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Claudia meets renowned designer Sir Terence Conran

1 hour, 57 minutes
First broadcast:
Friday 06 January 2012

Claudia returns to host The Radio 2 Arts Show and chats to Ruth Mackenzie, director of the Cultural Olympiad. Ruth updates us on the plans for the 12 week nationwide festival of the world's best music, theatre, dance, visual art, literature and film which runs alongside the sporting events.

Sir Terence Conran discusses the major exhibition at London's Design Museum; The Way We Live Now, which marks his 80th birthday and explores his unique impact on contemporary life in Britain. Through his own design work, Sir Terence has transformed the look of the British home. He has established a design studio and an architectural practice with a worldwide reach.

Claudia also meets Patrick Tresset whose newest work crosses art, robotics and computing - he has a robotic arm that creates his art for him.

Plus Peter Bradshaw reviews this week's movie releases, including The Iron Lady, and Claire Armitstead discusses the latest books.

Music Played

13 items

    The Iron Lady - Certificate 12A

    This tells the story of Margaret Thatcher: a woman who smashed through the barriers of gender and class to be heard in a male-dominated world. The story concerns power and the price that is paid for power, and is an insightful portrait of an extraordinary and complex woman.

    The Iron Lady - Official Website
  • Goon - Certificate 15

    Labelled an outcast by his brainy family, a bouncer overcomes long odds to lead a team of under performing misfits to semi-pro hockey glory.

    Goon - Official Website
  • The Artist - Certificate PG

    Hollywood, 1927: As silent movie star George Valentin wonders if the arrival of talking pictures will cause him to fade into oblivion, he sparks with Peppy Miller, a young dancer set for a big break.

    The Artist - Official Website
  • Mother And Child - Certificate 15

    This is a drama centered around three women: A 50-year-old woman, the daughter she gave up for adoption 35 years ago, and an African American woman looking to adopt a child of her own.

    Mother And Child - Official Website

    The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach

    At Westish College, a small school on the shore of Lake Michigan, baseball star Henry Skrimshander seems destined for big league stardom. But when a routine throw goes disastrously off course, the fates of five people are upended.


    The Art Of Fielding - Official Website
  • The Cold Cold Ground by Adrian McKinty

    This is the first of a trilogy of detective thrillers featuring a detective called Sean Duffy, who is a catholic working for the predominantly protestant northern Irish police. It’s set in Belfast in 1981, the year the Pope was shot and Bobby Sands died on hunger strike.

    The Cold Cold Ground - Official Website
  • The Weird: A Compendium of Strange and Dark Stories edited by Jeff and Ann Vandermeer

    This is a collection of more than 100 stories of the macabre or supernatural which run from the early part of the 20th century right up to the present day, collected by the American husband-and-wife team Jeff and Ann Vandermeer. There are familiar stories like Daphne Du Maurier's Don’t Look Now and Stephen King's The Man in the Black Suit alongside much less familiar ones, some translated into English for the first time.

    The Weird - Official Website
  • Calories and Corsets: A History of Dieting over 2,000 Years by Louise Foxcroft

    Dieting has been happening for over two and a half thousand years, and Calories And Corsets is a unique look at the people who first dreamt up diets – and why they did it.

    Calories and Corsets - Official Website
  • Patrick Tresset's Robotic Sketching Arm

    Patrick Tresset's Robotic Sketching Arm

  • Patrick Tresset's Robotic Sketching Arm

    Patrick Tresset's Robotic Sketching Arm

  • Renowned designer Sir Terence Conran - 06/01/2012

    Renowned designer Sir Terence Conran - 06/01/2012

  • Director of Cultural Olympiad Ruth Mackenzie - 06/01/2012

    Director of Cultural Olympiad Ruth Mackenzie - 06/01/2012

  • Artist Patrick Tresset - 06/01/2012

    Artist Patrick Tresset - 06/01/2012

  • Babybird on 6 Music

    Hear more BBC archive session tracks from the dark, Sheffield-based Britpoppers best known for their 1996 top ten single 'You're Gorgeous'.

    You're Gorgeous!
  • David Bowie at 65!

    Celebrate David Bowie's coming of pensionable age with 'Golden Years: The David Bowie Story', currently being brodacast on BBC 6 Music.

    Golden Years



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