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FrontRow28Jun13: Amy Winehouse; Alex Gibney

2013-06-28 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

Amy Winehouse exhibition; Alex Gibney on his Wikileaks documentary; Amanda Levete's Cultural Exchange choice: Casa Malaparte; Sarah Polley's film Stories We Tell reviewed…

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FrontRow 27Jun13:Mary Queen Of Scots, Mike Figgis

2013-06-27 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

Liz Lochhead on a Mary Queen of Scots exhibition; Mike Figgis on his new film; Marianne Jean-Baptiste's Cultural Exchange choice: Miles Davis' Kind Of Blue; tribute to Mark Fisher…

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FrontRow: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory; Arts Cuts; Lee Hall 26 Jun 13

2013-06-26 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

The new stage musical Charlie and the Chocolate Factory reviewed, Lee Hall's Cultural Exchange, a lawyer on "one off" concerts and three cultural commentators on which arts organisations they would stop funding.…

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FrontRow: Vermeer; tennis on film; Mitsuko Uchida: 25 Jun 13

2013-06-25 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

Michael Berkeley on the portrayal of music in Vermeer's paintings; advice for writers from TV producers; tennis champions in new films; Cultural Exchange - pianist Mitsuko Uchida.…

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FrontRow: This is the End; Jonthan Dee; Lowry; Brian Aldiss. 24 June 13

2013-06-24 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

The Tate Britain's new LS Lowry exhibition reviewed, Jonathan Dee on his new novel, apocalypse comedy This is the End, Brian Aldiss shares his Cultural Exchange and Andrew Collins on 1980s indie bands.…

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FrontRow: Giorgio Moroder, Tim Firth, site-specific art, Cultural Exchange 210613

2013-06-21 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

Record producer Giorgio Moroder, artist Richard Wilson on site-specific art when it changes site, Calendar Girls writer Tim Firth, and Francine Stock's Cultural Exchange.…

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FrontRow: David Edgar & Errol Flynn in Northampton 200613

2013-06-20 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

Errol Flynn's adventures in Northampton. David Edgar imagines what will happen to the coalition in 2014. Glenn Patterson's Cultural Exchange and two new series on airport and airlines reviewed…

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FrontRow: Lenny Henry, Foghorn Requiem, Joan Bakewell, Levi Pinfold 190613

2013-06-19 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

John Wilson talks to Lenny Henry as he returns to the stage in Fences. Joan Bakewell offers her choice for Cultural Exchange. Foghorns become musical instruments in a new requiem. And Levi Pinfold, winner of the CILIP Kate Greenaway medal for children's illustration.…

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FrontRow: Duckworth-Lewis Method & Before Midnight

2013-06-18 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

Before Midnight reviewed by Antonia Quirke, The Duckworth Lewis Method on cricket and pop, Rachel Whiteread's Cultural Exchange and Conor McPherson on The Weir and The Night Alive…

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FrontRow: Daniel Radcliffe; World War Z; Neil Gaiman

2013-06-17 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

Daniel Radcliffe on stage in The Cripple of Inishmaan, the verdict on World War Z, Neil Gaiman picks The Fairy Feller's Master-Stroke as his Cultural Exchange.…

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FrontRow 14Jun13:I Am Nasrine; The White Queen

2013-06-14 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

Director Tina Gharavi on her film, I Am Nasrine; The White Queen reviewed; Paul Weller picks The Zombies' album, Odessey And Oracle, as his Cultural Exchange choice…

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FrontRow:Kim Cattrall on stage.Cornelia Parker Brian Aldiss Gwyneth Lewis13June2013

2013-06-13 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

Mark Lawson reviews Kim Cattrall in Sweet Bird of Youth by Tennessee Williams and talks to artist Cornelia Parker, novelist Brian Aldiss & for Cultural Exchange, poet Gwyneth Lewis…

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FrontRow:The Amen Corner.Peter James.CE Stephen Hough. Much Ado About Norhing12June2013

2013-06-12 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

Mark Lawson with a new staging of James Baldwin's The Amen Corner, Joss Whedon's film of Much Ado About Nothing, crime writer Peter James and Stephen Hough's Cultural Exchange…

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FrontRow: Man of Steel; AL Kennedy; Rolando Villazón: 11 Jun 13

2013-06-11 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

A review of new Superman film Man of Steel, tenor Rolando Villazón, and AL Kennedy's Cultural Exchange.…

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FrontRow: Judith Kerr; Admission reviewed; Cultural Exchange: Mark Haddon 10 Jun 13

2013-06-10 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

Author and illustrator Judith Kerr at 90, Elaine Showalter reviews university comedy Admission, Bel Mooney on Channel 4's new series Dates and author Mark Haddon shares his Cultural Exchange.…

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FrontRow: Marc Chagall, Laura Marling, Frank Cottrell Boyce, Colm Toibin 070613

2013-06-07 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 27s

The art of Marc Chagall at Tate Liverpool; singer-songwriter Laura Marling; writer Frank Cottrell Boyce on his ambitious show for Derry/Londonderry; Colm Tóibín's Cultural Exchange…

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FrontRow: Miranda Hart, Martin Amis, Kwame Kwei-Armah 060613

2013-06-06 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

Miranda Hart discusses her book Is It Just Me?, Martin Amis on his new novel Lionel Asbo: State of England, and Kwame Kwei-Armah's Cultural Exchange…

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FrontRow: Museum of the Year 2013

2013-06-05 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 23s

John Wilson has news of the winner of the £100 000 Art Fund Prize for Museum of the Year, as he presents the programme live from the ceremony at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.…

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FrontRow: Anne-Marie Duff, Women's Prize for Fiction 050613

2013-06-05 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

Anne-Marie Duff on Eugene O'Neill's play Strange Interlude, the winner of the Women's Prize for Fiction, the Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition, and Sarah Hall on Blade Runner…

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FrontRow: Liberace, PD James and Philip Glass 030613

2013-06-03 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

Julian Clary reviews Liberace biopic Behind The Candelabra, Philip Glass discusses Disney, PD James offers her choice for The Cultural Exchange, Denise Mina gives her verdict on French zombie drama The Returned…

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FrontRow: Sir Alfred Munnings

2013-06-03 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

Kirsty Lang reassesses the art of Alfred Munnings, as a new film focuses on his early life.…

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FrontRow: Jeremy Deller - Venice Biennale 30 May 2013

2013-05-30 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

Artist Jeremy Deller's journey to the Venice Biennale, creating new work for the British Pavilion, charted by presenter John Wilson…

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FrontRow: Akram Khan; The Iraq War; Antonia Fraser 29 May 13

2013-05-29 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

Dancer and Choreographer Akram Khan on his interpretation of Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring, Chris Mullin and Richard Ottaway review new documentary The Iraq War and Antonia Fraser shares her Cultural Exchange.…

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FrontRow:Byzantium.Lucy Kirkwood.Nick Hytner.Audrey Niffenegger28 May 2013

2013-05-28 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 27s

Mark Lawson reviews Neil Jordan's vampire film Byzantium; Lucy Kirkwood and Lyndsey Turner on her play Chimerica; Audrey Niffenegger works with the Royal Ballet; Nicholas Hytner's Cultural Exchange - the Marriage of Figaro.…

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FrontRow: Cathy Come Home and This Life producer Tony Garnett: 27 May 13

2013-05-27 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

TV and film producer Tony Garnett, whose credits include Cathy Come Home, Kes, Cardiac Arrest and This Life, reflects on his career, in conversation with Mark Lawson.…

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FrontRow: Paul Morley; Angela Gheorghiu 24 MAY 2013

2013-05-24 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

Paul Morley discusses his new book The North: (And Almost Everything In It); Angela Gheorghiu nominates her Cultural Exchange; Jason Solomons reports on the latest news from Cannes and musicians describe the anguish they feel when their musical instruments go missing, plus what can be done to get them back.…

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FrontRow: Erwin Blumenfeld, Lydia Davis, Nigel Kennedy, Constable 230513

2013-05-23 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

Fashion photographer Erwin Blumenfeld, Lydia Davis, winner of the Man Booker International Prize, Nigel Kennedy's Cultural Exchange is Black and Blue by Louis Armstrong, and Tate acquires a Constable…

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FrontRow: Khaled Hosseini may 22nd 2013

2013-05-22 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

The Kite Runner novelist Khaled Hosseini, A.S. Byatt's Cultural Exchange, Michael Landy's kinetic sculptures and Andrew Collins' top 10 of DJs in film…

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FrontRow: Dan Brown; Eddie Braben remembered 21 MAY 2013

2013-05-21 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

Dan Brown discusses his new novel Inferno; we remember the comedy writer Eddie Braben who has died aged 82; Ed Smith discusses his love of Wagner's music as the composer turns 200 and classicist Mary Beard nominates the Ancient Roman statue Laocoon and His Sons for the Cultural Exchange.…

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FrontRow: The Big Wedding; James Salter: David Walliams

2013-05-20 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

The Big Wedding reviewed; author James Salter speaks to Mark Lawson; why television is obsessed with the Tudors and David Walliams in the Cultural Exchange…

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FrontRow 17May13:Richard Branson, Alison Balsom, Cannes

2013-05-17 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

With John Wilson: Richard Branson on Tubular Bells; Alison Balsom's Cultural Exchange choice, St Matthew Passion; a report on the hits and misses so far at the Cannes Film Festival…

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FrontRow: 16 May 13 Rankin; Terence Stamp's Cultural Exchange; Daft Punk

2013-05-16 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

The photographer Rankin is known for his cutting-edge fashion and advertising images, and his celebrity portraits.He talks to John Wilson about his experience of photographing people as they face the prospect of death for his new show ALIVE: In The Face Of Death. Actor Terence Stamp chooses the film The Razor's Edge (1946) for Cultural Exchange. Brilliant Adventures is a new play by Alistair McDowall which won the Judges' Award in the 2011 Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting. Set on a Middlesbrough council estate, the play focuses on the relationship between two brothers, one of whom has built a time machine. Writer Charlotte Keatley reviews. The new Daft Punk album, Random Access Memories, is the French duo's fourth long-player after a seven year silence. Dance music pioneers Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo are joined on this album by other luminaries of the music world including Nile Rodgers and Giorgio Moroder. Writer and DJ Dave Haslam gives his verdict.…

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FrontRow: Andrew Lloyd Webber; playing yourself; Will Self's Cultural Exchange

2013-05-15 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

Andrew Lloyd Webber on the restoration of the Theatre Royal in London; the perils of playing yourself in a TV drama; Will Self chooses his Cultural Exchange…

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FrontRow: The Great Gatsby; Eurovision; Anne Tyler's Cultural Exchange

2013-05-14 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

The new film of The Great Gatsby; the Eurovision Song Contest contenders 2013; plans for a French "culture tax" and Cultural Exchange: Anne Tyler on a 19th century photograph.…

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FrontRow: Allan Cubitt; the Archbishop of Canterbury

2013-05-13 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

Writer Allan Cubitt on his new crime drama The Fall; Food on Stage and creating the pie for Titus Andronicus; Cultural Exchange: the Archbishop of Canterbury on his passion for Britten.…

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FrontRow: Karl Hyde, The Hothouse, Kate Clanchy, Jodi Picoult 100513

2013-05-10 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

Harold Pinter's The Hothouse in a revival; Karl Hyde of Underworld; Poet Kate Clanchy on writing her first novel; and Jodi Picoult's Cultural Exchange.…

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FrontRow: Angela Gheorghiu, The Reluctant Fundamentalist, Peter Bazalgette 090513

2013-05-09 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

Soprano Angela Gheorghiu, a review of the film adaptation of Mohsin Hamid's novel The Reluctant Fundamentalist, and Peter Bazalgette makes his selection for the Cultural Exchange…

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FrontRow: Mud reviewed; crime writer M D Villiers 08 MAY 2013

2013-05-08 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

Matthew McConaughey stars as a fugitive befriended by two children in Mud, Ryan Gilbey reviews the film; crime writer M D Villiers discusses her new novel City of Blood; Booker Prize-winning novelist Howard Jacobson reveals his Cultural Exchange choice and further allegations about abuse in Britain's specialist music schools emerged this week - a teacher and a former pupil discuss whether methods of teaching should change.…

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FrontRow: 07 May 2013 Star Trek & Germaine Greer

2013-05-07 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

Star Trek Into Darkness reviewed by Naomi Alderman; Germaine Greer reveals her favourite cultural item; James Hamilton Paterson discusses his new novel and a new exhibition at Buckingham Palace is reviewed by A.N. Wilson…

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FrontRow: Kwame Kwei-Armah

2013-05-06 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

Mark Lawson talks to Kwame Kwei-Armah, the Artistic Director of the Center Stage Theatre in Baltimore. They discuss his new play, the theatre and race relations in the US and UK.…

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FrontRow 03May13:Agnetha Fältskog; Hannibal reviewed

2013-05-03 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

John Wilson meets Agnetha Fältskog; TV's Hannibal reviewed; Cultural Exchange: writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie chooses a painting by Ben Enwonwu.…

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FrontRow: Zoe Wanamaker; Arne Dahl; Suggs

2013-05-02 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

Zoe Wanamaker on her role in Passion Play, Swedish crime writer Arne Dahl, David Hepworth on the 50th anniversary of The Beatles' first number one and Cultural Exchange: Suggs discusses John Betjeman.…

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FrontRow: Geoffrey Rush

2013-05-01 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

Oscar-winning actor Geoffrey Rush on his new film The Eye of the Storm; Cultural Exchange - Melvyn Bragg discusses a Rembrandt self-portrait; artist Ellen Gallagher and author Richard Davenport-Hines on the Profumo affair.…

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FrontRow 30 Apr 13:Tony Garnett; I'm So Excited

2013-04-30 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

Mark Lawson talks to TV and film producer Tony Garnett; Pedro Almodovar's film, I'm So Excited, is reviewed; Cultural Exchange: Meera Syal discusses To Kill A Mockingbird…

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FR 29Apr13: Nijinsky biography; Dead Man Down

2013-04-29 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

John Wilson talks to Nijinsky biographer Lucy Moore; Cultural Exchange: Bernardo Bertolucci nominates a favourite film; Dead Man Down film review; progress report on the British Museum's extension.…

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FrontRow: The Eagles, Diana Athill's Cultural Exchange, pubs on stage 260413

2013-04-26 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

Don Henley and Glenn Frey of The Eagles discuss a new documentary about the band; writer Diana Athill is the latest contributor to the Cultural Exchange project; and pubs on stage…

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FrontRow: The Politician's Husband; new John le Carré novel

2013-04-25 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

Virginia and Peter Bottomley review The Politician's Husband; Adrian Lester reveals his contribution to the Cultural Exchange project; Bridget Kendall reviews the new book by John le Carré and a review of Russian film In the Fog.…

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FrontRow: 24 Apr 13 Nick Park; Othello; Mohsin Hamid

2013-04-24 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

Nick Park's latest creation - the Thrill-O-Matic; Cultural Exchange: Mohsin Hamid; a review of the National Theatre's new Othello production…

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FrontRow: Iron Man 3; Tamara Rojo; Rene Burri

2013-04-23 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

A review of Iron Man 3; Tamara Rojo's Cultural Exchange; photographer Rene Burri discusses memorable shots…

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FrontRow: Tracey Emin; TV's Broadchurch; Bernie reviewed

2013-04-22 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

Launch of Radio 4’s Cultural Exchange project: tonight Tracey Emin on her favourite art-work; the denouement of Broadchurch; a review of Bernie and playwright Graham Reid. With Mark Lawson…

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2013-04-22 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

Launch of Radio 4’s Cultural Exchange project: tonight Tracey Emin on her favourite art-work; the denouement of Broadchurch; a review of Bernie and playwright Graham Reid. With Mark Lawson…

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FrontRow: The Job Lot and The Wright Way; Deep Purple: 19 Apr 13

2013-04-19 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

With John Wilson, including a review of two new sitcoms The Job Lot and The Wright Way, an interview with Ian Gillan and Ian Paice from Deep Purple, one man show Doktor Glas; and Laura Lee Davies and Peter Saville discuss album artwork.…

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FrontRow 18Apr13: Promised Land, Kacey Musgraves

2013-04-18 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 27s

John Wilson meets singer-songwriter Kacey Musgraves; Gus Van Sant's film, Promised Land, starring Matt Damon is reviewed; highlights of BBC Proms 2013; Deutsche Börse Prize…

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FrontRow: Howard Brenton; William McIlvanney: Me and You

2013-04-17 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

Howard Brenton discusses his new play #aiww, crime writer William McIlvanney on his re-issued crime series Laidlaw, unusual samples in pop music and a review of Bernardo Bertolucci's latest film, Me and You.…

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FrontRow: Thriller writer David Baldacci; director Michael Winterbottom: 16 Apr 2013

2013-04-16 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 26s

Thriller writer David Baldacci; the art of Saloua Raouda Choucair at Tate Modern; and Michael Winterbottom discusses The Look of Love, his film drama about Soho entrepreneur Paul Raymond.…

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FrontRow:Olympus Has Fallen, Granta novelists,Derry-Londonderry,Sir Colin Davies 15 Apr 2013

2013-04-15 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 26s

Front Row reveals the Best of Young British Novelists, as selected by Granta. White House film Olympus has Fallen reviewed; a report from Derry-Londonderry, City of Culture 2013. Nick Kenyon reflects on career of conductor Sir Colin Davies.…

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FrontRow: Oliver Stone; First Position; David Mitchell's opera

2013-04-12 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

Oliver Stone talks about his new documentary series; a review of the ballet film First Position and David Mitchell and Michel Van Der Aa on their opera collaboration…

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FrontRow: Dominic Cooke; Rachel Whiteread & Elisabeth Frink; Michael Dobbs 110413

2013-04-11 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 26s

Dominic Cooke on leaving the Royal Court Theatre; potential contenders for the job of Artistic Director at the National Theatre; new exhibitions by Rachel Whiteread and Elisabeth Frink; and Michael Dobbs and Haydn Gwynne on portraying Margaret Thatcher…

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FrontRow: Maya Angelou

2013-04-10 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 26s

The writer Maya Angelou talks to Mark Lawson about her life and work. Her books include I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, the first of a six volume autobiography.…

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FrontRow: Salgado and Sarah Brightman

2013-04-09 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 26s

John Wilson talks to Brazilian photographer Sebastio Salgado and to singer and trainee astronaut Sarah Brightman. Gordon Corera reviews The Gatekeepers…

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FrontRow: Tamara Rojo; James Blake 08 APR 2013

2013-04-08 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

Tamara Rojo discusses the whereabouts of her friend the dancer Sergei Polunin and her new season at the English National Ballet; musician James Blake on navigating the music industry with his second album Overgrown; The Place Beyond the Pines reviewed; a report from the MIPTV Festival in Cannes.…

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FrontRow05Apr13: Rijksmuseum; Spring Breakers

2013-04-05 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

The re-opening of the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, following a 10 year transformation; a review of the film Spring Breakers; Colin Newman, lead singer of Wire, on their new album…

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FrontRow: Olga Kurylenko; Richard Bean; Arne Dahl

2013-04-04 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

Playwright Richard Bean on a revival of his play Smack Family Robinson, actress Olga Kurylenko on starring with Tom Cruise in sci-fi thriller Oblivion and new Danish crime drama Arne Dahl reviewed.…

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FrontRow: Julian Barnes interview 03 APR 2013

2013-04-03 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

Julian Barnes, in conversation with Mark Lawson, discusses his latest book Levels of Life which combines history, fiction and personal memoir.…

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FrontRow:Museum of the year Shortlist, Richard Bean, A Late Quartet 2 April 2013

2013-04-02 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

Mark Lawson announces contenders for the Art Fund Museum of the Year prize, talks to playwright Richard Bean, reviews the film A Late Quartet and reflects on audience reaction to stars on the Broadway stage.…

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FrontRow: Kirsty Lang explores the export of British culture to China

2013-04-01 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

British musicals, architecture and music are making an impact on the previously closed cultural world in China. Kirsty Lang discusses the implications for the UK, and China.…

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FrontRow: Anne Tyler speaks to Mark Lawson

2013-03-29 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

In a very rare interview, recorded at her home in Baltimore, the writer Anne Tyler talks to Mark Lawson about her work. The author of Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant, Digging to America and The Accidental Tourist discusses her childhood, her influences and her next book…

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FrontRow: Penny Woolcock, Michael Bolton

2013-03-28 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

Film-maker Penny Woolcock talks about her latest documentary, One Mile Away, about gangs in Birmingham; singer Michael Bolton; and a preview of tomorrow night's special with Anne Tyler…

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FrontRow: Glenn Patterson and John Yorke

2013-03-27 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

John Yorke on the secrets of story-telling; Michael Simkins on dealing with award rejection; The Great British Sewing Bee and The Intern reviewed; novelist Glenn Patterson discusses Good Vibrations…

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FrontRow: John Logan; Suggs; In the House 26 MAR 2013

2013-03-26 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

John Logan discusses his new play Peter and Alice starring Judi Dench and Ben Whishaw; Suggs reflects on his autobiographical one man show and Rachel Cooke reviews In the House starring Kristin Scott Thomas.…

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FrontRow: Trance reviewed; Gillian Lynne

2013-03-25 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

Danny Boyle's film Trance reviewed, choreographer Gillian Lynne on a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Oliviers, BBC TV series The NHS in a Day and delaying the release of films…

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FrontRow22Mar13: The Book Of Mormon; Lee Mack

2013-03-22 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

John Wilson visits London Zoo's new tiger enclosure, reviews the Broadway hit The Book Of Mormon as it opens in the UK, meets comedian Lee Mack, and pays tribute to Chinua Achebe…

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FrontRow:Nigel Kennedy;The Village; Esther Wilson 21 March 2013

2013-03-21 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

John Wilson and violinist Nigel Kennedy on Fats Waller and Bach. A century of English village life in TV drama, The Village. Writer Esther Wilson on dramatising homelessness…

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FrontRow: Alan Bennett interview 20 MAR 2013

2013-03-20 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

Alan Bennett reflects on his recent work for the National Theatre, the inspiration of his parents, and why he doesn't want to be labelled a national treasure.…

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FrontRow: Kay Mellor; Compliance reviewed. 19 Mar 13

2013-03-19 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

Writer Kay Mellor on series two of BBC drama The Syndicate and working with Steven Spielberg, new film Compliance reviewed and playwrights and directors discuss re-working classic Scandinavian dramas.…

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FrontRow: John Eliot Gardiner. Jack The Giant Slayer: 18 Mar 2013

2013-03-18 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

With Mark Lawson - who speaks to conductor Sir John Eliot Gardiner as he prepares for a Bach Marathon, reviews Jack the Giant Slayer, discusses Shakespeare's attitude to marriage and weddings and Philip Roth at 80.…

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FrontRow: John Ashbery; Our Queen documentary 15 FEB 2013

2013-03-15 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

American poet John Ashbery discusses his latest collection; Michael Waldman on gaining access to the Royal Family for ITV's Our Queen documentary; Romanian film Beyond the Hills reviewed.…

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FrontRow: Venezuelan conductor Gustavo Dudamel 140313

2013-03-14 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

Venezuelan conductor Gustavo Dudamel on his London residency with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and his work with the Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra and El Sistema…

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FrontRow: Pompeii; new literature prize 13 Mar 2013

2013-03-13 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

Details of a new literary prize for writers from all over the world; a sneak peek at the British Museum's new Pompeii exhibition; In the Flesh reviewed; a report on the maths within music.…

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FrontRow: Edmund de Waal, The Paperboy, George Bellows

2013-03-12 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

Edmund de Waal, the author of the bestselling Hare with the Amber Eyes, on publishing his grandmother's novel. The Paperboy reviewed; the art of George Bellows. Plus, bookshops fight back.…

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FrontRow: Stephenie Meyer 11/03/13

2013-03-11 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

Twilight creator Stephenie Meyer; The Incredible Burt Wonderstone reviewed; Simon Starling on his new work for Tate Britain…

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FrontRow:William Boyd's Longing.7 deadly sins.Hilary Mantel.8Mar2013

2013-03-08 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

William Boyd's palywriting debut , Longing. Marianne Faithfull, Soweto Kinch, Paul Heaton and Andre de Ridder on the seven deadly sins in music. Hilary Mantel on winning the David Cohen prize.…

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FrontRow: David Bowie - the return: 7th Mar 13

2013-03-07 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

Tony Parsons, Miranda Sawyer and La Roux's Elly Jackson discuss David Bowie's music and influence, in the light of his new album, The Next Day, and a major retrospective at the V&A. Presenter John Wilson also draws on his own archive of interviews with Bowie.…

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FrontRow: Mark Strong; Tash Aw; Anna & Katy. 6 Mar 13

2013-03-06 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

Actor Mark Strong on new British thriller Welcome to the Punch, Tash Aw talks about his novel Five Star Billionaire and comedy double act Anna Crilly and Katy Wix discuss their new Channel 4 series, Anna & Katy.…

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FrontRow 05Mar13: Side Effects; Lara Croft's comeback

2013-03-05 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

John Wilson meets artist Chuck Close; writers James Cary and Richard Hurst discuss their sitcom about bomb-disposal; reviews of the film Side Effects and the new Tomb Raider game.…

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FrontRow:Oz the Great and Powerful.Written On Skin4Mar2013

2013-03-04 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

Mark Lawson reviews Sam Raimi film, Oz The Great and Powerfuland talks to George Benjamin and Martin Crimp about their opera Written on Skin, and to Julia O'Faolain about her Memoir , Trespassers.…

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FrontRow: Yinka Shonibare; film classification 01 MAR 2013

2013-03-01 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

Artist Yinka Shonibare discusses his exhibition at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park; Haydn Gwynne, Paul Ritter and Nathaniel Parker reflect on the process of portraying prime ministers on stage in Peter Morgan's new play The Audience; a report on attitudes to film classification.…

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FrontRow: Robbie Williams: 28 Feb 13

2013-02-28 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

Best-selling British solo artist Robbie Williams reflects on revealing too much in his songs, his drive to be a pop-star and his boredom at the Brit Awards ceremony.…

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FrontRow: Edith Pearlman; the Pope in fiction 27 FEB 2013

2013-02-27 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

Writer Edith Pearlman discusses the appeal of the short story form; two new TV crime dramas reviewed; Joe Wright's stage directing debut Trelawny of the Wells; how the Pope has been depicted in fiction.…

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FrontRow: Claire Foy and Dinos Chapman

2013-02-26 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

Claire Foy on Macbeth, Dinos Chapman discusses his debut album and John Wilson reviews The Bay…

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FrontRow: Sue Perkins, Brett Anderson, Arbitrage review

2013-02-25 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

Sue Perkins on her first tv sitcom; Brett Anderson on the comeback of 90s band Suede; the verdict on Richard Gere's new film Arbitrage; famous authors' lesser-known works. Mark Lawson presents.…

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FrontRow 22Feb13:Damien Hirst; To The Wonder

2013-02-22 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

With John Wilson: Damien Hirst on humour in art; Terrence Malick's To The Wonder reviewed; R.B. Kitaj's paintings; Marc Isaacs on the stretch of the A5 which inspired The Road…

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FrontRow: Jacksons interview; Banksy auction: 21 Feb 13

2013-02-21 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

Jackson brothers Jackie, Marlon and Tito discuss Michael and being back on stage; Slave Labour Banksy auction in Miami; writer Chris Morgan Jones and Bidisha discusses anti-corporate drama If You Don't Let Us Dream, We Won't Let You Sleep.…

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FrontRow: A Chorus Line; New play about football pioneer Walter Tull. 20 Feb 2013

2013-02-20 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

The classic musical A Chorus Line returns to the London stage, a new play about the pioneering black footballer Walter Tull opens in Bolton, new film Song for Marion reviewed and Morecambe and Wise's producer John Ammonds remembered.…

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FrontRow:Nicole Kidman.Cloud Atlas.Margaret Forster.19Feb2013

2013-02-19 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

Mark Lawson talks to Nicole Kidman about her films, Stoker and The Paperboy and to Margaret Forster about her novel The Unknown Bridesdmaid. Adam Mars Jones reviews the film of David Mitchell's novel Cloud Atlas.…

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FrontRow: Richard Briers remembered; Paul Abbott 18 FEB 2013

2013-02-19 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

The actor Richard Briers remembered; a review of the Tate Modern's Roy Lichtenstein exhibition; screenwriter Paul Abbott.…

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FrontRow: Simon Beaufoy; music from Mali 15 FEB 2013

2013-02-15 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

Screenwriter Simon Beaufoy discusses adapting The Full Monty for the stage; Malian musicians Rokia Traore and Salif Keita discuss the role of musicians in Mali now; writer John Green explains the inspiration behind his best-selling novel The Fault in Our Stars.…

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FrontRow: Skyfall and Picasso 14th Feb 2013

2013-02-14 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

The creator of the Skyfall title sequence interviewed; Becoming Picasso reviewed; Richard Crompton on Nairobi and Naomi Alderman on taking the laptop to bed…

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FrontRow: Duchamp, David Oyelowo, Mark Ravenhill, dangling storylines 130213

2013-02-13 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

Marcel Duchamp's American legacy in a new exhibition, playwright Mark Ravenhill trains for a marathon, actor David Oyelowo in new TV MI5 drama Complicit, and dangling storylines.…

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FrontRow: Catholic documentary Mea Maxima Culpa; Ray Cooney

2013-02-12 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

Catholic documentary Mea Maxima Culpa reviewed in the light of the Pope's resignation; theatre director Marianne Elliott; review of TV’s The Railway and The Fixer; Ray Cooney on his film Run for Your Wife.…

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FrontRow: Ben Affleck, Jonathan Miller & Barry Rutter, This is 40

2013-02-11 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

Bafta winner Ben Affleck, Jonathan Miller & Barry Rutter on Rutherford and Son, Judd Apatow's latest film, This is 40 and the BBC's Controller of Drama Commissioning on the corporations new drama season…

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FrontRow: Tracey Thorn, Gael Garcia Bernal, Warm Bodies. 8 Feb 2013

2013-02-08 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

Tracey Thorn of Everything But The Girl on her memoir, Mexican actor Gael Garcia Bernal on his Oscar nominated film No, Zombie romance Warm Bodies reviewed and why have so many musicians covered show tunes?…

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FrontRow: David Morrissey, Glam! at Tate Liverpool, Jake Bugg 07 Feb 13

2013-02-07 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

John Wilson visits Glam! at Tate Liverpool, a show re-assessing the styles and sounds of the 1970s. He talks to rising star Jake Bugg, discusses zombies with David Morrissey, and reviews new Japanese film, I Wish, with novelist M.J. Hyland.…

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FrontRow:Harry Hill.John C.Reilly.Ages for Shakespeare. 6 Feb 2013

2013-02-06 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

With Mark Lawson. Harry Hill on returning to stand up comedy after years of TV burp and Actor John C.Reilly on his roles in We Need to Talk About Kevin, Chicago and Wreck it Ralph. And how old should actors be eto play Hamlet, Macbeth or Lear ?…

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FrontRow 05Feb13:Hopkins as Hitchcock, Ice Age

2013-02-05 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

Mark Lawson reports on a display of Ice Age artefacts, assesses Anthony Hopkins as Hitchcock, and meets architect Peter Zumthor, RIBA Gold Medallist 2013…

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FrontRow: Terry and Bill Jones, Chiwetel Ejiofor. 4 Feb 2013

2013-02-04 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

Terry Jones and his son, director Bill Jones, discuss working together on A Liar's Autobiography; Chiwetel Ejiofor on TV drama Dancing on the Edge; I Give it a Year reviewed and the series arising from one of dramas.…

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FrontRow: Charles Dance, immersive theatre, a forgotten French director

2013-02-01 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

Actor Charles Dance on his new role, complete with tattoos and a pony tail. A new immersive theatre production underneath Somerset House in London. Rene Clement, one of the forgotten greats of French cinema…

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FrontRow: Lesley Garrett & British Sea Power

2013-01-31 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

Lesley Garrett discusses opera; British Sea Power on scoring the sea; House Of Cards, American style, is reviewed; new play Feast discussed.…

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FrontRow: Rowan Atkinson, Hilary Mantel, Samuel West, Nic Hytner 300113

2013-01-30 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

Rowan Atkinson on returning to the stage in Quartermaine's Terms, Hilary Mantel, winner of the Costa Book of the Year, Samuel West in Hyde Park on Hudson, and Nicholas Hytner on the National Theatre's plans for its 50th birthday celebrations…

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FrontRow: Light Show; Benjamin Britten's latest biographer 29 JAN 2013

2013-01-29 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

Lighting designers Patrick Woodroffe and Paule Constable review Light Show, a new exhibition celebrating the art of light; Benjamin Britten's latest biographer Paul Kildea discusses his controversial new book and Peter Kemp reviews Port, a new play by Simon Stephens set in Stockport.…

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FrontRow: Kristin Scott Thomas; Film Directors’ Children : 28 Jan 2013

2013-01-28 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

With Mark Lawson. Kristin Scott Thomas and Lia Williams talk about alternating their roles in Harold Pinter’s play Old Times; film directors’ offspring becoming directors in their own right; Kurt Schwitters at Tate Britain reviewed; how schools teach texts which contain words now considered unacceptable.…

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FrontRow: Wilko Johnson; William Scott; The Turn of the Screw 25 Jan 13

2013-01-25 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

Wilko Johnson, the former Dr Feelgood guitarist, on why learning he has terminal cancer has made him feel "vividly alive", the life and art of painter William Scott and a theatrical adaptation of The Turn of the Screw reviewed.…

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FrontRow 24Jan13:Alexei Sayle, Vanessa-Mae

2013-01-24 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

Kirsty Lang talks to Vanessa-Mae about swapping her violin for skis, and to Alexei Sayle about his return to solo stand-up after 16 years; plus a review of Di And Viv And Rose…

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FrontRow: Lincoln; Hilary Mantel: Adrian McKinty. 23 Jan 2013

2013-01-23 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

Steven Spielberg's Lincoln reviewed, Hilary Mantel on having her novels adapted for the stage by the RSC, crime writer Adrian McKinty on his new book set in 1980s Belfast and Lesley Joseph and Brian Conley on starring in the last panto.…

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FrontRow: Denzel Washington, AS Byatt on Edouard Manet 22 Jan 13

2013-01-22 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

Mark Lawson speaks to Denzel Washington about Flight; A S Byatt discusses the art of Edouard Manet; Boyd Hilton looks at how some TV comedy and dramas get remarkably high ratings; and Costa category winners Bryan and Mary Talbot on their graphic memoir.…

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FrontRow21Jan13:Jessica Chastain; Bryan and Mary Talbot

2013-01-21 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

Mark Lawson talks to Jessica Chastain, star of the film Zero Dark Thirty; pays tribute to Michael Winner, who died today, with Barry Norman and Andrew Neil, and discusses big gaps in creativity with Mark Eccleston, Kate Mossman and Alex Clarke…

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FrontRow: Call the Midwife; Ruthie Henshall 18 JAN 2013

2013-01-18 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

Call the Midwife returns for series two, writer Dreda Say Mitchell gives her verdict; actress and singer Ruthie Henshall on a career in musicals including Cats, Les Miserables and Chicago; what does an artist see in an election campaign? Two who have been commissioned to cover the process discuss their experience.…

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FrontRow: I Am Kloot Jan 17th 2013

2013-01-17 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

John Bramwell on I Am Kloot's new album; Kathleen Jamie on winning the Costa award for best poetry book; John Berry on the ENO's financial woes; and why we have to wait to see Oscar nominated films…

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FrontRow: Actor Brian Cox, Liz Forgan, Tony Oursler, Vikings 160113

2013-01-16 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

Actor Brian Cox, David Bowie's video producer Tony Oursler, a new exhibition about Vikings in Scotland, and Dame Liz Forgan on her final speech as Chair of Arts Council England…

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FrontRow: The Sessions and Polly Stenham

2013-01-15 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

The Sessions and Ethel reviewed. Polly Stenham and Francesca Segal interviewed…

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FrontRow: Django Unchained, John Sessions, Jonathan Lynn 140113

2013-01-14 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

Quentin Tarantino's latest film Django Unchained reviewed; Jonathan Lynn on a new version of his TV classic Yes, Prime Minister; and actor John Sessions…

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FrontRow 11Jan13: My Mad Fat Diary; Matthew Barley

2013-01-11 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

Kirsty Lang meets cellist Matthew Barley, as he begins a UK tour celebrating the centenary of Benjamin Britten's birth; author Jenn Ashworth; Grace Dent reviews My Mad Fat Diary…

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FrontRow:Oscar Nominations Special 10 Jan 2013

2013-01-10 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

Mark Lawson discusses the 2013 Oscar nominations with film critcs Chris Tookey and Larushka Ivan-Zadah, and talks to nominees including Cameron Mackintosh, David O.Russell and Michael Haneke.…

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TheCulturalExchange: Do critics or clicks shape our choice? 090113

2013-01-09 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 41s

Mark Lawson and guests - including playwright Mark Ravenhill and TV Exec Lorraine Heggessey - debate how we can best navigate our way through the wide range of cultural experiences now on offer, and question why it's still so hard to predict success.…

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FrontRow: Tom Odell, Moby Dick, Utopia 9 Jan 13

2013-01-09 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

Winner of the 2013 Brits Critics' Choice award Tom Odell, Philip Hoare on getting celebrities to read a chapter of Moby Dick, Channel 4 drama Utopia reviewed and author Iain Sinclair on the London Underground's contribution to culture.…

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FrontRow: Les Mis; Ben Miller: Mo Yan's new novel. 8 Jan 2013

2013-01-08 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

Actor Ben Miller on the new series of Death in Paradise and life after Armstrong and Miller, Les Miserables reviewed and what does Mo Yan's novel Pow! tell us about China?…

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FrontRow 07Jan13:Gangster Squad;author Sally Gardner

2013-01-07 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

Mark Lawson and Kamila Shamsie discuss Gangster Squad; Royal Opera House Live Online reviewed; Sally Gardner,winner of Costa Children's Book Award; Mark Bussell and Justin Sbresni on writing ITV's Great Night Out…

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FrontRow: Haim & The Imposter Jan 4th 2013

2013-01-04 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

The winners of BBC Sound of 2013, Haim interviewed; Mr Selfridge and The Imposter reviewed; theatre prices investigated…

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FrontRow: Jack Whitehall, Borgen, Stuart Neville 030113

2013-01-03 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

Comedian and actor Jack Whitehall; Michael Dobbs and Gisela Stuart give their verdicts on the second series of the Danish political drama Borgen; and Irish novelist Stuart Neville on his thriller Ratlines…

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FrontRow: Costa category winners; 2013 look ahead 02 JAN 2013

2013-01-02 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

We reveal the category winners of the Costa Book Awards; our people of the year 2012 look ahead to what they'll be up to in 2013 and we consider the potential impact of four high profile films about disability.…

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FrontRow: Technology Special with Andy Serkis and Neil Young

2013-01-01 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

John Wilson explores how new technology will shape our cultural experiences in the coming year. Andy Serkis discusses performance capture and Neil Young shares his music vision. Writer Bill Thompson, Chair of Artangel Paul Bennun and digital entrepreneur Alexandra Deschamps-Sonsino offer their predictions for the future.…

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FrontRow: Quiz with Julian Fellowes, Rumer and Maureen Lipman

2012-12-31 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

Mark Lawson chairs the Front Row Quiz, with Maureen Lipman, Downton Abbey writer Julian Fellowes, singer Rumer, director Asif Kapadia, writers Mark Billingham and Natalie Haynes.…

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Front Row: British actors in America. 28 Dec 12

2012-12-28 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

Damian Lewis, Hugh Laurie, Thandie Newton, Adrian Lester, Clive Owen and Ashley Jensen are among the actors who discuss the highs and lows of working as British actors in America.…

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FrontRow: Backstage stars at Strictly, Downton Abbey, and the Olympic ceremonies 271212

2012-12-27 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

Kirsty Lang talks to behind-the-scenes stars, including the lighting designer for the Olympic ceremonies, the costume designer from Downton Abbey, and members of the Strictly Come Dancing band…

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Front Row: Rock Epiphanies. 26 Dec 2012

2012-12-26 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

Mick Jagger, Neil Young, Paul McCartney, Keith Richards, Neil Diamond, Pete Townsend, Bobby Womack and Emili Sande remember the moments in their youth that inspired them to make music.…

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FrontRow: Working with the Family 25 DEC 2012

2012-12-25 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

In this Front Row Christmas special Mark Lawson considers the potential pleasures and perils to be had when mixing work with family. Including contributions and reflections from Donny Osmond, Frances de la Tour, Sarah Millican, Jack Whitehall and Niamh Cusack.…

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FrontRow: EL James, Clare Balding, Emeli Sandé 241212

2012-12-24 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

Mark Lawson interviews arts headline makers of the year, including writer E L James, director Danny Boyle, writer and broadcaster Clare Balding and singer Emeli Sandé…

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FrontRow: Judi Dench, Hilary Mantel, Sheridan Smith 211212

2012-12-21 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

Mark Lawson unwraps new interviews with arts headline makers of the year, including Judi Dench, Sam Mendes, Hilary Mantel, Sheridan Smith, James Graham, Rebecca Front, and alt-J…

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FrontRow 20Dec12:The Impossible; Simon Amstell

2012-12-20 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

Kirsty Lang meets comedian Simon Amstell; The Impossible, starring Ewan McGregor, is reviewed; Ed Vaizey and Tom Morris discuss Arts funding; the best TV shows over Christmas…

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FrontRow: Quartet; Katy Carr; Comedy DVDs 19 Dec 12

2012-12-19 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

Barry Norman reviews Quartet, Katy Carr discusses her songs about wartime Poland, photographer Jeremy Selwyn on taking pictures of the Queen and the Cabinet, Comedy DVDs reviewed and music to end the world by...…

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FrontRow18Dec12: Salman Rushdie, Victoria Wood

2012-12-18 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

Mark Lawson talks to Salman Rushdie about the film of his novel, Midnight's Children, and to Victoria Wood about her TV drama about pianist Joyce Hatto; Christmas singles reviewed…

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FrontRow: Don McCullin; Martin Freeman 13 DEC 2012

2012-12-13 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

Photographer Don McCullin on capturing images of life in Syria; Martin Freeman discusses becoming Bilbo Baggins for the new Hobbit film; music critics from the worlds of classical, pop and rock discuss their albums of the year and composer Gary Carpenter on composing a symphony in response to the nation's conversations.…

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FrontRow: William Boyd, Ravi Shankar remembered, Martin Crimp, video games 121212

2012-12-12 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

William Boyd on his TV adaptation of his own novel Restless; Akram Kahn remembers Ravi Shankar; playwright Martin Crimp; the pick of the year's video games.…

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FrontRow: Paul Thomas Anderson 11/12/12

2012-12-11 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

Paul Thomas Anderson on The Master; playwright Jim Cartwright on his new community play; Smashed reviewed; a trilogy about trilogies…

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FrontRow 07Dec12: Paul Auster,Tom Robinson plays Beck

2012-12-07 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

John Wilson meets American author Paul Auster, and South African stand-up comic Trevor Noah; Tom Robinson tries out Beck's latest album, released only as sheet music…

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FrontRow: Bodyguard musical; Ali Smith; Brubeck remembered 06 Dec 12

2012-12-06 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

Writer Ali Smith on fact and fiction, the stage musical of The Bodyguard reviewed, Jeff Park's round-up of new crime novels and jazz pianist and composer Dave Brubeck remembered.…

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FrontRow: All-female Julius Caesar, Mike Bartlett, John Rutter

2012-12-05 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

A review of Phyllida Lloyd's all-female staging of Julius Caesar; Mike Bartlett on TV drama The Town; composer John Rutter.…

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FrontRow: Ben Folds, Elizabeth Price, The Dickens Museum 04 Dec 12

2012-12-04 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

Turner prize winner Elizabeth Price; musician Ben Folds on his photography; the re-vamped Dickens Museum opens in London and The Man with the Iron Fists reviewed.…

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FrontRow: Seven Psychopaths; Beryl Bainbridge's Art. 03 Dec 12

2012-12-03 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

Seven Psychopaths reviewed; AN Wilson on Beryl Bainbridge's art; familiar TV presenters out of their comfort zone and what is the optimum size for a choir?…

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FrontRow: Sightseers; Robert Greene; Cecilia Bartoli 30 NOV 12

2012-11-30 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

Black comedy Sightseers reviewed; self-help guru Robert Greene on why his books are so popular in prisons; mezzo-soprano Cecilia Bartoli on her latest project and the RSC's The Mouse and His Child reviewed.…

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FrontRow: Roddy Doyle; The Staves; 29 Nov 12

2012-11-29 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

Roddy Doyle on his new novel; Boris Godunov at the RSC; The Staves; reviewing The Fear…

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FrontRow: A Young Doctor's Notebook, Oliver Sacks, Antony Gormley, The Hunt 281112

2012-11-28 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

Daniel Radcliffe in TV drama series A Young Doctor's Notebook, Oliver Sacks on his new book Hallucinations, Danish film The Hunt, and Rachel Campbell Johnston explores Antony Gormley's new sculpture Model…

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FrontRow: Bryan Ferry Nov 27th 2012

2012-11-27 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

Bryan Ferry reveals the reason he's not singing on his new album. Jesse Armstrong and Sam Bain discuss Peep Show and Fresh Meat. Rachel Cooke reviews another adaptation of Great Expectations…

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FrontRow: Clint Eastwood in Trouble with the Curve 26 NOV 2012

2012-11-26 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

Dame Judi Dench and Danny Boyle are among the winners at the Evening Standard Theatre Awards; Clint Eastwood stars in new film Trouble with the Curve; the nominees and winner of the William Hill Sports Book of the Year.…

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FrontRow: Brian Eno, Michael Hoffman, Michael Jackson documentary 12 Nov 12

2012-11-23 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

Producer and musician Brian Eno on his new album, Jacqueline Springer reviews Spike Lee's Michael Jackson documentary, director Michael Hoffman on his remake of the classic film Gambit and Adam Smith considers the actors who have played twins on screen.…

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FrontRow:Matthew Bourne;Britten's reputation;The Magistrate22Nov2012

2012-11-22 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

Choreographer Matthew Bourne on his new Sleeping Beauty; John Lithgow on stage in The Magistrate; Benjamin Britten's reputation…

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FrontRow: The Mousetrap at 60, Calixto Bieito, Russian Art. 21 Nov 12

2012-11-21 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

With Mark Lawson: 60 years of Agatha Christie's classic murder mystery play The Mousetrap, Calixto Bieito on his production of Carmen at the ENO and AD Miller reveiws an exhibition of new Russian art at the Saatchi Gallery.…

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FrontRow: Neil Diamond; Costa Shortlists20Nov12

2012-11-20 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

With John Wilson: news of the shortlists for the Costa Book Awards; an interview with singer-songwriter Neil Diamond; a review of the romantic comedy Silver Linings Playbook…

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FrontRow:Derek Jacobi, End Of Watch, Denise Mina19Nov12

2012-11-19 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

With Mark Lawson: Derek Jacobi on his new TV series; police-drama End Of Watch reviewed; crime writer Denise Mina on her graphic novel version of The Girl With A Dragon Tattoo and Neil McCormick on new ways musicians bring their work to listeners.…

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FrontRow: Jimmy Page; natural history programmes 16 NOV 2012

2012-11-16 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

Jimmy Page discusses the chances of Led Zeppelin reforming; how production techniques in natural history programmes have changed; The Secret of Crickley Hall reviewed.…

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FrontRow: Ben Elton, Danny Boyle, computer art, film titles 151112

2012-11-15 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

Ben Elton on his new novel Two Brothers, Danny Boyle on threatened cuts to regional theatre, pioneers of computer art, and perplexing film titles…

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FrontRow: The Effect with Billie Piper 14th Nov 2012

2012-11-14 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

Billie Piper stars in The Effect at the National Theatre; author Phil Rickman; an exhibition reflecting on images of death; the latest Twilight film.…

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FrontRow: Return of BBC2's The Hour : 13 Nov 2012

2012-11-13 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

With Mark Lawson. The Hour on BBC 2; Nick Dear and Richard Eyre on their new play about poet Edward Thomas; author Lionel Shriver reviews A Bigger Splash at Tate Modern; and Middle Eastern photography at the V&A.…

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FrontRow: Quentin Blake 12 Nov 2012

2012-11-12 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

Quentin Blake on his illustrious career; the dark charisma of Adolf Hitler discussed; Matthew Kelly and Anya Reiss coo about The Seagull…

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FrontRow09Nov12:Jeff Wayne; The Orphan Of Zhao

2012-11-09 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

With Kirsty Lang: Jeff Wayne on his new version of The War Of The Worlds, starring Liam Neeson; NJ Cooper reviews TV drama, Crime Stories; RSC's The Orphan Of Zhao reviewed…

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FrontRow: Rolling Stones special 07 NOV 2012

2012-11-08 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts and Ronnie Wood reflect on life in The Rolling Stones, as they prepare to return to the stage next month. It's now 50 years since the band's first performance, and they discuss at their early shared love of the blues, the experience of rehearsing and performing, and the future.…

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FrontRow: Alan Bennett's People; Michael Winterbottom's Everyday: 8 Nov 12

2012-11-08 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

The verdict on Alan Bennett's new play People and Michael Winterbottom's film Everyday. An interview with Ukrainian writer Andrey Kurkov; and the British Library's Mughal India exhibition.…

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FrontRow: Michael Haneke, the art of crying; Full English 061112

2012-11-06 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

Mark Lawson meets director Michael Haneke, whose film Amour won the Palme d'Or at this year's Cannes Festival; the art of crying on stage and screen; adult TV cartoon Full English reviewed; and a tribute to composer Elliott Carter.…

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FrontRow: Uncle Vanya, The Sapphires, Mary Whitehouse archive 051112

2012-11-05 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

Anna Friel in Chekhov's Uncle Vanya; Kamila Shamsie on modern re-workings of great literature; letters from the Mary Whitehouse archive; and Chris O'Dowd in the film The Sapphires…

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FrontRow: The Shining, Lucy Kirkwood, Colm Toibin, Some Girls 021112

2012-11-02 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

The Shining - an extended version in cinemas more than 30 years after the film's UK release; playwright Lucy Kirkwood; author Colm Toibin and TV drama series Some Girls…

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FrontRow: John Goodman, Orhan Pamuk, Secret State 11112

2012-11-01 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

Actor John Goodman, who stars in Argo, directed by Ben Affleck; Turkish writer Orhan Pamuk; Andrew Rawnsley on Secret State; and the Vatican's approval of James Bond.…

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FrontRow: Rust and Bone; Aerosmith; paper art 31 OCT 2012

2012-10-31 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

Marion Cotillard stars in award-winning film Rust and Bone; Joe Perry and Steven Tyler discuss Aerosmith's new album; a report on a new exhibition of art crafted from paper and iconic screen hotels; which ones would you want to stay in?…

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FrontRow: The Master reviewed; Thomas Ades 30 Oct 12

2012-10-30 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

With Mark Lawson. Author Lionel Shriver reviews new film The Master; a rare interview with composer Thomas Ades; the National Gallery’s first major photography exhibition; and the most desirable film locations.…

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FrontRow: Tom Wolfe Oct 29th 2012

2012-10-29 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

Mark Lawson meets Tom Wolfe and discusses politics, pornography and his chances of winning a Nobel Prize…

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FrontRow: Jez Butterworth; Wizards vs Aliens 26 OCT 2012

2012-10-26 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

Dramatist Jez Butterworth talks about the pressures of following on from the success of his play Jerusalem; Doctor Who and Sarah Jane Adventures writers Russell T Davies and Phil Ford have created a new action thriller, Wizards vs Aliens - novelist Matt Thorne and his son review it and Portishead guitarist Adrian Utley and composer Philip Sheppard discuss the art of responding in music to very specific locations…

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FrontRow: 55 Days, Posy Simmonds, City of Culture 25 Oct 2012

2012-10-25 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

Mark Gatiss as King Charles I, cartoonist and writer Posy Simmonds whose creations include Tamara Drewe, Derry~Londonderry City of Culture 2013, and why Harvey Weinstein's new film for US TV could swing the presidential election…

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FrontRow: Thomas Keneally, Dan Stevens 24 Oct 2012

2012-10-24 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

With Mark Lawson. Booker Prize winning author Thomas Keneally discusses his new novel, Downton Abbey actor Dan Stevens makes his Broadway debut and 25 years of Michael Palin's travels.…

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FrontRow23Oct12:Poet Sharon Olds, Squeeze on tour

2012-10-23 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

With Kirsty Lang: poet Sharon Olds on her new volume charting the end of her marriage; the band Squeeze on their new tour; Elena, a Russian take on classic film noir, is reviewed…

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FrontRow:Skyfall's Sam Mendes, Kevin Costner's TV series: 22 Oct 12

2012-10-22 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

Kirsty Lang meets Sam Mendes, director of the James Bond film Skyfall; Kevin Costner in TV series Hatfields & McCoys; and biographer Tom Reiss on the real Count Of Monte Cristo.…

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FrontRow: Ginger & Rosa, Ralph Steadman Oct 19th 2012

2012-10-19 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

Sally Potter's tale of love, jazz, politics and shrink-to-fit jeans, Ginger & Rosa is reviewed. Ralph Steadman talks birds; Patrick Woodroffe on lighting The Rolling Stones on tour…

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FrontRow: Rod Stewart; The Lost Prince; Hebburn 18 OCT 2012

2012-10-18 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

Rod Stewart talks to Kirsty about his passion for art, how his less than perfect harmonica playing opened doors for him, and his only regret. Also a review of The Lost Prince, an exhibition about the Prince who was destined to become King Henry IX, but died at the age of 18 and new sit-com Hebburn reviewed.…

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FrontRow: Hollywood Costumes; Rock docs; Damien Hirst's statue 171012

2012-10-17 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

Hollywood Costume at the V&A; new documentaries on BB King, Status Quo and Freddie Mercury; Damien Hirst's vast statue in Ilfracombe; Man Booker Prize-winner Hilary Mantel; Barack Obama's half-brother's life on stage.…

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FrontRow: Graham Norton & Peter Hook

2012-10-16 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

Graham Norton talks chat; Peter Hook discusses Joy Division; Beasts Of The Southern Wild reviewed…

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FrontRow: Frankenweenie, David Walliams, Girls 151012

2012-10-15 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

Tim Burton's new animated film Frankenweenie, David Walliams on his memoir Camp David, and a review of US TV series Girls.…

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FrontRow: American Idiot, On The Road 12Oct12

2012-10-12 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

Kirsty Lang talks to supermodel Agyness Deyn about her first major film role; the Green Day stage musical American Idiot is reviewed, as is the film of Kerouac's On The Road…

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FrontRow: Comedian David Mitchell, Nobel Prize for Literature: 11 Oct 12

2012-10-11 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

Mark Lawson talks to comedian David Mitchell about his autobiography; the Nobel Prize for Literature; the art of accents; and a review of Bertie Carvel in Damned by Despair.…

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FrontRow: The Beatles' Magical Mystery Tour, David Shrigley 05 OCT 2012

2012-10-11 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

Poet Paul Farley reflects on the Beatles' Magical Mystery Tour; actress Anne-Marie Duff discusses her latest stage performance; artist David Shrigley reveals why he wants to help us cope with "an increasingly crazy and poorly signposted world" and Andy Stott of The Royal Northern College of Music on why he's launching a degree in popular music performance.…

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FrontRow:This House.Jo Nesbo. Matt Thorne's Prince10Oct2012

2012-10-10 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

Mark Lawson reviews This House, a new play about the hung parliamnet of 1974, interviews the best-selling Norwegian crime writer Jo Nesbø and discusses Prince with his biographer, Matt Thorne…

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FrontRow: Pete Townshend Special

2012-10-10 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

Musician Pete Townshend reflects on the highs and lows of a career which spans almost half a century, in conversation with John Wilson.…

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FrontRow:Ruby Sparks. Roy Williams.The PlaneCrash.William Klein8Oct2012

2012-10-08 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

Mark Lawson reviews the film Ruby Sparks, from the directors of Little Miss Sunshine; playwright Roy Williams adapts an Alan Sillitoe classic; TV documentary The Plane Crash. The photographer and film maker William Klein, now 84, reflects on his career in Photography…

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FrontRow: Bernhard Schlink & Alex Katz 04102012

2012-10-04 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

American artist Alex Katz and German writer Bernhard Schlink interviewed. Homeland's second series and Caryl Churchill's new play reviewed.…

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FrontRow: Dramatist Howard Barker; how TV covers India 03 OCT 2012

2012-10-03 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

The playwright Howard Barker shares his uncompromising views on collaboration, accessibility, and art as an ordeal; new BBC series Welcome to India reviewed; John Berry of the English National Opera on attracting new audiences; David Quantick considers whether supergroups can ever be more than the sum of their parts.…

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FrontRow:BBC Short Story Award ceremony02Oct12

2012-10-02 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

John Wilson reports live from the BBC International Short Story Award ceremony, with news of the winner, and also interviews members of the band Mumford and Sons.…

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FrontRow: The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Turner Prize, Hunted 011012

2012-10-01 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

Emma Watson in The Perks of Being a Wallflower, 2012 Turner Prize exhibition, TV drama Hunted, and the 20th anniversary of theatre company Northern Broadsides…

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FrontRow: The Thick of It, Cerys Matthews, Elementary: 28 Sep 12

2012-09-28 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

The writers of The Thick of It on life imitating art; singer Cerys Matthews celebrates the women of Country Music, the verdict on new Sherlock series Elementary and Chris Ware discusses his non-linear graphic novel.…

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FrontRow: JK Rowling

2012-09-27 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

In conversation with Mark Lawson, J K Rowling discusses her new novel The Casual Vacancy, and also reflects on the Olympic opening ceremony and the effects of her global success.…

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FrontRow:Andy Williams Obit,Muse,BBC Short story award writers26Sep2012

2012-09-26 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

Muse's Matt Bellamy and Dom Howard on playing at Olympic closing ceremony; Andy Williams remembered, including an interview from 2007; contenders for the BBC Short Story Award.…

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FrontRow: Bruce Willis in Looper, Ashley Jensen: 25 Sep 12

2012-09-25 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

Mark Lawson has the verdict on Bruce Willis in Looper; Ashley Jensen, best known for her TV role in Extras, discusses her new stage role; the origins of the phrase Plan B and BBC Short Story contender Adam Ross.…

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FrontRow: Holy Motors, The Paradise24Sep12

2012-09-24 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

Kirsty Lang reviews Holy Motors, which got booed and cheered at Cannes, and BBC1's The Paradise, an 1875 romance set in a department store. Chris Womersley's BBC ISSA story…

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FrontRow: Untouchable, Louise Wener 210912

2012-09-21 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

Louise Wener and Roy Boulter from The Farm on their new drama. Untouchable reviewed; Miroslav Penkov and Artur Domoslawksi interviewed…

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FrontRow: Rupert Everett, Deborah Levy, Big Boys Go Bananas!* 200912

2012-09-20 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

Actor Rupert Everett on his new memoir Vanished Years; writer Deborah Levy on her short story Black Vodka; and film-maker Fredrik Gertten on his documentary Big Boys Go Bananas!*…

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FrontRow: Oliver Stone; Jesus Christ Superstar 19Sept12

2012-09-19 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

Mark Lawson talks to director Oliver Stone about his new film Savages; Mel C. Chris Moyles and Tim Minchin on their roles in Jesus Christ Superstar as the arena tour sets off.…

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FrontRow: Gareth Malone, Greg Davies and Killing Them Softly 180912

2012-09-18 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

Gareth Malone on his new series, Greg Davies reveals why his parents want him to continue making jokes at their expense, Brad Pitt's latest Killing Them Softly reviewed, and the latest contender for the International Short Story Award…

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FrontRow: Ol Parker, Caryl Churchill play, Ferdinand von Schirach 170912

2012-09-17 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

Now is Good director Ol Parker; a review of Love and Information, a new play by Caryl Churchill; BBC Internatioal Short Story Award author Krys Lee; and German crime writer Ferdinand von Schirach.…

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FrontRow:John Cale; BBC ISSA14Sep12

2012-09-14 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

Musician John Cale; Clive Anderson, chair of judges, announces the contenders for the BBC International Short Story Award; the winner of the John Moores Painting Prize…

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FrontRow: Sheridan Smith's Hedda Gabler 13Sep2012

2012-09-13 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

Sheridan Smith as Hedda Gabler, reviewed by Rachel Cooke; Downton Abbey Series 3, David Hepworth gives his verdict; David Byrne interviewed; with the release of Premiu Rush featuring a cycle chase, film critic Adam Smith speculates on chase sequences involving unusual vehicles…

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FrontRow:Jonathan Pryce's Lear.Heatherwick's cauldron.Mercury shortlist.12Sep2012

2012-09-12 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

Mark Lawson gives his verdict on Jonathan Pryce's King Lear. Thomas Heatherwick talks about his design for the Olympic cauldron. Simon Frith discusses the Mercury Prize shortlist.…

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FrontRow:The Killers.Woody Allen film.Booker Shortlist.Bronze

2012-09-11 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

Mark Lawson talks to American band The Killers, reviews the exhibition Bronze and Woody Allen's To Rome With Love and discusses the shortlist for the Man Booker Prize 2012.…

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FrontRow: Meryl Streep in Hope Springs, Pre-Raphaelites: 10 Sep 12

2012-09-10 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

The verdict on Meryl Streep and Tommy Lee Jones in Hope Springs; Daniel Evans of Sheffield Theatres; a review of a major Pre-Raphaelite exhibition; and David Hepworth laments the demise of the record shop.…

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FrontRow:Charles Sturridge; Iraq war novel; silent cinema

2012-09-07 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

Director Charles Sturridge on how TV has changed since he made Brideshead Revisited; poet, writer and Iraq veteran Kevin Powers; why silent cinema is booming; chess sets by artists…

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FrontRow: Darcey Bussell; Bob Dylan album review 06 AUG 2012

2012-09-06 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

Ballerina Darcey Bussell reflects on her career; Bob Dylan's new album reviewed; new documentary The Queen of Versailles; a tour around the newly refurbished Bristol Old Vic.…

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FrontRow: Donny Osmond, Cecil Beaton, Dallas, Chinese Art 050912

2012-09-05 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

Singer Donny Osmond looks back over his long career; A N Wilson reviews a new exhibition of war photos by Cecil Beaton; the return of TV series Dallas; and new art from China.…

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FrontRow: Damian Lewis and Howard Jacobson interviewed

2012-09-04 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

Damian Lewis and Howard Jacobson interviewed; Lawless, scripted by Nick Cave, reviewed.…

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FrontRow: Hermione Norris; Anna Karenina reviewed 03 AUG 2012

2012-09-03 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

Hermione Norris reflects on a career that has included roles in Spooks and Cold Feet, we review Joe Wright and Tom Stoppard's take on Anna Karenina starring Keira Knightley, Wallander creator Henning Mankell discusses his new novel and the giant landform artwork Northumberlandia opened today, Katrina Porteous gives her verdict.…

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FrontRow: Alfie Boe, The Bletchley Circle, Cameron Carpenter 310812

2012-08-31 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

Opera star Alfie Boe, organist Cameron Carpenter, Anna Maxwell Martin in TV drama The Bletchley Circle, and a report from the Venice Film Festival…

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FrontRow: Bobby Womack special with Damon Albarn 30 AUG 12

2012-08-30 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

Singer and songwriter Bobby Womack is one of soul music's great survivors. He reflects on a career which spans more than half a century, in which he's confronted illness, addiction and controversy.…

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FrontRow: E-book debate special 29 AUG 12

2012-08-30 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

Mark Lawson chairs a debate on whether e-books and digital distribution represent a terminal threat or a new chance for authors, traditional publishers, agents and bookshops, in a session recorded at the Crime Writing Festival in Harrogate.…

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FrontRow: Mrs Biggs; Joyce Carol Oates 28 AUG 12

2012-08-28 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

Sheridan Smith takes the lead role in the drama Mrs Biggs; American author Joyce Carol Oates on her prolific writing career; and Toby Jones stars in thriller Berberian Sound Studio…

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FrontRow: Adrian Lester talks to young actors 27 Aug 12

2012-08-28 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

In a special edition recorded at the Radio 1 Academy in Hackney, Mark Lawson talks to Hustle star Adrian Lester, who also answers questions from an audience of young actors.…

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FrontRow: Harrogate Crime Writing Festival Special 24 AUG 2012

2012-08-24 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

Mark Lawson reports from the annual Crime Writing Festival in Harrogate, with guests including Harlan Coben, Ann Cleeves and John Connolly.…

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FrontRow: Booker T and Author Cricketers 23 Aug 12

2012-08-23 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

Booker T on Green Onions and the mysterious death of the MGs' drummer; Charlie Brooker's new comedy, A Touch Of Cloth, reviewed; Junot Diaz on the long gestation period of his new novel; a cricket team of authors returns to the wicket after 100 years…

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FrontRow: Ian McEwan special from Edinburgh 22 AUG 2012

2012-08-22 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

Mark Lawson interviews Ian McEwan, as he publishes a new novel Sweet Tooth, in an edition recorded before an audience at the Edinburgh Festival.…

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FrontRow: Author James Meek; Stockhausen's Mittwoch 21 AUG 2012

2012-08-21 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

Author James Meek on his new novel The Heart Broke In; a report on a staging of Karlheinz Stockhausen's opera Mittwoch; The Three Stooges remake reviewed; Cork Street art galleries under threat.…

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FrontRow: Tom Stoppard; Tony Scott remembered : 20 Aug 12

2012-08-20 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

With Mark Lawson, who talks to Tom Stoppard about his screenplays for Parade's End and Anna Karenina; a tribute to director Tony Scott; cellist Natalie Clein; and Ben Stiller’s new film The Watch reviewed…

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FrontRow:Philippa Gregory,Amado,Dirty Dancing17Aug2012

2012-08-17 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

Kirsty Lang discusses the Plantagenets with Philippa Gregory. Blake Morrison's portrayal of male jealousy, The Last Weekend, on TV. Jorge Amado's centenary and Dirty Dancing is 25 today.…

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FrontRow:Jeanette Winterson.Birger Larsen.16Aug2012

2012-08-16 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

Mark Lawson meets Jeanette Winterson, whose novella,the daylight gate,is inspired by the Pendle witch trials, of 400 years ago.Danish director of The Killing Birger Larsen and writer Robert Jones discuss new TV crime drama, Murder.David Hepworth discusses political song.…

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FrontRow: Edinburgh Festival special 15 AUG 2012

2012-08-16 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

Virginia Ironside, David Hayman and Paul Chowdhry are among the guests in this special edition recorded at the Edinburgh Festival.…

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FrontRow: Alanis Morissette, Take This Waltz14Aug12

2012-08-14 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

John Wilson meets Alanis Morissette, reviews the film Take This Waltz, talks to John J Niven about his first crime thriller - and discovers the musical properties of a cactus…

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FrontRow: Alice Cooper and Clive Owen 13 Aug 12

2012-08-13 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

Alice Cooper on School's Out, 40 years after topping the charts; Clive Owen on his new film Shadow Dancer; Person of Interest, new TV drama from JJ Abrams and Jonathan Nolan…

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FrontRow: Nicola Benedetti 10 Aug 12

2012-08-10 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

Nicola Benedetti interviewed; The Best Of Men and the best of this month's DVDs reviewed; Paul Gambaccini on the short history of sheet music; our final Olympic poem…

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FrontRow: Jack Whitehall comedy; haggling for theatre 09 AUG 2012

2012-08-09 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

New TV comedies with school settings, including Jack Whitehall's Bad Education; bartering for theatre; this year's topical jokes and subjects at the Edinburgh fringe; Philip Sheppard on arranging every national anthem for the Olympics.…

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FrontRow: Tony Gilroy, large-scale theatre, Jackpot 080812

2012-08-08 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

Tony Gilroy, writer of the Bourne series of films, on the latest, The Bourne Legacy; a discussion on large-scale public theatre; and the film adaptation of Jo Nesbo's novel Jackpot…

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FrontRow: Marvin Hamlisch remembered 07Aug2012

2012-08-07 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

With John Wilson, including a tribute to the composer Marvin Hamlisch by his friend the lyricist Don Black. And, 50 years of reggae from Studio 17 in Jamaica.…

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FrontRow: Brave, Mike Scott, Monday film releases, pop stars change names 060812

2012-08-06 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

A review of Brave, the latest animation from Pixar; Mike Scott of The Waterboys on his memoir; pop stars who change their names; and why Monday is the new Friday for film releases…

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FrontRow:Curious Incident on stage. Alan Davies.3Aug2012

2012-08-03 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

Kirsty Lang reviews a new National Theatre stage version of Mark Haddon's best-selling novel The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and Oscar winning american football documentary ,The Undefeated.Kirsty talks to; comedian Alan Davies and Olympic puppeteer Mike Kelt, and there is teh 5th in our series of poems from Olympic competing countries. 3 Long…

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FrontRow: Meera Syal in Much Ado About Nothing02Aug12

2012-08-02 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

With Kirsty Lang: a review of a new RSC staging of Much Ado About Nothing, starring Meera Syal as Beatrice; Louise Welsh on her new novel; a TV documentary about the Amish…

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FrontRow: Tributes to Gore Vidal and Chinese films: 1 Aug 12

2012-08-01 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

With John Wilson. Harold Bloom and Christopher Bigsby pay tribute to Gore Vidal; John visits North London's William Morris Gallery; discusses two new film depictions of China; and Olympic Poetry.…

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FrontRow:Mark Thomas.Susan Bernard.Nica Burns.31Jul2012

2012-07-31 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

John Wilson meets comedian Mark Thomas, whose show Bravo Figaro! is inspired by his father's love of opera; Susan Bernard recalls her father's renowned photos of Marilyn Monroe.…

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FrontRow: Ted reviewed; James Kelman; and Mark Rylance 30 Jul 2012

2012-07-30 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

John Wilson with Booker Prize-winning novelist James Kelman; the verdict on Mark Wahlberg in Ted; Mark Ravenhill and Elizabeth LeCompte direct rival armies in Troilus and Cressida.…

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FrontRow: Newton Faulkner; Louis Nowra 27Jul 12

2012-07-27 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

London as seen by international photographers; singer-songwriter Newton Faulkner; Australian writer Louis Nowra; Britain's first kitchen-sink film, with Sylvia Syms.…

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FrontRow: Richard III; Searching for Sugarman: 26Jul12

2012-07-26 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

With Kirsty Lang, who reviews Mark Rylance on his return to the Globe as Richard III; Dutch novelist Herman Koch talks about his European bestseller The Dinner; Gillian Slovo on new film Searching for Sugarman; violinist Vilde Frang.…

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FrontRow: Man Booker Longlist 25Jul2012

2012-07-25 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

Mark Lawson has news of the longlist for the Man Booker Prize; Dr Sarah Jarvis reviews The Doctor's Dilemma by Bernard Shaw; director Fernando Meirelles on his film 360.…

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FrontRow: Colin Dexter; Kronos Quartet 24 JUL 2012

2012-07-24 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

Colin Dexter discusses starting the Morse series and life after Morse; crime expert Jeff Park presents his list of the best of current crime fiction; the Kronos Quartet's David Harrington and composer Nicole Lizee discuss their latest collaboration and Michael Dobbs casts his critical eye over the latest televisual offering from David Starkey, The Churchills.…

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FrontRow: Ruby Wax 240712

2012-07-24 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

Ruby Wax interviewed; The Lorax and Olympics programmes reviewed; running around the Turbine Hall of the Tate Modern…

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FrontRow: Terry Jones and Anne Dudley; Steptoe & Son 20July12

2012-07-20 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

Kirsty Lang presents. Terry Jones and composer Anne Dudley on turning The Owl and the Pussycat into an opera; Kate Mossman reviews the films The Big Easy Express and The Brooklyn Brothers Beat the Best; Emma Rice on mounting a stage version of Steptoe and Son; Adam Smith speculates on what different film directors would do with the Olympics opening ceremony.…

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FrontRow: Ice-T, Tom Hanks' online project, Monica Mason 190712

2012-07-19 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

Rapper Ice-T on his new film about the culture of hip-hop; new online projects from Tom Hanks and Jerry Seinfeld; Monica Mason's farewell to the Royal Ballet after 54 years.…

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FrontRow: Madonna review; Simon Russell Beale in Timon of Athens: 18 Jul 12

2012-07-18 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

Mark Lawson discusses Madonna's Hyde Park MDNA show; reports on Simon Russell Beale in Shakespeare's Timon of Athens, a tale of greed and debt; interviews poet Julia Copus.…

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FrontRow:Hattie Morahan and Dominic Rowan.John Lydon.17July2012

2012-07-17 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

With Mark Lawson. Actors Hattie Morahan and Dominic Rowan on booing at the theatre; John Lydon on the Olympics and The Sex Pistols' God Save The Queen; saving literary letters.…

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FrontRow:The Dark Knight Rises. The Tanks.16July2012

2012-07-16 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

With Mark Lawson, including the verdict on Batman's return in The Dark Knight Rises, the opening of The Tanks at Tate Modern, an interview with documentary maker Asif Kapadia and Birger Larsen - director of The Killing.…

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FrontRow: Eoin Colfer; Catherine the Great's treasure 13 JUL 2012

2012-07-13 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

Author Eoin Colfer reveals the reason that he decided to put an end to the saga of his best-selling hero Artemis Fowl; an insight into what it's like being a world-class classical soloist; Dr Mikhail Piotrovsky, Director of the State Hermitage Museum on Catherine the Great's treasures and Afghan war veterans Rifleman Daniel Shaw and Sapper Lyndon Chatting-Walters discuss dealing with stage fright as they prepare to go on tour with Owen Sheers' play The Two Worlds of Charlie F.…

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FrontRow: Antony Gormley & Angelos Epithemiou 120712

2012-07-12 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 29s

Antony Gormley on suffering for his art; Dan Renton Skinner on the real-life inspiration for Angelos Epithemiou; Art crime specialist Dick Ellis on how to stop Moores becoming less; actor Michael Simkin on the art of massaging a CV…

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FrontRow: James Fenton; rainy festivals; Dave 11 JUL 2012

2012-07-11 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

Poet James Fenton reflects on how his years as a war reporter fed into his poetry; David Quantick charts the Daves and Davids in popular culture; insurance expert Jeff Park explains how our increasingly wet summers will affect festival prices and author Nicola Barker on why she wanted to set her latest novel in Luton.…

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FrontRow: Wynton Marsalis; Philippe Halsman 10Jul2012

2012-07-10 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 29s

John Wilson meets jazz musician Wynton Marsalis; Seeking a Friend for the End of The World, with Keira Knightley, reviewed; the story of photographer Philippe Halsman.…

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FrontRow:Magic Mike, Andrea Camilleri09Jul12

2012-07-09 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

Mark Lawson meets Andrea Camilleri, winner of 2012's Crime Writers' Association International Dagger Award - and talks to John Morton, writer of the TV mockumentary Twenty Twelve.…

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FrontRow:Amy Winehouse & Katy Perry Biopics.6Jul2012

2012-07-06 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

Kirsty Lang compares Biopics of Amy Winehouse and Katy Perry. Sam Lee talks about collecting modern folksongs from gypsy communities. New Yorker legend Joseph Mitchell portrayed.…

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FrontRow:BrynTerfel.Scoring Hitchcock.The Shard.Sinbad

2012-07-05 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

Kirsty Lang and Opera star Bryn Terfel discuss Welshness. Three composers discuss writing new scores for Hitchcock's silent films. Reviews of The Shard and a new TV Sinbad .…

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FrontRow: The Players, Nick Hewer, James Bond exhibition 040712

2012-07-04 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

Julian Barnes reviews The Players, Jean Dujardin's first project since The Artist; Nick Hewer from The Apprentice on his new TV series The Farm Fixer; Anthony Horowitz on a new James Bond exhibition…

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FrontRow: Artist Richard Wilson re-creates The Italian Job finale: 3 Jul 12

2012-07-03 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

Artist Richard Wilson recreates the finale of The Italian Job in Bexhill on Sea; novelist Monique Roffey; Mark Damazer on The Newsroom.…

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FrontRow: Blackout, Chariots of Fire, National Football Museum 020712

2012-07-02 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

Christopher Eccleston in new TV thriller Blackout; the Chariots of Fire running track on stage; over-80s table tennis players in new film Ping Pong; the National Football Museum…

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FrontRow: Bobby Womack; Killer Joe 29Jun12

2012-06-29 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

Bobby Womack talks about surviving serious illness and working with Damon Albarn, Jake Arnott on his ambitious new novel, and controversial thriller Killer Joe is reviewed…

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FrontRow: 28 Jun 12: Macy Gray, Ed Vaizey on libraries

2012-06-28 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

Mark Lawson talks composer Michael Berkeley and writer Adam Mars-Jones about replicating music in prose; Stephanie Flanders reviews the British Museum's new gallery dedicated to money; culture minister Ed Vaizey on the future of libraries; singer-songwriter Macy Gray talks about her latest album, Covered.…

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FrontRow: The Amazing Spider-Man 27Jun12

2012-06-27 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

Mark Lawson reviews The Amazing Spider-Man with comedian Natalie Haynes. Playwright Joe Penhall on his startling new take on parenthood, Birthday, and Nora Ephron remembered.…

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FrontRow:Friends With Kids, Edvard Munch26Jun12

2012-06-26 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

With Kirsty Lang. Reviews of the film Friends With Kids, and a new Edvard Munch exhibition; Simon Armitage on The Poetry Parnassus: poets from every country in the Olympics.…

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FrontRow:Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter; Jed Mercurio; 25Jun2012

2012-06-25 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

With Mark Lawson, who meets Terry Pratchett and his new co-writer Stephen Baxter; TV writer Jed Mercurio on The Line of Duty and a review of new film Your Sister’s Sister.…

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FrontRow:Crow.Wallinger.Milos.GordonBehindBars.22Jun2012

2012-06-22 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

Kirsty Lang reviews Crow, new show by makers of war Horse puppets,and TV series Gordon(Ramsay)Behind Bars,talks to Turner prize artist Mark Wallinger and classical guitarist Milos.Stephen Armstrong reflects on the changing fortunes of wealthy comedians.…

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FrontRow: Prunella Scales, Jenny Saville, Alan Partridge 210612

2012-06-21 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

Prunella Scales on the eve of her 80th birthday. Jenny Saville on Painting female nudes. Boyd Hilton on New TV shows from Steve Coogan and Armando Iannucci.…

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FrontRow: Julie Walters on stage, Adrian Lester, Alan Turing 200612

2012-06-20 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

Julie Walters returns to the stage in The Last of the Haussmans; Ed Stoppard on codebreaker Alan Turing; Adrian Lester answers questions from young actors.…

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FrontRow: Sam Mendes 19Jun2012

2012-06-19 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

Sam Mendes on his series of TV Shakespeares; Elaine Showalter reviews the film Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, Chris Smith announces the winnner of the Art Fund Prize for Museums and Galleries…

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FrontRow: Art by Yoko Ono and Lay the Favourite film: 18 Jun 12

2012-06-18 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

Kirsty Lang reports on a major exhibition of art by Yoko Ono; reviews the film Lay the Favourite, starring Bruce Willis and Rebecca Hall; speaks to members of The British Paraorchestra, founded by conductor Charles Hazlewood to showcase disabled musicians, and interviews Pia Juul, a leading Danish literary author who explains why her new book The Murder of Halland can't be described as a crime novel.…

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FrontRow:Fast Girls, Gatz 15Jun12

2012-06-15 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

With Kirsty Lang. Denise Lewis reviews Fast Girls; plus a report on Royal Albert Memorial Museum And Art Gallery, Exeter, shortlisted for the 2012 Art Fund Prize for museums…

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FrontRow: Rachel Whiteread; Dallas reviewed 14 JUN 2012

2012-06-14 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

JR, Sue Ellen and Bobby are back in the re-make of classic TV series Dallas, David D'Arcy reviews plus a report from the Watts Gallery, shortlisted for the Art Fund Prize, an interview with Turner Prize-winner Rachel Whiteread and the writer and illustrator of the first book to win two prestigious children's fiction prizes.…

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FrontRow: Rock Of Ages; Afghan War Fiction 13Jun12

2012-06-13 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

With John Wilson, who reports from the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, one of the four contenders for the Art Fund Prize for museums and galleries and a review of Rock of Ages.…

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FrontRow: Alan Howard 120612

2012-06-12 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

Alan Howard interviewed. True Love and A Royal Affair reviewed. A visit to the Hepworth Gallery in Wakefield…

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FrontRow: Janet Suzman; Invisible Art 11 JUN 2012

2012-06-11 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

Robert Pattinson’s new film Cosmopolis reviewed, actor Janet Suzman, a report on Invisible Art - a new exhibition at the Hayward Gallery and American author Ben Marcus.…

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FrontRow: Neil Young interviewed 08 JUN 2012

2012-06-11 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

In a rare extended interview, the Canadian singer-songwriter Neil Young talks to John Wilson about his latest disc, a selection of traditional songs, recorded with the uninhibited rock band Crazy Horse…

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FrontRow: Professor Green; Dürrenmatt's legacy 07 JUN 2012

2012-06-11 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

Friedrich Dürrenmatt was a Swiss writer best known for his play The Visit. With a new production of his play The Physicists opening at the Donmar Warehouse, Mark considers his legacy. Rapper Professor Green discusses how his musical career has helped him deal with a difficult childhood and four Nobel Prize for Literature winners reflect on the pros and cons of the prestigious honour.…

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FrontRow: Woody Allen: A Documentary and American novelist Richard Ford: 6 Jun 12

2012-06-06 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

With Mark Lawson, who reviews Woody Allen: A Documentary; meets the acclaimed American novelist Richard Ford; discusses two comedies with women in the starring roles: Dead Boss and Parents; and pays tribute to Fahrenheit 451 author Ray Bradbury.…

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FrontRow:5June2012 Hilary Mantel talks to Mark Lawson

2012-06-05 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

In an extended interview, Mark Lawson talks to writer Hilary Mantel, who won the Booker Prize with her novel Wolf Hall, and has now written a sequel, Bring Up The Bodies.…

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FrontRow: Neneh Cherry; Transit of Venus 01 JUN 2012

2012-06-01 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

Neneh Cherry discusses her new jazz album, we consider the various ways the Transit of Venus has inspired art, literature and music, writer Maria Semple on the transition from writing sitcoms to writing novels and Roger Luckhurst examines the link between predictive science fiction and the rather more banal reality.…

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FrontRow: Michael Morpurgo; Prometheus 31 MAY 2012

2012-05-31 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

A review of Ridley Scott's Prometheus, Michael Morpurgo and Maggie Fergusson discuss how they collaborated on Michael's life story, a review of Jodie Whittaker and Christopher Eccleston in a new National Theatre production of Antigone and the BBFC's Head Of Policy, David Austin, defends the decision and reveals the detailed negotiations that take place behind the scenes between the board and film-makers.…

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FrontRow: John Irving; African Art 30May12

2012-05-30 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

With Mark Lawson, including an interview with novelist John Irving; the writer Jackie Kay on African art in Manchester and a review of the work of designer Thomas Heatherwick.…

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FrontRow:Patti Smith, Ben Drew (aka Plan B)29May12

2012-05-29 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

John Wilson talks to musician and writer Patti Smith about her new album, and to Ben Drew (aka rapper Plan B) about his film directorial debut.…

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FrontRow: Rumer; James Sallis 28 MAY 2012

2012-05-28 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

Ken Loach's The Angels' Share reviewed, singer Rumer on her new album, writer James Sallis on his sequel to Drive, Travis Elborough reflects on the connection between crime writing and the beach.…

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FrontRow: Tracey Emin; news from Cannes

2012-05-25 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

Tracey Emin returns to her home town of Margate with an exhibition exploring love and sex. Author Paul French on his book about the mystery killing of a teenage British girl in Peking in 1937. Jason Solomons brings news from the Cannes Film Festival, as the jury prepares to announce the winners of the main prizes. Music and speech played an important role in the 1960s Black Power movement in America. Writer Pat Thomas has compiled rare recordings and discusses with music writer Kevin LeGendre how musicians responded to political change.…

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FrontRow: Tom Phillips, final TV episodes, Arnold Wesker at 80 240512

2012-05-24 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

Artist Tom Phillips on his 75th birthday; the writers of high-profile TV series discuss their experiences of how to manage final episodes; and reflections on Arnold Wesker at 80…

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FrontRow:Chariots of Fire on Stage, Henry Moore indoors :23May12

2012-05-23 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

Mark Lawson reviews the stage version of Oscar-winning film Chariots of Fire, reports on moving Henry Moore bronzes indoors and talks to Canadian photographer Edward Burtynsky.…

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FrontRow: Actor John Simm, author George R.R. Martin 22 May 12

2012-05-22 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

Mark Lawson speaks to John Simm about his role in Harold Pinter's Betrayal; bestselling fantasy author George R.R. Martin discusses his career; our Eurovision 2012 Jukebox.…

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FrontRow: Moonrise Kingdom, Joanne Harris, artist Richard Wilson 210512

2012-05-21 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

Wes Anderson's new film Moonrise Kingdom; Chocolat novelist Joanne Harris on her new book Peaches for Monsieur le Curé; artist Richard Wilson on two ambitious new sculptures; and films based on self-help books.…

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FrontRow: Rolf Harris; Acting drunk on stage 18 MAY 2012

2012-05-18 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

Rolf Harris on his art and other talents; how actors convincingly play drunk; Paul Whitehouse on Shakespeare; Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau obituary.…

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FrontRow: Shameless creator Paul Abbott 16 MAY 2012

2012-05-16 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

Shamless creator Paul Abbott and writer Sean Conway discuss their new drama Hit and Miss; a review of the new Sacha Baron Cohen film The Dictator; a tribute to writer Carlos Fuentes who has died aged 83; a review of Lisa D'Amour's play Detroit and Benjamin Zephaniah chooses his favourite piece of Shakespeare.…

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FrontRow: Kevin Rowland may 15th 2012

2012-05-15 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

Kevin Rowland on Dexys; an exhibition of ballgowns reviewed; Rowan Williams on his favourite Shakespeare; Brice Marden on the golden years of American art…

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FrontRow: Danny DeVito & Richard Griffiths May 14th

2012-05-14 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

Danny DeVito and Richard Griffiths on The Sunshine Boys; The Art Fund Prize shortlist announced; Mark Lawson reviews an Indonesian film directed by a Welshman and a Latin American drama written by a Scot…

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FrontRow: 11May2012 Corrie the Musical, The Proclaimers

2012-05-11 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

With Kirsty Lang, including a review of Street of Dreams - a new arena musical based on Coronation Street. Anish Kapoor discusses Orbit, his towering steel sculpture for the Olympic Park, which was unveiled today. The Proclaimers discuss the inspiration behind their new album Like Comedy. Kirsty reports on 2 performances at the Brighton Festival.…

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FrontRow: Hilary Mantel, Tim Burton, 56 Up: 100512

2012-05-10 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

Mark Lawson talks to Hilary Mantel about her novel Bring Up The Bodies, a sequel to her Booker Prize-winner Wolf Hall. Tim Burton discusses his new film Dark Shadows. And long-term TV project 56 Up reviewed.…

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FrontRow:Edward Vlll TV drama;John Hodge;Naxos.09Apr2012

2012-05-09 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

David Calder plays Archbishop Cosmo Gordon Lang In, Edward VIII: The Plot to Topple a King, on TV. Trainspotting screenwriter, John Hodge talks about his first play, Collaborators. Naxos founder Klaus Heyman,and music critic Jessica Duchen,discuss the repercussions of affordable calssical discs.…

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FrontRow: Mel Gibson reviewed and Maxine Peake: 8 May 12

2012-05-08 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

Mark Lawson reviews Mel Gibson in action thriller How I Spent My Summer Vacation; speaks to pianist Mitsuko Uchida; Maxine Peake discusses her varied career and we pay tribute to Maurice Sendak, the US author of the best-selling children's book Where the Wild Things Are, who has died aged 83.…

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FrontRow: Damon Albarn Special 07 MAY 2012

2012-05-07 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

In a special edition, John Wilson meets Damon Albarn at work in his studio, surrounded by instruments, as he prepares for a busy summer.…

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FrontRow: Paul Durcan; Isy Suttie 04 May 12

2012-05-04 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

Kirsty Lang and the artist Michael Craig-Martin on Bauhaus; comedian Isy Suttie on growing up in Matlock and her Peep Show fanbase; Freud on film and the poet Paul Durcan live.…

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FrontRow: Israeli TV; Steve Jobs play

2012-05-03 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

Mike Daisey discusses his play about Steve Jobs; Naomi Alderman reviews the Israeli original of the hit American series Homeland; Shirley Hughes on her new novel; Sandra Hebron reviews Goodbye First Love…

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FrontRow: Jason Isaacs; Paddy Moloney 02 MAY 2012

2012-05-02 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

Actor Jason Isaacs discusses being the latest British actor to score a high-profile US TV series, John Wilson reports on the South Sudan Theatre Company's production of Shakespeare's Cymbeline, Paddy Moloney of the Chieftains reflects on a fifty year career and Godfrey Barker assesses the chances of Munch's The Scream breaking auction records.…

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FrontRow: Mark Haddon; Turner Prize shortlist 01 May12

2012-05-01 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

Writer Mark Haddon on his new novel The Red House, the Turner Prize shortlist reviewed, singer-songwriter Norah Jones on her latest album and journalist Jim White reflects on Roy Hodgson's interest in the artist Wassily Kandinsky.…

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FrontRow: Maxim Vengerov and Robert Winston on Leonardo

2012-04-30 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

American Reunion reviewed; Maxim Vengerov interviewed; Lemn Sissay on Olympic poetry; Professor Robert Winston on Da Vinci's art of anatomy…

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FrontRow:Enquirer, Toni Morison novel, Tracie Bennet, Picasso Etchings

2012-04-27 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

Kirsty Lang reviews Toni Morrison's new novel, discusses a theatrical investigation of journalism, reviews Picasso etchings with Andrew Graham Dixon and talks to Tracie Bennett playing Judy Garland on Broadway…

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FrontRow: The Brodsky Quartet; Edward Bond, Impressionists on TV

2012-04-26 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

Mark Lawson meets the Brodsky Quartet, talks to the veteran playwright Edward Bond, asks Nicholas Hytner about Shakespeare's collaborators and meets the impressionists who will star in a new TV show satirising celebrity culture.…

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Front Row: Michael Frayn, Derek Walcott, David Hare's South Downs 25 Apr 12

2012-04-25 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

Michael Frayn on his new novel Skios, Derek Walcott directs one of his own early plays, and a theatrical double-bill of Rattigan's The Browning Version and David Hare's South Downs…

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FrontRow: Glenn Close in Albert Nobbs and actor Harry Shearer: 24 Apr 12

2012-04-24 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

A review of Glenn Close in Albert Nobbs; The Simpsons actor Harry Shearer on his new role as Richard Nixon; Playwright Robert Holman discusses his work; Gabriel Tate, TV editor of Time Out, discusses the BAFTA Television Awards nominations.…

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Front Row: Olympic Park, Shakespeare's sonnets, Marvel Avengers Assemble 23 Apr 12

2012-04-23 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

John Wilson visits the Olympic Park to see the finished Winning Words poetry project; Shakespeare's sonnets on World Book Night; and new film Marvel Avengers Assemble…

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FrontRow: Barbara Windsor; Cillian Murphy 20 Apr 12

2012-04-20 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

Mark Lawson talks to Barbara Windsor about 60 years in showbusiness, and to film star Cillian Murphy as he returns to the stage in a one-man show written by Enda Walsh. Professor John Sutherland reflects on over-used literary titles.…

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FrontRow: David Suchet, BBC Proms 2012 19 Apr 12

2012-04-19 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

With Mark Lawson. David Suchet discusses his role in a new production of Long Day's Journey Into Night and Roger Wright reveals highlights of the 2012 BBC Proms season…

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FrontRow: Stanley Booth; Damon Albarn 18 APR 2012

2012-04-18 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

Larushka Ivan-Zadeh reviews the film adaptation of the bestseller Salmon Fishing In The Yemen, Charles Gant discusses the record number of films being released this week and Damon Albarn reveals his third project for the Cultural Olympics. Plus journalist Stanley Booth on touring with the Rolling Stones and artist Jamie Shovlin on his new exhibition.…

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FrontRow: Irvine Welsh & Joanna Trollope

2012-04-17 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

Marley is a feature length documentary about the life and legacy of the reggae superstar Bob Marley. David Hepworth, who saw Bob Marley live in London in 1975, reflects on the unexpected history the film unearths. Irvine Welsh discusses his prequel to Trainspotting, Skagboys. Mark Renton is set for university and an escape from working-class Edinburgh - but when his family falls apart and life in 1980s Britain gets too tough, heroin offers a different way out. Novelist Joanna Trollope is chair of the judges for this year's Orange Prize for fiction, and she reveals the decisions behind this year's shortlist, which was announced today. Simon Armitage discusses the Poetry Parnassus, an ambitious project to bring together poets from all the nations competing in the Olympics - and appeals for poets to come forward from the nations as yet unrepresented.…

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FrontRow: April 16th Sir Tim Rice & Pamela Stephenson-Connolly

2012-04-16 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

Mark Lawson talks to Sir Tim Rice about his musical adaptation of From Here To Eternity as Jesus Christ Superstar has a Broadway revival. Pamela Stephenson made her name as a comedian on Not the Nine O'Clock News. After leaving the show she trained as a clinical psychologist and has used both experiences in a new Channel 4 documentary called The Fame Report. She explains her hypothesis that becoming famous is a mental trauma, and why her husband Billy Connolly found her stint on Strictly Come Dancing difficult. After The Killing, crime writer John Harvey reviews the next slab of Nordic Noir called The Bridge, which centres on the discovery of a body halfway along the bridge that spans Denmark and Sweden.…

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FrontRow: 13APR 2012 Tamara Rojo; Horrible Histories

2012-04-13 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

John Wilson meets the makers of Horrible Histories on TV; dancer Tamara Rojo on taking over the leadership of English National Ballet; the verdict on a film about Mozart's sister, another prodigy and an interview with photographer Roger Ballen.…

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FrontRow 12 APR 2012: Dara O Briain; Whit Stillman

2012-04-12 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

John Wilson talks to Dara OBriain about his new TV series Dara OBriain's School of Hard Sums and to Whit Stillman about his new film Damsels in Distress. Antonia Quirke reviews the film Blackthorn and Kitty Empire reflects on religion in Pop.…

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FrontRow 11 APR 2012: Anne Frank Special

2012-04-11 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

In this Front Row special, writers including Shalom Auslander, Nathan Englander, Ellen Feldman, Meg Rosoff and Bernard Kops discuss why the life and writing of Anne Frank inspire writers of fiction. They also reflect on her continuing significance, while the actress Amy Dawson discusses how she approaches playing Anne on stage.…

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FrontRow: Clive James and Ricky Gervais's Derek reviewed: 10 Apr 12

2012-04-10 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

With Mark Lawson, including an interview with Clive James about his new collection of poetry, and reviews of Joss Whedon's film The Cabin in the Woods, Ricky Gervais's Derek and US import Smash. Madani Younis discusses his plans as artistic director of the Bush Theatre.…

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FrontRow: Leading Theatre Producers including Andrew Lloyd Webber: 9 Apr 12

2012-04-09 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

Mark Lawson talks to leading theatre producers, including Cameron Mackintosh, Howard Panter and Rosemary Squire, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Bill Kenwright and Sonia Friedman, about the art of creating a hit show.…

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FrontRow060412: Photography special: McCullin, Bailey, O'Neill, Benson

2012-04-06 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

John Wilson talks to four leading veteran photographers who shot to fame in the 1960s - David Bailey, Don McCullin, Terry O'Neill and Harry Benson…

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FrontRow: Graham Coxon & Paul Weller April 5th

2012-04-05 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

John Wilson talks to Blur guitarist Graham Coxon, historian Tom Holland, reviews Snow White adaptation Mirror, Mirror and a new stage version of Wonderful Town. Plus Paul Weller pays tribute to Jim Marshall, creator of the Marshall amp.…

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FrontRow:4Apr2012Game Change. Richard Hawley. Sven Lindqvist

2012-04-04 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

Mark Lawson reviews TV drama Game Change, starring Julianne Moore as Sarah Palin and Ed Harris as John McCain and interviews singer Richard Hawley and author Sven Lindqvist .…

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FrontRow: Labrinth interviewed; Headhunters reviewed

2012-04-03 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

Labrinth interviewed. Headhunters reviewed. Cocteau's London murals restored. The makers of The Undateables discuss the thinking behind their controversial dating show…

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FrontRow:Damien Hirst; Michael Grade02Apr12

2012-04-02 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

Mark Lawson reports on a major Damien Hirst retrospective exhibition at Tate Modern; the verdict on This Must Be The Place, starring Sean Penn; Michael Grade on British television…

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FrontRow:Kirsty Lang in New York30Mar12

2012-03-30 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

Kirsty Lang reports from New York, with Thomas Campbell, British director of the vast Metropolitan Museum, and trumpeter Nicholas Payton on why he dislikes the word jazz.…

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FrontRow:29Mar2012 TheMakingofHarryPotter.Unfilmedscreenplays

2012-03-29 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

Mark Lawson visits the new attraction The Making of Harry Potter,reports on unfilmed screenplays on the eve of a reading of Orson Welles' script of Heart of Darkness and pays tribute to American Poet Adrienne Rich, with writer Jeanette Winterson.…

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FrontRow280312: Dr John, Tim Lott, British Design

2012-03-28 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

New Orleans-born singer, songwriter and pianist Dr John; Tim Lott on sibling rivalry; Janet Street Porter discusses British Design 1948-2012; stage performances on screen.…

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FrontRow270312:Brendan O'Carroll, Gillian Wearing

2012-03-27 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

Sir John Eliot Gardiner on tackling Verdi's Rigoletto; Brendan O'Carroll, creator and star of TV comedy Mrs Brown's Boys; and a review of Gillian Wearing's new retrospective.…

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FrontRow:26Mar2012 Arrdman's Pirates,Madonna'sMDNA

2012-03-26 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

Mark Lawson reviews Aardman Animations' latest film The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists; novelist Jodi Picoult; the verdict on Madonna's new CD; poetry from Ben Okri.…

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FR 23 March 2012: The Syndicate. Radiohead's Jonny Greenwood and Penderecki. The Brain

2012-03-23 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

The Syndicate reviewed. Radiohead's Jonny Greenwood collaborates with composer Krzysztof Penderecki. A new exhibition about the brain. And the curse of films about Mars.…

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FrontRow: Greg Doran; Molly Dineen on Herzog

2012-03-22 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

Greg Doran on his new appointment as Artistic Director of the RSC. Molly Dineen on Herzog. Sarah Churchwell reviews The Master And Margarita. Esperanza Spalding discusses the joy of listening to songs on the radio.…

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FrontRow 21 MAR 2012: Neil Cross creator of Luther

2012-03-21 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

Writer Neil Cross discusses Luther, the character played by Idris Elba in the BBC TV series and the protagonist of his latest novel, choreographers George Williamson and Mark Baldwin discuss their new responses to the Ballets Russes, Naomi Alderman reviews the highly-anticipated video game Journey and journalist David Hepworth explores what happens when writers get their musical references wrong.…

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FrontRow 20 March 2012: The Hunger Games, Paul Weller, Kensington Palace

2012-03-20 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

The Hunger Games reviewed. The music industry and looks discussed. A N Wilson on the new-look Kensington Palace and Victoria exhibition. And Paul Weller with poet Michael Horovitz.…

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FrontRow 19 MAR 2012: Michael Ball and Imelda Staunton

2012-03-19 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

Michael Ball and Imelda Staunton discuss their production of Stephen Sondheim's Sweeney Todd, Kate Saunders reviews Julian Fellowes' Titanic and Russell Banks explains why he wasn't worried about tackling a controversial subject in his latest novel.…

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FrontRow: 16March12 David Garrett, Andrew Motion

2012-03-16 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

Virtuoso violinist David Garrett on playing music from Bach to Kurt Cobain. Artist David Hall on creating an artwork involving 1,000 old analogue TV sets. Former Poet Laureate Andrew Motion on writing a sequel to Treasure Island. Music writer Dorian Lynskey on Plan B leading the return of the protest song.…

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FrontRow: 15Mar12 Jerwood Hastings; TV drama One Night.

2012-03-15 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

John Wilson visits the new Jerwood Gallery in Hastings; speaks to the Olivier-nominated actor Bertie Carvel who plays the fearsome Miss Trunchbull in Matilda the musical; discusses the new TV drama One Night with critic Rachel Cooke and talks to author Tobias Jones.…

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Front Row: 14 Mar 12

2012-03-14 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

Mark Lawson reports from the Yorkshire Sculpture Park on a major exhibition of works by the surrealist Joan Miró; Ken Russell's The Devils on DVD;Contraband reviewed; and speaking Shakespeare.…

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FrontRow: Irving Berlin's daughters; playwright Helen Edmundson: 13 Mar 12

2012-03-13 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

Mark Lawson talks to Irving Berlin's three daughters; playwright Helen Edmundson discusses her new work about the life of Mary Shelley; the posthumous demands of artists.…

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FrontRow:12Mar2012.Lesley Sharp.Noah Stewart. We Bought A Zoo

2012-03-12 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

Actress Lesley Sharp on her role in TV drama Scott and Bailey; tenor Noah Stewart on a career which has taken him from Harlem to the Royal Opera House; We Bought A Zoo reviewed.…

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FrontRow: New York Special

2012-03-09 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

With Kirsty Lang, who meets theatre director John Tiffany (Black Watch, Once), author Lindsay Faye on her new York crime thriller Gods of Gotham, performer Mike Daisey on his play about Apple and Steve Jobs, and Lincoln Hospital's art for healthcare scheme.…

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FrontRow: Gilbert And George

2012-03-08 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

With Mark Lawson, who meets Gilbert And George as they open a new exhibition called The London Pictures. Novelist and screenwriter Frank Cottrell-Boyce reviews a TV play from 1969 starring Michael Caine and Sean Connery. Nanci Griffith explains to Mark Lawson why a difficult period of her was the inspiration behind her new album. Novelist and critic Kim Newman reviews the latest film to be inspired by Edgar Allen Poe's poem The Raven called, appropriately, The Raven…

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FrontRow 07 MAR 2012: Andrew Lloyd Webber

2012-03-08 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

In a special half hour interview, Andrew Lloyd Webber discusses the sequel to Phantom of the Opera, Love Never Dies. He reflects on what was wrong with the original production and explains his plans for the new Jesus Christ Superstar TV talent show.…

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FrontRow 06 MAR 2012: Michael Winterbottom

2012-03-06 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

Including an interview with director Michael Winterbottom, a review of new TV drama Love Life, a look at footballers in film and an interview with Lloyd Newsom.…

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FrontRow 05 MAR 2012: Andrew Stanton; William Byrd

2012-03-05 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

Oscar-winning Pixar film-maker Andrew Stanton discusses his latest project, the live action sci-fi adventure story John Carter, Alyson Rudd reviews two new BBC sporting documentaries and Andrew Carwood discusses the Elizabethan composer William Byrd, who lived a secretive life as a Catholic in Reformation England.…

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FrontRow: 02Mar12:Naomi Alderman on therapy

2012-03-02 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 29s

Naomi Alderman reports on therapy in fiction, film and TV drama, with guests including novelist Sophie Hannah, writers Matthew Sweet and Deborah Levy and psychotherapist Brett Kahr.…

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FrontRow: Antonia Fraser and Caitlin Moran 01Mar12

2012-03-01 :: BBC Radio 4
Length: 28s

Antonia Fraser and Caitlin Moran on the challenge of reading their books aloud; Titian's Diana and Callisto saved for the nation at a cost of £45m; a review of Wrecking Ball, Bruce Springsteen's new album; Amanda Levete nominates her choice of New Elizathan - architect Richard Rogers.…

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FrontRow 290212: Christina Ricci, Make Bradford British

2012-02-29