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T2 Trainspotting, Bruntwood Prize, Agnes Ravatn

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Irvine Welsh and John Hodge on the sequel to Trainspotting; analysing the craft of the playwright; Agnes Ravatn on her thriller The Bird Tribunal, poems mourning the loss of trees. Show more

Contributors

Interviewed Guest:
Irvine Welsh
Interviewed Guest:
John Hodge
Interviewed Guest:
Sarah Frankcom
Interviewed Guest:
Tanika Gupta
Interviewed Guest:
Agnes Ravatn
Interviewed Guest:
Jonathan Bate
Presenter:
Kirsty Lang
Producer:
Angie Nehring

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Cyrano, Víkingur Ólafsson plays Philip Glass, Toni Erdmann

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Deborah McAndrew adapts Edmond Rostand's Cyrano de Bergerac for Northern Broadsides, pianist VIkingur Olafsson plays Philip Glass' Etudes, Briony Hanson on film Toni Erdmann. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Samira Ahmed
Producer:
Angie Nehring
Interviewed Guest:
Deborah McAndrew
Interviewed Guest:
Briony Hanson
Interviewed Guest:
Clare Binns
Interviewed Guest:
Víkingur Ólafsson

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John Cleese, A first for Jay Z, Electricity: The spark of life

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Monty Python's John Cleese on the attraction of farce, the significance of Jay Z's induction to the Songwriters Hall of Fame, and artist John Gerrard on electricity as inspiration. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Kirsty Lang
Interviewed Guest:
John Cleese
Interviewed Guest:
Jacqueline Springer
Interviewed Guest:
Hannah Kent
Interviewed Guest:
Kate Summerscale
Interviewed Guest:
Ruth Garde
Interviewed Guest:
John Gerrard
Producer:
Angie Nehring

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Jojo Moyes, Prime Suspect 1973, Independent bookstores, Swan Lake in Hull

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for over a year

It took ten years and nine novels before Jojo Moyes found success; how Prime Suspect's Tennison became such a formidable character; fancy being a cygnet in Hull? Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Kirsty Lang
Producer:
Angie Nehring
Interviewed Guest:
Jojo Moyes
Interviewed Guest:
Dreda Say Mitchell
Interviewed Guest:
Rosamund De La Hay
Interviewed Guest:
Kevin O'Hare

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The Birth of a Nation, Ruth Padel, Joan Eardley, Mark Lockyer

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Ashley Clarke reviews The Birth of a Nation, poet Ruth Padel reveals the reality of Christmas, painter Joan Eardley, actor Mark Lockyer on Living With The Lights On. Show more

Contributors

Interviewed Guest:
Ashley Clarke
Interviewed Guest:
Ruth Padel
Interviewed Guest:
Patrick Elliott
Interviewed Guest:
Helen Grime
Interviewed Guest:
Mark Lockyer
Presenter:
Kirsty Lang
Producer:
Angie Nehring

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Der Rosenkavalier, Adventures in Moominland, Peter Mullan in Quarry

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Moomins creator Tove Jansson remembered by her niece Sophia, the challenges of performing Strauss's Der Rosenkavalier at the ROH, and Stephen Armstrong reviews TV drama Quarry. Show more

Contributors

Interviewed Guest:
Renee Fleming
Interviewed Guest:
Alice Coote
Interviewed Guest:
Stephen Armstrong
Interviewed Guest:
Sophia Jansson
Interviewed Guest:
Paul Denton
Presenter:
Kirsty Lang
Producer:
Angie Nehring

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John Berger, Costa Book Awards winners, Sebastian Barry, Unforgotten

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Remembering John Berger with writer Lisa Appignanesi, historian Kate Williams announces the Costa Book Awards category winners, and screenwriter Chris Lang on his drama Unforgotten. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Samira Ahmed
Interviewed Guest:
Lisa Appignanesi
Interviewed Guest:
Kate Williams
Interviewed Guest:
Chris Lang
Producer:
Angie Nehring

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Deepwater Horizon, Crisis in Six Scenes, Melvyn Tan, Maria Semple

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Mark Wahlberg and Peter Berg's new film explores the tragedy of the Deepwater Horizon accident; Woody Allen's first TV series; pianist Melvyn Tan; author Maria Semple. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Kirsty Lang
Producer:
Angie Nehring
Interviewed Guest:
Mark Wahlberg
Interviewed Guest:
Peter Berg
Interviewed Guest:
Rachel Cooke
Interviewed Guest:
Melvyn Tan
Interviewed Guest:
Maria Semple

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One Night in Miami, Kate Tempest, Glam Rock, Remembering Andrzej Wajda

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Director Kwame Kwei-Armah discusses the play One Night in Miami, poet and rapper Kate Tempest on writing Let Them Eat Chaos, and Shock and Awe: Glam Rock and Its Legacy. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
John Wilson
Interviewed Guest:
Kwame Kwei-Armah
Interviewed Guest:
Kemp Powers
Interviewed Guest:
Kate Tempest
Interviewed Guest:
Ian Christie
Interviewed Guest:
Simon Reynolds
Producer:
Angie Nehring

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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

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Michael Fassbender, Love to Read, The Goldfinch, Artists who tour

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Actor Michael Fassbender on The Light Between Oceans, Neel Mukherjee on Twain's Huckleberry Finn, and why Carel Fabritius' The Goldfinch inspired Donna Tartt's novel. Show more

Contributors

Interviewed Guest:
Michael Fassbender
Interviewed Guest:
Neel Mukherjee
Interviewed Guest:
Nish Kumar
Interviewed Guest:
Sarah McQuaid
Interviewed Guest:
undefined The Pitmen Poets
Interviewed Guest:
Charlotte Mullins
Interviewed Guest:
Alex Clark
Producer:
Angie Nehring

Front Row

Peter Greenaway, George Shaw, Zoe Wanamaker, Chloe Esposito

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Eisenstein in Guanajuato is Peter Greenaway's provocative new film, he talks to John Wilson. And artist George Shaw on how his work is inspired by the National Gallery collection. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
John Wilson
Interviewed Guest:
Peter Greenaway
Interviewed Guest:
Chloe Esposito
Interviewed Guest:
Zoe Wanamaker
Interviewed Guest:
George Shaw
Producer:
Angie Nehring

Front Row

Mark Gatiss on Doctor Who, Brideshead Revisited, Pleasure, Demolition

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Mark Gatiss and Samira Ahmed assess the Doctor Who novelisations and artwork, and playwright Bryony Lavery explains how she has adapted Brideshead Revisited for the stage. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Samira Ahmed
Producer:
Angie Nehring
Interviewed Guest:
Mark Gatiss
Interviewed Guest:
Bryony Lavery
Interviewed Guest:
Mark Simpson
Interviewed Guest:
Larushka Ivan-Zadeh

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Born to be blue, Antonello Manacorda, Shari Lapena, The Body Extended

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Jazz musician Julian Joseph reviews the new film about Chet Baker, conductor Antonello Manacorda discusses Berlioz, how prosthetics have inspired artists, and author Shari Lapena. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Kirsty Lang
Producer:
Angie Nehring
Interviewed Guest:
Julian Joseph
Interviewed Guest:
Antonello Manacorda
Interviewed Guest:
Lisa Le Feuvre
Interviewed Guest:
Shari Lapena

Front Row

The Hepworth Prize, New Art Gallery Walsall, Indignation, Don Giovanni

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for over a year

The winner of the Hepworth Prize for Sculpture; the director of The New Art Gallery Walsall; how Philip Roth's novels translate to the screen; opera director Oliver Mears. Show more

Contributors

Interviewed Guest:
Stephen Snoddy
Interviewed Guest:
Oliver Mears
Interviewed Guest:
Leslie Felperin
Interviewed Guest:
Jason Solomons
Presenter:
John Wilson
Producer:
Angie Nehring

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Beauty and the Beast, Dave Spikey, Big Bang Theory prequel, Josef Locke

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Director Bill Condon on making Beauty and the Beast, comedian Dave Spikey's unusual lucky mascot, a Big Bang Theory prequel, celebrating the Irish tenor Josef Locke. Show more

Contributors

Interviewed Guest:
Bill Condon
Interviewed Guest:
Dave Spikey
Interviewed Guest:
Nuala McAllister Hart
Presenter:
Samira Ahmed
Producer:
Angie Nehring

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Sir Nicholas Serota, Glen Matlock, Pina Bausch's Rite of Spring

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Sir Nicholas Serota on leading Arts Council England, the Royal Philharmonic plays punk, and Jo Ann Endicott remembers dancing with Pina Bausch. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
John Wilson
Producer:
Angie Nehring
Interviewed Guest:
Glen Matlock
Interviewed Guest:
Kate Mossman
Interviewed Guest:
Madison Keesler
Interviewed Guest:
Nicholas Serota

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Hell or High Water, Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, Aravind Adiga

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Reviews of modern-day western Hell or High Water, Nick Cave's new album, and Aravind Adiga on his latest novel Selection Day, a story of cricket and social division in India. Show more

Contributors

Interviewed Guest:
Mark Eccleston
Interviewed Guest:
Matt Thorne
Interviewed Guest:
Aravind Adiga
Interviewed Guest:
David Rowland
Interviewed Guest:
Ben Wardle
Presenter:
John Wilson
Producer:
Angie Nehring

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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

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Benedict Cumberbatch, Tasmin Little, Elena Ferrante

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Benedict Cumberbatch explains how he prepared to be superhero Doctor Strange, Tasmin Little and composer Roxanna Panufnik are inspired by Vivaldi, and Elena Ferrante's new book. Show more

Contributors

Interviewed Guest:
Benedict Cumberbatch
Interviewed Guest:
Alex Clark
Interviewed Guest:
Tasmin Little
Interviewed Guest:
Roxanna Panufnik
Interviewed Guest:
Ben Wardle
Producer:
Angie Nehring