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FRIDAY 17 OCTOBER

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BALL OF FIRE
Francine Stock looks back at the extraordinary life of comedian Lucille Ball with Stefan Kanfer, author of Ball of Fire: The Tumultuous Life and Comic Art of Lucille Ball and comedy writer and performer, Mel Giedroyc.

Ball of Fire: The Tumultuous Life and Comic Art of Lucille Ball by Stefan Kefner, Faber and Faber, ISBN 0571220304

Related website:
BBC Comedy - Lucille Ball

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MAGDALENA KOZENA
Francine meets one of the rising stars of classical music, the Czech mezzo soparano, Magdalena Kozena, who talks about 'trouser' roles, the rise of the mezzo and the challenge of singing in French.

French Arias with Madalena Kozena is available on the Deutsche Gramophon label. Magadelena Kozena sings in Gluck's Paride ed Elena with the Gabrieli consort, at the Barbican on Tuesday 21 October

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PORNOGRAPHY - THE MUSICAL
Tibor Fischer whose latest novel Voyage To The End of The Room is set partly in the sex clubs of Barcelona, reviews Pornography: The Musical, Channel 4's operetta about the sex industry.

Pornography: The Musical, Channel 4, 21 October at 10.40pm

Voyage To The End of The Room by Tibor Fischer, Chatto and Windus, ISBN 0701173335


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TURNER PRIZE NOMINEE:
GRAYSON PERRY

In the second of Front Row's profiles of this year's Turner Prize nominees, John Wilson reports on the work of Grayson Perry, best known for his garishly painted ceramic pottery.

The Turner Prize exhibition, Tate Britain from 29 October 2003 to 18 January 2004. The winner will be announced on 7 December.

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