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Kate Winslet, Sparks, Jenny Uglow on her book about Edward Lear

Kate Winslet on her new film, The Mountain Between Us, and her career; Sparks on new album, Hippopotamus, their first for 10 years; and Jenny Uglow on her biography of Edward Lear.

Kate Winslet's latest film, The Mountain Between Us, is an epic romance shot at 10,000 feet above sea level and at -38 degrees Celsius. The actress talks to
Samira about working with co-star Idris Elba, the legacy of Titanic, and looks forward to making her next film, when she will be working with Woody Allen.

Californian brothers Ron and Russell Mael formed the band Sparks in the early '70s, and their first hit This Town Ain't Big Enough for the Both of Us made them household names in the UK. 23 albums and more than four decades later, the brothers discuss their new album, Hippopotamus, and look back at their early days living in London at the time of power cuts and the three-day week.

Edward Lear is the writer of some of our most loved poetry. The Owl and the Pussycat has been voted the UK's favourite poem many times. Jenny Uglow's new biography, Mr Lear: A Life of Art and Nonsense, explores the life behind the rhymes and reveals a natural history painter, a landscape artist, and only later a somewhat reluctant nonsense poet. A contemporary of Lewis Carroll and a friend to Tennyson and the Pre-Raphaelite brotherhood, should we see him as a product of his time or a romantic rebel?

Presenter: Samira Ahmed
Producer: Julian May.

Available now

30 minutes


  • Kate Winslet

    Duration: 07:22

  • Jenny Uglow on Mr Lear

    Duration: 08:28

  • Sparks

    Duration: 11:27


Ronald (L) and Russell Mael (R)
Photo credit: Jerome Weatherald

Sparks' new album Hippopotamus is available now

Jenny Uglow on Mr Lear

Jenny Uglow on Mr Lear
'There was an Old Man
with a beard...'
Copyright: Edward Lear

Mr Lear: A Life of Art and Nonsense
by Jenny Uglow is available now


Role Contributor
Presenter Samira Ahmed
Interviewed Guest Kate Winslet
Interviewed Guest Ron Mael
Interviewed Guest Russell Mael
Interviewed Guest Jenny Uglow
Producer Julian May




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