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Sir Michael Parkinson, Wonder, A Christmas Carol

Sir Michael Parkinson reveals his choice for a CD of the American Songbook, Lisa Hammond reviews Wonder and a look at three adaptations of A Christmas Carol playing in UK theatres.

Sir Michael Parkinson discusses his love of jazz and big-band music, and the choices he made for a collection of his favourite songs: Our Kind of Music: The Great American Songbook. He also reflects on his years spent interviewing the showbiz A list.

Hull is rounding off its year as UK City of Culture with a new adaptation of 'A Christmas Carol' by Deborah McAndrew who sets it in the port. The Royal Shakespeare Company has a new version by David Edgar, who adapted their world-famous 'Nicholas Nickelby', and The Old Vic has one, too, by Jack Thorne, famous for writing the stage version of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. Front Row gathers all three to discuss the enduring appeal of Dickens's story, and how to make it new.

R J Palacio's award-winning book, Wonder, about a young boy with facial differences, has just been made into a film starring Julia Roberts, Owen Wilson and Jacob Tremblay. Lisa Hammond reviews.

Presenter: Stig Abell
Producer: Rebecca Armstrong.

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30 minutes

Chapters

  • Sir Michael Parkinson

    Duration: 09:11

  • A Christmas Carol

    Duration: 09:16

  • Wonder

    Duration: 09:16

Sir Michael Parkinson

Sir Michael Parkinson
Sir Michael Parkinson

Our Kind of Music: The Great American Songbook is out now

A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol
Rhys Ifans, Christopher Wright and Nicholas Bishop

Photo credit: Manuel Harlan (l and r), Hull Truck Theatre (centre)

A Christmas Carol
is on at the Old Vic, London until 20 Jan

At Hull Truck Theatre until 6 Jan

And at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre until 4 Feb

Wonder

Wonder
Jacob Tremblay and Julia Roberts

Photo Credit: Lionsgate

Wonder is on general release from Fri 1 Dec, cert PG

In today's programme, our reviewer Lisa Hammond recommends a TED talk by comedian Stella Young 

In 'I'm not your inspiration, thank you very much', Young takes on the notion of 'inspiration porn'

Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize

Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize
Kim Moore
Photo credit: Adrian Pope

Kim Moore has won this year's Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize

Her poetry collection, The Art of Falling, is available now

Credits

Role Contributor
Presenter Stig Abell
Interviewed Guest Michael Parkinson
Interviewed Guest Gillian Clarke
Interviewed Guest Kim Moore
Interviewed Guest Deborah McAndrew
Interviewed Guest David Edgar
Interviewed Guest Jack Thorne
Interviewed Guest Lisa Hammond
Producer Rebecca Armstrong

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