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Frida Kahlo, Fly by Night, Queer Eye, Cats in literature

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The new Frida Kahlo exhibition Making Her Self Up at the V&A and Queer Eye on TV.

Mexican artist Frida Kahlo in a major new exhibition. Plus the presence of cats in literature, from Keats to TS Eliot, 1500 pigeons create a work of art and Queer Eye on TV.

The V&A's latest exhibition includes 13 artworks by the Mexican painter Frida Kahlo, but far more of her colourful skirts, blouses and pieces of jewellery because Frida Kahlo: Making Her Self Up concentrates on Kahlo's greatest creation - the artist herself. Design critic Corinne Julius considers what it reveals about the famous modern Latin American artist and our attitude to her.

When we think of John Keats, we mostly think of Odes, Grecian Urns, Nightingales, and Autumn - we certainly don't think of cats. 200 years after Keats wrote his little-known comic gem To Mrs Reynolds's Cat, we consider the place of cats in literature - from Hemingway to Colette, and Stephen King to Tove Janssen. Cat-lover and writer Lynne Truss and literary historian John Bowen consider the relationship between writers and their feline 'mewses' and asks what makes a 'purr-fect' piece of cat prose?

1500 pigeons with small LED lights attached to their legs representing the messages they would once have carried over the battlefields of the First World War are the latest work by the American artist Duke Riley, who brings his performance piece Fly by Night to the UK for the first time. The work's co-ordinator Kitty Joe describes the event.

As the second series of Queer Eye launches on Netflix, writer Louis Wise assesses the show's popularity.

Presenter Stig Abell

Producer Jerome Weatherald.

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Presenter
Stig Abel
Interviewed Guest
Corinne Julius
Interviewed Guest
Lynne Truss
Interviewed Guest
John Bowen
Interviewed Guest
Kitty Joe
Interviewed Guest
Louis Wise
Producer
Jerome Weatherald

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Woman's Hour

Artist blacksmith Agnes Jones; Author Rachel Malik and the WI in prisons

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Artist blacksmith Agnes Jones; author Rachel Malik; and the WI prison branch.

The Woman's Hour Craft Prize: a focus on working with metal with artist blacksmith Agnes Jones. The Women's Institute in a Gloucestershire prison. And debut novelist Rachel Malik.

A focus on working with metal with Agnes Jones an artist blacksmith and Corinne Julius, critic and curator - as we continue to explore the seven disciplines included in the Woman's Hour Craft Prize.

The appointment of Saudi Arabia to serve a four year term on The Commission on the Status of Women has been widely condemned because of its record on promoting gender equality. Jenni talks to Hanan Razek, BBC Reporter from the Arabic Service.

The Women's Institute better known for jam making and flower arranging, has has just opened a new branch in a women's prison. Countess Bathurst one of the founders of the Group and Jenny Earle from the Prison Reform Trust talk about how it's helping women on the inside.

Presenter Jenni Murray

Producer Beverley Purcell.

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Corinne Julius
Interviewed Guest
Agnes Jones
Interviewed Guest
Sara Bathurst
Interviewed Guest
Jenny Earle
Interviewed Guest
Rachel Malik
Interviewed Guest
Hanan Razek
Presenter
Jenni Murray
Producer
Beverley Purcell

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Samira Ahmed explores the enduring appeal of designers Charles and Ray Eames.

Arts news with Samira Ahmed, including the Charles and Ray Eames exhibition, a Marlon Brando documentary based on his tapes and Janet Suzman's debut as an opera director.

The husband-and-wife team of Charles and Ray Eames are widely regarded as America's most important designers, perhaps best remembered for their mid-century plywood and fiberglass furniture. Critic Corinne Julius joins Samira at a new exhibition at the Barbican in London where they explore their enduring appeal.

From A Streetcar named Desire and The Godfather, to Last Tango in Paris and Apocalypse Now, Marlon Brando is hailed by many as one of the great actors. Now 300 hours of audio tapes have revealed the painful childhood and dysfunctional adulthood that he drew on for his art. Listen to Me Marlon sets out to document his life and work in his own words. Producer John Battsek describes the process and the actor Kerry Shale offers his reaction.

Darryl Collis from See Saw Media explains how film studios are using fees from product placement to beef up their budgets.

Conductor Jane Glover discusses her new production of Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro featuring students from The Royal Academy of Music, alongside stage actor and director Dame Janet Suzman who is turning her hand to directing opera for the first time.

Presenter : Samira Ahmed

Producer : Dymphna Flynn.

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Presenter
Samira Ahmed
Interviewed Guest
Corinne Julius
Interviewed Guest
John Battsek
Interviewed Guest
Kerry Shale
Interviewed Guest
Darryl Collis
Interviewed Guest
Jane Glover
Interviewed Guest
Janet Suzman
Producer
Dymphna Flynn
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