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John Singer Sargent, Daniel Handler, Reading France, Filming by Candlelight

With Kirsty Lang. AN Wilson reviews an exhibition of John Singer Sargent's work, Daniel Handler discusses his novel We Are Pirates, and the challenges of filming by candlelight.

John Singer Sargent was one of the most celebrated artists of his generation known for painting portraits of his circle of friends including Henry James, Robert Louis Stevenson and Claude Monet. AN Wilson reviews a new exhibition of Sargent's work at the National Portrait Gallery.

Lemony Snicket author Daniel Handler discusses his new novel We Are Pirates.

With scenes shot entirely by candlelight in the BBC TV adaptation of Wolf Hall, its Director of Photography Gavin Finney discusses the challenges he faced, and Dr Farah Karim-Cooper, Chair of the Globe Theatre's architectural research group, reflects on the opportunities and limitations she faces in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse which is lit entirely by candles.

As part of Radio 4's Reading Europe Season, Damian Barr finds out the latest French publishing news from three industry insiders, and hears about the thriving independent book shop scene, thanks to the policy of fixed price books.

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30 minutes

Chapters

  • John Singer Sargent

    Duration: 05:02

  • Daniel Handler

    Duration: 06:22

  • Filming by candlelight

    Duration: 06:44

  • Reading Europe - France

    Duration: 09:23

John Singer Sargent at the National Portrait Gallery

John Singer Sargent at the National Portrait Gallery

Sargent: Portraits of Artists and Friends is on at the National Portrait Gallery from 12 February until 25 May.

Image: Édouard and Marie-Louise Pailleron by John Singer Sargent, 1881
© Des Moines Art Center, Des Moines, Iowa


Daniel Handler

Daniel Handler

Daniel Handler’s We Are Pirates is available from 12 February


Reading Europe - France

Reading Europe - France

Reading Europe – France: Three Strong Women by Marie NDiaye continues on BBC Radio 4 on Sunday at 3pm.

Photo: L-R Fabrice Piault – from Livres Hebdo, Damian Barr – Front Row Presenter, Olivia de Dieuleveult – Director of Literature at Flammarion publishers, Antoine Oury editor in chief at ActuaLitté  Books website and magazine  


Filming by candlelight

Filming by candlelight

Wolf Hall continues tonight on BBC 2


Credits

Role Contributor
Presenter Kirsty Lang
Reporter AN Wilson
Interviewed Guest Daniel Handler
Interviewed Guest Gavin Finney
Interviewed Guest Farah Karim-Cooper
Reporter Damian Barr
Producer Jerome Weatherald

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