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American Honey, George Monbiot on loneliness, Ella Hickson, Bernice McFadden

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Andrea Arnold's American Honey, playwright Ella Hickson, and George Monbiot on loneliness.

Andrea Arnold's film American Honey, Bernice McFadden on the experience of the Holocaust for black people, George Monbiot and Ewan McLennan on loneliness, playwright Ella Hickson.

With her new film American Honey, British filmmaker Andrea Arnold has left behind the housing estates and tower blocks of her previous films Red Road and Fish Tank for a road movie set among the endless highways of America. Critic Briony Hanson reviews.

American writer Bernice McFadden discusses her latest novel The Book of Harlan, which contrasts the music scene of the Harlem Renaissance and 1930s Paris with the story of the black victims of the Holocaust whose story is rarely heard, and in many cases wasn't believed when those who survived returned to the US.

When the activist George Monbiot wrote an article about the scourge of loneliness, it had a huge impact, and publishers urged him to write a book. Instead, for the first time, he wrote some songs and got together with the musician Ewan McLennan. They talk about the resulting album, Breaking the Spell of Loneliness.

Ella Hickson's new play Oil explores the history of the product, from its discovery to its role in the economy today, through the eyes of a mother and daughter relationship. She joins Director Carrie Cracknell to discuss why it's important to drill deep into our relationship with this finite resource.

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Bernice McFadden
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George Monbiot
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Ewan McLennan
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Ella Hickson
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Carrie Cracknell
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Phil Collins, Carol Ann Duffy and Gillian Clarke, Patrick Ness

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Phil Collins discusses his new memoir, and poets Carol Ann Duffy and Gillian Clarke.

Phil Collins discusses his new memoir Not Dead Yet; Poets Laureate Carol Ann Duffy and Gillian Clarke on their anthology of 'essential poems'; Patrick Ness on Doctor Who.

As Phil Collins announces his return to the stage for his first live dates in 10 years, the former Genesis frontman discusses that and his new memoir Not Dead Yet.

Two laureates, Gillian Clarke, who was the National Poet of Wales, and Carol Ann Duffy, talk about The Map and the Clock, their new anthology that moves through 14 centuries, several languages and all over these islands, to present their choice of the poetry of Britain and Ireland.

Writer Patrick Ness is best known for his Carnegie-winning novels for young adults, including Monsters of Men and A Monster Calls. He discusses his first foray into television with Class, a new BBC spin-off of Doctor Who which sees a group of students try to save their school from attack.

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John Wilson
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Phil Collins
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Carol Ann Duffy
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Gillian Clarke
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Patrick Ness
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Chrissie Hynde, The Hepworth Prize for Sculpture, Bamber Gascoigne, Joe Queenan

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Chrissie Hynde on her new Pretenders album Alone, and The Hepworth Prize for Sculpture.

Chrissie Hynde of the Pretenders, the £30,000 Hepworth Prize for Sculpture artists, and Bamber Gascoigne on his medieval West Horsley Place on the Heritage At Risk register.

Chrissie Hynde, singer and founding member of the Pretenders, discusses Alone, the band's first album in eight years.

A new £30,000 arts award, The Hepworth Prize for Sculpture, aims to recognise an artist who has made a significant contribution to the development of contemporary sculpture in Britain. The shortlisted artists Phyllida Barlow, Steven Claydon, Helen Marten and David Medalla share their thoughts on the practice of sculpture today.

Today Historic England published its annual Heritage At Risk register featuring buildings identified as in danger of being lost due to neglect or decay. The Grade I listed medieval house, West Horsley Place, inherited by the historian and broadcaster Bamber Gascoigne, has been added to the register. He discusses what this means for his plans to create an opera house on the site.

Joe Queenan reports from New York on the cultural hinterland of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.

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John Wilson
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Jerome Weatherald
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Chrissie Hynde
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Phyllida Barlow
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Steven Claydon
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Helen Marten
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David Medalla
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Bamber Gascoigne
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Joe Queenan

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Margaret Atwood on her first opera, Neel Mukherjee and Quirke

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Margaret Atwood on her first opera, the Glasgow fire, Neel Mukherjee and TV drama Quirke.

Novelist Margaret Atwood on the premiere on her first opera, the Glasgow fire, Neel Mukherjee discusses his novel The Lives of Others, and the director of new film Heli.

Canadian novelist Margaret Atwood discusses the world premiere of her first opera Pauline, live from Vancouver; Ranald McInnes on the Glasgow Art School fire; Neel Mukherjee on his new novel The Lives of Others, set during the political unrest in India in the 1960s; Amat Escalante, director of new film Heli, reveals the background to his drama about drugs, violence and corruption in a remote community in rural Mexico; and Jake Arnott reviews new British TV drama Quirke starring Gabriel Byrne and written by Andrew Davies and Conor McPherson, an adaptation of the novels by Benjamin Black (John Banville).

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Kirsty Lang
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Margaret Atwood
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Ranald McInnes
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Neel Mukherjee
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Amat Escalante
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Jake Arnott
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Placido Domingo, JK Rowling's new novel, Jersey Boys, Ten Pieces

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Placido Domingo, JK Rowling's new novel, Jersey Boys, Ten Pieces.

Placido Domingo on conducting Puccini's Tosca, reviews of JK Rowling's new novel and Clint Eastwood's film Jersey Boys, and Laura Mvula and Julian Lloyd Webber on Ten Pieces.

The tenor, baritone and conductor Plácido Domingo discusses his return to the Royal Opera House to conduct Jonathan Kent's production of Puccini's Tosca. Alex Clark reviews Robert Galbraith's (aka JK Rowling) new novel The Silkworm. Jason Solomons reviews Clint Eastwood's film Jersey Boys, about Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons. And Laura Mvula and Julian Lloyd Webber discuss the new BBC Music initiative Ten Pieces, announced today.

Producer Jerome Weatherald.

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John Wilson
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Placido Domingo
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Alex Clark
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Jason Solomons
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Laura Mvula
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Julian Lloyd Webber
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Pet Shop Boys, Ian Hislop on Great Britain, Romesh Gunesekera, ENO cuts

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Pet Shop Boys, Ian Hislop on Great Britain, Romesh Gunesekera, ENO cuts.

Pet Shop Boys discuss their Alan Turing BBC Prom, Ian Hislop on Great Britain, Romesh Gunesekera on his new fiction Noontide Toll, ENO's Artistic Director John Berry.

Pet Shop Boys Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe discuss their BBC late-night Prom which includes the world premiere of A Man From the Future, about Enigma codebreaker Alan Turing; Private Eye editor Ian Hislop reviews last night's opening of the Richard Bean play Great Britain starring Billie Piper, which deals with Leveson and the phone-hacking affair; English National Opera's Artistic Director John Berry on today's announcement of Arts Council cuts in funding; and Romesh Gunesekera on Noontide Toll, his new collection of related stories which deal with the effects of Sri Lanka's civil war.

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John Wilson
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Neil Tennant
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Chris Lowe
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Ian Hislop
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John Berry
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Romesh Gunesekera
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Adrian Dunbar, Tasmin Little, Mood Indigo, Katie Paterson

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Adrian Dunbar on Beckett, violinist Tasmin Little, Tautou in Mood Indigo, Katie Paterson.

Line of Duty's Adrian Dunbar on directing Beckett's Catastrophe, violinist Tasmin Little's sounds of summer, Audrey Tautou in Michel Gondry's Mood Indigo and artist Katie Paterson.

Line of Duty's Adrian Dunbar discusses directing Samuel Beckett's 1982 one-act play Catastrophe at the Happy Days Enniskillen International Beckett Festival; violinist Tasmin Little selects her sounds of the summer; Jenny McCartney reviews Michel Gondry's new film Mood Indigo starring Audrey Tautou, and artist Katie Paterson on her ambitious project to send a meteorite back into space.

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Adrian Dunbar
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Tasmin Little
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Jenny McCartney
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Katie Paterson
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Jerome Weatherald
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Jonny Greenwood, Deon Meyer, Streaming books, Summer films

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Radiohead's Jonny Greenwood, novelist Deon Meyer, streaming books, summer films.

Radiohead's Jonny Greenwood on his live soundtrack to There Will Be Blood, South African writer Deon Meyer on his new novel Cobra, streaming books, films that conjure up summer.

Radiohead's Jonny Greenwood discusses the world premiere screenings of Paul Thomas Anderson's film There Will Be Blood, with Greenwood's score being performed live by the London Contemporary Orchestra. South African writer Deon Meyer on his latest thriller Cobra, where the arrival of a Cambridge maths professor leads to a spiralling body count. As Amazon announces it is to launch a books subscription service, Charlie Redmayne of Harper Collins and Phillip Jones of The Bookseller discuss the implications for readers, authors and publishers. And film producer and critic Catherine Bray makes her selection of films that conjure up summer.

Producer Jerome Weatherald.

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Jonny Greenwood
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Deon Meyer
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Charlie Redmayne
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Philip Jones
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Catherine Bray
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Raised by Wolves, The Staves, Compton Verney, 1990 Boston art heist

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Arts news with John Wilson, including a review of Caitlin Moran's series Raised by Wolves.

Caitlin Moran's TV series Raised by Wolves reviewed, plus The Staves on their new album If I Was, country mansion Compton Verney reopens, and the 1990 Boston art heist revisited.

Raised by Wolves is a new sitcom written by author Caitlin Moran and her sister Catherine. Based in Wolverhampton and set in a large, home-schooled family led by matriarch Stella, the series is loosely based on Moran's own upbringing. Natalie Haynes reviews

As The Staves prepare to release their second album If I Was, the singing Stavely-Taylor sisters - Jessica, Emily and Camilla - discuss recording in Wisconsin with Bon Iver, and how they create their three-part harmonies.

Compton Verney re-opens to the public this weekend. John Wilson visits the country mansion and art gallery and previews two new exhibitions: Canaletto: Celebrating Britain, and The Non-Conformists: Photographs by Martin Parr.

Boston journalist Stephen Kurkjian, and Antony Amore, head of security at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, look back at the world's largest private property theft there 25 years ago when artworks by Rembrandt and Vermeer were stolen and never seen again.

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Producer Jerome Weatherald.

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John Wilson
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Natalie Haynes
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Jessica Staveley-Taylor
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Emily Staveley-Taylor
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Camilla Staveley-Taylor
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Stephen Kurkjian
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Anthony Amore
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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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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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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.

Presenter John Wilson

Producer Jerome Weatherald.

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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.

Presenter Samira Ahmed

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.

Presenter John Wilson

Producer Jerome Weatherald.

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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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Straight Outta Compton, Paula McLain, Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys

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A review of hip-hop film Straight Outta Compton. John Wilson presents.

Arts news with John Wilson, including a review of hip-hop film Straight Outta Compton, Paula McLain on her new novel Circling the Sun and Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys.

Straight Outta Compton, the story of Los Angeles urban artists Dr Dre and Ice Cube and the group NWA, is Number One at the US box office. Jaqueline Springer reviews the film.

Dan Auerbach, lead singer of US rock duo The Black Keys, discusses his new side project and band the Arcs, formed with his long-time friends and musicians Leon Michels, Richard Swift, Homer Steinweiss, Nick Movshon and Kenny Vaughan.

Paula McLain, author of the bestseller The Paris Wife, talks about her new novel, set in colonial Kenya in the 1920s. Circling the Sun brings to life Beryl Markham, the first woman to fly across the Atlantic from East to West who was caught up in a passionate love triangle with safari hunter Denys Finch Hatton and Karen Blixen, author of the classic memoir Out of Africa.

Presenter John Wilson

Producer Jerome Weatherald.

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John Wilson
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Jacqueline Springer
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Dan Auerbach
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Paula McLain
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Pianist James Rhodes talks to John Wilson

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Concert pianist James Rhodes talks to John Wilson.

As he prepares for a concert tour of the UK, British pianist James Rhodes discusses his controversial autobiography Instrumental: A Memoir of Madness, Medication and Music.

When pianist James Rhodes had an injunction overturned by the Supreme Court in May, he was finally able to publish his controversial autobiography, Instrumental: A Memoir of Madness, Medication and Music.

At the piano he talks to John Wilson about the horror of the severe sexual abuse he suffered at prep school, his struggle to get his memoir published, and how music provided a lifeline to help him cope with his demons, which included addiction, breakdown and mental illness.

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James Rhodes
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David Hare, Meryl Streep's new film Ricki and the Flash, Max Richter

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Playwright David Hare, Meryl Streep's new film Ricki and the Flash, Max Richter.

Playwright David Hare on his memoir The Blue Touch Paper, Meryl Streep's new film Ricki and the Flash reviewed, artist Max Richter's Sleep project.

Playwright, screenwriter and director Sir David Hare, whose plays include Plenty, Pravda, and his trilogy of Racing Demon, Murmuring Judges and The Absence of War, discusses his career in theatre, film and TV, as he publishes his new memoir The Blue Touch Paper.

Composer Max Richter's latest work, Sleep, which he describes as a personal lullaby for a frenetic world, is an exploration of how music enters the brain even when we're not awake. Richter discusses the new eight-hour piece, how the audience for the premiere will be experiencing it from a bed, and how he'll expect them to nod off during it.

New comedy-drama Ricki and the Flash sees Meryl Streep playing a rock musician who abandoned her family to pursue stardom as she returns home to counsel her divorcing daughter. Larushka Ivan-Zedah reviews.

Presenter John Wilson

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John Wilson
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David Hare
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Max Richter
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Larushka Ivan-Zedah
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Woody Allen's Irrational Man, Richard Hawley, Mike Bartlett, The Chineke Orchestra

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Woody Allen's Irrational Man reviewed. John Wilson presents.

Arts news with John Wilson, including a review of Woody Allen's Irrational Man, Richard Hawley on his new album Hollow Meadows and Mike Bartlett on his drama series Doctor Foster.

Woody Allen's latest film Irrational Man stars Joaquin Phoenix as a philosophy professor at a small New England college who enters into a relationship with a student, played by Emma Stone. Viv Groskop reviews.

Playwright Mike Bartlett, who wrote King Charles III, Bull, and Earthquakes in London for the stage, discusses his second foray into television writing - Doctor Foster. Starring Suranne Jones as the trusted GP who appears totally in control until her life changes for good when she begins to suspect her husband is having an affair.

Sheffield singer-songwriter, guitarist, and ex-Pulp band member Richard Hawley on how both nature and smart phones have inspired his lyrics, and the historic meaning behind the title of his new album, Hollow Meadows.

This Sunday the Africa Utopia festival in London sees the launch and first concert of the Chineke! Orchestra. It's the creation of the double bassist Chi-Chi Nwanoku and is the UK's first all-Black and Minority Ethnic classical symphony orchestra.

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Viv Groskop
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Richard Hawley
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Keith Richards, Don McCullin

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Guitarist Keith Richards and photographer Don McCullin talk to John Wilson.

Arts news with John Wilson. Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards discusses his new solo album Crosseyed Heart, and photographer Don McCullin reflects on a life behind the lens.

In a rare interview, The Rolling Stones' guitarist and singer and songwriter Keith Richards discusses Crosseyed Heart, his first solo album in 23 years, half a century after The Stones had their first Number 1 hit, The Last Time.

And as his 80th birthday approaches next month and a new exhibition of his work opens, photographer Don McCullin reflects on a life behind the lens, which has taken him to the Lebanese civil war, Vietnam and Cambodia, and most recently Syria.

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Keith Richards
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Don McCullin
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