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Jeeves and Wooster; Stanley Spencer; Frank Gehry

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Arts news, reviews and interviews with Kirsty Lang, including Matthew Macfadyen and Stephen Mangan on Jeeves and Wooster, and Fiona MacCarthy on Stanley Spencer's war paintings. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Kirsty Lang
Interviewed Guest:
Matthew Macfadyen
Interviewed Guest:
Stephen Mangan
Interviewed Guest:
Frank Gehry
Interviewed Guest:
Fiona MacCarthy
Interviewed Guest:
Melissa Silverstein

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Julie Andrews; All Is Lost; Michael Palin; protecting art during war

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 Julie Andrews, Michael Palin discusses the artist Andrew Wyeth, plus a review of Robert Redford in All Is Lost, and efforts to preserve art during conflict. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Kirsty Lang
Interviewed Guest:
Julie Andrews
Interviewed Guest:
Michael Palin
Interviewed Guest:
Hugo Clarke
Interviewed Guest:
John Curtis
Interviewed Guest:
Lamia al-Gailani
Producer:
Ellie Bury

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Snatches, Carnegie Prize Winner, Best New Video Games, Glasgow School of Art fire

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Director Vicky Featherstone and writer Theresa Ikoko on Snatches, eight monologues celebrating the lives of women over 100 years. Plus Carnegie Prize winner Geraldine McCaughrean. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Kirsty Lang
Producer:
Julian May
Interviewed Guest:
Vicky Featherstone
Interviewed Guest:
Theresa Ikoko
Interviewed Guest:
Geraldine McCaughrean
Interviewed Guest:
Stuart Robertson
Interviewed Guest:
Keza MacDonald

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Atlantis; Michael Morpurgo; Hannah Arendt; BBC National Short Story Award

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for over a year

A review of the new family drama Atlantis, an interview with Michael Morpurgo on the eve of his 70th birthday, and Lavinia Greenlaw on her BBC Short Story Award contender. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Kirsty Lang
Interviewed Guest:
Michael Morpurgo
Interviewed Guest:
Lavinia Greenlaw
Producer:
Ellie Bury

Front Row

Austenland, Stephen Poliakoff, Hannah Kent, Elmgreen and Dragset

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 writer Stephen Poliakoff, who looks back at his very first TV drama Hitting Town, and Viv Groskop reviews new romantic comedy Austenland. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Kirsty Lang
Interviewed Guest:
Stephen Poliakoff
Interviewed Guest:
Viv Groskop
Interviewed Guest:
Hannah Kent
Interviewed Guest:
Hugh Pearman

Front Row

Penelope Lively; Julian Fellowes' Romeo and Juliet; Paddy McAloon

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Penelope Lively on her memoir; Julian Fellowes' version of Romeo and Juliet; a review of The Tunnel, adapted from TV drama The Bridge; Prefab Sprout songwriter Paddy McAloon. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Kirsty Lang
Interviewed Guest:
Andrew Dickson
Interviewed Guest:
Penelope Lively
Interviewed Guest:
Paddy McAloon
Interviewed Guest:
Kate Muir
Producer:
Ellie Bury

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Earth, Wind and Fire; From Here to Eternity, Chinese paintings; Sir Anthony Caro

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Earth, Wind and Fire on their new album, a review of From Here to Eternity the musical, sculptor Sir Anthony Caro remembered, and an exhibition of Chinese paintings reviewed. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Kirsty Lang
Interviewed Guest:
Verdine White
Interviewed Guest:
Philip Bailey
Interviewed Guest:
Ralph Johnson
Interviewed Guest:
Maggi Hambling
Interviewed Guest:
Tim Marlow

Front Row

25/10/2013

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 an interview with writer Elizabeth Gilbert, James Corden as Paul Potts in One Chance, and Robert Webb and Tamzin Outhwaite in Raving. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Kirsty Lang
Interviewed Guest:
Elizabeth Gilbert
Interviewed Guest:
Sarah Thornton

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Lenny Henry on Nelson Mandela; Lesley Manville; Beauty and the Beast

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. Lenny Henry pays tribute to Nelson Mandela; Lesley Manville on Mike Leigh; Mat Fraser discusses Beauty and the Beast; Fill the Void reviewed. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Kirsty Lang
Interviewed Guest:
Lenny Henry
Interviewed Guest:
Mat Fraser
Interviewed Guest:
Julie Muz
Interviewed Guest:
Lesley Manville

Front Row

Derren Brown; Eimear McBride; MJ Delaney

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Derren Brown teaches senior citizens how to steal art; author Eimear McBride on her experimental novel; MJ Delaney on her first film; Metro Manila, award-winning film in Tagalog. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Kirsty Lang
Interviewed Guest:
Derren Brown
Interviewed Guest:
MJ Delaney
Interviewed Guest:
Eimear McBride

Front Row

Adam Price; Jason Manford; Collider exhibition

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Arts news. Kirsty Lang interviews Adam Price, creator of the Danish drama Borgen. Plus comedian Jason Manford and a first look at the Science Museum's Collider exhibition. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Kirsty Lang
Interviewed Guest:
Adam Price
Interviewed Guest:
Jason Manford

Front Row

Morecambe and Wise, Kate Tempest, Poets' Corner, the return of Blofeld

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. Morecambe and Wise remembered, performance poet and rapper Kate Tempest, the CS Lewis memorial in Poets' Corner, and the return of Blofeld. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Kirsty Lang
Interviewed Guest:
Ian Ashpitel
Interviewed Guest:
Jonty Stephens
Interviewed Guest:
Kate Tempest
Interviewed Guest:
Stephen Armstrong
Interviewed Guest:
Dr John Hall

Front Row

Jane Horrocks, 20 Feet From Stardom, US war vets, Tim Barrow

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Arts news, including Jane Horrocks on playing Little Voice, a review of new film doc 20 Feet From Stardom, US Iraq war veterans writing fiction, and playwright Tim Barrow. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Kirsty Lang
Interviewed Guest:
Phil Klay
Interviewed Guest:
Kevin Powers
Interviewed Guest:
Jacqueline Springer
Interviewed Guest:
Tim Barrow
Interviewed Guest:
Jane Horrocks

Front Row

The Assassin, Jack Thorne, Attacking the Devil, Peter May

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Mark Eccleston reviews The Assassin; Peter May on his latest novel; Jack Thorne on The Solid Life of Sugar Water; and Jacqui and David Morris discuss their film about Harold Evans. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Kirsty Lang
Interviewed Guest:
Mark Eccleston
Interviewed Guest:
Peter May
Interviewed Guest:
Jacqui Morris
Interviewed Guest:
David Morris

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Michael Keaton, Herons, Helen Ellis, John Bratby exhibition

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Featuring Michael Keaton on Spotlight, a review of Simon Stephens's play Herons, Helen Ellis on American Housewife, her book of short stories, and the John Bratby exhibition. Show more

Contributors

Interviewed Guest:
Michael Keaton
Interviewed Guest:
Henry Hitchings
Presenter:
Kirsty Lang
Interviewed Guest:
Liz Gilmore
Interviewed Guest:
David Bratby

Front Row

We're Doomed, The Dazzle, The Waterstone's Book of the Year, The impact of touring musicals on original regional theatre

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Kirsty Lang sees We're Doomed, a programme about the making of Dad's Army. She also talks to Coralie Bickford-Smith, who won the Waterstones Book of the Year. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Kirsty Lang
Interviewed Guest:
Chris Dunkley
Interviewed Guest:
Coralie Bickford-Smith
Interviewed Guest:
Simon Evans
Interviewed Guest:
Ben Stones

Front Row

A War, Maigret, Guys and Dolls, Frances Hardinge, The missing Hong Kong booksellers

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Tim Collins reviews Danish film A War, Guys and Dolls reviewed, crime writer Natasha Cooper on the return of Maigret and Costa Children's Book Award winner Frances Hardinge. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Kirsty Lang
Interviewed Guest:
Tim Collins
Interviewed Guest:
John Simenon
Interviewed Guest:
Natasha Cooper
Interviewed Guest:
David Benedict
Interviewed Guest:
Gregory Lee
Interviewed Guest:
Frances Hardinge
Producer:
Angie Nehring

Front Row

Colin Firth; Hostages

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 Colin Firth on The Railway Man, new TV drama Hostages, BBC Sound of 2014 winner Sam Smith, and a tour of stage designer Es Devlin's studio. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Kirsty Lang
Interviewed Guest:
Colin Firth
Interviewed Guest:
Sarah Crompton
Interviewed Guest:
Es Devlin
Interviewed Guest:
Sam Smith

Front Row

Terry Gilliam and Edward Gardner, Joshua Ferris, Clean Bandit

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Kirsty Lang with author Joshua Ferris, pop group Clean Bandit, Terry Gilliam and Edward Gardner on their new opera Benvenuto Cellini, and a review of Fruitvale Station. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Kirsty Lang
Interviewed Guest:
Terry Gilliam
Interviewed Guest:
Edward Gardner
Interviewed Guest:
Joshua Ferris
Interviewed Guest:
Grace Chatto
Interviewed Guest:
Jack Patterson
Interviewed Guest:
Gaylene Gould

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Jim Broadbent; Young Adult Fiction; Tena Stivicic; Comedy DVDs

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Jim Broadbent on playing Father Christmas in Get Santa, plus young adult fiction, the Elgin Marbles, Croatian playwright Tena Stivicic, and Stephen Armstrong's pick of comedy DVDs. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Kirsty Lang
Interviewed Guest:
Jim Broadbent
Interviewed Guest:
Matt Haig
Interviewed Guest:
Katherine Woodfine
Interviewed Guest:
Peter Aspden
Interviewed Guest:
Tena Stivicic
Interviewed Guest:
Stephen Armstrong