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The Culture Show

2011/2012

Episode 26: London

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC HDLatest broadcast: on BBC Two Wales

Arts magazine. Alastair Sooke meets sculptor Anthony Caro ahead of a retrospective, and Alan Bissett talks to Irvine Welsh about punk literature and his new book Skagboys. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Richard Cork
Participant:
Alastair Sooke
Participant:
Mark Kermode
Participant:
Arlene Phillips
Participant:
Alan Bissett
Participant:
Roger Parsons
Interviewed Guest:
Irvine Welsh
Interviewed Guest:
Anthony Caro
Interviewed Guest:
Sarah Rose
Series Editor:
Janet Lee
Series Producer:
Emma Cahusac

Free Thinking

Paolozzi, Daniel Dennett

Duration: 45 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 3

Available for over a year

Philip Dodd is joined by Richard Cork, Judith Collins, Barry Smith and Iain Sinclair to explore the work of Paolozzi. Plus philosopher Daniel Dennett talking about consciousness. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Philip Dodd
Interviewed Guest:
Richard Cork
Interviewed Guest:
Judith Collins
Interviewed Guest:
Barry Smith
Interviewed Guest:
Iain Sinclair
Interviewed Guest:
Daniel Dennett

Front Row

Orlando Bloom, Grief as muse, Antony Gormley, Novello Award-winning rapper Dave.

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Orlando Bloom on playing a cop with a sideline - assassination, comedy inspired by grief, Antony Gormley's new show and rappers winning prizes - for their poetry or their politics? Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Stig Abell
Interviewed Guest:
Orlando Bloom
Interviewed Guest:
Cariad Lloyd
Interviewed Guest:
Kim Sherwood
Interviewed Guest:
Jacqueline Springer
Interviewed Guest:
Richard Cork
Producer:
Julian May

Front Row

Fay Weldon; Raw review; Duchamp's Fountain; Simon Callow and Christopher Hampton

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Death of a She Devil is Fay Weldon's new novel, Bryony Hanson reviews the film Raw, Richard Cork on Duchamp's Fountain, Simon Callow and Christopher Hampton on The Philantropist. Show more

Contributors

Interviewed Guest:
Fay Weldon
Interviewed Guest:
Briony Hanson
Interviewed Guest:
Richard Cork
Interviewed Guest:
Simon Callow
Interviewed Guest:
Christopher Hampton
Presenter:
Stig Abell

Front Row

Authors' better, but not-so-famous, books; Kathryn Bigelow; Eric Ravilious; a Shakespeare Sonnet in Pidgin

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for over a year

A discussion of books better than their authors' best known; Kathryn Bigelow on why her new film, set in 1967, is urgent now; the English artist Eric Ravilious; a poem in Pidgin. Show more

Contributors

Interviewed Guest:
Kathryn Bigelow
Interviewed Guest:
Richard Cork
Interviewed Guest:
Kevin Jackson
Interviewed Guest:
Alex Clark
Interviewed Guest:
Helen Oyibo
Presenter:
Stig Abell
Producer:
Julian May

Front Row

Will Self, My Life as a Courgette, Raphael drawings

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for over a year

French animation My Life as a Courgette, Will Self on his new novel Phone plus a discussion on past experimental fiction with Kevin Jackson. Raphael's drawings at the Ashmolean. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Kirsty Lang
Interviewed Guest:
Will Self
Interviewed Guest:
Kevin Jackson
Interviewed Guest:
Briony Hanson
Interviewed Guest:
Richard Cork
Producer:
Dymphna Flynn

Front Row

Apple Tree Yard, Mark-Anthony Turnage, Elisabeth Frink

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Director Jessica Hobbs on TV drama Apple Tree Yard, starring Emily Watson; Mark-Anthony Turnage on his new composition Remembering; and reassessing sculptor Dame Elisabeth Frink. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
John Wilson
Interviewed Guest:
Jessica Hobbs
Interviewed Guest:
Mark-Anthony Turnage
Interviewed Guest:
Richard Cork
Producer:
Angie Nehring

Front Row

Cate Blanchett, Priscilla Presley, Arts Manifestos

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Priscilla Presley on 40 years of looking after Elvis's legacy, Cate Blanchett plays 13 different characters reciting an artist's manifesto, plus - what is an art manifesto? Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
John Wilson
Interviewed Guest:
Priscilla Presley
Interviewed Guest:
Cate Blanchett
Interviewed Guest:
Julian Rosefeldt
Interviewed Guest:
Richard Cork
Interviewed Guest:
Jacky Klein
Producer:
Dymphna Flynn

Front Row

Jack O'Connell, Cannes Film Festival, Seeing Round Corners, Spymonkey

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for over a year

British actor Jack O'Connell discusses his latest film, Money Monster, in which he plays a disgruntled New Yorker who takes George Clooney's character hostage. Show more

Contributors

Interviewed Guest:
Jack O'Connell
Interviewed Guest:
Richard Cork
Interviewed Guest:
Jason Solomons
Interviewed Guest:
Toby Park
Interviewed Guest:
Tim Crouch
Presenter:
Kirsty Lang

Front Row

Jennifer Lawrence on Joy; a cultural look ahead to 2016

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Jennifer Lawrence on her new film Joy, book critic Alex Clark recommends her alternative Christmas novel, and a guide to theatre, music and visual arts in 2016. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
John Wilson
Interviewed Guest:
Jennifer Lawrence
Interviewed Guest:
Matt Wolf
Interviewed Guest:
Richard Cork
Interviewed Guest:
Gemma Cairney
Interviewed Guest:
Alex Clark

Front Row

Tom Hiddleston, This Country, Certain Women, Gustav Metzger remembered

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Tom Hiddleston on Kong: Skull Island; Charlie and Daisy May Cooper on BBC3's This Country; Certain Women reviewed; Gustav Metzger remembered. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Samira Ahmed
Producer:
Edwina Pitman
Interviewed Guest:
Tom Hiddleston
Interviewed Guest:
Charlie Cooper
Interviewed Guest:
Daisy May Cooper
Interviewed Guest:
Antonia Quirke
Interviewed Guest:
Hans Ulrich Obrist
Interviewed Guest:
Richard Cork

Front Row

Gary Barlow's The Girls, SS-GB, Sidney Nolan, The Great Wall

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Reassessing body confidence with Gary Barlow as his first musical, The Girls, opens; a touch of Bond in the TV version of SS-GB; Sidney Nolan's paintings; The Great Wall reviewed. Show more

Contributors

Interviewed Guest:
Gary Barlow
Interviewed Guest:
Tim Firth
Interviewed Guest:
Neal Purvis
Interviewed Guest:
Robert Wade
Interviewed Guest:
Richard Cork
Interviewed Guest:
Angie Errigo
Presenter:
Kirsty Lang
Producer:
Angie Nehring

Front Row

David Walliams and Francesca Simon on Roald Dahl, Jack and Harry Williams, Picasso's plays

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for over a year

David Walliams and Francesca Simon on the role of parents in Dahl, The Missing creators Jack and Harry Williams' new series One of Us, and a rarely-staged play by Pablo Picasso. Show more

Contributors

Interviewed Guest:
David Walliams
Interviewed Guest:
Francesca Simon
Interviewed Guest:
Jack Williams
Interviewed Guest:
Harry Williams
Interviewed Guest:
Cradeux Alexander
Interviewed Guest:
Richard Cork
Interviewed Guest:
Jimmy Blake

Front Row

Yann Martel, Love, Delacroix, Mark Wallinger

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Mark Wallinger shows John Wilson his studio, and Yann Martel discusses his new novel. Plus reviews of Delacroix and the Rise of Modern Art, and Judd Apatow's comedy Love. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
John Wilson
Producer:
Angie Nehring
Interviewed Guest:
Mark Wallinger
Interviewed Guest:
Yann Martel
Panellist:
Natalie Haynes
Panellist:
Richard Cork

Front Row

Stella Duffy, New Art Gallery Walsall, Shostakovich's The Nose, Art of Yves Klein

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Stella Duffy discusses her novel London Lies Beneath; the future of The New Art Gallery Walsall; Yves Klein in Liverpool reviewed; Director Barrie Kosky on Shostakovich's The Nose. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Samira Ahmed
Interviewed Guest:
Stella Duffy
Interviewed Guest:
Bob and Roberta Smith
Interviewed Guest:
Richard Cork
Interviewed Guest:
Barrie Kosky
Producer:
Marilyn Rust

Front Row

Timothy Spall, Tracy Chapman's Fast Car turns 30, Novelist Lissa Evans

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Timothy Spall on playing every part in his new film Stanley, a Man of Variety, plus Front Row celebrates 30 years since Tracy Chapman's Fast Car. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Kirsty Lang
Interviewed Guest:
Timothy Spall
Interviewed Guest:
Jacqueline Springer
Interviewed Guest:
Lissa Evans
Interviewed Guest:
Richard Cork
Producer:
Hannah Robins

Front Row

Abi Morgan, Rita Dove, British Art Show 8, Zygmunt Miloszewski

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Screenwriter Abi Morgan on new crime drama River, Pulitzer Prize-winner and former US poet laureate Rita Dove, British Art Show 8 reviewed, and Polish author Zygmunt Miloszewski. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Kirsty Lang
Interviewed Guest:
Abi Morgan
Interviewed Guest:
Richard Cork
Interviewed Guest:
Rita Dove
Interviewed Guest:
Zygmunt Miloszewski

Front Row

Rupert Goold, Francesca Simon and Cressida Cowell, Richard Cork, Eric Huntley

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Rupert Goold's film directorial debut, Francesca Simon and Cressida Cowell on finishing long-running series, and Richard Cork on unusual things that have become art. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
John Wilson
Interviewed Guest:
Rupert Goold
Interviewed Guest:
Francesca Simon
Interviewed Guest:
Cressida Cowell
Interviewed Guest:
Richard Cork
Interviewed Guest:
Eric Huntley

Front Row

Jessica Chastain, Ali Smith, Bob Copper at 100, the Art of the Self-Portrait

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Oscar-nominated actress Jessica Chastain on A Most Violent Year, a review of self-portraiture, Costa Novel Award-winner Ali Smith, and a remembrance of folk legend Bob Copper. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
John Wilson
Producer:
Ellie Bury
Interviewed Guest:
Jessica Chastain
Interviewed Guest:
Richard Cork
Interviewed Guest:
Ali Smith
Interviewed Guest:
Shirley Collins
Interviewed Guest:
Ben Copper
Interviewed Guest:
Jon Boden

Front Row

Bryan Ferry; The Fall; Peder Balke; Revolutionary Theatre

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Stella Duffy on crime drama The Fall, Bryan Ferry on his solo album Avonmore, theatre exploring climate science and the school system, and Peder Balke at the National Gallery. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Kirsty Lang
Interviewed Guest:
Bryan Ferry
Interviewed Guest:
Richard Cork
Interviewed Guest:
Stella Duffy
Interviewed Guest:
Chris Rapley
Interviewed Guest:
Molly Davies