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Front Row

15/06/2009

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FM

Available for over a year

Arts news and reviews.

Comedian Sue Perkins and food critic Giles Coren are returning for a new series of Supersizers, the programme which sees the twosome trying out the culinary offerings of the past. John Wilson talks to them about everything from 1980s pop tarts to the Roman delicacy of pig's uterus.

New scientific research has proven, for the first time, that the statues and friezes of the Parthenon were painted in a variety of colours, rather than left as pristine white marble. John Wilson is shown how infrared light has helped reveal tiny traces of pigment on the British Museum's Parthenon Marbles, which were controversially removed by the Earl of Elgin two centuries ago.

Telstar is Nick Moran's feature film directorial debut and tells the story of maverick 1960s record producer Joe Meek, who enjoyed huge success with Telstar (the biggest selling record of its time) and whose life later descended into tragedy through drug addiction and mental illness. Music journalist David Hepworth reviews the film.

Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum in Glasgow has been nominated for the 'Museum of the Year' award by the Art Fund Prize for the second time. John Wilson reports from The Centre Of New Enlightenment (TCONE), an interactive programme in which children are sent on a series of missions around the museum, collecting data and responding to artefacts. Show less

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