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Last Word

Lindsay Kemp, John Calder, Hilary Lister, John Calcutt, Neil Simon

Duration: 28 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Julian Worricker on dancer and choreographer Lindsay Kemp, publisher John Calder, sailor Hilary Lister, arts academic John Calcutt and playwright Neil Simon. Show more

Contributors

Interviewed Guest:
David Haughton
Interviewed Guest:
Kate Bush
Interviewed Guest:
Bill Swainson
Interviewed Guest:
Pauline Rudd
Interviewed Guest:
Francis McKee
Interviewed Guest:
Matt Wolf

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

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

Emma Donoghue on Room, Grey Gardens, Andrew Michael Hurley, Occupied

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Emma Donoghue talks to Kirsty Lang about adapting her novel Room into a Bafta-nominated film. Plus Costa winner Andrew Michael Hurley discusses his first novel The Loney. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Kirsty Lang
Interviewed Guest:
Emma Donoghue
Interviewed Guest:
Matt Wolf
Interviewed Guest:
Andrew Hurley
Interviewed Guest:
Bridget Kendall

Front Row

Mezzo-Soprano Sarah Connolly, Inspire Season Commissions, The Producers at 50

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Sarah Connolly swaps mighty operatic roles for delicate English songs. And a poet, a crime writer and a rapper - three artists commissioned by Front Row for the Inspire season. Show more

Contributors

Interviewed Guest:
Sarah Connolly
Interviewed Guest:
Alison Brackenbury
Interviewed Guest:
Vaseem Khan
Interviewed Guest:
Testament
Interviewed Guest:
Angie Errigo
Interviewed Guest:
Matt Wolf
Performer:
Sarah Connolly
Producer:
Julian May

Last Word

Sir Peter Shaffer, Sir Denys Wilkinson, Peggy Spencer and Muhammad Ali

Duration: 28 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Julian Worricker on playwright Sir Peter Shaffer, physicist Sir Denys Wilkinson, dancer Peggy Spencer and boxer Muhammad Ali. Show more

Contributors

Interviewed Guest:
Richard Eyre
Interviewed Guest:
Matt Wolf
Interviewed Guest:
John Conteh
Interviewed Guest:
Len Goodman
Interviewed Guest:
Angela Rippon
Interviewed Guest:
Anne Lingard
Interviewed Guest:
Frank Close

Last Word

Joan Rivers, Sir David Mitchell, Werner Franz, Candida Lycett Green, Sandy Wilson

Duration: 28 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Matthew Bannister on comedian Joan Rivers, Tory MP Sir David Mitchell, Hindenburg survivor Werner Franz, conservationist Candida Lycett Green, and composer-lyricist Sandy Wilson. Show more

Contributors

Interviewed Guest:
Ruby Wax
Interviewed Guest:
Matt Wolf
Interviewed Guest:
Andrew Mitchell
Interviewed Guest:
Loyd Grossman
Interviewed Guest:
Christopher Booker
Interviewed Guest:
Ian Talbot
Producer:
Neil George

Front Row

A Streetcar Named Desire Review; Daniel Hope and Gabriel Prokofiev; Crime Writing; Summer Pop

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for over a year

A Streetcar Named Desire, starring Gillian Anderson, reviewed, violinist Daniel Hope and composer Gabriel Prokofiev on their Prom, summer pop and crime reporters turned novelists. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Samira Ahmed
Interviewed Guest:
Matt Wolf
Interviewed Guest:
Daniel Hope
Interviewed Guest:
Gabriel Prokofiev
Interviewed Guest:
Laura Lippmann
Interviewed Guest:
David Mark
Interviewed Guest:
Kate Mossman
Producer:
Elaine Lester

Front Row

Phill Jupitus, Sara Pascoe, Jonathan Glazer on Lauren Bacall, Chef

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Arts news featuring Phill Jupitus on copying great artworks, Jonathan Glazer on Lauren Bacall, Sara Pascoe on her latest Fringe show, and the award-winning stage drama Chef. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
John Wilson
Interviewed Guest:
Phill Jupitus
Interviewed Guest:
Sabrina Mahfouz
Interviewed Guest:
Jade Anouka
Interviewed Guest:
Sara Pascoe
Interviewed Guest:
Jonathan Glazer
Interviewed Guest:
Matt Wolf

Front Row

Bryan Cranston, Lazarus, Oneworld, Remembering Howard Davies

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Bryan Cranston explains why he has turned author, the writer and director of Lazarus talk about working with David Bowie, Nicholas Hytner remembers Howard Davies. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
John Wilson
Interviewed Guest:
Bryan Cranston
Interviewed Guest:
Enda Walsh
Interviewed Guest:
Ivo Van Hove
Interviewed Guest:
Juliet Mabey
Interviewed Guest:
Nicholas Hytner
Interviewed Guest:
Matt Wolf
Producer:
Angie Nehring

Front Row

Matisse; Locke; Val McDermid

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Arts news. Biographer Hilary Spurling and curator Nicholas Cullinan discuss Henri Matisse's Cut-Outs; review of Locke starring Tom Hardy; Val McDermid on updating Jane Austen. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
John Wilson
Interviewed Guest:
Hilary Spurling
Interviewed Guest:
Nicholas Cullinan
Interviewed Guest:
Tim Robey
Interviewed Guest:
Val McDermid
Interviewed Guest:
Matt Wolf

Front Row

Trash, Tom Stoppard's The Hard Problem, Andrew O'Hagan, Chilly Gonzales

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Reviews of Stephen Daldry's film Trash and Tom Stoppard's new play The Hard Problem, Andrew O'Hagan on his new novel The Illuminations, and pianist Chilly Gonzales. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
John Wilson
Interviewed Guest:
Larushka Ivan-Zadeh
Interviewed Guest:
Matt Wolf
Interviewed Guest:
Andrew O'Hagan
Interviewed Guest:
Chilly Gonzales

Front Row

Baz Luhrmann's The Get Down, Krys Lee, Allegro at 70, Windsor racecourse's resident artist

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Baz Luhrmann's The Get Down, Krys Lee's novel How I Became A North Korean, Rodgers and Hammerstein's Allegro 70 years on, and the artist in residence at Royal Windsor racecourse. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Kirsty Lang
Producer:
Jack Soper
Interviewed Guest:
Kevin LeGendre
Interviewed Guest:
Krys Lee
Interviewed Guest:
Thom Southerland
Interviewed Guest:
Matt Wolf
Interviewed Guest:
Elizabeth Armstrong

Front Row

Gemma Arterton, Post-war public art, Martin Parr, Bette Midler in Hello, Dolly!

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for over a year

British actor Gemma Arterton discusses her WWII film Their Finest, Bette Midler's Broadway return in Hello, Dolly! is reviewed and Martin Parr looks back on his career. Show more

Contributors

Interviewed Guest:
Gemma Arterton
Interviewed Guest:
Sarah Gavanta
Interviewed Guest:
Matt Wolf
Interviewed Guest:
Martin Parr
Presenter:
John Wilson

Front Row

Jodie Foster, Molly's Game, Christmas film round-up, Hamilton, Imtiaz Dharker

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. Jodie Foster on directing Black Mirror, The Hamilton phenomenon, Molly's Game reviewed and films to see this Christmas. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
John Wilson
Interviewed Guest:
Jodie Foster
Interviewed Guest:
Ellen E Jones
Interviewed Guest:
Matt Wolf
Interviewed Guest:
Kevin Le Gendre
Performer:
Imtiaz Dharker
Producer:
Edwina Pitman

Front Row

Illness in comedy series, Ned Beauman, Thomas Meehan

Duration: 29 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Illness in comedy series with Peep Show creator Sam Bain and Alison Vernon Smith. Ned Beauman on his new novel Madness is Better Than Defeat. Thomas Meehan remembered. Show more

Contributors

Interviewed Guest:
Sam Bain
Interviewed Guest:
ALISON SMITH
Interviewed Guest:
Matt Wolf
Interviewed Guest:
Ned Beauman

Front Row

David Walliams, Jeanne Moreau and Sam Shepard remembered, Zinzi Clemmons, Jukebox musicals

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for over a year

David Walliams on his play Gangsta Granny; Jeanne Moreau and Sam Shepard remembered; Zinzi Clemmons's novel What We Lose; jukebox musicals. Show more

Contributors

Interviewed Guest:
David Walliams
Interviewed Guest:
Agnes Poirier
Interviewed Guest:
Zinzi Clemmons
Interviewed Guest:
Matt Wolf
Presenter:
Samira Ahmed
Producer:
Harry Parker

Front Row

Diane Keaton, Glow, 2017 Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Award winners

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Diane Keaton on Hampstead, Annie Hall and The Godfather; the winners of the Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals; and comedy series Glow created by Nurse Jackie writer, Liz Flahive. Show more

Contributors

Interviewed Guest:
Diane Keaton
Interviewed Guest:
Ruta Sepetys
Interviewed Guest:
Lane Smith
Interviewed Guest:
Alex Clark
Interviewed Guest:
Matt Wolf
Presenter:
Samira Ahmed
Producer:
Hannah Robins

Last Word

Elaine Stritch, Nadine Gordimer, Michael Scudamore and Lorin Maazel

Duration: 28 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Matthew Bannister on actress Elaine Stritch, writer Nadine Gordimer, jockey and trainer Michael Scudamore and conductor Lorin Maazel. Show more

Contributors

Interviewed Guest:
Matt Wolf
Interviewed Guest:
Maureen Isaacson
Interviewed Guest:
Professor Dennis Walder
Interviewed Guest:
Cornelius Lysaght
Interviewed Guest:
Norman Lebrecht

Last Word

Edward Albee, James Cronin, Caroline Thomson OBE, Sir Frederick Holliday, Charmian Carr

Duration: 28 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Matthew Bannister on playwright Edward Albee, physicist James Cronin, health administrator Caroline Thomson, zoologist Sir Frederick Holliday and actress Charmian Carr. Show more

Contributors

Interviewed Guest:
Matt Wolf
Interviewed Guest:
Alan Watson
Interviewed Guest:
Lorraine Mann
Interviewed Guest:
Matt Ridley
Interviewed Guest:
Jean Balfour
Producer:
Neil George