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Bob Geldof on WB Yeats, The Fifty Shades phenomenon, Julian Rowlands & the Santiago Quartet

Arts news, interviews and reviews, presented by Stig Abell. Musician Bob Geldof talks about A Fanatic Heart, his feature-length documentary about Irish poet WB Yeats.

Musician and campaigner Bob Geldof discusses A Fanatic Heart, his feature length documentary about poet W B Yeats. He explains how he came to love the poetry of Yeats and why he considers the Nobel prize-winning poet to be one of the founders of modern Ireland.

As Fifty Shades Freed, the third and final instalment of the Fifty Shades franchise is released in cinemas this week, literary critic Alex Clark and Clare Binns, director of programming and acquisitions for Picturehouse Cinemas discuss the cultural impact of the Fifty Shades phenomenon.

The bandoneon is a traditional Argentinian squeezebox and a key component in tango music. Virtuoso Julian Rowlands performs on the instrument alongside the Santiago Quartet and gives Stig Abell a lesson in how to play it.

Presenter: Stig Abell
Producer: Edwina Pitman.

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30 minutes


  • Bob Geldof on WB Yeats

    Duration: 09:38

  • The Fifty Shades phenomenon

    Duration: 08:27

  • Julian Rowlands and The Santiago Quartet

    Duration: 08:40

Bob Geldof on WB Yeats

Bob Geldof on WB Yeats

A Fanatic Heart: Bob Geldof on WB Yeats is out on DVD on 19 February 2018.

BBC Arts has a video with extended versions of 10 of the stars from the DVD reciting Yeats' work.


Main image above, and image to the left: Bob Geldof

The Fifty Shades Phenomenon

The Fifty Shades Phenomenon

Fifty Shades Freed (Certificate 18) is in UK cinemas now.

Image: Dakota Johnson (Anastasia Steele) and Jamie Dornan (Christian Grey) in the Fifty Shades series

Image credit: Universal Pictures

Julian Rowlands & The Santiago Quartet

Julian Rowlands & The Santiago Quartet

Julian Rowlands and The Santiago Quartet's album, Language of the Heart is released on 09 March 2018.

They will be performing music from the album at the Guildford Spring Music Festival on 20 March 2018, accompanied by two tango dancers.

Image: the Santiago Quartet with Julian Rowlands (2nd from the Right), and with dancers Richard Manuel and Paula Duarte.

Image credit: Nick Rutter


Role Contributor
Presenter Stig Abell
Interviewed Guest Alex Clark
Interviewed Guest Clare Binns
Interviewed Guest Julian Rowlands
Producer Edwina Pitman




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