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Front Row

What is Inspiration? Plus playing music from memory with the Aurora Orchestra

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Stella Duffy, Kei Miller, Julian Baggini, Aowen Jin and Philip Venables attempt to define inspiration. Plus, how can an orchestra play an entire symphony from memory? Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Stig Abell
Interviewed Guest:
Kei Miller
Interviewed Guest:
Philip Venables
Interviewed Guest:
Stella Duffy
Interviewed Guest:
Aowen Jin
Interviewed Guest:
Julian Baggini
Interviewed Guest:
Torun Stavseng
Interviewed Guest:
Susan Tomes
Producer:
Hilary Dunn

Front Row

Freeheld review, Anna Hope, Jack Garratt, Unexpected Eisenstein

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 Julianne Moore and Ellen Page in Freeheld, novelist Anna Hope on her new book, and singer and multi-instrumentalist Jack Garratt. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Samira Ahmed
Interviewed Guest:
Stella Duffy
Interviewed Guest:
Anna Hope
Interviewed Guest:
Jack Garratt
Interviewed Guest:
Ian Christie
Producer:
Jack Soper

Woman's Hour

Free speech and feminism, Joan Littlewood, Graphic novel by Una

Duration: 45 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Jenni Murray presents topics including freedom of speech and feminism, theatre director Joan Littlewood remembered and graphic artist Una on her story of abuse. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Jenni Murray
Interviewed Guest:
Louise Adamson
Interviewed Guest:
Caroline Criado-Perez
Interviewed Guest:
Jude Kelly
Interviewed Guest:
Jane Fae
Interviewed Guest:
Stella Duffy
Interviewed Guest:
undefined Una

A Good Read

Judge Rinder and Stella Duffy

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Barrister Robert Rinder, TV's Judge Rinder, and novelist Stella Duffy talk to Harriett Gilbert about the books that matter deeply to them, including one about facing death. Show more

Contributors

Interviewed Guest:
Robert Rinder
Interviewed Guest:
Stella Duffy
Producer:
Beth O'Dea

Saturday Review

The Commune, The Plough and the Stars, The Tidal Zone, Britain's Pompeii, Illuminated manuscripts

Duration: 45 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Thomas Vinterberg's film The Commune, Sean O'Casey's The Plough and the Stars, The Tidal Zone by Sarah Moss, Britain's Pompeii, and illuminated manuscripts at the Fitzwilliam. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Tom Sutcliffe
Interviewed Guest:
Joe Dunthorne
Interviewed Guest:
Stella Duffy
Interviewed Guest:
Lisa Appignanesi
Producer:
Oliver Jones

Josh Howie's Losing It

Series 1

Episode 1: The Announcement

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for years

Josh falls out with everyone at a family funeral and spectacularly fails to keep news of his wife’s pregnancy secret. From 2016. Show more

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

Start the Week

Play and Creativity

Duration: 43 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Cultural discussion programme. Tom Sutcliffe considers the relationship between play and creativity with Steven Johnson, Stella Duffy, Tim Harford and Ed Smith. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Tom Sutcliffe
Interviewed Guest:
Stephen Johnson
Interviewed Guest:
Stella Duffy
Interviewed Guest:
Tim Harford
Interviewed Guest:
Ed Smith

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

Artist Richard Long, Stella Duffy chooses her Queer Icon, Daljit Nagra on Liu Xiaobo

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Artist Richard Long on A Line Made by Walking; measuring the quality of art paid for by the public; Stella Duffy nominates her Queer Icon; Daljit Nagra on Liu Xiaobo's poetry. Show more

Contributors

Interviewed Guest:
Richard Long
Interviewed Guest:
Marcus Romer
Interviewed Guest:
Roger Tomlinson
Interviewed Guest:
Stella Duffy
Interviewed Guest:
Daljit Nagra
Presenter:
John Wilson
Producer:
Sarah Johnson

Front Row

Genesis interview; Speed-the-Plow review; Fun Palaces; Victoria Hislop

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Presented by John Wilson. Members of Genesis discuss a new documentary about the band, and Sarah Churchwell reviews David Mamet's Speed-the-Plow, which stars Lindsay Lohan. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
John Wilson
Producer:
Ellie Bury
Interviewed Guest:
Phil Collins
Interviewed Guest:
Mike Rutherford
Interviewed Guest:
Stella Duffy
Interviewed Guest:
Jude Kelly
Interviewed Guest:
Victoria Hislop
Interviewed Guest:
Tony Banks

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

Woman's Hour

Weekend Woman's Hour: Live from the Women of the World Festival

Duration: 58 minutes

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

Available for over a year

What would your ideal pants look like? Poet Sabrina Mahfouz; Call the Midwife; US activist Feminista Jones; WOW festivals; author Stella Duffy; and Gaggle, the choir. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Jane Garvey
Interviewed Guest:
Feminista Jones
Interviewed Guest:
Stella Duffy
Interviewed Guest:
Becky John
Interviewed Guest:
Deborah Coughlin
Interviewed Guest:
Terri Coates
Interviewed Guest:
Jamilla Deria
Interviewed Guest:
Claire McDermott
Interviewed Guest:
Cathy Hunt
Interviewed Guest:
Sabrina Mahfouz

The Book Quiz

Series 3

Episode 10

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

Kirsty Wark presents the literary panel game, as writers and broadcasters Will Self and Germaine Greer fight it out against novelist Stella Duffy and politician Menzies Campbell. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Kirsty Wark
Producer:
Irene Daniels
Director:
Sue McMahon
Participant:
Will Self
Participant:
Germaine Greer
Participant:
Menzies Campbell
Participant:
Stella Duffy

Front Row

The Look of Silence, Waddesdon Galleries at the British Museum, WB Yeats, Interceptor reviewed

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Arts news, interviews and reviews, including The Look of Silence, Waddesdon Galleries at the British Museum, WB Yeats and a review of Interceptor. Samira Ahmed presents. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Samira Ahmed
Interviewed Guest:
Louise Doughty
Interviewed Guest:
Stella Duffy
Interviewed Guest:
Kayo Chingonyi
Interviewed Guest:
Bernard O'Donoghue
Producer:
Dymphna Flynn

The Book Quiz

Series 1

Episode 2

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

Guests Daisy Goodwin and Michael Gove MP take on Simon Hoggart and Stella Duffy in the literary panel show. Presented by David Baddiel.

Contributors

Presenter:
David Baddiel
Participant:
Daisy Goodwin
Participant:
Michael Gove
Participant:
Simon Hoggart
Participant:
Stella Duffy

Open Book

Damon Galgut, Kate Colquhoun, Judith Flanders, AL Kennedy, Julian Gough, Stella Duffy

Duration: 28 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Acclaimed South African writer Damon Galgut on his novel Arctic Summer, plus Kate Colquhoun and Judith Flanders on Victorian true crime and AL Kennedy road tests new writing apps. Show more

Contributors

Interviewed Guest:
Damon Galgut
Interviewed Guest:
Stella Duffy
Interviewed Guest:
Julian Gough
Interviewed Guest:
AL Kennedy
Interviewed Guest:
Kate Colquhoun
Interviewed Guest:
Judith Flanders

Open Book

Ali Smith on How to Be Both

Duration: 28 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Mariella Frostrup talks to Ali Smith, who has been shortlisted for the Man Booker prize for the third time for How to Be Both. Plus Stella Duffy, Kamila Shamsie and an insider tip. Show more

Contributors

Interviewed Guest:
Ali Smith
Interviewed Guest:
Stella Duffy
Interviewed Guest:
Kamila Shamsie

Timeshift

How to Write a Mills and Boon

Duration: 59 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four HD

Available for 4 months

To mark 100 years of romance publishers Mills and Boon, literary novelist Stella Duffy takes on the challenge of writing for them, a task that ends up being harder than it looks. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Stella Duffy
Series Producer:
John Das