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Vinyl, A Bigger Splash, Margaret Forster, Louis Andriessen, Theatre at the V&A

With John Wilson, including reviews of new HBO series Vinyl and film A Bigger Splash, Melvyn Bragg remembers Margaret Forster, and composer Louis Andriessen on his life in music.

Vinyl is an upcoming HBO tv drama created by Mick Jagger and Martin Scorsese, starring Bobby Cannavale as a music executive in late 1970s New York who hustles to make a career out of the city's diverse music scene.

Staying with the world of record production, Tilda Swinton plays a rock star recovering from surgery on an Italian island in the new film A Bigger Splash from director Luca Guadagnino. The film is a remake of La Piscine (1969) and also stars Ralph Fiennes. Antonia Quirke and Boyd Hilton review the two productions.

Melvyn Bragg remembers his fellow Cumbrian writer Margaret Forster, who died today.

Theatre designers Tom Piper and Bob Crowley take us around the Curtain Up! exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum and offer some insight into what happens behind the scenes - from designing costumes, manufacturing props and building stage sets.

Louis Andriessen is one of the world's leading composers and this week the Barbican is holding a series of concerts and events to celebrate six decades of his music. He discusses his life in music with John.

Presenter John Wilson
Producer Dymphna Flynn.

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30 minutes


  • Reviews of Vinyl and A Bigger Splash

    Duration: 09:37

  • Margaret Forster

    Duration: 05:17

  • Curtain Up at the V&A

    Duration: 06:41

  • Louis Andriessen

    Duration: 07:01

A Bigger Splash (15)

A Bigger Splash (15)
In cinemas across the UK from 12 February


On Sky Atlantic from Monday 15th February at 9 pm

Curtain Up: Celebrating 40 Years of Theatre in London and New York

Curtain Up: Celebrating 40 Years of Theatre in London and New York

At the Victoria and Albert Museum, London until 31 August 2016


Image credit: John Owen Jones (The Phantom) as Red Death in ‘Masquerade’.

Photograph by Catherine Ashmore

Louis Andriessen

Louis Andriessen

Andriessen: M is for Man, Music & Mystery at The Barbican, London from 9 February


La Passione will be broadcast on Radio 3 live at 7.30 pm on Tuesday 9 February.  The UK premiere of Andreissen’s new orchestral work Mysterien will be on Radio 3 on Saturday 13 Feb at 10pm. 

Image credit: Louis Andriessen (c) Francesca Patella


Role Contributor
Presenter John Wilson
Interviewed Guest Antonia Quirke
Interviewed Guest Boyd Hilton
Interviewed Guest Melvyn Bragg
Interviewed Guest Tom Piper
Interviewed Guest Bob Crowley
Interviewed Guest Louis Andriessen
Producer Dymphna Flynn




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