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Wes Anderson's Isle of Dogs, Sporting theme tunes, National poetry competition winner, AJ Pearce

Arts news, interviews and reviews. Wes Anderson on his film, Isle of Dogs, set on a trash island in Japan. Plus how do you write a classic sporting theme tune?

Wes Anderson discusses his film Isle of Dogs, including working with stop-motion animation and drawing inspiration from Studio Ghibli director Miyazaki for the Japanese setting for the film.

What makes a great sports theme tune? As the 2018 Formula 1 season kicks off with a specially composed anthem, we speak to its composer Brian Tyler and consider the essential components of an iconic sports theme tunes with former BBC sport correspondent Adrian Warner.

Seven publishers were in a bidding war to secure AJ Pearce's debut novel Dear Mrs Bird. The author comes in to talk about the book in which a young woman dreams of becoming a lady war correspondent during the Blitz but instead is employed as the assistant to a formidable agony aunt at a failing women's magazine.

The winner of the National Poetry Competition is announced this evening, we hear from the winning poet, who will read one of their poems.

Presenter: Kirsty Lang
Producer: Hannah Robins.

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30 minutes


  • Wes Anderson's Isle of Dogs

    Duration: 08:10

  • Sporting theme tunes

    Duration: 09:17

  • AJ Pearce

    Duration: 08:36

  • National Poetry Competition winner

    Duration: 01:15

Wes Anderson's Isle of Dogs

Wes Anderson's Isle of Dogs

Wes Andersons's animated film Isle of Dogs opens in UK cinemas on 30 March 2018, certificate PG.


Main image above: a still from the film Isle of Dogs

Image to the left: Director Wes Anderson (Centre) with 2 of the Isle of Dogs' voice stars: Greta Gerwig (Left) and Tilda Swinton (Right)

Images credit: Twentieth Centruy Fox

See some of the sets and puppets used in the filming of Isle of Dogs in a free exhibition at The Store X, 180 the Strand, LondonĀ until 05 April 2018.

Sporting theme tunes

Sporting theme tunes

Image: Film composer Brian Tyler conducting

Image credit: Joanna Kozek

National Poetry Competition

National Poetry Competition

Dom Bury is the winner of The Poetry Society's National Poetry Competition 2017

Image: Dom Bury

AJ Pearce

AJ Pearce

AJ Pearce's book Dear Mrs Bird is out on 05 April 2018 in hardback, ebook and audio formats.

Image: AJ Pearce

Image credit: Alex James


Role Contributor
Presenter Kirsty Lang
Interviewed Guest Wes Anderson
Interviewed Guest Brian Tyler
Interviewed Guest Adrian Warner
Interviewed Guest AJ Pearce
Producer Hannah Robins




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