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Dame Cleo Laine

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for over a year

At the age of 90, jazz singer Dame Cleo Laine looks back at her extraordinary career. Show more

Contributors

Interviewed Guest:
Cleo Laine
Interviewed Guest:
Jacqui Dankworth
Presenter:
Stig Abell

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James Corden, Poet Raymond Antrobus, Arts Minister Michael Ellis

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FM

Available for over a year

James Corden talks to John Wilson about bringing his Late Late Show to London, Raymond Antrobus reads his poem for the summer solstice, plus Arts Minister Michael Ellis. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
John Wilson
Interviewed Guest:
James Corden
Interviewed Guest:
Raymond Antrobus
Interviewed Guest:
Michael Ellis

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Michael Jackson at the National Portrait Gallery, Kynren in Bishop Auckland

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Michael Jackson's personal photographer Todd Gray talks to John Wilson about the star's complex relationship with his own image. Plus the Kynren pageant in Bishop Auckland. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
John Wilson
Interviewed Guest:
Ekow Eshun
Interviewed Guest:
Todd Gray
Interviewed Guest:
Whitney Jones

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Emily Mortimer, Man Booker Prize at 50, Glasgow Women's Library

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Arts news, interviews and reviews. Actor Emily Mortimer on a new film adaption of Penelope Fitzgerald's The Bookshop and 50 years of the Man Booker Prize. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Samira Ahmed
Interviewed Guest:
Emily Mortimer
Interviewed Guest:
Gaby Wood
Interviewed Guest:
Linda Grant
Interviewed Guest:
Arifa Akbar

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Edinburgh International Books Festival: Val McDermid talks to Paul Auster and Denise Mina

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FM

Available for over a year

Val McDermid is at the Edinburgh International Books Festival where she talks to Paul Auster about 4 3 2 1, and to Denise Mina about The Long Drop. Sam Lee performs. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Val McDermid
Interviewed Guest:
Paul Auster
Interviewed Guest:
Denise Mina
Interviewed Guest:
Catherine Wilson
Interviewed Guest:
Mike Heron
Interviewed Guest:
Sam Lee
Presenter:
Timothy Prosser

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Composer Alma Deutscher, Bake Off's return, Controversial statues, Last Days of June

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Twelve-year-old composer, pianist and violinist Alma Deutscher tells Kirsty Lang about her new piano concerto and opera Cinderella. Plus a review of the game Last Days of June. Show more

Contributors

Interviewed Guest:
Alma Deutscher
Interviewed Guest:
Stephen Armstrong
Interviewed Guest:
Lucy Mangan
Interviewed Guest:
Jordan Erica Webber
Interviewed Guest:
Afua Hirsch
Interviewed Guest:
Griselda Pollack
Presenter:
Kirsty Lang

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Jack Dee, Joanna Trollope reveals the BBC National Short Story Award Shortlist

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Jack Dee talks to John Wilson about his new sitcom Bad Move. Plus Joanna Trollope announces the shortlist for this year's National Short Story Award. Show more

Contributors

Interviewed Guest:
Jack Dee
Interviewed Guest:
Joanna Trollope
Interviewed Guest:
Liza Tuttle
Presenter:
John Wilson

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Benedict Cumberbatch, Giles Coren, Borg vs McEnroe, Will Eaves

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Benedict Cumberbatch talks about bringing Ian McEwan's novel The Child in Time to TV. Show more

Contributors

Interviewed Guest:
Benedict Cumberbatch
Interviewed Guest:
Giles Coren
Interviewed Guest:
Eleanor Oldroyd
Interviewed Guest:
Will Eaves
Presenter:
John Wilson

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Matt Lucas on his memoir, Tamsin Greig and Martin Freeman on Labour of Love

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Matt Lucas talks to Stig Abell about his memoir. And Tamsin Greig and Martin Freeman discuss Labour of Love, a new play by James Graham about the Labour Party. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Stig Abell
Interviewed Guest:
Matt Lucas
Interviewed Guest:
Tamsin Greig
Interviewed Guest:
Martin Freeman
Interviewed Guest:
Jacky Klein

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Kit Harington, Kele Okereke, Dynasty, Porridge

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Kit Harington talks about playing his own ancestor in the new BBC1 drama series about the Gunpowder Plot. Arts news, reviews and interviews, presented by Stig Abell. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Stig Abell
Interviewed Guest:
Kit Harington
Interviewed Guest:
Kele Okereke
Interviewed Guest:
Karen Krizanovich

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Taika Waititi on Thor, Art in the Age of Terror, David Adjaye, Eisenstein's October

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Taika Waititi goes from the independent film sector to direct the Marvel blockbuster, Thor: Ragnarok. Plus David Adjaye on his plans for the UK's National Holocaust Memorial. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Samira Ahmed
Interviewed Guest:
Taika Waititi
Interviewed Guest:
Ian Christie
Interviewed Guest:
John Keane
Interviewed Guest:
Sanna Moore
Interviewed Guest:
David Adjaye

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Bill Bailey, Philip Pullman, Alias Grace

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Bill Bailey tries out the new Front Row keyboard. Philip Pullman on his new novel La Belle Sauvage. Plus TV series Alias Grace reviewed. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Shahidha Bari
Interviewed Guest:
Bill Bailey
Interviewed Guest:
Philip Pullman

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Hull Blade, Manchester By the Sea, John Lockwood Kipling, Francis Spufford

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Samira Ahmed on The Blade, a major artwork installed in the heart of Hull as part of UK City of Culture 2017. Plus a review of the film Manchester By the Sea. Show more

Contributors

Interviewed Guest:
Briony Hanson
Interviewed Guest:
Francis Spufford
Presenter:
Samira Ahmed

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Kenneth Lonergan on Howards End, The Florida Project, Artists as curators

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Kenneth Lonergan talks to Kirsty Lang about adapting EM Forster's Howards End for television. Plus Hannah McGill discusses the acclaimed indie film, The Florida Project. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Kirsty Lang
Interviewed Guest:
Kenneth Lonergan
Interviewed Guest:
Hannah McGill
Interviewed Guest:
Jill Constantine
Interviewed Guest:
John Walter

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Inua Ellams on Barber Shop Chronicles, Battle of the Sexes, Charles Causley, Godless

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Inua Ellams on his play Barber Shop Chronicles. Reviews of TV drama Godless and tennis film Battle of the Sexes. Plus an exploration of the work of Cornish poet Charles Causley. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Kirsty Lang
Interviewed Guest:
Inua Ellams
Interviewed Guest:
Mark Eccleston
Interviewed Guest:
Briony Hanson
Interviewed Guest:
Cahal Dallat
Interviewed Guest:
Rory Waterman
Interviewed Guest:
Jim Causley

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Gary Oldman

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Gary Oldman on his barnstorming performance as Winston Churchill in Darkest Hour, hailed as the performance of a lifetime. Plus Gary looks back at his 30-year career in film. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Kirsty Lang
Interviewed Guest:
Gary Oldman

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Turkish literature special from Istanbul featuring Nobel Laureate Orhan Pamuk

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for over a year

News and reviews of art, literature, film and music. Kirsty Lang explores the literary scene in Istanbul, talking to leading Turkish writers including Nobel Laureate Orhan Pamuk. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Kirsty Lang
Interviewed Guest:
Kaya Genc
Interviewed Guest:
Nagihan Ibn Haliloglu
Interviewed Guest:
Orhan Pamuk
Interviewed Guest:
Ece Temelkuran
Interviewed Guest:
Burhan Sonmez
Interviewed Guest:
Filiz Ali

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Evelyn Glennie, Christine, Mary Tyler Moore, Turner Contemporary, Garth Jennings

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Samira Ahmed talks to percussionist Evelyn Glennie, who is creating a piece of music with the residents of King's Cross, London. Plus Lyse Doucet discusses the film Christine. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Samira Ahmed
Interviewed Guest:
Evelyn Glennie
Interviewed Guest:
Lyse Doucet
Interviewed Guest:
Karen Krizanovich
Interviewed Guest:
Garth Jennings
Interviewed Guest:
Andrea Rose

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Keanu Reeves, Chad Stahelski, Petrograd Madonna, Rag'n'Bone Man

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Keanu Reeves talks to John Wilson about his three decade career, from Hamlet to action hero John Wick. Musician Rag'n'Bone Man discusses his debut album Humans. Show more

Contributors

Interviewed Guest:
Keanu Reeves
Interviewed Guest:
Chad Stahelski
Interviewed Guest:
Natalia Murray
Interviewed Guest:
undefined Rag'n'Bone Man
Presenter:
John Wilson