Image for 19/03/2012

Play now 55 mins


55 minutes
First broadcast:
Monday 19 March 2012

The best of the world's arts, film, music and literature brought to you every day. Presented by Harriett Gilbert

Shakespeare's First Folio
A book big enough to stop a musket ball; its literary value is priceless, its monetary value vast. Eric Rasmussen has a mission to find and document every edition in existence.

Video Game as Art?
Last year the US Supreme Court declared VG a new art form. This weekend the Smithsonian Museum of Art in Washington underscores that decision by hosting an exhibition of games past, present and future.

Bodies On The Line
A discussion with the 3 writers commissioned to produce new stories for the World Service which will be airing on The Strand at the beginning of the next 3 weeks. The writers of the Future Anatomies stories are the British authors Naomi Alderman and Joe Dunthorne - and Claire Vaye Watkins from USA.

Pan-Asian Film Festival
Ice Hockey in Ladakh, India is the subject of "One More", a new film by Shivajee Chandrabhushan. We discuss with Sumantro Ghose.

Man Asian Literary Prize
For the first time a woman has won the thirty-thousand-US-dollar award.South Korean Kyung-Sook Shin her novel "Please Look After Mother".

Weya Art
Weya Art is named after the rural village where it began 30 years ago in a women's cooperative but now a new exhibition is being shown at Zimbabwe's National Gallery.

The Strand on Shakespeare: Globe to Globe
As part of The Strand's Shakespeare season we talk to Tom Bird, director of Globe to Globe - 37 Shakespeare plays being staged in London by theatre companies from all over the world, in the company's own language.

Shakespeare: Henry VI in Serbia
Serbia's National Theatre joins forces with theatres in Albania and Macedonia to perform the three Henry VI plays - renamed for London's Globe to Globe Shakespeare season as The Balkan Trilogy. Snežana Ćurčić reports.

Ibrahim Maalouf
The turmpeter Ibrahim Maalouf mixes classical jazz with Arabic influences and his new album Diagnostic draws on the music - from Cuba to Michael Jackson to Led Zep - that's influenced him.



  1. Image for World Book Club

    World Book Club

    From Alice Walker to Chinua Achebe, the world's greatest authors discuss their best known novel.…

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.

Added. Check out your playlist Dismiss