Randy Newman at the Piano

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With Kirsty Lang.

Randy Newman won his second Oscar this year for the song We Belong Together from Toy Story 3. He reflects on a career which began more than 40 years ago, and takes a seat at the Front Row piano to discuss his new album, which features a selection of his songs in new solo piano recordings.

Director Rachid Bouchareb's Oscar-nominated film Outside the Law focuses on the Algerian struggle for independence from France after World War II. At its premiere in Cannes last year, protesters gathered to demonstrate against what they saw as an unjust portrayal of France's role in Algeria. Film critic Jason Solomons reviews.

Today eight museum and gallery curators compete for a share of the £75,000 Art Fund and Crafts Council prize money, to buy an artwork of their choice from COLLECT - the Crafts Council's art fair for contemporary objects. The contenders have an hour to choose one of the works on show, and then two minutes to make a verbal pitch for it, in front of a panel of judges. Front Row reports from the pitching sessions and talks to judge Tanya Harrod with one of the winning curators, live in the studio.

Dylan Thomas lived in Laugharne, Wales, for four years, and is thought to have used the town as inspiration for the fishing-village Llareggub, the setting of his best-known work Under Milk Wood. Since 2007 Laugharne has held an annual Literary Festival. David Quantick went in search of the spirit of Dylan Thomas at this year's festival, seeking advice from writers including Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy and John Cooper Clark.

Producer Philippa Ritchie.

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Thu 5 May 2011 19:15

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