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Who Owns Culture?

Duration: 43 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Tom Sutcliffe discusses who owns culture, with writer Tiffany Jenkins, Zimbabwean novelist Tendai Huchu, museum director Ellen McAdam and art critic Waldemar Januszczak. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Tom Sutcliffe
Interviewed Guest:
Tiffany Jenkins
Interviewed Guest:
Tendai Huchu
Interviewed Guest:
Ellen McAdam
Interviewed Guest:
Waldemar Januszczak
Producer:
Hannah Robins

Front Row

Oliver Beer, Nicola LeFanu, Grace Evangeline Mason, May Day poems

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Sound artist Oliver Beer on making ancient pots and buildings sing, and composer Nicola LeFanu at 70. Show more

Contributors

Interviewed Guest:
Oliver Beer
Interviewed Guest:
Nicola LeFanu
Interviewed Guest:
Grace Evangeline Mason
Interviewed Guest:
Alison Brackenbury
Presenter:
John Wilson
Producer:
Hannah Robins

Front Row

Alien: Covenant, Giacometti retrospective, How should museums reflect changing social attitudes, Jamestown

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Alien: Covenant review; how should museums reflect contemporary views; Giacometti retrospective. Show more

Contributors

Interviewed Guest:
Rhianna Dhillon
Interviewed Guest:
Tiffany Jenkins
Interviewed Guest:
Priya Khanchandani
Interviewed Guest:
William Feaver
Interviewed Guest:
Bill Gallagher
Presenter:
Emma Dabiri
Producer:
Hannah Robins

Front Row

Howard Hodgkin remembered; Imogen Cooper; Edward Albee

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FM

Available for over a year

Painter and printmaker Howard Hodgkin remembered, pianist Imogen Cooper performs live, and we discuss playwright Edward Albee. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Kirsty Lang
Producer:
Hannah Robins
Interviewed Guest:
Maggi Hambling
Interviewed Guest:
Andrew Graham-Dixon
Interviewed Guest:
Imogen Cooper
Interviewed Guest:
James Macdonald
Interviewed Guest:
Ian Rickson

Front Row

Award Winners of 2016

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Man Booker Prize winner Paul Beatty, Turner Prize artist Helen Marten and Oscar winner Leonardo DiCaprio are among the big award winners of 2016 interviewed in this edition. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Kirsty Lang
Producer:
Hannah Robins
Interviewed Guest:
Paul Beatty
Interviewed Guest:
Helen Marten
Interviewed Guest:
Leonardo DiCaprio
Interviewed Guest:
Denise Gough
Interviewed Guest:
Sonia Friedman
Interviewed Guest:
Sheku Kanneh-Mason

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

Front Row

Professor Brian Cox, Sarah Dunant on Michelangelo, My Country, The UK charts

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Turning science into an art form with Brian Cox, Sarah Dunant responds to Michelangelo, and critics from both sides of the Brexit debate review My Country; a work in progress. Show more

Contributors

Interviewed Guest:
Brian Cox
Interviewed Guest:
Sarah Dunant
Interviewed Guest:
Laura Snapes
Interviewed Guest:
Susannah Clapp
Interviewed Guest:
Lloyd Evans
Presenter:
Samira Ahmed
Producer:
Hannah Robins

Front Row

Patriots Day, Stephen Karam, EU Baroque Orchestra, Syria documentaries

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Samira Ahmed presents the arts magazine programme. Patriots Day, playwright Stephen Karam, EU Baroque Orchestra leaves the UK, and making documentaries about Syria. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Samira Ahmed
Interviewed Guest:
Michael Carlson
Interviewed Guest:
Stephen Karam
Interviewed Guest:
Paul James
Producer:
Hannah Robins

Front Row

Dee Rees, Pussy Riot, Theatre governance

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. Dee Rees on her film, Mudbound, which explores the racial divide in 1940s Mississippi. Plus the protest art of Pussy Riot's Maria Alyokhina. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Samira Ahmed
Interviewed Guest:
Dee Rees
Interviewed Guest:
Ed Vaizey
Interviewed Guest:
Malcolm Sinclair
Interviewed Guest:
Lyn Gardner
Interviewed Guest:
Mariya Alyokhina
Producer:
Hannah Robins

Front Row

Stronger, Shashi Kapoor, Douglas Henshall, Tokio Myers

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, including Jake Gyllenhaal in Stronger, the true story of a victim of the Boston Marathon bombing. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Samira Ahmed
Producer:
Hannah Robins
Interviewed Guest:
Ellen E Jones
Interviewed Guest:
Douglas Henshall
Musician:
Tokio Myers
Interviewed Guest:
Ashanti Omkar

Front Row

Front Row 20th Anniversary

Duration: 45 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Liz Carr, Bob Geldof, Lionel Shriver and Testament each make a case for the most significant artwork created during Front Row's first two decades on air. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Kirsty Lang
Presenter:
John Wilson
Interviewed Guest:
Liz Carr
Interviewed Guest:
Bob Geldof
Interviewed Guest:
Lionel Shriver
Interviewed Guest:
Testament
Interviewed Guest:
Neil MacGregor
Interviewed Guest:
Rae Morris
Interviewed Guest:
Caleb Femi
Interviewed Guest:
Liv Little
Interviewed Guest:
Mary Beard
Performer:
Kate Fox
Performer:
Rae Morris
Producer:
Hannah Robins

Front Row

Whales vs dinosaurs in art; A.Dot; Nick Laird; Igor Levit

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for over a year

We debate whether dinosaurs or whales have inspired the best art as a blue whale replaces Dippy the Dinosaur at the Natural History Museum. Show more

Contributors

Interviewed Guest:
Matthew Sweet
Interviewed Guest:
Tom Holland
Interviewed Guest:
undefined A.Dot
Interviewed Guest:
Igor Levit
Interviewed Guest:
Nick Laird
Presenter:
Samira Ahmed
Producer:
Hannah Robins

Front Row

Marian Keyes, Tim Roth, Joe Lycett

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Marian Keyes on her new novel The Break and Tim Roth on playing a police chief with a dark past. Show more

Contributors

Interviewed Guest:
Marian Keyes
Interviewed Guest:
Tim Roth
Interviewed Guest:
Joe Lycett
Presenter:
Samira Ahmed
Producer:
Hannah Robins

Front Row

Daniel Radcliffe, I Am Not a Witch, Wim Wenders, Taj Mahal

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Daniel Radcliffe on filming in the jungle and Wim Wenders on polaroids of his early films. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Samira Ahmed
Producer:
Hannah Robins
Interviewed Guest:
Daniel Radcliffe
Interviewed Guest:
Wim Wenders

Front Row

Kiri, Golden Globes, Gail Honeyman, Contemporary portraiture

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for over a year

We review Channel 4 drama Kiri starring Sarah Lancashire and discuss the events of last night's Golden Globes. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
John Wilson
Interviewed Guest:
Dreda Say Mitchell
Interviewed Guest:
Gail Honeyman
Interviewed Guest:
Anna Smith
Interviewed Guest:
Gary Oldman
Interviewed Guest:
Jonathan Jones
Interviewed Guest:
Frances Borzello
Producer:
Hannah Robins

Front Row

Lucy Porter, Martin Creed, and Soweto Gospel Choir on stage at the Edinburgh Festival

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FM

Available for over a year

Soweto Gospel Choir performs, John gets a lesson in stand-up comedy, and Turner Prize-winning artist Martin Creed on his show Words and Music. Show more

Contributors

Interviewed Guest:
Lucy Porter
Interviewed Guest:
Jojo Sutherland
Interviewed Guest:
Nilija Sun
Interviewed Guest:
Martin Creed
Presenter:
John Wilson
Producer:
Hannah Robins

Front Row

Jojo Rabbit reviewed, Alex Michaelides, protecting artworks from light damage

Duration: 28 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Taika Waititi directs and stars as Adolf Hitler, the imaginary friend of a 10-year-old budding Nazi, in his satire Jojo Rabbit. We review. Show more

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Audre Lorde, Dan Brown, Art Connoisseurship, Harvey Weinstein

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. Author Dan Brown discusses the return of Robert Langdon in his latest novel, Origin. Plus Audre Lorde and art connoisseurship. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Stig Abell
Interviewed Guest:
Dan Brown
Interviewed Guest:
Akwugo Emejulu
Interviewed Guest:
Bendor Grosvenor
Interviewed Guest:
Alison Wright
Interviewed Guest:
MIa Galuppo
Interviewed Guest:
Anne Helen Petersen
Producer:
Hannah Robins

Front Row

Eve Myles, Bernie Taupin, This Class Works exhibition

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FM

Available for over a year

Arts news, interviews and reviews. Eve Myles on Welsh-noir thriller Keeping Faith and Bernie Taupin on working with Elton John for 50 years. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Samira Ahmed
Interviewed Guest:
Bernie Taupin
Interviewed Guest:
Pete McKee
Interviewed Guest:
Ella Murtha
Producer:
Hannah Robins

Front Row

Oscar Nominations 2018

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for over a year

The announcement of the 2018 Oscar nominations was made on Monday, so who are the winners and losers? Stig Abell is joined by Larushka Ivan-Zadeh, Gaylene Gould and Tim Robey. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Stig Abell
Producer:
Hannah Robins
Interviewed Guest:
Larushka Ivan-Zadeh
Interviewed Guest:
Gaylene Gould
Interviewed Guest:
Tim Robey