61 Víkingur Ólafsson, Christabel Blackburn, Nitin Sawhney, Audiobooks2020-04-09 18:59:00
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62 James Graham on Quiz, Braids, changes in the ways we listen to music, and John Prine2020-04-08 19:05:00
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63 AL Kennedy, Sam Sweeney performs live, lockdown listening habits2020-04-07 18:58:00
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64 Wordsworth Anniversary, Kerry Shale radio play, Critic Gillian Reynolds, Composer Nainita Desai2020-04-06 19:18:00
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65 Miles Davis's Bitches Brew, Gaming, Cressida Cowell in the Culture Clinic2020-04-03 18:59:00
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66 Dua Lipa, Sara Collins, Edinburgh festivals cancelled, Molly O’Cathain2020-04-02 19:02:00
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67 The Dramatist James Graham2020-04-02 08:34:00
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The Dramatist James Graham

This edition of Front Row is devoted to one of the most exciting playwrights to emerge this century. James Graham is only 37 but has already become a foremost chronicler of modern Britain on stage and screen. He is known for taking on the big issues of the day – Brexit, privacy online, parliamentary democracy, fake news - whilst enabling his audience to see things from the points of view of those involved. In This House the whip's office, more than the chamber of the House of Commons, is where power plays. His controversial television play Brexit: The Uncivil War, set in the offices of the Vote Leave campaign, brought our attention to the critical role played by Dominic Cummings, now the Prime Minister’s chief adviser. At Easter ITV will broadcast his adaptation of his play – Quiz – about the coughing controversy and the major accused of cheating on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire. It is about truth, fact and power - the power of television. Graham's work in the theatre is often interactive: in Privacy audience members were asked to keep their phones on and information gathered from them became part of the drama. The final performance of The Vote, set in a polling station, was live-streamed from one as it closed on the night of the general election of 2015. In Quiz the audience became the trial jury. Graham talks about the importance of the live, communal aspect of theatre, and, too, how television can be an arena where millions can consider the complex challenges of our times. In a wide ranging, richly illustrated interview James Graham tells Kirsty Lang about the crucial role of drama in explaining power and politics, in learning about how our society works, and the importance of being even-handed. Presenter: Kirsty Lang Producer: Julian May…read more

68 Soprano Chen Reiss, Theatre Online, National Poetry Competition2020-03-31 18:56:00
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69 Icelandic pianist Víkingur Ólafsson plays live from Reykjavik2020-03-30 19:03:00
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70 Gloria Gaynor, Offline Arts, film Vivarium and novel Hamnet reviewed, Culture Clinic2020-03-27 20:06:00
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71 Owen Sheers, Nikita Lalwani, Writing in isolation2020-03-26 20:01:00
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72 Eliza Carthy, Art galleries and coronavirus, Terrence McNally obituary2020-03-25 20:07:00
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73 Simon Armitage, Stephen Hough, Chris Riddell on Asterix creator Albert Uderzo2020-03-24 19:56:00
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74 Rathbones Folio winner, Disney+, Malory Towers on TV, Live performance from National Theatre of Scotland2020-03-23 20:02:00
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75 Gareth Malone, Contraltos, Louise Wallwein2020-03-20 20:23:00
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76 Lennie James, Rob Auton, Jess Gillam2020-03-19 20:14:00
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77 Gary Sinyor, Arts Council aid, Theatre Uncut2020-03-18 20:06:00
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78 David Baddiel, arts prize for social change, film news2020-03-17 20:02:00
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79 How theatres will cope with PM's advice? Jennifer Offill, Roy Hudd, Kevin Guthrie2020-03-16 19:54:00
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80 Kodo Drummers, Marina Lewycka, Arts affected by coronavirus2020-03-13 19:57:00
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