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Icelandic pianist Víkingur Ólafsson plays live from Reykjavik

Icleandic pianist Víkingur Ólafsson; Jo Hartley on TV drama In My Skin; musician and activist Mik Scarlet; tribute to Polish composer and conductor Krzysztof Penderecki

Icelandic pianist Víkingur Ólafsson has a new album, Debussy – Rameau, exploring the music of two very different but complementary composers. He plays live from Reykjavik, exclusively for Front Row.

Actor Jo Hartley - best known for her roles in Shane Meadows' This is England series - discusses her new TV drama, In My Skin, which is coming to BBC Three. It's the story of a Welsh teenager - Bethan - who is dealing with mental illness, friendships and her sexuality. Her mother Trina - played by Hartley - has bipolar disorder and is sectioned in a psychiatric ward but Bethan is doing all she can to hide her mother's condition from her friends and the school authorities. The part is based on the personal experiences of Welsh writer Kayleigh Llewellyn.

Musician Mik Scarlet gives his Disabled Person’s Guide to Surviving (and Thriving) in Lockdown. He passes on his top tips and argues that, although on screen disabled people are often portrayed as weak and needing help, there is a lot the able-bodied can learn from this community who are more familiar with enforced time spent at home.

The death of Polish composer Krzysztof Penderecki has been announced. Music critic and Radio 3 presenter Tom Service considers what it was about his music, which sounded uncompromisingly modern, that also appealed to people who felt they wouldn't normally enjoy modern classical music.

Presenter: Samira Ahmed
Producer: Oliver Jones

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Víkingur Ólafsson

Víkingur Ólafsson
Víkingur Ólafsson's album Debussy-Rameau is out now. 
Image: Ari Magg

In My Skin

In My Skin
In My Skin is on BBC 3 and iPlayer, and is also broadcast on BBC1 starting this Wednesday 1 April at 10.45pm

Mik Scarlet

Mik Scarlet
Mik Scarlet is a broadcaster, musician and inclusion consultant.

Krzysztof Penderecki

Krzysztof Penderecki
Krzysztof Eugeniusz Penderecki, 1933 - 2020

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