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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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Noel Gallagher, Poets in Zimbabwe, Surrealism in Egypt

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Noel Gallagher discusses his new album.

Noel Gallagher discusses his new album. Plus Zimbabwean poet Togara Muzanenhamo, a review of Surrealism in Egypt at Tate Liverpool, and is new musical Tiger Bay the next Les Mis?

Noel Gallagher, former songwriter and guitarist for Oasis, discusses his new album Who Built The Moon? He tells us why he chose to go solo after the break-up of the band and discusses his ongoing estrangement from his brother Liam.

There are tanks on the streets of Harare, from there Togara Muzanenhamo talks about the life, and role, of the poet in Zimbabwe today. He reads poetry inspired by the farm where he lives and works.

Surrealism is very much thought of as a European art movement but a new exhibition at Tate Liverpool, Surrealism in Egypt: Art et Liberté 1938 - 1948, calls that into question. Anna Somers Cocks, founding editor and current chairman of The Art Newspaper, reviews.

Tiger Bay, written by Daf James and Michael Williams, is a new musical set in Cardiff's multi-ethnic docks in the early 20th Century, staged by the Wales Millennium Centre in conjunction with Cape Town Opera. Could this be the Welsh Les Mis? Jude Rogers gives her verdict.

Presenter: Stig Abel

Producer: Helen Fitzhenry.

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Presenter
Stig Abel
Interviewed Guest
Noel Gallagher
Interviewed Guest
Togara Muzanenhamo
Interviewed Guest
Anna Somers Cocks
Interviewed Guest
Jude Rogers
Producer
Helen Fitzhenry

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Kay Mellor, Frankenstein, Swimming with Men

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Kay Mellor on her new ITV drama Girlfriends.

Kay Mellor on the real life inspiration for her new ITV drama Girlfriends, marking 200 years of Frankenstein and going on set with Rob Brydon in Swimming With Men.

Kay Mellor discusses her new ITV drama, Girlfriends, about three women in their late 50s, early 60s, and reveals how closely she's drawn on her own life and friends to write it.

Mary Shelley's Frankenstein was published on New Year's Day 1818. Christopher Frayling, author of Frankenstein The First Two Hundred Years, joins Janet Todd, the biographer of Mary Shelley's mother Mary Wollstonecraft, to discuss how we read Frankenstein in our era of genetic engineering and artificial intelligence and how we view Mary Shelley herself.

Upcoming film Swimming With Men, starring Rob Brydon and Daniel Mays, tells the true story of a group of middle-aged men who make it to the World Synchronised Swimming championships. It was shot earlier this year in Basildon swimming pool masquerading as Milan, Stig visited the set to meet Rob Brydon and the synchronised swimming trainer, Adele Carlsen.

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Interviewed Guest
Kay Mellor
Interviewed Guest
Christopher Frayling
Interviewed Guest
Janet Todd
Interviewed Guest
Rob Brydon
Interviewed Guest
Adele Carlsen
Presenter
Stig Abel

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Sex With Strangers, Toni Erdmann, John Burnside, Keith Tyson, The Moorside

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Sex With Strangers, Toni Erdmann, John Burnside, Keith Tyson, The Moorside.

A review of the week's cultural highlights, including Sex With Strangers at the Hampstead Theatre, Oscar-nominated German film Toni Erdmann and John Burnside's new novel.

Sex With Strangers is Laura Eason's 2009 play about a brash blogger (whose blog shares the title of the play) meeting a shy novelist the Hampstead Theatre

Toni Erdmann is a German comedy film which has been nominated for the Best Foreign Language Oscar. is it wunderbar or nicht so gut?

John Burnside has a new novel out: Ashland and Vine about friendship, history and memories

Turner Prize-winning Keith Tyson's latest exhibition Turn Back Now at the Jerwood Gallery in Hastings shows more than 350 of his studio wall drawings where the work itself is the process.

Sheridan Smith stars in The Moorside, a BBC TV drama about the kidnapping of Shannon Matthews

Tom Sutcliffe's guests are Stig Abel, Dea Birkett, and Linda Grant. The producer is Oliver Jones.

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Presenter
Tom Sutcliffe
Interviewed Guest
Stig Abel
Interviewed Guest
Dea Birkett
Interviewed Guest
Linda Grant
Producer
Oliver Jones
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