Rank #1: Kathleen Turner and Ian McDiarmid; new Bill Viola installation at St Paul's Cathedral; St Vincent
May 21 2014
Rank #2: Nadine Gordimer remembered, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Utopia
Jul 14 2014
Front Row: Archive 2012
Front Row: Archive 2011
Front Row: Archive 2013
Inheritance Tracks: Inheritance Tracks 2008-2011
The Documentary Podcast: Archive 2011
Lives in a Landscape
The Documentary Podcast: Archive 2012
The Documentary Podcast: Archive 2007
The Documentary Podcast: Archive 2013
Desert Island Discs: Archive 1961-1965
Witness History: Archive 2010
Radio 3's Fifty Modern Classics
Desert Island Discs: Fragment Archive 1942-1959
Desert Island Discs: Archive 1966-1970
Desert Island Discs: Fragment Archive 1960-1969
Rank #3: Jesse Eisenberg, Kate Bush, Karl Ove Knausgaard, Our Zoo
Producer Jerome Weatherald.
Aug 27 2014
Rank #4: Costa Book Awards; 12 Years a Slave director Steve McQueen; Mexico's cultural leaders
Front Row announces the category winners for this year's Costa Book Awards. The director of the Costa Book Awards, Bud McLintock, announces the winners of the novel, first novel, poetry, biography and children's book categories and literary critic Sam Leith discusses the judges' choices.
Steve McQueen discusses 12 Years A Slave, a film which tells the true story of Solomon Northup (played by Chiwetel Ejiofor) who was kidnapped and sold into slavery. The film has already seen McQueen named Director of the Year at the Palm Springs International Film Festival and is hotly tipped for Oscar success. With previous films including Hunger and Shame, McQueen explains what attracts him to projects, and why the subject of slavery needed to be tackled.
As part of Radio 4's MINT season, Front Row begins a short series of discussions and interviews looking at the cultural life of the MINT countries. Today the focus is on Mexico: film critic Fernanda Solórzano tells Mark about the current state of Mexican cinema.
Mark hears from some of Front Row's People of the Year 2013 about their plans for 2014, and their upcoming projects in the next year. Film director Clio Barnard discusses working with a writer for the first time to adapt a novel for the screen, and actress Olivia Colman talks about learning to salsa with Nick Frost for her next film.
Producer Claire Bartleet.
Jan 06 2014
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Rank #5: Venus in Fur; Gurpreet Kaur Bhatti; The Normal Heart; Michael Cunningham
May 27 2014
Rank #6: Johnny Marr; Frank Auerbach at Tate; Alex Gibney on Fela Kuti
Producer: Ellie Bury
Presenter: John Wilson.
Aug 26 2014
Rank #7: Nigel Havers; Malevich at Tate Modern; Michael Rosen; Caine Prize for African Writing
Jul 15 2014
Rank #8: Richard Bean
James Corden, who played the original lead in One Man, Two Guvnors, talks to John Wilson about what is possibly the best role he'll ever play.
And National Theatre director Nicholas Hytner explains the success of his collaborations with Bean, which include this year's phone-hacking satire starring Billie Piper, Great Britain.
Presenter John Wilson
Producer Claire Bartleet.
Aug 25 2014
Rank #9: WWI Galleries at the Imperial War Museum, Linda Grant, John Fay, Grand Central
Jul 16 2014
Rank #10: Margaret Atwood on her first opera, Neel Mukherjee and Quirke
Producer Jerome Weatherald.
May 23 2014
Rank #11: Dawn French, Coldplay album reviewed, Ben Miles on Thomas Cromwell
May 16 2014
Rank #12: Fading Gigolo, Fatboy Slim, Julian Opie, Cannes festival
DJ and producer Fatboy Slim discusses his new double album of Brazilian party music which coincides with the start of the World Cup and is a reaction against the pop-heavy official album released by Fifa. Plus the artist Julian Opie on a new exhibition at the Holburne Museum in Bath which brings together his work with art that he has collected, including 17th Century painting and ancient Egyptian sculpture. And Jason Solomons reports from the Cannes Film Festival.
May 20 2014
Rank #13: Nymphomaniac; Joanne M Harris; Robert Cohan
Joanne M. Harris, bestselling author of Chocolat, has written her first epic fantasy novel for adults, The Gospel of Loki. Based on ancient mythology, the book follows the rise and fall of the Norse gods from the perspective of the trickster Loki, popularised in Marvel's Thor comics which have recently been adapted into blockbuster films.
Robert Cohan is widely described as the founding father of Britain's contemporary dance movement. His career, spanning over 6 decades, has included dancing with Ginger Rogers and the legendary Martha Graham. Cohan, who was born in America, discusses how he came to revolutionise British dance whilst rehearsing a reimagining of his only female solo Canciones Del Alma.
Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson star in True Detective, a new HBO detective series. The show follows two contrasting detectives as they investigate a ritual killing in Louisiana.
Producer: Claire Bartleet.
Feb 20 2014
Rank #14: John Kander on Cabaret, The Scottsboro Boys and Chicago
87 year old John Kander discusses The Scottsboro Boys, his final work with lyricist Fred Ebb, which is currently a hit in London's West End.
How he and Ebb discovered Liza Minnelli, and why Judi Dench remains his favourite Sally Bowles (Cabaret) on stage.
Dec 24 2014
Rank #15: Unbroken, Young Fathers, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Miranda Richardson
Mercury Prize winners Young Fathers discuss the origins of the band and why they strive to avoid simple classification.
Miranda Richardson discusses her role with Anna Chancellor in a new TV version of Mapp and Lucia.
At an exhibition of his photographs in London, dance star Mikhail Baryshnikov explains how smuggled European magazines inspired his love of photography when he was growing up in 1960s Russia.
Dec 23 2014
Rank #16: Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones; Renee Fleming; Billie Whitelaw remembered
Producer Jerome Weatherald.
Dec 22 2014
Rank #17: Miranda Hart, John Rutter, Seamus Heaney
The latest instalment of the Night of the Museum franchise, starring Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson, is set in the British Museum. But how do you film riotous action sequences in one of the busiest museums in the world, full of priceless artefacts? Razia tours the museum with the film's location manager, Michael Harm.
Before his death last August Seamus Heaney was working on a selection of poems from the second half of his career. His 'New Selected Poems 1988 - 2013' has now been published. It ends with 'In Time', a poem written for his granddaughter just a fortnight before he died. Maurice Riordan, editor of 'Poetry Review', reviews the selection.
And composer John Rutter tells Razia what makes the perfect Christmas carol.
Dec 19 2014
Rank #18: Esio Trot, Robert Olen Butler, The Thompson Family, The Interview controversy
Razia Iqbal talks to Pulitzer prize-winning author Robert Olen Butler who has turned his hand from literary fiction to writing espionage thrillers. He discusses The Hot Country, his new historical novel about an American journalist reporting on the Mexican Revolution.
Sony has cancelled the release of The Interview, a comedy starring James Franco and Seth Rogan that pokes fun at North Korea, after threats from hackers. US film critic Matt Prigge has seen The Interview and discusses its merits as a film.
Years ago Richard and Linda Thompson were a great musical partnership but then they got divorced. Now their son Teddy has brought them together with their daughter, Kami Thompson and her husband James Walbourne, another son, Jack Thompson, and grandson Zak. The Thompson Family have made an album together called - inevitably - 'Family'. Razia meets Richard, Teddy and Kami as they prepare to perform it live.
Presenter: Razia Iqbal
Producer: Olivia Skinner.
Dec 18 2014
Rank #19: Christoph Waltz, Treasure Island, Mozart in the Jungle, Unread e-Books
Kirsty goes backstage at the National Theatre on the set that really is the star of Treasure Island - it's a ship, a pub, a cave and a strange, pulsating island. And a pirate's corpse.
Radio 3's Petroc Trelawney reviews Mozart in the Jungle, a new 'webseries' about a wild young conductor who tries to rejuvenate the New York Symphony.
And, novelists Lawrence Norfolk and Kate Pullinger discuss the implications of the recent data released by e-reader Kobo about which books are most often left unfinished.
Dec 17 2014
Rank #20: Willy Russell switches on the Front Row neon artwork, Kon-Tiki review, Dementia-friendly theatre
A review of Kon-Tiki, a new film about Thor Heyerdahl's famous journey across the Pacific ocean.
Tomorrow the West Yorkshire Playhouse will be the setting for the UK's first ever 'dementia friendly' theatre performance - a specially adapted theatre performance of a new production of Irving Berlin's Broadway musical White Christmas. Front Row visited the Playhouse to find out more about this performance from those involved with developing it.
Dec 15 2014