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George RR Martin

55 minutes
First broadcast:
Sunday 24 August 2014

George RR Martin, writer of the Song of Ice and Fire series – televised as A Game of Thrones - talks about Tolkein.

Pakistani Pop Sensation Ali Zafar, “Sexiest Asian Man on the Planet”, according to Eastern Eye, tells us about dealing with fame.

At the movies we talk about sex addition with Jacqueline Bisset in her latest film with Gerard Depardieu, Welcome to New York. film critic Owen Gleiberman discusses how US indie films are responding to the dominance of films made for teenagers.

Actress Robin Wright tells us about her new film The Congress, directed by Waltz with Bashir’s Ari Folman.

Grammy-Nominated Chinese musician Wu Man plays the ‘Pipa’, a 2000-year old Chinese lute.

Irish author John Banville, aka crime writer Benjamin Black, takes a tour of the foggy streets, smoke-filled bars and genteel hotel tea rooms of 1950s Dublin.

And from Benin, new music from the group Jomion and the Uklos.

Producer: Simon Pitts

Photo montage: George RR Martin at Edinburgh Book Festival; Ali Zafar (photo credit: STRDEL/AFP/Getty Images); Robin Wright (Photo credit: Ben A. Pruchnie/Getty Images for BFI)

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Presenter Nikki Bedi

Nikki Bedi

Nikki curates, writes and presents The Arts Hour. Find out about her other work.


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