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The Culture Show

2014/2015

Episode 8: Hilary Mantel - Case Histories

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two Northern IrelandLatest broadcast: on BBC Two HD

James Runcie meets the novelist Hilary Mantel, whose latest collection of short stories contemplates the possibility that Margaret Thatcher was assassinated in 1983. Show more

Saturday Review

Saturday Review: Best of The Fest

Duration: 45 minutes

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

Available for over a year

In Edinburgh for the Festivals: Ian Rankin, Louise Welsh and James Runcie review Ex Machina, The Encounter, Adam Mars-Jones's book, Narcos, Escobar and their Festival selections. Show more

Contributors

Interviewed Guest:
Ian Rankin
Interviewed Guest:
Louise Welsh
Interviewed Guest:
James Runcie

Saturday Review

Rush; Science Britannica

Duration: 45 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Rivalry between James Hunt and Niki Lauda in Rush, written by Peter Morgan and directed by Ron Howard. Plus new work from Tacita Dean, and Brian Cox's Science Britannica on BBC2. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Tom Sutcliffe
Interviewed Guest:
Helen Lewis
Interviewed Guest:
Christopher Frayling
Interviewed Guest:
James Runcie
Producer:
Sarah Johnson

Duration: 1 hour, 20 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

Documentary marking the centenary of sculptor Henry Moore's birth, using footage and notebook extracts to build up a picture from Moore's early life to his wartime experiences. Show more

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

Bill Buford finds out if French cuisine is still the best in the world. In the Alps he works in a bakery, kills a pig, makes cheese and cooks in a small family restaurant. Show more

Contributors

Executive Producer:
Roy Ackerman
Director:
James Runcie
Producer:
James Runcie

The Culture Show

2012/2013

Episode 11: J K Rowling - Writing For Grown-Ups: A Culture Show Special

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC HDLatest broadcast: on BBC One Wales

James Runcie meets Harry Potter author JK Rowling, who reads from her first novel for adults, The Casual Vacancy, and discusses its ideas, characters and inspiration. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
James Runcie
Presenter:
James Runcie
Interviewed Guest:
JK Rowling
Series Producer:
Pauline Law
Series Producer:
Pauline Law
Series Editor:
Janet Lee
Series Editor:
Janet Lee
Director:
Jude Ho
Director:
Jude Ho

Saturday Review

American Psycho as theatre; Everything You Always Wanted to Know...; Mind Maps at the Science Museum

Duration: 45 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Matt Smith in American Psycho the Musical, Mind Maps at the Science Museum, The Great Train Robbery BBC TV drama, The Innocents film reissue, West End Producer's theatrical guide. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Tom Sutcliffe
Interviewed Guest:
Abigail Morris
Interviewed Guest:
James Runcie
Interviewed Guest:
Cahal Dallat
Producer:
Oliver Jones

Drama

BACH: The Great Passion

Duration: 1 hour, 30 minutes

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

Bach rehearses the first performance of his St Matthew Passion. But his choir and his musicians make exhausting demands on him, threatening to derail this gargantuan undertaking. Show more

Contributors

Johann Sebastian Bach:
Simon Russell Beale
Anna Magdalena Bach:
Melody Grove
Christian Henrici (Picander):
Al Weaver
Stefan Meissner:
Adam Greaves Neal
Paul Christian Stolle:
Stephen Boxer
Salomon Deyling:
David Horovitch
Johann Gottlieb Gorner:
Tom Goodman-Hill
Bach's Child:
Damon Denton-Snape
Producer:
Marilyn Imrie

Brand

Drama

The Culture Show

2013/2014

Episode 18: Wars of the Heart

Duration: 29 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two HDLatest broadcast: on BBC Four HD

James Runcie examines how the Blitz influenced the work of novelists Graham Greene, Henry Green and Elizabeth Bowen, and American poet Hilda Doolittle. Show more

Saturday Live

Festival director James Runcie and George Benson's Inheritance Tracks

Duration: 1 hour, 28 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Sian Williams and Richard Coles with festival director and writer James Runcie, the Inheritance Tracks of George Benson and wildlife cameraman Doug Allan on adventure travel. Show more

Open Book

Year of the Women Writers

Duration: 28 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Books and literary news. Ellah Allfrey, Sally Gardner, Sarah Hall and Lennie Goodings discuss with Mariella Frostrup why 2013 has been the 'Year of the Women Writers'. Show more

Contributors

Interviewed Guest:
Ellah Allfrey
Interviewed Guest:
Sally Gardner
Interviewed Guest:
Sarah Hall
Interviewed Guest:
James Runcie
Interviewed Guest:
Lennie Goodings
Producer:
Andrea Kidd

Open Book

Alcohol's influence on literature; James Runcie; Grace McCleen

Duration: 28 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Mariella Frostrup talks to Grace McCleen about her new novel The Professor of Poetry and, on the centenary of her birth, James Runcie celebrates the life and work of Barbara Pym. Show more

Contributors

Interviewed Guest:
Grace McCleen
Interviewed Guest:
James Runcie
Interviewed Guest:
Kevin Jackson
Interviewed Guest:
Olivia Laing
Producer:
Andrea Kidd

Hidden Treasures of...

Episode 3: Indian Art

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC HDLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

In his quest to find out if traditional art still thrives among the indigenous people of the world, Griff Rhys Jones goes to India in search of exquisite textiles. Show more

Contributors

Executive Producer:
Adam Barker
Executive Producer:
Liz Hartford
Director:
James Runcie
Producer:
James Runcie

The Culture Show

2011/2012

Episode 9: Hilary Mantel: A Culture Show Special

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC HDLatest broadcast: on BBC Two England

A profile of Hilary Mantel, the Booker Prize-winning author of Wolf Hall. She talks about her childhood in the north of England and her battles with debilitating illness. Show more

Midweek

Meera Syal, James Runcie, Elliot Ackerman, Philip Hoare

Duration: 43 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Libby Purves meets actor and writer Meera Syal, writer and director James Runcie, former soldier Elliot Ackerman and author, broadcaster and whale chaser Philip Hoare. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Libby Purves
Interviewed Guest:
Meera Syal
Interviewed Guest:
James Runcie
Interviewed Guest:
Elliot Ackerman
Interviewed Guest:
Philip Hoare

Brand

Midweek

The Culture Show

2012/2013

Episode 1

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two ScotlandLatest broadcast: on BBC Two Northern Ireland

The Culture Show is back and will be featuring many of the highlights from the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad. In this episode, Mark Kermode meets film director David Cronenberg. Show more

Contributors

Series Editor:
Janet Lee
Reporter:
Mark Kermode
Reporter:
James Runcie
Interviewed Guest:
Martin Amis
Interviewed Guest:
Michael Landy
Interviewed Guest:
Yoko Ono

The Culture Show

2012/2013

Episode 2

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Mark Kermode questions director William Friedkin about his new blackly comic film Killer Joe and James Runcie meets Richard Ford to talk about his haunting new novel Canada. Show more

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

Tristram Hunt looks at how motoring has gone from allowing us to explore the English countryside to the present day of speed cameras, congestion charges and environmental issues. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Tristram Hunt
Producer:
James Runcie
Director:
James Runcie
Executive Producer:
Rachel Bell

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

Bill Buford works in the kitchens to investigate whether French food is all it's cracked up to be. In Lyon, he enrols in a cookery school and works for tough chef Matthieu Viannay. Show more

Contributors

Executive Producer:
Roy Ackerman
Director:
James Runcie
Producer:
James Runcie