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William Hill Sports Book of the Year; Shobana Jeyasingh; Marius and Fanny

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 LW

Available for over a year

Arts interviews, news and reviews. Mark Lawson announces the winner of the William Hill Sports Book of the Year, and speaks to the choreographer Shobana Jeyasingh. Show more

Front Row

Martin Freeman; American Psycho; Crime books round-up

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 LW

Available for over a year

Arts news. Mark Lawson talks to Martin Freeman, star of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, and reviews the new musical American Psycho, in which Matt Smith plays a serial killer. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Mark Lawson
Interviewed Guest:
Martin Freeman
Interviewed Guest:
Dreda Say Mitchell
Interviewed Guest:
Ravi Mirchandani
Interviewed Guest:
Jeff Park

Front Row

Simon Russell Beale; Lucy Hughes-Hallett

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 LW

Available for over a year

Mark Lawson talks to Simon Russell Beale about playing King Lear at the National Theatre, and Lucy Hughes-Hallett discusses her award-winning biography of D'Annunzio. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Mark Lawson
Interviewed Guest:
Simon Russell Beale
Interviewed Guest:
Lucy Hughes-Hallett
Interviewed Guest:
Mark Eccleston

Front Row

Angela Lansbury, Richard Deacon, Philip Seymour Hoffman

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 LW

Available for over a year

Arts news. Mark Lawson talks to Angela Lansbury, who is about to star in Blithe Spirit in the West End. And director Anton Corbijn pays tribute to the actor Philip Seymour Hoffman. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Mark Lawson
Interviewed Guest:
Angela Lansbury
Interviewed Guest:
Anton Corbijn
Interviewer:
Richard Deacon

From Fact to Fiction

Series 19

27/02/2016

Duration: 13 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 LW

As the fixture lists start crowding in on Premier League football clubs, Mark Lawson imagines how a manager might deal with the pressure by opening a direct line to 'the man above'. Show more

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Fran Healey from Travis; Simon Bird and Jonny Sweet on Chickens; Identity theft in crime fiction

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 LW

Available for over a year

Fran Healy of Travis, back with a new album after a six-year gap; Simon Bird and Jonny Sweet on their TV comedy Chickens; crime writers discuss how to make characters disappear. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Mark Lawson
Interviewed Guest:
Fran Healy
Interviewed Guest:
Simon Bird
Interviewed Guest:
Jonny Sweet
Interviewed Guest:
Lottie Moggach
Interviewed Guest:
Colette McBeth
Interviewed Guest:
Michael Robotham

Front Row

Mercury Music Prize, Patrick Leigh Fermor, Dennis Kelly

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FM

Available for over a year

Arts news with Mark Lawson, including news of the shortlist for the Mercury Prize for album of the year. Plus the long-awaited final book in Patrick Leigh Fermor's travel trilogy. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Mark Lawson
Interviewed Guest:
Artemis Cooper
Interviewed Guest:
Colin Thubron
Interviewed Guest:
Dennis Kelly

Front Row

Woody Allen interview, with Sally Hawkins and Mike Leigh

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 LW

Available for over a year

Mark Lawson talks to writer and director Woody Allen, whose new film Blue Jasmine stars Cate Blanchett and Sally Hawkins. Sally Hawkins and Mike Leigh also share their thoughts. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Mark Lawson
Interviewed Guest:
Woody Allen
Interviewed Guest:
Mike Leigh
Interviewed Guest:
Sally Hawkins

Front Row

Hugh Jackman; The Wrong Mans; BBC National Short Story Award 2013

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 LW

Available for over a year

Hugh Jackman discusses his role in the film thriller Prisoners; the verdict on TV comedy The Wrong Mans, starring James Corden and Mathew Baynton; BBC National Short Story Award. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Mark Lawson
Interviewed Guest:
Lisa Blower
Interviewed Guest:
Ted Sarandos

Front Row

Tom Hanks; Alice Munro; Dana Schutz

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 LW

Available for over a year

Tom Hanks on the film Captain Phillips, the tale of a hijacking by Somali pirates; AS Byatt on Alice Munro, who today won the Nobel Prize for Literature; artist Dana Schutz. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Mark Lawson
Interviewed Guest:
AS Byatt
Interviewed Guest:
Tom Hanks
Interviewed Guest:
Hermione Lee
Interviewed Guest:
Dana Schutz

Front Row

Sandra Bullock; Leonard Bernstein; The most-performed plays

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 LW

Available for over a year

Arts news. Mark Lawson talks to Sandra Bullock about her role in Gravity; Leonard Bernstein as revealed in newly collected letters; the most-performed plays of recent years. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Mark Lawson
Interviewed Guest:
Sandra Bullock
Interviewed Guest:
Andrew Collins
Interviewed Guest:
Dominic Maxwell

Front Row

Bryan Adams; Lang Lang; Kennedy films

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 LW

Available for over a year

Arts programme with Mark Lawson, including singer Bryan Adams on his photographs of war veterans and an interview with Chinese pianist Lang Lang. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Mark Lawson
Interviewed Guest:
Lang Lang
Interviewed Guest:
Bryan Adams

Front Row

Andrew Lloyd Webber; Christmas TV; Anchorman 2

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 LW

Available for over a year

Andrew Lloyd Webber discusses his latest musical, Stephen Ward, as it opens in the West End; the Today programme's Mishal Husain reviews Anchorman 2; and a Christmas TV round-up. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Mark Lawson
Interviewed Guest:
Andrew Lloyd Webber
Interviewed Guest:
Mishal Husain
Interviewed Guest:
Rachel Cooke
Producer:
Ellie Bury

Mark Lawson Talks To...

Sir Anthony Caro

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

Sculptor Sir Anthony Caro reflects on his time as Henry Moore's assistant, his groundbreaking shift from figurative to abstract sculpture and his position on public art. Show more

Come Fly with Me

Episode 7: Come Fly On the Wall

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC One HDLatest broadcast: on BBC One Scotland

Go behind the scenes as Lucas and Walliams create and develop Come Fly With Me and follow the trials and tribulations as they bring to life a host of new characters. Show more

Contributors

Participant:
Matt Lucas
Participant:
David Walliams
Interviewer:
Mark Lawson
Executive Producer:
Geoff Posner
Executive Producer:
Jed Leventhall

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

In a candid interview, Anne Robinson reflects on the journey from finishing school to Fleet Street, alcoholism to America and print journalism to prime-time television. Show more

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC HD

Mark Lawson talks to the comedian David Mitchell about his life and career, from his partnership with Robert Webb to panel show regular and co-host of the series 10 O'Clock Live. Show more

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC HD

Mark Lawson talks to the artist Sir Peter Blake about his life and 60-year career, including how he became an 'accidental artist' and his reputation as the godfather of Pop Art. Show more

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four HD

Mark Lawson talks to Dame Diana Rigg about her life and 50-year career, exploring her conflicted views on being a sex symbol and the pleasures of professional success in her 70s. Show more

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC HD

Mark Lawson talks to actor and comedian Rob Brydon about his life and career in entertainment, including writing and performing for radio, film, television, stand-up and theatre. Show more