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Front Row at the Hay Festival

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for over a year

John Wilson presents a special programme from the Hay Festival with authors Lee Child, Lucy Hughes-Hallet, Michael Morpurgo, Julian Donaldson and Cerys Matthews. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
John Wilson
Interviewed Guest:
Lee Child
Interviewed Guest:
Michael Morpurgo
Interviewed Guest:
Julia Donaldson
Interviewed Guest:
Lucy Hughes-Hallett
Interviewed Guest:
Cerys Matthews

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The Trials of Jimmy Rose, Cerys Matthews and Timberlake Wertenbaker, Zambezi News, Miss Julie

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Kirsty Lang speaks to Cerys Matthews and Timberlake Wertenbaker about Our Country's Good and to Zimbabwean comedy duo Zambezi News about their work. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Kirsty Lang
Interviewed Guest:
Dreda Say Mitchell
Interviewed Guest:
Timberlake Wertenbaker
Interviewed Guest:
Cerys Matthews
Interviewed Guest:
Jake Kerridge
Interviewed Guest:
Comrade Fatso
Interviewed Guest:
undefined Outspoken
Interviewed Guest:
Tim Robey

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What We Did on Our Holiday reviewed; Bernard Sumner; Lionel Shriver; Activism on Stage

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Tom Sutcliffe talks to musician Bernard Sumner about his memoir New Order, Joy Division and Me. Also, Lionel Shriver on her shortlisted short story; plus activism on stage. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Tom Sutcliffe
Interviewed Guest:
Bernard Sumner
Interviewed Guest:
Lionel Shriver
Interviewed Guest:
James Graham
Interviewed Guest:
Tim Price
Interviewed Guest:
Jenny McCartney

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Sarah Waters; Racial Diversity in the Arts; Mike Scott of the Waterboys; Museums on Film

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Mike Scott of the Waterboys on their new album, author Sarah Waters on writing a ghost story for the stage, and two new documentaries go behind the scenes in world class museums. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
John Wilson
Interviewed Guest:
Sarah Waters
Interviewed Guest:
Mike Scott
Interviewed Guest:
Dawn Walton
Interviewed Guest:
Tom Morris
Interviewed Guest:
Sarah Crompton

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Chancellor George Osborne, Justin Cartwright, 99 Homes, Mark Haddon

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Arts news with Samira Ahmed, including George Osborne on bringing British culture to China, Mark Haddon on his award-winning short story and a review of thriller 99 Homes. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Samira Ahmed
Interviewed Guest:
George Osborne
Interviewed Guest:
Larushka Ivan-Zadeh
Interviewed Guest:
Mark Haddon

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Last Vegas; Jarvis Cocker and Martin Wallace; Tom Price

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Sculptor Tom Price on his exhibition at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Jarvis Cocker and Martin Wallace on their film about Sheffield steel, and new comedy Last Vegas reviewed. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
John Wilson
Interviewed Guest:
Tom Price
Interviewed Guest:
Jarvis Cocker
Interviewed Guest:
Martin Wallace
Interviewed Guest:
Antonia Quirke
Interviewed Guest:
Kitty Empire

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Vince Gilligan, What Maisie Knew, Nadifa Mohamed

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Vince Gilligan on his hit TV series Breaking Bad, author Nadifa Mohamed on her novel The Orchard of Lost Souls, What Maisie Knew reviewed, and how actors cope without understudies. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Mark Lawson
Interviewed Guest:
Vince Gilligan
Interviewed Guest:
Nadifa Mohamed
Interviewed Guest:
Michael Simkins

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BBC National Short Story Award; Mark Lewisohn on The Beatles; The Fifth Estate

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Arts news. John Wilson is at the BBC National Short Story Award ceremony to announce the winner; Mark Lewisohn on his epic biography of The Beatles; The Fifth Estate reviewed. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
John Wilson
Interviewed Guest:
Mark Lewisohn

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People of the Year 2014 - Part 1

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for over a year

John Wilson with guests including Carey Mulligan, John Cleese, Ed Sheeran, Gillian Anderson, Hilary Matel and Adrian Noble. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
John Wilson
Interviewed Guest:
Carey Mulligan
Interviewed Guest:
Gillian Anderson
Interviewed Guest:
Ed Sheeran
Interviewed Guest:
Paolo Nutini
Interviewed Guest:
Hilary Mantel
Interviewed Guest:
Lionel Shriver
Interviewed Guest:
Kristin Scott Thomas
Interviewed Guest:
Helen McCrory
Interviewed Guest:
Tom Piper
Interviewed Guest:
Paul Cummins
Interviewed Guest:
Marina Abramovic
Interviewed Guest:
John Cleese
Interviewed Guest:
Adrian Noble

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Michael Pennington, The Last of the Unjust, Minimalist Music

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Michael Pennington discusses his new book about how to become an actor, composers Stephen Montague and Scanner on minimalist music, and Anne Karpf reviews The Last of the Unjust. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Samira Ahmed
Interviewed Guest:
Michael Pennington
Interviewed Guest:
Stephen Montague
Interviewed Guest:
undefined Scanner
Interviewed Guest:
Anne Karpf
Interviewed Guest:
Tim Marlow

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Loudon Wainwright III, Guardians of the Galaxy, Japanese fiction

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Arts news with Kirsty Lang, including musician Loudon Wainwright III, Japanese fiction and the new Haruki Murakami novel, and Guardians of the Galaxy reviewed. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Kirsty Lang
Interviewed Guest:
Loudon III
Interviewed Guest:
Briony Hanson
Interviewed Guest:
Stephen Snyder
Interviewed Guest:
Steven Poole
Interviewed Guest:
David Anderson
Interviewed Guest:
David Mackintosh

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Dylan Moran and Igor Meerson; Jung Chang; Todd Miller; Referendum theatre

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Kirsty Lang talks to author Jung Chang, comedians Dylan Moran and Igor Meerson, and documentary director Todd Miller. Plus Edinburgh Festival plays about the Scottish Referendum. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Kirsty Lang
Interviewed Guest:
Dylan Moran
Interviewed Guest:
Igor Meerson
Interviewed Guest:
Jung Chang
Interviewed Guest:
Todd Miller
Interviewed Guest:
Joyce McMillan

Front Row

Bryan Ferry; The Fall; Peder Balke; Revolutionary Theatre

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Stella Duffy on crime drama The Fall, Bryan Ferry on his solo album Avonmore, theatre exploring climate science and the school system, and Peder Balke at the National Gallery. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Kirsty Lang
Interviewed Guest:
Bryan Ferry
Interviewed Guest:
Richard Cork
Interviewed Guest:
Stella Duffy
Interviewed Guest:
Chris Rapley
Interviewed Guest:
Molly Davies

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Dr John; David Hare pays tribute to Mike Nichols; Composer John Adams

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for over a year

John Adams on his latest opera The Gospel According to the Other Mary, New Orleans musician Dr John on Louis Armstrong, and the director of The Graduate, Mike Nichols, remembered. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
John Wilson
Interviewed Guest:
John Adams
Interviewed Guest:
Adrian Lester
Interviewed Guest:
David Hare
Interviewed Guest:
Patrick Marber
Interviewed Guest:
Dr John undefined

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Alan Ayckbourn, Omid Djalili, Venice Film Festival

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Playwright Alan Ayckbourn on his 78th play, Roundelay; comedian Omid Djalili on his memoir; the new 'video games' that only use audio; news from the Venice Film Festival. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Kirsty Lang
Interviewed Guest:
Alan Ayckbourn
Interviewed Guest:
Omid Djalili
Interviewed Guest:
Catherine Bray
Interviewed Guest:
Paul Bennun
Interviewed Guest:
Pierre-Alain Gagne

Front Row

Ai Weiwei at Blenheim Palace, Eimear McBride, Roy Williams, New Prince Albums

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Kirsty Lang with Ai Weiwei at Blenheim Palace, Roy Williams on updating Sophocles, Eimear McBride on the stage version of her novel, and a review of two new Prince albums. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Kirsty Lang
Interviewed Guest:
Eimear McBride
Interviewed Guest:
Annie Ryan
Interviewed Guest:
Roy Williams
Interviewed Guest:
Craig Clunas
Interviewed Guest:
Matt Thorne

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Jude Law; David Guetta; Post Pop at the Saatchi Gallery

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for over a year

The French DJ David Guetta on the music that inspires him, Jude Law on playing a submarine captain in Black Sea, Stations of the Cross reviewed and pop art at the Saatchi Gallery. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Samira Ahmed
Interviewed Guest:
Jude Law
Interviewed Guest:
David Guetta
Interviewed Guest:
Catherine Bray

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Bjork's New Album, Samantha Shannon and the Head of Disney Animation

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Kirsty Lang with Walt Disney Animation chief Andrew Millstein, novelist Samantha Shannon, a review of Bjork's new album Vulnicura and Costa Poetry Prize Winner Jonathan Edwards. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Kirsty Lang
Interviewed Guest:
Nicola Dibben
Interviewed Guest:
Andrew Millstein
Interviewed Guest:
Samantha Shannon
Interviewed Guest:
Jonathan Edwards

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Esio Trot, Robert Olen Butler, The Thompson Family, The Interview controversy

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Razia Iqbal with TV adaptations of Esio Trot and The Boy in the Dress, folk group the Thompson Family, Robert Olen Butler on his espionage thriller and The Interview controversy. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Razia Iqbal
Interviewed Guest:
Julia Eccleshare
Interviewed Guest:
Robert Olen Butler
Interviewed Guest:
Matt Prigge
Interviewed Guest:
Richard Thompson
Interviewed Guest:
Teddy Thompson
Interviewed Guest:
Kami Thompson

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Samuel West, Bloodline, AD Miller, Spring in Verse

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for over a year

With Samuel West on directing After Electra on stage, author AD Miller on his novel The Faithful Couple, Togo Igawa on haiku in springtime and Netflix drama Bloodline reviewed. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Samira Ahmed
Interviewed Guest:
Samuel West
Interviewed Guest:
Viv Groskop
Interviewed Guest:
AD Miller
Interviewed Guest:
Togo Igawa
Interviewed Guest:
David Hepworth