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Francis Bacon and Henry Moore, women on stage, Wilkie Collins, Artificial Intelligence

45 minutes
First broadcast:
Monday 09 September 2013

Matthew Sweet reviews a new exhibition at the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford called 'Flesh and Bone', which brings together 20 works by Francis Bacon and 40 by Henry Moore, exploring the influences and experiences they shared.

Actor Diana Quick, playwright Jessica Swale and theatre critic Susannah Clapp discuss the way the changing role of women has been reflected in the theatre over the last one hundred years.

In the field of artificial intelligence, 50 years of trying to evolve theories of human behaviour and language in order to create intelligent computers have been rendered redundant by simply crunching vast amounts of data. It is now easier, and cheaper, to predict than to explain - and the world, our world, is changing as a result. Professor Nello Cristianini explains to Matthew why imagining Hal was wrong and The Prisoner may have been right.

And the founding father of Victorian sensation-fiction, Wilkie Collins, gets a new biography. Author Andrew Lycett talks to Matthew about a man whose life, like his writing, was full of secrets and dedicated to exploring reality as feeling.

All on Night Waves this evening on Radio 3.


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Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes
  • Women on stage

    A discussion on the changing role of women, as reflected in the theatre

  • Francis Bacon and Henry Moore

    Art critic Bill Feaver reviews the Ashmolean Museum's exhibition of the two artists

  • Wilkie Collins

    Andrew Lycett discusses the founding father of Victorian sensation-fiction, Wilkie Collins

  • Artificial Intelligence

    Professor Nello Cristianini discusses the shifts in the field of Artificial Intelligence

  • Francis Bacon and Henry Moore

    The exhibition Francis Bacon / Henry Moore: Flesh and Bone is on display at the University of Oxford's Ashmolean Museum from 12th September to 19th January 2014.

  • Women on stage

    Drama on 3 presents three classic plays that responded to the growing freedom of women at the turn of the twentieth century: 
    Votes for Women, by Elizabeth Robins, will be broadcast on BBC Radio 3, Sunday 15th September, at 8.30pm. 
    - The Father, by August Strindberg, will be broadcast on Sunday 22nd September.
    You Never Can Tell, by George Bernard Shaw, will be broadcast on Sunday 29th September.

    Jessica Swale's debut play Blue Stockings is on at Shakespeare's Globe theatre in London until 11th October.
  • Wilkie Collins

    Wilkie Collins: A Life of Sensation, by Andrew Lycett, is published by Hutchinson on 12th September.


Matthew Sweet


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