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Juliet Stevenson, Basquiat, Tony Blackburn, NSSA shortlisted Jenni Fagan

Juliet Stevenson in Arthur Kopit's Wings; Ekow Eshun on Jean-Michel Basquiat; Tony Blackburn looks back as Radio 1 turns 50; and Jenni Fagan on the BBC National Short Story Award.

Last time they worked together director Natalie Abrahami buried Juliet Stevenson up to her neck in Samuel Beckett's play Happy Days. In their new collaboration, Stevenson spends almost the entire evening flying about above the stage, for her role as a stuntwoman who suffers a stroke. Juliet Stevenson and Natalie Abrahami talk to Samira Ahmed about staging Arthur Kopit's Wings.

The New York street artist Jean-Michel Basquiat, who died at the age of 27 in 1988, is the subject of a comprehensive new exhibition at the Barbican in London. The writer and former director of the ICA, Ekow Eshun, considers whether Basquiat was really 'one of the most significant painters of the 20th century', as the show claims.

As Radio 1 prepares to celebrate its 50th birthday later this month, Tony Blackburn - the 24-year-old who launched the station in 1967 - looks back at the landscape of the time and how pop music changed radio for good.

And the final shortlisted author for the BBC National Short Story Award, Jenni Fagan, talks about her story The Waken, an evocative tale of transformation and death set in the Scottish islands.

Presenter: Samira Ahmed
Producer: Sarah Johnson.

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30 minutes


  • Basquiat

    Duration: 04:52

  • Juliet Stevenson

    Duration: 06:55

  • Tony Blackburn

    Duration: 10:03

  • NSSA shortlisted Jenni Fagan

    Duration: 05:37

Juliet Stevenson

Juliet Stevenson

Wings, starring Juliet Stevenson and directed by Natalie Abrahami, is at The Young Vic, London until 04 November 2017.


Main image above: Juliet Stevenson

Image credit: Johan Persson

Image to the left: Juliet Stevenson with Natalie Abrahami (centre) and Samira Ahmed


The Jean-Michel Basquiat: Boom for Real exhibition is at The Barbican Art Gallery, London  until 28 January 2018.


Tony Blackburn

Tony Blackburn

BBC Radio 1 Vintage, a 3-day digital radio station to mark Radio 1’s 50th birthday starts on 30 September 2017 at 6.00 am.


Image:  Tony Blackburn in a Radio 1 studio during his programme 'Daily Disc Delivery' on 30 September 1967, the day the station opened.


NSSA shortlisted Jenni Fagan

NSSA shortlisted Jenni Fagan

The Waken, Jenni Fagan's short story is one of the 5 finalists in the  BBC National Short Story Award 2017.

 The Waken, read by Joanna Vanderham, is broadcast on Radio 4 at 1530 on 22 September 2017, and can be found on  the BBC iPlayer and is also available as a podcast, along with the other 4 stories on the NSSA shortlist.

Image: Jenni Fagan


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