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Free Thinking

Writers Writing about Love

Duration: 45 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 3Latest broadcast: on BBC Radio 3

Available for over a year

Anne McElvoy is joined by novelists AL Kennedy, Tahmima Anam and Alain de Botton to talk about depicting relationships across cities and continents. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Anne McElvoy
Interviewed Guest:
AL Kennedy
Interviewed Guest:
Tahmima Anam
Interviewed Guest:
Alain de Botton

Saturday Drama

AL Kennedy - Confessions of a Medium

Duration: 1 hour

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

4 Extra Debut. 1870s London: Mr Parker is looking for more meaning to life. He meets a medium, but is he really his saviour? Stars Bill Nighy. Show more

The Review Show

01/04/2011

Duration: 50 minutes

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

Martha Kearney and guests Germaine Greer, Maureen Lipman, David Schneider and AL Kennedy discuss costume drama The Crimson Petal and the White, and the film Oranges and Sunshine. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Martha Kearney
Participant:
Germaine Greer
Participant:
Maureen Lipman
Participant:
David Schneider
Participant:
AL Kennedy

Open Book

Damon Galgut, Kate Colquhoun, Judith Flanders, AL Kennedy, Julian Gough, Stella Duffy

Duration: 28 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Acclaimed South African writer Damon Galgut on his novel Arctic Summer, plus Kate Colquhoun and Judith Flanders on Victorian true crime and AL Kennedy road tests new writing apps. Show more

Contributors

Interviewed Guest:
Damon Galgut
Interviewed Guest:
Stella Duffy
Interviewed Guest:
Julian Gough
Interviewed Guest:
AL Kennedy
Interviewed Guest:
Kate Colquhoun
Interviewed Guest:
Judith Flanders

Loose Ends

Tim Minchin, David Bryan, AL Kennedy, Joseph Barnes-Phillips, Benjamin Zephaniah, Susanne Sundfor, Arthur Smith, Nikki Bedi

Duration: 46 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Nikki Bedi and Arthur Smith are joined by Tim Minchin, David Bryan, AL Kennedy and Joseph Barnes-Phillips. With music from Benjamin Zephaniah and Susanne Sundfor. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Nikki Bedi
Presenter:
Arthur Smith
Interviewed Guest:
Tim Minchin
Interviewed Guest:
David Bryan
Interviewed Guest:
AL Kennedy
Interviewed Guest:
Joseph Barnes-Phillips
Performer:
Susanne Sundfor
Producer:
Sukey Firth

Open Book

Yaa Gyasi

Duration: 28 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Presented by Mariella Frostrup. Author Yaa Gyasi talks to Mariella about her debut novel Homegoing, a tale of two sisters with strikingly different destinies. Show more

Contributors

Interviewed Guest:
Yaa Gyasi
Interviewed Guest:
Kevin Crossley-Holland
Interviewed Guest:
AL Kennedy

Saturday Review

A Question of Character

Duration: 45 minutes

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

Available for over a year

As a part of Radio 4's Character Invasion Day, Tom Sutcliffe hosts a live debate asking whether or not we are living in a golden age for the creation of fictional characters. Show more

The Review Show

15/09/2013

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Two England

Martha Kearney and guests discuss the film adaptation of Irvine Welsh's novel Filth, Dennis Kelly's debut play at the Royal Court, and Expo 58, a new comic novel by Jonathan Coe. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Martha Kearney
Executive Producer:
Pauline Law
Producer:
Mark Crossan
Panellist:
Paul Morley
Panellist:
AL Kennedy

The Review Show

The Book Review Show

Duration: 50 minutes

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

Tim Marlow and guests John Mullan, AL Kennedy and Rosie Boycott consider the shortlist for this year's Man Booker Prize for Fiction. The winner is announced on 16 October 2012. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Tim Marlow
Participant:
John Mullan
Participant:
AL Kennedy
Participant:
Rosie Boycott
Executive Producer:
Andrew Lockyer

Free Thinking

Live at Southbank Centre: A Charm Offensive

Duration: 45 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 3

Available for over a year

Stephen Bayley, Rachel Johnson, AL Kennedy and Mark Borkowski join Philip Dodd to discuss charm, from Castiglione's The Book of the Courter to modern politics and PR. Show more

Contributors

Interviewed Guest:
Stephen Bayley
Presenter:
Philip Dodd
Interviewed Guest:
Rachel Johnson
Interviewed Guest:
AL Kennedy
Interviewed Guest:
Mark Borkowski

Free Thinking

Spy Fiction, Worrying, Joseph Cornell

Duration: 45 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 3

Available for over a year

Matthew Sweet is joined by AL Kennedy, Virginia Ironside and Francis O'Gorman to discuss worrying in literature and life. Plus New Generation Thinker Sam Goodman on spy fiction. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Matthew Sweet
Interviewed Guest:
AL Kennedy
Interviewed Guest:
Virginia Ironside
Interviewed Guest:
Francis O'Gorman
Interviewed Guest:
Iain Sinclair
Interviewed Guest:
Sam Goodman

Natural Histories: Short Stories

Series 1

Fortifications

Duration: 15 minutes

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

AL Kennedy reads her short story inspired by coral she saw in the Natural History Museum. A professor remembers her younger self, and how she went diving underwater for coral. Show more

15 Minute Drama

Subterranean Homesick Blues - Series 1

Episode 1

Duration: 15 minutes

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

Available for years

John and Maggie had a disastrous affair 20 years ago, but should they try again now they are old enough to know better? Starring Bill Nighy and Anna Calder-Marshall. Show more

15 Minute Drama

Subterranean Homesick Blues - Series 1

Episode 2

Duration: 15 minutes

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

Available for years

After a disastrous affair 20 years ago, Maggie and John are trying to give it another go, but John's work schedule and Maggie's fear of getting hurt again are not making this easy. Show more

15 Minute Drama

Subterranean Homesick Blues - Series 1

Episode 3

Duration: 15 minutes

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

Available for years

Now in their late sixties, John and Maggie find that their conversations tend less towards romance and more towards mortality and missed chances. Show more

15 Minute Drama

Subterranean Homesick Blues - Series 1

Episode 4

Duration: 15 minutes

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

Available for years

Maggie has finally had enough of snatching time with John. An early morning date in Manchester is not what she was hoping for from their romance. Show more

15 Minute Drama

Subterranean Homesick Blues - Series 1

Episode 5

Duration: 15 minutes

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

Available for years

Inclement weather gives John a chance to talk his way back both into Maggie's heart and her bed, but how long can he manage to stay there? Show more

15 Minute Drama

Subterranean Homesick Blues - Series 3

Episode 1

Duration: 15 minutes

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

Available for years

Bill Nighy and Anna Calder-Marshall star as John and Maggie attempting to give love another go when they are older but no wiser. Show more

15 Minute Drama

Subterranean Homesick Blues - Series 3

Episode 2

Duration: 15 minutes

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

Available for years

Bill Nighy and Anna Calder-Marshall star as John and Maggie, having another go at love when they are older but not necessarily wiser in AL Kennedy's comic drama. Show more