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

Front Row: Archive 2013 BBC

    • Society & Culture

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

    Binge TV Special

    Binge TV Special

    With Kirsty Lang.
    As more and more of us are bingeing on box-sets and stream programmes via our laptops, Kirsty asks whether we're witnessing the death of the cliff-hanger and water-cooler TV, as predicted by Kevin Spacey in this year's MacTaggart Lecture at the Edinburgh International Television Festival. Spacey was the star of The House Of Cards, the first series made by the subscription service Netflix and the first drama ever to be nominated for an Emmy that wasn't show on television. This year also saw the end of Breaking Bad, a word-of-mouth hit that was only available on-line or as a box-set in this country, and further evidence that we may be turning away from traditional television and watching programmes at our own leisure.

    Producer: Stephen Hughes.

    • 28 min
    Adil Ray, Helen Lederer, Jackie Clune and Mark Billingham compete in the Front Row Quiz

    Adil Ray, Helen Lederer, Jackie Clune and Mark Billingham compete in the Front Row Quiz

    Mark Lawson turns Quizmaster to test the cultural knowledge of two teams in the Front Row Quiz of the Year.

    Singer and performer Jackie Clune and playwright Mark Ravenhill are led by writer and Booker judge Natalie Haynes. They are competing against actress and writer Helen Lederer and Citizen Khan creator and star Adil Ray, under the captaincy of crime writer Mark Billingham.

    Questions cover a wide range of the year's events, including Doctor Who's 50th birthday; best-selling autobiographies, with extracts disguised by actor in residence Ewan Bailey; and a mathematical puzzle based around the compositions of Wagner, Britten and Verdi.

    Producer Claire Bartleet.

    • 28 min
    New American Classics

    New American Classics

    With Mark Lawson.

    This year the shelf of great American authors unexpectedly lengthened when a novel called Stoner by John Williams, forgotten since its first appearance five decades ago, was republished to widespread acclaim. At the same time two neglected novels by Renata Adler received enthusiastic reviews when brought back into print after thirty years and two little known writers, 89 year old James Salter and 76 year old Edith Pearlman, were hailed as newly discovered geniuses. Salter, Pearlman and Adler reflect on literary resurrection and Julian Barnes and Ruth Rendell discuss the comeback of Stoner.

    Producer: Ellie Bury.

    • 28 min
    Front Row Special on Buffy the Vampire Slayer

    Front Row Special on Buffy the Vampire Slayer

    With Naomi Alderman.

    The last episode of cult TV series Buffy The Vampire Slayer was broadcast in Britain ten years ago. At the time, Naomi believed that the show would lead to the creation of a host of other strong and complex female leads - who would inspire young women in the same way Buffy had inspired her. So where are all the "daughters of Buffy"? Naomi explores Buffy's legacy with the help of Buffy's creator Joss Whedon, and with actor Anthony Head, writers Neil Gaiman and Rhianna Pratchett, TV executives Jane Root and Susanne Daniels, and mega-fans Blake Harrison and Bim Adewunmi.

    Producer: Rebecca Nicholson.

    • 28 min
    People of the Year 2013, part 2

    People of the Year 2013, part 2

    In new interviews, Mark Lawson talks to the people who have had exceptional years in the world of arts, culture and entertainment in 2013, in the second of two special programmes.

    David Tennant talks about his roles in the two most highly anticipated television events of 2013 - the Doctor Who 50th anniversary special and the final episode of Broadchurch. He discusses which accent he decided on for his roles in The Escape Artist, the Politician's Husband and to play Shakespeare's Richard II on stage.

    Dame Helen Mirren, who won the Evening Standard Best Actress award for her role in The Audience, talks about playing Queen Elizabeth II for the second time.

    Olivia Colman remembers the night she won two Bafta Awards, for Accused and Twenty Twelve, and reveals her strategies for avoiding unwanted attention from the paparazzi.

    Stephen Frears talks about working with Judi Dench and Steve Coogan on his hit film Philomena and why he is drawn to make films about real people and events.

    Director Clio Barnard won critical acclaim for her second film The Selfish Giant, an adaptation of an Oscar Wilde fairy tale. She discusses taking The Selfish Giant to the Cannes Film Festival and explains why she will always work with children and animals.

    Producer: Olivia Skinner.

    • 28 min
    People of the Year 2013, part 1

    People of the Year 2013, part 1

    With Mark Lawson, who in the first of two special programmes, talks to Front Row's People of the Year : our choice of the artists who have made headlines in the world of arts, culture and entertainment in 2013.

    Tonight's selection is :
    David Suchet - for his portrayal of the detective Poirot who appeared for the last time this year
    Zawe Ashton - star of Fresh Meat on Channel 4
    Lucy Kirkwood - award winning playwright for "Chimerica"
    Hilary Mantel - winner of the Costa book of the year for "Bringing Up The Bodies"
    Marin Alsop - the first woman to conduct Last Night of the Proms
    Eleanor Catton - youngest winner of the Man Booker Prize

    The second programme is on Christmas Eve.

    Producers: Dymphna Flynn and Rebecca Armstrong.

    • 28 min

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