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Boyhood, Cory Arcangel, The Digital Age

Matthew Sweet presents. Toby Litt reviews Boyhood and Cory Arcangel on digital art.

Presented by Matthew Sweet. With a review of the film Boyhood, artist Cory Arcangel on his book composed from tweets and a discussion on preparing for the 'digital age'.

Richard Linklater filmed the actor who stars in Boyhood over 12 years from a 6 year old to a college youth. Matthew Sweet and author Toby Litt review the project and discuss growing up.

Artist Cory Arcangel talks about his book composed from tweets and working in digital media. He also explores the themes explored in Digital Revolution at the Barbican Centre, which brings together film-makers, artists, game developers and musicians.

As state schools across England prepare for the introduction of coding to the curriculum, journalist Aleks Krotoski and Benjamin Southworth - digital entrepreneur and former deputy chief executive of the government's Tech City initiative, join Matthew to discuss how - if at all - we should be preparing for the 'digital age'.

Credits

Presenter
Matthew Sweet
Interviewed Guest
Toby Litt
Interviewed Guest
Cory Arcangel
Interviewed Guest
Aleks Krotoski
Interviewed Guest
Benjamin Southworth
Producer
Georgia Catt
Editor
Robyn Read

Free Thinking

Caravaggio, Bob Dylan, Dario Fo, Lenin's Train Journey

Including the Nobel Prize in Literature, Dario Fo's plays and Caravaggio's art.

Presented by Anne McElvoy. Including the Nobel Prize in Literature, the work of playwright Dario Fo, Caravaggio's art and historian Catherine Merridale on her book about Lenin.

The award of this year's Nobel Prize in Literature to Bob Dylan is discussed by writer Toby Litt and by Anthony Wall, the Editor of BBC TV's Arena series who co-produced the Martin Scorsese documentary about Dylan: No Direction Home and who has made several other films with and about Dylan. As the death of Italian playwright and activist Dario Fo is announced, David Greig Artistic Director of the Royal Lyceum Theatre in Edinburgh is joined by playwright Anders Lustgarten to reflect on Dario Fo's plays. Caravaggio's art explored by curator Letizia Treves, New Generation Thinker Joe Moshenska and playwright Anders Lustgarten. Plus, historian and Russologist Catherine Merridale on her latest book about Lenin's journey from exile in Zurich back to Russia on the eve of the 1917 Revolution. Anne McElvoy presents.

Beyond Caravaggio runs at The National Gallery 12 Oct 2016 To 15 Jan 2017.

Anders Lustgarten's play The Seven Acts of Mercy is at the Royal Shakespeare Company from November 24th to February 10th

Joe Moshenska is the author of A Stain In The Blood and teaches at Cambridge University. He is on the New Generation Thinkers scheme run by BBC Radio 3 and the Arts and Humanities Research Council to find academics who can turn their research into radio.

Mexican writer Álvaro Enrigue's novel is called Sudden Death. It's translated by Natasha Wimmer. You can find more about fiction in translation in a collection on our website http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p047v6vh

Catherine's Merridale's account of Lenin's journey from Zurich to Petrograd is Lenin On The Train.

(Image: Interior with a Young Man holding a Recorder, Oil on canvas 103 x 139.5 cm, Cecco del Caravaggio 1615-20, (c) Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford).

Credits

Interviewed Guest
Toby Litt
Interviewed Guest
Anthony Wall
Interviewed Guest
David Greig
Interviewed Guest
Anders Lustgarten
Interviewed Guest
Letizia Treves
Interviewed Guest
Joe Moshenska
Interviewed Guest
Catherine Merridale
Presenter
Anne McElvoy
Producer
Luke Mulhall

Front Row

Armistead Maupin; Folio Prize shortlist; Her; Raphael Wallfisch

John Wilson talks to American writer Armistead Maupin about his new Tales of the City book

John Wilson talks to American writer Armistead Maupin about his new Tales of the City book; Lavinia Greenlaw on the Folio Prize shortlist; new film Her; cellist Raphael Wallfisch.

With John Wilson.

Armistead Maupin discusses The Days of Anna Madrigal, the ninth (and possibly final) instalment of his celebrated Tales of the City series of novels. Madrigal is reunited with the former tenants of 28 Barbary Lane, San Francisco, as they prepare to spend time at Burning Man, the avant-garde festival in Nevada. Transgender Anna is now 92, and determined 'to leave like a lady', and embarks on a road trip to the desert - to the brothel where she lived as a teenage boy.

Her is the romantic tale of a man (played by Joaquin Phoenix) who falls in love with the voice of his computer's operating system (the voice provided by Scarlett Johansson). Complications ensue when his feelings are reciprocated. Novelist Toby Litt delivers his verdict on this latest idiosyncratic movie from Being John Malkovich director Spike Jonze.

The inaugural shortlist of The Folio Prize was announced today. Chair of Judges, Lavinia Greenlaw, discusses the eight shortlisted books in the running for the £40,000 prize, which celebrates the best English-language fiction from around the world, regardless of form, genre, or the author's country of origin.

Cellist Raphael Wallfisch discusses his new CD of Jewish music, including Schelomo by Bloch, which he has dedicated to his grandparents who died in the Holocaust, and to his mother Anita Lasker-Wallfisch, who survived Auschwitz by playing the cello in the Auschwitz Women's Orchestra.

Producer Jerome Weatherald.

Credits

Presenter
John Wilson
Interviewed Guest
Armistead Maupin
Interviewed Guest
Toby Litt
Interviewed Guest
Lavinia Greenlaw
Interviewed Guest
Raphael Wallfisch
Producer
Jerome Weatherald

Brand

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Front Row

Under the Skin; Publicising books; Shetland; Karen Joy Fowler

Under the Skin reviewed; book publicity tactics; crime drama Shetland; Karen Joy Fowler.

Scarlett Johansson in Under the Skin reviewed; changing book publicity tactics discussed; the return of Shetland to the BBC; novelist Karen Joy Fowler on chimp manners.

With Kirsty Lang.

Scarlett Johansson plays an alien wandering around Glasgow looking for human prey in Under The Skin, which was filmed without some of the cast realising they were in a movie or that they were talking to a Hollywood star. Novelist Toby Litt delivers his verdict on Jonathan Glazer's adaptation of Michael Farber's science fiction novel.

On the day research from the University of Sheffield shows half the country picks up a book at least once a week for pleasure, and 45% prefer television, Front Row looks at the fast changing world of publicising books. Publishers are producing their own book programmes and podcasts, authors are appearing in online trailers and are increasingly responsible for promoting their own work. Kirsty finds out about the latest developments from Cathy Rentzenbrink from the Bookseller, Sara Lloyd from Pan Macmillan and author Toby Litt.

Karen Joy Fowler's novel The Jane Austen Book Club spent 13 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list and was a successful Hollywood film. She talks to Kirsty about her latest book We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves. It's the story of an American family - with a twist. Karen explains how she drew upon her psychologist father's work with rats and chimpanzees when writing the novel, and how important it is to learn good 'chimp manners' when visiting a chimp colony.

After a successful on-air pilot, Douglas Henshall returns as a detective and single dad in Shetland, an adaptation of Ann Cleeves' series of crime novels about nefarious activities on the remote Scottish islands.

Producer: Ellie Bury.

Credits

Presenter
Kirsty Lang
Interviewed Guest
Toby Litt
Interviewed Guest
Cathy Rentzenbrink
Interviewed Guest
Sara Lloyd
Interviewed Guest
Karen Joy Fowler
Producer
Ellie Bury

Brand

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