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Penny Smith Sits In and Meets Screenwriter Kay Mellor

2 hours
First broadcast:
Friday 22 April 2011

Penny Smith sits in for Claudia and meets actress, director and screenwriter Kay Mellor who talks about her acclaimed play and worldwide smash hit A Passionate Woman. Set on the morning of her beloved son's wedding, the play tells the story of Betty, a fifty-something doting mother and housewife haunted by memories of a past affair. Kay Mellor also plays the role of Betty.

Author Sophie Page tells us about her novel To Marry A Prince.

Fashion designer Wayne Hemingway and artistic director of London's Southbank Centre Jude Kelly tell us about the Southbank Centre's celebrations of the Festival of Britain's 60th anniversary which pay homage to the landmark 1951 Festival - described at the time as 'a tonic to the nation'. Taking over the site for four months, the anniversary will celebrate British culture and creativity, featuring differently-themed weekends, performances, exhibitions, talks and events by some of Britain's leading artists and thinkers as well as a wide-range of free events and an outdoor festival environment inspired by four themes from the 1951 South Bank Exhibition.

We discuss the Stratford Literary Festival with the novelist Mavis Cheek and Festival Director Annie Ashworth.

NIck Duncalf reviews this week's film releases, comedy critic Veronica Lee reviews the latest stand-up, and we take a look at the world class talent taking part in this year's Cheltenham Jazz Festival, widely considered to be one of this country's most diverse and creative music events.

Music Played

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  • Featured on a CD single on Vertigo

  • Image for Freda Payne

    Freda Payne Band Of Gold

    Heartbeat: Love Me Tender (Various), Global Television

  • Image for The Housemartins

    The Housemartins Think For A Minute

    The Housemartins - London 0 Hull 4, Go! Discs

  • Image for Adam and The Ants

    Adam and The Ants Prince Charming

    Adam Ant - Hits, CBS

  • Image for Train

    Train Marry Me

    Save Me, San Francisco, Columbia, 1

  • BIG IMPACT MUSIC: Featured on the CD 'Amelie From Montmartre OST' on Virgin

  • Image for Fitz and The Tantrums

    Fitz and The Tantrums Arthur's Theme (Best That You Can Do)

    Arthur - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

  • Image for The Hues Corporation

    The Hues Corporation Rock The Boat

    Million Sellers Vol.14 - The Seventie, Disky

  • Featured on the CD 'Best Choral Album In The World Ever!' on Angel

  • Image for Jamie Cullum

    Jamie Cullum I'm All Over It

    (CD Single), Decca, 1

  • Image for Oasis

    Oasis The Masterplan

    Stop The Clocks E.P., Creation

  • Image for Glen Campbell

    Glen Campbell Wichita Lineman

    Country Moods (Various Artists), Polygram Tv

  • Image for Marli Harwood
  • Kay Mellor: A Passionate Woman

    The acclaimed scriptwriter, director and actress stars in her own play 'A Passionate Woman'. Based on her own mother's confession of a long-ago affair, it runs at the New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich from 29th April - 14th May. The play then transfers to the Oldham Coliseum Theatre from the 18th May to 4th June.

    A Passionate Woman
  • Sophie Page - Book: How To Marry A Prince

    In this regal romance for the 21st century, heroine Bella Greenwood manages to attach herself to one of the most eligible batchelors around - the handsome and charming Prince Richard. Published in paperback by Arrow, the book is now in the shops.

    How To Marry A Prince - Sophie Page
  • Nick Duncalf's Movie Recommendations: Arthur (12a)

    This remake of the hit film comes almost thirty years since the release of the original Dudley Moore comedy. Stepping into the title role is Russell Brand who plays billionaire drunk Arthur who's given an ultimatum; to marry respectable business woman Susan, or lose his inheritance. However help is on hand in the form of his nanny Hobson - played by Helen Mirren.

  • Pina 3D (U)

    This documentary by Wim Wenders explores the life and work of legendary German choreographer Pina Bausch - who died in 2009. The film captures live performances by her acclaimed dance company 'Tanztheater Wuppertal' which are filmed in 3D, a first for a documentary.

    Pina 3D
  • Island (12a)

    Based on the acclaimed novel by Jane Rogers, this film tells the story of a disturbed and angry young woman called Nikki who travels to a remote Scottish island to track down her birth mother. Although revenge is on her mind, on arrival Nikki immediately strikes up a bond with her half brother Calum.

  • The Extraordinary Adventures of Adele Blanc-Sec (12A)

    Based on the celebrated French graphic novel, the film follows the adventures of turn-of-the-20th Century novelist Adele Blanc-Sec. Shetravels to Egypt and back to Paris in a quest to discover a mysterious life-giving force that could bring her sister out of a coma.

    Adele Blanc-Sec
  • Festival Of Britain 2011

    To mark the 60th anniversary of the original Festival of Britain, London's South Bank Centre is reinventing the spirit of the original event for a new festival featuring the best in British culture and creativity. It runs until September 4th.

    Festival Of Britain 2011
  • The Cheltenham Jazz Festival

    Some of the world's best jazz musicians descend on the quintessentially English town of Cheltenham for the annual jazz festival - considered by many to be one of the most diverse music festivals in Britain. It runs from Wednesday 27th April to Monday 2nd May 2011.

    The Cheltenham Jazz Festival
  • The Stratford Literary Festival 2011

    Shakespeare's accepted birthday is April 23rd and appropriately it takes place in the same week as the 4th Stratford Literary Festival. This popular annual event features Patricia Routledge and John Humphry's among the headline speaker. Popular novelist Mavis Cheek is one of the panellists in the discussion 'The Rise and Rise of Romance', which takes place at Stratford Civic Hall on Wednesday 27th April. The festival runs from Monday 25th April to Sunday May 2nd.

    The Stratford Literary Festival
  • BBC Radio 2 New Comedy Award 2011

    The BBC Radio 2 New Comedy Award 2011 is a nationwide talent search to find the best in new stand-up comedy talent. The BBC New Comedy Awards originally ran on BBC One from 1995 - 2003, with the final held in Edinburgh every year. In 2003 - 2005 it ran as a radio event on BBC Radio 7. This year BBC Radio 2 and Radio Comedy are reviving the Award and putting the spotlight back on seeking out the best new stand up comedy talent, with a new format and, for the first time, including audience interactivity. Countrywide heats will take place during April and May 2011. Successful applicants will be invited to perform at a heat closest to them from 8 venues around the country – there will be 10 heats (2 in London and Manchester). Click on the link below for further details about these events.

    BBC Radio 2 New Comedy Award 2011
  • BBC New Comedy Award 2011 Video

    Click on the link below to discover more about the art of stand-up from some of Britain's best known comedians.

    BBC New Comedy Award 2011 video



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