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Penny Smith sits in

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

Award winning writer and novelist Fay Weldon joins Penny Smith to discuss her latest novel. Actress Samantha Spiro chats about her role in The Taming of The Shrew at the Globe Theatre. Top crime writer Steve Mosby reveals all about his latest book.

This week on the Tour Guide's Guide To Art, Penny chats to Sara Huws from St Fagans National History Museum near Cardiff.

Plus theatre critic Michael Billington and film critic Jason Solomons discuss the latest releases.

And remember you can get the download for the best bits of the Radio 2 Arts Show by going to the BBC Radio 2 website.

Music Played

16 items
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    The Vee Gees You Should Be Dancing

    Bee Gees - Their Greatest Hits, Polydor, 589 449-2

  • Image for Crosby, Stills & Nash

    Crosby, Stills & Nash Our House

    Carry On, ATLANTIC, 7567-80487 2

  • Image for Elvis Presley

    Elvis Presley (You're the) Devil in Disguise

    Elvis 75, SONY/RCA, 86976-19482

  • Image for Paloma Faith

    Paloma Faith 30 Minute Love Affair

    Fall To Grace, SONY BMG MUSIC, 88691988982

  • Image for Spike Milligan

    Spike Milligan Ning Nang Nong

    Spike, EMI, 542-0552

  • Image for Radiohead

    Radiohead No surprises

    The Best of Radiohead, Parlophone, n-a

  • Image for Cliff Richard

    Cliff Richard Living Doll

    At Your Request Anne Robinson Your 16 Favourite Tracks, BBC, BBC CD-733

  • Image for Daniel Powter

    Daniel Powter Cupid

    N/A, N/A, N/A

  • Image for Barbra Streisand

    Barbra Streisand No More Tears (Enough Is Enough)

    Barbra Streisand - Duets, Columbia, 509812 9

  • Image for Gibson Brothers

    Gibson Brothers Cuba

    Mundo Latino, COLUMBIA, SONYTV-2 CD

  • Image for Wynn, Keenan And James Whitmore

    Wynn, Keenan And James Whitmore Brush Up Your Shakespeare

    Kiss Me Kate/Brigadoon, EMI, CDP-7932972

  • Image for Stereophonics

    Stereophonics Dakota

    Language, Sex, Violenec, Other?, UNIVERSAL, VVR-1031052

  • Image for Talking Heads

    Talking Heads Psycho Killer

    From The Velvets To The Voidoids, Rhino, 5101-122482

  • Image for Gossip

    Gossip Move in the Right Direction

    A Joyful Noise, COLUMBIA, 88691982651

  • Image for Five for Fighting

    Five for Fighting Superman

    Dawson's Creek, COLUMBIA, 5009242-NA

  • Image for Texas

    Texas Black Eyed Boy

    Hits Zone - The Best Of 97 (Variou, Polygram Tv, na-555 072 2

  • Author Fay Weldon

    Author Fay Weldon

    Claudia chatted to the acclaimed and outspoken writer about her new book 'Habits of The House', the first in a trilogy about love and inheritance at the turn of the century.

  • Actor Samantha Spiro

    Actor Samantha Spiro

    Award-winning actress of stage and screen Samantha dropped in to discuss the Globe Theatre in London's current production of Shakespeare's 'Taming Of The Shrew', in which she plays the wild, ungovernable and shrewish KATHERINA.

  • Crime writer Steve Mosby

    Crime writer Steve Mosby

    Still only 34, the Leeds-based psychological thriller writer has already penned six books including 'The 50/50 Killer' and 'Black Flowers'. His new book, 'Dark Room', follows DI Andrew Hooks in his hunt for a serial killer with a taste for chaos.

  • Michael Billington's Theatre Reviews

    SURPRISES runs at the Stephen Joseph, Scarborough until October 13 but also pays a visit to the Chichester Festival in August along with Absurd Person Singular

    TIMON OF ATHENS is at the Olivier in London unil November 1 when it's also being screened on NT Live

    Ibsen's A DOLL'S HOUSE closed at London's Young Vic on Thursday 26th July

    THE RESISTIBLE RISE OF ARTURO UI is at the Minerva, Chichester until Saturday 28th July


    Dr Seuss’ The Lorax

    In this family animation, one thing stands in the way of a 12-year-old boy and the girl of his dreams; The Lorax, a loveable yet curmudgeonly forest creature who’ll do everything in his power to protect the world that he’s made his own. Featuring the voices of Zac Efron, Taylor Swift and Danny DeVito, Dr Seuss’s The Lorax is certificate U and out now.

    Searching for Sugar Man

    Two South Africans set out to discover what happened to their unlikely musical hero, the mysterious 1970s rock 'n' roller, Rodriguez. Searching For Sugarman is on limited release with a certificate 12A. Director Mallik Benjelloul and Rodriguez himself were guests on the show of 20th July.

    The Man Inside

    Clayton Murdoch (Ashley Thomas) carries a terrible darkness inside him. As a boy he was exposed to murder and gang culture by his father (David Harewood). With his father now in prison, Clayton channels his aggression into boxing. But when violence starts to destroy his family, Clayton’s forced to ask his father, the one man he fears the most, for help. The Man Inside is certificate 15 and out now.

    Leave It On The Floor

    Set in the ballroom world originally memorialised by the documentary Paris Is Burning, Leave It on the Floor is an original musical set in the scene in Los Angeles 2011. The film is certificate 18 and is out now.



    Sara Huws, a Learning Interpreter at the museum, tells us about her favourite item:

    "It may not look like much, but my favourite thing at the museum is the timber frame of Hendre'r Ywydd. You can see its dowels sticking out behind me. The cruck frames were chopped down and assembled around 1504, and they held a roof over successive owners' heads until 1962, when the whole house was dismantled, moved and re-erected at the museum. I've cooked on its hearth, told stories around the fire, harvested food from the garden and even found its original location, in Denbighshire, last year.

    It may be hidden under limewash, but with my hands I can trace the grain, feel all the different repairs and the knots in the wood. I like to think that these trees were saplings on the day, five miles away, Rhuthun burned to the ground during Glynd?r's Rebellion. It amazes me that something so easy to miss - the building itself - can link us to that smoke, that destruction and devestation. Every rivet, dowel, truss and brick at St Fagans tells a story, and that's why I love it here."

    Find out more about St Fagan's National History Museum


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