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The Hunger Games, Costa Book Awards, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, The Man in the High Castle

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 2015's Costa Book Awards shortlist, reviews of The Hunger Games and The Man in the High Castle, and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar on his new book. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Samira Ahmed
Interviewed Guest:
Alex Clark
Interviewed Guest:
Sophia McDougall
Interviewed Guest:
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
Interviewed Guest:
Andrew Collins
Producer:
Angie Nehring

Front Row

He Named Me Malala, Nicola Benedetti and Wynton Marsalis, Alistair McDowall, War Horse

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 Kamila Shamsie reviewing He Named Me Malala, Wynton Marsalis with violinist Nicola Benedetti and Alistair McDowall on his play Pomona. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Samira Ahmed
Interviewed Guest:
Kamila Shamsie
Interviewed Guest:
Nicola Benedetti
Interviewed Guest:
Wynton Marsalis
Interviewed Guest:
Alistair McDowall
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

Front Row

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

Front Row

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

Front Row

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

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

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

Front Row

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

Front Row

James Shapiro, Ben Folds, Zareer Masani, Giacometti

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for over a year

James Shapiro discusses Shakespeare, Ben Folds on his new album, Charlotte Mullins reviews Giacometti, and why Indian writers are protesting against 'intolerance of free speech'. Show more

Contributors

Interviewed Guest:
James Shapiro
Interviewed Guest:
Zareer Masani
Interviewed Guest:
Charlotte Mullins
Interviewed Guest:
Ben Folds
Presenter:
Samira Ahmed
Producer:
Angie Nehring

Front Row

Laurie Anderson, AL Kennedy, Mustang

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Artist and musician Laurie Anderson on being guest director at the Brighton Festival, and writer AL Kennedy on her disillusionment with politics and our search for kindness. Show more

Contributors

Interviewed Guest:
Laurie Anderson
Interviewed Guest:
AL Kennedy
Interviewed Guest:
Hannah McGill
Presenter:
Kirsty Lang
Producer:
Angie Nehring

Front Row

A Hologram For The King, Running Wild, Brigitte Fassbaender, Going Forward

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Tom Hanks stars as a stressed executive trying to land an IT deal in Saudi Arabia, in A Hologram For The King. And Jo Brand returns as nurse Kim Wilde in Going Forward. Show more

Contributors

Interviewed Guest:
Sue Turton
Interviewed Guest:
Michael Morpurgo
Interviewed Guest:
Timothy Sheader
Interviewed Guest:
Toby Olie
Interviewed Guest:
Dreda Say Mitchell
Interviewed Guest:
Brigitte Fassbaender
Presenter:
Kirsty Lang
Producer:
Angie Nehring

Front Row

Glasgow International Festival of Visual Art

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Turner Prize-winner Duncan Campbell, Muriel Gray and artist Claire Barclay tell Kirsty Lang why Glasgow is such an inspiration for artists. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Kirsty Lang
Interviewed Guest:
Duncan Campbell
Interviewed Guest:
Muriel Gray
Interviewed Guest:
Claire Barclay
Producer:
Angie Nehring

Front Row

Jimmy McGovern, James Schamus, Alexi Kaye Campbell

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Reg, by Jimmy McGovern, portrays a father's reaction to his son's death in the Iraq war, and James Schamus describes how he made his film Indignation, based on Philip Roth's novel. Show more

Contributors

Interviewed Guest:
Jimmy McGovern
Interviewed Guest:
James Schamus
Presenter:
John Wilson
Producer:
Angie Nehring

Front Row

Tom Odell, Ove Arup, Theatre's response to the Battle of the Somme

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Wrong Crowd is singer-songwriter Tom Odell's new album, he talks about his inspiration. And from the penguin pool at London Zoo, we assess the structural engineer Ove Arup. Show more

Contributors

Interviewed Guest:
Tom Odell
Interviewed Guest:
Frank McGuinness
Interviewed Guest:
Mark Anderson
Presenter:
John Wilson
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

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

David Mitchell, Francesca Caccini, Theaster Gates

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, with author David Mitchell's new haunted house novel, Deborah Roberts celebratning Francesca Caccini and Theaster Gates taking over a ruined church. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Samira Ahmed
Interviewed Guest:
David Mitchell
Interviewed Guest:
Deborah Roberts
Interviewed Guest:
Andrew Male
Interviewed Guest:
Theaster Gates
Producer:
Angie Nehring

Front Row

Adrian Lester in Red Velvet, Zaha Hadid, John Irving, Bruegel

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 a review of Red Velvet, the significance of Bruegel's Grisaille paintings and architect Zaha Hadid on her 2016 Riba Royal Gold Medal. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
John Wilson
Interviewed Guest:
Zaha Hadid
Interviewed Guest:
John Irving
Interviewed Guest:
Gabriel Gbadamosi
Interviewed Guest:
Karen Serres
Producer:
Angie Nehring