261 Culture Secretary Jeremy Wright MP, Radio Breakfast Shows, Chigozie Obioma2019-01-18 19:58:00
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262 Brexit and the arts, Diane Setterfield, Charlie Luxton on beautiful buildings, composer Du Yun2019-01-17 19:56:00
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263 Film director M Night Shyamalan, DH Lawrence as dramatist, New work by Bridget Riley2019-01-16 19:59:00
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264 Steve Carell, Brian Tyler, London Borough of Culture2019-01-15 19:54:00
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265 Octavian, The Killing creator Soren Sveistrup, TS Eliot Prize-winner2019-01-14 20:16:00
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266 Steve Coogan and John C Reilly, Costa First Novel winner Stuart Turton2019-01-11 19:57:00
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267 Hugh Jackman on The Front Runner, Costa Biography Award winner Bart van Es, Da Vinci loan refusal2019-01-10 19:55:00
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268 Comedian Nish Kumar, Acoustics in architecture, 2018 Costa Children’s Book Award winner Hilary McKay2019-01-09 20:07:00
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269 Keira Knightley, Sharon Horgan and Rob Delaney, Costa Poetry Winner2019-01-08 20:03:00
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270 Charlie Brooker on Bandersnatch, Sophie Raworth reveals the Costa Book Award Winners2019-01-07 20:11:00
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271 Robert Zemeckis, Poet Laureate, The Victorian House of Arts and Crafts2019-01-04 19:59:00
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272 Brexit: The Uncivil War, JD Salinger Centenary, Tracy-Ann Oberman2019-01-03 20:06:00
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273 Olivia Colman, Luther, Surgery and embroidery2019-01-02 19:57:00
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274 Keeley Hawes2019-01-01 20:00:00
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275 Cultural Quiz of the Year2018-12-31 20:28:00
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276 An appreciation of the late Amos Oz the Israeli novelist who died today2018-12-28 20:08:00
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277 As a generation of choreographers pass, we hear from the new generation rising2018-12-27 20:00:00
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278 Slow radio: Land artist Chris Drury's Morecambe Bay project2018-12-26 19:45:00
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279 Choirs - a celebration of singing together2018-12-25 19:16:00
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280 Les Misérables discussed by Andrew Davies, adapter of a new TV version2018-12-24 20:00:00
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Les Misérables discussed by Andrew Davies, adapter of a new TV version

Andrew Davies is renowned for turning literary classics into prime-time television drama, from Pride and Prejudice and Bleak House to War and Peace. He talks to Samira about his new BBC One series, a reworking of Victor Hugo’s Les Misérables, explaining the appeal of the 19th Century epic novel and why the stage musical version of the book didn’t influence his adaption at all. In the Bible, Matthew wrote about the Three Wise Men, Luke about the shepherds and the angels, and ever since, Christmas has provided inspiration for writers. John Milton wrote On the Morning of Christ’s Nativity, Jane Austen has a Christmas scene in Persuasion, Ernest Hemingway wrote about Paris at Christmas and Helen Fielding, in Bridget Jones’s Diary, has Bridget attending a terrible yuletide family gathering. Writer Matthew Sweet, critic Arifa Akbar and Professor Stephen Regan, who has traced the history of Christmas in English literature, discuss the different ways writers have treated Christmas in their work. Sheffield-based poet Helen Mort talks about the poetry of the festive season and reads her Christmas poem written especially for Front Row. Presenter Samira Ahmed Producer Harry Parker…read more