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23/03/2010

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Tuesday 23 March 2010

John Wilson and film critic Antonia Quirke discuss The Blind Side, the movie which won Sandra Bullock a Best Actress Oscar.

John Wilson meets Clem Cattini, the drummer who's played with everyone - from Abba to The Wombles - and also hears from Paul Weller, who asked Clem Cattini to play on his new album.

In 1962, the Russian composer Stravinsky accepted a Soviet invitation to visit his former country, his first trip to his native land for 50 years. He was to conduct a celebratory concert in Leningrad, and Russians began queueing for tickets a whole year before the performance. Russian-born author Olga Grushin has written a novel, The Concert Ticket, inspired by this event, and she describes the complex social system that evolved in the queue, with people working together to hold their places overnight.

John Wilson visits Leighton House, the former home of the renowned Victorian artist, Frederic, Lord Leighton - which is set to re-open after a 1.6-million-pound refurbishment. Leighton spent 30 years embellishing his house in London's Holland Park, creating its stunning centrepiece The Arab Hall, designed to display his priceless collection of over a thousand Islamic tiles.

Chapters

4 items
  • The Blind Side

    Antonia Quirke reviews The Blind Side, starring Sandra Bullock.

  • Clem Cattini

    John Wilson interviews Clem Cattini the drummer who's played with everyone - from Abba to The Wombles - and hears from Paul Weller.

  • Leighton House

    John Wilson visits Leighton House, the former home of the renowned Victorian artist, Frederic, Lord Leighton.

  • Olga Grushin

    An interview with author Olga Grushin about her new book, The Concert Ticket.

  • The Blind Side

    The Blind Side is released nationwide on Friday, 1 April, certificate 12A.

  • Leighton House

    Leighton House opens on Saturday, 3 April.

    Leighton House Museum Website
  • Olga Grushin

    The Concert Ticket, by Olga Grushin, is published by Viking on Friday, 1 April.

  • Clem Cattini

    Clem Cattini features on Paul Weller's new album Wake Up the Nation, which is out 19th April, the single No Tears To Cry is out on 11th April.

    Paul Weller website

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