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Politics Live

Politics Live

Duration: 44 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two Northern IrelandLatest broadcast: on BBC Two Northern Ireland

Elizabeth Glinka is joined by Brexit minister Lord Callanan, Labour peer Lord Falconer, the Daily Telegraph’s Camilla Tominey and pollster Deborah Mattinson. Show more

Contributors

Panellist:
Martin Callanan
Panellist:
Camilla Tominey
Interviewed Guest:
Stig Abell

Front Row Late

Series 1

Episode 5: Darcey Bussell, Philip Pullman, Armando Iannucci and Ghostpoet

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two ScotlandLatest broadcast: on BBC Two Scotland

A review of the week's arts events. Darcey Bussell celebrates the legacy of Kenneth MacMillan, Stig Abell talks to Philip Pullman and Ghostpoet performs live. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Nikki Bedi
Presenter:
Stig Abell
Interviewed Guest:
Darcey Bussell
Interviewed Guest:
Philip Pullman
Interviewed Guest:
Armando Iannucci
Series Producer:
Martina Hall
Executive Producer:
Tanya Hudson

Question Time

12/11/2015

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC One HDLatest broadcast: on BBC One HD

David Dimbleby presents topical debate from Stoke-on-Trent. The panellists are Sajid Javid MP, Lucy Powell MP, Paul Nuttall MEP, Paris Lees and Stig Abell. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
David Dimbleby
Panellist:
Sajid Javid
Panellist:
Lucy Powell
Panellist:
Paul Nuttall
Panellist:
Paris Lees
Panellist:
Stig Abell
Series Editor:
Nicolai Gentchev
Executive Producer:
Hayley Valentine

Front Row

Darcey Bussell, Philip Pullman, Armando Iannucci and Ghostpoet

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC WORLD NEWS EuropeLatest broadcast: on BBC WORLD NEWS Europe

Darcey Bussell celebrates her mentor choreographer Kenneth MacMillan, Stig Abell talks to author Philip Pullman, Armando Iannucci is on the sofa and Ghostpoet performs live. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Nikki Bedi
Presenter:
Stig Abell
Interviewed Guest:
Darcey Bussell
Interviewed Guest:
Philip Pullman
Interviewed Guest:
Armando Iannucci
Series Producer:
Martina Hall
Executive Producer:
Tanya Hudson

Series

Front Row

Front Row

Caitlin Moran, Beyonce and Jay-Z's new album, National Youth Folk Ensemble, Frank Styles

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FM

Available for over a year

Caitlin Moran on her latest novel How to be Famous about fame, Britpop and revenge porn and is the new Beyonce and Jay-Z album more than a publicity stunt? Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Stig Abell
Interviewed Guest:
Caitlin Moran
Interviewed Guest:
Natty Kasambala
Interviewed Guest:
Sam Sweeney
Producer:
Hannah Robins

Front Row

Lee Miller and Surrealism in Britain, GLOW star Kate Nash, Pop-up arts

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Lee Miller and Surrealism in Britain at the Hepworth Wakefield, English singer Kate Nash on her role in the wrestling TV drama GLOW, and pop-up arts in the UK. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Stig Abell
Interviewed Guest:
Kate Nash
Interviewed Guest:
Cat Gardiner
Interviewed Guest:
Sam Lee
Interviewed Guest:
James Cundall
Interviewed Guest:
Lauren Barnes
Interviewed Guest:
Antony Penrose

Front Row

Japan Special: Ryuichi Sakomoto, Japanese Short Stories, Sou Fujimoto

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Ryuichi Sakomoto on his inspirations, Sou Fujimoto on bringing nature into architecture, plus Japanese short stories and novel recommendations. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Stig Abell
Interviewed Guest:
Ryuichi Sakamoto
Interviewed Guest:
Jay Rubin
Interviewed Guest:
Junko Takekawa
Interviewed Guest:
Sou Fujimoto
Producer:
Sarah Johnson

Front Row

Rob Brydon on Swimming With Men, Laura Wade, Ferens Art Gallery

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for over a year

On the set of Swimming With Men with Rob Brydon and Daniel Mays, Laura Wade, writer of Home, I'm Darling, final report on Art Fund Museum of the Year from Ferens Art Gallery, Hull. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Stig Abell
Interviewed Guest:
Rob Brydon
Interviewed Guest:
Daniel Mays
Interviewed Guest:
Adeel Akhtar
Interviewed Guest:
Laura Wade
Interviewed Guest:
Agnes Poirier

Front Row

Michael Palin

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Michael Palin takes Stig through an archive which charts a career of comedy rule-breaking, globetrotting and serious acting. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Stig Abell
Interviewed Guest:
Michael Palin

Front Row

Idris Elba, director; Listed buildings; Stig Abell, poet

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Idris Elba on directing his first film, Yardie. England now has 400,000 listed buildings. Too many or not enough? Plus, presenter Stig Abell writes a sonnet. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Stig Abell
Interviewed Guest:
Idris Elba
Interviewed Guest:
Deborah Mays
Interviewed Guest:
Douglas Murphy
Interviewed Guest:
Anton Lang
Producer:
Julian May

Front Row

John Simm, Patrick Ness, Testament

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for over a year

John Simm on his latest role in TV drama, Strangers, and novelist Patrick Ness on his re-telling of Moby Dick. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Stig Abell
Interviewed Guest:
John Simm
Interviewed Guest:
Patrick Ness
Interviewed Guest:
Testament
Producer:
Hannah Robins

Front Row

Hang Ups, The Artist's Way author Julia Cameron, Brandenburg Concertos Prom

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Julia Cameron on her creative self-help book The Artist's Way, Stephen Mangan in new TV comedy Hang Ups, and Bach's Brandenburg Concertos performed alongside new companion works. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Stig Abell
Interviewed Guest:
Julia Cameron
Interviewed Guest:
Emma Bullimore
Interviewed Guest:
Alexandra Coghlan
Interviewed Guest:
Kei Miller
Producer:
Jack Soper

Front Row

Peter Kosminsky on The State, Ben Whishaw, The secrets of Vermeer's studio

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Peter Kosminsky on his new drama The State, a portrayal of life inside IS; Ben Whishaw on his new play, Against; an exploration of how Vermeer achieved his luminous paintings. Show more

Contributors

Interviewed Guest:
Peter Kosminsky
Interviewed Guest:
Jane Jelley
Interviewed Guest:
Ben Whishaw
Interviewed Guest:
Ian Rickson
Presenter:
Stig Abell

Front Row

Ronnie Wood, Shakespeare plays on screen, Taylor Swift's new song, Peter Hoeg

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood on paintings; we look at problems of adapting Shakespeare for film; Taylor Swift's Look What You Made Me Do reviewed; Danish writer Peter Hoeg. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Stig Abell
Interviewed Guest:
Ronnie Wood
Interviewed Guest:
Anne Beresford
Interviewed Guest:
Jerry Brotton
Interviewed Guest:
Kate Mossman
Interviewed Guest:
Peter Hoeg

Front Row

Authors' better, but not-so-famous, books; Kathryn Bigelow; Eric Ravilious; a Shakespeare Sonnet in Pidgin

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for over a year

A discussion of books better than their authors' best known; Kathryn Bigelow on why her new film, set in 1967, is urgent now; the English artist Eric Ravilious; a poem in Pidgin. Show more

Contributors

Interviewed Guest:
Kathryn Bigelow
Interviewed Guest:
Richard Cork
Interviewed Guest:
Kevin Jackson
Interviewed Guest:
Alex Clark
Interviewed Guest:
Helen Oyibo
Presenter:
Stig Abell
Producer:
Julian May

Front Row

Playing Linda Loman, Informer, Geology-inspired art, Ciarán Hodgers

Duration: 29 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Maureen Beattie and Marion Bailey discuss playing Linda Loman, AA Dhand reviews Informer, Artist Dan Holdsworth and Cherie Frederico on art inspired by geology, and Ciarán Hodgers. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Stig Abell
Producer:
Ekene Akalawu
Interviewed Guest:
Maureen Beattie
Interviewed Guest:
Marion Bailey
Interviewed Guest:
A A Dhand
Interviewed Guest:
Dan Holdsworth
Interviewed Guest:
Cherie Frederico
Interviewed Guest:
Ciarán Hodgers

Front Row

Tate Liverpool's Exploring the Unseen, Ben Okri and Joanne Harris, Fortnite Battle Royale, Universal Love album

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Arts news, interviews and reviews. Writers Ben Okri and Joanne Harris discuss writing to be read aloud. Ken Simons talks about curating his own exhibition for Tate Liverpool. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Stig Abell
Interviewed Guest:
Ken Simons
Interviewed Guest:
Ben Okri
Interviewed Guest:
Joanne Harris
Interviewed Guest:
Louise Blain
Interviewed Guest:
Tom Robinson
Producer:
Edwina Pitman

Front Row

The Marvel Universe, Libraries today, Kizzy Crawford and Gwilym Simcock

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Superheroes assemble in Marvel's latest, Avengers: Infinity War, the role of libraries with Salley Vickers and Mik Scarlet, plus musicians Kizzy Crawford and Gwilym Simcock. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Stig Abell
Interviewed Guest:
Mik Scarlet
Interviewed Guest:
Larushka Ivan-Zadeh
Interviewed Guest:
Salley Vickers
Interviewed Guest:
Peter Gaw
Interviewed Guest:
Kizzy Crawford
Interviewed Guest:
Gwilym Simcock
Performer:
Kizzy Crawford
Performer:
Gwilym Simcock

Front Row

On Chesil Beach with Ian McEwan, Older people and the arts, Drew McOnie

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Novelist Ian McEwan on adapting On Chesil Beach for the cinema, older people and the arts and Strictly Ballroom's director and choreographer, Drew McOnie. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Stig Abell
Interviewed Guest:
Ian McEwan
Interviewed Guest:
Drew McOnie
Interviewed Guest:
David Cutler
Interviewed Guest:
David Slater
Interviewed Guest:
Gordon Emerson
Interviewed Guest:
Christine Connor

Front Row

Male full-frontal nudity, Chris Lang, Stuart Hall's memoirs

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Arts news, interviews and reviews. Male nudity on screen discussed, Chris Lang, writer of new ITV drama Innocent and the memoirs of cultural theorist Stuart Hall. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Stig Abell
Interviewed Guest:
David Austin
Interviewed Guest:
Hannah McGill
Interviewed Guest:
Ryan Gilbey
Interviewed Guest:
Chris Lang
Interviewed Guest:
Gilane Tawadros
Interviewed Guest:
Kurt Burling
Producer:
Edwina Pitman