul 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Pet Shop Boys discuss their Alan Turing BBC Prom, Ian Hislop on Great Britain, Romesh Gunesekera on his new fiction Noontide Toll, ENO's Artistic Director John Berry

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  • Jimmy McGovern, Tony Hatch, South American art. 30 Jun 14

    Mon, 30 Jun 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Jimmy McGovern on his new BBC drama Common, Ryan Gilbey reviews The 100 Year Old Man who Climbed out of the Window and Disappeared, Tony Hatch on composing some of the best loved TV theme tunes and a new exhibition of the Modern Art of South America.

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  • FrontRow27Jun14: Richard Wilson; Mrs Brown's Boys

    Fri, 27 Jun 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Mrs Brown's Boys D'Movie reviewed; Richard Wilson on Krapp's Last Tape; Arcade Fire at Glastonbury; Michelle Magorian on Goodnight Mister Tom; how artists respond to bridges

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  • Scottish Art, Metallica, Dr Zhivago

    Thu, 26 Jun 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Kirsty Lang discusses a major contemporary art show in Scotland; Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich; Dr Zhivago as ideological weapon in the Cold War; and Beggar's Opera.

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  • Lesley Manville; James Patterson; Nicholas Hytner: 25 June 14

    Wed, 25 Jun 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Kirsty Lang talks to Lesley Manville and Richard Eyre about Ghosts; James Patterson gives money away to UK bookshops; Nicholas Hytner on new play Great Britain; and Ming: The Golden Empire.

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  • FrontRow 24Jun14:Seve; Dennis Hopper's photographs

    Tue, 24 Jun 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Eamonn McCabe on the Royal Academy's exhibition of Dennis Hopper's photographs; David Arnold discusses his music; a biopic about golfer Seve Ballesteros reviewed

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  • Manic Street Preachers; Chef reviewed

    Mon, 23 Jun 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    John Wilson with the Manic Street Preachers ahead of their appearance at Glastonbury. Kevin Brooks, winner of the 2014 Carnegie Medal for children's literature for his novel The Bunker Diary. Allegra McEvedy reviews the film Chef. And war artist Anna Redwood documents the Desert Rats' last tour of duty in Afghanistan.

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  • The Fault in Our Stars review; Peter Brook 20 JUN 2014

    Fri, 20 Jun 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Review of The Fault in Our Stars, adapted from a best-selling young adult novel; theatre director Peter Brook on his new play; debut novelist Bret Anthony Johnston on how skateboarding helps him write; when marriage turmoil becomes album material.

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  • Don Johnson, new Pablo Neruda poems 19 Jun 14

    Thu, 19 Jun 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Actor Don Johnson on the art of the comeback, novelist and former Mormon Carys Bray, new Pablo Neruda poems discovered, and why established authors are choosing to self-publish

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  • Toni Morrison 18 Jun 14

    Wed, 18 Jun 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Toni Morrison talks to Razir Iqbal in a special programme recorded at Hay.

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  • Carey Mulligan; Making Colour; Orgreave in art. 17 Jun 14

    Tue, 17 Jun 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Carey Mulligan on her new stage role in David Hare's Skylight, Making Colour at the National Gallery reviewed and Jeremy Deller, Beth Steel and Helen Mort discuss how Orgreave has inspired their art.

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  • Plácido Domingo, JK Rowling's new novel, Jersey Boys, Ten Pieces 160614

    Mon, 16 Jun 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Plácido Domingo on conducting Puccini's Tosca, JK Rowling's new novel and Clint Eastwood's film Jersey Boys reviewed, and Laura Mvula and Julian Lloyd Webber on Ten Pieces

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  • 13 Jun 14

    Fri, 13 Jun 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Documentary maker Roger Graef, Belle reviewed, Dazzle Ships and novelist Tom Rachman

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  • FrontRow 12Jun14:Helena Bonham-Carter; The Human Factor

    Thu, 12 Jun 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Helena Bonham-Carter on her new film, The Young And Prodigious T.S.Spivet; The Human Factor reviewed; Syrian writers discuss the art currently coming out of the violent conflict

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  • Dolly Parton, Wolfgang Tillmans

    Wed, 11 Jun 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Damian Barr talks to Dolly Parton about songwriting and the Imagination Library. Photographer Wolfgang Tillmans. Donald Duck at 80. And Fathers and Sons reviewed.

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  • Antonio Pappano; Anne Washburn; Banksy retrospective: 10 Jun 14

    Tue, 10 Jun 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Matthew d'Ancona speaks to conductor Antonio Pappano; reviews Devil's Knot, interviews Anne Washburn about her futuristic play Mr Burns, and discusses a large Banksy retrospective.

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  • Rik Mayall; Folk Art; Prince Buthelezi on Zulu

    Mon, 9 Jun 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    A tribute to Rik Mayall; Sir John Tusa's vision for the arts in the UK; British Folk Art at Tate Britain and Prince Buthelezi on the film Zulu's 50th anniversary. Plus the current storylines of TV soaps.

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  • Marina Abramovic; Emma Healey; Hotel; David Lang

    Fri, 6 Jun 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Marina Abramovic exhibition; Emma Healey's debut novel; Hotel reviewed; David Lang on his 1000 strong choral piece.

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  • Robert Lindsay; Orange is the New Black 05 JUN 2014

    Thu, 5 Jun 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    An interview with actor Robert Lindsay; a review of Netflix show Orange is the New Black; an interview with father and son kora stars Toumani and Sidiki Diabaté; Foundling Museum.

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  • Baileys Prize; Cornelia Parker 04 JUN 2014

    Wed, 4 Jun 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    News of the winner of the Baileys Prize; Cornelia Parker on curating a room at the Summer Exhibition; Daria Klimentová as she retires from dancing; US anti-war novels on stage.

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  • Bernard Haitink, 22 Jump Street, Róisín Murphy, The Roof

    Tue, 3 Jun 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Kirsty Lang talks to conductor and musician Bernard Haitink at 85, reviews cop buddy film 22 Jump Street, discusses Italian pop with Moloko singer Róisín Murphy and experiences free-running show The Roof.

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  • Terry Gilliam & Edward Gardner; Clean Bandit; Joshua Ferris. 2 Jun 14

    Mon, 2 Jun 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Terry Gilliam and Edward Gardner on their new opera, Berlioz's Benvenuto Cellini, pop group Clean Bandit discuss blending classical and dance music, author Joshua Ferris on writing about faith and dentistry and Fruitvale Station reviewed.

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  • At the Hay Festival 30 MAY 14

    Fri, 30 May 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    John Wilson presents a special programme from the Hay Festival with authors Lee Child, Lucy Hughes-Hallet, Michael Morpurgo, Julian Donaldson and Cerys Matthews

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  • FrontRow 29May14: Jimmy's Hall; Leonard Cohen biography

    Thu, 29 May 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Jimmy's Hall reviewed; three fictional US TV takes on the British Royal family; Liel Leibovitz on Leonard Cohen; Geoff Dyer on being a writer-in-residence on a US naval vessel

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  • Maya Angelou; Simon Russell Beale

    Wed, 28 May 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    A tribute to Maya Angelou; Simon Russell Beale on Shakespeare's sonnets, and a review of Angelina Jolie's new film Maleficent. Plus the art of India's foremost painter, MF Husain. With Kirsty Lang

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  • Venus in Fur, Gurpreet Kaur Bhatti, Michael Cunningham

    Tue, 27 May 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Kirsty Lang reviews Venus in Fur, Gurpreet Kaur Bhatti on her new play, Michael Cunningham on his novel The Snow Queen, TV movie The Normal Heart.

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  • Margaret Atwood, Glasgow Art School Fire, Neel Mukherjee, Amat Escalante 230514

    Fri, 23 May 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Novelist Margaret Atwood on the premiere on her first opera; the Glasgow Art School fire; Neel Mukherjee discusses his novel The Lives of Others; Amat Escalante, director of new film Heli; TV drama Quirke reviewed

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  • Chrissie Hynde; Mondrian exhibitions. 22 May 14

    Thu, 22 May 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Songwriter Chrissie Hynde on her debut solo album, the curators of two Mondrian exhibitions on his legacy, Miss Saigon reviewed and Hassan Blasim, the winner of the Independent Fiction Prize.

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  • Kathleen Turner and Ian McDiarmid; Bill Viola 21 MAY 2014

    Wed, 21 May 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Kathleen Turner and Ian McDiarmid on starring together in Bakersfield Mist; artist Bill Viola discusses his new permanent installation in St Paul's Cathedral; musician St Vincent on her literary influences and opera singer Alice Coote discusses recent scrutiny of opera stars' physiques.

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  • Fatboy Slim; Fading Gigolo; Cannes Festival; Julian Opie 20 May 2014

    Tue, 20 May 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    John Wilson reviews Fading Gigolo, which follows two friends who become an unlikely gigolo and pimp in a bid to make money. Written and directed by John Turturro, the film stars Woody Allen as a Brooklyn bookseller who becomes his friend's "manager." Larushka Ivan-Zedeh reviews. DJ and producer Fatboy Slim discusses his new double album of Brazilian party music which coincides with the start of the World Cup. Plus the artist Julian Opie on a new exhibition at the Holburne Museum in Bath which brings together his work with art that he has collected, including 17th Century painting and ancient Egyptian sculpture. And Jason Solomons reports from the Cannes Film Festival.

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  • Edmund de Waal; Hypnotic Brass Ensemble; BBC Young Musician

    Mon, 19 May 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Edmund de Waal; BBC Young Musician winner; Teen Talk; Hypnotic Brass Ensemble.

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  • Dawn French, Ben Miles as Thomas Cromwell 16 MAY 14

    Fri, 16 May 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Actress, writer and comedian Dawn French, Coldplay album Ghost Stories reviewed, and actor Ben Miles on playing Thomas Cromwell in the stage adaptation of Hilary Mantel's novels

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  • Gary Kemp; Mr Turner 15 May 14

    Thu, 15 May 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Gary Kemp on Fings Ain't Wot They Used T'Be; Mr Turner reviewed; Rachel Johnson and Nicola Beauman discuss the charms of Diary Of A Provincial Lady; the legacy of Kenneth Clark

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  • Louise Welsh on Penny Dreadful, Oscar Isaac, Goldfrapp's Will Gregory:14 May 14

    Wed, 14 May 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Thriller writer Louise Welsh reviews Penny Dreadful, produced by Sam Mendes and staring Eva Green; The Two Faces of January star Oscar Isaac; Jason Solomons gives the verdict on Grace of Monaco from Cannes; and Goldfrapp's Will Gregory discusses Moog synthesizers.

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  • Godzilla; La Traviata; writer Peter Bowker

    Tue, 13 May 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Godzilla reviewed, America's fastest rising opera stars Ailyn Perez and Stephen Costello in La Traviata and playwright Peter Bowker on his new tv drama on the Manchester bombing of 1996. Plus, six British films on a new issue of Royal Mail stamps.

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  • James McAvoy; Gillian Clarke on Dylan Thomas

    Mon, 12 May 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    James McAvoy on his new film X-Men : Days of Future Past; poet Gillian Clarke reviews A Poet in New York a TV drama on the last days of Dylan Thomas - plus singer Natalie Merchant and an exhibition of photojournalism from the streets of North Korea

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  • Hofesh Shechter; South African Writing 09 MAY 2014

    Fri, 9 May 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    A report from the Brighton Festival where Hofesh Shechter is Guest Artistic Director; posthumous Michael Jackson album Xscape; South African plays; Advanced Style review.

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  • Yinka Shonibare, Akhil Sharma, women directors, Water Babies 080514

    Thu, 8 May 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Artist Yinka Shonibare at the Brighton Festival, Water Babies in Leicester, novelist Akhil Sharma on his novel Family Life, a report on women film directors

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  • Antony Gormley and Simon Starling; Alice Hoffman. 7 May 14

    Wed, 7 May 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    This year's Turner Prize shortlist, Antony Gormley and Simon Starling on Henry Moore's legacy, author Alice Hoffman on her new novel, The Museum of Extraordinary Things, and David Henry Hwang on his play Yellow Face.

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  • Irvine Welsh, The Wind Rises, Rachel De-lahay, Angel of the North row

    Tue, 6 May 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Trainspotting author Irvine Welsh talks to Samira Ahmed about his new novel The Sex Lives of Siamese Twins, set in contemporary Miami. Advertising expert Rory Sutherland unpicks the row over the Morrisons baguette beamed onto the Angel of the North. Rachel De-lahay's new play Circles focuses on Birmingham's number 11 bus route and investigates breaking cycles of violence. Hayao Miyazaki's latest animated film The Wind Rises has been announced as his last. The writer and director who brought us Howl's Moving Castle and Spirited Away bows out with the story of a young man who designs Japanese fighter planes as the Second World War looms. Critic Robbie Collin reviews.

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  • Michael Nyman special 050514

    Mon, 5 May 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    A special programme to celebrate the composer Michael Nyman as he celebrates his 70th birthday.

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  • 02 May 14

    Fri, 2 May 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Fiona Shaw, Edward St Aubyn, Blue Ruin reviewed and Under Milk Wood

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  • Jon Ronson; Julian Anderson; Comics Unmasked

    Thu, 1 May 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Matthew d'Ancona talks to Jon Ronson about his film Frank. Julian Anderson on his opera Thebans. Sarah Crompton reviews the new series of 24. And Comics Unmasked at the British Library.

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  • FrontRow:Neil Jordan on Bob Hoskins; The Black Keys: 30th Apr 14

    Wed, 30 Apr 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Neil Jordan and Cathy Tyson pay tribute to Bob Hoskins, Eleanor Oldroyd reviews Next Goal Wins, Joël Dicker on his prize-winning debut novel; and The Black Keys talk about their new album.

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  • Philip King; Beautiful South; Bad Neighbours

    Tue, 29 Apr 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Sculptor Phillip King on his career as he turns 80 this week, Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott on their first album since their multi-million selling days of The Beautiful South and Sally Wainwright discusses writing BBC One's Happy Valley. Plus a review of Seth Rogan's latest film Bad Neighbours.

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  • FrontRow:David Haig; Ziggy Marley; Prey 28Apr14

    Mon, 28 Apr 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    David Haig on writing and starring in a play about the weatherman who postponed D-Day; Ziggy Marley on the importance of reggae in his music; Prey, starring John Simm, reviewed.

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  • Hinterland; Tracks; Alain de Botton; Briony Lavery. 250414

    Fri, 25 Apr 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Welsh drama Hinterland; Alain de Botton on labelling art; Tracks cinematographer on capturing the Australian outback; Bryony Lavery examines faith in her latest play The Believers.

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  • Damon Albarn; Sophie Hannah: Art Fund Prize; Proms 240414

    Thu, 24 Apr 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Damon Albarn on his new album Everyday Robots; Roger Wright reveals Proms line-up; novelist Sophie Hannah; Art Fund Prize shortlist announced for the Museum of the Year

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  • Mike Bartlett, Richard Wilson, Generation War, Exhibition 230414

    Wed, 23 Apr 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Artist Richard Wilson on his vast new Heathrow sculpture Slipstream; Playwright Mike Bartlett on King Charles III and An Intervention; German TV drama Generation War; Joanna Hogg's film Exhibition

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  • Transcendence reviewed; Michael Nyman at 70 22 APR 2014

    Tue, 22 Apr 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Michael Nyman reveals for the first time what inspired his 19 new symphonies; James Graham and Josie Rourke on the alarming research behind new play Privacy; Transcendence starring Johnny Depp reviewed.

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  • Claude-Michel Schönberg & Alain Boublil. 21 April 14

    Tue, 22 Apr 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    John Wilson with the writers of two of the biggest stage musicals of all time - Miss Saigon and Les Misérables. Composer Claude-Michel Schönberg and lyricist Alain Boublil discuss their working process.

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  • The Biblical Epic - 18 Apr 14

    Fri, 18 Apr 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    In the company of Hollywood's hottest directors, Life of Brian's Michael Palin, and the British actor who played Jesus Christ himself, join Kirsty Lang as she sets off on her own pilgrimage in search of the roots of the Biblical epic.

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  • 17 Apr 14

    Thu, 17 Apr 14

    Duration:
    27 mins

    John Wilson talks to actor Martin Freeman about his new role in the television version of cult film Fargo plus Paolo Nutini on his new album - five years in the making - and artist Andy Scott on being inspired by the Celtic Kelpie myth in his new work.

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  • Keith Huff, The Sea, Patience Agbabi

    Wed, 16 Apr 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Kirsty Lang reviews the film The Sea, and interviews House of Cards writer Keith Huff. Plus poet Patience Agbabi, TV show Trying Again and removing art by Banksy.

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  • Jamaica Inn; The Amazing Spider-Man 2; Rachel Kushner: 15 Apr 2014

    Tue, 15 Apr 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Kirsty Lang reviews Jamaica Inn; talks to classical guitarist Milos Karadaglic; offers the verdict on The Amazing Spider-Man 2; and speaks to Rachel Kushner about Telex from Cuba.

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  • FrontRow14Apr14: Matisse; Locke; Val McDermid

    Mon, 14 Apr 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Henri Matisse's Cut-Outs discussed by his biographer Hilary Spurling and curator Nicholas Cullinan; Locke, starring Tom Hardy, reviewed; Val McDermid on updating Jane Austen

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  • Mark Strong and Ivo van Hove; Harlan Coben 11 APR 2014

    Fri, 11 Apr 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Actor Mark Strong and director Ivo van Hove on their production of A View from the Bridge, author Harlan Coben on his novel Missing You and Broadway star Bernadette Peters.

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  • Emma Thompson and Celia Imrie, Chris Wheeldon, Birdland, Sam West 100414

    Thu, 10 Apr 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Emma Thompson and Celia Imrie discuss their new film The Love Punch, Chris Wheeldon on the world premiere of The Winter's Tale at the Royal Ballet, Birdland reviewed, and actor Sam West on a new arts funding campaign

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  • Chiwetel Ejiofor; Ben Watt; Korean Books 090414

    Wed, 9 Apr 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Award-winning actor Chiwetel Ejiofor on his new film Half of a Yellow Sun, musician Ben Watt, writing from South Korea at London Book Fair, and advice for the new Culture Secretary

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  • Jean Paul Gaultier; Christy Moore; Michael Palin. 8 April 14

    Tue, 8 Apr 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    The fashion designer Jean Paul Gaultier on a retrospective of his work at the Barbican, the Irish folk singer Christy Moore on his upcoming tour, Michael Palin announces a surprise tour and Indonesian action film The Raid 2 reviewed.

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  • Brendan Gleeson; Baileys Prize shortlist 07 APR 2014

    Mon, 7 Apr 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Interview with actor Brendan Gleeson on Calvary; the announcement of the Baileys Prize for Fiction shortlist; Jack Thorne and John Ajvide Lindqvist on Let the Right One In on stage; new Georgians exhibition at The Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace.

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  • FrontRow 04Apr14: Rory Bremner, Jacqueline Wilson

    Fri, 4 Apr 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Kirsty Lang talks to Rory Bremner about performing in a Noel Coward play; Children's novelist Jacqueline Wilson takes us on a tour of her childhood bedroom and the joys of the dialogue free film.

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  • FrontRow 03Apr14: Richard Ayoade; The Crimson Field

    Thu, 3 Apr 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Richard Ayoade on his film, The Double; TV series The Crimson Field reviewed; forty years of the Sunday Times bestseller list; review of the musical, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels.

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  • Kate Winslet, The Trip to Italy reviewed

    Wed, 2 Apr 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Kate Winslet on playing an arch villain in new film Divergent; tv series The Trip to Italy reviewed; author Timur Vermes about his satire featuring Hitler as a stand-up; Lord of the Flies as a dance production

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  • Chris Chibnall, Viktoria Mullova 01 APR 14

    Tue, 1 Apr 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Broadchurch creator Chris Chibnall on his new play, Russian violinist Viktoria Mullova, Paddy Considine in Honour reviewed, Pangaea - contemporary art from Africa and South America

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  • Noah reviewed, Rachel Seiffert 31 MAR 14

    Mon, 31 Mar 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Russell Crowe as Noah reviewed, author Rachel Seiffert, sculptor Phyllida Barlow, Royal Opera House season launch, and Clusters of Light in Sharjah

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  • Ricky Wilson; Muppets; Sebastian Barry; Cush Jumbo.

    Fri, 28 Mar 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Ricky Wilson on Kaiser Chief's new album; new Muppets movie; Sebastian Barry's new novel; Cush Jumbo on playing Mark Antony.

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  • Jane Horrocks, 20 Feet From Stardom, US vets, Tim Barrow 270314

    Thu, 27 Mar 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Jane Horrocks on playing Little Voice, a review of new film doc 20 Feet From Stardom, US Iraq war veterans writing fiction, 14-18 NOW photographer Chloe Dewe Mathews, and playwright Tim Barrow

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  • Anne Hathaway, David Threlfall, Lorna Simpson, Believe 260314

    Wed, 26 Mar 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Actress Anne Hathaway on animated film Rio 2, David Threlfall discusses playing Frank Gallagher, photographer Lorna Simpson, and a review of TV series Believe

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  • Ian McKellen, Nan Goldin, The Past & New Worlds

    Tue, 25 Mar 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Sir Ian McKellen on playing Estragon; photographer Nan Goldin, French film The Past and Channel 4's restoration drama New Worlds reviewed

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  • Tom Hollander on Rev, Emma Donoghue 24 MAR 14

    Mon, 24 Mar 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Tom Hollander on Rev, author of Room Emma Donoghue, Captain America: The Winter Soldier reviewed, Dame Harriet Walter on playing Lady Macbeth

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  • Kristin Davis, Errol Morris, Kate Bush

    Fri, 21 Mar 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Sex and the City's Kristin Davis on Fatal Attraction. Documentary maker Errol Morris. TV drama Mammon. And Kate Bush on performing live.

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  • FrontRow20Mar14: John Banville; Yves Saint Laurent

    Thu, 20 Mar 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Dancers Roberto Bolle & Marcelo Gomes on Kings Of The Dance; John Banville on writing a Philip Marlowe story; Yves Saint Laurent biopic reviewed; Nicholas Hytner's NT plans

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  • Kylie Minogue; Jack O'Connell on Starred Up: 19th Mar 14

    Wed, 19 Mar 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Kylie Minogue on her career and new album; Amanda Vickery on William Kent, leading designer of Georgian Britain; actor Jack O'Connell and writer Jonathan Asser on Starred Up.

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  • Veronese, W1A writer John Morton, Labor Day. 18 Mar 14

    Tue, 18 Mar 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Veronese at the National Gallery, writer John Morton on following Olympic comedy Twenty Twelve with BBC based satire W1A, Labor Day reviewed and the “extinct” instrument, the Violoncello Da Spalla.

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  • Harry Hill; George Michael's Symphonica; Neil Hannon: 17 Mar 14

    Mon, 17 Mar 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Harry Hill and Sean Foley on I Can't Sing; a review of George Michael's Symphonica album; Neil Hannon discusses the personal inspiration for his latest work To Our Fathers in Distress; and a review of A Long Way Down.

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  • David Hare & Rodriguez March 14th 2014

    Fri, 14 Mar 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    David Hare on The Julian Worricker trilogy; Rodgriguez on Searching For Sugar Man; the art of stage kissing; Dominic Dromgoole on staging Hamlet in North Korea

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  • Terry Gilliam, and Siri Hustvedt 13 MAR 2014

    Thu, 13 Mar 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Terry Gilliam on The Zero Theorem, novelist Siri Hustvedt tackles sexism in the art world, and artist Michael Craig-Martin does pink high heels

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  • FrontRow 12/03/14: Kickstarter; Vivienne Franzmann; Andres Neuman.

    Wed, 12 Mar 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Veronica Mars review; Kickstarter funding; Vivienne Franzmann; Andres Neuman; Fake Bands.

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  • Under the Skin; books marketing tactics 11 MAR 2014

    Tue, 11 Mar 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Scarlett Johansson in Under the Skin reviewed; changing book publicity tactics discussed; the return of Shetland to the BBC; novelist Karen Joy Fowler on chimp manners.

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  • George Saunders, Cézanne exhibit, Jeff Beck

    Mon, 10 Mar 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Folio Prize winner George Saunders live from the award ceremony; Cézanne and the Modern show at the Ashomolean, guitarist Jeff Beck - and Damian Barr on the appeal of the gay best friend in movies.

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  • Alexander McCall Smith, The Walshes, Stella Feehily: 7th Mar 14

    Fri, 7 Mar 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    With Samira Ahmed, Alexander McCall Smith discusses The Forever Girl; a review of The Walshes, a comedy from the creator of Father Ted; Stella Feehily on her play This May Hurt A Bit, starring Stephanie Cole; and the South Park computer game.

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  • FrontRow 06Mar14:Elizabeth McGovern; Poets Laureate

    Thu, 6 Mar 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Three poets laureate on reflecting nations in verse; Elizabeth McGovern on song-writing; The Widower, with Reece Shearsmith as a killer, reviewed; director Jamie Lloyd on Urinetown

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  • Guy Garvey; David Frost memorial. 5 Mar 14

    Wed, 5 Mar 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Elbow's lead singer Guy Garvey on the band's new album, David Frost's memorial in Westminster Abbey, 300: Rise of an Empire reviewed and how does the situation in Ukraine affect the British Council's plans for exhibitions in Russia.

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  • Vikings, John Carter Cash, 37 Days 04 MAR 2014

    Tue, 4 Mar 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    John Wilson takes a tour of a Viking exhibition, reviews 37 Days - a drama set just before the outbreak of World War One - plus he discusses unreleased recordings of Johnny Cash with his singer's son.

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  • Marie Darrieussecq; Alan Ayckbourn. 3 Mar 14

    Mon, 3 Mar 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    French author Marie Darrieussecq on her novel All the Way, playwright Alan Ayckbourn remembers film director Alain Resnais, Iain Sinclair on the Ruin Lust exhibition at Tate Britain and Larushka Ivan-Zedeh reviews The Grand Budapest Hotel.

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  • Damon Albarn, Maxine Peake, Jonathan Yeo, Suranne Jones, Kiran Leonard

    Fri, 28 Feb 14

    Duration:
    34 mins

    Presented by John Wilson Damon Albarn is famed for his collaborations with a wide range of partners. As he prepares to play songs from his forthcoming debut solo album, for a special 6Music festival gig,he talks to John about going it alone. Maxine Peake stars in the BBC legal drama Silk where she plays the role of Martha Costello QC. As series three begins,she discusses how Martha's character has grown. Maxine is also one of the subjects in a new exhibition at the Lowry dedicated to portrait painter Jonathon Yeo. They describe their experience of creating a portrait. Suranne Jones plays one half of television police duo Scott and Bailey. She's now playing one of Virginia Woolf's most distinctive creations, Orlando, in a new production at the Royal Exchange Theatre. 18 year old musician Kiran Leonard is a multi-instrumentalist who lists Mothers of Invention, Sufjan Stevens, Albert Ayler, Krzysztof Penderecki, and the Beach Boys, as just a handful of his influences.

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  • Marc Almond and John Harle; Willy Russell 27 FEB 2014

    Thu, 27 Feb 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Marc Almond and John Harle discuss their collaboration The Tyburn Tree; Liverpool's Everyman Theatre reopens; novelist Gary Shteyngart on his memoir Little Failure and Emily Eavis talks about plans for this year's Glastonbury.

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  • Peter Gabriel; Helen Oyeyemi; Paco Pena; Mark Thomas.

    Wed, 26 Feb 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Peter Gabriel; The Great War in Portraits; Paco Pena on Paco de Lucia; Helen Oyeyemi; Mark Thomas on Bill Hicks.

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  • Stewart Lee &Jonathan Creek Feb 25th 2014

    Tue, 25 Feb 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Comedian Stewart Lee on his new series; Jonathan Creek reviewed by Naomi Alderman; Peter Gill discusses Versailles

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  • The Book Thief, Joseph Rykwert, Isy Suttie

    Mon, 24 Feb 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    The Book Thief film reviewed, critic Joseph Rykwert on winning the 2014 Royal Gold Medal for architecture, comedian and actress Isy Suttie, monologues for black actors

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  • Emily Mortimer and Dolly Wells, David Grossman

    Fri, 21 Feb 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Tom Sutcliffe talks to Israeli author David Grossman and Mark Lawson interviews Emily Mortimer and Dolly Wells.

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  • Nymphomaniac; Joanne M. Harris; Robert Cohan: 20 Feb 14

    Thu, 20 Feb 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Tom Sutcliffe reviews the latest Lars Von Trier film, Nymphomaniac, Chocolat author Joanne M.Harris talks about her first adult fantasy novel and the founding father of Britain's contemporary dance movement Robert Cohan discusses his career.

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  • Andrew Sachs, Martin Carthy

    Wed, 19 Feb 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    John Wilson speaks to actor Andrew Sachs about his new memoir, and Martin Carthy about his career in folk music.

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  • FrontRow18Feb14: Lynda La Plante; The Smoke

    Tue, 18 Feb 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    John Wilson talks to Prime Suspect writer Lynda La Plante about her plans for a prequel focussing on the early life of DCI Tennison. Plus Mercury Prize nominated DJ Jon Hopkins

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  • Martin Scorsese & Thelma Schoonmaker; Lesley Sharp. 17 Feb 14

    Mon, 17 Feb 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Director Martin Scorsese and editor Thelma Schoonmaker on the film-making duo Powell and Pressburger; Lesley Sharp on her part in Shelagh Delaney's A Taste of Honey; Bafta winner Kieran Evans and Only Lovers Left Alive reviewed.

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  • Kevin Spacey, The Lego Movie, Glenn Patterson, film Q&As 140114

    Fri, 14 Feb 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Kevin Spacey on season 2 of House of Cards, The Lego Movie reviewed, Belfast novelist Glenn Patterson, film Q&As

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  • Richard Rogers and Norman Foster 13 FEB 2014

    Thu, 13 Feb 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Richard Rogers and Norman Foster discuss a friendship spanning five decades; artist George Condo on working with Andy Warhol and Kanye West; Simon Parkes on Brixton Academy's heritage.

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  • 12/02/14 - Oh What A Lovely War; Tom Rob Smith.

    Wed, 12 Feb 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Oh What A Lovely War; Tom Rob Smith; Line of Duty; Chinese censorship.

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  • Richard Hamilton; Enrique Iglesias; Monuments Men

    Tue, 11 Feb 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Richard Hamilton's work at Tate Modern and ICA; The Monuments Men reviewed; Grammy-winning singer songwriter Enrique Iglesias and Tennessee Williams's hotel plays

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  • Armistead Maupin, Folio Prize shortlist, Her, Raphael Wallfisch 100214

    Mon, 10 Feb 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Writer Armistead Maupin on The Days of Anna Madrigal; Lavinia Greenlaw on The Folio Prize shortlist; new film Her; cellist Raphael Wallfisch

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  • Roger Daltrey and Wilko Johnson; Barkhad Abdi. 7 Feb 14

    Fri, 7 Feb 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Roger Daltrey and Wilko Johnson on collaborating on a new album; Barkhad Abdi on his Oscar nominated performance in Captain Phillips; crime drama Salamander reviewed and David Shrigley and Hans Haacke on their sculptures for Trafalgar Square's 4th plinth.

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  • FrontRow 06 Apr 14: Babylon; The Mistress Contract

    Thu, 6 Feb 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Sam Bain and Jesse Armstrong on their new TV drama, Babylon; Abi Morgan's play The Mistress Contract is reviewed; how to make operas work both onstage and on a cinema-screen

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  • David Bailey; Hanif Kureishi; Isabella Rossellini: 5 Feb 14

    Wed, 5 Feb 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    A review of Bailey's Stardust exhibition; Hanif Kureishi discusses The Last Word; Isabella Rossellini talks about dressing as an insect on stage and screen for Green Porno; and a review of The Patrol.

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  • Front Row: Reece Shearsmith, David Hockney

    Tue, 4 Feb 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Mark Lawson speaks to Reece Shearsmith, reviews the new David Hockney exhibition and looks at the decline of graffiti. Plus Anita Elberse on the theory of blockbusters.

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  • Angela Lansbury, Philip Seymour Hoffman

    Mon, 3 Feb 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Mark Lawson talks to Angela Lansbury. Artist Richard Deacon. And director Anton Corbijn remembers Philip Seymour Hoffman.

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  • The Bridge and Jonathan Lethem 310114

    Fri, 31 Jan 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    The stars of The Bridge, Jonathan Lethem, true life stories and the curious incident of R.S. Thomas and the crisp packet.

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  • Ralph Fiennes, The Last Leg, E L Doctorow 300114

    Thu, 30 Jan 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Ralph Fiennes on directing and acting in The Invisible Woman; US author E L Doctorow discusses his new novel Andrew's Brain; and Adam Hills and Josh Widdicombe on The Last Leg

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  • Matthew McConaughey; Mary Chapin Carpenter 29 JAN 2014

    Wed, 29 Jan 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Matthew McConaughey on his lead role in the new film Dallas Buyers Club; Costa Prize winner Nathan Filer; singer-songwriter Mary Chapin Carpenter; David Edgar on writers who act.

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  • Juliet Stevenson; The Armstrong Lie

    Tue, 28 Jan 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Juliet Stevenson in Beckett's Happy Days, documentary The Armstrong Lie reviewed, American writer Willy Vlautin and poets in residence - in zoology.

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  • FrontRow 27/01/14: Annie Proulx; Martin Creed

    Mon, 27 Jan 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Kirsty Lang talks to Annie Proulx about Brokeback Mountain, the opera; Martin Creed walks around his retrospective at the Hayward; we review Lone Survivor; and historian Miranda Carter tells us about her debut novel.

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  • FrontRow 24Jan14:Sunflowers; Chris Riddell

    Fri, 24 Jan 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Martin Bailey and Kirsty visit The National Gallery to see two of Van Gogh's Sunflowers; Chris Riddell on writing gothic fiction for children; Justin Bieber and celebrity mug-shots

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  • FrontRow:Kenneth Branagh; Michael Symmons Roberts

    Thu, 23 Jan 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Mark Lawson talks to Kenneth Branagh, the poet Michael Symmons Roberts, and reviews Sensing Spaces at the Royal Academy.

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  • Simon Russell Beale; Lucy Hughes-Hallett

    Wed, 22 Jan 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Mark Lawson talks to Simon Russell Beale about playing King Lear. Plus Costa biography prize winner Lucy Hughes-Hallett. And the secrecy surrounding certain film scripts.

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  • Josie Rourke, Julie Hesmondhalgh, Nathan Filer. 21 Jan 14

    Tue, 21 Jan 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Julie Hesmondhalgh on saying goodbye to her Coronation Street character and her new stage role, Josie Rourke on directing The Weir, Nathan Filer on winning the first novel category of the Costa Book Awards and Tasmin Little on why violinists don't ski.

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  • Kate Atkinson; Outnumbered; Abbado remembered. 20 Jan 14

    Mon, 20 Jan 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Simon Rattle remembers the conductor Claudio Abbado; Kate Atkinson on winning the novel category of the Costa Book Awards; Hugh Dennis and Tyger Drew-Honey on series five of Outnumbered and August: Osage County reviewed.

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  • Joyce Carol Oates; Gravity's visual effects 17 JAN 2014

    Fri, 17 Jan 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Joyce Carol Oates on a half-century of writing; the enduring appeal of The Three Musketeers; Gravity's special effects; and photography by Warhol, Burroughs and Lynch.

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  • Oscars Special Jan 16th 2013

    Thu, 16 Jan 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    In an Oscars special edition, Mark Lawson talks to nominees including Steve Coogan, Sally Hawkins and David O. Russell

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  • Julian and Jiaxin Lloyd Webber; Dominic Dromgoole

    Wed, 15 Jan 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Cellists Julian and Jiaxin Lloyd Webber; Dominic Dromgoole on the Globe's new Jacobean theatre, and a report on the power of photography to inspire other artforms

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  • Christos Tsiolkas, Tim's Vermeer, Maxim Vengerov, US cop shows 140114

    Tue, 14 Jan 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Christos Tsiolkas, author of the Man Booker-longlisted The Slap, discusses his new novel Barracuda; new film Tim's Vermeer; violinist Maxim Vengerov; and two new US TV cop shows

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  • Coen Brothers and the T S Eliot Prize for Poetry - 13/01/14

    Mon, 13 Jan 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    The Coen Brothers; The Wolf of Wall Street; T S Eliot Prize winner; playwright John Donnelly.

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  • FrontRow 10Jan14:Colin Firth; Hostages

    Fri, 10 Jan 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Colin Firth on The Railway Man; new TV drama series Hostages is reviewed; Sam Smith, winner of BBC's Sound Of 2014; stage-designer Es Devlin gives Kirsty a tour of her studio

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  • Istanbul Special 09.01.14

    Fri, 10 Jan 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    John Wilson reports from Istanbul, including Nobel Prize winning author Orhan Pamuk, hit TV drama Magnificent Century, Turkish films and the band Baba Zula.

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  • Donal Ryan, The Bletchley Circle creator Guy Burt, MINT Nigeria 8 Jan 14

    Wed, 8 Jan 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    The creator of The Bletchley Circle Guy Burt on series two of his drama, Author Donal Ryan on his second novel, Molly Dineen reviews two documentaries, The Square and Kiss the Water, and Nollywood director Obi Emelonye on the Nigerian film industry.

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  • FrontRow07Jan14: Delivery Man; Graeme Simsion

    Tue, 7 Jan 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Author Graeme Simsion on the surprise success of his book, The Rosie Project; a review of the film Delivery Man; an assessment of stand-up comedy and popular music in Indonesia

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  • Costa Book Awards; 12 Years A Slave director Steve McQueen: 6 Jan 14

    Mon, 6 Jan 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    We reveal the Costa Book Awards Category Winners; Steve McQueen talks about 12 Years A Slave; and the first in a series looking at culture in emerging economies - today Mexican cinema.

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  • Naomie Harris; Mahan Esfahani; The Taste 03 JAN 2014

    Fri, 3 Jan 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Naomie Harris discusses playing Winnie Mandela; Nigella Lawson's new show The Taste reviewed; Iranian harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani; critics look ahead to the arts in 2014.

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  • Jarvis Cocker; Tom Price; Last Vegas. 2 Dec 14

    Thu, 2 Jan 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Jarvis Cocker and Martin Wallace on their film The Big Melt, novelist Elizabeth Jane Howard remembered, artist Tom Price on his exhitibion at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Last Vegas reviewed and a look ahead to the potential big albums of 2014.

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  • Binge TV Jan 1st 2014

    Wed, 1 Jan 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Kirsty Lang presents a special edition on Binge TV and the different ways we watch television

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  • Adil Ray and Helen Ledrerer in the Front Row Quiz: 31 Dec 13

    Tue, 31 Dec 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Citizen Khan's Adil Ray, actors Helen Lederer and Jackie Clune; and playwright Mark Ravenhill are led by team captains Natalie Haynes and Mark Billingham in the Front Row Quiz.

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  • New American Classics 30 DEC 2013

    Mon, 30 Dec 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    This year the shelf of great American authors unexpectedly lengthened when a novel called Stoner by John Williams, forgotten since its first appearance five decades ago, was republished to widespread acclaim. At the same time two neglected novels by Renata Adler received enthusiastic reviews when brought back into print after thirty years and two little known writers, 89 year old James Salter and 76 year old Edith Pearlman, were hailed as newly discovered geniuses. Salter, Pearlman and Adler reflect on literary resurrection and Julian Barnes and Ruth Rendell discuss the comeback of Stoner.

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  • FrontRow26Dec13:Joss Whedon on Buffy's legacy

    Thu, 26 Dec 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Naomi Alderman explores the creative legacy of the cult TV series Buffy The Vampire Slayer, with help from Joss Whedon, Anthony Head, Neil Gaiman, Rhianna Pratchett and other fans

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  • People of the Year - Part 2. 24 Dec 2013

    Tue, 24 Dec 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Front Row's People of the Year 2013. Mark Lawson talks to David Tennant, Helen Mirren, Stephen Frears, Olivia Colman and Clio Barnard in the second of two special programmes.

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  • People of the Year pt 1: 231213

    Mon, 23 Dec 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Front Row's People of the Year: Mark Lawson talks to David Suchet, Eleanor Catton, Hilary Mantel, Andrea Kirkwood, Zawe Ashton and Marin Alsop.

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  • Julie Andrews; Michael Palin 20 Dec 2013

    Fri, 20 Dec 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Julie Andrews on Mary Poppins and My Fair Lady; Michael Palin discusses the artist Andrew Wyeth; we review Robert Redford in All is Lost and report on efforts to preserve art during conflict.

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  • David Morrissey & Walter Mitty review 191213

    Thu, 19 Dec 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Ben Stiller in The Secret Life of Walter Mitty reviewed; interview with David Morrissey; the Cities of Culture that weren't; Text on screen.

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  • Olivia Colman & Coriolanus 181214

    Wed, 18 Dec 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Olivia Colman interviewed; Tom Hiddleston in Coriolanus reviewed; Paul Hayward, ghost-writer of Sir Alex Ferguson's autobiography; comedy DVDs for Christmas reviewed

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  • Mark Gatiss, American Hustle reviewed

    Tue, 17 Dec 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    American Hustle reviewed; Mark Gatiss on his TV directorial debut The Tractate Middoth; his documentary about M.R.James, and starring in Coriolanus. Plus a round up of the best albums of 2013.

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  • Anchorman 2; Andrew Lloyd Webber 16 DEC 2013

    Mon, 16 Dec 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    The Today Programme's Mishal Husain reviews Anchorman 2; Andrew Lloyd Webber discusses his latest musical, Stephen Ward, as it opens in the West End; Death Comes to Pemberley and Downton Abbey's Christmas special reviewed.

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  • Martin Freeman, American Psycho 13 Dec 2013

    Fri, 13 Dec 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Mark Lawson talks to Martin Freeman about The Hobbit, reviews new musical American Psycho. Plus Jeff Park on crime books for Christmas.

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  • FrontRow 12 Dec: Victoria Wood, Neon Artwork, Sam Smith

    Thu, 12 Dec 13

    Duration:
    31 mins

    John Wilson unveils this year's Front Row neon artwork, a word chosen by the writer and comedian Victoria Wood; Sam Smith on winning the Brits Critic’s Choice Award; a painting that hasn’t been seen since 1915 and Moonfleet reviewed.

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  • Alan Bennett, Terry Pratchett 11 DEC 13

    Wed, 11 Dec 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Alan Bennett on the nation's favourite play, Terry Pratchett on the 40th Discworld novel, novelist NJ Cooper reviews The Great Train Robbery, and Ben Miller in The Duck House

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  • Christmas singles; John-Henri Holmberg. 10 Dec 13

    Tue, 10 Dec 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Front Row's annual Christmas Jukebox returns to assess this year's festive singles; John-Henri Holmberg on translating and editing a collection of Swedish crime stories including a new work by Stieg Larsson; Howard Brenton's Drawing the Line reviewed.

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  • FrontRow 09Dec13:Derren Brown; Eimear McBride

    Mon, 9 Dec 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Derren Brown teaches senior citizens how to steal art; author Eimear McBride on her experimental novel; MJ Delaney on her first film; Metro Manila: award-winning UK film in Tagalog

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  • Lenny Henry on Nelson Mandela 061213

    Fri, 6 Dec 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Lenny Henry discusses the part that comedians and musicians played in the movement to free Nelson Mandela. Plus, Lesley Manville, Beauty And The Beast, and Fill The Void reviewed

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  • Emil and the Detectives, John Newman, Kill Your Darlings, Autobiographies 051213

    Thu, 5 Dec 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Daniel Radcliffe in Beat poets film Kill Your Darlings reviewed, singer John Newman, Emil and the Detectives on stage, and bestselling autobiographies put to the test

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  • Jude Law in Henry V; Atiq Rahimi 04 Dec 2013

    Wed, 4 Dec 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Including a review of Jude Law in Henry V; an interview with French-Afghan writer Atiq Rahimi; a report on the benefits and pitfalls of mixing politics and music and a review of 28 Up South Africa.

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  • John Pilger, Nebraska and Stephen Frears Dec 3rd 2013

    Tue, 3 Dec 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    John Pilger on Utopia; Nebraska reviewed; Stephen Frears on his supporting role in Love, Nina; one woman shows

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  • Hilary Mantel, Spike Lee's Oldboy, Shopping documentaries 021213

    Mon, 2 Dec 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Hilary Mantel on the RSC stage adaptations of Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies, a review of Spike Lee's new film Oldboy, two new department store documentaries, and should councils sell their art?

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  • Coronation Street Set, Chapman brothers, Jeune et Jolie 29 Nov 13

    Fri, 29 Nov 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    John Wilson gets a sneak preview of the latest Coronation Street set at its new home in Salford Quays. He talks to the series creator Tony Warren, Executive Producer Kieran Roberts, and Weatherfield local Audrey Roberts (Sue Nicholls). As their controversial new show "Come and See" opens at the Sackler Serpentine Gallery in London, visual artists Jake and Dinos Chapman discuss their attitude to their subject matter and their sometimes difficult relationship with their audience. As French director François Ozon's film "Jeune et Jolie" - about a 17-year-old girl exploring her sexuality by becoming a high-class call girl - hits the cinema screens, novelist MJ Hyland delivers her verdict. And as previously unpublished JD Salinger stories see the light of day, John asks why some authors want their work to remain under wraps until long after their death.

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  • FrontRow28Nov13: Ian Rankin; TV's The Bible reviewed

    Thu, 28 Nov 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Ian Rankin on the new investigation by his much-loved detective, John Rebus; a review of the TV dramatisation of the Bible; recording engineer Ken Scott on working with the Beatles

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  • William Hill Sports Book of the Year; Shobana Jeyasingh Weds 27 Nov

    Wed, 27 Nov 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Mark Lawson announces the winner of the 2013 William Hill Sports Book of the Year. An interview with choreographer Shobana Jeyasingh. And a review of the french films Marius and Fanny.

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  • Russell Brand; The Costa Book Awards. 26 Nov 13

    Tue, 26 Nov 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Comedian Russell Brand on his new tour The Messiah Complex, Front Row announces the shortlists for the Costa Book Awards 2013 and a review of the re-make of the classic 1970s horror film Carrie.

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  • Saving Mr Banks; Paula Milne; Janine Jansen: 25th Nov 13

    Mon, 25 Nov 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Sarah Crompton reviews Saving Mr. Banks; Paula Milne discusses her Cold War thriller Legacy; and violinist Janine Jansen talks about her new album Bach Concertos.

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  • Morecambe and Wise, Kate Tempest 22 NOV 2013

    Fri, 22 Nov 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Morecambe and Wise remembered, performance poet and rapper Kate Tempest, the CS Lewis memorial in Poets' Corner, and the return of Blofeld

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  • Peter Blake and Sarah Ruhl 211113

    Thu, 21 Nov 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Peter Blake on Under Milk Wood, Sarah Ruhl discusses The Vibrator Play, Iain Sinclair reflects on Gaslight and Molly Dineen reviews the documentary Leviathan

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  • Anjelica Huston, City of Culture, Turner, Strangers on a Train 201113

    Wed, 20 Nov 13

    Duration:
    30 mins

    Actress Anjelica Huston on her memoir, UK City of Culture 2017, Strangers on a Train on stage, Turner and the Sea at the National Maritime Museum

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  • Blue is the Warmest Colour; Mojo revival 19 NOV 2013

    Tue, 19 Nov 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Including a review of the Palm d'Or-winning film Blue is the Warmest Colour; an interview with screenwriter Sally Wainwright about the return of Last Tango in Halifax; news of a sequel to the classic film It's a Wonderful Life and Ian Rickson and Jez Butterworth discuss their revival of Mojo.

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  • Hunger Games; Evening Standard Theatre Awards;

    Mon, 18 Nov 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Hunger Games : Catching Fire reviewed, a report from the Evening Standard Theatre Awards; author Michael Ignatieff; artist Alison Wilding and a tribute to Doris Lessing.

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  • Borgen creator Adam Price, comedian Jason Manford. 15 Nov 13

    Fri, 15 Nov 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Adam Price, the writer and creator of Danish TV drama Borgen; comedian Jason Manford; a first look inside the Science Museum's exhibition on the Hadron Collider and the verdict on Dom Hemmingway, a film starring Jude Law as an East End gangster.

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  • FrontRow14Nov13:Donna Tartt; Forest Whitaker

    Thu, 14 Nov 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    American writer Donna Tartt on The Goldfinch, her first new novel in over a decade; Forest Whitaker on The Butler, inspired by the real-life story of a black White House butler

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  • Paul Smith, The Counsellor, Johnny Cash

    Wed, 13 Nov 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    With John Wilson, including fashion designer Paul Smith, Johnny Cash biographer Robert Hilburn, Natalie Haynes on the film The Counsellor and Tom Morris and Lorne Campbell discuss live theatre screenings.

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  • Sir John Tavener tribute; Poirot's Last Case; Don Jon review

    Tue, 12 Nov 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Mark Lawson discusses the music of Sir John Tavener, the final Poirot episode and the first Georges Simenon's Maigret novel; Bel Mooney reviews the film Don Jon; and TV producer Mal Young explores the tricks of dramatic family planning.

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  • Bryan Adams; Lang Lang; Kennedy films

    Mon, 11 Nov 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Mark Lawson interviews musician and photographer Bryan Adams, the Chinese pianist Lang Lang, and reviews two films about the Kennedy assassination.

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  • Gary Barlow; Georgians Revealed 08 NOV 2013

    Fri, 8 Nov 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    John Wilson talks singer-songwriter and X Factor judge Gary Barlow, to cellist Anita Lasker-Wallfisch, a survivor of Auschwitz, and reviews a new exhibition about the Georgians.

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  • Jeeves And Wooster & Stanley Spencer Nov 7th 2013

    Thu, 7 Nov 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Stephen Mangan and Matthew Macfadyen discuss their roles as Jeeves and Wooster. Stanley Spencer's war paintings move from Hampshire to London; Melissa Silverstein explains The Bechdel Test in cinema; Frank Gehry on the influence of fish on his architecture

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  • Zadie Smith, nut, Lady Gaga CD 061113

    Wed, 6 Nov 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Zadie Smith on her new story The Embassy of Cambodia, actors and audiobooks, a review of nut by debbie tucker green, and new albums by Lady Gaga and Lorde

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  • Neil Gaiman, literary mistranslations

    Tue, 5 Nov 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Neil Gaiman on his new Doctor Who short story; movie-industry documentary Seduced and Abandoned; literary mistranslations; fictional jokes about real people; and singer Angel Blue

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  • J J Abrams, Hermione Lee, John Yorke 041113

    Mon, 4 Nov 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Hermione Lee discusses her new biography of the late writer Penelope Fitzgerald, J J Abrams describes his unorthodox new novel S, looted Nazi art, and John Yorke on chronology in TV series

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  • Tinie Tempah, Carlos Acosta

    Fri, 1 Nov 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Tinie Tempah on his new album. Ballet star Carlos Acosta on his new novel. Rosie Boycott reviews the film Gloria. And Matthew Sweet on Dennis Wheatley.

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  • FrontRow31Oct13:David Beckham, Graham Nash, Brian May

    Thu, 31 Oct 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    David Beckham on being a photographic muse; singer-songwriter Graham Nash on his memoirs; Queen's Brian May on a Victorian 3D craze; a review of Jonathan Rhys Meyers' Dracula

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  • FrontRow:Joan Collins, Ian Rankin on Rory Gallagher 30 OCT 2013

    Wed, 30 Oct 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Joan Collins on age and husbands, the art of Castiglione, Ian Rankin is inspired by the music of Rory Gallagher, and Drinking Buddies reviewed

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  • Susan Stroman; Short Term 12; Ross Noble: 29th Oct 13

    Tue, 29 Oct 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    With Mark Lawson, who interviews the American director and choreographer Susan Stroman, reviews the film Short Term 12, and speaks to comedian Ross Noble.

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  • Sandra Bullock; Bernstein letters

    Mon, 28 Oct 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Sandra Bullock on her film Gravity. Nicholas Kenyon on the letters of Leonard Bernstein. The most revived modern plays. And artists who come out of retirement.

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  • Elizabeth Gilbert; One Chance; Raving 25 OCT 2013

    Fri, 25 Oct 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat Pray Love discusses her latest novel; Paul Potts biopic One Chance reviewed; news of the new tastemakers in the global art market; Robert Webb and Tamzin Outhwaite star in new play Raving.

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  • Earth Wind And Fire Oct 24th 2013

    Thu, 24 Oct 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Earth Wind And Fire, From Here To Eternity - The Musical, Chinese paintings, and Sir Anthony Caro remembered

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  • Judi Dench, Daumier, Ambassadors, Ghosts 231013

    Wed, 23 Oct 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Dame Judi Dench discusses her role in the film Philomena, Julian Barnes reviews a new Honoré Daumier exhibition, the verdict on TV series Ambassadors, and Ibsen's Ghosts on stage.

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  • Derry~Londonderry UK City of Culture 2013

    Tue, 22 Oct 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    A report on the 2013 Turner Prize on show in Derry~Londonderry; an interview with the composer Gerald Barry; writer Jennifer Johnston and news of the inaugural City of Derry International Choral Festival.

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  • Susan Hill, Pop Art Design

    Mon, 21 Oct 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Writer Susan Hill on her new novel Black Sheep; the relationship between pop art and design; dramatist G F Newman on his radio series; trails for fake movies.

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  • FrontRow18Oct13:Morrissey's Autobiography; Clio Barnard

    Fri, 18 Oct 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Philip Hoare on Morrissey's Autobiography; film director Clio Barnard on The Selfish Giant; Glee's tribute to Cory Monteith; Nelson, Navy, Nation at the National Maritime Museum

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  • Prince Avalanche and theatre director Michael Blakemore: 17th Oct 13

    Thu, 17 Oct 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    The verdict on the film Prince Avalanche; Mark Lawson visits a Luton primary school which has a Frank Auerbach painting for a day; theatre director Michael Blakemore.

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  • Paul McCartney; El Dorado; Sebastian Junger

    Wed, 16 Oct 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Paul McCartney on his new album. Rachel Campbell-Johnston on a new exhibition at the British Museum, El Dorado. And Sebastian Junger discusses his film about the war photojournalist Tim Hetherington.

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  • Sir David Jason; Rufus Norris; Jeremy Deller 15 Oct 13

    Tue, 15 Oct 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Rufus Norris will succeed Nicholas Hytner as the new director of the National Theatre. Norris, who has been associate director of the National Theatre for two years, where he directed the Amen Corner and London Road among other productions, will take over from April 2015. He talks to Mark Lawson about his future plans. As Sir David Jason, the star of Only Fools And Horses, Open All Hours, The Darling Buds of May, and A Touch of Frost, marks his five decade long career with an autobiography, he reveals why his career began almost by accident and how he can do an uncanny impression of Julian Clary. The artist Jeremy Deller shows Mark around his latest exhibition, All That Is Solid Melts Into Air, which has opened at Manchester Art Gallery. The show, which will tour the UK, explores what Deller sees as the continuing impact of the Industrial Revolution on British popular culture.

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  • Tori Amos and Samuel Adamson; Enough Said reviewed. 14 Oct 13

    Mon, 14 Oct 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Tori Amos and Samuel Adamson on their new musical, The Light Princess, Sarah Crompton reviews Enough Said, author Iain Sinclair on a new exhibition of Paul Klee's work at the Tate Modern and Rachel Cooke reviews Stephen Fry: Out There and Karl Pilkington: The Moaning of Life.

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  • Julian Fellowes' Romeo and Juliet; Penelope Lively 11 OCT 2013

    Fri, 11 Oct 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Including an interview with writer Penelope Lively; a review of the new Julian Fellowes version of Romeo and Juliet; Paddy McAloon of Prefab Sprout and new British/French crime drama The Tunnel.

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  • Tom Hanks, Alice Munro, Dana Schutz

    Thu, 10 Oct 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Tom Hanks on his new film Captain Phillips. AS Byatt and Hermione Lee discuss 2013 Nobel Literature Laureate Alice Munro. And American artist Dana Schutz.

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  • Jennifer Saunders; The Commitments on stage 09 OCT 2013

    Wed, 9 Oct 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Including an interview with Jennifer Saunders as she publishes her memoir; a review of a new stage adaptation of Roddy Doyle's The Commitments and a look at two new exhibitions that shine a light on portraiture from different eras.

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  • The BBC National Short Story Awards. 8 Oct 13

    Tue, 8 Oct 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Front Row is live from the BBC National Short Story Awards with interviews from the chair of the judges, Mariella Frostrup and the winner, Sarah Hall. Mark Lewisohn on the first volume of his history of The Beatles and Rosie Boycott reviews The Fifth Estate.

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  • John Eliot Gardiner Oct 7th 2013

    Mon, 7 Oct 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    John Eliot Gardiner discusses his new book on Bach. Le Week-End and Breathless reviewed.

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  • FrontRow 04Oct13:Anoushka Shankar; Frank Auerbach

    Fri, 4 Oct 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    John Wilson meets sitar-player Anoushka Shankar and learns how the death of her father Ravi affected her music; TV's Truckers reviewed; rare interview with artist Frank Auerbach

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  • FrontRow:Saoirse Ronan.Handbagged.Time restrictions.Shunga.2 Oct 2013

    Wed, 2 Oct 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Mark Lawson with actress Saoirse Ronan – star of the film `How I Live Now` , reviews of Moira Buffini's play,Handbagged,about Margaret Thatcher and the Queen and Shunga: Sex and Humour in Japanese Art, at the British Museum.And as Michael Symmons Roberts wins the Forward Prize for a book of poems which are each limited to 15 lines, Front Row reflects on size restrictions in Art - with Ian Christie on film, David Hepworth on music and Cathy Rentzenbrink on literature

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  • David Tennant and Gregory Doran, Bill Bryson, Bel Mooney. 1 Oct 13

    Tue, 1 Oct 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    David Tennant and Gregory Doran on their new production of Richard II, Bill Bryson on his latest book, One Summer: America 1927, and Bel Mooney reviews a TV series, Masters of Sex, and a film, Thanks for Sharing, which both focus on sex.

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  • FrontRow:Sunshine on Leith; Adil Ray; Malcolm Mackay; Art Under Attack 30 Sept 2013

    Mon, 30 Sep 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Mark Lawson on the film Sunshine on Leith; Adil Ray on his TV persona Citizen Khan; Malcolm Mackay, on Glasgow crime; Artist John Keane on the exhibition, Art Under Attack.

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  • Austenland, Stephen Poliakoff, Hannah Kent, Elmgreen and Dragset 270913

    Fri, 27 Sep 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Austenland reviewed, Stephen Poliakoff on his 1975 TV drama Hitting Town, Australian author Hannah Kent, and Hugh Pearman on Elmgreen and Dragset at the V&A

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  • Atlantis; Michael Morpurgo; Hannah Arendt 26 SEPT 2013

    Thu, 26 Sep 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Review of Atlantis, the new family drama from the BBC; an interview with Michael Morpurgo on the eve of his 70th birthday; Lavinia Greenlaw on her BBC National Short Story Award contender; new film about Hannah Arendt reviewed.

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  • William Boyd, Johnny Vegas 25 SEPT 2013

    Wed, 25 Sep 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Johnny Vegas looks behind his now infamous persona, William Boyd as he is set to publish a new James Bond novel, and the BBC National Short Story Award

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  • Alfred Brendel; Stephen King reviewed

    Tue, 24 Sep 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Pianist Alfred Brendel and his son the cellist Adrian Brendel; Fourth Plinth art; Stephen King’s new novel reviewed and the BBC Short Story Award.

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  • Hugh Jackman; Netflix; 23 SEPT 2013

    Mon, 23 Sep 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Hugh Jackman on his latest film Prisoners; Netflix chief Ted Sarandos; The Wrong Mans reviewed; BBC Short Story competition.

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  • BBC Short Story Award; Jack Vettriano art; poet John Cooper Clarke: 20 Sep 13

    Fri, 20 Sep 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    John Wilson reveals the shortlist for the BBC National Short Story Award 2013; reviews a major Jack Vettriano exhibition in Glasgow; and interviews punk poet John Cooper Clarke.

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  • Woody Allen

    Thu, 19 Sep 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Mark Lawson talks to writer and director Woody Allen, whose new film Blue Jasmine stars Cate Blanchett and Sally Hawkins. Sally Hawkins and Mike Leigh also share their thoughts.

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  • Front Row:David Walliams & Sheridan Smith. Dannie Abse. Booker changes 18 Sept 2013

    Wed, 18 Sep 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Mark Lawson with David Walliams and Sheridan Smith - who co-star in A Midsummer Night's Dream, poet Dannie Abse who is 90 this month and Ion Trewin who reveals Booker prize changes

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  • FrontRow17Sep13: Sting; Australia at RA

    Tue, 17 Sep 13

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Sting on his new album The Last Ship and on writing a Broadway musical; the Royal Academy's exhibition of Australian art; the winner of Gramophone magazine's Recording Of The Year

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  • Sir Derek Jacobi, Naomi Watts 12 Sept 13

    Mon, 16 Sep 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Sir Derek Jacobi reflects on his life and career, Naomi Watts discusses playing Princess Diana on film, and the verdict on the TV drama Orphan Black, which focuses on human cloning.

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  • Mark Rylance and prisons in TV & film AUG 13 2013

    Fri, 13 Sep 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Kirsty Lang talks to Mark Rylance and reports on the state of prisons in TV and film. David Quantick ruminates on actors who have lent their dulcet tones to pop records.

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  • Bacon & Moore, Manic Street Preachers, Jason Byrne 12SEPT 013

    Thu, 12 Sep 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Francis Bacon and Henry Moore paired in a new exhibition, Nicky Wire from Manic Street Preachers, the film In a World reviewed, and comedian Jason Bryne on his new sit-com.

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  • Mercury Prize; Patrick Leigh Fermor. 11 Sept 13

    Wed, 11 Sep 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    News of the shortlist for the Mercury Prize for album of the year, the long-awaited final book in Patrick Leigh Fermor's travel trilogy and Dennis Kelly on his debut play for the Royal Court Theatre in London, The Ritual Slaughter of Gorge Mastromas.

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  • Lee Evans, White House Down, Man Booker shortlist, 100913

    Tue, 10 Sep 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Lee Evans on Barking in Essex, White House Down, the shortlist for the Man Booker Prize for fiction 2013

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  • Rush reviewed; TV's Wipers Times; Thomas Pynchon

    Mon, 9 Sep 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Rush, the film about Formula 1 rivalry in the 1970s; Ian Hislop and Nick Newman on their First World War tv drama The Wipers Times; US author Thomas Pynchon's new novel; and a literary first, a novel published simultaneously in Scots Gaelic and English.

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  • FrontRow:Cillian Murphy. Mira Nair. Stephen Lambert.Revenge Songs.6 Sept 2013

    Fri, 6 Sep 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Cillian Murphy, star of TV drama Peaky Blinders; director Mira Nair on her film The Reluctant Fundamentalist; musicians who take revenge in song; the quiz with TV's biggest prize.

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  • FrontRow 05Sep13: Alan Cumming; Marlowe's Edward II

    Thu, 5 Sep 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Alan Cumming on his new film, Any Day Now; the verdict on a new staging of Marlowe's Edward II which includes phones and skinny jeans; how female comics make feminism funny.

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  • FrontRow:Tamsin Greig.Jonathan Coe.MartinBailey 4 Sept 2013

    Wed, 4 Sep 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Tamsin Greig on comedy and tragedy. Jonathan Coe on his latest novel, Expo 58. Martin Bailey on Van Gogh's 4th Sunflower painting. David Hepworth on which bands have most albums.

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  • FrontRow 03Sep13:Stephen Fry; Liz Lochhead

    Tue, 3 Sep 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Italian film The Great Beauty reviewed; Stephen Fry on Verdi, Wagner and his forthcoming Broadway production; Liz Lochhead on The Great Tapestry Of Scotland.

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  • About Time; UB40; School Documentaries. 2 Sept 13

    Mon, 2 Sep 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Richard Curtis's time travel romance About Time reviewed, British reggae band UB40, Baroness Estelle Morris and Toby Young on two new documentaries set in schools and David Quantick on actors in songs.

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  • Seamus Heaney 30th Aug 2013

    Fri, 30 Aug 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Edna O'Brien, Colm Toibin, Michael Longley and Hermione Lee discuss the life and work of Seamus Heaney

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  • Simon Schama, Big Data art, Night of the Demon

    Thu, 29 Aug 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Historian and presenter Simon Schama on The Story of The Jews; the artists who find inspiration in big data; the most famous monster in British cinema history.

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  • Marin Alsop, Philip French, Jean Seberg 280813

    Wed, 28 Aug 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Marin Alsop, conductor of the Last Night of the Proms; Philip French on retirement; the late actress Jean Seberg, and returning TV series

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  • One Direction film; John Byrne; Nic Roeg. 27 Aug 13

    Tue, 27 Aug 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Morgan Spurlock's One Direction film reviewed; playwright and artist John Byrne; Nic Roeg the director of Walkabout and Don't Look Now; Steve Punt on the 'straight man' in comedy.

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  • Harrogate Crime Writing Festival, with Kate Atkinson and Stuart MacBride: 26 Aug 13

    Mon, 26 Aug 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Mark Lawson reports from the Harrogate Crime Writing Festival, with writers including Kate Atkinson on Jackson Brodie, Ruth Rendell and Jeanette Winterson on their relationship, and Val McDermid.

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  • Terry Gilliam; We're the Millers; Bob Dylan portraits 23 AUG 2013

    Fri, 23 Aug 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Terry Gilliam discusses his classic film Time Bandits; new Jennifer Aniston film We're the Millers reviewed; Franz Ferdinand on the mystery hidden in their new album; Bob Dylan's portraits at the National Portrait Gallery.

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  • Travis, Harrogate Crime Writing Festival and Chickens

    Fri, 23 Aug 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Fran Healey, lead singer of the band Travis, discusses their first new album for six years. Mark talks to the writers Michael Robotham, Lottie Moggach and Colette McBeth at the Harrogate Crime Writing Festival about how new technology makes it more difficult for characters to disappear without trace. And Simon Bird (of The Inbetweeners) and Jonny Sweet discuss their WWI TV comedy series Chickens which they co-wrote with Joe Thomas.

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  • Vince Gilligan; Nadifa Mohamed; What Maisie Knew. 21 Aug 13

    Wed, 21 Aug 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Vince Gilligan on creating the hit US TV series Breaking Bad, author Nadifa Mohamed on her new novel, Meg Rosoff reviews What Maisie Knew and Michael Simkins on how theatres cope when they can't afford understudies.

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  • Naughty Boy; Lovelace; Elmore Leonard; Nilsson. 20 Aug 13

    Tue, 20 Aug 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Music producer Shahid Khan aka Naughty Boy on his debut album, Zoe Williams reviews Lovelace, Alyn Shipton on his biography of the musician Nilsson and an interview with the great American crime writer Elmore Leonard, whose death was announced today.

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  • Tom Stoppard, Elysium, Charlaine Harris: 19th Aug 13

    Mon, 19 Aug 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Tom Stoppard on his radio drama inspired by Pink Floyd's The Dark Side of the Moon; Elysium film review; and Charlaine Harris on ending the Sookie Stackhouse series which inspired the True Blood TV series.

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  • Cultural Exchange finale

    Fri, 16 Aug 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    John Wilson brings the Cultural Exchange project to a close, with Armando Iannucci giving his choice of a favourite film. John also looks back at the 75 selections made over the past four months, and identifies trends and surprises.

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  • Edinburgh Special: Reginald D Hunter; David Peace

    Thu, 15 Aug 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Mark Lawson reports from Edinburgh and speaks to comedian Reginald D. Hunter and writer David Peace, whose new book is about Liverpool manager Bill Shankly. There's a discussion about the different approaches to tackling politics on stage at this year's Fringe. Plus cabaret performers Sarah-Louise Young and Michael Roulston with an extract from their homage to Julie Andrews, Julie Madly Deeply.

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  • Peter Doig; Chris Brookmyre; Riz Ahmed

    Wed, 14 Aug 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Peter Doig’s Edinburgh exhibition reviewed, Crime-writer Chris Brookmyre on his new book, Stephen King novel Under The Dome adapted for TV, Riz Ahmed’s Cultural Exchange.

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  • John Agard; David Walliams in Big School

    Tue, 13 Aug 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    John Agard explains why water and cricket inspire his poetry, David Walliams in Big School, crime novelist C J Sansom on Doctor Who, and films you can't watch.

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  • The Clash

    Tue, 13 Aug 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    John Wilson reflects on the career of The Clash, with band members Mick Jones, Paul Simonon and Nicky 'Topper' Headon, and John's archive interview with the late Joe Strummer.

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  • Ruth Rendell & 2 Guns

    Mon, 12 Aug 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Ruth Rendell interviewed; 2 Guns and working Britain documentaries reviewed; Michael Grandage's choice for The Cultural Exchange

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  • Roddy Doyle; Josie Rourke; Liola reviewed

    Thu, 8 Aug 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Author Roddy Doyle on his new novel, Liola at the National Theatre reviewed, theatre director Josie Rourke shares her Cultural Exchange and Adam Smith on why recent attempts to revamp the Western have failed.

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  • FrontRow:Translation with Naomi Alderman 7 Aug 2013

    Wed, 7 Aug 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Naomi Alderman reports on the art of translating fiction, with writers Ian McEwan, A S Byatt, David Baddiel and Ali Smith. She takes part in a translation slam, with professional translators Adriana Hunter, Daniel Hahn and Frank Wynne

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  • The Lone Ranger; Conrad Shawcross; Gemma Chan.

    Tue, 6 Aug 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Johnny Depp in The Lone Ranger; sculptor Conrad Shawcross's Timepiece; the latest from the start of the Edinburgh Fringe and Gemma Chan chooses The Princess Bride for the Cultural Exchange.

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  • FrontRow 05Aug13: Foxfire, Cornelia Parker

    Mon, 5 Aug 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Foxfire reviewed; Nick Payne, writer of Constellations, on his new play The Same Deep Water As Me; Cornelia Parker's Cultural Exchange choice; Charlotte Mandelson on her new novel

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  • Dr Who, Cerys Matthews, Louis De Bernieres, John Burningham

    Fri, 2 Aug 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Jenny Colgan discusses whether Peter Capaldi will be the new Dr Who. Louis De Bernieres on his debut poetry collection. Cerys Matthews offers her selection for the Cultural Exchange. John Burningham looks back at his 50 year career as a children's author and illustrator

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  • Andrey Kurkov; workplace tv; Jeffrey Archer

    Thu, 1 Aug 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Acclaimed Ukrainian novelist Andrey Kurkov; Australian circus troupes in the UK; two TV series focus on retail workplaces; and Jeffrey Archer's Cultural Exchange

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  • The Heat, Philip Pullman, Catherine O'Flynn, Milton Jones 310713

    Wed, 31 Jul 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    The Heat reviewed, Catherine O'Flynn on her new book Mr Lynch's Holiday, Milton Jones's comedy career and Philip Pullman chooses Georges Brassens for his Cultural Exchange

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  • John Cale, Nicola Benedetti and Only God Forgives

    Tue, 30 Jul 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    John Cale and Antony Gormley pay tribute to Walter De Maria. Dreda Say Mitchell reviews Only God Forgives. Nicola Benedetti makes her choice for The Cultural Exchange. Iain Sinclair discusses the Mass Observation movement

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  • Tony Grisoni, Richard Rogers, Imperial War Museum 290713

    Mon, 29 Jul 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Southcliffe screenwriter Tony Grisoni, architect Richard Rogers nominates a favourite public space for Cultural Exchange, and new galleries at the Imperial War Museum in London

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  • FrontRow:Blackfish; Birmingham library 26Jul13

    Fri, 26 Jul 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Review of the documentary Blackfish; a cappella group Naturally 7, preparing for their BBC Proms performance; Birmingham's new library; Kamila Shamsie's Cultural Exchange choice

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  • Kevin McNally, The 4th Plinth 25JUL13

    Thu, 25 Jul 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Actor Kevin McNally on his latest project, The Mill; artist Katharina Fritsch on her work for the Fourth Plinth; Terry Jones selects Under Milk Wood for Cultural Exchange.

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  • Steve Coogan, Ruth Rendell, Peter Bazalgette: 24 Jul 13

    Wed, 24 Jul 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Steve Coogan on his career, the Leveson Inquiry and creating his Alan Partridge movie; Ruth Rendell selects Handel's oratorio Solomon for Cultural Exchange; and Arts Council England Chair Peter Bazalgette discusses investment plans for 2015 to 2018.

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  • Ian Dury's art; The Wolverine; Man Booker prize longlist. 23 Jul 13

    Tue, 23 Jul 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    The Man Booker prize for fiction longlist, The Wolverine starring Hugh Jackman reviewed, an exhibition of art by the late musician Ian Dury and James Blake's Cultural Exchange.

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  • FrontRow:Burton and Taylor.Denise Mina.Noah Baumbach.CE Mark Ravenhill.22July2013

    Mon, 22 Jul 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Mark Lawson reviews Burton and Taylor and talks to crime writer Denise Mina and film director Noah Baumbach. For Cultural Exchange, Mark Ravenhill chooses Dennis Potter's Casanova.

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  • Wadjda, Philipp Meyer 19 JUL 2013

    Fri, 19 Jul 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Shahidha Bari reviews Wadjda, Philipp Meyer discusses his new novel The Son, Alison Balsom on new play Gabriel and Paul Franklin chooses The Thief of Bagdad for Cultural Exchange.

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  • Punchdrunk; Conran on Paolozzi; Laura Mvula

    Thu, 18 Jul 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Punchdrunk’s The Drowned Man, A Hollywood Fable reviewed, Terence Conran remembers his lifelong friend Eduardo Paolozzi, Laura Mvula’s Cultural Exchange and the RIBA Stirling Prize shortlist discussed.

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  • Clive James, A Season in the Congo, Paula Milne 170713

    Wed, 17 Jul 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Clive James discusses his translation of Dante's The Divine Comedy, a review of A Season in the Congo starring Chiwetel Ejiofor. and Paula Milne's Cultural Exchange

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  • Family Tree & Cush Jumbo July 16th 2013

    Tue, 16 Jul 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Chris O'Dowd in Family Tree reviewed; Cush Jumbo on Josephine Baker; the verdict on Easy Money; Conrad Shawcross waxes lyrical about Monet

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  • The World's End; The Color Purple : 15 Jul 2013

    Mon, 15 Jul 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    The World’s End reviewed; writer Marsha Norman on adapting The Color Purple as a musical; BBC 3’s comedy Badults and American humourist David Sedaris chooses the TV programme Ru Paul's Drag Race for cultural exchange

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  • Richard Rogers, Gospel Prom, Ian Rankin: 12 Jul 13

    Fri, 12 Jul 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Architect Richard Rogers ahead of his 80th birthday. Ian Rankin discusses his Cultural Exchange choice, Solid Air by John Martyn. Pastor David Daniel, and conductors Ken Burton and Rebecca Thomas, discuss the first Gospel Prom.

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  • Sergei Polunin, David Baddiel, Rankin: 11 Jul 13

    Thu, 11 Jul 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Ballet star Sergei Polunin discusses controversy and Coppélia; David Baddiel on his return to stand-up; Juliet Gardiner reassesses artist Laura Knight; Rankin's Cultural Exchange.

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  • Top of the Lake; Rachel Joyce; Pat Barker 10 July 2013

    Wed, 10 Jul 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Jane Campion's TV drama Top of the Lake; Rachel Joyce on her new book, Perfect; poems about cricket; Pat Barker's Cultural Exchange - Benjamin Britten's Who Are These Children?.

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  • FrontRow 09Jul13: Murray Gold on Doctor Who

    Tue, 9 Jul 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Composer Murray Gold on Doctor Who at the BBC Proms; Maggi Hambling's Cultural Exchange choice: Cy Twombly's Bacchus paintings; TV thriller Run, starring Olivia Colman, reviewed

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  • FrontRow:Branagh's Macbeth.The xx. Monsters University. CE Penelope Curtis

    Mon, 8 Jul 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Kenneth Branagh as Macbeth at Manchester International Festival reviewed. Interview with The xx. A review of the film Monsters University. Penelope Curtis chooses Leeds University buildings for the Cultural Exchange

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  • Manchester International Festival 05 July 13

    Fri, 5 Jul 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Mark Lawson reports on the opening of the Manchester International Festival. Including interviews with film-maker Adam Curtis, artist Nikhil Chopra, whose show began at 4am and Matt Charman and Josie Rourke, the writer and director of the play The Machine.

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  • Michael Simkins; A Field in England 04 July 2013

    Thu, 4 Jul 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Michael Simkins offers a guide for aspiring actors, new Civil War film A Field In England, Brian Sewell's Cultural Exchange, the films which have two - or more - directors.

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  • Elton John in conversation 03 July 13

    Wed, 3 Jul 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    With John Wilson. Elton John reflects on his return to musical basics on his forthcoming album The Diving Board, to be released later this year. He also considers the impact of early fame on young performers, the continuing influence of soul and classical music on his own songs and the effect of his two young sons on his performing career.

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  • The Bling Ring, Anna Chancellor, Clarke Peters' Cultural Exchange 020713

    Tue, 2 Jul 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Emma Watson in Sofia Coppola's film The Bling Ring reviewed, actress Anna Chancellor in Private Lives, Clarke Peters selects his Cultural Exchange, and actors playing themselves

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  • Now You See Me; Henning Mankell 01 July 2013

    Mon, 1 Jul 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Wallander author Henning Mankell, the verdict on Now You See Me, African art at Tate Modern and Julia Donaldson picks Arnold Lobel's Frog and Toad as her Cultural Exchange.

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  • FrontRow28Jun13: Amy Winehouse; Alex Gibney

    Fri, 28 Jun 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Amy Winehouse exhibition; Alex Gibney on his Wikileaks documentary; Amanda Levete's Cultural Exchange choice: Casa Malaparte; Sarah Polley's film Stories We Tell reviewed

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  • FrontRow 27Jun13:Mary Queen Of Scots, Mike Figgis

    Thu, 27 Jun 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Liz Lochhead on a Mary Queen of Scots exhibition; Mike Figgis on his new film; Marianne Jean-Baptiste's Cultural Exchange choice: Miles Davis' Kind Of Blue; tribute to Mark Fisher

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  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory; Arts Cuts; Lee Hall 26 Jun 13

    Wed, 26 Jun 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    The new stage musical Charlie and the Chocolate Factory reviewed, Lee Hall's Cultural Exchange, a lawyer on "one off" concerts and three cultural commentators on which arts organisations they would stop funding.

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  • Vermeer; tennis on film; Mitsuko Uchida: 25 Jun 13

    Tue, 25 Jun 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Michael Berkeley on the portrayal of music in Vermeer's paintings; advice for writers from TV producers; tennis champions in new films; Cultural Exchange - pianist Mitsuko Uchida.

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  • This is the End; Jonthan Dee; Lowry; Brian Aldiss. 24 June 13

    Mon, 24 Jun 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    The Tate Britain's new LS Lowry exhibition reviewed, Jonathan Dee on his new novel, apocalypse comedy This is the End, Brian Aldiss shares his Cultural Exchange and Andrew Collins on 1980s indie bands.

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  • Giorgio Moroder, Tim Firth, site-specific art, Cultural Exchange 210613

    Fri, 21 Jun 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Record producer Giorgio Moroder, artist Richard Wilson on site-specific art when it changes site, Calendar Girls writer Tim Firth, and Francine Stock's Cultural Exchange.

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  • David Edgar & Errol Flynn in Northampton 200613

    Thu, 20 Jun 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Errol Flynn's adventures in Northampton. David Edgar imagines what will happen to the coalition in 2014. Glenn Patterson's Cultural Exchange and two new series on airport and airlines reviewed

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  • Lenny Henry, Foghorn Requiem, Joan Bakewell, Levi Pinfold 190613

    Wed, 19 Jun 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    John Wilson talks to Lenny Henry as he returns to the stage in Fences. Joan Bakewell offers her choice for Cultural Exchange. Foghorns become musical instruments in a new requiem. And Levi Pinfold, winner of the CILIP Kate Greenaway medal for children's illustration.

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  • Duckworth-Lewis Method & Before Midnight

    Tue, 18 Jun 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Before Midnight reviewed by Antonia Quirke, The Duckworth Lewis Method on cricket and pop, Rachel Whiteread's Cultural Exchange and Conor McPherson on The Weir and The Night Alive

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  • Daniel Radcliffe; World War Z; Neil Gaiman

    Mon, 17 Jun 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Daniel Radcliffe on stage in The Cripple of Inishmaan, the verdict on World War Z, Neil Gaiman picks The Fairy Feller's Master-Stroke as his Cultural Exchange.

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  • FrontRow 14Jun13:I Am Nasrine; The White Queen

    Fri, 14 Jun 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Director Tina Gharavi on her film, I Am Nasrine; The White Queen reviewed; Paul Weller picks The Zombies' album, Odessey And Oracle, as his Cultural Exchange choice

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  • FrontRow:Kim Cattrall on stage.Cornelia Parker Brian Aldiss Gwyneth Lewis13June2013

    Thu, 13 Jun 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Mark Lawson reviews Kim Cattrall in Sweet Bird of Youth by Tennessee Williams and talks to artist Cornelia Parker, novelist Brian Aldiss & for Cultural Exchange, poet Gwyneth Lewis

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  • FrontRow:The Amen Corner.Peter James.CE Stephen Hough. Much Ado About Norhing12June2013

    Wed, 12 Jun 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Mark Lawson with a new staging of James Baldwin's The Amen Corner, Joss Whedon's film of Much Ado About Nothing, crime writer Peter James and Stephen Hough's Cultural Exchange

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  • Man of Steel; AL Kennedy; Rolando Villazón: 11 Jun 13

    Tue, 11 Jun 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    A review of new Superman film Man of Steel, tenor Rolando Villazón, and AL Kennedy's Cultural Exchange.

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  • Judith Kerr; Admission reviewed; Cultural Exchange: Mark Haddon 10 Jun 13

    Mon, 10 Jun 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Author and illustrator Judith Kerr at 90, Elaine Showalter reviews university comedy Admission, Bel Mooney on Channel 4's new series Dates and author Mark Haddon shares his Cultural Exchange.

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  • Marc Chagall, Laura Marling, Frank Cottrell Boyce, Colm Toibin 070613

    Fri, 7 Jun 13

    Duration:
    28 mins

    The art of Marc Chagall at Tate Liverpool; singer-songwriter Laura Marling; writer Frank Cottrell Boyce on his ambitious show for Derry/Londonderry; Colm Tóibín's Cultural Exchange

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  • Miranda Hart, Martin Amis, Kwame Kwei-Armah 060613

    Thu, 6 Jun 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Miranda Hart discusses her book Is It Just Me?, Martin Amis on his new novel Lionel Asbo: State of England, and Kwame Kwei-Armah's Cultural Exchange

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  • Anne-Marie Duff, Women's Prize for Fiction 050613

    Wed, 5 Jun 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Anne-Marie Duff on Eugene O'Neill's play Strange Interlude, the winner of the Women's Prize for Fiction, the Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition, and Sarah Hall on Blade Runner

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  • Museum of the Year 2013

    Wed, 5 Jun 13

    Duration:
    24 mins

    John Wilson has news of the winner of the £100 000 Art Fund Prize for Museum of the Year, as he presents the programme live from the ceremony at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

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  • Liberace, PD James and Philip Glass 030613

    Mon, 3 Jun 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Julian Clary reviews Liberace biopic Behind The Candelabra, Philip Glass discusses Disney, PD James offers her choice for The Cultural Exchange, Denise Mina gives her verdict on French zombie drama The Returned

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  • Sir Alfred Munnings

    Mon, 3 Jun 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Kirsty Lang reassesses the art of Alfred Munnings, as a new film focuses on his early life.

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  • Jeremy Deller - Venice Biennale 30 May 2013

    Thu, 30 May 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Artist Jeremy Deller's journey to the Venice Biennale, creating new work for the British Pavilion, charted by presenter John Wilson

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  • Akram Khan; The Iraq War; Antonia Fraser 29 May 13

    Wed, 29 May 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Dancer and Choreographer Akram Khan on his interpretation of Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring, Chris Mullin and Richard Ottaway review new documentary The Iraq War and Antonia Fraser shares her Cultural Exchange.

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  • FrontRow:Byzantium.Lucy Kirkwood.Nick Hytner.Audrey Niffenegger28 May 2013

    Tue, 28 May 13

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Mark Lawson reviews Neil Jordan's vampire film Byzantium; Lucy Kirkwood and Lyndsey Turner on her play Chimerica; Audrey Niffenegger works with the Royal Ballet; Nicholas Hytner's Cultural Exchange - the Marriage of Figaro.

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  • Cathy Come Home and This Life producer Tony Garnett: 27 May 13

    Mon, 27 May 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    TV and film producer Tony Garnett, whose credits include Cathy Come Home, Kes, Cardiac Arrest and This Life, reflects on his career, in conversation with Mark Lawson.

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  • Paul Morley; Angela Gheorghiu 24 MAY 2013

    Fri, 24 May 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Paul Morley discusses his new book The North: (And Almost Everything In It); Angela Gheorghiu nominates her Cultural Exchange; Jason Solomons reports on the latest news from Cannes and musicians describe the anguish they feel when their musical instruments go missing, plus what can be done to get them back.

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  • Erwin Blumenfeld, Lydia Davis, Nigel Kennedy, Constable 230513

    Thu, 23 May 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Fashion photographer Erwin Blumenfeld, Lydia Davis, winner of the Man Booker International Prize, Nigel Kennedy's Cultural Exchange is Black and Blue by Louis Armstrong, and Tate acquires a Constable

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  • Khaled Hosseini may 22nd 2013

    Wed, 22 May 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    The Kite Runner novelist Khaled Hosseini, A.S. Byatt's Cultural Exchange, Michael Landy's kinetic sculptures and Andrew Collins' top 10 of DJs in film

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  • Dan Brown; Eddie Braben remembered 21 MAY 2013

    Tue, 21 May 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Dan Brown discusses his new novel Inferno; we remember the comedy writer Eddie Braben who has died aged 82; Ed Smith discusses his love of Wagner's music as the composer turns 200 and classicist Mary Beard nominates the Ancient Roman statue Laocoon and His Sons for the Cultural Exchange.

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