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

    Review: Film Green Border, Exhibition Stories of Henry VIII's Queens, TV: Federer: Twelve Final Days

    Review: Film Green Border, Exhibition Stories of Henry VIII's Queens, TV: Federer: Twelve Final Days

    Philippa Gregory and Briony Hanson join Tom Sutcliffe to discuss the National Portrait Gallery’s Six Lives: The Stories of Henry VIII’s Queens, award winning film Green Border and Federer: Twelve Final Days co-directed by Asif Kapadia and Joe Sabia.
    Tom is also joined by the Children’s Laureate Joseph Coelho who’s just been announced winner of the Yoto Carnegie Medal for Writing for his book The Boy Lost in the Maze.
    Presenter: Tom Sutcliffe
    Producer: Claire Bartleet

    • 42 min
    Graham Gouldman, Jaws anniversary, queering Shakespeare

    Graham Gouldman, Jaws anniversary, queering Shakespeare

    Musician Graham Gouldman performs live from his new album, as well as talking about his Lancashire upbringing and and playing in the band 10cc
    50 years ago Steven Spielberg was filming his adaptation of Peter Benchley's shark thriller Jaws - a problematic shoot that nonetheless resulted in a classic movie. Critic Larushka Ivan-Zadeh and writer Robert Lautner assess the film's legacy and look at the many shark attack movies that have followed in its wake, including new releases Something in the Water and Under Paris.
    And Will Tosh from the Globe Theatre in London discusses his new book Straight Acting: The Many Queer Lives of William Shakespeare.
    Presenter: Antonia Quirke
    Producer: Ciaran Bermingham

    • 42 min
    Stephen Fry, New Comedians, Questlove

    Stephen Fry, New Comedians, Questlove

    Stephen Fry stars in Treasure, where he plays a jovial Holocaust survivor who returns to his native Poland from his home New York with his stubborn American-born daughter, played by Lena Dunham. She is keen to build a stronger relationship with him by helping him relive his traumatised past, while he tries to sabotage her plans at every turn.
    How do you make space for new stand-up comedians new stand-ups? Darrell Martin, founder of comedy club Just The Tonic which turns 30 this year, and comedian Nina Gilligan discuss the art of giving new comedians opportunities on the comedy circuit.
    The Grammy award-winning musician behind The Roots, Oscar winning-filmmaker, and much in demand record producer, Questlove, on writing Hip-Hop Is History - his exploration of the last five decades of this ever-changing genre.
    Presenter: Nick Ahad
    Producer: Ekene Akalawu

    • 42 min
    Kiss Me Kate, UK election: culture policies, Persephone Books

    Kiss Me Kate, UK election: culture policies, Persephone Books

    Broadway star Stephanie J Block performs So In Love from the new production of Kiss Me Kate, at London’s Barbican. Tom talks to her and the Tony Award-winning director Bartlett Sher about creating the musical show within a show, which is based on Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew.
    The BBC’s Culture Editor Katie Razzall on what the political parties have included in – and left out of - their manifestos on the Arts and Culture. We also hear from The Lowry’s CEO Julia Fawcett and The Times’ Chief Culture Editor Richard Morrison about their thoughts on arts education, tax breaks for filmmakers, Arts Council England and economic regeneration.
    And in Independent Bookshop Week – we hear from Persephone Books in Bath about 25 years of reprinting the work of neglected women writers, mostly from the mid-twentieth century, with recollections of the early days from publishing pioneer Nicola Beauman.
    Presenter: Tom Sutcliffe
    Producer: Paula McGrath

    • 42 min
    Review of films Sasquatch Sunset and Ama Gloria and a look at Vivienne Westwood's clothes

    Review of films Sasquatch Sunset and Ama Gloria and a look at Vivienne Westwood's clothes

    Sasquatch Sunset has been dubbed the year's strangest film, about a family of mythological bigfoot monsters.
    Ama Gloria is a French film about the bond between a 6 year old French girl and her Portuguese nanny.
    Avalon is the latest show from Gifford's Circus, currently touring the UK.
    Peter Bradshaw and Nancy Durrant join Samira to review.
    We’ll also find out who’s won the Women’s Prize for Fiction and Non Fiction, and the winner of the Walter Scott prize for historical fiction.
    And and as Dame Vivienne Westwood’s personal clothes collection heads to auction, Bella Freud and Professor Claire Wilcox give Samira a sneak peek.
    Presenter: Samira Ahmed
    Producer: Corinna Jones

    • 42 min
    James Shapiro, BEKA, Molly Bloomsday

    James Shapiro, BEKA, Molly Bloomsday

    Shakespeare scholar James Shapiro has turned his attention to the incredible story behind the Federal Theatre in 1930s America in his new study “The Playbook: A Story of Theatre, Democracy and the Making of A Culture War”. He discusses the groundbreaking performances staged by its 12,000 employees, including Orson Welles’ all-Black production of Macbeth, and the extraordinary woman who ran it, Hallie Flanagan.
    BEKA is a singer-songwriter who’s gone from singing backing vocals with Honne to featuring with them as a performer, and supporting Laura Mvula and Griff. She has cowritten a soundtrack album for the Apple TV series Trying and joins us to play a track and talk about writing for herself and for TV.
    The YES Festival which runs from 13th to 16th June in Derry/Londonderry and Donegal focuses on Molly Bloom, the fictional character who appears in James Joyce's novel Ulysses. This culmination of the two-year-long Ulysses European Odyssey uses Molly as a springboard for a celebration of female power and creativity - the first all-women multi-arts festival on the island of Ireland.
    Presenter: Tom Sutcliffe
    Producer: Torquil MacLeod

    • 42 min

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