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Kim Newman, Jim Ennis and Jessica Cohen

1 hour, 57 minutes
First broadcast:
Friday 27 September 2013

Claudia's joined by the comedy vocal group, Fascinating Aida and meets the horror author, Kim Newman to chat about his new Anno Dracula novel. Anna Bailey interviews Jane Horrocks and Dexter Fletcher about their new Proclaimers-inspired movie, Sunshine on Leith. Plus, the latest theatre and arts reviews for the next seven days.

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  • Image for Fascinating Aïda

    Fascinating Aïda claudia jingle 1

  • Image for Fascinating Aïda

    Fascinating Aïda Cheap Flights

  • Image for Cyndi Lauper

    Cyndi Lauper Girls Just Wanna Have Fun

    Twelve Deadly Cyns (And Then Some), EPIC, EPC-4773632

  • Image for ABBA

    ABBA If It Wasn't For The Nights

    Voulez Vous, POLYDOR, 821-320-2

  • Image for Passenger

    Passenger Holes

    All The Little Lights, Nettwerk Music Group, B00BCD2P2U

  • Image for Carlos Santana

    Carlos Santana Do You Like the Way

    Artist: Cee-Lo Green Artist: Lauryn Hill

    Supernatural, ARISTA, 88697424372

  • Image for The Proclaimers

    The Proclaimers These Arms Of Mine

    Single, NA, NA

  • Image for Cast of Sunshine on Leith film

    Cast of Sunshine on Leith film Over And Done With

  • Image for Cast of Sunshine of Leith film

    Cast of Sunshine of Leith film I'm Gonna Be

  • Image for Dave Stewart

    Dave Stewart Every Single Night

    Artist: Martina McBride

    Lucky Numbers, Weapons of Mass Entertainment, WME 001 CD

  • Image for Queen

    Queen I'm In Love With My Car

    A Night At The Opera, EMI, CDP-746207 2

  • Image for Roxy Music

    Roxy Music The Space Between

    The Complete Studio Recordings, VIRGIN, CDBOX 18

  • Image for Katy Perry

    Katy Perry Roar

    Roar, EASY KARAOKE, 130751AU

  • Image for Dorothy Moore

    Dorothy Moore Ain't That A Mother's Luck

    Misty Blue: The Definitive Anthology, Smith& Co.Sound & Vision, SCCD 1035

  • Image for Arcade Fire

    Arcade Fire Reflektor

    Reflektor, Mercury Records, NA

  • Image for Status Quo

    Status Quo Go Go Go

    Bula Quo, Fourth Chord, QUO CD 007

  • Image for Catatonia

    Catatonia Godspeed

    Paper Scissors Stone, Warner Music Uk Ltd, n/a-n/a

  • Fascinating Aida join us ahead of their UK tour

    Fascinating Aida

    Fascinating Aida formed 30 years ago and are about to head out on nationwide tour which begins on Wednesday 2nd October and runs until next April.




  • Author Kim Newman reads from his latest novel, Johnny Alucard

    Kim Newman and Claudia

    In Kim Newman's award-winning Anno Dracula series of books, Dracula rises to power in Britain and from there, vampires become increasingly common and dominant in society, while also being present at major events from the past. The latest instalment is called Johnny Alucard and Kim reads from it. 

    Johnny Alucard is out now, published by Titan Books.

  • Sunshine on Leith star Jane Horrocks and director Dexter Fletcher talk to Anna Bailey

    Jane Horrocks

    Sunshine on Leith is the latest musical film to hit our cinemas.  It features the songs of Craig and Charlie Reid - The Proclaimers and tells the story of a modern day family living in Leith in Scotland.   Jane Horrocks and Peter Mullan star in the film which is directed by Dexter Fletcher.

    Sunshine on Leith  opens across cinemas this weekend.

  • Helen O'Hara reviews the latest films

    Helen O'Hara


    Director: Denis Villeneuve
    Cast: Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Viola Davis

    When Keller Dover's daughter and her friend go missing, he takes matters into his own hands and the pressure mounts. How far will this desperate father go to protect his family?

    Prisoners  on general release now


    Director: Jerusha Hess
    Cast: Keri Russell, JJ Feild, Jennifer Coolidge

    Obsessed with Pride and Prejudice, a woman travels to a Jane Austen theme park in search for her perfect gentleman.

    Austenland is on general release now


    Director: Woody Allen
    Cast: Cate Blanchett, Alec Baldwin, Peter Sarsgaard

    A New York socialite, deeply troubled and in denial, arrives in San Francisco to impose upon her sister. She looks a million, but isn't bringing money, peace, or love...

    Blue Jasmine is out now


    4. Byzantium

    Director: Neil Jordan
    Cast: Saoirse Ronan, Gemma Arterton, Sam Riley

    Residents of a coastal town learn, with deathly consequences, the secret shared by the two mysterious women who have sought shelter at a local resort.

    Byzantium  is on DVD and Blu ray


  • Earthfall's Jim Ennis and Jessica Cohen talk about Chelsea Hotel

    Jim Ennis, Jessica Cohen and Claudia

    New York’s Chelsea Hotel was once the heart of bohemian louche decadence.Dance Company Earthfall are celebrating the events from the icnonic hotel via the medium of theatrical dance .

    The Chelsea Hotel by Earthfall will tour England and Wales from the 1st October until the 5th December.

  • Thomas Magill goes behind the scenes of Rodelinda at the Scottish Opera

    Sarah Power as Rodelinda

    George Frideric Handel  is better known for Messiah and Water Music but he actually wrote over forty Baroque operas, oratorios, anthems and organ concertos including Rinaldo and Semele over a career that lasted almost forty years.

    Scottish Opera is bringing one of his most successful works, Rodelinda to life for the very first time in their history - and taking it on the road to venues

    Thomas Magill joined the cast as they rehearsed in Glasgow ahead of the 16 date tour and spoke to its director Chris Rolls, Sarah Power who plays Rodelinda and Music director and harpsichordist Susanna Wapshott about what audiences can expect.

    Photograph of Sarah Power courtesy of  K  K Dundas

    Scottish Opera’s Rodelinda is on tour now until November 2nd

    Handel's Rodelinda

  • Michael Billington reviews latest Theatre productiions

    Michael Billington and Claudia Winkleman

    1. A Midsummer Night's Dream

    This is the fourth production in Michael Grandage's current West End season and stars Sheridan Smith as both Titania, the Queen of the Faeries, and Hippolyta while David Walliams plays Bottom.

    A Midsummer Night's Dream runs at the Noel Coward Theatre until November 16.

    2. The Herd

    Rory Kinnear is not only a brilliant Iago in the current National Theatre Othello. He's also written his first play which is all about a family gathering to celebrate the 21st birthday of the severely disabled Andy. We never get to see Andy but we do see the tensions within the family.

    The Herd runs at the Bush, London until October 26.


    3. Another Country

    This is a revival of a play by Julian Mitchell, first seen in 1981, that launched the careers of Rupert Everett and Kenneth Branagh. It's set in a boys' public school in the 1930s and and shows how the feeling of being outsiders leads two of the characters into eventually betraying their country.

    Another Country runs at the Minerva, Chichester until October 19


    4. Routes

    A new play by the Birmingham-born Rachel De-lahay that deals with the hot topic of immigration. It focuses on six characters, aged from 15 to 28, and their experience of what it is like to be an exile from their home country and living in Britain.

    Routes runs at the Royal Court's Theatre Upstairs, London until October 12.

  • Thomas Magill brings latest Arts news

    Thomas Magill

    LITERATURE  The Children's Bath Literature Festival features illustrators, film makers, cartoonists, comedians and authors Michael Rosen, Dave McKean, Caroline Lawrence and Charlie Higson.   Tom Fletcher and Dougie Poynter from McFly to talk about their second children's book "The Dinosaur the Pooped a Planet"


    THEATRE  Time for the Good Looking Boy is the name of the latest play to open at the New Wolsey Theatre in Ipswich on Wednesday for a  3 night run.  It's all about coming of age and putting your feet into the real world for the first time - and it comes complete with an original rap soundtrack. 

    Also worth noting if you're in Suffolk tomorrow evening you may want to catch the last night of "A Clockwork Orange" - 50 years on from Anthony Burgess's horrific book was published - incredible it still remains popular


    VISUAL ART  Abandon All Devices - the three day festival, now in its third year; moves to Liverpool,  looks at new cinema,  attracting  anyone from academics to people looking to do somehing completely different.  It takes place at a variety of venues across the city and includes a mix of screenings, installations, online projects, and exhibitions - all designed to stimulate debate.


    EXHIBITION   Defining Me: Musical Adventures opens tomorrow.at the Lowry in Manchester until the end of February Through photography, posters, old ticket stubs and video footage, the exhibition explores the rich musical history of the city and charts its significance in the wider arts and cultural scene in the North West and beyond.


    EXHIBITION The British Museum's latest exhibition "Sex & Pleasure in Japanese Art". opens on Thursday and runs until the first week in January.  It's the first show of its kind here in the UK and looks at what's been described as funny, tender, beautiful and accomplished works of art by Japanese masters who apparently produced thousands of sexually explicit works of art over hundreds of years.  




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