Texts and music about fame and celebrity, with readings by Imogen Stubbs and Michael Maloney. Includes Rita Dove, Pasternak and John Clare, plus Handel, Tavener and Sondheim.
Poetry and music on the theme of fame and celebrity, read by Imogen Stubbs and Michael Maloney.
This week's programme looks at the value - or cost - of fame. Can recognition itself bring happiness? What happens when the soft caress of the camera is replaced by the harsh gaze of the paparazzi? Why do so many yearn for their 'fifteen minutes of fame'? And how differently do we view those who have earned their celebrity status through great achievements in life rather than in the film studio?
Writing by Rita Dove, Boris Pasternak, John Clare, Geoffrey Hill, Charles Simic and Emily Dickinson is accompanied by the music of Handel, John Tavener, Stephen Sondheim and Michael Jackson.
Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes
Fame is a Fickle Food, read by Imogen Stubbs
Idle Fame, read by Michael Maloney
On Crowds and Power, read by Imogen Stubbs
Painkillers, read by Michael Maloney
It is not seemly to be famous, read by Imogen Stubbs
Hattie McDaniel Arrives at the Coconut Grove
Cameo Appearance, read by Michael Maloney
The Death of Marilyn Monroe, read by Imogen Stubbs