721 BBC National Short Story Award2017-10-03 19:13:00
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722 Matt Lucas on his memoir, Tamsin Greig and Martin Freeman on Labour of Love2017-10-02 19:10:00
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723 A Front Row special from Hull's Contains Strong Language festival2017-09-29 20:35:00
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724 Benny Andersson, Sophie Wu, National Poetry Day2017-09-28 19:15:00
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725 Carlos Acosta, Opera at the V&A, Michael Winterbottom2017-09-27 18:51:00
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726 Susheela Raman sings Eastern Christian music; Liz Dawn and Tony Booth remembered; the campus in culture; Kwame Kwei Armah2017-09-26 20:02:00
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727 Nancy Meyers, Jenny Erpenbeck, Literary modern classics, Turner Prize show2017-09-25 19:02:00
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728 Gerald Scarfe, Novelist Maja Lunde, The Judas Passion2017-09-22 19:21:00
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729 Juliet Stevenson, Basquiat, Tony Blackburn, NSSA shortlisted Jenni Fagan2017-09-21 19:03:00
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730 Benedict Cumberbatch, Giles Coren, Borg vs McEnroe, Will Eaves2017-09-20 19:06:00
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731 Bill Murray and Jan Vogler; Oslo reviewed; Poet Yrsa Daley-Ward; Helen Oyeyemi, BBC National Short Story Award nominee2017-09-19 19:16:00
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732 Jane Goldman and Matthew Vaughn on action movie Kingsman, Jasper Johns, BBC National Short Story Award2017-09-18 19:14:00
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733 Jack Dee, Joanna Trollope reveals the BBC National Short Story Award Shortlist2017-09-15 19:07:00
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734 Ute Lemper, Steelworks play We're Still Here, Vasily Petrenko2017-09-14 19:27:00
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735 Sara Pascoe, Man Booker Prize shortlist, Robert Lindsay2017-09-13 19:05:00
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736 Sir Peter Hall remembered2017-09-12 18:45:00
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737 Stephen Frears and Ali Fazal, Pears' Cyclopaedia final edition, Jeff Pope on Cilla2017-09-11 18:57:00
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Stephen Frears and Ali Fazal, Pears' Cyclopaedia final edition, Jeff Pope on Cilla

This week sees Judi Dench reprise the role of Queen Victoria, in Victoria and Abdul a film about the friendship between the queen and a young Indian clerk. John talks to director Stephen Frears and the actor Ali Fazal, who plays Abdul, about making the film which comically takes on a the unlikely and forgotten friendship. Pears' Cyclopaedia has announced that the recently published 126th edition will be its last. With the Encyclopaedia Britannica heading online in recent years, as well as the explosion in popularity of sites such as Wikipedia, the way we access knowledge is changing. What does this mean for the future of reference books? And what has their significance been over the years? Historian Kathryn Hughes and QI researcher Andrew Hunter Murray discuss. John speaks to BAFTA award winner Jeff Pope (The Moorside, Philomena, Mrs Biggs) about turning his TV drama of Cilla Black's life into a new stage musical. By the age of just 25 Priscilla White was recognised as international singing star Cilla Black and by the age of 30 she had become Britain's favourite television entertainer. Jeff explains why he wanted to focus on Cilla's early years and tell the story of her rise to fame. Presenter: John Wilson Producer: Rebecca Armstrong.…read more

738 Joanne Froggatt, Darren Aronofsky, 25 years of Classic FM2017-09-08 18:56:00
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739 Marian Keyes, Tim Roth, Joe Lycett2017-09-07 19:18:00
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740 Roddy Doyle, Heroes in TV dramas, Stephen King's IT2017-09-06 19:23:00
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