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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

Open Book

Sports Writing

Duration: 28 minutes

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

Available for over a year

News and features from the world of books. In a special edition, Mariella Frostrup stands on the touchline to celebrate the very best writing about sport. Show more

Contributors

Interviewed Guest:
Philip Kerr
Interviewed Guest:
Brian Moore
Interviewed Guest:
John Gaustad
Interviewed Guest:
Diane Roberts

Book of the Week

Letters from South Africa

Episode 2

Duration: 14 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Journalist Mark Gevisser shares his experience of returning from a peaceful life in France to a politically fraught South Africa. Show more

Front Row

Fiona Shaw, Edward St Aubyn, Under Milk Wood

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Arts news, reviews and interviews. Razia Iqbal talks with Fiona Shaw about her role in the new play The Testament of Mary, by Colm Toibin. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Razia Iqbal
Interviewed Guest:
Fiona Shaw
Interviewed Guest:
Mark Eccleston
Interviewed Guest:
Edward St Aubyn
Interviewed Guest:
Bethan Jones
Interviewed Guest:
John McGrath

Front Row

Lesley Manville and Richard Eyre, James Patterson, Nicholas Hytner, Ming

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Kirsty Lang talks to Lesley Manville and Richard Eyre about filming their play, Ghosts, and bestselling author James Patterson on giving money away to UK bookshops. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Kirsty Lang
Interviewed Guest:
Lesley Manville
Interviewed Guest:
Richard Eyre
Interviewed Guest:
James Patterson
Interviewed Guest:
Nicholas Hynter
Interviewed Guest:
Duncan McMillan

Front Row

Rory Bremner, Jacqueline Wilson, Anish Kapoor

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 satirist Rory Bremner as he takes to the London stage, and bestselling novelist Jacqueline Wilson takes us on a tour of her childhood bedrooom. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Kirsty Lang
Interviewed Guest:
Rory Bremner
Interviewed Guest:
Jacqueline Wilson

Front Row

17/04/2014

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. John Wilson talks to Martin Freeman about acting in sub-zero temperatures while filming the television version of cult Coen brothers film Fargo. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
John Wilson
Interviewed Guest:
Martin Freeman
Interviewed Guest:
Paolo Nutini
Interviewed Guest:
Andy Scott
Interviewed Guest:
Larushka Ivan-Zadeh

Front Row

Sir Neville Marriner; The Inbetweeners 2; My Night With Reg

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 90-year-old acclaimed conductor Sir Neville Marriner about his long and varied career, and reviews a new production of My Night With Reg. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Kirsty Lang
Interviewed Guest:
Neville Marriner
Interviewed Guest:
Damon Beesley
Interviewed Guest:
Iain Morris
Interviewed Guest:
Deborah Clarke
Interviewed Guest:
David Benedict

Front Row

Ben Whishaw; Margaret Kennedy

Duration: 30 minutes

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

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

Roger Graef, Belle reviewed; The art of Dazzle Ships

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Arts news, reviews and interviews. Kirsty Lang talks to documentary maker Roger Graef, hears the verdict on the film Belle and explores the art of Dazzle Ships. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Kirsty Lang
Interviewed Guest:
Roger Graef
Interviewed Guest:
Tom Rachman
Interviewed Guest:
Amanda Vickery
Interviewed Guest:
Jennifer Waldman
Interviewed Guest:
Eric Grove

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

BBC National Short Story Award 2014

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for over a year

John Wilson is joined by Hilary Mantel in a special edition live from the BBC Radio Theatre, as Front Row announces the winner of the BBC National Short Story Award 2014. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
John Wilson
Interviewed Guest:
Hilary Mantel
Interviewed Guest:
Laura Dockrill
Interviewed Guest:
Alan Yentob