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Sue Johnston, Burt Kwouk remembered, Yayoi Kusama, Simon Stone, Philip Venables

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The Royle Family's Sue Johnston on Rovers, and Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama reviewed.

Sue Johnston on new TV drama series Rovers, Burt Kwouk remembered, Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama reviewed, composer Philip Venables on Sarah Kane's 4.48 Psychosis, Simon Stone.

Sue Johnston, best known for her TV portrayal of The Royle Family's matriarch Barbara, on reuniting with Craig Cash from the series in Rovers, a new TV comedy about lower-league football team Redbridge Rovers and their oddball set of fans.

Actor Burt Kwouk, famous for playing Cato in the Pink Panther films and for his role in TV drama series Tenko, is remembered by film historian Matthew Sweet.

Yayoi Kusama had the highest global exhibition attendance of any artist in 2014, and this year she was named one of Time magazine's 100 Most Influential People. Now, at 87, she has an exhibition of new work in London, featuring pumpkin sculptures and her continuing preoccupation with polka dots and finely-scalloped 'infinity net' patterns. Louisa Buck reviews.

Simon Stone discusses directing The Daughter, starring Geoffrey Rush and Sam Neill. The film is a re-imagining of Ibsen's The Wild Duck and is based on Stone's own critically-acclaimed adaptation for stage.

Composer Philip Venables tells Samira about his operatic adaptation of Sarah Kane's play 4.48 Psychosis which deals with the late writer's experience of depression.

Presenter Samira Ahmed

Producer Jerome Weatherald.

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Sue Johnston
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Matthew Sweet
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Louisa Buck
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Simon Stone
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Philip Venables
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Versailles, Louisa Young, Museum of the Year contender, TV drama music

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TV drama series Versailles reviewed, and Louisa Young on her new novel Devotion.

Louis XIV drama series Versailles reviewed, Louisa Young on her novel Devotion, Martin Roth of the V&A, shortlisted for Museum of the Year, and Americana music in hit TV dramas.

Versailles is the new high-budget, 10-part BBC2 drama series which is already creating controversy ahead of its first broadcast. Boyd Hilton reviews the period costume drama set in the court of Louis XIV with its themes of sex, murder and conspiracy.

The Victoria and Albert Museum in London is one of five museums and galleries in the UK to make the shortlist for Museum of the Year. In the first of our reports from the shortlisted venues, the Museum's director Martin Roth explains how to choose a record-breaking exhibition like the Alexander McQueen and why the V&A is planning to expand into the Olympic Park, Dundee and China.

A Jewish Italian family ends up among Mussolini's most ardent supporters in Louisa Young's new novel Devotion, the latest in her series begun by the WWI novel My Dear I Wanted To Tell You and The Heroes' Welcome. She charts the political awakening of the next generation as another war looms, and tells Kirsty Lang why she found the Italian experience so compelling.

The credits to the forthcoming TV drama series New Blood feature a raw Deep South bluesy soundtrack, a trick learned from some of the most talked-about series in recent years, from The Sopranos to Breaking Bad and True Detective. Ben Wardle considers the appeal of Americana music to today's TV directors.

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Kirsty Lang
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Boyd Hilton
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Martin Roth
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Louisa Young
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Ben Kingsley, Casey Nicholaw, RA Summer Exhibition, Outcast

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Sir Ben Kingsley discusses his film Learning to Drive plus Aladdin director Casey Nicholaw

Ben Kingsley discusses Learning to Drive, Casey Nicholaw on directing Aladdin on stage, artist Richard Wilson on curating the RA Summer Exhibition, and a review of Outcast.

Ben Kingsley discusses his role as a driving instructor in his new film Learning to Drive.

The director and choreographer Casey Nicholaw, whose credits include The Book of Mormon, on bringing Disney's Aladdin to the West End stage.

The sculptor Richard Wilson, co-ordinator of the 2016 Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, discusses his selection for the world's largest open submission exhibition, and its focus this year on celebrated artistic duos.

Outcast is a new TV series based on the comics by Robert Kirkman that follows a young man plagued by demonic possession. Kim Newman reviews.

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Ben Kingsley
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Casey Nicholaw
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Richard Wilson
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Ralph Fiennes on Richard III, Elvis & Nixon, Refugee fiction, Amjad Sabri

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Ralph Fiennes and director Rupert Goold discuss their new production of Richard III.

Ralph Fiennes and director Rupert Goold on Richard III; Elvis & Nixon, starring Kevin Spacey; Marina Lewycka and Hassan Abdulrazzak on refugee fiction; Amjad Sabri remembered.

Ralph Fiennes and director Rupert Goold discuss their new production of Shakespeare's Richard III at the Almeida Theatre in London.

Kevin Spacey stars as the former US president in the new film Elvis & Nixon, which focuses on the untold real-life story of the meeting between the two men. Michael Carlson reviews.

Author Marina Lewycka and playwright Hassan Abdulrazzak join Samira to discuss the art of writing fiction about the refugee experience. As refugees once themselves, both have contributed to an anthology of writing called A Country of Refuge, being published to coincide with Refugee Week.

One of Pakistan's most famous qawwali singers Amjad Sabri has been killed today in Karachi. Ziad Zafar joins us to explain Sabri's place in Pakistani culture and what may have led to his death.

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Ralph Fiennes
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Rupert Goold
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Michael Carlson
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Marina Lewycka
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Hassan Abdulrazzak
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Ziad Zafar

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Carsten Holler's Orbit slide, Emma Rice, Jupiter Artland

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Artist Carsten Holler discusses his new 175m slide for Anish Kapoor's Olympic sculpture.

Carsten Holler on his new slide for Anish Kapoor's Olympic Orbit sculpture; director Emma Rice on putting Marc Chagall on stage; Jupiter Artland, shortlisted for Museum of the Year.

Artist Carsten Höller discusses his latest project, the world's longest and tallest tunnel slide, attached to Anish Kapoor's ArcelorMittal Orbit in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford, East London. Then Kirsty gives it a go...

The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk is the latest stage production from the Cornish theatre company Kneehigh tells the story of the 20th century artist Marc Chagall and his wife and muse, Bella. Director Emma Rice and writer Daniel Jamieson join Kirsty.

Jupiter Artland in Scotland is one of five museums and galleries in the UK to make the shortlist for Museum of the Year. In the second of our reports from the shortlisted venues, the Museum's founders, husband and wife team Robert and Nicky Wilson, explain what they hope to achieve with this still relatively young gallery.

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Carsten Holler
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Emma Rice
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Daniel Jamieson
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Robert Wilson
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Nicky Wilson
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Ab Fab director Mandie Fletcher, Phill Jupitus on Trumpton's creator, Olivia de Havilland turns 100

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Absolutely Fabulous director Mandie Fletcher discusses her new film adaptation.

Ab Fab director Mandie Fletcher, Phill Jupitus on Trumpton's creator, Brief Encounters, Matthew Sweet on Olivia de Havilland's 100th birthday, Darren Henley on culture and society.

Director Mandie Fletcher discusses the challenges of taking Joanna Lumley, Jennifer Saunders and Absolutely Fabulous from the small to the big screen.

Comedian Phill Jupitus remembers Gordon Murray, the creator and puppeteer of the Trumpton series of children's TV animations - Camberwick Green, Trumpton and Chigley - whose death was announced today.

Matthew Sweet celebrates the 100th birthday of Olivia de Havilland, one of last great stars of Hollywood's golden era, whose films include Gone with The Wind and The Heiress.

Penelope Wilton and Sophie Rundel star in a new six-part comedy-drama, Brief Encounters. Set in Sheffield in 1982 - and loosely based on the memoir of the CEO of Ann Summers, Jacqueline Gold - the story centres on the lives of four women whose lives are turned around when they start running parties selling exotic lingerie. Julia Raeside reviews.

As arts organisations around the country begin assessing how the vote to leave the EU might affect their funding and freedom of movement for artists, Darren Henley, chief executive of Arts Council England, discusses what he calls the 'dividends' of a healthy cultural scene for wider society.

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Samira Ahmed
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Jerome Weatherald
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Mandie Fletcher
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Phill Jupitus
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Matthew Sweet
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Julia Raeside
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Darren Henley

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Artistic Responses to the Battle of the Somme, from Jeremy Deller to the Caribbean

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Artistic responses to the Battle of the Somme, from Jeremy Deller to the Caribbean.

To mark the centenary of the beginning of the Battle of the Somme, we consider artists' responses to the conflict, including Jeremy Deller's project We're Here Because We're Here.

100 years to the day after the artillery bombardment ceased and the first whistle was blown, we remember those who took part in the Battle of the Somme, and how artists then and now have represented the costliest day in British military history.

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Producer Jerome Weatherald.

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Winona Ryder in Stranger Things, Jan Ravens on impersonating Theresa May, Alice Oswald, James Kelman

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Winona Ryder in Stranger Things reviewed, novelist James Kelman, poet Alice Oswald.

Stranger Things starring Winona Ryder reviewed, poet Alice Oswald on Falling Awake, James Kelman on his new novel Dirt Road, and actor Jan Ravens on impersonating Theresa May.

Stranger Things is a Netflix series starring Winona Ryder which tells the story of a supernatural disappearance of a young boy in 1980s Indiana. Kim Newman reviews.

As satirists target a new Prime Minister, Jan Ravens of Radio 4's Dead Ringers discusses her approach to impersonating Theresa May.

Poet Alice Oswald discusses Falling Awake, her new poetry collection that explores mortality, and why gardening and the classics lead to poetic inspiration.

James Kelman who won the Booker Prize in 1994 for his novel How Late It Was, How Late, discusses his new book Dirt Road, which follows a Scottish teenager and his father on a trip to the American south where they grieve for the teenager's mother and sister who have died of cancer.

On his 82nd birthday the Nobel Prize-winning Nigerian playwright and poet reads from his poem, A Vision of Peace.

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Samira Ahmed
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Jerome Weatherald
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Kim Newman
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Jan Ravens
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Alice Oswald
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James Kelman
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Wole Soyinka

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William Eggleston exhibition, Tess Gerritsen, Graphene artists, Wang Jianlin

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A new exhibition by the photographer William Eggleston, and novelist Tess Gerritsen.

Eamonn McCabe on a new exhibition by the photographer William Eggleston, author Tess Gerritsen on Playing With Fire, and Variety's Patrick Frater on Hong Kong tycoon Wang Jianlin.

In the 1960s when only black-and-white photographs were considered 'art', the American photographer William Eggleston changed that perception with his brightly-coloured photographs of the American South. Photographer Eamonn McCabe reviews a new exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery which brings together many of Eggleston's portraits of the people who lived there.

Tess Gerritsen, author of the best-selling crime series Rizzoli and Isles, talks to Kirsty about her latest novel, a stand-alone historical thriller, Playing with Fire.

In 2012, the art collective Random International made headlines with their work Rain Room which featured a large room filled with pouring rain which visitors could walk through without getting wet. For a new show at Manchester's Museum of Science and Industry they've made their first video work, Everything and Nothing, in response to graphene, the world's first two-dimensional material. Co-founder of the collective, Florian Ortkrass, discusses making art out of scientific discoveries.

Wang Jianlin, one of China's billionaires, made his fortune in property development. Now intent on building a global entertainment empire, he's been busy buying film production companies and cinema chains worldwide, including most recently the UK's Odeon cinema chain. Patrick Frater, Asia Bureau Chief for Variety, explains why Wang Jianlin could soon be making his presence felt in Hollywood.

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Kirsty Lang
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Jerome Weatherald
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Eamonn McCabe
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Florian Ortkrass
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Patrick Frater

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Tallulah, David Bowie Prom, The Plough and the Stars

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Ellen Page in Tallulah, John Cale on tomorrow's David Bowie Prom.

Ellen Page in Tallulah reviewed, John Cale and conductor Andre de Ridder on tomorrow's David Bowie Prom, Sean O'Casey's The Plough and the Stars.

Ellen Page stars in new Netflix film Tallulah as a rootless young woman who spontaneously steals a child from an irresponsible mother. Hannah McGill reviews the film which was written and directed by Sian Heder, who also writes for the TV series Orange is the New Black.

John Cale discusses his participation in the David Bowie Prom, which also features Laura Mvula and Marc Almond, in a celebration of the music of the singer who died in January.

A production of Sean O'Casey's The Plough and the Stars has just opened at the National Theatre in London, which tells the story of the Easter Rising and the attempt to end British rule in Ireland. O'Casey's daughter Shivaun, historian Dr Heather Jones, and Sean Holmes - director of the Lyric Hammersmith - discuss whether it still has the power to challenge an audience 100 years since the Easter Rising.

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John Wilson
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Jerome Weatherald
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Hannah McGill
Interviewed Guest
John Cale
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Shivaun O'Casey
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Heather Jones
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Sean Holmes

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Ben Stiller, Martin Rowson on James Gillray, Artist Peter Doig

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Ben Stiller discusses While We're Young and Martin Rowson reviews Love Bites.

Ben Stiller on his film While We're Young, Martin Rowson reviews Love Bites, caricatures by James Gillray, and artist Peter Doig reflects on his painting White Canoe.

Ben Stiller discusses his new film While We're Young, in which he plays a middle-aged documentary-maker who befriends a much younger couple and struggles to keep up with their hipster lifestyle.

As the artist Peter Doig prepares for his new solo exhibition in Venice, one of the world's most successful living artists reflects on his 2007 painting White Canoe which set an auction record for a living European artist when it sold for £5.7m.

Caricaturist James Gillray was celebrated for his incisive ridiculing of royalty and politicians. On the 200th anniversary of his death the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford explores his work and the impact it had. Cartoonist Martin Rowson reviews more than 60 of Gillray's caricatures on display.

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John Wilson
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Ben Stiller
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Peter Doig
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Martin Rowson
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Jerome Weatherald

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Gypsy, Martin Parr, Hermitage Director, Tennessee Williams Drama Found

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Gypsy, Martin Parr, Hermitage Museum director, newly discovered Tennessee Williams drama.

Gypsy starring Imelda Staunton reviewed, Martin Parr's Chinese Photobooks, the director of the Hermitage Museum, and newly discovered Tennessee Williams drama fragments.

Sondheim and Styne's stage production of Gypsy, starring Imelda Staunton, is reviewed by Sarah Crompton.

Photographer Martin Parr discusses his collection of Chinese Photobooks at The Photographers' Gallery in London, which chart the culture, history, politics and propaganda of China in photographs from 1900 to the present.

Gerri Kimber was undertaking research in archives at the University of Texas when she came across a new fragment of a play by Tennessee Williams. It features the real-life couples DH and Frieda Lawrence, and Katherine Mansfield and John Middleton Murry, caught during the First World War as a Zeppelin threatens overhead. She tells John more about her find.

Mikhail Piotrovsky, Director of the State Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg, discusses Russian-British cultural and political relations and how he was behind the recent loan of one of the Elgin Marbles from the British Museum.

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Producer Jerome Weatherald.

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John Wilson
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Sarah Crompton
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Martin Parr
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Gerri Kimber
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Mikhail Piotrovsky
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The Good Lie, Dominic Dromgoole, Loudon Wainwright III, Lib Dems' arts policy

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The Good Lie, Dominic Dromgoole, Loudon Wainwright III, Lib Dems' arts policy.

The Good Lie reviewed; Dominic Dromgoole on Hamlet; Loudon Wainwright III on his Radio 2 Lifetime Achievement Award; Lib Dems' Baroness Bonham-Carter on her party's arts policy.

Reese Witherspoon stars in The Good Lie, a film about three Sudanese refugees who flee the civil war in their country and try to make a new life for themselves in the States. Jenny McCartney reviews.

Dominic Dromgoole, Artistic Director of Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, reports on the two-year global tour of Hamlet to every country in the world as it reaches its halfway point tomorrow. In its 80,000 miles, the show has travelled to 96 countries including Ethiopia, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Malawi and Ghana before heading to Asia and Australasia.

Loudon Wainwright III will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award this evening at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. John Wilson talks to the singer-songwriter.

On the day the Liberal Democrats launch their creative strategy, Baroness Bonham-Carter, spokesperson on Culture, Media & Sport, discusses the Coalition's record on the arts and their plans for the future.

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John Wilson
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Jenny McCartney
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Dominic Dromgoole
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Loudon Wainwright III
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Jane Bonham-Carter
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Kristin Scott Thomas, The Enfield Haunting and The C Word, Greens' Caroline Lucas

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Kristin Scott Thomas on playing the Queen in The Audience on stage.

Kristin Scott Thomas on playing the Queen in The Audience on stage, dramas The Enfield Haunting and The C Word reviewed, and the Green Party's Caroline Lucas on their arts policy.

Kristin Scott Thomas discusses taking over from Helen Mirren as the Queen in Peter Morgan's play The Audience, and how the Queen responded when she told her the news.

TV dramas The Enfield Haunting starring Timothy Spall, and The C Word starring Sheridan Smith, are reviewed by Julia Raeside.

As the successor to Dominic Dromgoole, Artistic Director of Shakespeare's Globe Theatre in London, is announced, theatre critic Sarah Hemming assesses Kneehigh Theatre's Emma Rice, who is due to start in April next year.

And the Greens' Caroline Lucas discusses her party's arts policy.

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John Wilson
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Kristin Scott Thomas
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Julia Raeside
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Sarah Hemming
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Caroline Lucas
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Woolf Works, T C Boyle, Turner Prize shortlist, Andrew Motion, The Tribe

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The Virginia Woolf ballet Woolf Works and 2015's Turner Prize shortlist. With Samira Ahmed

The Virginia Woolf ballet Woolf Works, TC Boyle's novel The Harder They Come, 2015's Turner Prize shortlist, new film The Tribe, and Andrew Motion on Hiroshima. With Samira Ahmed.

Virginia Woolf is the subject of a new dance piece Woolf Works, directed by Wayne McGregor for the Royal Ballet, in which each of the three acts is inspired by a different novel - Mrs Dalloway, Orlando and The Waves. Sarah Crompton reviews.

T C Boyle discusses his new novel The Harder They Come. Set in the redwood forests of California, and inspired by true events, the book examines the complexity of Americans' relationship to violence and guns.

Some critics suggested that last year's Turner Prize shortlist lacked the calibre of previous years. Will this year's choice meet with greater approval? Louisa Buck joins Samira to discuss the 2015 shortlist of four artists which was announced today.

Larushka Ivan-Zadeh reviews a new feature film The Tribe, set in a specialist boarding school for the deaf in Ukraine where violence is a constant threat, which features deaf actors who communicate by signing with no spoken dialogue.

Inspired by an object on display at Imperial War Museum North, Sir Andrew Motion (former Poet Laureate) has created a new poem in response to the 70th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki at the end of the Second World War.

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Producer Jerome Weatherald.

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Samira Ahmed
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Sarah Crompton
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TC Boyle
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Louisa Buck
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Larushka Ivan-Zadeh
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Jerome Weatherald

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Bradley Cooper, The Art of Forgery, Cannes report, Folio Prize news

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Bradley Cooper talks about playing Joseph Merrick in The Elephant Man on stage.

Bradley Cooper on playing Joseph Merrick in The Elephant Man on stage, and Noah Charney on his book The Art of Forgery, plus a Cannes Film Festival report. John Wilson presents.

Bradley Cooper, the Oscar-nominated actor who starred in American Sniper, American Hustle and Silver Linings Playbook, takes to the stage in London this week as The Elephant Man. Bradley Cooper discusses his approach in portraying the Victorian Joseph Merrick and the physical challenges he faced, but without prosthetics or make-up.

Art forgers, from the Dutch painter Han Van Meegeren to British artists John Myatt and Shaun Greenhalgh, have fascinated the public with their skill and audacity in hood-winking the art establishment. Noah Charney discusses his new book The Art of Forgery, which explores some of history's most scandalous forgeries and asks what drives talented artists to deceive.

A busy weekend at the Cannes Film Festival has seen people focusing on the new Amy Winehouse documentary, Matthew McConaughey's controversial new film, and Pixar's latest animation which was unveiled today. Jason Solomons reports.

Andrew Kidd, co-founder of The Folio Prize for literature, describes a new challenge the prize faces.

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John Wilson
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Bradley Cooper
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Noah Charney
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Jason Solomons
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Andrew Kidd
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Michael Craig-Martin's RA Summer Exhibition, Roger Waters and Nick Mason on Pink Floyd's Heritage Plaque

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Michael Craig-Martin's Summer Exhibition, Pink Floyd's Heritage plaque, film Second Coming

Michael Craig-Martin on curating the RA Summer Exhibition, Pink Floyd's Roger Waters and Nick Mason unveil their Heritage plaque, and debbie tucker green discusses Second Coming.

The artist Michael Craig-Martin shows John Wilson around the installation of this year's Summer Exhibition at the Royal Academy in London which he's curating, and fellow Academician Tom Phillips discusses his Humument project, an artwork 49 years in the making.

Pink Floyd's Roger Waters and Nick Mason unveil the new Heritage Plaque at the Regent Street Polytechnic - now the University of Westminster - to commemorate where the band first formed 50 years ago.

The Olivier- and BAFTA-winning playwright debbie tucker green and actress Nadine Marshall discuss Second Coming, their new film also starring Idris Elba, about a woman who becomes pregnant under mysterious circumstances.

Darren Henley, the new Chief Executive of Arts Council England, discusses his plans to make a 'significant shift' in allocation of funding for the arts outside London.

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Michael Craig-Martin
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Roger Waters
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Nick Mason
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Debbie Tucker Green
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Nadine Marshall
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Darren Henley
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Composer Nico Muhly, Greek drama, Four Corners

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Classical composer Nico Muhly, and the lasting appeal of Greek drama.

Arts news, including classical composer Nico Muhly, the lasting appeal of Greek drama and a review of South African film Four Corners. With Kirsty Lang.

The classical composer Nico Muhly has worked with Philip Glass, written film scores including The Reader, collaborated with Björk and Antony and the Johnsons, and written a full-scale opera, Two Boys. Muhly discusses Sentences, his new song cycle on Alan Turing with a libretto by Adam Gopnik.

Recently Kristin Scott Thomas has played Electra, Juliette Binoche, Antigone and Helen McCrory, Medea. Tonight The Oresteia opens at the Almeida Theatre in London - one of four productions of the trilogy this year - which opens a festival of Greek drama at the theatre. Kirsty Lang talks to Rupert Goold, the artistic director responsible for the festival, Blanche McIntyre, who will be directing The Oresteia in Manchester, and Paul Cartledge, the distinguished scholar of Greek drama, about the power of these plays written millennia ago and their relevance today.

A new film Four Corners is a drama set against a backdrop of gang culture and violence in South Africa's Cape Flats. Writer Lindsay Johns reviews.

And Kevin LeGendre considers the art of the spoken interaction between the musical performer and the audience in a live show.

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Kirsty Lang
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Nico Muhly
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Rupert Goold
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Blanche McIntyre
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Paul Cartledge
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Lindsay Johns
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Kevin LeGendre
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Alistair McGowan as Jimmy Savile, Amitav Ghosh, Richard Dadd

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Alistair McGowan as Jimmy Savile, Amitav Ghosh, Richard Dadd and Bayreuth feud.

Presented by Kirsty Lang. Alistair McGowan discusses playing Jimmy Savile, Amitav Ghosh on his novel Flood of Fire, Richard Dadd's exhibition reviewed and trouble at Bayreuth.

Alistair McGowan plays the role of Jimmy Savile in a controversial new play by Jonathan Maitland which opened last night. McGowan and Maitland discuss their mixed feelings about the project and how and why they chose to portray the serial paedophile.

The novelist Amitav Ghosh talks about the final part of his Ibis Trilogy, Flood of Fire, which follows the Man Booker Prize-shortlisted Sea of Poppies and River of Smoke, set during the turbulent times of the Opium Wars.

A new exhibition by the Victorian artist Richard Dadd shows paintings from his early career, when he was seen as one of the most talented and promising artists of his generation, to paintings completed after he suffered a breakdown and was admitted to Bethlem psychiatric Hospital. Historian Kathryn Hughes reviews.

As Wagner's German opera house Bayreuth prepares for the 150th anniversary performance of Tristan and Isolde, music critic and writer Norman Lebrecht considers the almighty row that is taking place between Wagner's two great-grand-daughters who run the festival.

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Kirsty Lang
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Alistair McGowan
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Jonathan Maitland
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Amitav Ghosh
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Kathryn Hughes
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Norman Lebrecht
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Henry Goodman in Volpone, Dear White People, Peter Gelb, The Demon Barbers

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Henry Goodman discusses his role in Ben Jonson's Volpone at the RSC.

Henry Goodman discusses his role in Ben Jonson's Volpone at the RSC. Satirical film Dear White People is reviewed. Plus New York Met boss Peter Gelb, and the Demon Barbers.

Henry Goodman discusses his role in Ben Jonson's Volpone at the RSC, a play about financial greed, directed by Trevor Nunn.

Satirical film Dear White People, about the lives of four black people at an Ivy League college, is reviewed by critic Yomi Adegoke.

As New York's Metropolitan Opera House celebrates 10 years of its pioneering live cinema broadcasts, Kirsty talks to General Manager Peter Gelb.

The Demon Barbers, winners of the 2009 Radio 2 Folk Awards for Best Live Act, mix traditional forms with hip-hop and contemporary dance, and as they tour the country they discuss their folk music and dance extravaganza.

Presenter Kirsty Lang

Producer Jerome Weatherald.

Credits

Presenter
Kirsty Lang
Interviewed Guest
Henry Goodman
Interviewed Guest
Yomi Adegoke
Interviewed Guest
Peter Gelb
Interviewed Guest
The Demon Barbers undefined
Producer
Jerome Weatherald

Brand

Front Row

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