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Live magazine programme on the worlds of arts, literature, film, media and music.

Live magazine programme on the worlds of arts, literature, film, media and music.

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Live magazine programme on the worlds of arts, literature, film, media and music.

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Episodes

Front Row: Morris Hayes on posthumous Prince album, reopenings in Northern Ireland, actor Omar El-Masry on new film Limbo

7/26/2021
Prince's longtime music director Morris Hayes on posthumous new album Welcome 2 America.

Duration:00:30:00

Morris Hayes on posthumous Prince album, reopenings in Northern Ireland, actor Omar El-Masry on new film Limbo

7/26/2021
Five years after Prince's death, the musician's music director of over 20 years, Morris Hayes, discusses Prince's posthumous new album Welcome 2 America. Recorded in 2010 and archived in the singer's legendary vault of unreleased material, it is released this week. Freya McClements, Northern Correspondent with The Irish Times, joins John to discuss the decision from the Northern Ireland Executive to reopen the nation's theatres and concert halls. Ben Sharrock's new film Limbo follows a group...

Duration:00:28:27

Front Row: April De Angelis, Tokyo Olympics, Jordan Tannahill, Neil Mendoza

7/23/2021
Playwright April De Angelis joins Tom to talk about her new musical, Gin Craze!

Duration:00:45:00

April De Angelis, Tokyo Olympics, Jordan Tannahill, Neil Mendoza

7/23/2021
Playwright April De Angelis joins Tom to talk about her new musical Gin Craze! Described as 'a booze soaked love ballad from the women of Gin Lane.' The Tokyo Olympics 2020 Opening Ceremony took place earlier today, a year later than planned, in the wake of a number of controversies, not least the sacking of the Artistic Director the day before the event. For our Friday Review, Japan specialists Sakiko Nishihara and Christopher Harding give their views on the background to the ceremony and...

Duration:00:41:25

Front Row: McKellen's Hamlet reviewed, Mercury Prize nominees, Alex Von Tunzelmann on statues

7/22/2021
Susannah Clapp reviews the new production of Hamlet, starring Ian McKellen.

Duration:00:30:00

McKellen's Hamlet reviewed, Mercury Prize nominees, Alex Von Tunzelmann on statues

7/22/2021
Susannah Clapp, theatre critic of The Observer reviews the new age-blind production of Hamlet starring Ian McKellen, which officially opened up at the Theatre Royal Windsor last night, 50 years since the 82-year-old actor first played the part. The Mercury Prize nominees were announced today. Laura Snapes gives us her thoughts on the list, what it tells us about music over the past year, and makes her prediction for who will win. The historian and screenwriter Alex von Tunzelmann has turned...

Duration:00:28:30

Jon Batiste, Museum of the Year shortlist, The Humboldt

7/22/2021
American musician Jon Batiste has many strings to his bow – he’s an activist, recording artist, band leader for a daily TV late night chat show, a singer, pianist and an Oscar-winning film composer. Batiste discusses his new album, We Are, as well as his Broadway musical about Jean-Michel Basquiat, and An American Symphony being performed at Carnegie Hall next year. Art critic Louisa Buck assesses this year's Art Fund Museum of the Year 2021 shortlist which was announced today. Despite being...

Duration:00:28:41

Front Row: Jon Batiste, Museum of the Year shortlist, The Humboldt

7/21/2021
Musician Jon Batiste, Art Fund Museum of the Year shortlist, The Humboldt Forum in Berlin

Duration:00:30:00

Front Row: Ivorian director Philippe Lacôte on his film Night of the Kings, Best Pick podcast, Tirtzah Bassel Canon in Drag

7/20/2021
Ivorian director Philippe Lacôte on his film Night of the Kings, set in a notorious jail

Duration:00:30:00

Ivorian director Philippe Lacôte on his film Night of the Kings, Best Pick podcast, Tirtzah Bassel Canon in Drag

7/20/2021
Ivorian director Philippe Lacôte talks about his film Night of the Kings, set in a notorious Abidjan prison run by the inmates, in which he explores the West African tradition of the griot or storyteller. Every year the Best Film Oscar is hotly contested and often the source of much debate and consternation. We speak to two podcasters from “Best Pick” which is aimed squarely at movie lovers and has reviewed and assessed every Best Film winner from the very first in 1929 to the most recent...

Duration:00:28:44

Debbie Harry on a new Blondie album, 'Reclaiming Amy', Reassessing Amy Winehouse's musical legacy

7/19/2021
Chart-topping New York post-punk group Blondie have more than 40 years of chart success under their belts and in 2019 they decided to travel to play some concerts in Havana Cuba. We speak with singer Debbie Harry about the warmth of the reception they received, about integrating local styles and musicians in their set and much more. A new EP is about to be released which shows the fruits of their labour. This Friday marks 10 years since Amy Winehouse died. In a new film 'Reclaiming Amy' to...

Duration:00:28:08

Quentin Tarantino, YA Fiction, Report from Cannes, The Vegetable Seller

7/16/2021
Filmmaker Quentin Tarantino is a Hollywood veteran and it was the ending of Hollywood’s golden age that was the subject of his last film – Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. He’s now returned to the story of that film for his debut novel. In his only UK broadcast interview, he explains why he wanted to create a novelisation of Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. It’s 25 years since Melvin Burgess wrote Junk, a story about heroin addiction. It was an early title in what’s become known as YA and showed...

Duration:00:41:36

Anna Meredith on Bumps Per Minute, British Podcast Awards, Generational Differences in Publishing

7/15/2021
This summer Somerset House in London will be home to a new work by composer Anna Meredith, Bumps Per Minute, which has a distinctly fairground feel. It uses the random interactions of dodgem cars to create a new piece of music. And members of the public are invited to take part in the composition as dodgem drivers. Anna Meredith talks about what inspired her to create a work which mixes fun, frivolity and musical experimentation. The British Podcast Awards have been created to highlight the...

Duration:00:28:41

Documentary Witches of the Orient, Antonia Fraser's verse and who should be writing book reviews?

7/14/2021
A new documentary Witches Of The Orient' looks back at the last time that Tokyo acted as host. Volleyball made its debut in The 1964 Summer Olympics. And the success of the home team in women’s volleyball became one of the most watched domestic TV events ever. French film director Julien Faraut discovered this now-largely-forgotten event and was captivated by it. The historical biographer Lady Antonia Fraser reveals an unknown aspect of her writing life as four of her poems are set to music...

Duration:00:28:28

Nowhere Special, Art and ecology with George Monbiot and Ruth Maclennan, "Mid-list" novelist Chris Paling

7/13/2021
Uberto Pasolini made his name in the film industry as a producer with the international success of his film - The Full Monty. He’s continued to produce but in recent years he’s also turned his hand to writing and directing. As the third film that he’s helmed in this way, Nowhere Special, is released in cinemas, he talks to Samira about why he felt the true story of a father with a terminal illness looking for a new family for his four year old, was the foundation for a film he wanted to...

Duration:00:28:47

Marcus Rashford mural, Ian McMillan, gender split in publishing

7/12/2021
The mural of footballer Marcus Rashford which was defaced with racist graffiti after England lost the Euro 2020 final last night was part of Withington Walls, a community street art project in the suburbs of southern Manchester. Its head, Ed Wellard, discusses the art work, the British-based Vietnamese street artist Akse who created it, and the role art can play in the community. Late last week Front Row asked Ian McMillan, poet in residence at Barnsley FC, to write a poem in response to the...

Duration:00:28:30

Llangollen bridge wrapped in patchwork for its Eisteddfod, Cannes Film Festival, Zaida Bergroth on film Tove

7/9/2021
Film critic Jason Solomons brings a touch of glamour to tonight’s proceedings with his report from this year’s Cannes Film festival which opened this week. Tove Jansson was the Finnish creator of the Moomins, stories much loved by children (and adults) the world over. A new film, Tove, tells the story of her extraordinary life in post-war Helsinki, the ambivalence she felt towards the success of the Moomins, and how her ideas about freedom were challenged when she fell in love with theatre...

Duration:00:41:21

Laura Mvula, Michael Spicer, Anthony Bolton

7/8/2021
Laura Mvula’s first two albums were Mercury-Prize nominated, and now 5 years later she has returned with ‘Pink Noise’, an 80’s-inpsired-synth-inflected album full that’s perfect for dancing to. She explains the inspiration behind the music, and how this is the album she always wanted to make. Since he posted his first Room Next Door video in 2019, comedian Michael Spicer has had over 60m views. Spicer discusses the origin of the idea where he acts as an adviser feeding lines to a...

Duration:00:28:27

Ola Ince on Romeo & Juliet, harassment and bullying in the acting profession, BFI's Ben Roberts

7/7/2021
British director Ola Ince discusses her new stage production of Romeo & Juliet, currently on at Shakespeare’s Globe in London. Ince has given it a contemporary setting, but she doesn’t shy away from showing the play’s relevance to current societal struggles. The degree of harassment and bullying in the acting profession has been brought into the spotlight by #metoo and the recent Noel Clarke case. Radio 4's File on 4 reviewed the current situation and looked at measures being taken within...

Duration:00:28:48