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Sting Heads for Broadway

'I describe it as projectile vomiting' - Sting on writing his new album The Last Ship

Sting comes into the studio to sing a song from his new album and (soon-to-be) Broadway musical based on his experience of growing up by the shipyards. Pulitzer prize-winning novelist, Jhumpa Lahiri, reveals the shocking inspiration for her latest book The Lowland. Comedian and actor Billy Crystal owns up to falling asleep in the theatre. Composer Neil Brand describes how one of the greatest writers of 20th Century film scores - Bernard Herrmann - fell out with Hitchcock but went on to write a brooding and beautiful piece for Scorsese. Also, why actress Naomi Watts has an uncomfortable time promoting her latest film Diana, and Nigerian film director Obi Emelonye explains how his hit movie Last Flight to Abuja, paves the way for Nollywood to go global.

Image of Naomi Watts from the film Diana
Photo of Billy Crystal by Anoek De Groot/Getty
Photo of Sting by Samuel Kubani/Getty

50 minutes

Last on

Mon 23 Sep 2013 03:06GMT


  • Billy Crystal

    The actor talks to Leonard Lopate about his life and career

    Duration: 07:38

  • Jhumpa Lahiri

    The Pulitzer prizewinning author talks about her second novel, The Lowland

    Duration: 05:57

  • Neil Brand

    The writer and composer explores the work of the great movie composers

    Duration: 06:02

  • Erich Honecker's Rock and Roll Years

    This week's download choice of Rhonagh O'Donnell

    Duration: 03:21

  • Naomi Watts

    The actress talks to Simon Mayo about taking the title role in Diana

    Duration: 07:08

  • Lizo Mzimba

    Showbiz news including looking forward to the Emmys

    Duration: 02:03

  • Obi Emelonye

    The film director tells Justin Rowlatt how he plans to take Nollywood global

    Duration: 05:03

  • The London Design Festival

    This weekend sees the culmination of the design festival

    Duration: 04:49

  • Sting

    Sting talks to John Wilson about how his autobiographical new album and stage show

    Duration: 07:25

The London Design Festival

The London Design Festival

We hear from Sarah Hyndman about how new sign design in London is reflecting the cultural and economic changes in the city

Here is the music we played in this week's programme:

Here is the music we played in this week's programme:

Pink Floyd – The Narrow Way

Moby – Princess

The Police – When The World Is Running Down You Make The Best of What’s Still Around

Harry Connick Jnr – It Had To Be You

Richard Marvin - Sophie’s Theme

George Tipton – Soap theme

Julius Wechter and the Baja Marimba Band – Rhode Island Red

Bernard Herrmann – Vertigo (Prelude)

Bernard Herrmann – Taxi Driver (Night Piece for Saxaphone and Orchestra)

Nina Hagen – Unbeschrieblich Weiblich

Roy Ayers – He’s Coming

Luke Corradine – Last Flight to Abuja

The Police – King of Pain

Datarock – Princess

Phil Collins – If Leaving Me Is Easy

Jeff Beal – House of Cards theme

Bad Manners – Night Bus to Dalston

Tiger Lou – A Partial Print

The Police – Voices Inside My Head

Sting - The Last Ship


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