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Richard Bacon

28/04/2010

Tracy-Ann Oberman on her new Radio 4 drama about Joan Crawford and Bette Davis.

Tracy-Ann Oberman on her new Radio 4 drama about Joan Crawford and Bette Davis plus Jane Turner from Kath and Kim on her new play Holding The Man.

Live coverage of Prime Minister Gordon Brown's return to Rochdale to apologise to Gillian Duffy, a pensioner who he had inadvertantly earlier described as a "bigoted woman".

Featuring Tracey Ann-Oberman on her play about Bette Davis and Joan Crawford, and Kath and Kim actress Jane Turner.

Comedian David Quantick joins Richard for a new feature - What's Irritating You?

Email bacon@bbc.co.uk. Text: 85058 (charged at your standard message rate). Twitter @richardpbacon.

Richard Bacon

10/05/2010

Richard talks to Gordon Smart, Shappi Khorsandi, and asks - do aliens exist?

Richard talks to The Sun's Showbiz Editor Gordon Smart and comedian Shappi Khorsandi. He also has a special Hung Parliament Blind Date and asks do aliens exist?

The Sun's Showbiz Editor Gordon Smart talks to Richard about life in one of the newspaper's most important jobs.

Shappi Khorsandi, star of BBC One's Live at the Apollo and Michael McIntyre's Comedy Roadshow talks to Richard about her national tour and her autobiography A Beginner's Guide To Acting English.

A Hung Parliament Blind Date special featuring former Labour spin doctor Lance Price as Gordon Brown, Conservative blogger Iain Dale as David Cameron and former Liberal Democrat MP Lembit Opik as Nick Clegg. The original 'Our Graham' also stars.

Richard asks do aliens exist? And if they do, should we try and make contact?

Email bacon@bbc.co.uk. Text: 85058 (charged at your standard message rate). Twitter @richardpbacon.

Recycled Radio

Series 1 Money

Recycled Radio explores money, the root of all evil. Or is it?

4 Extra Debut. Recycling The Goons, Ed Balls, Chris Moyles, Robbie Williams, Sue McGregor, an Aesop fable, and more. From 2013.

What connects Ken Clarke, Chris Moyles, and Sue MacGregor, along with Brenda Blethyn, Milton Friedman and The Goons?

The answer is money - courtesy of Recycled Radio.

We've chopped, looped and teased tales as diverse as Aesop's fable about the goose that lay the golden egg to Ian Duncan Smith being asked to live on £53 a week.

There's music from Buddy Ella and the Johnsons, Phoenix, and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. John Major claims that lottery fever will make Britain a better place to live; Melvyn Bragg asks if money is the root of all evil; and the American economist Milton Friedman asks what is greed.

"Of course none of us are greedy," he says, "it's only the other fellow who is greedy."

Producer: Miles Warde

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2013.

Genre

Summer Nights

Series 1 Episode 5: Can We Control Addiction?

When it comes to addiction, Mariella Frostrup asks if we can control ourselves.

What is addiction, does it exist, and is it the same for everyone? Are some of us predisposed to overindulge, be it alcohol, drugs or food? And if there is a genetic explanation, does it mean the individual can evade responsibility? Is addiction a medical or a moral question? Mariella Frostrup asks whether we can control our impulses and how we might go about it.

Presenter: Mariella Frostrup

Producer: Andrea Kennedy

Interviewed guest: Sally Marlow

Interviewed guest: James Nicholls

Interviewed guest: Andrew Samuels

Interviewed guest: Tim Stampey

Interviewed guest: Richard Graham

Interviewed guest: Sam Willets.

Summer Nights

Series 1 Episode 8: What's the Point of an Elite?

Evan Davis asks why our elites are so resilient and what purpose they serve.

Evan Davis asks why our financial and political elites are so resilient and what purpose they serve.

'They caused this' was the common cry against the bankers and the politicians who presided over the crisis of 2008. So have we let our political, financial and cultural elites off the hook? And can we trust those who apparently let us down again. Evan Davis asks who the elite are, how they operate and what, if anything, should be done to check the behaviour of those who continue to enjoy the greatest share of wealth and power in society.

Presenter: Evan Davis

Producer: Ruth Watts

Interviewed guest: Maurice Glasman

Interviewed guest: Fraser Nelson

Interviewed guest: Anthony Seldon

Interviewed guest: Zoe Williams

Interviewed guest: Stacy Hilliard.

I've Never Seen Star Wars

Series 5 Episode 1: Meera Syal

Marcus Brigstocke invites Meera Syal to try new experiences, including watching football.

Marcus Brigstocke invites actress Meera Syal to try new experiences, including watching a football match. From January 2013.

Guests experience new things and give their verdicts to Marcus Brigstocke. It's always fascinating to discover what the guests think of their new experience, but also to find out why they've waited so long to do it. Poet Benjamin Zephaniah had never seen a Bond movie or had a cup of builder's tea - so he'll be discussing his first Bond experience over tea and scones. Meera Syal had never been to a football match. Percussionist Dame Evelyn Glennie had never seen the Olympics Opening Ceremony, despite featuring in it, and she has her first experience of Downton Abbey. Comedian Dave Gorman tries going to a strip club and reads his first Dickens. Perhaps most astonishing of all, actor and comedian Les Dennis swallows his first ever piece of cheese.

Produced by Bill Dare.

Recycled Radio

Series 2 Truth

Gerald Scarfe introduces the radio, recycled. The subject is truth.

Gerald Scarfe with scavenged BBC archive clips rebuilt into something new and unpredictable on the theme of truth. From 2014.

Welcome to the chopped up, looped up, sped up world of Recycled Radio, introduced by cartoonist Gerald Scarfe, on the theme of Truth.

Expect contributions from those who can spot a lie from a mile off, including politicians Tony Blair, Bill Clinton and Michael Howard.

And explore the philosophical meaning of Truth with Nicholas Parsons, Melvyn Bragg and Sandi Toksvig.

Produced in Bristol by Melvin Rickarby.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in August 2014.

We hear from the first rock festival in Kabul in decades

Music festival in Afghanistan, contemporary art and Muslim cinema.

The best of the world's arts, film, music and literature brought to you every day. Presented by Ray Furlong.

Today's programme includes: a music festival in Afghanistan, contemporary art and Muslim cinema.

On today's programme: We Have A Pope, Franciso Diaz Klassen and Dale Chihuly.

On today's programme: We Have A Pope (pictured), Franciso Diaz Klassen and Dale Chihuly.

The best of the world's arts, film, music and literature brought to you every day.

Presented by Lawrence Pollard.

On today's programme: We Have A Pope (pictured), Franciso Diaz Klassen and Dale Chihuly.

Martin Scorsese's new film Hugo, the story of an orphan boy and an elderly toymaker

We review Martin Scorsese's first 3D film, the story of an orphan boy and an enigmatic elderly toymaker.

The best of the world's arts, film, music and literature brought to you every day.

Presented by Kirsty Lang.

On today's programme: Hugo, the Jameel Prize and the Guadalajara Book Fair.

Alexa Dvorson reports on this year's Berlin International Film Festival.

Berlin International Film Festival, Herman Chong, Oscar-nominated film A Separation.

The best of the world's arts, film, music and literature brought to you every day.

Today's programme includes a report by Alexa Dvorson from the Berlin on all the stand-out moments from this year's Festival.

Singaporean artist and writer, Heman Chong proposes his city is the ideal example of the way capitalism projects itself as a symbol of our own imagined futures.

Continuing our look at the foreign films nominated at this year's Oscars, satirist Peyvand Khorsandi explores why the film A Separation, speaks to Iranians at home and abroad.

Presented by Harriett Gilbert

Produced by Kate Adair

We continue discovering this year's Oscar-nominated foreign films; Today In Darkness.

We continue discovering the year's Oscar-nominated foreign films. Today In Darkness which tells of Leopold Socha, a sewer worker in Poland who shelters Jews from the Nazis during World War II.

The best of the world's arts, film, music and literature brought to you every day.

Presented by Anna McNamee.

On today's programme: In Darkness, The Foundling and The Death of Klinghoffer.

The best of the world's arts, film, music and literature brought to you every day.

On the eve of the presidential election, the new wave of challenging Russian film and tv.

On the eve of Russia's presidential election we look at the new wave of film and television challenging what some call Putin's managed democracy.

The best of the world's arts, film, music and literature brought to you every day. Presented by Sarfraz Manzoor.

On today's programme: Russian Television and John Lanchester.

Michael Dean talks to Morecambe & Wise about their career in comedy. (1966)

First transmitted in 1966, Michael Dean talks to comedians Morecambe & Wise, as well as the actor Tommy Steele; while Joan Bakewell talks to ballerina Nadia Nerina.

First transmitted in 1966, Michael Dean talks to Morecambe & Wise about their comedy act; world renowned ballerina Nadia Nerina talks to Joan Bakewell about her work; and Michael Dean talks to British actor Tommy Steele about his developing film acting career.

Peru's popular TV talent show, Yo Soy!

Peru's popular TV talent show, Yo Soy!, is where contestants compete to best imitate their musical heroes. We hear from one of the favourites who sounds like a famous late frontman from Seattle.

The best of the world's arts, film, music and literature brought to you every day.

Presented by Anna McNamee.

On today's programme: Yo Soy!, Angolan Art and Susheela Rahman.

We talk to French-Romanian director Radu Mihailéanu about his latest film, the Source.

The best of the world's arts, film, music and literature brought to you every day. The Source, Turkish theatre uproar, "Duck" Dunn remembered

The best of the world's arts, film, music and literature brought to you every day.

Presented by Harriet Gilbert.

In today's programme Turkish theatre uproar and French-Romanian director Radu Mihailéanu on his latest film, the Source. Plus we remember the pioneering US bass-player "Duck" Dunn

The best of the world's arts, film, music and literature brought to you every day.

The best of the world's arts, film, music and literature brought to you every day.

Presented by Mark Coles.

Baaba Maal

The Senegalese singer (pictured) talks about curating a special month long festival at London's South Bank Centre. Called Africa Utopia, it celebrates the work of African artists.

Inua Ellams

The self described word and graphic artist talks about the various projects he's involved in for Africa Utopia - a festival at London's South Bank, and also about being a BT Storyteller - one of many who will tell the story of the London Olympics.

Nuruddin Farah

As Crossbones his fact-packed thriller about Somalia comes out one of Africa's most listened-to voices talks pirates, his hatred of fear and questions he wants answered.

Robben Island Bible

For the men held on South Africa's infamous prison island in the days of apartheid, reading matter was rationed to religious texts only, but they managed to smuggle in a complete works of Shakespeare. A new play tells that story.

Toumani Diabate

Malian kora musician Toumani Diabate talks about his latest Brazilian collaboration with Arnaldo Antunes and Edgard Scandurra.

We Face Forward

A festival of West African art and music is taking over the British City of Manchester for the summer. Artists Emeka Ogboh, Pascale Marthine Tayou and Barthélémy Toguo and curator Maria Balshaw talk to the BBC's Ekene Akalawu.

Joshua Marston joins us to talk about his film, The Forgiveness of Blood.

The Forgiveness of Blood, Changing Hands, Calypso Rose.

The best of the world's arts, film, music and literature brought to you every day.

Presented by Anna McNamee.

Today's programme includes: The Forgiveness of Blood, Changing Hands, Calypso Rose.

Photo shows Tristan Halilaj in The Forgiveness of Blood

Courtesy of Soda Pictures

Slovenia releases its most expensive film ever - a Roma romance called Shanghai Gypsy.

Shanghai Gypsy, The Nine Eyes of Google Street View, Jose Hernando Arias Noguera.

The best of the world's arts, film, music and literature brought to you every day.

Presented by Harriett Gilbert.

On today's progamme: Slovenia's most expensive film ever, Shanghai Gypsy. The Nine Eyes of Google Street View. Colombian accordionist Jose Hernando Arias Noguera.

Image: Shanghai Gypsy

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