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Alison Balsom, To Walk Invisible, Beautiful books, Flying on stage

Trumpeter Alison Balsom; review of Sally Wainwright's Brontë TV drama To Walk Invisible; pick of beautiful books for Christmas; behind-the-scenes at the aerial action at Peter Pan.

On her latest album Jubilo, Alison Balsom plays two incarnations of the trumpet: the natural trumpet - ascendant during the Baroque period of the 17th and 18th centuries - and the 19th century creation that is the modern trumpet. She discusses the appeal of both instruments and what they've brought to the album.

Screenwriter Sally Wainwright made her name with award-winning contemporary dramas such as Happy Valley and Last Tango in Halifax. She's now written and directed her first period TV drama, To Walk Invisible, an exploration of the lives of the Brontës during the tumultuous years when the four siblings - Charlotte, Branwell, Emily, and Anne - were at home with their father Patrick. Critic and historian Kathryn Hughes reviews.

The big show for Christmas at the National Theatre this year is Peter Pan which features a lot of aerial action. Front Row goes behind-the-scenes to find out how the flying is done.

Still looking for a last-minute Christmas gift? Danuta Kean makes her selection this year's 'beautiful books'.

Presenter John Wilson
Producer Jerome Weatherald.

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30 minutes

Chapters

  • To Walk Invisible

    Duration: 05:50

  • Alison Balsom

    Duration: 07:04

  • Beautiful Books

    Duration: 07:04

  • Peter Pan

    Duration: 06:17

Alison Balsom

Alison Balsom
Alison Balsom's cd Jubilo is out now

To Walk Invisible

To Walk Invisible
Finn Atkins, Chloe Pirrie and Charlie Murphy

To Walk Invisible is on BBC One on Thurs 29 December at 9 pm 

Flying on Stage

Flying on Stage
Peter Pan is on at the National Theatre until 4 February

Beautiful Books

Bitten By Witch Fever: Wallpaper & Arsenic in the Victorian Home - by Lucinda Hawksley

Meetings with Remarkable Manuscripts - by Christopher de Hamel

The Long, Long Life of Trees - by Fiona Stafford

The Voynich Manuscript - Edited by Raymond Clemens


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Role Contributor
Interviewed Guest Alison Balsom
Interviewed Guest Kathryn Hughes
Interviewed Guest Danuta Kean
Presenter John Wilson
Producer Jerome Weatherald

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