David Yates on directing Harry Potter; BBC Short Story shortlist

With Mark Lawson.

Tonight sees the premiere of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1. The seventh and final book in J.K. Rowling's series has been made into two films, both directed by David Yates who also directed the previous two Harry Potters. David Yates discusses the challenges and pleasures of directing the final instalment of the adventures of Harry, Hermione and Ron.

James Naughtie, Chair of the Judges of the BBC National Short Story Award 2010, announces the five authors shortlisted for this year's prize. Mark discusses this year's entries with James Naughtie and Shena Mackay who is one of the judges. The winner of the £15,000 prize will be announced on Front Row on Monday 29 November.

The neurologist and best-selling writer Oliver Sacks's latest book The Mind's Eye examines the personal stories of people who have lost their perception in different ways and illustrates the adaptive power of the human brain. Unusually, Sacks includes his own case study in the book, examining his experience of cancer of the eye.

When Neil Diamond appeared at the recent BBC Electric Proms, he sang I'm a Believer - a song he wrote, but which is usually heard in the version by The Monkees. David Hepworth discusses the songwriters who reclaim songs made famous by others - including Bruce Springsteen's version of his song Because The Night, a chart hit for Patti Smith.

Producer Philippa Ritchie.

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