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Adrian Lester and Deborah Kermode, Frog Stone, Kim Stanley Robinson

Adrian Lester and Deborah Kermode on arts funding cuts; actress and writer Frog Stone discusses her new comedy Bucket; Kim Stanley Robinson on his latest novel, New York 2140.

As councils across the UK struggle to meet the pressure on their budgets, art organisations have had to take their share of cuts. So how are they bringing their creative minds to the issue? The mac birmingham, an arts centre with close links to the local community, has had a 70% cut to its council funding. Its chief executive and artistic director, Deborah Kermode, is joined by actor and mac alumni Adrian Lester to discuss the issue.

Actress and writer Frog Stone discusses her new comedy Bucket, in which she stars alongside Miriam Margolyes. Exploring the relationship between a free spirited mother and her reserved daughter from a proudly female viewpoint, Frog Stone explains why she wanted to explore the minutiae of female relationships.

Kim Stanley Robinson's latest novel, New York 2140, imagines the city 40 years after it has been completely flooded, when every street is a canal, every skyscraper an island. The bestselling sci-fi author, whose works include the Mars trilogy, discusses with Samira his fascination with environmental issues and exploring alternative futures.

Presenter: Samira Ahmed
Producer: Jack Soper.

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30 minutes


  • Adrian Lester and Deborah Kermode

    Duration: 07:34

  • Frog Stone

    Duration: 06:38

  • Kim Stanley Robinson

    Duration: 08:19

  • Shama Rahman

    Duration: 05:16

Adrian Lester and Deborah Kermode

Adrian Lester and Deborah Kermode
Deborah Kermode
Mac Birmingham

Main image: Adrian Lester
Photo credit: VALERY HACHE/AFP/Getty Images

Frog Stone

Frog Stone
Miriam Margolyes and Frog Stone in Bucket
Bucket starts 13 April on BBC Four at 10 pm 

Photo credit: BBC/Company Television Ltd

Kim Stanley Robinson

Kim Stanley Robinson
Kim Stanley Robinson

Kim Stanley Robinson's book New York 2140 is out now

Shama Rahman

Shama Rahman
Shama Rahman
Photo credit: Eugene Kaspersky

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Role Contributor
Interviewed Guest Deborah Kermode
Interviewed Guest Adrian Lester
Interviewed Guest Frog Stone
Interviewed Guest Kim Robinson
Presenter Samira Ahmed
Producer Jack Soper




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