Peter Bowker on World on Fire, The Emmys, Amina Atiq, New poetry releases
Writer Peter Bowker discusses his epic new drama World On Fire, which follows the first year of World War II told through the intertwining fates of ordinary people drawn from Britain, Poland, France, Germany and the United States as they grapple with the effect of the war on their everyday lives. The BBC One Sunday night series stars Sean Bean, Helen Hunt and Lesley Manville.
It was another great night for the British television industry at last night's Emmy Awards. The streaming giants Netflix and Amazon have pushed the industry to produce ever more brilliant dramas and comedies. But as Apple, Disney and NBC prepare to join the market what are the unintended consequences on the industry here? Radio Times TV critic David Butcher examines the changing television landscape.
Today is the autumn equinox, the point of the year when the hours of daylight and darkness are the same before the days get shorter. BBC Radio 4 is marking the occasion with broadcasts of poetry with a seasonal theme throughout the day, and poet Amina Atiq performs her specially-commissioned poem for Front Row.
Each month, poet and Daily Telegraph critic Tristram Fane-Saunders endeavours to read every volume of verse published in Britain. He chooses some of his favourite new poetry releases for Front Row: Nobody by Alice Oswald, Frolic and Detour by Paul Muldoon and Kei Miller’s new collection In Nearby Bushes.
Presenter: Kirsty Lang
Producer: Edwina Pitman…read more