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Front Row

Tom Hollander, Emma Donoghue, Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FM

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With John Wilson

Tom Hollander on playing The Reverend Adam Smallbone as television sitcom Rev returns to our screens for a third series.

Emma Donoghue talks about 'Frog Music', her first novel since 'Room', and in a stark departure, her new book is set in 1876 in San Francisco, in the middle of a stifling heat wave and smallpox epidemic. Based on real events, the story opens with the murder of the eccentric Jenny Bonet, frog catcher and wearer of "mens' clothes" at a time when such a thing was illegal. Emma Donoghue tells John Wilson how the idea she first had 15 years ago, has finally come to fruition, and how she came to draw the conclusion that detectives at the time didn't.

The latest addition to the Marvel Comics film franchise is Captain America: The Winter Soldier, which sees Scarlett Johansson and Robert Redford take their part in the superhero battle between good and evil. Novelist Naomi Alderman reviews.

To mark Radio 4's forthcoming Character Invasion - when fictional characters will be taking over the network - Front Row asked five of Britain's leading actors to talk about their experience of playing an iconic character. To start us off, Dame Harriet Walter describes her experience of playing Lady Macbeth in a celebrated production of the play by the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1999.

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Contributors

Presenter:
John Wilson
Interviewed Guest:
Tom Hollander
Interviewed Guest:
Emma Donoghue
Interviewed Guest:
Naomi Alderman
Interviewed Guest:
Harriet Walter

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