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Michael Bond on Paddington, Lloyd Newson, Edward Snowden documentary

Arts news with Kirsty Lang. Michael Bond on Paddington Bear, Lloyd Newson of DV8 on his new work John, and Laura Poitras on Citizenfour, her documentary about Edward Snowden.

Michael Bond, the creator of the much-loved Paddington Bear, joins Kirsty Lang. He'll be talking about writing in Paddington's voice for the first time in a new collection of letters to the bear's Aunt Lucy, Love From Paddington. And he reveals his role in the new Paddington film.

Documentary film maker Laura Poitras discusses Citizenfour, her film about being contacted by the mystery whistle blower who eventually revealed himself as Edward Snowden.

The dance theatre company DV8 premieres a new verbatim dance work, John, at the National Theatre. Artistic Director Lloyd Newson discusses the art of making a dance documentary.

And as pumpkins make their annual appearance, Adam Smith considers how what was once beyond the pale in horror films is now unremarkable.

Presenter: Kirsty Lang
Producer: Sarah Johnson.

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30 minutes



  • Michael Bond on Paddington

    Duration: 08:48

  • Laura Poitras on Edward Snowden

    Duration: 08:02

  • Horror films

    Duration: 04:10

  • Lloyd Newson

    Duration: 07:07

Love From Paddington

Love From Paddington

Love from Paddington, by Michael Bond, illustrated by Peggy Fortnum and R. W. Alley, is published on 6th November by Harper Collins.

Image (above): Kirsty Lang with Michael Bond. Photo by Jerome Weatherald.

Image (left), credit: Felicity McCabe


JOHN, a co-production with DV8 Physical Theatre, runs at the National Theatre in London until 13th January 2015.

Image: Hannes Langolf, © Hugo Glendinning


CITIZENFOUR, directed by Laura Poitras, is out now in UK cinemas, certificate 15.

Image: Edward Snowden and Glenn Greenwald in Hong Kong. Photo courtesy of RADiUS-TWC.


Role Contributor
Presenter Kirsty Lang
Interviewed Guest Michael Bond
Interviewed Guest Laura Poitras
Interviewed Guest Lloyd Newson
Interviewed Guest Adam Smith
Producer Sarah Johnson


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