1 Alex Kingston, Criminal, Falling piano sales2019-09-16 18:54:00
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2 Downton Abbey, Alexei Sayle, National Short Story Award - Jo Lloyd, Istanbul Biennial2019-09-13 18:57:00
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3 Lucy Prebble, Temple, NSSA - Lynda Clarke, Alan Ayckbourn's Birthdays Past, Birthdays Present2019-09-12 19:05:00
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Lucy Prebble, Temple, NSSA - Lynda Clarke, Alan Ayckbourn's Birthdays Past, Birthdays Present

Lucy Prebble’s play A Very Expensive Poison opened last week at the Old Vic in London. It tells the story of the poisoning of Alexander Litvinenko in 2006 with a treatment ranging from the high theatricality of song, dance and puppetry to simple direct address to the audience - and has a love story at its core. Lucy Prebble joins Front Row to talk about putting truth on stage. Mark Strong and Daniel Mays star in new Sky One drama Temple, set in a disused underground station being used as a covert hospital to treat criminals and CEOs of massive companies who need to keep their health a secret. David Butcher of the Radio Times reviews. Lynda Clarke has been shortlisted for the BBC National Short Story Award with Ghillie’s Mum. The writer discusses her story which is about a shape shifting mother whose animal forms delight her son but horrify the wider world . The story is broadcast on Radio 4 at 1530 on Friday 13 September and the winner of the BBC NSSA is announced on Front Row on 1 October. Lope de Vega wrote about 500 plays but there can’t be many writers with more plays to their name than years to their age. Alan Ayckbourn can claim that honour: he’s 80 and last night his 83rd play opened, like so many of his previous dramas, in Scarborough. Birthdays Past, Birthdays Present has all the deft stagecraft we expect from the playwright; it opens on the day of Micky’s 80th birthday party and works backwards to the birthdays of his wife, his son and daughter. What happens offstage is as important as what the audience sees. This is a family drama about rumour, reputation and what really happened. So, a play for our times. Nick Ahad, drama critic for the Yorkshire Post, reviews the production. Presenter: Samira Ahmed Producer: Hilary Dunn…read more

4 Front Row at the Proms - Jamie Barton, Daniel Kidane, impact of Brexit on classical music2019-09-11 18:45:00
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5 The British Ceramics Biennial, Novelist Nell Zink, The Jumper Factory, Tamsin Grey2019-09-10 19:09:00
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6 For Sama and Venice Film Festival roundup, NSSA - Lucy Caldwell, Etgar Keret, Peter Nichols obituary2019-09-09 18:53:00
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7 BBC National Short Story Award Shortlist, Protest Song, How to listen to jazz2019-09-06 18:59:00
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8 Margaret Atwood's The Testaments reviewed, Ryan Wigglesworth, Robert Battle2019-09-05 18:57:00
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9 Chrissie Hynde, The Theatre of Parliament, Arts Minister Rebecca Pow2019-09-04 19:05:00
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10 The Booker Prize shortlist, Lucian Freud's new biography, The importance of arts to local identity2019-09-03 18:52:00
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11 The Capture, Venice Film Festival highlights, Enid Blyton reevaluated2019-09-02 18:59:00
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12 Salman Rushdie on Quichotte, Joanna Hogg on The Souvenir2019-08-30 18:57:00
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13 Mrs Lowry and Son reviewed, Anna Calvi, Poet Stephen Sexton2019-08-29 19:01:00
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14 James Graham on drama and constitutional turmoil, Jeff Pope on A Confession, The literary arts and The Troubles2019-08-28 19:23:00
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15 Colson Whitehead, Duke Ellington's Sacred Music, Carnival Row, Sheila Steafel2019-08-27 18:59:00
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16 Edna O'Brien on her new novel Girl, her first The Country Girls, and her career in between2019-08-26 18:45:00
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17 Andrew Davies on Sanditon, Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance, the literature of citizen and state2019-08-23 18:59:00
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18 Danny Brocklehurst on Brassic, Why are fewer people taking English A level?, Fisherwomen2019-08-22 19:15:00
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19 Conductor John Wilson, Interior design, The Wizard of Oz2019-08-21 18:55:00
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20 Antonio Banderas, Philippa Gregory and V.V. James on witches in literature, umbrellas in chinese culture2019-08-20 19:03:00
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