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Annie Lennox, Alex Jennings and Dorothy Koomson

1 hour, 57 minutes
First broadcast:
Friday 12 April 2013

Annie Lennox, one of the nation's most internationally acclaimed singers, shows the Arts Show round The House Of Annie Lennox at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery. Tracing her unique career from its early beginnings, the exhibition includes The Tourists, Eurythmics, and Annie's solo work through to the present day, with an array of stunning photographs, iconic videos, and a dazzling selection of costumes taken from her personal archive.

Actor Alex Jennings chats to Claudia about his role in the new Alan Bennett play Untold Stories at the Duchess Theatre

Author Dorothy Koomson talks about her new book The Rose Petal Beach

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

Plus Alex Heminsley has the latest books. And film critic Robbie Collin looks at the latest movie and DVD releases around the country.

Music Played

19 items
  • Image for Bailey, Philip & Phil Collins

    Bailey, Philip & Phil Collins Easy Lover

    Chinese Wall, CBS, CD-26161

  • Image for Caro Emerald

    Caro Emerald Tangled up

    Unknown, 1, 1

  • Image for The Eagles

    The Eagles New Kid In Town

    Hotel California, ASYLUM, 7559-60509-2

  • Image for John Lennon

    John Lennon Stand By Me

    Rock'N' Roll, EMI, 7243-87432925

  • Image for Johnny Hates Jazz

    Johnny Hates Jazz Magnetized

    Magnetized, Nova, IAMJHJ 20CD

  • Image for Elvis Presley

    Elvis Presley (You're the) Devil in Disguise

    The King, RCA, 88697-118042

  • Image for Spiller/Ellis Bextor/Davis

    Spiller/Ellis Bextor/Davis Groovejet (if this ain't love)

    Feelgood Selection, The, EMI, 7243-87490628

  • Image for Hurts

    Hurts Blind

    Blind, Major Label / Sony / RCA, 1

  • Image for Bob Marley & The Wailers

    Bob Marley & The Wailers Jammin'

    Exodus, ISLAND/TUFF GONG, 548-8982

  • Image for ABBA

    ABBA Head Over Heels

    More Abba Gold, POLAR/POLYDOR, 519-353 2

  • Image for Bo Bruce

    Bo Bruce Save Me

    Before I Sleep, Mercury, 3731631

  • Image for Annie Lennox

    Annie Lennox Walking On Broken Glass

    Diva, RCA, PD-75326

  • Image for Annie Lennox

    Annie Lennox No More I Love Yous

    Medusa, BMG, 74321-257172

  • Image for Eurythmics

    Eurythmics I Saved The World Today

    Peace, BMG, 74321-695622

  • Image for Annie Lennox

    Annie Lennox Why

    Diva, RCA, PD-75326

  • Image for Eurythmics

    Eurythmics There Must Be An Angel (Playing With My Heart)

    Be Yourself tonight, Music Direct, 67-353

  • Image for ABBA

    ABBA Head Over Heels

    More Abba Gold, POLAR/POLYDOR, 519-353 2

  • Image for Bo Bruce

    Bo Bruce Save Me

    Before I Sleep, Mercury, 3731631

  • Image for Gene Chandler

    Gene Chandler Duke Of Earl

    It's Only Rock N Roll, K-tel, ONCD-5131

  • Alex Jennings talks about his role as Alan Bennett

    Alex Jennings talks about his role as Alan Bennett

    Three times Olivier Award winner Alex Jennings has the kind of successful and varied career that many actors only dream of. In the theatre, on radio, in television and on film. From Bennett to Britten, from My Fair Lady to His Girl Friday, from Lord Mark in The Wings Of The Dove, to Prince Charles in The Queen.
    He’s currently starring in an Alan Bennett double bill - as Alan Bennett – Untold Stories at London’s Duchess Theatre.

    Hymn is a touching half-hour “memoir of music in childhood” directed by Nadia Hall and scored by George Fenton. The short performance is brimmed with instrumental passages stringing together Bennett’s memories of watching concerts in Leeds Hall and of music lessons with his father, a butcher, as a young Bennett notably unsuccessfully attempts to play the violin.

    Cocktail Sticks is a both moving and hilarious adaptation, in typical Bennett style, looking at class and family. It's directed by Nicholas Hytner who’s previous conquests include History Boys and Hamlet. The hour-long play explore's Bennet’s previous memoir, A Life Like Other People’s, revisiting a few themes and conversations from the play. Cocktail Sticks' narrative involves a son recalling memories and regret to his dead father – making for an emotional roller coaster made all the more authentic by Jenning’s blond hair, tweed jacket and specs identical to the original Bennett’s -we had to double take.

    Alex Jennings is at the Duchess Theatre, London until the middle of June.

  • Aaron Eckhart and Gerard Butler talk about Olympus Has Fallen

    Aaron Eckhart and Gerard Butler  talk about Olympus Has Fallen

    Olympus Has Fallen, the new action thriller from director Antoine Fuqua who directed Training Day, is about to hit our cinema screens. When terrorists take down the White House (code name “Olympus”), a disgraced Secret Service agent attempts to rescue the president of the United States. It stars Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart and Morgan Freeman….and Anna Bailey caught up with Gerard and Aaron to find out more about the film…..

    OLYMPUS HAS FALLEN (with Gerard Butler and Aaron Eckhart)is showing at cinemas around the country from 17 April. Certificate 15

  • Robbie Collin talks about latest film releases

    Robbie Collin talks about latest film releases

    The Place Beyond The Pines
    Director: Derek Cianfrance
    Cast: Ryan Goslin, Bradley Cooper, Eva Mendes

    From the producers of the Academy-award nominated film 'Blue Valentine' and directed by Derek Cianfrance comes an epic crime drama exploring the unbreakable bond between fathers and sons. The Place Beyond The Pines follows four men – two generations – as they fight to overcome a legacy of blood.

    A mysterious and mythical motorcycle racer, Luke, (RYAN GOSLING) drives out of a traveling carnival “globe of death” and whizzes through the backstreets of Schenectady, New York— desperately trying to connect with a former lover, Romina, (EVA MENDES) who recently and secretly gave birth to the stunt rider’s son. In an attempt to provide for his new family, Luke quits the carnival life and commits a series of bank robberies aided by his superior riding ability. The stakes rise as Luke is put on a collision course with an ambitious police officer, Avery Cross, (BRADLEY COOPER) looking to quickly move up the ranks in a police department riddled with corruption. The sweeping drama unfolds over fifteen years as the sins of the past haunt the present day lives of two high school boys wrestling with the legacy they’ve inherited. The only refuge is found in the place beyond the pines.

    The Place Beyond The Pines is certificate 15, out now

    Flying Blind
    Director: Katarzyna Kimkiewicz
    Cast: Helen McCrory, Najib Oudghiri, Kenneth Cranham
    Frankie is part of the war-machine, a successful aerospace engineer designing drones for the military. When she meets Kahil, a French-Algerian student, she embarks on a passionate affair and, for the first time in her life, utterly, thrillingly loses control. One morning at work, she’s detained by the security services and told that Kahil is a “person of interest”. She finds that she has crossed a line into a nightmare world of suspicion and accusation. Realising how little she knows of this man, Frankie determines to find out the truth, only to discover to her cost that betrayal always comes from those closest to us.

    Flying Blind is certificate 18, in cinemas now

    The Gatekeepers

    Director: Dror Moreh
    Cast: Avraham Shalom Levy

    Six former heads of Israel's secret service, Shin Bet, give an unprecedented account of their time in office, reflecting on their decisions. This feature length documentary examines the individuals' successes and failure while giving an exclusive insight into the controversy surrounding the aftermath of the Six Day War of 1967.

    The Gatekeepers is certificate 15, in cinemas now

    The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey(DVD & blu-ray):

    Director: Peter Jackson
    Cast: Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Andy Serkis, James Nesbitt, Aiden Turner, Ken Stott, Elijah Wood, Cate Blanchett, Christopher Lee and Ian McKellen

    From Academy Award-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson comes “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” the first of a trilogy of films adapting the enduringly popular masterpiece The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien. The adventure follows the journey of title character Bilbo Baggins, who is swept into an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor from the fearsome dragon Smaug. Approached out of the blue by the wizard Gandalf the Grey, Bilbo finds himself joining a company of thirteen dwarves led by the legendary warrior, Thorin Oakenshield. Their journey will take them into the Wild; through treacherous lands swarming with Goblins and Orcs, deadly Wargs and Sorcerers.

    The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is certificate 12A and out now on DVD and blu-ray.

  • Dorothy Koomson talks about The Rose Petal Beach her latest novel

    Dorothy Koomson talks about The Rose Petal Beach her latest novel

    Dorothy Koomson was born in London, studied in Leeds, moved to Australia and then returned to England. She’s the author of seven novels including the bestseller My Best Friend’s Girl and published in over thirty countries. Her latest book The Rose Petal Beach, ventures into the dark reality of love and just what people are prepared to do for it.

    Dorothy wrote her first novel, the unpublished "There's A Thin Line Between Love And Hate" when she was 13.

    From the age of about ten Dorothy used to stop off at the library on my way home from school and read stories.

    Her books have sold more than a million copies, and have been translated into more than 29 languages and would get to number 2 in the bestseller charts.

    Dorothy is celebrating the tenth anniversary of her first book which set her on her path as a celebrated author.

    The Rose Petal Beach is published in paperback by Quercus and is also available on eBook. It’s out now.

    Dorothy Koomson's home page
  • Annie Lennox and Thomas Magill talk about the exhibitionat The House of Annie Lennox

    Annie Lennox and Thomas Magill talk about the exhibitionat The House of Annie Lennox

    The Scottish National Portrait Gallery in Edinburgh focuses on Annie Lennox with some never before seen material from her thirty years in the public eye.
    The exhibition of Annie’s work as an iconic performer, singer-songwriter, recording artist and political activist traces her unique career from its early beginnings, the exhibition includes The Tourists, Eurythmics, and her solo work through to the present day.
    Thomas Magill talks to Annie.

    The House Of Annie Lennox is at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery until the end of June.

    Thomas also brings the arts news from around the country.

    1.EXHIBITION: Derry/Londonderry – The Shirt Factory

    2.EXHIBITION: Beamish, County Durham – Meccano Annual Exhibition weekend

    3.FILM FESTIVAL: Luton – Spaghetti Western’s Film Festival

    4.PHOTOGRAPHY: Imperial War Museum Duxford, Cambs – Americans in Britain 1942-1945

    5.MUSICAL THEATRE: Royal & Derngate Theatre Northampton – A Midsummer Nights Dream

    6.OPERA: Barbican, London – Sunken Garden

    7.EXHIBITION: Bath – Bath in Fashion

    Scottish National Portrait Gallery
  • Alex Heminsley talks about the latest published books

    Alex Heminsley talks about the latest published books

    Ghana Go Home by Taiye Selasi
    This is the story of a family: torn apart by lies, reunited by grief. A family absolved, ultimately, by that bitter but most tenuous bond: familial love.

    It’s the story of one family, the Sais, whose good life crumbles in an evening; a Ghanaian father, Kwaku Sai, who becomes a highly respected surgeon in the US only to be disillusioned by a grotesque injustice; his Nigerian wife, Fola, the beautiful homemaker abandoned in his wake; their eldest son, Olu, determined to reconstruct the life his father should have had; their twins, seductive Taiwo and acclaimed artist Kehinde, both brilliant but scarred and flailing; their youngest, Sadie, jealously in love with her celebrity best friend. All of them sent reeling on their disparate paths into the world. Until, one day, tragedy spins the Sais in a new direction.

    Ghana Go Home by Taiye Selasi is published by Hamish Hamilton, in shops now

    Delirium by Lauren Oliver
    This is the final instalment in the internationally bestselling Delirium trilogy. Lena can build the walls, but what if there's no one left to take them down? The powerful, heartbreaking conclusion to the series.

    Delirium by Lauren Oliver is published by Hodder, available now.

    Under Your Skin by Sabine Durrant
    Gaby Mortimer is the woman who has it all. But everything changes when she finds a body on the common near her home because the evidence keeps leading back to her and the police seem sure she's guilty...
    Under Your Skin is an unpredictable, exquisitely twisty story, which proves that there are only three rules in life that mean anything:

    Assume nothing. Believe no one. Check everything

    Under Your Skin by Sabine Durrant is published by Mulholland Books, in shops now.

    Heading Out To Wonderful by Robert Goolrick
    It’s the summer of 1948 when a handsome, charismatic stranger, Charlie Beale, back from war in Europe, shows up in the sleepy town of Brownsburg, Virginia. All he has with him are two suitcases: one contains a fine set of butcher knives; the other is full of money. Charlie should have turned around and walked back the other way, for what follows - a passionate and tragic story of a forbidden love affair - will threaten to destroy everything and everyone in its path.
    Told through the eyes of Sam, a young boy in the town whose world is changed forever by the events of that single year, Heading Out to Wonderful is a suspenseful novel of obsession and love gone terribly wrong in a place where such things could happen.

    Heading Out To Wonderful by Robert Goolrick is published by Hutchinson, out now



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