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Front Row

Leif Ove Andsnes, Mack & Mabel, Choman Hardi, EL Doctorow remembered

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Arts news with Samira Ahmed, including pianist Leif Ove Andsnes on performing Beethoven's piano concertos at the Proms, a Mack & Mabel review and Kurdish poet Choman Hardi. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Samira Ahmed
Interviewed Guest:
Leif Ove Andsnes
Interviewed Guest:
Matt Wolf
Interviewed Guest:
Choman Hardi
Interviewed Guest:
Michael Carlson
Producer:
Ellie Bury

Front Row

The Brontes, Malian kora player Ballake Sissoko and French cellist Vincent Segal, Truth reviewed

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Arts news with Samira Ahmed, including AS Byatt on the enduring legacy of the Brontes' juvenilia, and Malian kora player Ballake Sissoko and French cellist Vincent Segal. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Samira Ahmed
Interviewed Guest:
AS Byatt
Interviewed Guest:
Sophia McDougall
Interviewed Guest:
Tom Burke
Interviewed Guest:
Michael Carlson
Interviewed Guest:
Ballake Sissoko
Interviewed Guest:
Vincent Segal
Producer:
Dixi Stewart

Last Word

Peter Dimmock, Alix d'Unienville, Yolanda Sonnabend, Maggie Eales and George Barris

Duration: 28 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Matthew Bannister on TV pioneer Peter Dimmock. SOE agent Alix d'Unienville, designer Yolanda Sonnabend, ITN foreign editor Maggie Eales, car customiser George Barris. Show more

Contributors

Interviewed Guest:
Jon Snow
Producer:
Neil George
Interviewed Guest:
Professor Jean Seaton
Interviewed Guest:
Sir Paul Fox
Interviewed Guest:
Michael Carlson
Interviewed Guest:
Marcus Binney
Interviewed Guest:
Deborah Bull
Interviewed Guest:
Edward Boateng

Front Row

Marlon James, Stephen Frears's The Program, Fiona Banner

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 Marlon James on his Man Booker Prize-shortlisted novel and a look at Stephen Frears's Lance Armstrong film The Program. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
John Wilson
Interviewed Guest:
Marlon James
Interviewed Guest:
James Daunt
Interviewed Guest:
Michael Carlson
Interviewed Guest:
Fiona Banner

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

The muse in history, Andrew Miller, Vanity Fair, Neil Simon remembered

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Andrew Miller on his new novel Now We Shall be Entirely Free, Muses in History (part of our Inspire season), behind the scenes at ITV's Vanity Fair, and Neil Simon remembered. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Samira Ahmed
Interviewed Guest:
Andrew Miller
Interviewed Guest:
Louisa Buck
Interviewed Guest:
Matt Thorne
Interviewed Guest:
Emma Bullimore
Interviewed Guest:
Olivia Cooke
Interviewed Guest:
Gwyneth Hughes
Interviewed Guest:
Michael Palin
Interviewed Guest:
Michael Carlson
Producer:
Dymphna Flynn

Front Row

Pride; Horst; Tyrant; Rachel Cusk

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Arts news. Kirsty Lang talks to the director of new British film Pride and meets novelist Rachel Cusk, whose new book is about a creative writing teacher in Athens. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Kirsty Lang
Interviewed Guest:
Stephen Beresford
Interviewed Guest:
Matthew Warchus
Interviewed Guest:
Michael Carlson
Interviewed Guest:
Rachel Cusk

Front Row

Interstellar, Nick Hornby, John Harle, Bob Dylan's Basement Tapes

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. Lionel Shriver reviews Interstellar, Nick Hornby talks about his new novel Funny Girl, John Harle on Adolphe Sax's sax, and Bob Dylan's Basement Tapes. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
John Wilson
Interviewed Guest:
Nick Hornby
Interviewed Guest:
Lionel Shriver
Interviewed Guest:
John Harle
Interviewed Guest:
Michael Carlson

Front Row

Timothy Spall, Catherine Tate, 11.22.63, Dutch flowers.

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Timothy Spall talks about The Caretaker, Catherine Tate's choice for Shakespeare's People, plus the TV series of Stephen King's 11.22.63, and Dutch flowers at the National Gallery. Show more

Contributors

Interviewed Guest:
Timothy Spall
Interviewed Guest:
Catherine Tate
Interviewed Guest:
Michael Carlson
Interviewed Guest:
Betsy Wieseman
Presenter:
John Wilson
Producer:
Jack Soper

Front Row

Sharlene Teo, Alice Oswald, William Tillyer, The Chelsea Hotel, Coronation Street's women

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Sharlene Teo on her novel Ponti; poet Alice Oswald and artist William Tillyer collaborate on Nobody; is Coronation Street the most feminist soap on TV?; the Chelsea Hotel. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Stig Abell
Interviewed Guest:
Sharlene Teo
Interviewed Guest:
Emma Bullimore
Interviewed Guest:
Alice Oswald
Interviewed Guest:
William Tillyer
Interviewed Guest:
Michael Carlson
Producer:
Sarah Johnson

Front Row

Vikings at British Museum; John Carter Cash; 37 Days

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Arts news. John Wilson John takes a tour of a Viking exhibition, reviews World War One drama 37 Days, and discusses newly found recordings of Johnny Cash with his son. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
John Wilson
Interviewed Guest:
Gareth Williams
Interviewed Guest:
Sarah Crompton
Interviewed Guest:
John Carter Cash
Interviewed Guest:
Michael Carlson

Front Row

Ralph Fiennes on Richard III, Elvis & Nixon, Refugee fiction, Amjad Sabri

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Ralph Fiennes and director Rupert Goold on Richard III; Elvis & Nixon, starring Kevin Spacey; Marina Lewycka and Hassan Abdulrazzak on refugee fiction; Amjad Sabri remembered. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Samira Ahmed
Interviewed Guest:
Ralph Fiennes
Interviewed Guest:
Rupert Goold
Interviewed Guest:
Michael Carlson
Interviewed Guest:
Marina Lewycka
Interviewed Guest:
Hassan Abdulrazzak
Interviewed Guest:
Ziad Zafar

Front Row

Warren Beatty in Rules Don't Apply, Inua Ellams, Born to Kill

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for over a year

A review of Warren Beatty in Rules Don't Apply; Poet Inua Ellams discusses and performs from his collection #Afterhours; Born to Kill reviewed; the everlasting pull of pop. Show more

Contributors

Interviewed Guest:
Karen Krizanovich
Interviewed Guest:
Michael Carlson
Interviewed Guest:
Inua Ellams
Interviewed Guest:
Stella Duffy
Interviewed Guest:
Ben Wardle
Presenter:
Samira Ahmed

Front Row

Patriots Day, Stephen Karam, EU Baroque Orchestra, Syria documentaries

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Samira Ahmed presents the arts magazine programme. Patriots Day, playwright Stephen Karam, EU Baroque Orchestra leaves the UK, and making documentaries about Syria. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Samira Ahmed
Interviewed Guest:
Michael Carlson
Interviewed Guest:
Stephen Karam
Interviewed Guest:
Paul James
Producer:
Hannah Robins

Last Word

Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, Drue Heinz DBE, Ray Wilkins MBE, Eric Bristow, Steven Bochco

Duration: 28 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Matthew Bannister on anti-apartheid campaigner Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, philanthropist Drue Heinz, footballer Ray Wilkins, darts player Eric Bristow and TV writer Steven Bochco. Show more

Contributors

Interviewed Guest:
Milton Nkosi
Interviewed Guest:
Grey Gowrie
Interviewed Guest:
Wendy Cope
Interviewed Guest:
Daniel Halpern
Interviewed Guest:
John Murray
Interviewed Guest:
Michael Carlson

Last Word

Oliver Knussen CBE, Barbara Harrell-Bond OBE, Sam Chisholm, Steve Ditko, Anna Sándor de Kénos

Duration: 28 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Julian Worricker on musician Oliver Knussen, anthropologist Barbara Harrell-Bond, media executive Sam Chisholm, artist Steve Ditko, Transylvanian aristocrat Anna Sandor de Kenos. Show more

Contributors

Interviewed Guest:
Nicholas Kenyon
Interviewed Guest:
Roger Zetter
Interviewed Guest:
Laura Hammond
Interviewed Guest:
Raymond Snoddy
Interviewed Guest:
Michael Carlson
Interviewed Guest:
Michael O'Sullivan

Last Word

Beth Chatto, Philip Roth, Doreen Simmons, Khurshid Drabu, June Milne.

Duration: 28 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Julian Worricker on gardener Beth Chatto, author Philip Roth, sumo expert Doreen Simmons, judge Khurshid Drabu, writer and publisher June Milne. Show more

Contributors

Interviewed Guest:
Julia Boulton
Interviewed Guest:
Pippa Greenwood
Interviewed Guest:
Michael Carlson
Interviewed Guest:
Stuart Varnam-Atkin
Interviewed Guest:
Iqbal Sacranie
Interviewed Guest:
Solomon Kakembo
Producer:
Neil George

Last Word

Antonio Carluccio, Sima Wali, Richard Wilbur, Mary Reveley, Dudley Simpson

Duration: 28 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Matthew Bannister on chef Antonio Carluccio, Afghan women's rights campaigner Sima Wali, poet Richard Wilbur, racehorse trainer Mary Reveley, TV composer Dudley Simpson. Show more

Contributors

Interviewed Guest:
William Sitwell
Interviewed Guest:
Suleiman Wali
Interviewed Guest:
Michael Carlson
Interviewed Guest:
Cornelius Lysaght
Interviewed Guest:
Matthew Sweet