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This Cultural Life

Series 1

Nicole Kidman

Duration: 29 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four HD

Available for 5 months

Oscar winner Nicole Kidman talks to John Wilson about the influence on her career of working with great film-makers, including Jane Campion, Baz Luhrmann and Stanley Kubrick. Show more

This Cultural Life

Series 1

Carlos Acosta

Duration: 29 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Four HDLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

Available for 5 months

Cuban ballet star Carlos Acosta talks to John Wilson about the key moments in his cultural life, from breakdancing in Havana to becoming principal dancer of the Royal Ballet. Show more

Last Word

Some of the most memorable lives of the past twelve months

Duration: 28 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Matthew Bannister and Economist Obituary editor Ann Wroe recall some of the most memorable lives of 2015, including a diver, a scientist and a singer. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Ann Wroe
Producer:
Edwina Pitman

This Cultural Life

Series 1

Kwame Kwei-Armah

Duration: 29 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four HD

Available for 6 months

Playwright and artistic director of London's Young Vic theatre Kwame Kwei-Armah shares some of the influences that have had a significant impact on his work. Show more

This Cultural Life

Series 1

Evelyn Glennie

Duration: 29 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four HD

Available for 6 months

The world's leading classical solo percussionist Evelyn Glennie talks to John Wilson about her career and picks out some of the key influences on her artistic path. Show more

This Cultural Life

Series 1

Kenneth Branagh

Duration: 29 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four HD

Available for 3 months

Actor and film-maker Sir Kenneth Branagh talks to John Wilson about the key influences and inspirations that have shaped his own work. Show more

This Cultural Life

Series 1

Bernardine Evaristo

Duration: 29 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four HD

Available for 3 months

Booker Prize-winning author Bernardine Evaristo talks to John Wilson about the formative experiences and cultural influences that have had a profound effect on her work. Show more

This Cultural Life

Series 1

Mike Leigh

Duration: 29 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Four HDLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

Available for 4 months

Film director Mike Leigh talks to John Wilson about the art and experiences that have shaped his own creative life. Show more

This Cultural Life

Series 1

Tracey Emin

Duration: 29 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Four HDLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

Available for 4 months

In a deeply personal interview, artist Tracey Emin talks to John Wilson about the experiences that have shaped her life and career. Show more

Front Row

Millicent Fawcett statue, Joe Penhall, Stage lighting under review, Thomas Chippendale at 300

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. The first statue of a woman in Parliament Square is unveiled today, but is it any good? Plus dramatist Joe Penhall talks about his new play. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Kirsty Lang
Interviewed Guest:
Estelle Lovatt
Interviewed Guest:
Joe Penhall
Interviewed Guest:
Paule Constable
Interviewed Guest:
Patrick Woodroffe
Producer:
Edwina Pitman

Front Row

Armistead Maupin, Viviana Durante on Sir Kenneth MacMillan, Mining Art Gallery

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. Armistead Maupin's memoir, Logical Family; choreographer Sir Kenneth MacMillan's legacy; the new Mining Art Gallery. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
John Wilson
Interviewed Guest:
Armistead Maupin
Interviewed Guest:
Viviana Durante
Interviewed Guest:
Debra Craine
Interviewed Guest:
David Maddan
Interviewed Guest:
Robert McManners
Interviewed Guest:
Bob Olly
Producer:
Edwina Pitman

Front Row

Christian Slater and Sam Yates, Professor Marston and the Wonder Women, Ivor Wood

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. Christian Slater and Sam Yates discuss the language of David Mamet's Glengarry Glen Ross. Plus the legacy of Children's TV animator Ivor Wood. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
John Wilson
Interviewed Guest:
Christian Slater
Interviewed Guest:
Sam Yates
Interviewed Guest:
Karen Krizanovich
Interviewed Guest:
Jonathan Fawkner
Interviewed Guest:
Josiane Wood
Interviewed Guest:
Joseph Wallace
Producer:
Edwina Pitman

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 LW

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

Backstage at Swan Lake, Emily Bronte and Wuthering Heights, Kaffe Fassett

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Backstage at Liam Scarlett's production of Swan Lake, the short life of Emily Bronte and the impact of her only novel plus Kaffe Fassett on his latest exhbition. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Viv Groskop
Interviewed Guest:
Liam Scarlett
Interviewed Guest:
John Macfarlane
Interviewed Guest:
Marianela Núñez
Interviewed Guest:
Christine Alexander
Interviewed Guest:
John Mullan
Interviewed Guest:
Kaffe Fassett
Producer:
Edwina Pitman

Front Row

Paapa Essiedu, Rebecca Watts and Don Paterson, A J Finn

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Actor Paapa Essiedu on playing Hamlet, poet Rebecca Watts' criticism of the poetry establishment. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Samira Ahmed
Interviewed Guest:
Paapa Essiedu
Interviewed Guest:
Rebecca Watts
Interviewed Guest:
Don Paterson
Interviewed Guest:
Daniel Mallory
Interviewed Guest:
Grayson Perry
Producer:
Edwina Pitman

Front Row

David Hare on Collateral, Carmen, John Burningham and Helen Oxenbury

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Playwright David Hare discusses his latest TV drama series Collateral. John Burningham and Helen Oxenbury on being joint winners of the BookTrust Lifetime Achievement Award. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Samira Ahmed
Interviewed Guest:
David Hare
Interviewed Guest:
Alexandra Coghlan
Interviewed Guest:
Flora Willson
Interviewed Guest:
John Burningham
Interviewed Guest:
Helen Oxenbury
Producer:
Edwina Pitman

Front Row

Bob Geldof on WB Yeats, The Fifty Shades phenomenon, Julian Rowlands & the Santiago Quartet

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, presented by Stig Abell. Musician Bob Geldof talks about A Fanatic Heart, his feature-length documentary about Irish poet WB Yeats. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Stig Abell
Interviewed Guest:
Alex Clark
Interviewed Guest:
Clare Binns
Interviewed Guest:
Julian Rowlands
Producer:
Edwina Pitman

Front Row

Ruth Wilson on Dark River, Cal McCrystal on ENO's Iolanthe, Creative Scotland funding decisions

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Ruth Wilson on her latest big screen role in the psychological drama Dark River. Director Cal McCrystal on how to make Gilbert and Sullivan funny to a contemporary audience. Show more

Contributors

Interviewed Guest:
Ruth Wilson
Interviewed Guest:
Tiffany Jenkins
Interviewed Guest:
Cal McCrystal
Interviewed Guest:
Robert Softley Gale
Interviewed Guest:
David Leddy
Presenter:
John Wilson
Producer:
Edwina Pitman

Front Row

The Hayward Gallery reopening, Emily Wilson, The art of literary translation

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for over a year

News, reviews and interviews from the worlds of art, literature, film and music. The art of literary translation. Plus the Hayward Gallery reopens. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Stig Abell
Interviewed Guest:
Emily Wilson
Interviewed Guest:
Daniel Hahn
Interviewed Guest:
Michael Cooper
Interviewed Guest:
Ralph Rugoff
Interviewed Guest:
Richard Battye
Producer:
Edwina Pitman

Front Row

Simple Minds, Phantom Thread, Napoleon Disrobed, Alex La Guma

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. Scottish rock band Simple Minds discuss their 40-year career and perform live in the studio. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Samira Ahmed
Interviewed Guest:
Jim Kerr
Interviewed Guest:
Catherine Bray
Interviewed Guest:
Katherine Hunter
Interviewed Guest:
Paul Hunter
Interviewed Guest:
Lindsay Johns
Producer:
Edwina Pitman