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Ralph Fiennes in Man and Superman, Historic England, Miranda July

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Michael Arditti reviews Ralph Fiennes in George Bernard Shaw's Man and Superman.

Arts news, including a review of Ralph Fiennes in George Bernard Shaw's Man and Superman, Simon Thurley discusses Historic England, and Miranda July talks about her debut novel.

Ralph Fiennes plays Jack Tanner in George Bernard Shaw's provocative romantic comedy Man and Superman at the National Theatre, reviewed by Michael Arditti.

English Heritage today announced it will separate into two organisations: Historic England and The English Heritage Trust. Simon Thurley, Chief Executive of English Heritage, discusses the changes ahead.

Film-maker and performance artist Miranda July discusses her debut novel The First Bad Man, an exploration of what happens when a lonely woman agrees to take in a friend's daughter as a lodger.

And as part of Reading Europe on Radio 4, Damian Barr takes a look at the flourishing of writing by women in Spain after the repressive years of Franco's regime with Milena Busquets, author of Spain's current bestseller, This Too Shall Pass, and Valerie Miles, co-founding editor of Granta in Spanish.

Presenter Samira Ahmed

Producer Jerome Weatherald.

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Samira Ahmed
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Michael Arditti
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Simon Thurley
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Miranda July
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Damian Barr
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Milena Busquets
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Valerie Miles
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Marc Chagall, Laura Marling, Frank Cottrell Boyce, Colm Tóibín

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Marc Chagall, Laura Marling, Frank Cottrell Boyce and Colm Tóibín's Cultural Exchange.

The art of Marc Chagall at Tate Liverpool, singer-songwriter Laura Marling, writer Frank Cottrell Boyce on his new show for Derry-Londonderry, and Colm Tóibín's Cultural Exchange.

With John Wilson.

Marc Chagall's paintings filled with colour, floating figures and Jewish motifs are among the most distinctive in art. A new exhibition at Tate Liverpool traces the creation of Chagall's style by following his early years as an artist in Paris and his native Russia. Jackie Wullschlager, author of the biography Chagall: Love and Exile, reviews.

St Colmcille, the patron saint of Derry/Londonderry, returns for a public pageant on a city-wide scale, starting this evening. Frank Cottrell Boyce, the writer behind the London 2012 Opening Ceremony, discusses how he created the story for this weekend's events in the UK's City of Culture. Many aspects of the city's history are celebrated, culminating in a showdown on the river front between St. Colmcille and his monstrous nemesis.

Singer-songwriter Laura Marling reflects on her new album Once I was an Eagle, and explains why she has chosen to base herself in Los Angeles. She also brings her guitar to the Front Row studio, to perform.

And the Irish writer Colm Tóibín makes his selection for the Cultural Exchange: Poem by Elizabeth Bishop, a reflection on a small painting of a scene in rural Nova Scotia, where the poet spent time as a child.

Producer Jerome Weatherald.

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John Wilson
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Frank Cottrell-Boyce
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Laura Marling
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Colm Toibin
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Miranda Hart, Martin Amis, Kwame Kwei-Armah's Cultural Exchange

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Arts news, including Miranda Hart, Martin Amis and Kwame Kwei-Armah's Cultural Exchange.

Arts news with Mark Lawson. Miranda Hart on her career, Martin Amis on his novel Lionel Asbo: State of England, and Kwame Kwei-Armah selects a landmark play for Cultural Exchange.

With Mark Lawson.

Writer and comedy performer Miranda Hart reflects on her career so far, as her book Is It Just Me? appears in paperback.

Martin Amis discusses his 13th novel Lionel Asbo: State of England, a black comedy about a very violent and not very successful criminal and his nephew Desmond Pepperdine.

Playwright and actor Kwame Kwei-Armah, currently Artistic Director of Center Stage in Baltimore, Maryland, selects his Cultural Exchange: Joe Turner's Come and Gone by August Wilson

Producer Jerome Weatherald.

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Mark Lawson
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Miranda Hart
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Martin Amis
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Kwame Kwei-Armah
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Lenny Henry, Joan Bakewell, Foghorn Requiem and the Kate Greenaway prize winner

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Lenny Henry returns to the stage, Joan Bakewell's Cultural Exchange and a Foghorn Requiem.

John Wilson talks to Lenny Henry as he returns to the stage in Fences. Joan Bakewell offers her choice for Cultural Exchange. Foghorns become musical instruments in a new requiem.

With John Wilson.

Lenny Henry returns to the stage after a succesful run playing Othello. He now stars in the Pulitzer prize-winning play Fences by American playwright August Wilson. Lenny Henry discusses the importance of the play and the challenge of memorising his lines in a role where he's rarely off the stage.

The winner of the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal for children's book illustration is announced today. Previous winners include Raymond Briggs, Shirley Hughes, Lauren Child and Quentin Blake. John talks to this year's winner.

The foghorn is a disappearing sound from the British coastline - increasingly made redundant by the advances of GPS technology. Now an ambitious project is using GPS technology in the service of a Foghorn Requiem. Composed by Orlando Gough, the requiem features three brass bands, a flotilla of vessels positioned offshore, and the Souter Lighthouse Foghorn itself. Composer Orlando Gough and artist Lise Autogena discuss a one-off musical performance that aims to fuse the sounds from land and sea.

In tonight's Cultural Exchange, Joan Bakewell discusses her choice - Luchino Visconti's sumptuous 1963 film adaptation of di Lampedusa's novel The Leopard.

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John Wilson
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Lenny Henry
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Joan Bakewell
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Giorgio Moroder, site-specific art, Tim Firth, Cultural Exchange

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Giorgio Moroder, site-specific art, Tim Firth and Francine Stock's Cultural Exchange.

Record producer Giorgio Moroder, artist Richard Wilson on site-specific art when it changes site, Calendar Girls writer Tim Firth, and Francine Stock's Cultural Exchange.

With John Wilson.

Disco legend, music producer and Oscar-winner Giorgio Moroder is the man behind hits from Donna Summer, The Three Degrees and Sparks. In a rare interview, Moroder reflects on his humble beginnings, his rise to fame and his recent comeback with Daft Punk.

As Roger Hiorns' blue crystal sculpture Seizure is moved from a derelict council flat in south London to the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, artist Richard Wilson and critic Rachel Campbell-Johnston consider the importance of site-specific art and what happens when an installation is transferred to an environment other than its original location.

Tim Firth, writer of the stage version of Calendar Girls - one of the most successful plays in recent British theatre - has turned his hand to a musical. The result is This Is My Family, which explores family life from the perspective of a 13 year old girl, and opens this week in Sheffield. Tim Firth and Daniel Evans, artistic director of Sheffield Theatres, discuss the project.

For Cultural Exchange, Francine Stock chooses The Apple, a film made by Iranian director Samira Makhmalbaf in 1998, when she was only 18 years old.

Producer Jerome Weatherald.

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John Wilson
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Giorgio Moroder
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Richard Wilson
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Rachel Campbell-Johnston
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Tim Firth
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Daniel Evans
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Francine Stock
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Emma Watson in The Bling Ring, Anna Chancellor, Clarke Peters' Cultural Exchange

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Emma Watson in The Bling Ring, Anna Chancellor, and Clarke Peters' Cultural Exchange.

Review of Emma Watson in Sofia Coppola's film The Bling Ring, actress Anna Chancellor in Private Lives, actors playing themselves, and Clarke Peters selects his Cultural Exchange.

With John Wilson.

Emma Watson stars in The Bling Ring, Sofia Coppola's film about a teenage gang who raid the Hollywood homes of young celebrities. Jason Solomons reviews.

Actress Anna Chancellor discusses her role as Amanda in Noel Coward's Private Lives on stage. Anna won acclaim for roles on TV in Spooks and Pramface and was nominated for a BAFTA for BBC One's The Hour - and is still remembered as Hugh Grant's jilted fiancée Duckface in Four Weddings and a Funeral.

For Cultural Exchange, actor and musician Clarke Peters selects an anthropological book: They Came Before Columbus, by Dr Ivan Van Sertima. Dr Van Sertima argued that the Indians whom Columbus encountered had already met Africans, long before Columbus had got there. This would mean that Africans had first arrived in the Americas not as slaves, but far earlier - as explorers and traders.

A new apocalyptic comedy This is the End features James Franco, Seth Rogen and Emily Watson playing James Franco, Seth Rogen and Emily Watson. And this week Status Quo make their movie debut in action-comedy caper Bula Quo!, playing none other than Status Quo. Critic Adam Smith looks into this cinematic habit of actors playing alternative versions of themselves in films.

Producer Jerome Weatherald.

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John Wilson
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Anna Chancellor
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Clarke Peters
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Clive James on Dante, A Season in the Congo, Paula Milne's Cultural Exchange

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Mark Lawson reviews Joe Wright's new staging of A Season in the Congo by Aime Cesaire.

Arts news. Clive James discusses his translation of Dante's The Divine Comedy, a review of A Season in the Congo starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, and Paula Milne's Cultural Exchange.

With Mark Lawson.

Writer and poet Clive James discusses his ambitious version of Dante's 14th century epic poem The Divine Comedy. He reflects on the challenge and pleasure of translating the 14,233 lines which took him several years, while struggling with ill health which made him wonder whether he'd live to see it published.

Directed by Joe Wright and starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, the UK premiere of A Season in the Congo by Aimé Césaire opens on stage this week. Set in the Congo during the country's first year of independence, the play charts the life of Patrice Lumumba from his campaigning against Belgian rule, to becoming Prime Minster, to his assassination. Novelist Justin Cartwright gives his verdict.

Screenwriter Paula Milne offers her choice for Cultural Exchange - Five Easy Pieces, an influential 1970 film starring Jack Nicholson as a frustrated musician who drifts from job to job and embarks on a road trip to see his seriously ill father.

Producer Jerome Weatherald.

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Mark Lawson
Interviewed Guest
Clive James
Interviewed Guest
Paula Milne
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Tony Grisoni, Richard Rogers, Imperial War Museum

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Architect Richard Rogers nominates a favourite public space for Cultural Exchange.

Southcliffe screenwriter Tony Grisoni, new galleries at the Imperial War Museum in London, and architect Richard Rogers nominates a favourite public space for Cultural Exchange.

With John Wilson.

Tony Grisoni, writer of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and the Red Riding TV series, discusses his latest project: Southcliffe is a new four-part drama for Channel 4, about a random killer on the loose in a small English rural town.

Architect Richard Rogers nominates a favourite public space for Cultural Exchange, in which leading creative minds share a cultural passion.

As the Imperial War Museum London partially re-opens its doors during its major redevelopment, John takes a look at the two new art exhibitions on display. Architecture of War examines the impact of conflict on the landscape and environment, and 5000 Feet is the Best - Omer Fast's multi-layered film about drone warfare - launches IWM Contemporary.

Artist and illustrator Ralph Steadman discusses his contribution to a festival about Surrealist artist Marcel Duchamp in Herne Bay, inspired by a trip Duchamp took to the Kentish coast in 1913. He wrote a postcard back to Paris declaring "I am not dead... I am in Herne Bay", and on his return started working on his famous ready-mades, fuelled by his experiences of the English seaside. Steadman reveals why he's donating his own urinal, which started life in the gentlemen's convenience of the Hackney Empire.

Producer Jerome Weatherald.

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John Wilson
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Tony Grisoni
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Richard Rogers
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Ralph Steadman
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Primal Scream's Bobby Gillespie, Steven Isserlis, Amalia Ulman

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Primal Scream's Bobby Gillespie discusses the band's new album. John Wilson presents.

Arts news with John Wilson, including Primal Scream's Bobby Gillespie on the band's new album Chaosmosis, plus cellist Steven Isserlis and social media-based artist Amalia Ulman.

Primal Scream's Bobby Gillespie discusses the band's new album Chaosmosis and why they have returned to 'immediate' pop songwriting.

Cellist Steven Isserlis tells John Wilson about his new recording of the Elgar Cello Concerto, and his fear of performing the complete Bach Cello Suites from memory.

Amalia Ulman, the social media-based artist, discusses her work in Performing for the Camera, a new exhibition at Tate Modern in London, which examines the relationship between photography and performance, from the invention of photography in the 19th century to the selfie culture of today.

Presenter John Wilson

Producer Jerome Weatherald.

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John Wilson
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Bobby Gillespie
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Steven Isserlis
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Amalia Ulman
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The Film Programme

John Lasseter

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Francine Stock talks to the American animator and film-maker John Lasseter.

Radio 4's weekly look at the world of film. Francine Stock talks to American animator and film-maker John Lasseter about his career and his latest movie Zootropolis.

The Film Programme this week explores the work of American animator and film maker John Lasseter.

Presenter Francine Stock talks to John about his moving making techniques and films including Toy Story, Frozen and his latest release Zootropolis.

John also shares his experiences of working for both Pixar Animations and for Disney.

Presenter: Francine Stock

Producer: Anna Bailey

Editor: Jereome Weatherald.

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Francine Stock
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John Lasseter
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Grimsby, Dominic Dromgoole, Poems that Make Grown Women Cry

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Sacha Baron Cohen's new film Grimsby reviewed and the Globe theatre's Dominic Dromgoole.

Arts news with Kirsty Lang, including Sacha Baron Cohen's new film Grimsby reviewed and Shakespeare's Globe's outgoing artistic director Dominic Dromgoole.

Sacha Baron Cohen plays a football hooligan and Mark Strong his brother, a top spy, in the new action comedy film Grimsby. Quentin Cooper reviews.

Shakespeare's Globe's outgoing artistic director Dominic Dromgoole looks back over his tenure and discusses his final production, The Tempest.

After Poems That Make Grown Men Cry, Anthony Holden has now collected Poems That Make Grown Women Cry. In it, women from various walks of life select poems that move them to tears, and explain why. Holden discusses the similarities and differences between the two volumes, and is joined by Joan Bakewell and Elif Shafak who reveal their choices.

Mick Herron discusses his new novel Real Tigers, a thriller which takes place behind the scenes at Britain's Security Service.

Presenter Kirsty Lang

Producer Jerome Weatherald.

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Kirsty Lang
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Quentin Cooper
Interviewed Guest
Dominic Dromgoole
Interviewed Guest
Anthony Holden
Interviewed Guest
Joan Bakewell
Interviewed Guest
Elif Shafak
Interviewed Guest
Mick Herron
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Richard Gere in Time Out of Mind, Tanita Tikaram, Look Back in Anger

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A review of Time Out of Mind, starring Richard Gere as a homeless man. Plus Tanita Tikaram

Arts news with Samira Ahmed, including a review of Richard Gere's new film Time Out of Mind, Tanita Tikaram on her new album Closer to the People and the play Look Back in Anger.

Richard Gere's latest film Time Out Of Mind sees him playing a homeless man who struggles to survive on the streets of New York City, Dreda Say Mitchell reviews the film which is a personal project for Gere, aimed at drawing attention to the plight of the homeless.

John Osborne first offered Look Back in Anger to Derby Theatre, but it was rejected. They're making amends with a 60th anniversary production, and a new play, Jinny, written in response to it from a female perspective. Samira Ahmed talks to the director Sarah Brigham and Benedict Nightingale, who as a young critic, saw the original production.

Tanita Tikaram rose to fame in the 1980s with the album Ancient Heart. It sold 4m copies and produced four chart singles including Twist in My Sobriety. The singer discusses her new album Closer to the People which is influenced by Anita O'Day, Philip Glass and Thelonious Monk.

Was Hilma af Klint (1862-1944) Europe's first abstract artist, before even Kandinsky and Mondrian? A new exhibition at the Serpentine Gallery in London shows how this Swedish artist was reacting to the big debates of the late 19th and early 20th century. Charlotte Mullins reviews.

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Samira Ahmed
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Dreda Say Mitchell
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Sarah Brigham
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Benedict Nightingale
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Tanita Tikaram
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Charlotte Mullins
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Jeremy Irons and Richard Eyre celebrate Bristol Old Vic's 250th, Disorder, 10 Cloverfield Lane

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Jeremy Irons discusses his new play Long Day's Journey into Night. John Wilson presents.

Arts news with John Wilson, including Jeremy Irons, Lesley Manville and Richard Eyre on Long Day's Journey into Night at Bristol Old Vic and a review of 10 Cloverfield Lane.

As Bristol Old Vic celebrates its 250th anniversary, Jeremy Irons, Lesley Manville, Richard Eyre and artistic director Tom Morris discuss their new production of Long Day's Journey Into Night and look back over the history of the theatre.

Director Alice Winocour and actor Matthias Schoenaerts talk to John Wilson about their new film Disorder, about a French Special Forces soldier coping with PTSD.

Tim Robey reviews the new thriller 10 Cloverfield Lane, about a woman who wakes up in a basement following a car accident and is told by the man who claims to have saved her that the world above them is too dangerous to venture out in.

Presenter John Wilson

Producer Jerome Weatherald.

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John Wilson
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Jeremy Irons
Interviewed Guest
Lesley Manville
Interviewed Guest
Richard Eyre
Interviewed Guest
Tom Morris
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Alice Winocour
Interviewed Guest
Matthias Schoenaerts
Interviewed Guest
Tim Robey
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Glenn Close in Sunset Boulevard, Maigret with Rowan Atkinson, Sunken Cities

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Glenn Close discusses her role as Norma Desmond in hit musical Sunset Boulevard.

Arts news with John Wilson, including Glenn Close on her role as Norma Desmond in the musical Sunset Boulevard and a review of Rowan Atkinson in ITV's Maigret Sets a Trap.

Glenn Close discusses reprising her role as Norma Desmond in Andrew Lloyd Webber's hit musical Sunset Boulevard on stage at the English National Opera in London.

Rowan Atkinson is the latest actor to take on the part of Inspector Jules Maigret in ITV's new adaptation of Georges Simenon's novel Maigret Sets a Trap. Crime fiction specialist Jeff Park reviews.

As a series of cartoons drawn by the Sex Pistols' Johnny Rotten in the mid-1970s on the wall of a house in London's Denmark St are given listed status, Roger Bowdler, director of listings at Historic England, and Henry Scott-Irvine from the Save Denmark St campaign, assess the importance of the preservation.

Sunken Cities: Egypt's Lost Worlds, the British Museum's first major show on underwater archaeology, will open in May. As the first of more than 200 discoveries found beneath the sea by the French diver and archaeologist Franck Goddio are installed, John Wilson gets an early preview. Goddio and curator Aurélia Masson-Berghoff introduce him to 'Hapi', a 5.4-metre, 6-tonne red granite statue of the god of fertility.

Presenter John Wilson

Producer Jerome Weatherald.

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John Wilson
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Glenn Close
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Jeff Park
Interviewed Guest
Roger Bowdler
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Henry Scott-Irvine
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Franck Goddio
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Aurelia Masson-Berghoff
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Pet Shop Boys Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe

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Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe look back over three decades as Pet Shop Boys.

As they make preparations for a residency at the Royal Opera House and the release of a new album, Pet Shop Boys talk to John Wilson.

In 1986, Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe released their first album as Pet Shop Boys.

30 years on, the most successful British pop duo of all time look back over three decades of stardom and electronic dance music as they prepare for a four-night residency at the Royal Opera House in London in July, and the release of their 13th studio album, Super, this week.

Presenter John Wilson

Producer Jerome Weatherald.

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John Wilson
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Jerome Weatherald
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Neil Tennant
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Chris Lowe

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Palme d'Or winner Dheepan, Diana Damrau, Noma Dumezweni, Garth Greenwell

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A review of the Palme d'Or-winning film Dheepan plus German soprano Diana Damrau.

Palme d'Or-winning film Dheepan, German soprano Diana Damrau on Lucia di Lammermoor, Noma Dumezweni in our Shakespeare's People series, and American novelist Garth Greenwell.

Dheepan, the winner of the Palme d'Or at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival, tells the story of a former Sri Lankan Tamil fighter who flees the civil war to France with a woman and young girl he has never met. After finding work and housing in the suburbs of Pairs this fake family soon find that the violence they have run from is replaced by a new danger. Agnes Poirier reviews the film.

German soprano Diana Damrau discusses her role as Lucia di Lammermoor in a controversial and bloody new production at the Royal Opera House in London.

Noma Dumezweni, who is about to star as Hermione in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child on stage, chooses Paulina from The Winter's Tale as part of our Shakespeare's People series.

US writer Garth Greenwell's debut novel What Belongs to You is the story of a American teacher who becomes obsessed with a sex worker in Bulgaria. Garth talks to Samira about the mixture of fact and fiction in the novel, and his growing up gay in Kentucky and his advocacy of 'queer culture'.

Presenter Samira Ahmed

Producer Jerome Weatherald.

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Samira Ahmed
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Jerome Weatherald
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Agnes Poirier
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Diana Damrau
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Noma Dumezweni
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Garth Greenwell

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Kevin Costner in Criminal, Kenneth Branagh, The Comedy About A Bank Robbery, Laika the spacedog

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Criminal and why London attracts so many film-makers. Plus The Comedy About A Bank Robbery

Kevin Costner's new movie Criminal, Kenneth Branagh on Leontes in The Winter's Tale, The Comedy About A Bank Robbery, and English Touring Opera's Laika the Spacedog.

With Kevin Costner's new film Criminal shot in London, Mark Eccleston assesses the appeal of the capital to international film-makers.

Henry Lewis, Henry Shields and Jonathan Sayer are the brains behind the hit Olivier Award-winning farce The Play That Goes Wrong. Kirsty Lang talks to the trio about their new play The Comedy About A Bank Robbery.

As part of our Shakespeare's People series, Kenneth Branagh chooses the troubled King Leontes from The Winter's Tale.

The multi-award-winning children's opera Laika the Spacedog from the English Touring Opera was performed across the UK and Europe in 2013 and 2014 and has now returned for a second extensive run across the UK. The show's composer Russell Hepplewhite and director Tim Yealland discuss why opera is the perfect art form for children and why children are the perfect audience.

Presenter Kirsty Lang

Producer Jerome Weatherald.

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Kirsty Lang
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Jerome Weatherald
Interviewed Guest
Mark Eccleston
Interviewed Guest
Henry Lewis
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Henry Shields
Interviewed Guest
Jonathan Sayer
Interviewed Guest
Kenneth Branagh
Interviewed Guest
Russell Hepplewhite
Interviewed Guest
Tim Yealland

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Ricky Gervais, The Secret, Mark Elder, The return of the repertory company

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Ricky Gervais discusses his latest projects including his film Special Correspondents.

Ricky Gervais on his new film Special Correspondents, Sir Mark Elder on the Halle Orchestra's Dvorak Festival, a review of ITV's The Secret, and the return of rep theatre company.

Ricky Gervais has written, directed and stars in the feature-length film Special Correspondents for Netflix. Kirsty talks to the comedian about celebrity, David Brent and returning to stand-up.

The Secret is a new ITV drama set in Northern Ireland starring James Nesbitt. It tells the true story of a couple who embark on an affair and then plot to murder their spouses. Jenny McCartney reviews.

Sir Ian McKellen has called for the National Theatre to have a resident company of actors, and the Liverpool Everyman has plans to trial one. Theatre writer and critic Lyn Gardner considers whether the old rep model of theatre can be resurrected.

As The Hallé prepares for its Dvorák Festival, the orchestra's conductor Sir Mark Elder discusses his affinity for the music of the Czech composer.

Presenter Kirsty Lang

Producer Jerome Weatherald.

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Kirsty Lang
Interviewed Guest
Ricky Gervais
Interviewed Guest
Jenny McCartney
Interviewed Guest
Lyn Gardner
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Mark Elder
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Mona Hatoum, The Windsors, Alexander Masters, Charles Dance

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Alexander Masters on his book A Life Discarded, plus artist Mona Hatoum.

Alexander Masters discusses A Life Discarded, artist Mona Hatoum on her show at Tate Modern, the creators of new TV comedy series The Windsors, plus Charles Dance on Coriolanus.

The artist Mona Hatoum has a major survey of her work at Tate Modern in London. It includes her early performance works, such as when she walked through Brixton after the race riots barefoot, but with heavy boots tied to her ankles. And her later large installations such as a floor of marbles; beautiful but dangerous to walk on. She describes how the political and personal has always influenced her work.

Alexander Masters' first book Stuart: A Life Backwards, a biography of a homeless man, won prizes before being adapted for television and the stage. As his latest book is published, A Life Discarded - inspired by the discovery in a skip of a 148 volumes of a personal diary - the author discusses the appeal of the overlooked.

Starring Harry Enfield as Prince Charles, The Windsors is a new six-part comedy soap opera that takes a weekly peek behind the curtains of Britain's most famous family. Its creators Bert Tyler-Moore and George Jeffrie discuss the challenges they set themselves.

Charles Dance is the latest Shakespearean to nominate his favourite dramatic character - Coriolanus.

Presenter Samira Ahmed

Producer Jerome Weatherald.

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Mona Hatoum
Interviewed Guest
Bert Tyler-Moore
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George Jeffrie
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Charles Dance
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Samira Ahmed
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Jerome Weatherald

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Francis Bacon, Ayad Akhtar, Cannes Film Festival, Mum

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Francis Bacon retrospective in Liverpool, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Ayad Akhtar.

Francis Bacon: Invisible Rooms at Tate Liverpool, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Ayad Akhtar, a report from the Cannes film festival, and new TV comedy series Mum.

Francis Bacon: Invisible Rooms at Tate Liverpool is the largest exhibition of the artist's work ever staged in the north of England, featuring more than 30 paintings and a group of rarely-seen drawings and documents. Kasia Redzisz, senior curator at the gallery, shows John Wilson round the exhibition.

The Pulitzer Prize-winning Pakistani American actor, screenwriter, novelist and playwright Ayad Akhtar discusses his play The Invisible Hand. Kidnapped by an Islamic militant group in Pakistan, with no-one negotiating his release, an investment banker takes matters into his own hands.

Mum is a new BBC TV sitcom starring Lesley Manville and Peter Mullan about a mother who is trying to re-build her life following the death of her husband. David Butcher reviews.

Jason Solomons reports from the Cannes Film Festival as it reaches the end of its first week.

Presenter John Wilson

Producer Jerome Weatherald.

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Presenter
John Wilson
Interviewed Guest
Kasia Redzisz
Interviewed Guest
David Butcher
Interviewed Guest
Jason Solomons
Producer
Jerome Weatherald

Brand

Front Row

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