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    • 4.4 • 111 Ratings

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

    Review: TV: Those About To Die, Film: Thelma, Theatre: ECHO

    Review: TV: Those About To Die, Film: Thelma, Theatre: ECHO

    Jason Solomons and Kate Maltby join Tom to review Those About to Die, the new 10-part ‘sword and sandal’ series from Amazon Prime, directed by Roland Emmerich and starring Anthony Hopkins. The film Thelma which follows an elderly grandmother who turns action hero to track down her scammer, inspired by her favourite film series – Mission Impossible. And Echo at the Royal Court, the new play from the Iranian playwright Nassim Soleimanpour, starring a new unrehearsed performer every night. The likes of Meera Syal and Adrian Lester take to the stage while guided by Soleimanpour live from his flat in Berlin.
    Plus Belle and Sebastian perform live ahead of their upcoming festival The Glasgow Weekender.
    Presenter: Tom Sutcliffe
    Producer: Claire Bartleet

    • 42 min
    Danny Dyer and Pete Bellotte on his hits for Donna Summer

    Danny Dyer and Pete Bellotte on his hits for Donna Summer

    Writer actor Ryan Sampson and actor Danny Dyer on their new sky comedy series Mr Bigstuff which explores the relationship between two brothers and masculinity .
    Pete Bellotte is one of the world’s greatest songwriters. With a catalogue of over 500 songs he is best known for his work with Donna Summer and Giorgio Moroder. Earlier this year he won a Grammy after the 1977 song “I Feel Love” was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.
    As an exhibition on Paris 1924: Sport, Art and the Body opens at the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge, the exhibition’s co-curator and classicist Caroline Vout and the art historian Lynda Nead join Tom to talk about the Olympics, high-performing bodies, and the interplay between art and sport.
    Presenter: Tom Sutcliffe
    Producer: Corinna Jones

    • 42 min
    Disco Prom, fast-food themed immersive art, arts funding crisis in Wales, Bill Viola remembered

    Disco Prom, fast-food themed immersive art, arts funding crisis in Wales, Bill Viola remembered

    As Disco makes its debut at the Proms, conductor Daniel Bartholomew-Poyser, who will be leading the BBC Concert Orchestra at Saturday’s Everybody Dance! The Sound of Disco Prom, talks about the link between the music which dominated the 1970s pop charts and the orchestral world.
    Today the Welsh First Minister, Vaughan Gething and four of his cabinet ministers including the Culture Secretary resigned. Jane Henderson, President of The Federation of Museums and Art Galleries of Wales, and Emma Schofield, Editor of Wales Arts Review, discuss the current arts funding crisis in Wales and the impact of the political upheaval.
    Sweet Dreams is a new immersive installation at Aviva Studios in Manchester which explores our relationship with fast food. It’s been created by cutting edge arts collective Marshmallow Laser Feast, and the group’s co-founder and director, Robin McNicholas, talks to Nick about fusing theatre, gaming, and video art to tell new stories.
    Pioneering artist Bill Viola, who was known for his distinctive slow motion videos which reflected on life’s biggest questions, is remembered by Marshmallow Laser Feast director, Robin McNicholas. We also delve into the Front Row archives to hear Viola himself talk about how a "miracle" inspired his installation in St Paul's Cathedral.
    Presenter: Nick Ahad
    Producer: Ekene Akalawu

    • 42 min
    Anne-Marie Duff, Al Murray, Melvyn Hayes, Billboard art

    Anne-Marie Duff, Al Murray, Melvyn Hayes, Billboard art

    Anne-Marie Duff talks about her role in the crime thriller Suspect and her career from Shameless to Bad Sisters, Al Murray and Matthew Moss on the ongoing fascination with World War II in festivals, podcasts and films, an interview with Melvyn Hayes, well known for It Ain't Half Hot Mum, and curator Bakul Patki and artist Dawn Woolley discuss A Real Woman, a billboard art exhibition exploring representations of femininity.
    Presenter: Samira Ahmed
    Producer: Eliane Glaser

    • 42 min
    Review Show: Theatre: Slave Play, Film: Fly Me To The Moon, TV: Sunny

    Review Show: Theatre: Slave Play, Film: Fly Me To The Moon, TV: Sunny

    Boyd Hilton and Dreda Say Mitchell join Samira to review the 12 time Tony nominated Slave Play by Jeremy O. Harris which has just opened in London, having premiered, not without controversy, in New York in 2018.
    The film Fly me to the Moon starring Scarlett Johansson and Channing Tatum is a rom com set during the 1960s Space Race between the USA and Russia.
    Sunny is a future set thriller TV series in which an American woman living in Japan loses her family in a plane crash and is sent a robot by way of compensation and comfort, by the company her husband worked for, and who ends up helping her uncover some shocking secrets.
    Presenter: Samira Ahmed
    Producer: Corinna Jones

    • 42 min
    Museum of the Year winner announced

    Museum of the Year winner announced

    For the first time ever, breaking (known commercially as break dancing) is going to be featured as a sport at the main Olympic Games when they are hosted in Paris this summer. But what exactly is breaking and where did it come from? Tom Sutcliffe speaks to DJ Renegade, one of the world’s top breaking judges who came up with the original judging system the Olympics competition is based on and Crazy Smooth, one of Canada’s top street dancers.
    We visit the Museum of the Home in East London to speak with the museum’s director Sonia Solicari about their new Rooms Through Time: 1878-2049 exhibition which features displays of seven distinct homes of people who lived in that area, and explores how migration and belonging shaped their home lives.
    Presenter and judge Vick Hope announces the winner of the Art Fund Museum of the Year 2024.
    Playwright Mark Ravenhill explains why he's offering online classes for aspiring writers.
    Presenter: Tom Sutcliffe
    Producer: Claire Bartleet

    • 42 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
111 Ratings

111 Ratings

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