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Alice Coote; Turner in Margate; Lana del Rey

Duration:
30 minutes
First broadcast:
Friday 27 January 2012

With John Wilson.

Novelist and psychogeographer Iain Sinclair reviews Turner and the Elements, a new exhibition at the Turner Contemporary gallery in the artist's old stomping ground of Margate.

Alice Coote is one of the world's most acclaimed mezzo-sopranos, famous for taking on the male parts or "trouser roles" in opera. She talks to John about assuming the gait of a man, the demands of being jet-setting soloist, and how a car crash made her realise the importance of music.

In 1962 the playwright Joe Orton was sent to prison for six months for defacing books in Islington Public Library. Fifty years later, barrister Greg Foxsmith is staging a re-trial to examine what sentence Orton might have received today. He tells John why.

Singer Lana Del Rey releases her debut album on Monday. Although her song Video Games was one of the most acclaimed tracks of 2011, her decadent image has provoked debates about her authenticity and her recent live performances have drawn criticism. Kitty Empire gives her verdict.

Producer Ellie Bury.

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    Joe Orton's defaced library books - John Betjeman

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    Joe Orton's defaced library books - The Secret of Chimneys

  • The Ports of England

    The Ports of England

    JMW Turner
    from The Ports of England 1826-1828 Watercolours,
    Ramsgate, circa 1824
    Pencil and watercolour on paper
    Copyright: Tate London 2011

    Turner and the Elements at the Turner Contemporary 28 January 2012 -13 May 2012.

    Turner Contemporary website
  • A Study of Firelight

    A Study of Firelight

    JMW Turner
    A Study of Firelight (Venice?), circa 1840
    Gouache and watercolour on paper
    © Tate, London 2011

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