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25 September 1914 - Dorothea Winwood

Well-known suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst arrives in Folkestone to address a meeting.

Well-known suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst arrives in Folkestone to address a meeting, and there is unrest at the vicarage.

Well-known suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst arrives in Folkestone to address a meeting, and there's unrest at the vicarage.

Writers: Katie Hims & Sean Moffat

Music: Matthew Strachan

Director: Lucy Collingwood

Sound: Martha Littlehailes

Editor: Jessica Dromgoole.

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Waking the Dead

Series 1 A Simple Sacrifice - Part 2

Boyd suspects that Keel has been covering for someone else ever since that night in 1975.

Who else was present at the time of the murders? Boyd suspects Keel is covering for someone and forces her to revisit that fateful night in 1975.

Credits

DSI Peter Boyd
Trevor Eve
Dr. Grace Foley
Sue Johnston
Dr. Frankie Wharton
Holly Aird
DC Amelia Silver
Claire Goose
DS Spencer Jordan
Wil Johnson
DAC Ralph Christie
Simon Kunz
Annie Keel
Harriet Walter
Alex Bryson
Cal MacAninch
Mary Mantel
Lynda Bellingham
Reese Dickson
Nicholas Woodeson
John Fontain
Robert Blythe
Joanne Riley
Janet Dale
Janet Bryson
Valerie Gogan
Pauline
Rakie Ayola
Max Bryson
Nicholas Hoult
Harry
Noel Clarke
Director
Robert Del Maestro
Writer
Simon Mirren
Patrick Mantel
Anthony Valentine

Genres

Start the Week

The Tempest Reimagined, with Margaret Atwood and Harriet Walter

Andrew Marr with Margaret Atwood, Harriet Walter, Richard Holmes and Letizia Treves.

Andrew Marr discusses Shakespeare and Caravaggio with the writer Margaret Atwood, actor Harriet Walter, curator Letizia Treves and biographer Richard Holmes.

On Start the Week Andrew Marr talks to the writer Margaret Atwood and the actor Harriet Walter about updating Shakespeare's The Tempest. Revenge is served cold in a men's prison for the former, while the latter reveals how she takes on the great Shakespearean roles in the setting of a women's prison. While Shakespeare was being performed in sixteenth century England, the artist Caravaggio was revolutionising painting on the Continent. The curator Letizia Treves explains how his intense naturalism and dramatic lighting influenced his contemporaries. Whilst little detail is known about Shakespeare's life, Caravaggio's colourful behaviour is writ large: the writer Richard Holmes reflects on the role of the biographer and asks whether a controversial reputation overshadows the art.

Producer: Katy Hickman.

Credits

Presenter
Andrew Marr
Interviewed Guest
Margaret Atwood
Interviewed Guest
Harriet Walter
Interviewed Guest
Richard Holmes
Interviewed Guest
Letizia Treves
Producer
Katy Hickman

Call the Midwife

Series 6 Episode 2

An explosion at the docks brings heartache to the people of Poplar.

An explosion at the docks brings heartache to the people of Poplar, whilst Sister Ursula continues to ruffle feathers with her unpopular decisions.

Sister Ursula continues to reign with an iron fist and the midwives at Nonnatus House struggle to toe the line, especially when she insists they must not be emotionally involved with their patients. This unpopular new edict is immediately put to the test when new father George Marsh is badly burnt in an explosion at the docks and is unable to support his new family, and when expectant mother Penny Reed and her anxious husband Derek are brought to the attention of Nonnatus House.

Penny and Derek both have achondroplasia (colloquially known as dwarfism) and problems with the pregnancy are anticipated, including their baby being stillborn or only living for a short time. As the midwives prepare the Reeds for an infant that may not live, their unconditional devotion to one another and to their unborn child makes a deep impact, especially on Patsy, who is facing one of her toughest decisions yet.

Elsewhere, barmaid Valerie Dyer's quick thinking catches Shelagh's attention when they are first on hand to deal with the casualties at the dock fire. Shelagh is appalled by the general lack of basic health and safety in the docks and strives to make a difference to the men that work there. Dr Turner and Shelagh also share the happy news of Shelagh's pregnancy with their children.

Credits

Sister Julienne
Jenny Agutter
Nurse Phyllis Crane
Linda Bassett
Sister Monica Joan
Judy Parfitt
Shelagh Turner
Laura Main
Sister Winifred
Victoria Yeates
Nurse Patsy Mount
Emerald Fennell
Valerie Dyer
Jennifer Kirby
Nurse Barbara Gilbert
Charlotte Ritchie
Tom Hereward
Jack Ashton
Dr Patrick Turner
Stephen McGann
Fred Buckle
Cliff Parisi
Penny Reed
Rachel Denning
Derek Reed
Dean Whatton
Nurse Delia Busby
Kate Lamb
Sister Ursula
Harriet Walter
Woman 1
Leanne Everitt
Ada Ward
Judy Flynn
Jessie Marsh
Erin Doherty
George Marsh
Daniel Kendrick
Arthur Pilbury
Tom Keller
Docker 1
David Hemsted
Foreman
Ray MacAllan
Docker 2
Graham Kent
Docker 3
Joe Stamp
Timothy Turner
Max Macmillan
Angela Turner
Alice Brown
Nurse
Fiona Sheehan
Woman 2
Natalie Lester
Mr Simkins
Richard Attlee
Coroner
Richard Teverson
Woman 3
Elizabeth Appleby
Student Doctor
George Fletcher
Voice of Mature Jennifer Worth
Vanessa Redgrave
Executive Producer
Pippa Harris
Executive Producer
Heidi Thomas
Producer
Ann Tricklebank
Director
Sheree Folkson
Writer
Harriet Warner
Production Company
Neal Street Productions

Home Front - Omnibus

Episode 8: 22-26 September 1914

Suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst visits Folkestone, and an amicable alliance is reached.

Well-known suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst visits Folkestone, and on the Leas an amicable alliance is reached. With Keely Beresford, Michael Bertenshaw, Sean Connolly.

Well-known suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst visits Folkestone and on the Leas, an amicable alliance is reached.

Written by: Katie Hims and Sean Moffat

Consultant Historian: Professor Maggie Andrews

Music: Matthew Strachan

Sound: Martha Littlehailes

Directed and produced by: Lucy Collingwood

Editor: Jessica Dromgoole.

Between the Ears

Eschatology

A drama about the end of the world, as seen from a liner on a deserted sea.

Drama about the end of the world, written and narrated by Peter Blegvad. With actors Harriet Walter and Guy Paul, plus music and sound by Langham Research Centre.

A radiophonic drama about the end of the world, witnessed from a liner adrift on a deserted ocean. Written and narrated by Peter Blegvad, Eschatology is a poetic exploration of the end of everything: of land where we take to ships, of radio contact when white noise fills the receiver; of individual sounds as they echo into space. Music and sound effects are composed and performed by Langham Research Centre (Felix Carey, Iain Chambers, Philip Tagney and Robert Worby), using vintage electronic instruments and tape machines. The last survivors are played by Harriet Walter and Guy Paul. Susan Rae delivers updates on the apocalypse as it spreads around the planet. Eschatology is a contemplative piece that encourages us to calmly consider how it would feel to witness the end of the world.

An Open Audio production for BBC Radio 3.

Killing Eve

Series 3 Still Got It

Eve tries to patch things up with Niko, and Villanelle gets good news about her promotion.

Eve tries to patch things up with Niko, and Villanelle receives good news about her upcoming promotion.

It is Eve’s birthday, and she is trying to patch up things with Niko. Villanelle receives good news about her upcoming promotion but can’t shake the feeling that there is still something missing from her life. Dasha seeks a solution to Villanelle’s erratic behaviour.

Credits

Eve Polastri
Sandra Oh
Villanelle
Jodie Comer
Carolyn Martens
Fiona Shaw
Niko Polastri
Owen McDonnell
Kenny
Sean Delaney
Konstantin
Kim Bodnia
Dasha
Harriet Walter
Geraldine
Gemma Whelan
Writer
Suzanne Heathcote
Executive Producer
Phoebe Waller-Bridge

Genre

Killing Eve

Series 3 End of Game

Eve finds a lead which might bring her closer to Villanelle.

Carolyn finds out that information is being withheld by those close to her, and Eve finds a lead which might bring her closer to Villanelle.

As the investigation continues, Carolyn finds out that information is being withheld by those close to her. Eve finds a lead which might bring her closer to Villanelle, but Villanelle has had enough and decides on a different path.

Credits

Eve Polastri
Sandra Oh
Villanelle
Jodie Comer
Carolyn Martens
Fiona Shaw
Niko Polastri
Owen McDonnell
Kenny
Sean Delaney
Konstantin
Kim Bodnia
Dasha
Harriet Walter
Geraldine
Gemma Whelan
Writer
Suzanne Heathcote
Executive Producer
Phoebe Waller-Bridge

Genre

Andrew Marr is joined by guests Harriet Walter and Tamsin Grieg.

Andrew Neil is joined by actress Harriet Walter and Tamsin Grieg, with more guests to be announced. With news review from Pippa Crerar, political editor, Daily Mirror; and Matthew Elliot, political campaigner & former Vote Leave CEO.

Credits

Presenter
Andrew Marr
Interviewed Guest
Harriet Walter
Interviewed Guest
Tamsin Greig
Expert
Pippa Crerar
Expert
Matthew Elliott

Desert Island Discs

Dame Harriet Walter

Actress Dame Harriet Walter joins Kirsty Young to choose her Desert Island Discs.

Kirsty Young's castaway is the actress Dame Harriet Walter.

She has been a stalwart of the stage for more than three decades - winning great acclaim for her work with the Royal Shakespeare Company and the National Theatre. Performing ran in the family - her uncle is the actor Christopher Lee and she remembers how, as a child, he would make her shriek by putting on his famous 'Mummy' walk to scare her. She turned down a place at Oxford because she knew she wanted to act - only to find that the drama schools weren't keen on her... she was turned down five times before securing a place.

She says she has never thought about making clever career choices, but, in the year in which she has been made a dame, turned sixty and married for the first time, she says it has all turned out better than she ever expected.

Record: My Baby Just Cares for Me - Nina Simone.

Book: The complete works of Isabella Bird.

Luxury: A flute

Producer: Leanne Buckle.

Credits

Presenter
Kirsty Young
Interviewed Guest
Harriet Walter

Between the Ears

The Impossible Book

Drama about a writer suffering hallucinations on a train travelling through time and space

Peter Blegvad's drama about a writer beset by hallucinations on a train travelling through time as well as space, and between parallel realities.

Peter Blegvad's radiophonic drama concerns a writer beset by hallucinations on a train travelling through time as well as space, and between parallel realities.

The piece engages with the question 'who has the right to write?', and how might that right be earned? In totalitarian regimes writers are denied freedom of expression, but individually writers often inhibit or censor themselves, feeling that their words lack value or authority.

As William Burroughs put it: "You pay or you get nothing. You can't dodge the Muse's check. The Muse don't like welshers. A writer becomes a writer by PAYING..." But Blegvad's writer seems to be writing/riding for free, gratis. He's hiding on the train without a ticket. The penalty he risks if caught is "rendition to another zone/where due process is unknown" - a terrifying prospect.

He's on the run from the authorities - the Conductor played by Andy Partridge of XTC and the Sheriff played by David Thomas of Père Ubu. The two legendary musicians contribute memorable comic cameos. The piece ends when Blegvad's 'free writer' is awarded a dubious accolade by Agatha Christie, played by Harriet Walter.

Credits

Writer
Peter Blegvad
The free rider/writer
Peter Blegvad
Agatha Christie
Harriet Walter
The conductor
Andy Partridge
The sheriff
David Thomas
The passenger
John Guerrasio
Charles
Aldo Waterfield
Charles's mum
Sophie Duval

Front Row

Harriet Walter and Guy Paul; The Casual Vacancy; Amit Chaudhuri; The Folio Prize.

Harriet Walter and Guy Paul in Boa, The Casual Vacancy, Amit Chaudhuri and the Folio Prize

Harriet Walter and Guy Paul in two-hander play Boa, JK Rowling's The Casual Vacancy adapted for TV, Amit Chaudhuri on his new novel Odysseus Abroad and the Folio Prize shortlist.

Harriet Walter and Guy Paul discuss playing wife and husband on stage in a new play, Boa, and how much of their off-stage marriage is reflected in their performances; as J K Rowling's novel The Casual Vacancy is adapted for TV, Jonathan Myerson reviews it, and compares the drama with the novel; The Folio Prize was launched with the aim of 'celebrating the best fiction of our time'. Now in its second year, Cathy Rentzenbrink discusses the eight books on the shortlist; and Amit Chaudhuri discusses his new novel, Odysseus Abroad. A re-working of the story of Odysseus and Telemachus, it explores the relationship between Ananda, a young man studying literature in 1980s London, and his eccentric uncle Radhesh.

Presenter: Samira Ahmed

Producer: Rebecca Armstrong.

Credits

Presenter
Samira Ahmed
Interviewed Guest
Harriet Walter
Interviewed Guest
Guy Paul
Interviewed Guest
Jonathan Myerson
Interviewed Guest
Cathy Rentzenbrink
Interviewed Guest
Amit Chaudhuri
Producer
Rebecca Armstrong

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Waking the Dead

Series 1 A Simple Sacrifice - Part 1

Boyd's team challenge the 25-year-old confession of a woman convicted of double murder.

25 years ago, Annie Keel confessed to the murder of her husband and her neighbour’s son. When new evidence calls her confession into doubt, Boyd and the team must dig deeper.

Credits

DSI Peter Boyd
Trevor Eve
Dr. Grace Foley
Sue Johnston
Dr. Frankie Wharton
Holly Aird
DC Amelia Silver
Claire Goose
DS Spencer Jordan
Wil Johnson
DAC Ralph Christie
Simon Kunz
Annie Keel
Harriet Walter
Alex Bryson
Cal MacAninch
Mary Mantel
Lynda Bellingham
Reese Dickson
Nicholas Woodeson
John Fontain
Robert Blythe
Joanne Riley
Janet Dale
Janet Bryson
Valerie Gogan
Pauline
Rakie Ayola
Max Bryson
Nicholas Hoult
Harry
Noel Clarke
Director
Robert Del Maestro
Writer
Simon Mirren
Patrick Mantel
Anthony Valentine

Genres

Alan Bennett's Talking Heads

Series 1 Soldiering On

Alan Bennett's classic monologue, performed by Harriet Walter.

Muriel’s son Giles appears with papers for her to sign. It turns out she is quite a rich widow. But soon there’s a liquidity problem, and Giles could be to blame.

Credits

Muriel
Harriet Walter
Writer
Alan Bennett
Director
Marianne Elliott
Executive Producer
Kevin Loader
Executive Producer
Nicholas Hytner
Production Company
London Theatre Company

Genre

Call the Midwife

Series 6 Episode 3

The maternity home faces closure and Barbara cares for a Chinese first-time mother.

New legislation and Sister Ursula cause serious problems for Shelagh and Dr Turner. Meanwhile, a first-time mother from the Chinese community faces an unexpected crisis.

The winds of change are blowing through Poplar, as a new government paper calls for the eradication of small hospitals in favour of large general hospitals. Dr Turner and Shelagh are informed that an inspection of the maternity home will decide its fate.

Sister Ursula has her own anxieties about the efficiency of Nonnatus House, so she introduces a new 20-minute rule for all antenatal and postnatal house visits. Barbara struggles the most with this, as she is drawn into helping a first-time mother from the Chinese community. It soon becomes apparent that the shortened visit might have allowed a serious oversight. With the future of the maternity home hanging by a thread, serious questions are raised over Sister Ursula's suitability for her role.

Meanwhile, Sister Monica Joan has started disappearing for long periods of time and there are growing concerns for Sister Mary Cynthia's whereabouts.

Credits

Sister Julienne
Jenny Agutter
Nurse Phyllis Crane
Linda Bassett
Sister Monica Joan
Judy Parfitt
Nurse Trixie Franklin
Helen George
Shelagh Turner
Laura Main
Nurse Barbara Gilbert
Charlotte Ritchie
Sister Winifred
Victoria Yeates
Tom Hereward
Jack Ashton
Dr Patrick Turner
Stephen McGann
Fred Buckle
Cliff Parisi
Cyril Chen
Chris Lew Kum Hoi
Lucy Chen
Alice Connor
Oilen Chen
Lucy Sheen
Mrs Evans
Emily Houghton
Sister Ursula
Harriet Walter
Mrs Collier
Sandy Foster
Timothy Turner
Max Macmillan
Angela Turner
Alice Brown
Nurse Delia Busby
Kate Lamb
Mr Greenwood
Patrick Brennan
Mr Kenley
Gerrard McArthur
Caretaker
Darren Ruston
Workman
Danny Nutt
Voice of Mature Jennifer Worth
Vanessa Redgrave
Executive Producer
Pippa Harris
Executive Producer
Heidi Thomas
Producer
Ann Tricklebank
Director
James Larkin
Writer
Carolyn Bonnyman
Production Company
Neal Street Productions

Call the Midwife

Series 6 Episode 1

The team reunite but all is not well when a change of management shakes up Nonnatus House.

The team reunite but are alarmed when there is a change of management at Nonnatus House, and Sister Mary Cynthia's mental health takes a turn for the worse.

The midwives receive a rapturous and warm welcome home from their South African adventure but all is not well at Nonnatus House. In their absence, Sister Ursula has been running a very tight ship and it is quickly announced that she will remain in charge at Nonnatus House, above Sister Julienne.

The midwives are drawn into helping Trudy, a heavily pregnant mother whose husband has just been released from prison for extortion. Gradually, the problems below the surface of their marriage become clear. Trapped and with no clear way out, Trudy's suffering sends shock waves through Nonnatus House, most noticeably affecting Sister Mary Cynthia who is experiencing increased anxiety following her recent attack.

Elsewhere, Shelagh harbours a secret and struggles to tell Dr Turner, and Patsy receives some distressing news about her father in Hong Kong.

Credits

Sister Julienne
Jenny Agutter
Nurse Phyllis Crane
Linda Bassett
Sister Monica Joan
Judy Parfitt
Sister Mary Cynthia
Bryony Hannah
Shelagh Turner
Laura Main
Nurse Patsy Mount
Emerald Fennell
Nurse Barbara Gilbert
Charlotte Ritchie
Sister Winifred
Victoria Yeates
Dr Patrick Turner
Stephen McGann
Fred Buckle
Cliff Parisi
Tom Hereward
Jack Ashton
Sgt Peter Noakes
Ben Caplan
Angela Turner
Alice Brown
Timothy Turner
Max Macmillan
Beryl
Hannah Traylen
Suster Ursula
Harriet Walter
Nurse Delia Busby
Kate Lamb
Trudy Watts
Pearl Appleby
Mickey Watts
Tommy Finnegan
Jimmy
Jack Johns
Lester Watts
James Farrar
Zelda
Lucy Speed
Violet Buckle
Annabelle Apsion
Miss Dawkins
Kate Copeland
Me Wylton
Nicholas Asbury
Voice of Mature Jennifer Worth
Vanessa Redgrave
Executive Producer
Pippa Harris
Executive Producer
Heidi Thomas
Producer
Ann Tricklebank
Director
Sheree Folkson
Writer
Heidi Thomas
Production Company
Neal Street Productions

Free Thinking

Artes Mundi Prize, Harriet Walter, Amitav Ghosh, Edmund Richardson

With a review of the 2016 Artes Mundi show, actress Harriet Walter and author Amitav Ghosh

With Catherine Fletcher and Owen Sheers on the Artes Mundi visual arts show, actress Harriet Walter on playing male theatrical roles and Amitav Ghosh on climate change in fiction.

Artes Mundi was established in 2003 as a biennial contemporary visual arts initiative - the poet, author and playwright Owen Sheers and Catherine Fletcher, historian and New Generation Thinker, report back on the exhibition opening in Cardiff this week with work by the chosen artists including Britain's John Akomfrah, Nástio Mosquito and Bedwyr Williams.

Amitav Ghosh argues that fiction writers need to be bolder in tackling the big themes of today's world and why thinking about Climate Change is proving a challenge.

Harriet Walter has played Brutus and the King in Phyllida Lloyd's all-female Shakespeare productions of Shakespeare's Julius Caesar and Henry IV; now she takes on Prospero in The Tempest. She talks to Anne McElvoy about giving herself permission to take on roles still normally given to men and the never-ending wonder of Shakespearian verse as the entire trilogy opens in London.

Plus - ahead of the American Presidential election, New Generation Thinker and historian, Ed Richardson pops up with the mesmerising story of how Hillary Clinton is very far from being the first ever female Presidential candidate.

Artes Mundi 7 runs at the National MuseumWales: Cardiff 21.10.16 - 26.02.17

The Shakespeare Trilogy: The Tempest, Henry IV and Julius Caesar are at the Donmar's King's Cross Theatre in London Sept 23rd - 17th December 2016

Amitav Ghosh has published his arguments about fiction in The Great Derangement.

Presenter: Anne McElvoy

Guests: Harriet Walter 'Brutus and Other Heroines: Playing Shakespeare's Roles for Women'

Catherine Fletcher

Owen Sheers

Amitav Ghosh 'The Great Derangement: Climate Change and Thinking the Unthinkable'.

Producer: Jacqueline Smith

(Image: Harriet Walter / Credit: Georgia Oetker).

Credits

Presenter
Anne McElvoy
Interviewed Guest
Harriet Walter
Interviewed Guest
Catherine Fletcher
Interviewed Guest
Owen Sheers
Interviewed Guest
Amitav Ghosh
Producer
Jacqueline Smith

Midweek

Harriet Walter, Richard Curtis, Suzi Quatro, Declan Murphy

Harriet Walter, Richard Curtis and Suzi Quatro join Libby Purves for the final Midweek.

Actor Dame Harriet Walter, writer and director Richard Curtis, singer-songwriter Suzi Quatro and former jockey Declan Murphy join Libby Purves for the final edition of Midweek.

Actor Dame Harriet Walter; writer and director Richard Curtis; singer and songwriter Suzi Quatro and former jockey Declan Murphy join Libby Purves for the final edition of Midweek.

Richard Curtis CBE is a writer, director and campaigner. His films include Four Weddings and a Funeral, Notting Hill, Bridget Jones's Diary, Mr Bean, Love Actually and The Boat That Rocked. His television comedies include Blackadder and the Vicar of Dibley. He is vice-chair of Comic Relief which he co-founded after visiting Ethiopia during the 1985 famine. He has co-produced the Red Nose Day Live night for the BBC since 1988 and the charity has made over £1 billion for projects in Africa and the UK. Red Nose Day USA is broadcast in May.

Declan Murphy is a former jockey who survived a catastrophic fall at Haydock Park in May 1994. His injuries were so severe that the Racing Post published his obituary. In his memoir, Centaur, he recounts his upbringing in rural Limerick, his life as a leading amateur jockey and riding winners in the Champion Chase and Gold Cup. Eighteen months after falling from Arcot and following his painstaking recovery, he got back in the saddle to ride his final winner Jibereen at Chepstow. Centaur by Declan Murphy with Ami Rao is published by Doubleday.

Dame Harriet Walter is an actor, acclaimed for her work with the Royal Shakespeare Company and the National Theatre. She recently played Julius Caesar, Henry IV and Prospero in The Tempest in Phyllida Lloyd's celebrated all-female Donmar Shakespeare Trilogy. She stars in the new film The Sense of an Ending alongside Jim Broadbent and Charlotte Rampling which is based on the Julian Barnes novel. Other roles include the Duchess of Malfi, Hedda Gabler, Cleopatra and Lady Macbeth. Her book, Brutus and Other Heroines - Playing Shakespeare's Roles for Women, is published by Nick Hern Books.

Suzi Quatro is a singer and songwriter. Born in Detroit, she made her debut on stage playing bongos in her father's jazz band, The Art Quatro Trio. Her first hit Can the Can reached number one in May 1973 and she went on to become a regular fixture in the British charts with tracks including 48 Crash, Too Big and Devil Gate Drive. In the late Seventies she turned to acting, appearing in Happy Days and starred in the West End in Annie Get Your Gun in 1986. She is a regular broadcaster on BBC Radio 2. Suzi is appearing in the Legends Live tour alongside David Essex; the Osmonds and Hot Chocolate.

Credits

Presenter
Libby Purves
Interviewed Guest
Harriet Walter
Interviewed Guest
Richard Curtis
Interviewed Guest
Suzi Quatro
Interviewed Guest
Declan Murphy
Producer
Paula McGinley

Brand

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Front Row

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

Arts news with John Wilson, including a review of Captain America: The Winter Soldier.

Arts news with John Wilson, including Tom Hollander on the return of Rev, author Emma Donoghue on her new book Frog Music, and a review of Captain America: The Winter Soldier.

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.

Produced by Ella-mai Robey.

Credits

Presenter
John Wilson
Interviewed Guest
Tom Hollander
Interviewed Guest
Emma Donoghue
Interviewed Guest
Naomi Alderman
Interviewed Guest
Harriet Walter
Producer
Ella-mai Robey

Brand

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Free Thinking

Patricia Duncker, Adrienne Mayor on the Amazons, Harriet Walter and Guy Paul

Patricia Duncker talks about George Eliot, and Adrienne Mayor discusses Amazonian women.

With Patricia Duncker on her new work of fiction about George Eliot, Adrienne Mayor discussing Amazonian women, and Harriet Walter and Guy Paul on collaborating as a couple.

With Anne McElvoy.

Patricia Duncker talks about her new novel which imagines George Eliot's relationship with her German publishers, Max and Wolfgang Duncker; Adrienne Mayor discusses the strength of women with Professor Melvin Konner, by looking at her history of the Amazons and his work on the end of male supremacy; as an exhibition featuring empty Sansovino frames opens at The National Gallery in London, Anne speaks to Head of Frames Peter Schade about their history; and Dame Harriet Walter and Guy Paul discuss collaborating on stage as a real life couple ahead of appearing in Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman.

Having taught the MA in Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia, Patricia Duncker is now Professor of Contemporary Literature at Manchester University. Her previous fiction includes James Miranda Barry, and The Strange Case of the Composer and his Judge.

Her novel Sophie and the Sibyl is published on 9 April.

Adrienne Mayor is a historian of science at Stanford University whose latest book looks at the historical and archaeological evidence which underpin myths and tales of war-like women.

The Amazons: Lives and Legends of Warrior Women across the Ancient World is available in hardback and e-book.

Melvin Konner is Professor of Anthropology and the Programme in Neuroscience and Behavioural Biology at Emory University in Atlanta.

Women After All: Sex, Evolution and the End of Male Supremacy is available in hardback and e-book.

Frames In Focus: Sansovino Frames runs from 1 April to 13 September at The National Gallery in London.

Death of a Salesman runs at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon until 2 May.

Produced by Ella-mai Robey

Image: Patricia Duncker

Photo Credit: Keith Morris.

Credits

Presenter
Anne McElvoy
Interviewed Guest
Patricia Duncker
Interviewed Guest
Adrienne Mayor
Interviewed Guest
Melvin Konner
Interviewed Guest
Peter Schade
Interviewed Guest
Harriet Walter
Interviewed Guest
Guy Paul
Producer
Ella-mai Robey
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