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Rupert Friend on starring in Brimstone & Treacle

1 hour, 57 minutes
First broadcast:
Friday 27 April 2012

Claudia meets artist David Gentleman who discusses his book of drawings of London landmarks, called London, You're Beautiful. David's distinctive prints and watercolours are familiar from a lifetime's work including stamps, political posters and the platform length wood engravings at London's Charing Cross station.

Actor Rupert Friend who's starred in films including The Young Victoria, and The Boy in Striped Pyjamas talks about appearing at the Arcola Theatre in the first major London revival of Dennis Potter's Brimstone and Treacle.

Acclaimed filmmakers The Quay Brothers discuss their plans to transform public spaces in Leeds through live performance, film and installations above and below the city's streets.

Xan Brooks reviews this week's films, including Albert Nobbs for which Glenn Close was Oscar nominated, and The Radio 2 Arts Show Poet In Residence Murray Lachlan Young performs another specially written poem.

Music Played

18 items
  • Image for ABBA

    ABBA Lay All Your Love On Me

    Abba Gold, Polydor, 5170072-NA

  • Image for Carrie Underwood

    Carrie Underwood Good Girl

    CD Promo Single, Sony Music, LC30016

  • Image for Sting

    Sting Spread A Little Happiness

    Brimstone And Treacle, A&M, AMS-8242

  • Image for Squeeze

    Squeeze Up The Junction

    Up The Junction, SPECTRUM, 544-229-2

  • Image for Paolo Nutini

    Paolo Nutini Pencil Full Of Lead

    Sunny Side Up, EastWest U.K., 2564690137-NA

  • Image for Elvis Presley

    Elvis Presley Elvis Presley - A Little Less Conversation

    Ocean's Eleven (Original Soundtrack), WARNER, 9362-48112 -2

  • Image for JD McPherson

    JD McPherson North Side Gal

    Signs and Signifiers, HiStyle, HSCD-82698

  • Image for Marc Almond

    Marc Almond Tainted Love

    Non Stop Cabaret, VERTIGO, 800-061-2

  • Image for Fountains of Wayne

    Fountains of Wayne Stacey's Mom

    Welcome Insterstate Managers, VIRGIN, CDV-2976

  • Image for Santana

    Santana Let The Children Play

    Moonflower, COLUMBIA, 463370-2 A&B

  • Image for Wings

    Wings London Town

    London Town, MPL, PAS-10012

  • Image for Paloma Faith

    Paloma Faith Picking Up The Pieces

  • Image for James Blunt

    James Blunt You're Beautiful

    Back to Bedlam, Custard, Atlantic / Custard-7567-93451-2

  • Image for Blur

    Blur Sweet Song

    Think Tank, EMI, 582-9972

  • Image for Paloma Faith

    Paloma Faith Picking Up The Pieces

  • Image for Cincinnati Pops Orchestra

    Cincinnati Pops Orchestra Tara's Theme (From Gone With The Wind)

    Hollywood's Greatest Hits (Vol.1), Telarc, CD-80168

  • Image for New York Metropolitan Opera Orchestra

    New York Metropolitan Opera Orchestra Ballet From Macbeth

    Ballet Music, sony, SK52489

  • Image for City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra

    City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra - A Streetcar Named Desire

    Music from the Films of Marlon Brando, silva screen, SILCD 1166



    Originally written and recorded for the BBC in 1976 - and set in the run-up to the QUEEN’S Silver Jubilee - Brimstone and Treacle was withdrawn from the schedules by the then director of television who deemed it “nauseating” though “brilliantly made”. Later, Potter took it to the stage and wrote the screenplay for the film version starring Sting as Martin Taylor, a mysterious young man who enters the lives of a middle-aged couple. Rupert Friend joined us to discuss his role as Martin in the forthcoming production at the Arcola Theatre

    Arcola Theatre


    Next month, for an entire weekend, Leeds’ most impressive public spaces will be utterly transformed the Quay brothers. As curators of a free public event rivalling the scale and complexity of a major feature film, the acclaimed artist/filmmakers will bring the mysterious and ethereal worlds of their imaginations to life through live performance, film and installations above and below the city’s streets. They explained all to Claudia ...

    Leeds Canvas


    For his latest book, 'London, You’re Beautiful: An Artist’s Year' distinguished artist David Gentleman spent months capturing the Capital’s sights and seasons, exploring his personal and artistic relationship with the changeable city that’s inspired him throughout his career. The designer of the platform-length mural at London’s Charing Cross tube station, David’s familiar yet distinctive prints, watercolours and illustrations have adorned books, stamps, coins and posters - and he also created the logo for the National Trust.

  • Damon Albarn on 6 Music

    Stuart Maconie talks in-depth to Damon Albarn about his eclectic musical output and presents an exclusive performance of his first opera Dr Dee.

    As a musician Damon needs no introduction; the founder of Blur, Gorillaz and The Good, The Bad & the Queen, he's widely regarded as one of the most innovative musicians of the past two decades.

    First premiered at last year's Manchester International Festival, Dr Dee tells the story of John Dee; mathematician, astronomer, occultist and advisor to Elizabeth I. Recorded last year in Salford with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, the opera sets Dee's story to a sonic backdrop of early English period instrumentation, African beats, and Renaissance flourishes, described by Albarn as "strange, pastoral folk".

    Stuart talks in depth to Damon about the opera, his recent production work with Bobby Womack, his collaboration with Tony Allen and Flea from The Red Hot Chilli Peppers - Rocket Juice & The Moon - and the future of Blur.

    Dr Dee and Maconie


    It’s really difficult to pick out a single exhibit in the Living and Working Together gallery as they all come together to make our unique town square in miniature.

    Why do I love it so much? Because the opportunities for children to learn through role play are amazing! They can be a Bank Cashier, use the cash machine, be a shopkeeper, deliver the post in full Post Office Uniform, fill their cars up at the petrol station, even drive a full-sized lorry. There’s so much to do!

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