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Front Row

Black Mass, The Homecoming at 50, Peter Bazalgette on arts funding, Paul Ruddock

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Michael Carlson reviews Black Mass with Johnny Depp as mobster 'Whitey' Bulger. Pinter's The Homecoming 50 years on. Arts Council England's Peter Bazalgette on government funding. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
John Wilson
Interviewed Guest:
Michael Carlson
Interviewed Guest:
Jamie Lloyd
Interviewed Guest:
John Simm
Interviewed Guest:
Michael Billington
Interviewed Guest:
Peter Bazalgette
Interviewed Guest:
Paul Ruddock
Producer:
Elaine Lester

Front Row

Peter Shaffer remembered, Don DeLillo, Anthony Horowitz on New Blood, Beth Orton

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Thea Sharrock and Michael Billington remember playwright Peter Shaffer. Don DeLillo talks to Samira Ahmed about his novel Zero K. Plus Anthony Horowitz on New Blood. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Samira Ahmed
Interviewed Guest:
Michael Billington
Interviewed Guest:
Thea Sharrock
Interviewed Guest:
Don DeLillo
Interviewed Guest:
Anthony Horowitz
Interviewed Guest:
Beth Orton
Producer:
Elaine Lester

Music Matters

ENO's Thebans, Sir James Galway, The Wallfischs and The Mozart Project

Duration: 45 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 3

Available for over a year

Presented by Tom Service. Features Sir James Galway, a review of British composer Julian Anderson's first opera, Thebans, and a report on The Mozart Project, an interactive e-book. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Tom Service
Interviewed Guest:
Fiona Maddocks
Interviewed Guest:
Michael Billington
Interviewed Guest:
Sir James Galway
Interviewed Guest:
Anita Lasker-Wallfisch
Interviewed Guest:
Raphael Wallfisch

Music Matters

The Moderate Soprano, Mark Wigglesworth, Stravinsky

Duration: 45 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Tom Service is joined by Mark Wigglesworth, ENO's new music director. Plus a new book on Stravinsky and Felicity Palmer reviewing David Hare's new play The Moderate Soprano. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Tom Service
Interviewed Guest:
Mark Wigglesworth
Interviewed Guest:
Felicity Palmer
Interviewed Guest:
Michael Billington

Last Word

David Storey, Ahmed Kathrada, Barbara Buss, Aloysius 'Lucky' Gordon

Duration: 28 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Matthew Bannister on writer David Storey, anti apartheid activist Ahmed Kathrada, editor Barbara Buss, drug dealer Lucky Gordon. Show more

Contributors

Interviewed Guest:
Kate Storey
Interviewed Guest:
Helen Storey
Interviewed Guest:
Michael Billington
Interviewed Guest:
Ian McMillan
Interviewed Guest:
Milton Nkosi
Interviewed Guest:
Maggie Alderson
Interviewed Guest:
Frances Fyfield
Interviewed Guest:
Chris Salewicz
Producer:
Neil George

Music Matters

Mike Leigh's Pirates of Penzance, New Government and the arts, Leif Ove Andsnes, Inside Song - Mozart

Duration: 45 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 3

Available for over a year

Tom Service reviews Mike Leigh's The Pirates of Penzance at ENO, asks what the new government means for the arts and talks to pianist Leif Ove Andsnes. Plus Inside Song: Mozart. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Tom Service
Interviewed Guest:
Geoffrey Smith
Interviewed Guest:
Michael Billington
Interviewed Guest:
Richard Morrison
Interviewed Guest:
Deborah Annetts
Interviewed Guest:
Leif Ove Andsnes
Interviewed Guest:
Cliff Eisen

Front Row

Front Row at The Royal Court Theatre

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Front Row marks 60 years of The Royal Court Theatre by discussing the value of new writing for the stage, with John Wilson, expert guests, scenes from key plays, and an audience. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
John Wilson
Interviewed Guest:
Vicky Featherstone
Interviewed Guest:
Michael Billington
Interviewed Guest:
Simon Stephens
Interviewed Guest:
Stef Smith
Interviewed Guest:
Diana Nneka Atuona
Producer:
Dixi Stewart

Night Waves

Landmarks: Oh What a Lovely War

Duration: 45 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 3

Available for over a year

Samira Ahmed and guests examine how Joan Littlewood's production of Oh What a Lovely War changed theatre and redefined the way we view the First World War. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Samira Ahmed
Interviewed Guest:
Murray Melvin
Interviewed Guest:
Michael Billington
Interviewed Guest:
Erica Whyman
Producer:
Zahid Warley
Interviewed Guest:
David Kynaston

Front Row

The Entertainer, TV drama Ellen, Sausage Party, Herman Koch

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for over a year

How does Kenneth Branagh's The Entertainer compare with Laurence Olivier's? Michael Billington reviews. Herman Koch on his new novel, and Sausage Party, featuring rude food. Show more

Contributors

Interviewed Guest:
Michael Billington
Interviewed Guest:
Sarah Quintrell
Interviewed Guest:
Jessica Barden
Interviewed Guest:
James King
Interviewed Guest:
Herman Koch
Presenter:
Kirsty Lang
Producer:
Marilyn Rust

Front Row

Sir Peter Hall remembered

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Theatre, film and opera director Sir Peter Hall is remembered by friends and colleagues who reflect on his contribution to the arts. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Samira Ahmed
Interviewed Guest:
Maria Ewing
Interviewed Guest:
Nicholas Hytner
Interviewed Guest:
Richard Eyre
Interviewed Guest:
Trevor Nunn
Interviewed Guest:
David Edgar
Interviewed Guest:
Michael Billington

Night Waves

Peter O'Toole Appreciation, Genetics and Education, Japan at Christmas, Dragons

Duration: 45 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 3

Available for over a year

To coincide with the opening of the second part of film director Peter Jackson's Hobbit trilogy, Matthew Sweet explores 'slaying the dragon', from Beowulf to Smaug. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Matthew Sweet
Interviewed Guest:
Roger Michell
Interviewed Guest:
Kevin Loader
Interviewed Guest:
Annabel Leventon
Interviewed Guest:
Michael Billington
Interviewed Guest:
Robert Plomin
Interviewed Guest:
Christopher Harding
Interviewed Guest:
Eleanor Barraclough
Interviewed Guest:
John Lennard