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Front Row

Eames exhibition, Marlon Brando documentary, Janet Suzman

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 the Charles and Ray Eames exhibition, a Marlon Brando documentary based on his tapes and Janet Suzman's debut as an opera director. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Samira Ahmed
Interviewed Guest:
Corinne Julius
Interviewed Guest:
John Battsek
Interviewed Guest:
Kerry Shale
Interviewed Guest:
Darryl Collis
Interviewed Guest:
Jane Glover
Interviewed Guest:
Janet Suzman
Producer:
Dymphna Flynn

Front Row

Ian McMillan, Black Chronicles, Janet Suzman, TV drama endings

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for over a year

John Wilson talks to poet Ian McMillan about his new collection To Fold the Evening Star. Writer Kay Mellor and critic Boyd Hilton debate TV drama endings - too many loose ends? Show more

Contributors

Interviewed Guest:
Ian McMillan
Interviewed Guest:
Kay Mellor
Interviewed Guest:
Boyd Hilton
Interviewed Guest:
Renee Mussai
Interviewed Guest:
Janet Suzman
Presenter:
John Wilson
Producer:
Elaine Lester

Duration: 1 hour, 40 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two ScotlandLatest broadcast: on BBC Two England

Complex costume drama in which an English noblewoman (Janet Suzman) employs an arrogant young artist (Anthony Higgins) to produce twelve pictures of her husband's estate. Show more

Contributors

Mr Neville:
Anthony Higgins
Mrs Herbert:
Janet Suzman
Mr Talmann:
Hugh Fraser
Mr Herbert:
Dave Hill
Mr Seymour:
David Gant
The Poulencs:
David Meyer

Duration: 2 hours, 57 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two EnglandLatest broadcast: on BBC Two HD

A lavish Oscar-winning production telling the story of the last Russian royal family in the days before the 1917 revolution and their bloody execution. Starring Michael Jayston. Show more

Contributors

Tsar Nicholas II:
Michael Jayston
Alexandra:
Janet Suzman
Anastasia:
Fiona Fullerton
Grand Duke Nicholas:
Harry Andrews
Queen Mother Marie Fedorovna:
Irene Worth
Rasputin:
Tom Baker
Count Fredericks:
Jack Hawkins
Dr Botkin:
Timothy West
Producer:
Sam Spiegel
Director of photography:
Freddie Young

The Singing Detective

Episode 3: Lovely Days

Duration: 1 hour, 10 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC One WestLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

Dennis Potter's drama serial with music. Marlow thinks back to the war when he was a little boy and remembers seeing his mother having illicit sex in the Forest of Dean. Show more

Contributors

Philip Marlow:
Michael Gambon
Mark Binney:
Patrick Malahide
Nurse Mills:
Joanne Whalley
Staff Nurse White:
Imelda Staunton
Mr Tomkey:
Leslie French
Director:
Jon Amiel
Producer:
Kenith Trodd
Mrs Marlow/Lili:
Alison Steadman
Dr Gibbon:
Bill Paterson
Mr Hall:
David Ryall
Reginald:
Gerard Horan
Mr Marlow:
Jim Carter
First Mysterious Man:
Ron Cook
Second Mysterious Man:
George Rossi
Night Nurse:
Sharon D Clarke
Dr Finlay:
Simon Chandler
George Adams:
Charles Simon
Schoolteacher:
Janet Henfrey
Philip (aged 10):
Lyndon Davies
Uncle John:
Ken Stott
Cloth Cap:
Trevor Cooper
Aunt Emily:
Jo Cameron Brown

The Singing Detective

Episode 2: Heat

Duration: 1 hour, 10 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC One WestLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

Dennis Potter's drama about a patient struggling to keep his sanity, with the help of his alter ego, the singing private eye. Marlow faces a talking cure with a psychologist. Show more

Contributors

Philip Marlow:
Michael Gambon
Mark Binney:
Patrick Malahide
Nurse Mills:
Joanne Whalley
Staff Nurse White:
Imelda Staunton
Mr Tomkey:
Leslie French
Director:
Jon Amiel
Producer:
John Harris
Producer:
Kenith Trodd
Mrs Marlow:
Alison Steadman
Dr Gibbon:
Bill Paterson
Mr Hall:
David Ryall
Reginald:
Gerard Horan
Mr Marlow:
Jim Carter
First Mysterious Man:
Ron Cook
Second Mysterious Man:
George Rossi
Night Nurse:
Sharon D Clarke
Dr Finlay:
Simon Chandler
George Adams:
Charles Simon
Registrar:
Thomas Wheatley
Sister Malone:
Mary MacLeod
Schoolteacher:
Janet Henfrey
Philip (aged 10):
Lyndon Davies

The Singing Detective

Episode 4: Clues

Duration: 1 hour, 10 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC One WestLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

Dennis Potter's classic drama serial with music. Marlow as a child visits London, but is not impressed. A film option on Marlow's novel thickens the plot. Show more

Contributors

Philip Marlow:
Michael Gambon
Mark Binney:
Patrick Malahide
Nurse Mills:
Joanne Whalley
Mr Tomkey:
Leslie French
Director:
Jon Amiel
Producer:
John Harris
Mrs Marlow:
Alison Steadman
Mr Hall:
David Ryall
Reginald:
Gerard Horan
Mr Marlow:
Jim Carter
First Mysterious Man:
Ron Cook
Second Mysterious Man:
George Rossi
George Adams:
Charles Simon
Schoolteacher:
Janet Henfrey
Philip (aged 10):
Lyndon Davies
Grandad Baxter:
Wally Thomas

The Singing Detective

Episode 5: Pitter Patter

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC One WestLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

Dennis Potter's surreal drama with music. Marlow is getting better and the different strands of his fiction and reality begin to occupy the same time and place. Show more

Contributors

Philip Marlow:
Michael Gambon
Binney/Finney/Raymond:
Patrick Malahide
Nurse Mills:
Joanne Whalley
Mr Tomkey:
Leslie French
Director:
Jon Amiel
Producer:
Kenith Trodd
Mrs Marlow:
Alison Steadman
Mr Hall:
David Ryall
Reginald:
Gerard Horan
Mr Marlow:
Jim Carter
First Mysterious Man:
Ron Cook
Second Mysterious Man:
George Rossi
Staff Nurse White:
Imelda Staunton
Schoolteacher:
Janet Henfrey
Young Philip:
Lyndon Davies
Dr Gibbon:
Bill Paterson
Dance hall drummer:
John Sheraton
Mark Binney:
William Speakman

The Singing Detective

Episode 6: Who Done It

Duration: 1 hour, 15 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC One WestLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

In the final part of Dennis Potter's classic drama serial with music, as fiction and fact fight for the same space, the plots and narratives head to their conclusions. Show more

Contributors

Philip Marlow:
Michael Gambon
Mark Binney:
Patrick Malahide
Nurse Mills:
Joanne Whalley
Mr Tomkey:
Leslie French
Director:
Jon Amiel
Producer:
Kenith Trodd
Mrs Marlow:
Alison Steadman
Mr Hall:
David Ryall
Reginald:
Gerard Horan
Mr Marlow:
Jim Carter
First Mysterious Man:
Ron Cook
Second Mysterious Man:
George Rossi
Staff Nurse White:
Imelda Staunton
Schoolteacher:
Janet Henfrey
Philip (aged 10):
Lyndon Davies
Barbara:
Sam Bryant
Dr Gibbon:
Bill Paterson
Mark Binney (aged 10):
William Speakman
Night Nurse:
Sharon D Clarke
First Soldier:
Niven Boyd
Second Soldier:
David Thewlis
Physiotherapist:
Tricia George
Policeman:
Malcolm Storry

Saturday Drama

Solomon and Marion

Duration: 1 hour, 15 minutes

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

Dame Janet Suzman and Khayalethu Anthony star in a South African story of an unlikely friendship bridging generational and racial divides. Written by Lara Foot. Show more

Contributors

Genres

Book of the Week

In My Mind's Eye

Episode 1

Duration: 15 minutes

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

In her newly published 'diary of my thoughts', renowned author and traveller Jan Morris covers much ground - driving her beloved Honda R and reading Ovid and being a TV personality. Show more

Book of the Week

In My Mind's Eye

Episode 2

Duration: 15 minutes

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

In her 'diary of my thoughts', renowned author and traveller Jan Morris covers much ground - this time it's life by the sea, catchphrases and Ibsen the cat. Show more

Book of the Week

In My Mind's Eye

Episode 3

Duration: 15 minutes

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

In Jan Morris's 'diary of my thoughts', the renowned author and traveller covers much ground. This time: the allure of The First Time, an air flight, the quirks of address books. Show more

Book of the Week

In My Mind's Eye

Episode 4

Duration: 15 minutes

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

In Jan Morris's 'diary of my thoughts', the renowned author and traveller covers much ground. This time: what to discover in Trefan Morys, Jan's home in north Wales. Show more

Book of the Week

In My Mind's Eye

Episode 5

Duration: 15 minutes

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

In Jan Morris's 'diary of my thoughts', the renowned author and traveller covers much ground - this time, the lost art of the Siffleur and ascending Mount Snowdon. Show more

Tinga Tinga Tales

Series 1

Episode 26: Why Woodpecker Pecks

First broadcast: on BBC Two ScotlandLatest broadcast: on CBeebies HD

Stories about how different animals became distinctive. There was a time when Woodpecker didn't peck. All the birds made a sound, but not Woodpecker. Show more

Night Waves

Nelson Mandela

Duration: 45 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 3

Available for over a year

Playwright Athol Fugard and actor Dame Janet Suzman join Philip Dodd to reflect on Nelson Mandela's life. David Goodhart and Edward Mortimer discuss immigration in the UK. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Philip Dodd
Interviewed Guest:
David Goodhart
Interviewed Guest:
Edward Mortimer
Interviewed Guest:
Athol Fugard
Interviewed Guest:
Janet Suzman

Free Thinking

Dame Janet Suzman

Duration: 45 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 3

Available for over a year

Actress and director Dame Janet Suzman is in extended conversation with Philip Dodd. She talks about acting and directing and politics in her native South Africa. Show more

Contributors

Interviewed Guest:
Janet Suzman
Presenter:
Philip Dodd
Producer:
Zahid Warley