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Sarah Hall, Antony Sher, Fatherhood, Beethoven's 9th Symphony

Sarah Hall on new short story collection Madame Fox, Sir Antony Sher on his Queer Icon, contemporary depictions of fatherhood, and Beethoven's 9th at G20.

Sarah Hall's short story Mrs Fox won her the BBC National Short Story Award. Now it forms part of her new collection of short stories, Madame Zero, and she talks to John Wilson about depicting extraordinary transformations and where human behaviour meets the animal.

For our Queer Icons series, actor Sir Antony Sher chooses the play and film Torch Song Trilogy by Harvey Fierstein, which tells the story of a New York drag queen's search for love and a family.

As Fatherland, a play exploring relationships between fathers and sons, premieres at the Manchester International Festival, Front Row invites filmmaker Josh Appignanesi and Jeremy Davies of the Fatherhood Institute to discuss contemporary portrayals of fatherhood.

And as world leaders at G20 settle down to a performance of Beethoven's 9th Symphony conducted by Kent Nagano in Hamburg tonight, Tom Service talks about what he thinks is the most dangerous piece of music ever composed.

Presenter: John Wilson
Producer: Sarah Johnson.

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30 minutes


  • Beethoven's Ninth Symphony

    Duration: 06:06

  • Sarah Hall

    Duration: 08:03

  • Fatherhood discussion

    Duration: 07:08

  • Sir Antony Sher

    Duration: 05:20

Beethoven's 9th Symphony

Beethoven's 9th Symphony

Kent Nagano conducts the Hamburg Philharmonic State Orchestra in a performance of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony at the G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany.


Image: Kent Nagano

Image credit:Felix Broede

Sarah Hall

Sarah Hall

Sarah Hall's book of short stories, Madame Zero, is out now in paperback.


Main image above and image to the right: Sarah Hall

Images credit: Richard Thwaites



Fatherland, part of the Manchester International Festival is on at the Royal Exchange, Manchester until 22 July 2017.


Image: The Fatherland cast

Image credit: Manuel Harlan

Antony Sher's Queer Icon

Antony Sher's Queer Icon

Actor Sir Antony Sher picked Torch Song Trilogy as his Queer Icon.

The 1988 film of Torch Song Trilogy, starring Harvey Fierstein, Matthew Broderick and Anne Bancroft is available on DVD.

Image: Sir Antony Sher

Image credit: Eamonn McCabe


Role Contributor
Presenter John Wilson
Interviewed Guest Sarah Hall
Interviewed Guest Antony Sher
Interviewed Guest Josh Appignanesi
Interviewed Guest Jeremy Davies
Interviewed Guest Tom Service
Producer Sarah Johnson




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