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Elizabeth McGovern; Jamie Lloyd; Poets Laureate

BBC Radio 4
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Arts news with John Wilson, including three poets laureate and a review of The Widower.

Three poets laureate on reflecting nations in verse; Elizabeth McGovern on songwriting; The Widower starring Reece Shearsmith reviewed; director Jamie Lloyd on Urinetown.

With John Wilson.

The poets laureate of the UK, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and Ireland will share a stage for the first time this Friday. All the poets laureate are women - and this has never happened before in the history of the laureateships. Carol Ann Duffy, Gillian Clarke and Liz Lochhead discuss their roles as national poets and talk about reflecting a nation in verse.

Reece Shearsmith (Psychoville, The League Of Gentlemen) swaps surreal dark comedy for factual drama in The Widower. Based on the crimes of convicted murderer, Malcolm Webster, the three part series charts the events that led to a charming male nurse systematically attempting to murder more than one wife. Chris Dunkley reviews.

Elizabeth McGovern discusses performing with her band, Sadie And The Hotheads. Best-known for playing Cora, the Countess of Grantham, on Downton Abbey, McGovern currently switches between filming Downton Abbey in the day, and performing on stage with The Hotheads at night. She talks about song-writing and how everyday experiences have inspired her songs.

Director Jamie Lloyd talks to John on the set of his latest musical. With The Commitments already in London's West End, Jamie discusses taking on the oddly titled and unexpected Broadway hit, Urinetown. He also talks about his fast-paced and sometimes bloody style, working with Harold Pinter, and plans to bring the film Back To The Future to the stage.

Producer: Rebecca Nicholson.

Credits

Presenter
John Wilson
Interviewed Guest
Carol Ann Duffy
Interviewed Guest
Gillian Clarke
Interviewed Guest
Liz Lochhead
Interviewed Guest
Chris Dunkley
Interviewed Guest
Elizabeth McGovern
Interviewed Guest
Jamie Lloyd
Producer
Rebecca Nicholson

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Screen Goddesses

BBC Four
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59 minutes Available for 18 days First broadcast:
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Film about female movie stars such as Garbo, Dietrich, Hayworth, Crawford and Monroe.

Documentary about the early female movie stars: Greta Garbo, Marlene Dietrich, Rita Hayworth, Marilyn Monroe - immortal goddesses made by Hollywood to reign over the silver screen.

Documentary about the early female movie stars: Greta Garbo, Marlene Dietrich, Rita Hayworth, Marilyn Monroe - immortal goddesses made by Hollywood to reign over the silver screen.

With the beginnings of Hollywood, the star system was born with an archetypal bad girl - the vampish Theda Bara - and the good girl - the blazingly sincere Lillian Gish. From the 1920s, vivacious Clara Bow and seductive siren Louise Brooks are most remembered, but none made the impact of Marlene Dietrich, an icon of mystery, or Greta Garbo, with her perfect features and gloomy introspection.

From the power of Joan Crawford and Bette Davis to the seductiveness of Rita Hayworth and Ava Gardner, Hollywood studios produced their own brand of beautiful, sassy and confident women. But it wasn't to last. The era drew to a close with the supreme fame of Elizabeth Taylor and the tragic death of Marilyn Monroe.

Narrated by Elizabeth McGovern.

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Narrator
Elizabeth McGovern
Editor
Alex Jones
Series Editor
Anthony Wall

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