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Judith Kerr, Mumford & Sons and Baaba Maal, Weiner, Spencer Tunick

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Writer and illustrator Judith Kerr on her life and work, Mumford & Sons and Baaba Maal on collaborating, documentary film Weiner, and Spencer Tunick on his blue nudes in Hull. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
John Wilson
Interviewed Guest:
Judith Kerr
Interviewed Guest:
Hadley Freeman
Interviewed Guest:
Marcus Mumford
Interviewed Guest:
Ben Lovett
Interviewed Guest:
Baaba Maal
Interviewed Guest:
Spencer Tunick

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Siobhan Davies, Peter Bazalgette, Lost in London, Royal Albert Hall ticket resales

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Sir Peter Bazalgette on his four years as the Chair of Arts Council England; choreographer Siobhan Davies on her new work exploring mind and body; Woody Harrelson's one-take film. Show more

Contributors

Interviewed Guest:
Peter Bazalgette
Interviewed Guest:
Siobhan Davies
Interviewed Guest:
Jonathan Cole
Interviewed Guest:
Richard Lyttelton
Interviewed Guest:
Jason Solomons
Presenter:
John Wilson

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William Hill Sports Book of the Year, Rillington Place, Johnny Cash

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for over a year

William Finnegan, the winner of Sports Book of the Year, and his fellow shortlisted writers, poet Paul Muldoon on Johnny Cash, and Natasha Cooper on Rillington Place. Show more

Contributors

Interviewed Guest:
William Finnegan
Interviewed Guest:
Diana Nyad
Interviewed Guest:
Natasha Cooper
Interviewed Guest:
Paul Muldoon
Presenter:
John Wilson

Front Row

Lee Child on Edward Hopper, ENO's Cressida Pollock and The Pass

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Authors Lee Child, Megan Abbott and Lawrence Block on stories inspired by Edward Hopper paintings and actor Martin Compston talks about dramatising real-life crime on TV. Show more

Contributors

Interviewed Guest:
Lee Child
Interviewed Guest:
Megan Abbott
Interviewed Guest:
Cressida Pollock
Interviewed Guest:
Tim Robey
Interviewed Guest:
Nick Stevens
Interviewed Guest:
Martin Compston
Presenter:
John Wilson

Front Row

Amy Adams, John Rutter and Tracy Chevalier

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for over a year

American actress Amy Adams on communicating with aliens in new sci-fi film Arrival, composer and conductor John Rutter, and Tracy Chevalier on finally reading The Secret Garden. Show more

Contributors

Interviewed Guest:
Amy Adams
Interviewed Guest:
John Rutter
Interviewed Guest:
Tracy Chevalier
Interviewed Guest:
Caroline McCormick
Presenter:
John Wilson

Front Row

R.E.M., Illuminated River, Napoleon and Stephen Poliakoff

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for over a year

R.E.M.'s Michael Stipe and Mike Mills on their album Out of Time, 25 years after its release, and Stephen Poliakoff discusses his new TV drama, Close to the Enemy. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
John Wilson
Interviewed Guest:
Michael Stipe
Interviewed Guest:
Mike Mills
Interviewed Guest:
Hannah Rothschild
Interviewed Guest:
Pamela Hutchinson
Interviewed Guest:
Stephen Poliakoff
Interviewed Guest:
Nigel Farnall

Front Row

Ed Harris on stage, Jonathan Dove, Gavin Turk

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Actor Ed Harris on Sam Shepard's play Buried Child, composer Jonathan Dove on new songs to mark Benjamin Britten's birthday and artist Gavin Turk looks back on his career. Show more

Contributors

Interviewed Guest:
Ed Harris
Interviewed Guest:
Jonathan Dove
Interviewed Guest:
Jan Patience
Interviewed Guest:
Christopher Baker
Interviewed Guest:
Gavin Turk
Presenter:
John Wilson

Front Row

Viola Davis, Rory Gleeson, Phil Manzanera and Waterstones' revival

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Viola Davis on her Oscar-nominated performance in August Wilson's Fences, debut novelist Rory Gleeson, Roxy Music guitarist and producer Phil Manzanera, and Waterstones' revival. Show more

Contributors

Interviewed Guest:
Viola Davis
Interviewed Guest:
Rory Gleeson
Interviewed Guest:
Kate Skipper
Interviewed Guest:
Philip James
Interviewed Guest:
Phil Manzanera
Presenter:
Kirsty Lang

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Riz Ahmed, Delicious, The Kite Runner on stage and Angela Carter

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Actor and rapper Riz Ahmed discusses his career, a review of Dawn French's TV drama Delicious and Matthew Spangler on adapting Khaled Hosseini's The Kite Runner for the stage. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Samira Ahmed
Interviewed Guest:
Riz Ahmed
Interviewed Guest:
Sarah Crompton
Interviewed Guest:
Matthew Spangler
Interviewed Guest:
Marie Mulvey-Roberts

Front Row

Wilko Johnson, Romeo and Juliet review, Walter de Maria

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for over a year

With guitarist Wilko Johnson talking about surviving terminal cancer, Kenneth Branagh's Romeo and Juliet reviewed and the first UK solo show of American artist Walter De Maria. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
John Wilson
Interviewed Guest:
Wilko Johnson
Interviewed Guest:
Susannah Clapp
Interviewed Guest:
Elizabeth Childress

Front Row

Andy Hamilton, Rattigan on stage, Studio Ghibli's last film, Blake Morrison and Gavin Bryars

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for over a year

The Power Monkeys co-creator Andy Hamilton talks about his new satire about the EU referendum, plus reviews of two new openings of Terence Rattigan plays. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Kirsty Lang
Interviewed Guest:
Andy Hamilton
Interviewed Guest:
Henry Hitchings
Interviewed Guest:
Mark Eccleston
Interviewed Guest:
Gavin Bryars
Interviewed Guest:
Blake Morrison

Front Row

Clive James, Netflix and Cannes, documentary maker Simon Chinn, Damien Hirst in Venice

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for over a year

The author Clive James on the poems he thought he'd not live to write, producer Simon Chinn on when a film is not a film, and curator Elena Geuna on Damien Hirst's show in Venice. Show more

Contributors

Interviewed Guest:
Clive James
Interviewed Guest:
Jason Solomons
Interviewed Guest:
Simon Chinn
Interviewed Guest:
Elena Geuna
Presenter:
John Wilson

Front Row

Gemma Arterton, Post-war public art, Martin Parr, Bette Midler in Hello, Dolly!

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for over a year

British actor Gemma Arterton discusses her WWII film Their Finest, Bette Midler's Broadway return in Hello, Dolly! is reviewed and Martin Parr looks back on his career. Show more

Contributors

Interviewed Guest:
Gemma Arterton
Interviewed Guest:
Sarah Gavanta
Interviewed Guest:
Matt Wolf
Interviewed Guest:
Martin Parr
Presenter:
John Wilson

Front Row

Jamie Cullum at the Proms, Greek crime writer Petros Markaris, Techno-thriller Nerve, Artists in residence

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. Jamie Cullum at the Proms, techno-thriller Nerve reviewed, Greek crime writer Petros Markaris, and performance poetry in a care home. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Samira Ahmed
Interviewed Guest:
Jamie Cullum
Interviewed Guest:
Naomi Alderman
Interviewed Guest:
Petros Markaris

Front Row

Stockard Channing, Matisse in the Studio, Thomas Ades, representations of war

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Actor Stockard Channing on her new stage role, the objects that inspired Matisse, composer Thomas Ades on his Queer Icon and two 360 degree representations of war are reviewed. Show more

Contributors

Interviewed Guest:
Stockard Channing
Interviewed Guest:
Katrina Porteous
Interviewed Guest:
Ann Dumas
Interviewed Guest:
Thomas Ades
Presenter:
Samira Ahmed

Front Row

Khadija Saye remembered, Jon Ronson, Harry Potter 20 years on

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Author and screenwriter Jon Ronson discusses his career and latest film Okja, Harry Potter 20 years on, and the artist and photographer Khadija Saye remembered. With John Wilson. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
John Wilson
Interviewed Guest:
Jon Ronson
Interviewed Guest:
Tim Burke
Interviewed Guest:
Viv Groskop
Interviewed Guest:
Rhianna Dhillon
Interviewed Guest:
Jonathan Douglas
Interviewed Guest:
David A Bailey
Interviewed Guest:
Nicola Green

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Dominic Cooper and Terry Johnson, Turner Prize shortlist, Completing other authors' books

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Actor Dominic Cooper and director Terry Johnson discuss The Libertine and Meg Rosoff and Samantha Norman talk about completing books after the death of the original authors. Show more

Contributors

Interviewed Guest:
Charlotte Mullins
Interviewed Guest:
Brian McCormick
Interviewed Guest:
Meg Rosoff
Interviewed Guest:
Samantha Norman
Interviewed Guest:
Dominic Cooper
Interviewed Guest:
Terry Johnson
Presenter:
John Wilson

Front Row

Tom Stoppard, The Girl on the Train, Suzanne Lacy, Feminist art, Neville Marriner remembered

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Tom Stoppard discusses his play Travesties, Brexit and his desire to write a new play about the migrant crisis. Plus a review of the film adaptation of The Girl on the Train. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Samira Ahmed
Interviewed Guest:
Tom Stoppard
Interviewed Guest:
Mark Eccleston
Interviewed Guest:
Lynn Hershman Leeson
Interviewed Guest:
Hilary Robinson

Front Row

Antony Sher and Gregory Doran, Writing video games, Hendrik Groen

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Sir Antony Sher and Gregory Doran talk about King Lear, how video games are embracing narrative, and the anonymous author of The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen, 83 1/4 Years Old. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Samira Ahmed
Interviewed Guest:
Antony Sher
Interviewed Guest:
Gregory Doran
Interviewed Guest:
James Swallow
Interviewed Guest:
Rhianna Pratchett

Front Row

Viggo Mortensen, Susanne Bier, Jay McInerney and the comic Misty

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Viggo Mortensen on Captain Fantastic, Susanne Bier on female directors in film, Jay McInerney on his latest novel set in Manhattan, and a return of the 70s comic for girls, Misty. Show more

Contributors

Interviewed Guest:
Viggo Mortensen
Interviewed Guest:
Jay McInerney
Interviewed Guest:
Susanne Bier
Interviewed Guest:
Pat Mills
Interviewed Guest:
Natalie Haynes
Presenter:
Samira Ahmed