Photographer David Bailey has shot some of the most iconic portraits of the last six decades, from the Kray twins to the Queen. He talks about his life and career and how to achieve the perfect portrait shot.
Tomorrow the UK’s largest cast bronze sculpture is unveiled in Plymouth. John talks to artist Joseph Hillier, who has been working on the crouching female figure called Messenger for the last two years.
Sophie Wright from Magnum considers the different ways photographers have captured the body in a new exhibition at the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts in Norwich, The Body Observed: Magnum Photos.
Presenter: John Wilson
Producer: Timothy Prosser
Tom Hiddleston, Zawe Ashton, Charlie Cox in Betrayal, plus TV drama Pose
Tom Hiddleston, Zawe Ashton, and Charlie Cox star in a new production of Betrayal – Harold Pinter’s play based on his affair with Joan Bakewell. The actors discuss being on stage throughout the play, even in scenes they’re not scripted in, the difference between a Pinter pause and a silence, and how playing squash helped them get into character.
Plus the 1980's New York drag 'ballroom' scene in ground-breaking new BBC drama series Pose, which features five trans actresses in lead roles. Samira talks to creator Steven Canals, who was inspired by the 1990 documentary Paris is Burning.
And poet Caleb Femi’s new work to celebrate today's Spring Equinox, commissioned by Radio 4 as part of its Four Seasons day of poetry. Caleb performs Here Too Spring Comes To Us With Open Arms.
Presenter: Samira Ahmed
Producer: Emma Wallace
The White Crow reviewed and tackling difficult issues in theatre
Ralph Fiennes' third film as director is The White Crow, the story of how Russian ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev came from a peasant upbringing to be one of the greatest dancers, and how whilst on tour in Paris in 1961 he defected to the West from the Soviet Union. Critic Sarah Crompton reviews.
Last week dozens of well-heeled American parents, including actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin, were charged with involvement in a scheme to fabricate academic and athletic credentials to get their children into prestigious universities. And last week Joshua Harmon’s play ‘Admissions’ opened here. It’s about a woman who, devoted to improving diversity at her elite school, finds herself somewhat challenged when her son doesn’t get into Yale - but his mixed race best friend does. And this week another American play, ‘Downstate’ by Bruce Norris, opens at the National Theatre. This is set in a group home where four men, convicted of sex crimes against children and tagged, live. A man comes to confront his abuser, but our sympathies are not only with him. With Samira Ahmed the two playwrights discuss how and why, far from being escapist, the theatre is where contentious issues are imaginatively examined today.
Presenter : Samira Ahmed
Producer : Dymphna Flynn
Julia Roberts and Lucas Hedges, Jessica Hynes, the art of the meme
Julia Roberts and Lucas Hedges discuss their new film Ben is Back, in which a mother faces difficult challenges when her drug-addicted son returns to the family home from rehab unexpectedly for Christmas.
We consider the art of internet memes as the World Wide Web turns 30. Elise Bell, co-founder of Tabloid Art History, explains how they make memes that go viral on Twitter and Instagram, and art historian Richard Clay explains where the term comes from, and considers their place in our wider cultural landscape.
Actress Jessica Hynes, perhaps best-known for her BAFTA-winning performance as marketing guru Siobhan Sharpe in BBC comedy satires Twenty Twelve and W1A, discusses putting comedy aside to make her film directorial debut. The Fight tells the story of a middle-aged woman who takes up boxing to help her face her family problems, and sees Jessica take on the roles of writer, director, and lead actor, and even take up boxing.
Presenter Stig Abell
Producer Jerome Weatherald
Jordan Peele, The rise of country music, Christian Marclay's show reviewed
Jordan Peele talks about Us - his new film about a family terrorised by their doppelgängers. Having upturned the horror genre with his Oscar-winning racial satire Get Out, Jordan takes aim at the American dream in this follow up, starring Lupita Nyong’o.
The artist Christian Marclay is best known for The Clock - a 24-hour long film composed of nearly 12 000 clips, taken from films depicting time references across a full day. Critic Sarah Crompton assesses his latest two 'collage' video works on show in a new exhibition about to open at the White Cube Gallery in London.
The UK contemporary country music scene has grown rapidly over recent years, and this week Bauer Media announced that they will be launching a new radio station, Country Hits Radio. Next month also sees the release of new film Wild Rose where a Glaswegian singer dreams of becoming a Nashville star. The film writer, Nicole Taylor, and Gary Stein of Bauer Media discuss the rise in popularity of the genre here in the UK.
Presenter: Samira Ahmed
Producer: Hannah Robins