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Night Waves

The Amen Corner, Conspiracies and Democracy, John Gallagher, Rachel Kushner

Duration: 45 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 3

Available for over a year

With Matthew Sweet. Including a review of the play The Amen Corner, a debate on conspiracy theories, novelist Rachel Kushner and John Gallagher on 16th-century disguise. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Matthew Sweet
Interviewed Guest:
Susannah Clapp
Interviewed Guest:
Lindsay Johns
Interviewed Guest:
Sir Richard Evans
Interviewed Guest:
David Aaronovitch
Interviewed Guest:
Eliane Glaser
Interviewed Guest:
Rachel Kushner
Performer:
John Gallagher

The Film Programme

Son of Saul, The Sound Barrier, 1916 v 2016

Duration: 28 minutes

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

Available for over a year

With Francine Stock. Laszlo Nemes discusses Son of Saul, his Oscar-winning film about life and death in a Nazi concentration camp. Plus The Sound Barrier and cinema in 1916 v 2016. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Francine Stock
Interviewed Guest:
Laszlo Nemes
Interviewed Guest:
Matthew Sweet
Interviewed Guest:
Kevin Brownlow

Duration: 1 hour

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

Al Murray is joined by former director of MI5 Dame Stella Rimington, political comedian Matt Forde and film expert Matthew Sweet for a fresh look at the great British spy movie. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Al Murray
Interviewed Guest:
Stella Rimington
Interviewed Guest:
Matt Forde
Interviewed Guest:
Matthew Sweet
Producer:
Matt Nida
Executive Producer:
Jamie Isaacs
Production Company:
Liberty Bell Productions

The Film Programme

Neil Jordan on Byzantium; Dr Who 50 years on; Trailers or spoilers?

Duration: 28 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Matthew Sweet talks to Neil Jordan on vampire flick Byzantium, and Mark Gatiss, Roberta Tovey and Bernard Cribbins talk about the Doctor Who films 50 years on. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Matthew Sweet
Interviewed Guest:
Neil Jordan
Interviewed Guest:
Bernard Cribbins
Interviewed Guest:
Roberta Tovey
Interviewed Guest:
Mark Gatiss
Producer:
Elaine Lester

Free Thinking

Evelyn Waugh

Duration: 45 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 3

Available for over a year

Bryony Lavery, Adam Mars-Jones, Philip Eade and Alexander Waugh join Matthew Sweet to celebrate Evelyn Waugh on the 50th anniversary of his death. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Matthew Sweet
Interviewed Guest:
Adam Mars-Jones
Interviewed Guest:
Bryony Lavery
Interviewed Guest:
Alexander Waugh
Interviewed Guest:
Philip Eade
Producer:
Zahid Warley

Free Thinking

Martin Creed, Feminism in Theatre, Pete Seeger

Duration: 45 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 3

Available for over a year

Matthew Sweet discusses the work of artist Martin Creed, considering how he questions what are the limits to art. Plus Carrie Cracknell and Abi Morgan on feminism in theatre. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Matthew Sweet
Interviewed Guest:
Jonathan Lethem
Interviewed Guest:
Martin Creed
Interviewed Guest:
Charlotte Mullins
Interviewed Guest:
Waen Shepherd
Interviewed Guest:
Carrie Cracknell
Interviewed Guest:
Abi Morgan
Producer:
Robyn Read

Duration: 5 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two Northern Ireland (Analogue)Latest broadcast: on BBC Two Northern Ireland

Programme celebrating the Carry On films, with clips from the series and contributions from producer Peter Rogers and cast stalwarts Jim Dale and Liz Fraser. Show more

Contributors

Narrator:
Jessica Hynes
Participant:
Peter Rogers
Participant:
Matthew Sweet
Participant:
Jim Dale
Participant:
Liz Fraser
Participant:
Danny Baker
Participant:
Clare Grogan
Producer:
Robin Keam

The Film Programme

The Invisible Woman; Dallas Buyers Club; RoboCop; Philip Seymour Hoffman

Duration: 28 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Matthew Sweet talks to screenwriter Abi Morgan about The Invisible Woman, the tale of Charles Dickens' love affair with Nelly Ternan. Plus Gary Oldman on Hollywood remakes. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Matthew Sweet
Interviewed Guest:
Abi Morgan
Interviewed Guest:
Jared Leto
Interviewed Guest:
Gary Oldman
Interviewed Guest:
David Thomson
Producer:
Elaine Lester

Free Thinking

Documenting through photography and poetry

Duration: 45 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 3

Available for over a year

Matthew Sweet talks to Ken Burns about his Vietnam War documentary, Sasha Dugdale reads from her award winning poem, Joy, and Kate Flint explains the magic of flash photography. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Matthew Sweet
Interviewed Guest:
Ken Burns
Interviewed Guest:
Sasha Dugdale
Interviewed Guest:
Kate Flint
Producer:
Zahid Warley

Free Thinking

Macbeth on Film, James Shapiro, Barrie Keeffe

Duration: 45 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 3

Available for over a year

Shakespeare scholar James Shapiro on 1606, Matthew Sweet, Sonia Massai and Andrew Hilton on the new Macbeth film, and Barrie Keeffe on a revival of his 1977 play Barbarians. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Matthew Sweet
Interviewed Guest:
James Shapiro
Interviewed Guest:
Sonia Massai
Interviewed Guest:
Andrew Hilton
Interviewed Guest:
Barrie Keeffe
Interviewed Guest:
Fern Riddell

Free Thinking

Tony Garnett

Duration: 45 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 3

Available for over a year

British TV and film producer Tony Garnett is in conversation with Matthew Sweet about a career which encompasses the Wednesday Play for the BBC, This Life and Undercover. Show more

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

Charting the enduring appeal of dinosaur and monster films, from their early beginnings in a fledgling industry, to the spectacular computer wizardry of Jurassic Park and beyond. Show more

Contributors

Participant:
Susan Calman
Participant:
Susan Calman
Participant:
Matthew Sweet
Participant:
Matthew Sweet

Night Waves

Night Waves at ZSL London Zoo

Episode 3: Matthew Sweet discusses the ways we can think about our close association with primates

Duration: 45 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 3

Available for over a year

In a series broadcast from ZSL London Zoo, Matthew Sweet discusses the ways we can think about our close association with primates: biologically, conceptually and culturally. Show more

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The Film Programme

Mark Gatiss, Peter Fonda, World Cup v Cinema

Duration: 28 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Mark Gatiss on his favourite movie detectives, Peter Fonda remembers Dennis Hopper, how the World Cup is affecting cinema attendances and why social media killed the movie star. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Matthew Sweet
Interviewed Guest:
Mark Gatiss
Interviewed Guest:
Peter Fonda
Interviewed Guest:
Clare Binns
Interviewed Guest:
Kevin Markwick
Interviewed Guest:
Antonia Quirke

The Film Programme

Frances Ha; Birth of a Nation; Porridge; box office trends

Duration: 28 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Matthew Sweet talks to writer-actor Greta Gerwig about her film Frances Ha. Mark Gatiss looks at Porridge on the big screen. Plus Birth of a Nation and the Ku Klux Klan on film. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Matthew Sweet
Interviewed Guest:
Greta Gerwig
Interviewed Guest:
Mark Gatiss
Producer:
Elaine Lester

Night Waves

Henry V, The Sea, Black Nativity

Duration: 45 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 3

Available for over a year

Presented by Matthew Sweet. With a review of Michael Grandage's production of Henry V, starring Jude Law, a debate on governing the sea and a film musical of Black Nativity. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Matthew Sweet
Interviewed Guest:
Susannah Clapp
Interviewed Guest:
Phil Steinberg
Interviewed Guest:
Steve Haines
Interviewed Guest:
Bonnie Greer
Interviewed Guest:
Fred D'Aguiar
Producer:
Natalie Steed

Night Waves

Jane Campion, Clive James

Duration: 45 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 3

Available for over a year

Matthew Sweet meets Academy Award-winning director Jane Campion to discuss her TV drama, Top of the Lake, and talks to Clive James about his translation of Dante's Divine Comedy. Show more