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Wednesday 29 Oct 2014

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BBC Arts, Music and Culture 2009 – topical arts and strands

Arts and Culture News Coverage – BBC News

To reinforce the reporting of arts at the heart of the BBC News website and to offer a complete service for arts lovers, BBC News has launched an Arts And Culture News Index. This new multimedia area draws together a wealth of arts and culture coverage across all BBC News outlets and links and shares content with programmes such as Front Row and The Culture Show. The conclusion in 2009 of Liverpool’s year as Capital of Culture, Ed and Nancy Kienholz’s exhibition at the National Gallery and Helen Mirren performing at the National Theatre will be covered by BBC News’s Arts And Culture team on television and radio, and with even more content online.

Arena – BBC Two

Arena, the BBC’s influential arts strand, introduced a new documentary style in 1979 with My Way and The Private Life Of The Ford Cortina in 1982. It produced the acclaimed No Direction Home – Bob Dylan directed by Martin Scorsese and The Agony And The Ecstasy of Phil Spector. Forthcoming subjects include T.S. Eliot as part of the BBC’s Poetry season.

Claudia Winkleman's Arts Show – Radio 2

A weekly feast of the finest offerings from the worlds of film, theatre, art, television and music featuring lively debate, intimate interviews, the latest news and views and regular features.

The Culture Show – BBC Two

The Culture Show continues to cover all aspects of cultural life across the UK today in a fresh, wide-ranging, intelligent and accessible way. Its broad remit takes in visual arts, music of every kind, film, literature, theatre, architecture and design, opera, dance, fashion, comedy and television.

The Edinburgh Festival Show – BBC Two

In August The Culture Show will once again cover the Edinburgh International Festival and Fringe with The Edinburgh Festival Show installed in its now traditional home at the Pleasance Courtyard. There is also comprehensive Edinburgh Festival coverage on Radio 3, Radio 4, BBC Radio Scotland and BBC Scotland.

Front Row – Radio 4

Mark Lawson, John Wilson and Kirsty Lang present a live magazine programme every weekday evening throughout the year covering the arts, literature, film, media and music. The programme reaches more than 2.2 million listeners a week. Last year, Front Row announced the winner of the Art Fund Prize for Museum Of The Year, after reporting from the shortlisted museums in Bristol, Woking, the Shetland Islands and London. The programme reported from Liverpool, in its year as European Capital Of Culture, while guests included Damien Hirst, John le Carré, Akram Khan, Daniel Barenboim, 1999 Turner prize winner Steve McQueen and Rose Tremain, whose Orange Prize for fiction was announced live on the programme.

Imagine – BBC One

BBC One’s award-winning arts strand, presented by Alan Yentob, returns in Spring 2009. The new series will include a film about Sadler’s Wells’ Company Of Elders – a group who discovered dance and performance later in life. There will also be a film with unprecedented access over two years to British artist David Hockney. Imagine will also be covering the Manchester International Festival with a film about Rufus Wainwright.

In Tune – Radio 3

Radio 3's popular weekday drive time show features arts and music news, interviews and live performances, plus an eclectic choice of recorded music presented by Sean Rafferty and Petroc Trelawny.

Loose Ends – Radio 4

Clive Anderson and guests gather around the table for live music, conversation and comedy in a light hearted review of what’s coming up in the world of popular culture.

Manchester International Festival – BBC Two

In 2009 The Culture Show will cover the Manchester International Festival, documenting world premiere performances and specially commissioned projects, including architect Zaha Hadid's creation of a temporary space in which to hear the solo works of J.S. Bach.

Mark Lawson Talks To... – BBC Four

Broadcaster Mark Lawson conducts hour-long, one-to-one interviews with respected cultural figures and personalities about their life and career. Previous guests include John le Carré, Jilly Cooper, Maureen Lipman, Stephen King, Rolf Harris, Bill Bryson, Stephen Fry, Liz Smith and Russell T. Davies among many others.

Music Matters – Radio 3

Radio 3's weekly classical music magazine programme features topical in-depth interviews, features and discussions. Presented by Tom Service and Petroc Trelawny.

Newsnight Review – BBC Two

From Hollywood blockbusters to experimental dance, the Newsnight Review panel, chaired by Kirsty Wark and Martha Kearney, convenes every Friday night to discuss the latest releases from the worlds of art, performance, literature, film, music and television.

Night Waves – Radio 3

Radio 3’s art and ideas programme tackles the big cultural and intellectual questions four nights a week, recently featuring highlights from Radio 3’s Free Thinking festival of ideas. Special editions include extended interviews with major cultural figures and programme-length discussions of individual films, plays, pictures and books. Night Waves regularly brings listeners first night reviews from the theatre and international cultural comment.

Popular Arts Documentaries – Radio 4

Thursday morning documentaries which take a fresh look at popular arts of every kind.

Saturday Review – Radio 4

Tom Sutcliffe hosts a lively, critical discussion about the week's cultural events.

Sound – BBC Switch on BBC Two

Filmed every week in a London loft, Radio 1's Annie Mac and Nick Grimshaw host the television music show for the teen-strand, BBC Switch, that mixes fun with a celebration of music.

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