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Penny Smith sits in

1 hour, 57 minutes
First broadcast:
Friday 15 February 2013

Penny Smith sits in for Claudia and chats to actor Sir Antony Sher about his new role as an ex con at the Olivier

Freddie Fox drops in to talk about the Judas Kiss

Arts Show correspondent Anna Bailey opens up the Arts Desk with the next 7 days of not-to-be-missed arts news from around the country.

Plus, Alex Heminsley reviews the latest fiction. Film critic Peter Bradshaw has the latest movie and DVD releases around the country. And he looks back at the winners and losers at the Baftas.

Music Played

23 items
  • Image for Beyoncé

    Beyoncé Crazy In Love

    Dangerously In Love, COLUMBIA, 509395-2

  • Image for Train

    Train Mermaid

  • Image for Maxim Vengerov

    Maxim Vengerov Hungarian Dances No.1 In G Minor

    Maxim Vengerov Bach and Beethoven, Wigmore Hall Live, WH LIVE 0056

  • Image for Bad Company

    Bad Company Can't Get Enough

    Rock The World, GLOBAL, RADCD-138

  • Image for Blondie

    Blondie Maria

    No Exit, Beyond Records, n-a

  • Image for Queen

    Queen Good Old Fashioned Lover Boy

    A Day At The Races, EMI, CDP-7462082

  • Image for Stereophonics

    Stereophonics I Saw Her Standing There

    Live recording from Abbey Road, live recording, live recording

  • Image for Gabrielle Aplin

    Gabrielle Aplin Please Don't Say You Love Me

    Please Don't Say You Love Me, PARLOPHONE RECORDS, NA

  • Image for Otis Redding

    Otis Redding Respect

    Otis Blue, ATLANTIC, ATL-5041

  • Image for Love Affair

    Love Affair Everlasting Love

    Love Affair Everlasting Hits, COLUMBIA, 982-8282

  • Image for Alicia Keys

    Alicia Keys Brand New Me

    Girl on Fire, RCA, 1

  • Image for T. Rex

    T. Rex Get It On

    Get it On, PRISM Leisure, 636

  • Image for T. Rex

    T. Rex Children Of The Revolution

    Tanx, Edsel, EDCD-391

  • Image for T. Rex

    T. Rex Hot Love

    T. Rextasy: The Very Best of T Rex 1970-1973, Warner Brothers, 125333

  • Image for Roxy Music

    Roxy Music Love Is The Drug

    siren, smi records, 7243-54318924

  • Image for Roxy Music

    Roxy Music Pyjamarama

    Street Life, Virgin, egctv-1

  • Image for The Velvet Underground

    The Velvet Underground Venus In Furs

    The Velvet Underground & Nico, polydor, 531-250 2

  • Image for David Bowie

    David Bowie Ziggy Stardust

    Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars, EMI, CDP-794400

  • Image for The Smiths

    The Smiths This Charming Man

    Hatful Of Hollow, Rough Trade, n/a-n/a

  • Image for Oasis

    Oasis Don't Look Back in Anger

    What's The Story Morning Glory, Creation Records, CRECD-189

  • Image for The Human League

    The Human League Open Your Heart

    Dare, VIRGIN, CDV-2192

  • Image for Al Lewis

    Al Lewis Make A Little Room

    Make A Little Room, INDEPENDENT, ALM006

  • Image for The Who

    The Who I Can See For Miles

    Sell Out, POLYDOR, 835-727-2

  • The Captain of Kopenick

    The Captain of Kopenick

    SIR ANTONY SHER takes to the stage once more. This time as an ex convict, who dresses up in military uniform and holds the mayor of a small town to ransom, and successfully "confiscates" the town's treasure.

    national theatre
  • Alex Heminsley's Book review

    Alex  Heminsley's  Book review

    1.Instructions for a Heatwave by Maggie O'Farrell ...
    The new novel from Costa Award winning novelist Maggie O'Farrell: a portrait of an Irish family in crisis in the legendary heatwave of 1976.

    Instructions for a Heatwave by Maggie O'Farrell is published by Headline on 28 February.

    2. Forgive Me by Lesley Pearce
    On returning home from work Eva Patterson finds her mother dead, by her own hand, and a suicide note saying simply ‘Forgive Me’. The reading of the will leads her on an emotional journey to discover more about her Mother who, unbeknownst to Eva, was a successful artist in the 60s. Forgive Me is an intense and gripping story of love and forgiveness.

    Forgive Me by Lesley Pearce is published by Michael Joseph and out now.

    3.How Should a Person Be by Sheila Heti
    Reeling from a failed marriage, Sheila, a twentysomething playwright, finds herself unsure of how to live and create. When Margaux, a talented painter and free spirit, and Israel, a sexy and depraved artist, enter her life, Sheila hopes that through close—sometimes too close—observation of her new friend, her new lover, and herself, she might regain her footing in art and life.

    How Should a Person Be by Sheila Heti is published by Harvil Secker and available now.

  • Peter Bradshaw's Film review

    Peter Bradshaw's Film review

    Peter takes a look back at the BAFTA’S and at the latest movie news

    THIS IS 40 – Certificate 15 Released: 14th February 2013

    Director: Judd Apatow
    Cast: Paul Rudd, Leslie Mann, Jason Segal, Megan Fox, Chris O'Dowd, Maude Apatow, Iris Apatow, John Lithgow, Albert Brooks

    This is the follow up to the film Knocked Up and continues the story of Pete (Paul Rudd) and Debbie (Leslie Mann) a husband and wife both approaching a milestone meltdown as they hit the age of 40.

    This Is 40 is certificate 15, out now

    2. RUN FOR YOUR WIFE – Certificate 12A Released 14th February 2013

    Director: Ray Cooney, John Luton
    Starring: Danny Dyer, Sarah Harding, Judi Dench, Neil Morrisey, Denise Van Outen

    John Smith (Danny Dyer) has been happily involved in a bigamist marriage for five years. He lives with Michelle (Denise Van Outen) in Stockwell and Stephanie (Sarah Harding) in Finsbury. Fortunately, for John, he’s a Taxi Driver which involves varying Shift work! Simple? Well, when the Stockwell and Finsbury police forces discover something suspicious in their paperwork, John’s happy bubble is about to be burst.

    Run For Your Wife is certificate 12A, in cinemas now

    3. REIGN OF ASSASSINS – Certificate 15, Released 15th February

    Director: John Woo, Su Chao-Pin
    Starring: Michelle Yeoh, Jung Woo-Sung, Wang Xueqi
    In Ancient China, “Drizzle” is the most deadly and ruthless assassin of the Dark Stone gang. After a life of theft and murder, she seeks to atone for her ways and leave the gang forever. Undergoing a drastic procedure to alter her appearance, she changes her name to Jing and starts a new life in the capital.

    Even with her newfound life as a shopkeeper and a budding romance to Ah-Sheng, the Dark Stone gang is hot on her trail. She alone holds the secret of the mystical Buddhist monk’s remains, which legend says the possessor will gain control of the whole world. The gang will stop at nothing in their pursuit to control this power.

    Reign Of Assassins is out now, certificate 15

    4. MADAME DE (DVD) - Certificate U
    Released: 15th February 2013

    Director: Max Ophuls
    Starring: Charles Boyer, Danielle Darrieux, Vittorio De Sica
    Original UK Release Date: 1953

    When, beset by debt, the titular Countess Louise (Danielle Darrieux) decides to sell a pair of earrings that were a wedding gift from her husband André (Charles Boyer), she unwittingly sets in motion a chain of events that will have serious consequences not only for the Parisian couple but for André’s mistress and for an Italian Baron (Vittorio De Sica) who purchases the, by then, much-travelled jewellery.

    Madame De is certificate U, out on DVD now.

  • Anna Bailey's arts news review

    Anna Bailey's arts news review

    1. MUSICAL THEATRE: Pricilla Queen of the Desert starring Jason Donovan on UK tour – Manchester, Oxford, Edinburgh, Birmingham, Sunderland, Bristol and York

    2. CLASSICAL MUSIC : Violist Maxim Vengerov is going to be performing Beethoven and Schubert at the Barbican

    3. DANCE: Russian State Ballet – Coppelia and Swan Lake UK tour – Alsbury, Wimbledon, Bromley, Brighton and Edinburgh

    4. ART: Quentin Blake; exhibition at Cambridge.

    Don't forget you can hear Anna's feature on Glam: The Performance of Style at the Tate, Liverpool where she talks to music journalist and former glam rocker Paul Morley and to curator Darren Pih, about the costumes and album covers of the glam rock bands alongside work by artists David Hockney and Andy Warhol
    Glam:The Performance of Style at Tate Liverpool is on until 12th May

    5. OPERA: Theatre Royal Glasgow

  • Freddie Fox in The Judas Kiss

    Freddie Fox in The Judas Kiss

    Freddie Fox talks about his role as Lord Alfred Douglas "Bosie" opposite Rupert Everett as Oscar Wilde.

    Directed by Neil Armfield, The Judas Kiss looks into Oscar Wilde’s relationship with Lord Alfred Douglas. David Hare’s play focuses on two critical moments in Wilde’s last years – the eve of his arrest at the Cadogan Hotel and a night in Naples after his release from two years imprisonment; The Judas Kiss speculates on the consequences of his self destructive fatalism, betrayal and love without trust.

    The Judas Kiss is currently on stage at the Duke of York's Theatre, St Martin's Lane London

    The Judas Kiss is currently on stage at the Duke of York’s Theatre, St. Martin’s Lane, London.



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    Radio 2 Arts Show with Claudia Winkleman

    Claudia Winkleman’s weekly feast of the finest offerings from Film, Theatre, Arts, TV and Music.…

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