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Maxine Peake and Sarah Frankcom, Mike Bullen on Cold Feet, Neon art, Star Trek at 50

Maxine Peake and Sarah Frankcom on their approach to A Streetcar Named Desire, Mike Bullen on reviving Cold Feet, neon art at the Grundy Art Gallery, Star Trek at 50.

The creative partnership shared by the actor Maxine Peake and the director Sarah Frankcom has been running for over a decade. As their production of A Streetcar Named Desire prepares to open at the Royal Exchange in Manchester, they discuss how that partnership has helped them bring Tennessee Williams' celebrated play to life.

Artificial light has played an important part in Blackpool's history as a seaside resort, so it's fitting that with the start of the town's famous Illuminations, the Grundy Art Gallery in Blackpool is now presenting the UK's biggest survey of neon art. Curator Richard Parry, and cultural historian Professor Vanessa Toulmin join Samira for a discussion to shed light upon neon.

Cold Feet returns to our TV screens this week. Its creator Mike Bullen explains why 13 years on, this was the moment to revisit the Manchester-based couples and what the new series has in store.

8th September 2016 marks 50 years since the drama series Star Trek made its first appearance on American network television. To celebrate this landmark, author and critic Kim Newman analyses how the show's distinctive sound effects came to be synonymous with the way the soundscape of space was represented on screen.

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30 minutes


  • A Streetcar Named Desire

    Maxine Peake & Sarah Frankcom have teamed up for Tennessee Williams' most famous play

    Duration: 10:48

  • Cold Feet

    Writer Mike Bullen explains why he's decided to revive the Manchester based drama

    Duration: 06:50

  • Neon: The Charged Line

    The Grundy Art Gallery is now presenting the UK's biggest exhibition of neon art

    Duration: 06:08

  • Star Trek's Sound

    How the sound effects of Star Trek influenced the soundscape of sci-fi in film and tv

    Duration: 03:48

A Streetcar Named Desire

A Streetcar Named Desire

A Streetcar Named Desire is on at the Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester, from the 8th September until15th October

Photograph shows Maxine Peake as Blanche Dubois and Sharon Duncan-Brewster as Stella Kowalski.

Image credit: Manuel Harlan 

Mike Bullen on the new series of Cold Feet

Mike Bullen on the new series of Cold Feet

Cold Feet starts tonight on ITV1 at 9pm

NEON: The Charged Line

NEON: The Charged Line

Neon: The Charged Line is on at the Grundy Art Gallery in Blackpool until 7 January 2017

Image shows Neon (1965) by Joseph Kosuth.

Photograph by Marc Domage



Role Contributor
Presenter Samira Ahmed
Producer Ekene Akalawu
Interviewed Guest Maxine Peake
Interviewed Guest Sarah Frankcom
Interviewed Guest Richard Parry
Interviewed Guest Vanessa Toulmin
Interviewed Guest Mike Bullen
Interviewed Guest Kim Newman




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