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Frank Skinner interview, Syd Barrett's artwork discussed

Duration:
30 minutes
First broadcast:
Wednesday 16 March 2011

With John Wilson.

Comedian Frank Skinner talks about making the news funny as he prepares to return to BBC television with Opinionated, a series which sees him discussing the big stories of the week with guests and a live studio audience at different locations across the country.

Graham Coxon from Blur reviews the exhibition Syd Barrett: Art and Letters which celebrates the original Pink Floyd frontman's work as a visual artist. The show includes previously unseen love letters, sketches and paintings.

Mike Leigh returns to directing for the stage with a revival of his 1979 play, Ecstasy, which follows a group of old friends in a rundown bedsit, just at the point when Margaret Thatcher's government is about to transform the country. Writer and historian Dominic Sandbrook reviews the production.

Novelist Tracy Chevalier - author of the bestselling novel Girl With a Pearl Earring - is one of the judges of this year's Orange Prize for Fiction, the UK's annual book award for fiction written by a woman. With the annoucement of the longlist, John talks to Tracy about this year's selection.

Producer India Rakusen.

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  • Ecstasy

    • Ecstasy

      Mike Leigh returns to directing for the stage with a revival of his 1979 play, Ecstasy. Dominic Sandbrook reviews the show.

  • Frank Skinner

    • Frank Skinner

      Comedian Frank Skinner talks about making the news funny as he prepares to return to BBC television with Opinionated.

  • Orange Long List

    • Orange Long List

      Novelist Tracy Chevalier is one of the judges of this year's Orange Prize for Fiction, the UK's annual book award for fiction written by a woman.

  • Syd Barrett

    • Syd Barrett

      Graham Coxon from Blur reviews the exhibition Syd Barrett: Art and Letters.

  • Frank Skinner

    Frank Skinner's Opinionated returns to BBC Two on Friday 25 March at 10pm.

    Frank Skinner
  • Syd Barrett: Art and Letters

    Syd Barrett: Art and Letters

    Picture: Roger Barrett/Courtesy of the Barrett Family

    Syd Barrett | Art and Letters is at the Idea Generation Gallery 18 March – 10 April 2011.

    Barrett is published by Essential Works and is out on 18 March.

    Syd Barrett at IG Gallery
  • Syd Barrett - Art and Letters

    Syd Barrett - Art and Letters

    Picture: Roger Barrett/Courtesy of Libby Gausden-Chisman

  • Syd Barrett - Art and Letters

    Syd Barrett - Art and Letters

    Pictures shows: Pink Floyd
    Courtesy of Pink Floyd Music Ltd Archive.

  • Ecstasy

    Ecstasy

    Picture shows:
    Sinéad Matthews and Alan Leech.
    Photo credit: Alastair Muir

    Ecstasy runs until 9 April at the Hampstead Theatre.

    Hampstead Theatre
  • Orange Prize

    Orange Prize

    Picture shows: Tracy Chevalier, one of the judges for the Orange Prize

    Orange Prize Shortlist Announcement: 12 April 2011

    Awards Ceremony: 8 June 2011

    Orange Prize

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