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Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones; Renee Fleming; Billie Whitelaw remembered

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Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones on The Theory of Everything.

Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones on The Theory of Everything, soprano Renee Fleming on her new album, Billie Whitelaw remembered, and the dark side of Christmas films.

Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones talk to John Wilson about their new film The Theory of Everything about the physicist Stephen Hawking; soprano Renée Fleming on her new album Christmas in New York; Billie Whitelaw remembered by former theatre critic Benedict Nightingale; and Adam Smith considers the dark side of Christmas films.

Producer Jerome Weatherald.

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Presenter
John Wilson
Interviewed Guest
Eddie Redmayne
Interviewed Guest
Felicity Jones
Interviewed Guest
Renee Fleming
Interviewed Guest
Adam Smith
Interviewed Guest
Benedict Nightingale
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Jerome Weatherald

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Museum of the Year 2013

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John Wilson has news of the winner of the Museum of the Year prize, live from the ceremony

John Wilson has news of the winner of the Museum of the Year prize, as he presents the programme live from the ceremony at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

John Wilson has news of the winner of the £100 000 Art Fund Prize for Museum of the Year, as he presents the programme live from the ceremony at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

The 10 contenders are:

BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead

Beaney House of Art and Knowledge, Canterbury

Dulwich Picture Gallery, London

The Hepworth Wakefield, Wakefield

Horniman Museum & Gardens, London

Kelvingrove Museum and Art Gallery, Glasgow

Museum of Archaeology & Anthropology, Cambridge

Narberth Museum, Pembrokeshire

Preston Park Museum, Stockton-on-Tees

William Morris Gallery, London

John hears from each of the museums in the running, as well as speaking to the judges of the Prize, including Stephen Deuchar of the Art Fund, Bettany Hughes, Sarah Crompton and artist Bob and Roberta Smith.

Maria Miller, Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, discusses the current role of museums, and Ian Hislop will announce the winning museum live on the programme.

Producer Ella-mai Robey.

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John Wilson
Editor
John Goudie
Producer
Ella-mai Robey

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Trevor Nunn, Natasha Walter, Jake Bugg

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John Wilson talks to director Trevor Nunn about A Midsummer Night's Dream.

John Wilson talks to director Sir Trevor Nunn about A Midsummer Night's Dream. Plus singer-songwriter Jake Bugg and novelist Natasha Walter.

John Wilson talks to Sir Trevor Nunn, as he returns to his hometown of Ipswich to direct A Midsummer Night's Dream. With this new production Nunn will have directed all of Shakespeare's 37 plays.

Singer-songwriter Jake Bugg talks about his third album, On My One, and plays his new song The Love We're Hoping For live in the studio.

Natasha Walter, known for her non-fiction books The New Feminism and Living Dolls, discusses her first novel, A Quiet Life, inspired by the wife of Cambridge spy Donald Maclean.

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John Wilson
Producer
Timothy Prosser
Interviewed Guest
Trevor Nunn
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Jake Bugg
Interviewed Guest
Natasha Walter

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Sylvie Guillem

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The acclaimed ballet and contemporary dancer Sylvie Guillem reflects on her long career.

The acclaimed ballet and contemporary dancer Sylvie Guillem reflects on her career, which spans almost 35 years, and tells John Wilson about her final programme of work.

The acclaimed ballet and contemporary dancer Sylvie Guillem reflects on her career spanning almost 35 years and tells John Wilson about her final programme of work.

Producer: Jack Soper.

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John Wilson
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Sylvie Guillem
Producer
Jack Soper

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Brighton Festival, Laurie Anderson on the poetry of Lou Reed, Cannes Film Festival

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Brighton Festival, Laurie Anderson and the poetry of Lou Reed, News from Cannes.

Laurie Anderson and the poetry of Lou Reed, events from the Brighton Festival including Three Score Dance, Morag Myerscough and the art of Corita Kent, plus film news from Cannes.

Film critic Jason Solomons reports from Cannes on the big films, rising stars and talking points at this year's festival.

In 1970 Lou Reed not only left The Velvet Underground but he decided poetry was his vocation. In 1971 he gave a reading at St Mark's church in New York which was recorded. 'Do Angels Need Haircuts?' is a slim volume of Reed's early poems that draws on this recording and other archive material. The artist Laurie Anderson, who was married to Reed and is curating his legacy, talks to John Wilson about Reed's writing life.

As the three-week Brighton Festival reaches its half-way point, John visits the coast to try his hand at life drawing in Guest Director David Shrigley's project Life Model II. He meets the members of Three Score Dance who are performing work by Pina Bausch on the seafront and travels to the Ditchling Museum of Art and Craft to meet artist Morag Myerscough and discover the art of former Los Angeles nun and activist Corita Kent.

Presenter: John Wilson

Producer: Caroline Donne.

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Presenter
John Wilson
Interviewed Guest
Jason Solomons
Interviewed Guest
Laurie Anderson
Interviewed Guest
Three Score Dance
Interviewed Guest
Morag Myerscough
Producer
Caroline Donne

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Armando Iannucci on the Death of Stalin, Kwame Kwei-Armah directs Ibsen's Lady from the Sea

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Armando Iannucci's Death of Stalin, Kwame Kwei-Armah directs Ibsen's Lady from the Sea.

Armando Iannucci's new film The Death of Stalin, Kwame Kwei-Armah and Elinor Cook on Ibsen's The Lady From the Sea, controversial form 696 for venues and Sean Hughes remembered.

Armando Iannucci, writer of The Thick of It, discusses his new film satire The Death of Stalin and his love of classical music as explored in his book, Hear Me Out.

Kwame Kwei-Armah has been running the Center Stage Theater in Baltimore and in February will take over the Young Vic in London. Meanwhile he's directing The Lady From the Sea, in a new version by Elinor Cook that transports Ibsen's Scandi drama of a woman's tussle for her independence to the Caribbean. John Wilson finds out why, and what Kwei-Armah has up his sleeve for his new job.

Form 696 is a risk assessment form which the Metropolitan Police requests promoters and licensees of events complete and submit 14 days in advance of hosting some music events. When the form was first introduced in 2005 it proved controversial as it asked for details of audience ethnicity and, although this wasamended later, critics still say the form is discriminatory because grime and urban music artists are disproportionately affected.

As London Mayor Sadiq Khan asks the Met to review the form, and a new report on the state of grime music in the UK is published, we discuss Form 696 and its impact on the grassroots music scene with the Director for the Black Music Research Unit at the University of Westminster, Mykaell Riley and music journalist Hattie Collins.

And we remember the actor and comedian Sean Hughes whose death was announced on Monday.

Presenter : John Wilson

Producer : Dymphna Flynn.

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John Wilson
Interviewed Guest
Armando Iannucci
Interviewed Guest
Kwame Kwei-Armah
Interviewed Guest
Mykaell Riley
Producer
Dymphna Flynn

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Armistead Maupin, Viviana Durante on Sir Kenneth MacMillan, Mining Art Gallery

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Armistead Maupin's memoir, Logical Family; choreographer Sir Kenneth MacMillan's legacy.

Arts news, interviews and reviews. Armistead Maupin's memoir, Logical Family; choreographer Sir Kenneth MacMillan's legacy; the new Mining Art Gallery.

Tales of The City writer Armistead Maupin discusses his new memoir Logical Family, which details his early life in an ultra-conservative family in the deep South, serving in Vietnam, and his move to San Francisco, the city with which he is most associated.

On the 25th anniversary of the death of choreographer Sir Kenneth MacMillan, Viviana Durante, former principal ballerina of the Royal Ballet, and dance critic Debra Craine discuss the legacy of the man whose work is currently being celebrated at the Royal Opera House.

The UK's first gallery dedicated to mining art has just opened in Bishop Auckland in County Durham. The Mining Art Gallery celebrates the 'pitmen painters' - the miners who also made art. David Maddan, Chief Executive of the Auckland Project, as well as two local mining art collectors, Dr Robert McManners and Gillian Wales who have donated their entire collection, discuss the project. And local artist and former miner Bob Olly gives a guided tour.

Presenter: John Wilson

Producer: Edwina Pitman.

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Presenter
John Wilson
Interviewed Guest
Armistead Maupin
Interviewed Guest
Viviana Durante
Interviewed Guest
Debra Craine
Interviewed Guest
David Maddan
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Robert McManners
Interviewed Guest
Bob Olly
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Edwina Pitman

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Annette Bening, Music managers, Drama podcast review

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Annette Bening discusses Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool, co-starring Jamie Bell.

Annette Bening on Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool; the changing role of the music manager; and John Naughton with his pick of the best drama and readings podcasts.

Annette Bening discusses her role as Oscar-winning actress Gloria Grahame in Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool, the story of the real-life romance between Grahame and a struggling young actor from Liverpool.

As the Music Managers Forum celebrates 25 years with its annual Artist and Manager Awards tomorrow, John looks at what makes a good music manager and how the role has changed since the '60s - with Ed Sheeran's manager Stuart Camp, Regine Moylett and Niamh Byrne who look after Gorillaz and Blur, and Wham!'s manager Simon Napier-Bell. We also hear from musicians Emeli Sandé and Sir Paul McCartney.

Tracks is an award-winning podcast from Radio 4 drama. Pete Naughton reviews the second series of the conspiracy thriller and considers the wider landscape of drama and readings podcasts.

Presenter John Wilson

Producer Jerome Weatherald.

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Presenter
John Wilson
Interviewed Guest
Annette Bening
Interviewed Guest
Stuart Camp
Interviewed Guest
Regine Moylett
Interviewed Guest
Niamh Byrne
Interviewed Guest
Simon Napier-Bell
Interviewed Guest
Emeli Sande
Interviewed Guest
Paul McCartney
Interviewed Guest
Pete Naughton
Producer
Jerome Weatherald

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Incredible Women: Series 6 Episode 2

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Rebecca and Jeremy Front's docudrama celebrating Dame Cicely Leyland's 100th birthday.

John Wilson praises Dame Cicely Leyland's Hitchcock years in Rebecca and Jeremy Front's docudrama celebrating one of our most enduring actresses as her 100th birthday approaches.

Meet the living legend, actress Dame Cicely Leyland as she approaches her 100th birthday! All this week Rebecca Front and Jeremy Front bring you a fun-packed retrospective of her life on stage, TV and the big screen. From her roots in Variety, through her early radio comedy days, to appearances in the Beatles film 'Gear!' And more recently in Harry Potter.

But there's one card Cicely is playing close to her chest as her big birthday approaches. Will Jeremy Front uncover it in time?

In today's programme reporter Jeremy Front Interviews Dame Cissy in a Jacuzzi after her over-80s aqua-robics class, he accompanies her to Pinewood Studios for a mysterious meeting and he experiences, first-hand, the power of Dr Theatre's tonic. We also hear from Front Row's John Wilson about Cissy's performance in the Hitchcock film The Informer, while she was still a teenager.

Starring Rebecca Front, Jeremy Front, Sam Spiro, Jon Culshaw and John Wilson.

Written by Jeremy Front.

Produced by Claire Jones.

This is a BBC Studios production.

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The Front Row Cultural quiz

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Front Row tests knowledge of 2016's cultural events.

Front Row tests knowledge of 2016's cultural events. With quiz master John Wilson are Boyd Hilton, Ekow Eshun, Charlotte Higgins and Rhianna Dhillon.

Tonight's Front Row tests how much you've been paying attention to cultural events this year.

With quiz master John Wilson is Boyd Hilton, the film and TV editor of Heat magazine, writer and broadcaster Ekow Eshun, Charlotte Higgins, who is the chief culture writer of the Guardian, and film critic Rhianna Dhillon. So can you beat their score?

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Presenter
John Wilson
Panellist
Boyd Hilton
Panellist
Ekow Eshun
Panellist
Charlotte Higgins
Panellist
Rhianna Dhillon

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Made in Hull: UK City of Culture 2017

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John Wilson reports from Hull as it prepares to launch as UK City of Culture 2017.

A year-long celebration of arts and culture is about to begin in Hull when it becomes UK City of Culture 2017. John Wilson reports from the city on the banks of the Humber.

One Man, Two Guvnors playwright Richard Bean, artist Spencer Tunick and film-maker Sean McAllister are some of the leading contributors to Hull UK City of Culture 2017.

John Wilson reports from the city on the banks of the Humber in the East Riding of Yorkshire on its year-long festival of arts and culture which is about to begin, and discovers that urban regeneration linked to cultural investment and its new status as UK City of Culture is already well underway.

Presenter John Wilson

Producer Jerome Weatherald.

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John Wilson
Producer
Jerome Weatherald

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Paddy Considine, Gemma Bodinetz, Integrated Casting

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Paddy Considine on Journeyman, Gemma Bodinetz on the Everyman Rep, and integrated casting.

Paddy Considine on writing, directing and starring in Journeyman, Gemma Bodinetz on continuing the Liverpool Everyman Rep experiment, and casting disabled and able-bodied actors.

Paddy Considine discusses Journeyman, the new film he's written, directed and stars in. The film is centred on the life of a boxer who, after a damaging championship bout, discovers that he has far bigger fights on his hands.

Four British mosques have just been given listed status or been upgraded in recognition of their historic, cultural and architectural importance. Architect Shahed Saleem, who has written The British Mosque, considers the cultural landscape for the 2000 or so places of Muslim worship in the UK.

As the second season of the revived Liverpool Everyman Repertory company begins, Artistic Director Gemma Bodinetz reveals the lessons learned from the first season and her plans for the future of the company

Timberlake Wertenbaker's play 'Our Country's Good', about convicts transported to Australia putting on a play, is a modern classic. Director Fiona Buffini and the actor Garry Robson talk about their latest touring production, in which the cast includes disabled, deaf and able-bodied actors.

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John Wilson
Interviewed Guest
Paddy Considine
Interviewed Guest
Shahed Saleem
Interviewed Guest
Gemma Bodinetz
Interviewed Guest
Fiona Buffini
Interviewed Guest
Garry Robson

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Daisy Goodwin on Victoria, Harry Benson, Lisa Hannigan

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John Wilson talks to Daisy Goodwin, writer of ITV's new drama series Victoria.

John Wilson talks to Daisy Goodwin, writer of ITV's new drama series Victoria, about the young Queen. Plus photographer Harry Benson and musician Lisa Hannigan.

John Wilson talks to writer Daisy Goodwin about Victoria, ITV's new 8-part drama series about the early life of Queen Victoria.

86 year old Scottish photographer Harry Benson, whose subjects have included the Beatles, Robert Kennedy and every US President since Eisenhower.

Irish singer-songwriter Lisa Hannigan discusses the watery theme of her latest and highly acclaimed album At Swim.

And a new project, Books in Nicks, which puts literary books into prison cells.

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John Wilson
Interviewed Guest
Daisy Goodwin
Interviewed Guest
Harry Benson
Interviewed Guest
Lisa Hannigan

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Hell or High Water, Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, Aravind Adiga

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Reviews of Hell or High Water and Nick Cave's album, and Aravind Adiga on his new novel.

Reviews of modern-day western Hell or High Water, Nick Cave's new album, and Aravind Adiga on his latest novel Selection Day, a story of cricket and social division in India.

Chris Pine, Ben Foster and Jeff Bridges star in Hell or High Water, a modern day western and thriller from director David Mackenzie. Film writer Mark Eccleston reviews.

Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds' 16th studio album, Skeleton Tree, is released today, alongside One More Time With Feeling, a filmed performance of the album interwoven with interviews and narration. Both works were completed after the death of Cave's son last year. Novelist and critic Matt Thorne reviews.

Indian novelist Aravind Adiga, who won the Man Booker Prize for The White Tiger in 2008, discusses his latest book Selection Day, about two young brothers in Mumbai and their controlling father whose lives are focused on securing places in a leading cricket team.

The National Gallery has been asked by the grandchildren of Matisse's muse Marg Moll to return a painting they claim was stolen from their family in the aftermath of World War Two. Their lawyer David Rowland explains why they want it back.

With the announcement this week that Apple is dropping the universal 3.5mm jack from its new phones, writer Ben Wardle reflects on the popularity, the history, and the potential demise of the music fan's small silver friend.

Presenter: John Wilson

Producer: Angie Nehring.

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Interviewed Guest
Mark Eccleston
Interviewed Guest
Matt Thorne
Interviewed Guest
Aravind Adiga
Interviewed Guest
David Rowland
Interviewed Guest
Ben Wardle
Presenter
John Wilson
Producer
Angie Nehring

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Sharks in culture, Thea Musgrave, Derren Brown

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How sharks are represented in culture and Thea Musgrave marks her 90th birthday.

As The Meg hits cinema screens we look at sharks in culture, composer Thea Musgrave reflects on her career at 90 and illusionist Derren Brown reveals what inspires his work.

Sharks have long held a prominent place in mythology, the imagination and even religion for centuries. As The Meg, a thriller about a 75-foot-long prehistoric shark, hits cinema screens nature writer Philip Hoare and film critic Isabel Stevens discuss the ways in which sharks have been represented in the arts. How much is the cultural representation of these 400 million year old mysterious creatures of the deep a reflection of our own human fantasies and anxieties?

This year the distinguished composer Thea Musgrave celebrated her 90th birthday. The event is being marked with a series of special performances including Turbulent Landscapes, her sequence of movements inspired by the land and seascapes of JMW Turner, at the Edinburgh Festival. She talks to Front Row about her career: her work, her teachers, her inspirations and why she puts drama at the heart of her work.

Award winning mentalist and illusionist Derren Brown reveals what it is that inspires his work on stage and screen and the art he creates in his spare time as both a painter and street photographer.

Presenter: John Wilson

Producer: Hannah Robins.

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John Wilson
Interviewed Guest
Philip Hoare
Interviewed Guest
Isabel Stevens
Interviewed Guest
Thea Musgrave
Interviewed Guest
Derren Brown
Producer
Hannah Robins

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Sarah Waters; Racial Diversity in the Arts; Mike Scott of the Waterboys; Museums on Film

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Sarah Waters, racial diversity in the arts, Mike Scott and museums on film.

Mike Scott of the Waterboys on their new album, author Sarah Waters on writing a ghost story for the stage, and two new documentaries go behind the scenes in world class museums.

Author Sarah Waters has followed her gothic novel The Little Stranger with her first play which is also a ghost story that aims to spook audiences. She discusses working with experimental theatre-maker Christopher Green to devise a play in which all is not as it seems.

Mike Scott of The Waterboys discusses the band's new album Modern Blues, and explains why it was important for the band to record it in Nashville.

Dawn Walton, Director of Eclipse Theatre Company and Tom Morris, Artistic Director of the Bristol Old Vic, give their response to today's speech by Peter Bazalgette, Chair of Arts Council England, in which he urges racial diversity and inclusion across the board in arts institutions.

Two new documentaries lift the lid on the action behind the scenes at two of the world's most well-known art museums - the National Gallery in London and the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna. Sarah Crompton asks whether museums and galleries make good subjects for films.

Presenter: John Wilson

Producer: Olivia Skinner.

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Presenter
John Wilson
Producer
Olivia Skinner
Interviewed Guest
Sarah Waters
Interviewed Guest
Mike Scott
Interviewed Guest
Dawn Walton
Interviewed Guest
Tom Morris
Interviewed Guest
Sarah Crompton

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