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Paul Smith; The Counsellor; Johnny Cash

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Arts news with John Wilson, including an interview with designer Paul Smith, on the eve of a major exhibition of his work and influences at the Design Museum, London. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
John Wilson
Interviewed Guest:
Paul Smith
Interviewed Guest:
Natalie Haynes
Interviewed Guest:
Lorne Campbell
Interviewed Guest:
Tom Morris
Interviewed Guest:
Robert Hilburn

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William Hill Sports Book of the Year; Shobana Jeyasingh; Marius and Fanny

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Arts interviews, news and reviews. Mark Lawson announces the winner of the William Hill Sports Book of the Year, and speaks to the choreographer Shobana Jeyasingh. Show more

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Martin Freeman; American Psycho; Crime books round-up

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Arts news. Mark Lawson talks to Martin Freeman, star of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, and reviews the new musical American Psycho, in which Matt Smith plays a serial killer. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Mark Lawson
Interviewed Guest:
Martin Freeman
Interviewed Guest:
Dreda Say Mitchell
Interviewed Guest:
Ravi Mirchandani
Interviewed Guest:
Jeff Park

Front Row

Istanbul Special: Orhan Pamuk; Magnificent Century; Baba Zula

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for over a year

In a special from Istanbul, John Wilson talks to Nobel Prize-winning author Orhan Pamuk and reports on Turkey's biggest cultural export, the TV drama Magnificent Century. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
John Wilson
Interviewed Guest:
Orhan Pamuk
Interviewed Guest:
Selin Arat
Interviewed Guest:
Azize Tan
Interviewed Guest:
Murat Ertel

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Simon Russell Beale; Lucy Hughes-Hallett

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Mark Lawson talks to Simon Russell Beale about playing King Lear at the National Theatre, and Lucy Hughes-Hallett discusses her award-winning biography of D'Annunzio. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Mark Lawson
Interviewed Guest:
Simon Russell Beale
Interviewed Guest:
Lucy Hughes-Hallett
Interviewed Guest:
Mark Eccleston

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Angela Lansbury, Richard Deacon, Philip Seymour Hoffman

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Arts news. Mark Lawson talks to Angela Lansbury, who is about to star in Blithe Spirit in the West End. And director Anton Corbijn pays tribute to the actor Philip Seymour Hoffman. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Mark Lawson
Interviewed Guest:
Angela Lansbury
Interviewed Guest:
Anton Corbijn
Interviewer:
Richard Deacon

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Kristin Davis; Errol Morris; Mammon; Kate Bush

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Arts magazine. Kirsty Lang talks to Kristin Davis, who is making her West End debut in Fatal Attraction. Plus documentary maker Errol Morris on his film about Donald Rumsfeld. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Kirsty Lang
Interviewed Guest:
Kristin Davis
Interviewed Guest:
Dreda Say Mitchell
Interviewed Guest:
Errol Morris
Interviewed Guest:
Kate Bush

Front Row

Emma Donoghue on Room, Grey Gardens, Andrew Michael Hurley, Occupied

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Emma Donoghue talks to Kirsty Lang about adapting her novel Room into a Bafta-nominated film. Plus Costa winner Andrew Michael Hurley discusses his first novel The Loney. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Kirsty Lang
Interviewed Guest:
Emma Donoghue
Interviewed Guest:
Matt Wolf
Interviewed Guest:
Andrew Hurley
Interviewed Guest:
Bridget Kendall

Front Row

Nile Rodgers, Jesse Eisenberg, Kunal Nayyar, Surrealists

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Arts news, interviews and reviews. John Wilson talks to Nile Rodgers, on the eve of BBC Music Day. Plus Jesse Eisenberg on his new play co-starring Kunal Nayyar. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
John Wilson
Interviewed Guest:
Nile Rodgers
Interviewed Guest:
Jesse Eisenberg
Interviewed Guest:
Kunal Nayyar
Interviewed Guest:
Alex Clark
Interviewed Guest:
Keith Hartley

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Guy Garvey, Bailey's Prize winner, The Go-Between

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Guy Garvey talks to John Wilson about the Meltdown festival he is curating at London's Southbank Centre. Plus a review of The Go-Between musical, starring Michael Crawford. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
John Wilson
Interviewed Guest:
Guy Garvey
Interviewed Guest:
Lisa McInerney
Interviewed Guest:
Matt Wolf
Interviewed Guest:
Pablo Leon de la Barra

Front Row

Trevor Nunn, Natasha Walter, Jake Bugg

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 director Sir Trevor Nunn about A Midsummer Night's Dream. Plus singer-songwriter Jake Bugg and novelist Natasha Walter. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
John Wilson
Interviewed Guest:
Trevor Nunn
Interviewed Guest:
Jake Bugg
Interviewed Guest:
Natasha Walter

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Michael Kiwanuka, War movies, Lyndon B Johnson, Scotty Moore

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FM

Available for over a year

Arts news, interviews and reviews. John Wilson talks to musician Michael Kiwanuka about his new album. Plus a look at the depiction of war in films. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
John Wilson
Interviewed Guest:
Tim Robey
Interviewed Guest:
Richard Hawley
Interviewed Guest:
Kit Davis
Interviewed Guest:
Michael Kiwanuka

Front Row

The Glass Menagerie, Conrad Shawcross, Sitcoms at 60

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Samira Ahmed talks to artist Conrad Shawcross and reviews an Edinburgh Festival production of The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams. Plus 60 years of the British sitcom. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Samira Ahmed
Interviewed Guest:
Adil Ray
Interviewed Guest:
Paul Jackson
Interviewed Guest:
Dick Fiddy
Interviewed Guest:
Joyce McMillan
Interviewed Guest:
Conrad Shawcross

Front Row

Gillian Anderson, Pinocchio, Villette

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Samira Ahmed talks to Gillian Anderson, who returns as Detective Superintendent Stella Gibson in the third series of Belfast-set psychological TV drama The Fall. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Samira Ahmed
Interviewed Guest:
Gillian Anderson
Interviewed Guest:
Jasmin Vardimon
Interviewed Guest:
Linda Marshall Griffiths
Interviewed Guest:
Imogen Russell Williams

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Cultural Exchange Finale

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for over a year

John Wilson brings the Cultural Exchange project to a close, with Armando Iannucci, Laura Mvula, Germaine Greer, Paul Weller, Terence Stamp and others. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
John Wilson
Interviewed Guest:
Armando Iannucci
Interviewed Guest:
Laura Mvula
Interviewed Guest:
Germaine Greer
Interviewed Guest:
Paul Weller
Interviewed Guest:
Terence Stamp
Interviewed Guest:
Justin Welby

Front Row

Naughty Boy; Lovelace; Elmore Leonard

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Arts news with John Wilson, including Naughty Boy, Lovelace reviewed, Harry Nilsson's biographer and Front Row's 2002 interview with Elmore Leonard whose death was announced today. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
John Wilson
Interviewed Guest:
undefined Naughty Boy
Interviewed Guest:
Elmore Leonard
Interviewed Guest:
Alyn Shipton

Front Row

Fran Healey from Travis; Simon Bird and Jonny Sweet on Chickens; Identity theft in crime fiction

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Fran Healy of Travis, back with a new album after a six-year gap; Simon Bird and Jonny Sweet on their TV comedy Chickens; crime writers discuss how to make characters disappear. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Mark Lawson
Interviewed Guest:
Fran Healy
Interviewed Guest:
Simon Bird
Interviewed Guest:
Jonny Sweet
Interviewed Guest:
Lottie Moggach
Interviewed Guest:
Colette McBeth
Interviewed Guest:
Michael Robotham

Front Row

Cillian Murphy, Mira Nair, revenge songs, Million Second Quiz

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Cillian Murphy, star of TV drama Peaky Blinders; director Mira Nair on her film The Reluctant Fundamentalist; musicians who take revenge in song; the quiz with TV's biggest prize. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Kirsty Lang
Interviewed Guest:
Cillian Murphy
Interviewed Guest:
Mira Nair
Interviewed Guest:
Stephen Lambert
Interviewed Guest:
Jane Graham

Front Row

Mercury Music Prize, Patrick Leigh Fermor, Dennis Kelly

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FM

Available for over a year

Arts news with Mark Lawson, including news of the shortlist for the Mercury Prize for album of the year. Plus the long-awaited final book in Patrick Leigh Fermor's travel trilogy. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Mark Lawson
Interviewed Guest:
Artemis Cooper
Interviewed Guest:
Colin Thubron
Interviewed Guest:
Dennis Kelly

Front Row

Woody Allen interview, with Sally Hawkins and Mike Leigh

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Mark Lawson talks to writer and director Woody Allen, whose new film Blue Jasmine stars Cate Blanchett and Sally Hawkins. Sally Hawkins and Mike Leigh also share their thoughts. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Mark Lawson
Interviewed Guest:
Woody Allen
Interviewed Guest:
Mike Leigh
Interviewed Guest:
Sally Hawkins