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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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Will & Grace return 20 years on, the changing face of animation, London Sinfonietta at 50.

How Disney and Pixar reflect international cultures with new film Coco, Will & Grace, 90s gay/straight flatshare sitcom, returns after 20 years, the London Sinfonietta at 50.

As Will & Grace is revived twenty years after its premiere, TV critic Louis Wise discusses how the ground-breaking sitcom about two gay men and their best girl pal comes across in 2018.

Disney and Pixar's new film Coco is about a Mexican boy who travels through the Land of the Dead to unlock a family mystery. We consider the evolution of Disney films, how they depict and reflect international cultures, and also ask where they sit in the wider animation landscape.

The London Sinfonietta, world renowned contemporary classical ensemble, will perform at the Royal Festival Hall on 24th of this month, 50 years to the day since their first concert, at the same venue. Since then they have commissioned more than 300 pieces of music from composers such as Sir Harrison Birtwistle and Steve Reich. They have also worked with musicians such as Thom Yorke from Radiohead and Mica Levi. Artistic director and chief executive, Andrew Burke, leads Samira through the history of the London Sinfonietta, in four pieces of music closely associated with the ensemble.

Presenter: Samira Ahmed

Producer: Julian May.

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Presenter
Samira Ahmed
Interviewed Guest
Louis Wise
Interviewed Guest
Andrew Burke
Producer
Julian May
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Samira Ahmed discusses Guillermo del Toro's Oscar-nominated film The Shape of Water.

Samira Ahmed discusses the blockbuster exhibition of China's Terracotta Warriors at the World Museum in Liverpool. Plus a review of The Shape of Water.

The Shape of Water leads this year's Oscars race with 13 nominations. Directed by Guillermo del Toro, it's an other-worldly fairy tale about a mute cleaner (Sally Hawkins) who falls in love with an alien-like creature imprisoned at the high-security laboratory where she works. Mark Eccleston reviews.

As a blockbuster exhibition of the Terracotta Warriors opens at the World Museum in Liverpool, featuring objects from the burial ground of China's First Emperor never before seen in this country, Samira is joined by Fiona Philpott, Director of Exhibitions and Mike Pitts, editor of British Archaeology magazine.

Samira is joined by another Samira Ahmed, an American writer whose latest book - Love, Hate & Other Filters - is a coming of age novel about an Muslim teenager coping with Islamophobia in her small town.

As the latest series gathers momentum, Louis Wise explores the television phenomenon that is RuPaul's Drag Race, the American reality show where drag queens compete against each other to win the crown,

Presenter: Samira Ahmed

Producer: Timothy Prosser.

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Presenter
Samira Ahmed
Interviewed Guest
Mark Eccleston
Interviewed Guest
Fiona Philpott
Interviewed Guest
Mike Pitts
Interviewed Guest
Samira Ahmed
Interviewed Guest
Louis Wise
Producer
Timothy Prosser
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Guy Ritchie on King Arthur, Redwater and spin-offs, true crime dramas, Shore to Shore.

Guy Ritchie on his King Arthur film; Rebecca Nicholson on TV spin-offs as Kat and Alfie from Eastenders go to Ireland; a play based on the untold stories of Chinese communities.

Kat and Alfie Moon, Eastenders' loveable couple travel to an Irish village in search of Kat's long-lost son. Redwater is directed by Jesper Nielsen, who worked on Danish political drama Borgen, and written by Eastenders' alumni including Life On Mars creator Matthew Graham. Culture journalist Rebecca Nicholson reviews Redwater

and considers the art of the TV spin-off.

Highly acclaimed true crime dramas won major awards at Baftas this week. Murdered by my Father is about a so-called honour killing. Damilola, Our Loved Boy recounts the terrible story of the schoolboy stabbed on his way home from school. Three Girls takes on the very difficult topic of the Rochdale sexual grooming gangs. Samira Ahmed talks to Lois Wise about the public fascination for true crime stories, and the dilemmas involved.

Director Guy Ritchie's latest film is an epic action adventure, King Arthur: Legend of the Sword. It stars Charlie Hunnam in the title role, with Jude Law, fetching in assorted leather-wear, as his scheming uncle King Vortigen. Ritchie talks about how he works with actors on set - including here David Beckham, who has a cameo role, and how the folkloric tradition of storytelling influenced the film's narrative.

From Shore to Shore is a new play inspired by the lives and little-known stories of people from the Chinese communities in Leeds and West Yorkshire. Playwright Mary Cooper and writer Mimi Webster discuss how the play came about and why it's being presented in unusual venues - Chinese restaurants.

Presenter: Samira Ahmed

Producer:Julian May.

Image credit: Daniel Smith/ Warner Bros.

Credits

Interviewed Guest
Rebecca Nicholson
Interviewed Guest
Louis Wise
Interviewed Guest
Guy Ritchie
Interviewed Guest
Mary Cooper
Interviewed Guest
Mimi Webster
Presenter
Samira Ahmed
Producer
Julian May
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