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Penny Smith sits in and meets poet Garrison Keillor

2 hours
First broadcast:
Friday 18 March 2011

Penny Smith sits in for Claudia and meets American author and poet Garrison Keillor. Ahead of World Poetry Day on March 21st, Garrison will perform two of his new love sonnets.

Oscar winning composer Anne Dudley discusses OperaShots - a double bill of new short operas. OperaShots is part of an ongoing programme of opera development work which ranges from full-scale commissions to development workshops, courses and observer programmes.

Actress Phyllida Law talks about her book Notes To My Mother In Law.

Controller of Drama Commissioning at the BBC Ben Stephenson discusses the rebirth of drama on BBC2 and tells us about the exciting new dramas which will be on the channel in the coming months.

Nick Duncalf reviews this week's most significant film releases, and Sue Steward has the latest from the world of photography.

And as burlesque high-kicks its way from the sultry club scene into the mainstream we discover how the art form has gone from bawdy to beautiful.

Music Played

13 items
  • Image for Michael Bublé

    Michael Bublé Haven't Met You Yet

    Crazy Love, Reprise, 1

  • Featured on the CD 'The Full Monty' OST (Various Artists) on BMG

  • Image for Blur

    Blur There's No Other Way

    Precious - Various Artists, Dino

  • Image for Tears for Fears

    Tears for Fears Everybody Wants To Rule The World

    Fantastic 80's - 3 (Various Artists), Sony Tv/Columbia, 4

  • Image for Sick Puppies

    Sick Puppies Maybe

    (CD Single)

  • Big Impact Music: Featured on the CD 'The Kit Runner' (OST) on DG Music.

    • Image for Studio Orchestra

      Studio Orchestra Fly A Kite

  • Image for Eliza Doolittle

    Eliza Doolittle Pack Up

    (CD Single), EMI, 1

  • Image for Billy Joel

    Billy Joel It's Still Rock & Roll To Me

    Billy Joel - Greatest Hits Vol.2, CBS

  • Image for Paul Mauriat

    Paul Mauriat Love Is Blue

    Jukebox Instrumentals Vol.2, Old Gold

  • Image for Alisha's Attic

    Alisha's Attic Push It All Aside

    (CD Single), Mercury

  • Image for Wonderland

    Wonderland Not A Love Song

    (CD Single), Mercury, 1

  • Image for Manfred Mann

    Manfred Mann Do Wah Diddy Diddy

    Ages Of Mann, Polygram Tv

  • Featured on the CD 'Outside Looking In' on Geffen

  • Nick Duncalf's Film Choices: Chalet Girl (Certificate 12A)

    Nineteen year old ex-skateboarder Kim is working in a burger bar but finds herself a chalet girl job in a glam ski resort for the cash. She can't ski and she doesn't understand the posh world she's in but when she finds an old snowboard, she begins to teach herself to board and finds that her skateboarding skills lead to a raw natural talent on the board. She also starts catching the attention of the handsome Johnny (Ed Westwick), one of her bosses. Can she overcome the odds and become a champion snowboarder and claim the man?

    Chalet Girl
  • Submarine (Certificate 15)

    A comedy which follows 15-year old Oliver Tate (Craig Roberts) who has two main objectives in his life: to lose his virginity before his next birthday, and to stop his mother Jill (Sally Hawkins) from leaving his father for motivational speaker Graham (Paddy Considine).

  • Route Irish (Certificate 15)

    Fergus (Mark Womack) and Frankie (John Bishop) met on the first day of school and the pair stayed close from then on. Both had a career in the military, and when Fergus left the SAS and landed a lucrative job with a private security firm in Baghdad, he persuaded Frankie to join him. By 2007 when the film begins, Fergus is back home in Liverpool, and learns that Frankie has been killed on Route Irish, the dangerous road running between Baghdad airport and the city's Green Zone. Raging with grief and highly suspicious of the official explanation of events, Fergus begins his own investigation with the help of Frankie’s widow, Rachel (Andrea Lowe).

    Route Irish
  • You Will Meet A Tall Dark Stranger (Certificate 12A)

    You Will Meet A Tall Dark Stranger follows a pair of married couples, Alfie (Anthony Hopkins) and Helena (Gemma Jones), and their daughter Sally (Naomi Watts) and husband Roy (Josh Brolin). After Alfie leaves Helena to pursue his lost youth and a free-spirited call girl named Charmaine (Lucy Punch), Helena abandons rationality and surrenders her life to the loopy advice of a fortune teller. Meanwhile, unhappy in her marriage, Sally develops a crush on her handsome art gallery owner boss, Greg (Antonio Banderas), while Roy, a novelist nervously awaiting the response to his latest manuscript, becomes moonstruck over Dia (Freida Pinto), a mystery woman who catches his gaze through a nearby window.

    You Will Meet A Tall Dark Stranger
  • Garrison Keillor's Poem


    How beautiful and simple here
    the woman looking at the mirror
    through a little camera lens
    at her own magnificence
    finger of her left hand curled
    on the shutter a naked girl
    tall and tan in perfect health
    looking calmly at herself
    squinting one blue green eye
    taking a photograph that I
    regard with reverence and love
    to her a simple matter of
    clicking the shutter to preserve
    on film her beauty and her nerve

    This poem is featured in 77 Love Sonnets by Garrison Keillor on Bloodaxe Books 2011

  • Sue Steward's Photography Choices: E.O.HOPPE PORTRAITS: Society, Studio and Street

    Emil Otto Hoppe was one of the great portrait photographers of the early 20th Century. This exhibition features 150 works and includes Hoppé’s strikingly modernist portraits of society figures and important personalities from the worlds of literature, politics and the arts, including George Bernard Shaw, Margot Fonteyn, Albert Einstein, Vita Sackville-West and members of the royal family.

    E.O.HOPPE PORTRAITS: Society, Studio and Street is at the National Portrait Gallery in London until 30th May.

    E.O.HOPPE PORTRAITS: Society, Studio and Street
  • MARILYN - Hollywood Icon

    This exhibition is one of several celebrating the 50th anniversary of The American Museum in Britain. Marilyn – Hollywood Icon features many of her possessions including twenty original gowns and outfits she wore in her films. Most of the items are loaned to the Museum from the vast collection of David Gainsborough Roberts and it includes not only the dresses – from the 50s and 60s - but also personal items, photographs and posters.

    MARILYN - Hollywood Icon is at The American Museum in Britain in Bath until 30th October.

    MARILYN - Hollywood Icon
  • SLINKACHU: Concrete Ocean

    London-based Japanese miniaturist and urban artist Slinkachu is also a craftsman. He creates tiny plastic people and drops them into surreal or realistic scenes around London, photographs them and then leaves the figures there for other people to discover. His latest collection, Concrete Ocean, includes a beautiful woman and her overweight partner stranded on a tennis ball desert island in urban Wandsworth.

    SLINKACHU: Concrete Ocean is at the Andipa Gallery London until 2nd April.

    SLINKACHU: Concrete Ocean
  • Masters of Photography

    The Falmouth Art Gallery in Cornwall hosts Masters of Photography, an exhibition offering a broad-ranging collection including iconic images by artists such as Eve Arnold, Jane Bown, Julia Margaret Cameron, Fay Godwin, Linda McCartney, Lee Miller and Man Ray, as well as works from Cornwall based artists such as Vince Bevan, Anthony Fagin, Kate Fagin and Miles Flint.

    Masters of Photography is at Falmouth Art Gallery Falmouth until 2nd April.

    Masters of Photography
  • Sex, Drugstores and Rock’n Roll: A History of the Kings Road

    An exhibition celebrating life on the Kings Road London from the 60's to the present day. Featuring prints by a range of photographers including Harold Chapman, Janette Beckman, Bill Zygmant and Barry Lategan, this exhibition is a beautiful tribute to the infamous Kings Road which has played host to some of the biggest stars of rock and roll from the 60s and 70s.

    Sex, Drugstores and Rock’n’ Roll: A History of the Kings Road is at Proud Chelsea Gallery, London until 8th May.

    Sex, Drugstores and Rock’n Roll: A History of the Kings Road
  • Reflections on the Self: Five African Women Photographers

    Reflections on the Self: Five African Women Photographers is a collection of self-portraits and portraits of other women, designed to explore the whole idea of identity and their views of the world through often quite deceptively beautiful images.

    Reflections on the Self: Five African Women Photographers is at the Royal Festival Hall, Spirit Level, London until 3rd April.

    Reflections on the Self: Five African Women Photographers


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