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with Michael Palin and David Bailey

1 hour, 57 minutes
First broadcast:
Friday 13 July 2012

Actor, author and adventurer Michael Palin joins Claudia to discuss his new novel 'The Truth,' and iconic photographer David Bailey previews his latest exhibition. Plus dancer Richard Winsor discusses his role in Matthew Bourne's 'Play Without Words'.

In this week's 'Tour Guide's Guide To Art' we hear from Pete Heath, the curator of The Pinball Parlour in Ramsgate, one of only a handful of museums dedicated to pinball machines in the world.

And Judith Mackrell previews the latest in dance while Xan Brooks talks film.

Music Played

16 items
  • Image for The Bellamy Brothers

    The Bellamy Brothers Let Your Love Flow

    Best Of The Best, START, SCD-22

  • Image for Status Quo

    Status Quo The Winner

    Quid Pro Quo, FOURTH CHORD, QUOBS 001

  • Image for Paloma Faith

    Paloma Faith Do You Want The Truth or Something Beautiful

    Do You Want The Truth or Something Beautiful, EPIC, 8869754355-2

  • Image for Hall & Oates

    Hall & Oates I Can't Go For That

    Looking Back, RCA, PD-90388

  • Image for Annie Lennox

    Annie Lennox Walking On Broken Glass

    Silk And Steelo, POLYGRAM TV, 525-569 2

  • Image for Rufus Wainwright

    Rufus Wainwright Jericho

    Out Of The Game, DECCA, 060252796786 8

  • Image for Dusty Springfield

    Dusty Springfield I Just Don't Know What To Do With Myself

    The Silver Collection, PHILLIPS, 834-128-2

  • Image for ABBA

    ABBA Waterloo


  • Image for Twain, Shania (Pron: Shu Nye Uh)

    Twain, Shania (Pron: Shu Nye Uh) Man! I Feel Like A Woman!

    Come On Over, MERCURY, 170-081 2

  • Image for Terry Davies

    Terry Davies Jazz Club

    Play Without Words: Theatre Cd, NATIONAL THEATRE, CBGQA-0300002

  • Image for The Who

    The Who Pinball Wizard

    Meaty Beaty Big and Bouncy, MCA, MCAD-37001

  • Image for Stereophonics

    Stereophonics Local Boy In The Photograph

    Word Gets Around, V2, VVR-1000438

  • Image for The Rolling Stones

    The Rolling Stones Off The Hook

    The Rolling Stones, Now!, LONDON, 820-133-2

  • Image for Ike & Tina Turner

    Ike & Tina Turner River Deep Mountain High

    River Deep Mountain High, A&M, 393-179 2

  • Image for Elton John

    Elton John Sad

    Artist: Pnau

    Good Morning To The Night, Mercury, 3707164

  • Image for Swing Out Sister

    Swing Out Sister Breakout

    Hits On Cd, MERCURY, 816-410 2

  • Michael Palin

    Michael Palin

    The national treasure discusses his new novel 'The Truth'. Published by W&N it centres around a middle-aged journalist and writer named Keith Mabbut, who finds himself at a crossroads in his lifewhen he's offered the opportunity of a lifetime – to write the biography of an ilusive and influential activist and humanitarian.

  • Dancer Richard Winsor

    Dancer Richard Winsor

    The star of 'StreetDance 3D' and Matthew Bourne's all male 'Swan Lake' talks to Claudia about the revival of Bourne's Olivier award-winning dance production 'Play Without Words'. Inspired by JOSEPH LOSEY'S film 'The Servant' it explores the darker, seductive side of the Swinging Sixties.

  • Photography icon David Bailey

    Photography icon David Bailey

    The celebrated photographer chats to Claudia about an exhibition at Newham's Compressor House of more than 50 photographs he's captured throughout his career of the London borough he grew-up in featuring locals and celebrities including The Krays and Sixties supermodel Jean Shrimpton.

  • Xan Brooks’s Film Choices

    'Magic Mike' - Certificate 15

    Mike (Channing Tatum) is an entrepreneur. A man of many talents and loads of charm, he spends his days pursuing the American Dream from as many angles as he can handle: from roofing houses and detailing cars to designing furniture. But at night he's the hot headliner in an all-male revue.

    'Ice Age 4: Continental Drift' - Certificate U

    Manny, Diego, and Sid embark upon another 3D adventure after their continent is set adrift. Using an iceberg as a ship, they encounter sea creatures and battle pirates as they explore a new world.

    'Seeking A Friend for the End of the World' – Certificate 15

    The feature directorial debut of screenwriter Lorene Scarfaria. Set in a too-near future where time at once stands still and is slipping away forever, the writer/director explores what people will do and how they will feel when humanity’s end is near. Starring Steve Carrell, Kiera Knightley, Adam Brody, Gillian Jacobs & Melanie Lynskey

  • Judith Mackrell's Dance Choices

    The Royal Ballet 'Metamorphosis Titian Project' at the Royal Opera House in London from July 14 – 20

    'Big Dance 2012' events nationwide with a finale at London's Trafalgar Square on July 14

    'One Extraordinary Day' London – jaw-dropping pop up performances devised by American choreographer Elisabeth Streb (dates undisclosed)

    Manchester's 'Urban Moves International Dance Festival' at various venues from July 27

  • The Tour Guide's Guide To Art - The Pinball Parlour, Ramsgate

    The Tour Guide's Guide To Art - The Pinball Parlour, Ramsgate

    Co-owner/curator Pete Heath tells us about his favourite table:

    "Majorettes is a Classic Gottlieb machine from 1964. It's rare, it's beautiful, and it is the machine that inspired a guy called Harry McKeown to write "Pinball Portfolio" in 1976. This was the first book purely about pinball and remained the collectors bible for many years. We rescued our Majorettes from a shed in South London a long time ago. Only 425 were made, so 48 years on, who knows how few remain today."

    Find out more about The Pinball Parlour



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    Radio 2 Arts Show with Claudia Winkleman

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