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David Bamber, Jonathan Hyde and Giovanna Fletcher

1 hour, 57 minutes
First broadcast:
Friday 24 May 2013

David Bamber and Jonathan Hyde chat to Claudia about their new play Travels With My Aunt

Giovanna Fletcher drops in with her debut novel Billy And Me

Winner of the Man Booker International Prize Lydia Davis reveals the secret behind her success

We go behind the scenes of British Rock - The Glory Years - at the Lowri in Manchester

Plus Peter Bradshaw is in Cannes and has all the latest film news from the festival; Michael Billington is here with his theatre review; and Thomas Magill is here with this week's arts round-up with the next seven days of arts news from around the country.

Music Played

19 items
  • Image for Mott the Hoople

    Mott the Hoople Roll Away The Stone

    Flares & Velvet Collars The Real Sound Of Glam Rock, DEBUTANTE, 565-477-2

  • Image for Jamie Cullum

    Jamie Cullum Everything You Didn't Do

    Momentum, Universal / Island, B00BTYILQG

  • Image for Gladys Knight & The Pips

    Gladys Knight & The Pips Midnight Train to Georgia

    The Best of Gladys Knight & The Pips, Columbia, 4720-382

  • Image for The Beatles

    The Beatles I Should Have Known Better

    The Beatles - A Hard Day's Night, Parlophone, CDP-746437 2

  • Image for Lady Antebellum

    Lady Antebellum Downtown

    unnamed, Hemisphere, 72438-5927027

  • Image for Kenny Loggins

    Kenny Loggins Footloose

    80s Movie Hits, Universal, *-1

  • Image for Lynyrd Skynyrd

    Lynyrd Skynyrd Sweet Home Alabama

    Skynyrd's Innyrds, MCA, MCAD-42293

  • Image for Taylor Swift

    Taylor Swift Love Story

    Fearless, Mercury, 1795-298

  • Image for Passenger

    Passenger Let her Go

    CD Single, White, 001

  • Image for Shirley Bassey

    Shirley Bassey Big Spender

    Dame Shirley Bassey, LOCK STOCK AND BARREL, CDREF-001

  • Image for The Rolling Stones

    The Rolling Stones (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction

    Forty Licks, VIRGIN, 7243-81337820

  • Image for Bee Gees

    Bee Gees Stayin' Alive

    Saturday Night Fever, POLYDOR, 825-389-2

  • Image for The Beatles

    The Beatles Penny Lane

    The Beatles 1967 1970, PARLOPHONE, CDPSCP-718

  • Image for The Hollies

    The Hollies He Ain't Heavy He's My Brother

    The Air That I Breathe, EMI, 0777 7 8906 9-2 6

  • Image for The Who

    The Who Happy Jack

    A Quick One, POLYDOR, 527758-2

  • Image for Stevie Wonder

    Stevie Wonder He's Misstra Know It All

    Innervisions, TAMLA MOTOWN, 530-035-2

  • Image for The Script

    The Script Millionaires

    #3, phonogenic, 88725415472

  • Image for Kool & The Gang

    Kool & The Gang Celebration

    Kool & The Gang - The Singles Collect, Phonogram, 836 636-2

  • Image for Noah and the Whale

    Noah and the Whale Five Years Time

    Five Years Time, MERCURY, PROMO-001

  • David Bamber and Jonathan Hyde

    David Bamber and Jonathan Hyde

    David Bamber and Jonathan Hyde in Travels With My Aunt playing at the Menier Chocolate Factory until the end of June

  • Lydia Davis

    Lydia Davis
    American Writer Lydia Davis is the recipient of the 2013 Man Booker International Prize
  • Peter Bradshaw

    Peter Bradshaw
    Peter Bradshaw joins us from Cannes
  • Giovanna Fletcher

    Giovanna Fletcher

    Actress and freelance journalist, Giovanna Fletcher is a firm believer in the power of magpies and positive energy.  Her debut novel Billy and Me tells the story of a young girl who is thrust in to the cut-throat world of celebrity after she meets a handsome actor called Billy, who is determined to make it to the very top.

    She is married to Tom Fletcher from McFly

    Billy And Me by Giovanna Fletcher is published by Penguin and available now.

  • My Generation:The Glory Years of British Rock

    Thomas Magill
    Harry Goodwin was resident photographer on Top of The Pops from 1964-1973. Thomas Magill spoke Harry about documenting some of the most important musical stars and performances of this crucial time in rock history

    This exhibition at the Lowry includes almost 60 framed photographs, a film presentation of 140 of Goodwin’s most striking and memorable images, including Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix and The Supremes. It captures the mood and style of the 60s and 70s.
  • Theatre with Michael Billington

    Michael Billington

    1. Relatively Speaking at Wyndham's, London
    A revival of Alan Ayckbourn's play. The plot is a masterpiece of misunderstanding in which a naive young man follows his fiancee to what he thinks is her parents' home. In fact, she's visiting her married lover to tell him she's ending an affair.

    Relatively Speaking is at Wyndham's Theatre, London until August 31

    2. The Hothouse at Trafalgar Studios, London
    Another revival, this time by Harold Pinter. who wrote the play in the late 1950s, stuck it in a drawer and didn't produce until 1980. And it's a black comedy set in a sinister "rest-home" for social dissidents.

    The Hothouse runs at Trafalgar Studios, London until August 3
    3.  These Shining Lives at The Park , Finsbury Park, London
    The Park, a brand new theatre in Finsbury Park, London  has These Shining Lives by  Melanie Marnich as its opening show. A group of women in 1920s Illinois who suffered radium poisoning from painting luminous watch dials.
    These Shining Lives is at The Park in London until June 9.

    4 Tanzi Libre at Southwark Playhouse, London
    The Southwark Playhouse has moved to the Elephant and Castle.and starts off with an updated version of  Trafford Tanzi called Tanzi Libre

    Tanzi Libre is at Southwark Playhouse, London until June 22.
  • The Arts Desk with Thomas Magill

    Thomas Magill
    National Museum, Cardiff:
    Beans On Toast exhibition and an exhibition of the country's many Castles,in watercolours, drawings and prints from artists including Paul Sandby and Richard Girtin - with many on show for the very first time.

    Manchester Art Gallery: Art In The Netherlands

    Bath Music Festival: A variety of concerts and events including a number of master classes for budding composers and singers interested in fine tuning their skills.

    Musical Theatre: Some Like It Hotter, Windmill Theatre, Windsor

    Theatre: Lion Boy, Bristol Old Vic limited run on until the 1st June.

    Dance: Richard Alston’s dance company perform a mixed repertoire at the Barbican



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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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