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In Our Time

The Corn Laws

Duration: 42 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss the Corn Laws, cause of one of the most explosive political debates in the 19th century. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Melvyn Bragg
Interviewed Guest:
Lawrence Goldman
Interviewed Guest:
Boyd Hilton
Interviewed Guest:
Cheryl Schonhardt-Bailey
Producer:
Thomas Morris

Front Row

Morrissey autobiography; Clio Barnard; Glee's Cory Monteith tribute

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Philip Hoare on Morrissey's Autobiography; film director Clio Barnard on The Selfish Giant; Glee's tribute to Cory Monteith; Nelson, Navy, Nation at the National Maritime Museum. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
John Wilson
Interviewed Guest:
Clio Barnard
Interviewed Guest:
Boyd Hilton
Interviewed Guest:
Philip Hoare
Interviewed Guest:
Sam Willis

Front Row

Versailles, Louisa Young, Museum of the Year contender, TV drama music

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Louis XIV drama series Versailles reviewed, Louisa Young on her novel Devotion, Martin Roth of the V&A, shortlisted for Museum of the Year, and Americana music in hit TV dramas. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Kirsty Lang
Interviewed Guest:
Boyd Hilton
Interviewed Guest:
Martin Roth
Interviewed Guest:
Louisa Young
Interviewed Guest:
Ben Wardle

Front Row

Smokey Robinson; Lenny Henry; Before I Go to Sleep; Secrets

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Arts news. John Wilson talks to Motown singer Smokey Robinson, plus Lenny Henry on his new theatre show, the film of Before I Go to Sleep reviewed, and new BBC1 drama Secrets. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
John Wilson
Interviewed Guest:
Smokey Robinson
Interviewed Guest:
Sarah Dunant
Interviewed Guest:
Lenny Henry
Interviewed Guest:
Boyd Hilton
Producer:
Dymphna Flynn

Front Row

Halle Berry in Extant; International Museums; A Hard Day's Night

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Reviewing Halle Berry in sci-fi series Extant, three directors on the value of museums, the influence of A Hard Day's Night and Amanda Levete on the legacy of architect Louis Khan. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
John Wilson
Interviewed Guest:
Boyd Hilton
Interviewed Guest:
Graham Beal
Interviewed Guest:
Jack Persekian
Interviewed Guest:
Wim Pijbes
Interviewed Guest:
Stephen Deuchar
Interviewed Guest:
Amanda Levete
Interviewed Guest:
David Hepworth

Front Row

Ben Whishaw; Margaret Kennedy

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Arts news, reviews and interviews. Damian Barr talks to actor Ben Whishaw about his new film Lilting. Plus 1920s novelist Margaret Kennedy revisited. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Damian Barr
Interviewed Guest:
Boyd Hilton
Interviewed Guest:
Ben Whishaw
Interviewed Guest:
Anne Manuel
Interviewed Guest:
Joanna Briscoe
Interviewed Guest:
Jennifer Mass
Interviewed Guest:
John Delaney
Interviewed Guest:
Bronwyn Ormsby

Front Row

Michael Horovitz, The Jinx, Drone Warfare, Download Dead?

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for over a year

In the week he turns 80, John Wilson talks to the poet who helped start the counter-culture revolution in the UK, Michael Horovitz. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
John Wilson
Interviewed Guest:
Michael Horovitz
Interviewed Guest:
Boyd Hilton
Interviewed Guest:
Andrew Niccol
Interviewed Guest:
Tonje Hessen Schei
Interviewed Guest:
Stephen Budd

Front Row

Toni Morrison, Indigenous Australia, Car Share

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FM

Available for over a year

Presented by Samira Ahmed. Including Toni Morrison on her latest novel, God Help the Child; a review of Peter Kay in Car Share; and Indigenous Australia at the British Museum. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Samira Ahmed
Producer:
Sarah Johnson
Interviewed Guest:
Toni Morrison
Interviewed Guest:
Gaye Sculthorpe
Interviewed Guest:
Boyd Hilton
Interviewed Guest:
Kevin LeGendre

Front Row

David Shrigley, Madeline Miller, the Power of Netflix

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Artist David Shrigley on being guest director of this year's Brighton Festival, the power of Netflix and novelist Madeline Miller. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Kirsty Lang
Interviewed Guest:
David Shrigley
Interviewed Guest:
Madeline Miller
Interviewed Guest:
Boyd Hilton
Interviewed Guest:
Simon Usborne

Front Row

The Sea; Keith Huff; Patience Agbabi; Banksy art

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Arts news. Kirsty Lang discusses the new film adaptation of John Banville's Man Booker prize-winning novel The Sea. Plus House of Cards writer Keith Huff on his play A Steady Rain. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Kirsty Lang
Interviewed Guest:
Rachel Cooke
Interviewed Guest:
Keith Huff
Interviewed Guest:
Karen Sanig
Interviewed Guest:
Patience Agbabi
Interviewed Guest:
Boyd Hilton

Front Row

Venus in Fur; Gurpreet Kaur Bhatti; The Normal Heart; Michael Cunningham

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Kirsty Lang reviews Venus in Fur, the new film from Roman Polanski, and interviews novelist Michael Cunningham and Sikh playwright Gurpreet Kaur Bhatti. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Kirsty Lang
Interviewed Guest:
Michael Cunningham
Interviewed Guest:
Boyd Hilton
Interviewed Guest:
Gurpreet Kaur Bhatti

Front Row

Alexander McCall Smith; The Walshes review; Stella Feehily

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Arts news with Samira Ahmed. Alexander McCall Smith discusses The Forever Girl; a review of The Walshes, from the creator of Father Ted; and Stella Feehily on This May Hurt a Bit. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Samira Ahmed
Interviewed Guest:
Alexander McCall Smith
Interviewed Guest:
Boyd Hilton
Interviewed Guest:
Ryan Gilbey
Interviewed Guest:
Naomi Alderman

Front Row

The Front Row Cultural quiz

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Front Row tests knowledge of 2016's cultural events. With quiz master John Wilson are Boyd Hilton, Ekow Eshun, Charlotte Higgins and Rhianna Dhillon. Show more

Front Row

Common Sense on TV, Bafta nominations, Mozart at 11, Is there a Northern Aesthetic?

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for over a year

How do British films fare in the Bafta nominations? Celebrating Common Sense on TV; Ian Page marks Mozart's opera debut; does a Northern aesthetic exist? Show more

Contributors

Interviewed Guest:
Kate Muir
Interviewed Guest:
Stephen Lambert
Interviewed Guest:
Boyd Hilton
Interviewed Guest:
Ian Page
Interviewed Guest:
Adam Murray
Interviewed Guest:
Wayne Hemingway
Presenter:
Kirsty Lang
Producer:
Marilyn Rust

Front Row

Vinyl, A Bigger Splash, Margaret Forster, Louis Andriessen, Theatre at the V&A

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for over a year

With John Wilson, including reviews of new HBO series Vinyl and film A Bigger Splash, Melvyn Bragg remembers Margaret Forster, and composer Louis Andriessen on his life in music. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
John Wilson
Interviewed Guest:
Antonia Quirke
Interviewed Guest:
Boyd Hilton
Interviewed Guest:
Melvyn Bragg
Interviewed Guest:
Tom Piper
Interviewed Guest:
Bob Crowley
Interviewed Guest:
Louis Andriessen
Producer:
Dymphna Flynn

Front Row

Anne Sofie von Otter, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Burning Man Temple in Derry, Boxing on Stage

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Swedish soprano Anne Sofie von Otter, Tina Fey's new comedy series Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Nevada's Burning Man festival temple comes to Derry and the art of boxing on stage. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Kirsty Lang
Interviewed Guest:
Anne Sofie von Otter
Interviewed Guest:
Boyd Hilton
Interviewed Guest:
David Best
Interviewed Guest:
Helen Marriage
Interviewed Guest:
Madani Younis
Interviewed Guest:
Aisha Zia

Front Row

The Royals, Peggy Seeger, Sean Scully, Spring with Anna Meredith

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for over a year

An interview with folk artist Peggy Seeger about creating the radio ballad, artist Sean Scully, a review of the latest US TV show about the Royal Family and Anna Meredith. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
John Wilson
Producer:
Ellie Bury
Interviewed Guest:
Anna Meredith
Interviewed Guest:
Sean Scully
Interviewed Guest:
Peggy Seeger
Interviewed Guest:
Boyd Hilton

Front Row

The Ones Below, Sonita, Tate funding, Comedy Playhouse, War Horse music

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for over a year

The Ones Below reviewed, Afghan rapper and activist Sonita speaks out, Tate funding post-BP analysed, Comedy Playhouse in context, and the music of War Horse, with Kirsty Lang. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Kirsty Lang
Interviewed Guest:
Kate Muir
Interviewed Guest:
Sonita Alizadeh
Interviewed Guest:
Rokhsareh Ghaem Maghami
Interviewed Guest:
Will Gompertz
Interviewed Guest:
Boyd Hilton
Interviewed Guest:
Tom Morris
Interviewed Guest:
John Tams
Performer:
Tim van Eyken
Producer:
Dixi Stewart

Front Row

We Are Many, American author Cynthia Bond, Joan of Arc music

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Documentary film We Are Many, creating a score for the French silent film Joan of Arc, a review of TV series Sun Trap and debut American novelist Cynthia Bond. With Kirsty Lang. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Kirsty Lang
Interviewed Guest:
Amir Amirani
Interviewed Guest:
Boyd Hilton
Interviewed Guest:
Cynthia Bond
Interviewed Guest:
Donald Greig
Interviewed Guest:
Neil Brand
Producer:
Dymphna Flynn

Front Row

Jeremy Bowen on Rosewater, Artist John Craske, Grace and Frankie, Phill Jupitus on Viv Stanshall

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for over a year

News, reviews and interviews from the worlds of art, literature, film and music. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
John Wilson
Interviewed Guest:
Jeremy Bowen
Interviewed Guest:
Peter Morgan
Interviewed Guest:
Julia Blackburn
Interviewed Guest:
Neil Powell
Interviewed Guest:
Boyd Hilton
Interviewed Guest:
Phill Jupitus