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Music Matters

Jerusalem, Bach's Vocal Works, Streetwise Opera, Errollyn Wallen

Duration: 45 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Petroc Trelawny visits Streetwise Opera as it stages Bach's St Matthew Passion. Plus a book on Bach's vocal works, the story behind Parry's Jerusalem and composer Errollyn Wallen. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Petroc Trelawny
Interviewed Guest:
Markus Rathey
Interviewed Guest:
Mark Padmore
Interviewed Guest:
Simon Heffer
Interviewed Guest:
Jeremy Summerly
Interviewed Guest:
Errollyn Wallen

Start the Week

Victorian Revivalism

Duration: 43 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Anne McElvoy talks to journalist Simon Heffer, curator Sonia Solicari, novelist DJ Taylor and Prof Anthony King. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Anne McElvoy
Interviewed Guest:
Simon Heffer
Interviewed Guest:
Sonia Solicari
Interviewed Guest:
DJ Taylor
Interviewed Guest:
Anthony King
Producer:
Katy Hickman

Politics Live

20/11/2019

Duration: 59 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two EnglandLatest broadcast: on BBC Parliament

Jo Coburn is joined by Ann Pettifor, Matt Chorley and Simon Heffer to discuss the election debate between Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn and the latest from the campaign trail. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Jo Coburn
Interviewed Guest:
Ann Pettifor
Interviewed Guest:
Matt Chorley
Interviewed Guest:
Simon Heffer

Duration: 1 hour

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

Simon Heffer looks at war films such as The Dam Busters, The Cruel Sea and The Colditz Story and argues that they have real cinematic merit and a genuine cultural importance. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Simon Heffer
Producer:
Hans Petch
Director:
Hans Petch
Executive Producer:
Tom Webber

Question Time

13/11/2008

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC One Yorks & LincsLatest broadcast: on BBC News

David Dimbleby chairs the political debate from Dover. The panel includes Margaret Beckett, Jeremy Hunt, Shirley Williams, Brian Moore and Simon Heffer. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
David Dimbleby
Participant:
Brian Moore
Participant:
Margaret Beckett
Participant:
Jeremy Hunt
Participant:
Shirley Williams
Participant:
Simon Heffer

Free Thinking

Charles Kingsley's Water Babies, Edward St Aubyn

Duration: 45 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 3

Available for over a year

Matthew Sweet, Simon Heffer and Corin Throsby discuss Charles Kingsley. Plus a former Radio 3 New Generation Thinker and Edward St Aubyn on literary satire. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Matthew Sweet
Interviewed Guest:
Simon Heffer
Interviewed Guest:
Corin Throsby
Interviewed Guest:
Edward St Aubyn
Producer:
Fiona McLean

Free Thinking

Winston Churchill and Englishness

Duration: 45 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 3

Available for over a year

David Reynolds, Yasmin Alibhai-Brown, Simon Heffer and David Edgar join Philip Dodd to discuss Winston Churchill through the lens of Englishness. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Philip Dodd
Interviewed Guest:
David Reynolds
Interviewed Guest:
Yasmin Alibhai-Brown
Interviewed Guest:
Simon Heffer
Interviewed Guest:
David Edgar

Free Thinking

2015 Festival

Rule Breakers or Rule Makers?

Duration: 45 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 3

Available for over a year

Philip Dodd hosts a debate about our relationship with rule-breaking in the company of writer Simon Heffer, human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell and former MP Joyce Quin. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Philip Dodd
Interviewed Guest:
Simon Heffer
Interviewed Guest:
Peter Tatchell
Interviewed Guest:
Joyce Quin
Producer:
Laura Thomas

Free Thinking

The Working Class in Culture

Duration: 45 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 3

Available for over a year

Writer Bea Campbell, artist Scottee, historian Emma Griffin, journalist Simon Jenkins and economist Guy Standing join Philip Dodd to consider the working class in culture. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Philip Dodd
Interviewed Guest:
Bea Campbell
Interviewed Guest:
undefined Scottee
Interviewed Guest:
Emma Griffin
Interviewed Guest:
Simon Heffer
Interviewed Guest:
Guy Standing
Interviewed Guest:
Debbie Kilbride

Free Thinking

Simon Heffer. Social Conservatism. Sibelius. D'Oyly Carte.

Duration: 45 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 3

Available for over a year

Rana Mitter and guests look back to Edwardian England and at conservative thinking now. Plus New Generation Thinkers share their research into touring opera and Sibelius's music. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Rana Mitter
Interviewed Guest:
Simon Heffer
Interviewed Guest:
Eliza Filby
Interviewed Guest:
Thomas Simpson
Producer:
Luke Mulhall

Free Thinking

Landmark: Matthew Arnold's Culture and Anarchy

Duration: 45 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 3

Available for over a year

Simon Heffer, New Generation Thinker Will Abberley, director of Fun Palaces Stella Duffy and Tiffany Jenkins join Matthew Sweet to debate the ideas of poet Matthew Arnold. Show more

Contributors

Interviewed Guest:
Simon Heffer
Interviewed Guest:
Stella Duffy
Interviewed Guest:
Will Abberley
Presenter:
Matthew Sweet
Producer:
Fiona McLean

Free Thinking

Landmark: Anthony Trollope's The Way We Live Now

Duration: 45 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 3

Available for over a year

Philip Dodd presents a special edition devoted to Anthony Trollope's novel The Way We Live Now. With Jerry White, Simon Heffer, Kathryn Hughes and Jonathan Myerson. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Philip Dodd
Interviewed Guest:
Jerry White
Interviewed Guest:
Simon Heffer
Interviewed Guest:
Kathryn Hughes
Interviewed Guest:
Jonathan Myerson
Producer:
Zahid Warley

Politics Live

11/11/2019

Duration: 59 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two EnglandLatest broadcast: on BBC Parliament

Jo Coburn is joined by Simon Heffer, Lucy Fisher and Miatta Fahnbulleh. Plus interviews with James Cleverly and Andy McDonald. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Jo Coburn
Panellist:
Simon Heffer
Panellist:
Lucy Fisher
Interviewed Guest:
James Cleverly
Interviewed Guest:
Andy McDonald

Last Word

Lord McAlpine, Jocelyn Hay, Amiri Baraka, Sir Christopher Chataway, Claudio Abbado

Duration: 28 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Matthew Bannister on Tory fundraiser Lord McAlpine, broadcasting campaigner Jocelyn Hay, poet Amiri Baraka, runner and MP Sir Christopher Chataway, and conductor Claudio Abbado. Show more

Contributors

Interviewed Guest:
Julia Langdon
Interviewed Guest:
Simon Heffer
Interviewed Guest:
Steven Barnet
Interviewed Guest:
Kevin Young
Interviewed Guest:
Bernardine Evaristo