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Mark Thomas on his father's love of opera; Bernard of Hollywood's images of Marilyn

Duration:
30 minutes
First broadcast:
Tuesday 31 July 2012

With John Wilson.

Comedian Mark Thomas discusses his latest show Bravo Figaro, which reveals how his father, a builder, cultivated a love of opera. After his father was diagnosed with a degenerative disease, Mark Thomas put together this very personal show, which has involved taking opera singers to perform in his father's bungalow.

To mark the 50th anniversary of Marilyn Monroe's death, Susan Bernard discusses the images of the star taken by her father - the renowned photographer known as Bernard of Hollywood. These range from early shots of Norma Jean, through to the famous Seven Year Itch subway image. She remembers meeting Monroe, and her father's relationship with the troubled star.

Andrew Lloyd Webber predicted that this summer would be a difficult one for the capital's theatres, and already some are finding it hard to fill their seats. Leading producer Nica Burns discusses the situation so far, and possible solutions.

To mark the Olympics, the BBC - in partnership with The Scottish Poetry Library - has selected and recorded a poem representing every country taking part. Each is read by a native of that country who lives here in Britain. Every night during the Olympics, Front Row features one of the poems.

Producer Nicki Paxman.

  • Marilyn Monroe, 1953

    Marilyn Monroe, 1953

    Marilyn Monroe, at a party thrown by bandleader Ray Anthony at his California home

    © Bruno Bernard / courtesy of ‘Marilyn: Intimate Exposures’ by Susan Bernard

  • Marilyn Monroe, Pin-up publicity photo, 1952

    Marilyn Monroe, Pin-up publicity photo, 1952

    © Bruno Bernard / courtesy of ‘Marilyn: Intimate Exposures’ by Susan Bernard

  • Marilyn Monroe, Palm Springs Exclusive Racquet Club, 1949

    Marilyn Monroe, Palm Springs Exclusive Racquet Club, 1949

    © Bruno Bernard / courtesy of ‘Marilyn: Intimate Exposures’ by Susan Bernard

  • Marilyn, beginning of the end. 1954

    Marilyn, beginning of the end. 1954

    Marilyn and attorney Jerry Geisler driving away after press conference in Hollywood annoucing her divorce from Joe DiMaggio, 1954

    © Bruno Bernard / courtesy of ‘Marilyn: Intimate Exposures’ by Susan Bernard

    Marilyn: Intimate Exposures

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