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Janice is at the helm for a brand new arts and music show for Scotland.

The House of Annie Lennox exhibition has just opened at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery. Janice meets the singer herself at the exhibition to talk about image, inspiration and getting to wear some fabulous frocks.

It's the Easter holidays, and venues which normally play host to rock stars are hosting sell out shows for tiny tots - why have grand-scale shows for children become such a success?

Actress Kristin Scott Thomas tells Janice about her film, In the House, a dark French comedy which blurs the line between fiction and reality.

David Hendy is the presenter and author of Noise: A Human History, a radio series and book exploring the role of sound and listening in the past 100 000 years of human history. Tod Machover is a composer who aims to create a new symphony for the city of Edinburgh, based on recordings of sounds sent to him by the city's residents. They talk to Janice about the power of the sounds we hear every day.

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Janice Forsyth tunes into what is happening and what is buzzing in the arts world.

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Janice Forsyth tunes into what's happening in arts, culture and music across Scotland.

Today Janice speaks to author Patrick Ness, best known for his powerful children's novel, A Monster Calls. He's just published his first adult novel in nine years, The Crane Wife, a modern parable about greed, inspired by a Japanese folktale he heard as a child.

New York is hosting the Brits Off Broadway theatre festival - which this year has a particular emphasis on Scottish theatre. Actress Blythe Duff, writer Rob Drummond, and producer Neil Murray discuss their experiences of exporting very Scottish plays to an American audience.

And in return: US television dramas have dominated schedules over here. As new seasons begin of hits such as Game of Thrones and Breaking Bad, Janice asks what's made these shows such a success on both sides of the Atlantic.

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Seasoned reviewers Jane Graham and Eddie Harrison join Janice and exercise their critical faculties with some of this week's movie releases. They'll be holding up score cards for Spring Breakers starring James Franco and a fleet of Tween stars. The film's writer and director Harmony Korine speaks to the Culture Studio about this controversial 18 certificate.

Eddie and Jane will also be discussing DreamWorks' big Easter Holiday crowd-pleaser - The Croods and well as Brit gangster flick All Things to All Men.

And the DVD Pick of the Week is Silver Linings Playbook.

Janice Forsyth is also joined in the Culture Studio by Scottish singer song writer Panda Su, who will be releasing a new single 'Maps' this week and touring Scotland in April, to discuss her upcoming album and record a track in a special Culture Studio session.

Inspired by the lives of Vita Sackville-West, Virginia Woolf and Violet Trefusis, Viota is a new play from Theatre Revolution which tells the story of three women living in London in 1969, a world of forbidden love, desire and betrayal. Erica O'Neill, Frankie Maceachen (who both star in and helped devise the play) and Iain McAleese discuss the play with Janice after its first night at the Tron theatre in Glasgow.

President of the Royal Geographical Society Michael Palin comes to Edinburgh to launch the new street exhibition 'Britain from the Air'. Pete Ross takes the tour and finds more than 100 stunning aerial photographs that showcase Britain's natural and human landscapes.

Janice Forsyth tunes into what is happening and what is buzzing in the arts world.

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Burnistoun star Robert Florence makes the case for video games to be included in Janice's new arts, culture and music programme, and gaming novice Vic Galloway gets an introduction to gaming.

Author Charlie Fletcher talks about his own experience of writing a computer game and discusses his first adult novel.

Frank To's new exhibition is inspired by Dante's Divine Comedy, and has turned Glasgow's underground stations into the 'circles of hell'. Janice catches up with the artist, who counts Star Trek legend Patrick Stewart amongst his fans.

Writer and comedy performer Juliette Burton is trying out all of those jobs she wanted as a child for her new Edinburgh Fringe Show 'When I Grow Up'. She joins Janice to talk about her attempts to become a baker, a ballerina, a princess, a cartoon, a Muppet and more. For one of her stunts she'll be performing her own pop song live at T in the Park. We play her song for Vic Galloway to find out if she'll be successful.

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Janice Forsyth tunes into what is happening and what is buzzing in the arts world.

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Janice Forsyth talks to Mark Andrews, director of Disney-Pixar movie Brave.

Janice Forsyth tunes into what is happening and what is buzzing in the arts world.

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Will Gompertz is the BBC's Arts Editor, former director of the Tate, and possibly the world's only art history stand-up comedian. He's at Aye Write hoping to make modern art more accessible.

Barnaby Martin has written a book about the experiences of Chinese artist , famous in the UK for his Sunflower Seeds installation at the Tate, and his subsequent arrest and detention in Beijing.

We meet Mike Daisey, the controversial writer of The Agony and Ecstasy of Steve Jobs, a stage play about to tour Scotland exploring the writer's quest to find out just how his iPhone was put together, and the impact it had on factory workers in Shenzhen.

Are you hitting the dance floor on Friday night? Peter Lovatt is a ballet dancer turned psychology professor. He explains why it is we love dancing, and shows us some funky moves.

And wouldn't it be nice to go out dancing but still get home at a reasonable hour? Janice speaks to DJs from Glasgow club Hip Replacement, and Edinburgh's Grown Ups about the growing trend for nights aimed at the unashamedly middle aged.

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Thursday is movies day on The Culture Studio, and Janice gets rather giddy talking to Aaron Eckhart.

Ashley Jensen discusses her new film All Stars about two boys who arrange an ambitious dance show in an effort to save their local youth club.

Film critics Alistair Harkness and Siobhan review the big releases this week, Love Is All You Need, Olympus Has Fallen and Evil Dead.

Plus Quilapayun - a legendary Chilean band, who've been living in exile in France since they were banned by the Pinochet regime in the 1970s.

New books by Ian Pattison, the creator of Rab C Nesbitt, and first time novelist Angela Jackson, explore what it is to be happy, and the impact of realising our own mortality.

Janice Forsyth tunes into what is happening and what is buzzing in the arts world.

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Arika, the organisers of experimental music, film and art events, take over the Tramway in Glasgow this weekend in the name of exploring the theme of Freedom. They've attracted the likes of double-bassist Henry Grimes, who has performed with Sonny Rollins and Benny Goodman, and black American poetry pioneer Amiri Baraka to illustrate their theme. Arika's Barry Esson and double-bassist Henry Grimes elaborate.

One-time comedy megastar and now respected political journalist and author Rob Newman returns with a new novel - The Trade Secret as well as some stand-up.

Lecturer and editor, Dr Rodge Glass asks if discount air travel has changed the way we live and love in his latest book, Love Sex Travel Musik - Stories for the Easyjet generation.

Edinburgh has been invaded by zombies! A new theatrical production has taken our cultural infatuation with zombies to a whole new level, involving real scientists and audience participation in a live, or rather undead, immersive experience at Summer-hall as part of Deadinburgh. Graeme Virtue gets a fright.

And comedian Jimeoin joins Janice live.

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Novelist Karen Campbell imagines herself in the shoes of an asylum seeker arriving in Glasgow, with no knowledge of the city or its people.

She's set herself some task - artist Tania Kovats tells Janice why she's bringing water together from all the world's seas, and how it's taking a global network of people to make it happen

Music with a message is on the agenda in Hot Tickets, as Poet & Skinny writer Bram E Gieben looks at 10 years of Rock Against Racism, as well as Public Enemy, who are not afraid to make a statement, and still kicking ass after 30 years!

It's me, Cathy, I've come home.... Performance artist Peter McMaster puts forward Heathcliff's side of the story in an all-male production of Wuthering Heights.

And why Made In Chelsea, the reality show about spoilt rich kids, has become a go-to place to hear up-and-coming bands. The show's music supervisor Andrea Madden, and 18 year old singer Eilidh Hadden, who's seen some success after her song appeared on the show, talk to Janice about TV's role in promoting new music.

Janice Forsyth tunes into what is happening and what is buzzing in the arts world.

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Today marks the 30th anniversary of Spandau Ballet's smash hit track True topping the UK charts. Martin and Gary Kemp stop by to tell Janice how they plan to mark the occasion.

Walking With Poets - The Culture Studio's reporter Tom Allan takes a trip to the Royal Botanic Garden in Edinburgh to meet poet Mandy Haggith and her about her involvement in a project to celebrate the 175th birthday of Scotland's pioneer ecologist and author John Muir.

There's a growing trend for festivals in far flung places, we ask what they have to offer and whether a crowded marquee in the Highlands is any different to a crowded marquee in the central belt.

Plus, Canadian singer-songwriter, Jane Siberry joins us in The Culture Studio to discuss her upcoming concerts and perform exclusive 'session' tracks.

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Our movies up for review this week are The Look Of Love with Steve Coogan playing porn king Paul Raymond, Jack Black in Bernie and explosions and excitement in the third instalment of the Iron Man films.

We also welcome a film and TV legend into the studio as Fife-born actor Kenneth Cranham joins Janice to talk about his new film Flying Blind.

Organiser or the Scottish Album of the Year Awards, Stewart Henderson drops into the Culture Studio to tell us about this year's the long list. He's joined by one of last year's nominators, Neil Cooper.

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William McIlvanney, grandfather of Tartan Noir, talks about the reissuing and return of his classic Laidlaw novels.

Artist Randy Klein explains why St Giles Cathedral is the perfect setting for his latest piece of work, Moment to Moment, which is a tale in 100 sculptures.

Monkey magic & mile high camp-ness on offer, as film critics Jane Graham and James Kleinmann review Chimpanzee, Almodovar's latest offering I'm So Excited, and neo-noir thriller Dead Man Down.

Plus, scary goings-on in Dundee, with Dundead - the DCA's annual horror movie festival.

Janice Forsyth tunes into what is happening and what is buzzing in the arts world.

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Janice Forsyth is joined by new singer Laura Mvula and plays her current single.

Grumpy old Man, Leonard Cohen fan, and British comedy institution Arthur Smith talks about touring Dunfermline, Dundee and Inverness.

A theatre adaptation of the Neil Gaiman and Dave Mckean book The Day I Swapped My Dad For Two Goldfish is touring Scotland and will be visiting Edinburgh during the Imaginate Festival, so Janice speaks to the director of the play, Lu Kemp, and director of Imaginate, Tony Reekie.

Playwright and comedian Keir McAllister tells Janice about his Fringe play directed by Phil Differ, and his part in a new storytelling pilot for BBC Radio 4; and he gives us his hot tickets for the weekend.

Comedian and co-founder of The Poke Jasper Gibson talks about his debut novel, and Jasper and Keir talk about their internet comedy projects.

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Janice Forsyth reviews the latest screen releases including the new Star Trek movie, Matthew McConaughey in Mud, moral drama The Reluctant Fundamentalist and our DVD of the week is the 50th anniversary of Brit classic Billy Liar.

Screenwriter Matthew Specktor discusses his latest novel American Dream Machine about the highs and lows of living in Hollywood and we hear about the up-coming Southside Film Festival in Glasgow. Plus we explore the murky world of music marketing; how do you create a buzz around your band in the modern age.

Janice Forsyth tunes into what is happening and what is buzzing in the arts world.

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In movie hour, glitz and glamour aplenty, as we get all the goss from the world's most famous film festival - Cannes! Journalist Richard Mowe reports live.

We review two big releases this week, The Great Gatsby and Fast and Furious 6, with reviewers Siobhan Synott and Paul Gallagher.

Locations manager Lloret Dunn and film critic Paul Gallagher look at Glasgow's success as an international location for the film industry.

We sent two of our favourite Scots Italians, Pasquale Iannone and Mary Contini, along to Migration Stories - a photography exhibition at the National Scottish Portrait Gallery exploring migrant experiences from 1850 to today.

And Blackwell Bookshop's Ellie Wixon and novelist Polly Courtney reveal the dangers of judging a book by its cover.

Janice Forsyth tunes into what is happening and what is buzzing in the arts world.

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Jenny Éclair talks to Janice ahead of an appearance at the Happyness Comedy Festival in Inverness this weekend.

Tubular Bells for Two - it's 40 years since Mike Oldfield's hit. Australian musicians, Aiden Roberts and Daniel Holdsworth explain how they manage with just four hands to reproduce the sounds of an entire orchestra.

Writer Ben Fountain talks about why he sets his short stories and novels against the backdrop of political and social upheaval.

Get out your eyeliner - Janice talks to New Romantic pioneer, Visage frontman Steve Strange

As an Old Vic tour of Michael Frayn's Noises Off comes north of the border, Maureen Beattie talks about the play's enduring appeal.

And an exhibition at the Kilmorack Gallery in Beauly celebrates art that's full of humour. Curator Tony Davidson and art critic Jan Patience tell Janice about it.

Janice Forsyth tunes into what is happening and what is buzzing in the arts world.

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Janice sits on the dock of the bay (ok ok, in a radio studio in Glasgow) to talk to the director of the first ever television documentary about Otis Redding.

Beatboxer Beardyman explains how he makes music tracks where every single sound is created using his own voice.

Ahead of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra's gala performance of Henry V, Janice hears from musical director Peter Oundjian, and actor Cal MacAninch, who's following in the footsteps of Lawrence Olivier and Christopher Plummer to narrate the piece.

Janice gets some tips on multitasking from comedian, actor, writer, director, and poet Owen O'Neill.

And writers Liz Lochhead and Christopher Brookmyre discuss the growing trend for late night literary events, and the draw of performing in front of an audience for authors.

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Film critics Stephen Carty and Rob Fox review three of the big movie releases this week - Behind The Candelabra, The Iceman and Come As You Are. Rising star John Newman chats to Janice about his recent success and performs two live session tracks including his new single Love Me Again. Film Director David Griffith drops by to reveal how he made micro-budget film Timelock which has its premiere at Inverness' GoNORTH Festival tonight (6th June) and we talk to actor Alton Milne who stars in the film. Plus Tony Robinson joins Janice in studio to discuss his new series of history books for children.

Janice Forsyth tunes into what is happening and what is buzzing in the arts world.

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Today's movie hour is brought to you by Janice and two trusty critics Alistair Harkness and James Kleinman.

They'll be reviewing the big release on everyone's lips MAN OF STEEL.

And we'll hear from the suited man himself, Henry Cavill.

Dan Stevens stars in another of this week's releases, SUMMER IN FEBRUARY. He tells us what the film means to him and we give it marks out of ten for you.

Joss Whedon spoke to Jonathan Melville about his adaptation of Shakespeare's MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING. Should you be dashing out to see it?

Also this weekend sees the first ever Dunoon Film Festival and live to tell us more about this celebration of Scotland in film will be Kirstin Innes, who assisted in the programming and Your Cheatin' Heart creator, John Byrne.

And finally, we catch up with John Murray, writer of a brand new musical, Sinatra: The Final Curtain, as well as the man who plays 'ol blue eyes, Moray Innes. We'll also have some

Classics from the king crooner to sing along to.

Janice Forsyth tunes into what is happening and what is buzzing in the arts world.

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Today's show has a distinctly international feel as Janice meets members of the Wasasa Comedy Collective, bringing a little bit of African comedy to Glasgow.

Just A Band are a group of musicians and animators who have been invited to Scotland to take part in the innovative TED Global conference.

Dunbar in East Lothian launches its own Wee Festival of Words next week - organiser Hannah Lavery tells Janice about it, and songwriter Alex Cornish explains his love of being by the sea, and he performs an ode to Dunbar for us.

Coming Into Fashion is an international fashion photography exhibition of images from the last century of the archives of Conde Nast, publishers of Vogue and Vanity Fair. Curator Nathalie Herschdorfer talks about how she put it together.

Faceloop is a project by two Cuban artists based in the Aberdeenshire town of Huntly, who are exploring social media through art, and turning their home into a living, breathing Facebook page.

And, how are your welding skills? And your legwarmer-wearing? Janice dances right through the night as the musical Flashdance comes to town.

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Janice Forsyth finds out what movie critics Siobahn Synnot and Paul Gallagher make of big release zombie thriller World War Z; Before Midnight - the next installment of Richard Linklater's romance starring Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy; and Breathe In, the opening film of the Edinburgh International Film Festival.

As tickets go on sale for the 30th Edinburgh International Book Festival, director Nick Barley gives us his highlights.

In 1951 deaf-mute James "Dummy Jim" Duthie set out from Aberdeenshire to cycle to the Arctic Circle. Matt Hulse has just made a film about him.

Dawnne McGeachy has just won the Jolomo Award for landscape painting - she tells us how it feels.

And an exhibition of portraits by pioneering photographer Man Ray opens at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery. Curator Terence Pepper, and Ami Bouhassane, granddaughter of Man Ray's muse Lee Miller, talk about the images on display.

Janice Forsyth tunes into what is happening and what is buzzing in the arts world.

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Scott Clark from Pixar joins Janice to discuss new film Monsters University.

Today in The Culture Studio Janice is joined by Scott Clark from Pixar to discuss his latest animation, Monsters University (the prequel to Monsters Inc with Billy Crystal and John Goodman), John Banville discusses EIFF film The Sea, Alex Kapranos and Scottish Album of the Year winner RM Hubbert pop in for a chat, Frieda Morrison and Margaret Bennett discuss EIFF's Blackbird and much more.

Janice Forsyth tunes into what is happening and what is buzzing in the arts world.

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Director Mark Cousins tells Janice about his essay in film form A Story of Children and Film

Singer Zoe Bestel has been combining studying for her standard grades with going on tour with her trusty ukulele. She and her mum talk to Janice about her career in music so far.

Polly Courtney is a former banker who took up writing when she left the City. Her latest book, Feral Youth, was inspired by the London riots of 2011, after she wondered why the voices and frustrations of young people were going so unheard. Glasgow rapper Loki is also keen to speak out for disadvantaged youngsters - although his new album also tackles more personal demons.

Dr Michael Scott is the latest academic to stride purposefully onto our TV screens. His new series Who Were the Greeks shows us the lives of the people who gave us democracy, architecture, philosophy, literature and sport.

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The Blind Boys of Alabama drop in for a chat ahead of their Glasgow Jazz Festival gig.

We hear from Zal Batmanglij, director of new the dark thriller, The East.

Academy award nominee, Sarah Polley, takes us on a very personal journey of discovery in her latest documentary, Stories We Tell.

Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg entertain us with their disaster comedy, This is the End.

As it's Wimbledon fortnight, Battle of The Sexes, a documentary featuring the famous tennis match between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs is out to indulge tennis fans.

And our star reviewers this week are Eddie Harrison and Nicola Balkind.

The first classical headliners to grace King Tut's stage join Janice ahead of their gig - The Cairn String Quartet.

Playwright Stef Smith and young assistant director Marrie Davidson tell us about a brave new play, Grey Matter, opening at Aberdeen's Lemon Tree.

And as if all that's not enough - The Blind Boys of Alabama drop in for a chat before their Glasgow Jazz Festival gig.

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Janice Forsyth with Lloyd Cole in session.

Janice hears about a brand new Radio Scotland series - 'A Scot's History of British-ness' presented by Richard Holloway

'Mary, Queen of Scots' is a brand new exhibition which opens at the National Museum of Scotland today. Susan Morrison has a bit of a bee in her bonnet about Mary, Queen of Scots and she goes as far as to say she hates the monarch but David Forsyth curator of the exhibition has a very different view. Hold onto your hats folks it could be a bumpy ride!

Peter Stothard, editor of the TLS and former editor of The Times tells Janice about his life-long fascination with Cleopatra and his desire to write a book about her. After seven failed attempts, it seems a three week unexpected holiday in the city of Alexandria did the trick and now the book 'Alexandria: The Last Nights of Cleopatra' has been published. Peter drops by to talk about the book.

And 80's legend Lloyd Cole talks to Janice about his life and solo career and plays two live tracks for us including the classic 'Perfect Skin'.

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Showbiz legend Mark Wynter is taking a break from Dreamboats and Petticoats rehearsals to tell us all about the show as well as regaling us with many stories from his glittering career which spans more than 50 years.

International best-selling author Edward Rutherfurd has enchanted millions of readers across the world with his sweeping, multigenerational dramas and he'll be in to talk about his latest novel 'Paris' which brings 700 years of the City of Light's history to life.

Scottish hip-hop duo Hector Bizerk drop in ahead of their T in the Park appearance for a live Culture Studio performance and will be talking about why they want to break the barriers of hip hop culture and appeal to a wider audience.

Writer Jason Holmes believes that men have not only fallen out of love with the novel but actually fear it and he'll be providing us with evidence as to how he reached this conclusion.

And literary editor of The Herald, Rosemary Goring, has made a career in reading and critiquing the efforts of many authors' efforts in fiction but she has now written her first novel 'After Flodden'. We'll find out how she judges her own piece of work.

Janice Forsyth tunes into what is happening and what is buzzing in the arts world.

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Janice Forsyth is joined by author and playwright Alan Bissett, to hear about his struggle with feminism.

Gordon Barr, artistic director of Glasgow's annual outdoor Shakespeare programme, talks about his contemporary take on Much Ado about Nothing, involving a central romance between male couple Benedick and Bertram. This year's Benedick (James Ronan) and Bertram (Robert Elkin) perform a live extract in The Culture Studio.

Gordon Barr and Scots writer, poet, songstress and actress Joyce Falconer (better known as Roisin from Scottish television soap River City) talk about the process of earning your stripes as a theatre actor in Scotland, and whether it's about honing your craft, or catching a lucky break, following Linda Bellingham's recent suggestion that TV soaps are inadvertantly killing off regional British theatres by giving young actors their big break without much effort.

19 year old Hayley Stobo is the first Scottish graduate of the Bolshoi Ballet Academy in its 237 year history. She tells Janice about the highs and lows of earning her a full Artist of Ballet Diploma at the Bolshoi, and how she feels about coming home to hunt for a job.

The oldest comic strip found to date is Scottish and has been gifted to Glasgow University. Dr Laurence Grove joins Janice from Paris along with Sha Nazir, the co-founder of the Glasgow Comic Con, to tell us why this is such an exciting discovery.

Scott Ryan Vickers, better known as DC Will Cooper of River City, tells Janice about his new film Advance to Contact, which he wrote, directed and stars in as a troubled soldier who has extreme symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, ahead of its Glasgow film premiere.

Janice will also play great music from Scottish and international artists.

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Janice Forsyth talks to Sandi Toksvig and playwright David Leddy.

Sandi Toksvig discusses her new book, Valentine Grey.

Playwright David Leddy explains his latest play, Long Live the Little Knife.

We have music and conversation from A Band Called Quinn.

'Brian Appleton' aka Graham fellows discusses his 'History of the World in 3 Darts.'

Hamlet -Scott Shepherd - Revisiting the 1964 Broadway production of Hamlet starring Richard Burton that was beamed across 2,000 American cinemas at the time, this version mixes the film footage and live performance (with Shepherd in the titular role) in a manner which is sure to breathe fresh life into the Danish play.

Drumstruck - The world's first interactive drum-theatre experience. Direct from sold-out engagements in Japan, Johannesburg and off-Broadway.

The Extremists - Samuel Beckett meets Larry King in this new play by CJ Hopkins. When an expert on terrorism appears on a TV talk show, the conversation becomes a perverse satirical rant on the increasing alienation of the individual in the modern world.

Michael Griffiths - star of Jersey Boys - is Madonna. In Vogue: Songs by Madonna is a cabaret show at the Edinburgh Fringe, which sees the Queen of Pop at the piano, playing all of her hit songs.

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Janice Forsyth is live from Edinburgh with an eager audience and highlights from the festivals.

Today Janice is joined by Scroobius Pip, the man whose spoken word poetry can command an audience of thousands.

Folk songstress Rachel Sermanni is just back in Scotland after a Canadian tour - she performs live in the BBC big tent for Janice. And there's music from rockabilly blues musical The Bloody Ballad.

Theatre director Cora Bissett set a selection of artists a challenge - to write a song or a scene which is set somewhere in Scotland between the hours of midnight and 4am. The result is an ambitious multimedia music and theatre performance called Whatever Gets You Through the Night. Cora talks about the show and is joined by Scottish Album of the Year winning guitarist RM Hubbert for a song.

Kieran Hurley and AJ Taudevin talk about their play Chalk Farm, inspired by the 2011 London riots.

Victoria Melody is a performance artist who entered her bassett hound Major Tom into dog shows while she herself tried beauty pageants. Victoria and Major Tom join Janice onstage to talk about the show she's created from their experiences.

Plus comedian, journalist and mum of three Viv Groksop, whose comedy career began when she set herself the challenge of performing 100 gigs in 100 days; and songs from satirist Katie Goodman.

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Hannah Gadsby discusses her new ART show, 'Nakedy Nudes' - it's about nudes. But don't worry, there is plenty of well-placed cloth and fig action for the prudish at heart.

Award winning actress, Helen Griffin explains her latest play, 'Who's Afraid Of Rachel Roberts' - an unashamed, sensitive look at the life of a huge talent who was also often drunk, foul-mouthed and full of spark!

We have music and conversation in 'Blood Ties: the Musical' - a delightfully (and morbidly) hilarious chamber musical based on a true story of a 'bachelorette' weekend gone horribly wrong...

'Good Breeding'. Comedian, poet and Radio 4 Saturday Live regular, the child-free Kate Fox, asks, 'Is it wrong not to want children?'

'Jem Rolls' - the dynamic, funny, and utterly captivating metaphor master reminds us why he is The Godfather of Scottish Performance Poetry.

'The Unremarkable Death of Marilyn Monroe' - a fascinating new play, reveals the woman behind the icon and explores the many questions that surround the demise of Marilyn Monroe, by imagining what she would say to us, in that cluttered bedroom made famous by a police photograph, the hour before her death!

Music and conversation from Fringe favourite and cabaret star Ali McGregor.

Janice Forsyth tunes into what is happening in the arts, culture and music across Scotland.

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Circus acts are growing in popularity at the Edinburgh Festival and internationally renowned contemporary circus companies No Fit State and Crying Out Loud tell us why the circus movement is gathering momentum.

David Peace's new book Red or Dead is about football manager, Bill Shankly. Janice hears why he's returned to football and explains why he puts Shankly in a league of his own.

Jonathon Coe joins Janice ahead of his appearance at the Book Festival to talk about his new book, Expo 58, a comic novel of the Cold War which mixes , espionage, politics and romance.

Plus music from The Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra, Emma's Imagination, and songs from Avenue Q.

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Janice Forsyth tunes into what is happening in the arts, culture and music across Scotland.

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Sir Michael Gambon, Barry McGovern and director Michael Colgan are all part of the Edinburgh International Festival's Beckett season. They join us in studio to tell us why Samuel Beckett is for all and how you prepare for a play with no words that has you sitting motionless on a bed for half an hour.

Legendary Canadian author Margaret Atwood is appearing at the Edinburgh International Book Festival this weekend. She'll be bringing her new novel MaddAddam into the Culture Studio.

Francesca Simon is another author who needs no introduction - at least to the under twelves. Her Horrid Henry books are cooking up a storm and now she returns with a new book about a Britain under the sway of Norse Gods.

Cinefringe is the Edinburgh Fringe's only cinema festival. Run on a shoe-string it has nevertheless managed to sift through almost 500 short films from 45 countries to bring the best to Fringe cinema lovers.

And the winners of the 2013 So You Think You're Funny competition are Edd Hedges and Demi Lardner - the first joint winners of the competition in twenty five years. They'll join us to celebrate.

Janice Forsyth tunes into what is happening and what is buzzing in the arts world.

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Janice reviews a selection of this week's hot new releases with Alistair Harkness and Siobhan Synnot, including. - PAIN & GAIN - Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne Johnson play pumped-up kidnappers in Michael Bay's 'tongue-in-cheek' comedy.

THE WAY WAY BACK -Toni Collett and Steve Carell are reunited in this charming coming-of-age comedy

UPSTREAM COLOUR-Writer/director/star Shane Carruth's sensual follow-up to his cult time travel film 'Primer' has been challenging and beguiling critics in equal measure

Robin Ince is about to begin touring his new stand up show with Josie Long. 'Utter Shambles' kicks off in Glasgow on Monday and Robin joins Janice live ahead of it.

Duncan Black, crossword compiler for the Herald, shares some secrets of his art with Janice to mark 100 years since the first devious puzzle was published in the New York World.

And the Travelling Gallery has started its Scottish Tour and is concentrating on areas around Edinburgh until 30th August when it leaves Edinburgh for the rest of the country.

Travelling Galleries curator, Alison Chisholm tells us what you can expect to see.

Janice Forsyth tunes into what is happening in the arts, culture and music across Scotland.

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Janice Forsyth tunes into what's happening in arts, culture and music across Scotland. And we've got new comedy too. Each Friday in the Culture Studio, we're inviting a range of writers and comedians to offer a series of comedy monologues. They can write a letter, a phone call, a blog. Today 28 year old Kieron Nicholson prepares to enter the world of backpacking, much to the bemusement of his parents.

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Janice tunes into what is happening in the arts, culture and music across Scotland.

Janice Forsyth tunes into what is happening in the arts, culture and music across Scotland.

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Celebrating the life and Gaelic song collection of Margaret Fay Shaw, A Little Bird Blown off Course is a new piece of music-theatre by Fiona J Mackenzie, presented by the National Theatre of Scotland and Blas Festival in partnership with the National Trust for Scotland. We're going to speak to Fiona J Mackenzie and Arthur Cormack from Blas.

MCM ComicCon is coming to Scotland for the first time this Saturday. The final event of the day is going to be the Cosplay Masquerade (fancy dress for geeks). We're going to be joined by MCM's Cosplay expert Joe Sutton and a cosplayer from Glasgow who will be going along.

We're going to chat to Scottish soprano Kate Valentine who is performing at Proms in the Park at Glasgow Green this weekend.

The Great Hip Hop Hoax is a documentary charting the tale of 2 Scottish boys who fooled the music industry into thinking they were Californian rap stars. We're going to speak to director Jeanie Finlay.

And Mark Benton is currently starring in Hairspray at the Edinburgh Playhouse. Not only that but he's set to take to the dance floor on this series of Strictly. How is he managing to juggle the two? We'll find out.

Janice Forsyth tunes into what's happening in arts, culture and music across Scotland and we've comedy too with our new series of comedy monologues - Backpackers Anonymous - in this episode Kieron Nicholson reports back from the journey of a lifetime.

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Janice Forsyth talks to Dominic Hill of the Citizens Theatre's about Crime and Punishment.

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Lynda La Plante talks to Janice about her TV shows and latest novel, Wrongful Death.

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Janice chats to Michael Dobbs, Jason Byrne and Holywood puppeteer Scott Land.

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Janice tunes into what is happening in the arts, culture and music across Scotland.

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Arts, culture and music across Scotland, plus the third episode of Backpackers Anonymous.

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Singer-songwriter Alistair Griffin and folk musician Peggy Seeger drop in on the show.

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Actor Peter Mullan joins Janice Forsyth to talk about Dexter Fletcher's Sunshine on Leith.

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Film critics Rob Fox and Eddie Harrison review The Call, Metro Manila and Diana.

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Janice Forsyth looks at videogame Beyond: Two Souls, starring Ellen Page and Willem Defoe.

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Janice Forsyth talks to director Denis Villeneuve about his new film Prisoners.

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Ed Byrne, Bill Bryson, Vic Galloway and Bruce Findlay join Janice Forsyth

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Janice tunes into what is happening in the arts, culture and music across Scotland.

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Michael Morpurgo discusses his recently published version of the children's classic Pinocchio. John Legend discusses life, love and music with his new album Love In The Future. Live Transmission: Joy Division Reworked is based on the music of Joy Division, reinterpreted by electronic music pioneer Scanner and the Heritage Orchestra, with visuals by Matt Watkins - Janice finds out more. Acclaimed performer, director, playwright (and magician) Rob Drummond talks about his Arches production of the Bullet Catch which has claimed the lives of at least twelve illusionists, assistants and spectators since its conception in 1613. And Janice finds out what's on offer at Luminate, Scotland's festival of creative ageing which is now in its second year. Plus a book of bad jokes from 1929 - cult classic 'Jokes Cracked By Lord Aberdeen' is re-published this month by Scott Pack, and Janice finds how the book has developed such a following. All that and loads of great music including new singles from Jack Johnson, Prefab Sprout and Chvrches.

Janice Forsyth tunes into what is happening and what is buzzing in the arts world.

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Comedy improviser Richard Vranch joins Janice ahead of his UK wide tour as part of Paul Merton's Impro Chums.

Jack Vettriano's work has been gathered together for the first time at Kelvingrove art gallery and museum - he talks to Janice about causing a stampede.

Janice hears some of Julian and Jiaxin Lloyd Webber's new recording of duets for cellos.

'Come And Get It' is the new single from London-based singer-songwriter Moya - she talks to Janice about opening the Hydro with Rod Stewart.

Glasgow-based film director Carol Cooke tells Janice about her documentary Ugandan Women Mean Business and her attempts to challenge the preconceptions of an aid-dependent Africa.

David Martin tells Janice about how his not-for-profit arts organisation, Hidden Doors sets about reclaiming disused and derelict spaces throughout Edinburgh for collaborative arts projects and exhibitions.

Janice Forsyth tunes into what is happening and what is buzzing in the arts world.

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Janice Forsyth talks movies, poetry and exploring the Nile.

Janice Forsyth speaks to Kevin MacDonald's about his new film "How I Live Now" and reviews "More than Honey", a documentary about honey bees.

Siobhan Synnot is in Dinard for Festival of British Film. While closer to home, we hear from the Programmer of the Scottish Mental Health Film Festival.

And what's your favourite line from the movies? George Tiffin has compiled a list of 700 great lines from the earliest talkies to the latest blockbusters.

On National Poetry Day, Janice meets two Scottish winners of the Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award, before she goes adventuring on the Red Nile with river's biographer, Robert Twigger.

Janice tunes into what is happening in the arts, culture and music across Scotland.

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Jack Dee: Known for his dry sense of humour and Victor Meldrew-esque approach to life complete with an almost permanently dour face, some would say it's about time Jack Dee visited Scotland - and he is! Jack joins Janice to talk about his experiences back on tour after a 6 year break.

Singer- songwriter Devon Sproule will be playing live in the studio, showcasing tracks from her eighth album- and she's still only 31 years old!

Andy Warhol isn't a figure we'd associate with authority and institutions but tomorrow sees the opening in the Scottish Parliament of the first ever exhibition of Warhol's work curated by a political institution. 'Pop, Power and Politics' displays some of the artist's portraits of iconic politicians and other powerful figures. Matt Wrbican from the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, who worked with the Parliament on the exhibition, joins Janice.

90% of everything we consume is brought to us over the seas and yet it's an industry about which we know very little. Author Rose George took to the seas for her new book "Deep Sea and Foreign Going - Inside Shipping, the Invisible Industry that Brings you 90% of Everything". She'll drop anchor for a while this afternoon to talk to tell us more.

And a visual arts festival with a difference : Imagine this in your mind's eye: an arts festival featuring both local and international work transforming the small market town in Fife in which it takes place by using unusual venues such as, an ex-jail, the railway station, the town's charity shops and medieval alleyways, and a former grain silo. Artistic Director of the Cupar Arts Festival Gayle Nelson and artist Jacqueline Bulnes will be in to paint Janice the picture.

Janice tunes into what is happening in the arts, culture and music across Scotland.

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We head to Japan for the first hour of today's programme with expert in anime and Japanese culture Jonathan Clements. First, the Scotland Loves Anime Festival which kicks off this weekend at the GFT in Glasgow, Head of Marketing Kerry Kasim runs through the programme highlights. Plus curator Rosina Buckland drops by to tell Janice about a brand new exhibition of Japanese Kabuki prints at the National Museum of Scotland. And Robbie Collins explains the importance of Studio Ghibli which has produced 15 of the highest-grossing anime films made in Japan. In the second hour, Douglas Coupland explains why he's written a character who goes against all political correctness in his new book 'Worst.Person.Ever'. And Doug Allan talks about his career in wildlife photography and what it's like to work alongside the king of nature documentary, David Attenborough. Plus we'll be looking at the links between mental health and comedy with Richard Melvin and Isabella Goldie.

Janice Forsyth tunes into what is happening and what is buzzing in the arts world.

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Bryan Burnett tunes into what's happening in arts, culture and music across Scotland and we've comedy too with a new series of comedy monologues, The Outsiders featuring Scottish comedians sharing their experience of feeling like an outsider in a modern Scottish society. Susie McCabe shares her story about coming out to her family.

Janice tunes into what is happening in the arts, culture and music across Scotland.

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Still Game's Ford Kiernan and Greg Hemphill join Janice hot from their big announcement tomorrow morning.

Ahead of the opening of her one woman show at the Shed in Glasgow tomorrow, Michelle McManus talks about learning Gaelic to compete in the Royal National Mòd.

What does the immense popularity of streaming services mean financially for record labels and their artists? Stuart Henderson from Glasgow's Chemikal Underground gives Janice the record labels' perspective on it.

Janice is joined by the Grammy award winning and BAFTA nominated composer behind the scores of Beyond Two Souls, Not Another Happy Ending, Lorne Balfe

The Boyle Family has been creating art as a family for 50 years. Their work is part of the New Acquisitions exhibition opening at the National Gallery of Modern Art.

A new opera by composer Julian Wagstaff for voices, clarinet, cello and piano was commissioned by the University of Edinburgh to commemorate the 300th anniversary of its School of Chemistry. We get to hear a bit ahead of its premiere.

Janice Forsyth tunes into what is happening and what is buzzing in the arts world.

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Janice Forsyth talks to film expert Barry Norman and Danish singer-songwriter Agnes Obel.

Her debut album sold almost half a million copies, was loved by critics and went platinum many times over in Europe. She's performing in Glasgow tonight, her second album is just out and she'll be talking to Janice later- it's Agnes Obel.

It's movie day and we'll be reviewing new cinema releases sci fi blockbuster, Ender's Game, courtroom thriller Closed Circuit, and, for the kids, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2. And hey, jet-setters, we'll also be talking about what makes an ideal in-flight movie.

Film oracle Barry Norman, will be here - he's written a new book, not about the movies, but about his late wife, Diana.

Writer Ali Smith on her insightful and lushly-illustrated interpretation of the Greek myth of Antigone, the girl who challenged an all-powerful king.

And- the rocky road to reality: legendary Scottish comedian Arnold Brown and award-winning director Jes Benstock are collaborating on a comedic film project penned by Arnie himself and based on his experiences as a Jewish Scotsman on the South side of Glasgow. But even with this pedigree will they secure the funding they need to get it off the ground? They'll give us a progress report.

Janice Forsyth tunes into what is happening and what is buzzing in the arts world.

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Janice Forsyth tunes into what's happening in arts, culture and music across Scotland and we've comedy too with a new series of comedy monologues, Journeys. This week in 'Number 92 from Stockbridge, we join bus driver, Norah, played by Karen Dunbar on an impromptu tour of Edinburgh city centre.

Janice Forsyth tunes into what is happening and what is buzzing in the arts world.

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Writer Alan Grant (2000AD and Batman) and infamous artist Robin Smith (2000AD and The Bogie Man) have teamed up for the first time in 20 years to work on a comic with Artlink Edinburgh's Alison Stirling and a young man, Scott, who has autism.

Americana singer/songwriter Josh Ritter plays a live session in the Culture Studio.

'Release' is an exhibition of artwork from prisons across Scotland. The works have been entered for the Koestler Awards - a charitable scheme which has been rewarding artistic achievement in the penal and secure sectors for over 50 years. All will be revealed with artist, playwright and former inmate Eve McDougall and awards judge, Robin Baillie of the National Galleries of Scotland.

Dr Laurence Grove, French comics expert and Reader at Glasgow University reviews 'Asterix and the Picts' for us.

Carlos Acosta is best known as one of the greatest dancers of our time, but he's also penned an autobiography -No Way Home, which seems to have ignited a passion for writing. He tells Janice about his first work of fiction, Pig's Foot.

Americana singer-songwriter Josh Ritter plays a live session for The Culture Studio.

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Dan and Woody from chart-topping rock band Bastille are in the studio ahead of their sold-out gig in Edinburgh tonight.

Writer Jackie Kay will be here to tell us about bringing Maw Broon to the stage as part of this month's Glasgay! festivities, the annual celebration of LGBT culture.

A Fife mining community battling with issues of loyalty, honour and trust in the middle of the 1926 General Strike. That's at the heart of a Scottish film with resonances for today. THE HAPPY LANDS, made by Edinburgh's Theatre Workshop, is just out on DVD - director Robert Rae will be here.

A football club is not the most obvious place to find music lessons but we'll be hearing about the 14 major clubs across Scotland where over a hundred youngsters are learning how to play.

And we meet two of the dynamic sound artists taking over Glasgow this week as it hosts Sonica 2013 - a programme of events and installations dedicated to the sonic arts.

Janice Forsyth tunes into what is happening and what is buzzing in the arts world.

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Janice Forsyth talks to actor Matthew Kelly and singer Eleanor McEvoy plays live.

Janice Forsyth tunes into what's happening in arts, culture and music across Scotland.

One of Britain's best-loved actors and presenters, Matthew Kelly, is in Edinburgh this week, starring in a new production of To Sir With Love. He joins us live.

Eleanor McEvoy wrote one of the biggest selling songs in Irish history. She's touring Scotland this week but takes time out to come into the Culture Studio to play live.

For Those in Peril, the latest film from writer / director, Paul Wright, has just been nominated for four Scottish BAFTA awards. Paul and actress Kate Dickie tell us what all the fuss is about.

And no Thursday would be complete at the Culture Studio without a razor-sharp round-up of the latest movies. Critics Siobhan Synnot and Alistair Harkness join us to review Philomena, Thor: The Dark World and the re-release - for Halloween night only - of horror classic Nightmare on Elm Street.

Janice Forsyth tunes into what is happening and what is buzzing in the arts world.

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At the tender age of 17 his debut album 'Jake Bugg' sent him into the record books as the youngest solo male to debut at the top of the charts with their first release and the album is fast-approaching sales of one million worldwide. Jake Bugg performs live. For centuries the mystical and rugged landscape of Scotland has inspired artists and musicians alike and musician Hugh Carswell was lured away from London by the Isle of Jura to create his latest album In Chances Of Light. Janice finds out if he misses the city life. The late, great Oscar Marzaroli was considered one of the best Scottish photographers of the twentieth century. New book 'Waiting For The Magic' is published this weekend, featuring the best of Marazoli's work, some unpublished photographs and a collection of commissioned essays. His widow Anne Marzaroli and Professor Robert Crawford drop by discuss Marzaroli's life and work. Martin Sixsmith is a successful author and radio / television presenter who has become the inspiration for new film 'Philomena'. Janice finds out what he thinks of the film and Steve Coogan's depiction of him. Plus, can you achieve your dreams without pushing away the people you love? That is the question at the centre of a very different type of video game based on family relationships. 'The Novelist' focuses on an author who tries to fulfil his ambitions whilst maintaining a healthy family life. Is it possible? Janice talks to writer and gaming fan Charlie Fletcher and creator Kent Hudson comes to us live from San Francisco to explain all.

Janice Forsyth tunes into what is happening and what is buzzing in the arts world.

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Janice is joined by multi-platinum selling BRIT award winning singer GABRIELLE.

Author of the Spiderwick Chronicles Holly Black talks about her new book The Coldest Girl in Cold Town.

Matthew Baylis tells us about his non-fiction debut which details his extraordinary discovery of a cult worshipping Prince Philip on the South Sea island of Tanna.

When first produced Noel Coward's Blithe Spirit became the most successful show the West End and Broadway had ever seen - Johnny McKnight tells us about living out his personal dream of directing the supernatural comedy in Perth Theatre

The RSNO's Naked Classics concerts are a unique way to enjoy classical music - making orchestral masterpieces more accessible and engaging for audiences unfamiliar with classical music. Composer and presenter Paul Rissmann tells us all about them.

The Libertadores String Quartet from Venezeula are all graduates of El Sistema and are playing Aberdeen hot off the heels of a concert at the Carnegie Hall In New York. They are there to raise awareness of El Sistema in Aberdeen and to help raise funds for a trip by the Big Noise orchestra - the Raploch, Stirling orchestra inspired by El Sistema - to go to Venezuela.

George Anderson from Sistema Scotland come into The Culture Studio to tell us more.

Janice Forsyth tunes into what is happening and what is buzzing in the arts world.

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Mamma Mia writer Catherine Johnson and director Michael Emans talk about their collaboration on feel-good play - Shang-a-Lang, which takes a step back in time to the days of the Bay City Rollers, memorable fashion and unforgettable music.

Comedian Josie Long talks about her ventures into film and her love of Glasgow.

You can hear when Janice met Dame Edna, ahead of her farewell tour opening at Edinburgh's Festival Theatre tonight.

The artist Francesca Perona and Abertay University's Clare Brennan tell us what's going on at Dundee Digital Arts Festival, NEoN and how the V&A project progresses.

And author Richard Havers talks about his magnificent history of Verve Records.

Designer, Wayne Hemingway and director and writer Elaine Constantine talk about the roots, lineage and fashion of Northern Soul.

Janice Forsyth tunes into what is happening and what is buzzing in the arts world.

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BalletBoyz are an all male dance group with a difference who've been wowing audiences across Europe and America for ten years. Now they're bringing their new show, Talent 2013, to Glasgow and Glenrothes. Founder Billy Trevitt and dancers Ed Pearce and Andrea Carrucciu join us live.

Gavin Francis has just won the Scottish Mortgage Investment Trust Book of the Year Award for Empire Antarctica, his account of fourteen months spent in the most remote spot on the planet - the Halley Research Station 900 miles from the South Pole. Gavin tells us about the appeal of the Antarctic and shares penguin anecdotes with Janice.

Helen Fitzgerald is a Glasgow social worker and novelist whose latest book, The Cry, won rave reviews.

2013 has been a big year for Public Service Broadcasting, one of the most innovative bands of recent years. Their combination of classic spoken word recordings and lush music has won them fans including the Manic Street Preachers. They play Edinburgh tonight but before that they join us in the Culture Studio to share their love of crackly old archive.

The nominations for Venue of the Year at the Scots Trad Music Awards contained a surprise this year. Alongside million-pound venues is Douglas Robertson's Edinburgh house - where he stages gigs in his front room. Douglas tells us why audiences and musicians love the experience.

Jokes Cracked By Lord Aberdeen is possibly the worst joke book ever written. First published in 1929 it contains the collected wit of Scotland's 'foremost late Victorian aristocratic comic'. But despite the reputation, the book has a cult following. Scott Pack has decided to republish it and he joins us to try and raise a titter.

Janice talks to members of BalletBoyz, plus Public Service Broadcasting are in the studio.

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Movie reviews with Pasquale Iannone and Eddie Harrison, plus the French Film Festival.

It's Thursday and that means movies in The Culture Studio!

Film critics Pasquale Iannone and Eddie Harrison review 'Gravity' (Sandra Bullock, George Clooney), 'Seduced and Abandoned' (James Toback, Alec Baldwin) and we take a look at an Orson Welles classic which is re-released on DVD this week; 'Journey Into Fear'.

Our focus on film continues with the French Film Festival which kicks off today. Director and co-founder Richard Mowe joins Janice to give an overview of this year's highlights and acclaimed French director Sylvain Chomet discusses his first ever live-action-feature, 'Attila Marcel'.

Staying in the French vein we wish happy 100th birthday to Albert Camus with a new translation of his novel 'The Outsider' by Sandra Smith.

And author Dame Margaret Drabble drops by to discuss her new book 'The Pure Gold Baby'.

Christopher Brookmyre on the rise of the antihero, plus the letters of Spike Milligan.

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Janice Forsyth tunes into what's happening in arts, culture and music across Scotland and we've comedy too with a new series of comedy monologues, Journeys. In this week's episode, School Run with Molly Vevers, a young pupil heads for her final exams and muses on what she would like to do in the future.

Janice Forsyth tunes into what is happening and what is buzzing in the arts world.

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Janice marks Remembrance with a highly original play coming to a train station near you. 'Suitcase' marks the 75th anniversary of the first arrival of the Kindertransport in Britain and creator Jane Merkin talks to Janice ahead of the opening performance at Glasgow's Central Station.

Anthropologist, archaeologist and author of The Poppy, Nicholas Saunders tells Janice about the cultural significance of the flower from Ancient Egypt, to Flanders fields to Afghanistan.

And we look ahead to 'Stars on Parade', an extravaganza taking place at a Glasgow's Royal Concert Hall on Monday night. Director James Patterson tells Janice about the performances from service men and women, past and present plus the West End and Broadway names gracing the stage for Remembrance charities.

Glasgow's Templeton Carpet Museum threw open its doors on Saturday and we treat you to a walk-around and everyone's favourite art critic, Anne Ellis tells us some of the stories behind the magnificent building and its previous incarnation.

Comedy man-of-the-moment, Hal Cruttenden takes a breather with Janice during his massive 50 date UK tour of Tough Luvvie.

Professional Lego builder, Warren Elsmore joins Janice to talk about his exhibition Brick City running at Paisley Museum.

Janice Forsyth tunes into what is happening and what is buzzing in the arts world.

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There's a lot going on in the Dumfries and Galloway Arts world at the moment - Cathy Agnew and poet Hugh McMillan will be here to tell Janice about exciting new plans for the region.

Did you know that classic Southern soul tracks including "When a Man Loves a Woman," were recorded in a converted tobacco warehouse in a small town called Muscle Shoals in Alabama? A hit new documentary with talking heads from the likes of Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Alicia Keys and Bono tells the story of one of the most influential studios of our time. Director Greg Camalier and reviewer Alistair Harkness will join Janice to discuss.

We all take the ability to go on cheap package holidays for granted now - but 150 years ago, tourism wasn't so straightforward. In 1863 travel pioneer Thomas Cook took a group on a three week trip to Switzerland and one of the party, Miss Jemima Morrell wrote a diary about her time there. Fast forward to today, and author Diccon Bewes decided to retrace Jemima's trip wrote an account of his experiences in 'The Slow Train to Switzerland'. Diccon will be on hand to tell Janice about the hardships 19th Century tourism.

Star Wars have been holding open auditions for their next film Episode VII. But what actually happens at an Open Audition? And why would casting agents choose to have one instead of keeping the process behind closed doors?

Do you know what a Foley Artist does? You might have seen the title in film credits but did you know that they are the people who create live sound effects to match action on stage or film footage on screen? Two such artists from multimedia show 'Enough Already' join Janice to make a few crashes and bangs.

And finally, Keane will be on hand to talk to us about their new Greatest Hits album.

Janice Forsyth tunes into what is happening and what is buzzing in the arts world.

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Jared and Matt of Kings of Leon fame talk to The Culture Studio about their 6th album, the band's creative process and their delight at being back in the spotlight after three years off.

Janice finds out about the extraordinary power of film music with pianist Neil Brand who has been accompanying silent films for nearly 30 years.

Author Cecelia Ahern (PS I Love You) drops by to tell us about her latest novel, How to Fall in Love.

Scotland and Poland's shared heritage becomes the talk of the town at an event in Edinburgh tonight which will showcase the stories, events and people that shaped the history of the 2 countries. Janice talks to the team behind the Scottish Polish Heritage Trail.

Plus the first episode of Crackanory airs on entertainment channel Dave tonight. It's Jackanory but with an adult twist and will feature the likes of Harry Enfield, Jessica Hynes, and Rebecca Front reading some dark tales for the 21st century. Producer Andy Bereton and writer Nico Tatarowicz tell us more.

And Susan Morrison and Louise Welsh give us the low down on 'Previously' Scotland's 3rd annual history festival which starts today and runs until the end of this month.

Janice Forsyth tunes into what is happening and what is buzzing in the arts world.

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Rockgrass group Hayseed Dixie are live in session, plus Janice has reviews of the week's big movie releases.

Hayseed Dixie are live in session, plus reviews of the week's big movie releases.

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Naturally the imminence of The Day of the Doctor has got Janice over-excited. So tune in for a Culture Studio Dr Who special with Janice at the helm of her own Tardis.

She's joined by four super-fans - authors A L Kennedy and Jenny Colgan, TV critic Paul Whitelaw and comedian Charlie Ross.

There's very little, if anything these guests don't know about Dr Who - they'll be bringing out the fan in everyone with their witty insights.

The 22nd November 1963 marks the death of a giant of science fiction literature, as well as JFK. Aldous Huxley died 50 years ago today and sci-fi writer Kim Newman and ardent fan Sarah Dillon discuss his legacy.

Janice lands her Tardis on Planet Cantona as we hear an interview with the former footballer-turned-film star at the Dinard Film Festival

And the film critic with the best hair, Mark Kermode talks about his book - Hatchet Job and the possibility of the demise of the professional film critic.

Janice Forsyth tunes into what is happening and what is buzzing in the arts world.

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Scottish singer-songwriter Horse MacDonald chats to Janice and performs live.

Two experts from the world of literature drop by to discuss their new books. Ramona Koval is described as Australia's literary microphone mistress; and she joins former editor of Granta and ex-president of the Circle of Literary Critics John Freeman to discuss the art of examining 'the author' and the way books write their way into our lives.

We're going big on Book Week Scotland and celebrating it in some shape or form every day this week. Today we're finding out about secret art installations being revealed across the country everyday this week. These mysterious murals will match writers' statements - the statements themselves forming a sort of manifesto for reading. Artist David Galletly and writer Alan Bissett explain more.

For the first time in over 50 years, a team of wildlife filmmakers from the BBC's Natural History Unit has been granted access to explore deep into the little-known jungle wilderness of Burma. Wildlife filmmaker Gordon Buchanan joins Janice to discuss 'Wild Burma: Nature's Lost Kingdom' which is a three part series starting on BBC Two this week.

Bob Dickson takes us on an Edinburgh bus tour with a difference - as we find about 'Poets on a Bus' which is a new project in the capital.

And we have live performances from female Scottish singer-songwriter Horse.

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Bah humbug! Yes, we're only just into December but the Christmas shows have begun apace. Janice gets tips on being Scrooge from Christopher Fairbank; the Auf Wiedersehen Pet star is appearing in A Christmas Carol at Edinburgh's Lyceum Theatre.

Glasgow-born photographer Harry Benson has worked with every American president from Eisenhower to Obama, he toured with the Beatles during Beatlemania, he's snapped the stars from Amy Winehouse to Kate Moss, and captured both the rise and fall of the Berlin Wall.

The Godfather of Scottish Performance Poetry, Jem Rolls, and poet Bram Grieben join Janice to talk about a new poetry event being launched in Edinburgh and Glasgow called The Accelerator, and why poetry is so much more than the new rock'n'roll.

Best-selling American author Mitch Albom on faith, redemption and hoax calls as he tells Janice about his novel "The First Phone Call From Heaven".

Jerry Gretzinger is an artist who has been working on one constantly evolving work - called Jerry's Map - for fifty years. It's an internet sensation and it's coming to Edinburgh in its first ever trip out of the States.

And isn't it about time there was a statue of Mary Queen of Scots? Author Theresa Breslin and Helen Macdonald of the Glasgow Women's Library both think it is - and ask which women you'd like to see turned to stone.

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We've live music from We See Lights, seen as one of the pioneering bands of the 'Scottish nu-folk revolution'. They're joined by Daniel Abercrombie to tell us about The Christmas Songwriters' Club.

Janice will be slinging on her crampons and dusting off her ice axe to venture into Scotland's mountainous winter wonderland ahead of One Wild Winter, a BBC One Scotland documentary, airing tonight which examines what draws folk to such a beautiful but treacherous landscape at this time of year.

Forget book best-seller lists, Janice will be asking independent bookseller Barry Young and the Edinburgh International Book Festival's Roland Gulliver what to get for the young and choosy this Christmas.

Writing collective '26' have written 26 Stories of Christmas all wrapped up in a 26-day online Advent calendar. Janice will be opening today's with the Collective's Sara Sheridan.

A major new exhibition of Scottish fine art photography has opened at the McManus Gallery in Dundee. Featured artist Calum Colvin and co-curator Susan Keracher tell us about the city's impressive collection.

And star of a stage adaptation of Oscar Wilde's Selfish Giant currently running at the new Studio venue at the Festival Theatre is in the studio. Iain Johnstone gives us a flavour of the piece and children's book specialist Janet Smyth gives insight into Wilde's writing for young people.

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Janice has a review of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug and hears from star Luke Evans.

We will be reviewing 'The Hobbit Desolation of Smaug' and hearing from one if it's stars, Luke Evans.

Film reviewers, Nigel Floyd and Pasquale Iannone will also be appraising the unforgettable 'Cinema Paradiso', and the second of three films to be released by the BFI in cinemas nationwide as part of their GOTHIC: The Dark Heart of Film series -Jack Clayton's 1961 feature The Innocents, now widely considered to be one of the greatest of all cinematic tales of terror!

We'll hear about a new musical version of the Jungle Book, adapted by Stuart Paterson, showing at The Citz. The Official opening to public is Friday 6th December - we'll hear from Stuart and members of the cast.

'Four Artists and Forest of Glass in the Far North' - we hear all about a project to bring 4 artists out of the studio, into the North Highland countryside to work in experimental glass engraving techniques inspired by the unique landscape.

Jazz legend 'Fats Waller' - contracted pneumonia and died on a cross-country train trip near Kansas City, Missouri, on December 15, 1943 aged only 39. 70 years on, journalist Alison Kerr celebrates his life and work and reminds us why this natural entertainer, composer, singer, and pianist was one of the most important pianist in the history of jazz.

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Janice Forsyth tunes into what is happening and what is buzzing in the arts world.

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Janice Forsyth tunes into what is happening and what is buzzing in the arts world.

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Janice Forsyth presents highlights from The Culture Studio at the Edinburgh Festival 2013. Actors, comedians and singers join Janice in the big blue tent at Potterow including David Baddiel, Sandi Toksvig, Phill Jupitus, Blythe Duff, Justin Currie, Eilish O'Carroll, Clare Teal, Graham Fellows and Rachel Sermanni.

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Janice Forsyth presents a Culture Studio special on Scottish authors. In conversation with Janice, the godfather of Tartan Noir, William McIlvanney; journalist Damien Barr on his memoir Maggie and Me;the force behind Hamish Macbeth and Agatha Raisin mysteries, M C Beaton plus James Robertson, author of The Professor of Truth inspired by the Lockerbie events, Karen Campbell with her latest novel, This is Where I Am and debut novelist Jenni Fagan describing the reaction to her work The Panoptican.

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Janice Forsyth delves into the comedy highlights of the year with Ford Kiernan and Greg Hemphill, Maureen Beattie, Reginald D Hunter, Josie Long, Jack Dee, Ed Byrne, John Lloyd and Jenny Eclair.

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Janice Forsyth tunes into what is happening and what is buzzing in the arts world.

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Janice Forsyth tunes into what is happening and what is buzzing in the arts world.

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Janice Forsyth tunes into what is happening and what is buzzing in the arts world.

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Janice Forsyth tunes into what is happening and what is buzzing in the arts world.

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Janice Forsyth tunes into what is happening and what is buzzing in the arts world.

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Janice Forsyth tunes into what is happening and what is buzzing in the arts world.

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Film reviewers, Alistair Harkness and Hannah McGill will be discussing the hotly anticipated, 'Dallas Buyer's Club.'

Janice will also be hearing from one of the stars of the film, Jared Leto - he plays Rayon in the film - a Trans-gender woman addicted to drugs and dying of AIDS.

They will also be re-appraising Filth, which is being released on Blu Ray and DVD.

Ralph Fiennes will be talking about The Invisible Woman - his second film as director; this time he has taken on the literary giant Charles Dickens, and his secret love affair with a young aspiring actress.

The Epic of Everest - Captain John Noel's stunning official record of the 1924 Everest expedition has just been released on DVD and Blu-ray - we'll hear all about it from his daughter Sandra and composer Simon Fisher Turner who has composed a new soundtrack for the restoration.

All that and live music from Edinburgh singer/songwriter Mark Corbett.

Janice Forsyth tunes into what is happening and what is buzzing in the arts world.

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It's 100 years to the day since Charlie Chaplin's most iconic character, the Little Tramp, first appeared on screen. And now Chaplin's biographer, David Robinson, has unearthed a previously unpublished novel that Chaplin wrote. David and Bryony Dickson of the British Film Institute join Janice to discuss Chaplin-the-novelist and his immense legacy in cinema.

M.A.D. are a new boyband who have been dubbed a 'social media sensation'. Their online popularity made sure their first single, Toyboy, got into the Top 40 without any traditional promotion or airplay. They'll be playing live in the Culture Studio.

Jill Halfpenny will tell us about working with Danny Boyle in her latest role as a riot control officer in Channel 4's police satire, Babylon.

Helga Paris is a photographer whose work challenges our preconceptions about what life was like behind the Iron Curtain in East Berlin. Her first major UK exhibition is opening on Saturday in Glasgow. Art historian Debbie Lewer has seen the exhibition and tells us what makes Paris' work so special.

On Monday the all-conquering musical, Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story, is coming to Edinburgh. Director Matt Salisbury and stars Glen Joseph and Vivienne Smith join us to discuss Buddy's music, his legacy, and what it's like filling those famous shoes.

And this week's Comedy Monologue, Only the Lonely, features Janey Godley as Glasgow pensioner Mrs. Beattie, reflecting on the search for love and companionship amongst the over sixties.

All that and some great music.

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The Epic of Everest - Captain John Noel's stunning official record of the 1924 Everest expedition has just been released on DVD and Blu-ray - we'll hear all about it from his daughter Sandra and composer Simon Fisher Turner who has composed a new soundtrack for the restoration.

HER - Film reviewers, Nicola Balkind and Eddie Harrison will be discussing the hotly anticipated Spike Jonze film, 'Her.'

They will also be appraising The Lego Movie!!

Nick Frost will be talking about Cuban Fury,

We'll be previewing the Glasgow Short Film Festival Programme

American author, Sheri Fink will discuss her Pulitzer Prize-winning book, Five Days at Memorial, an illuminating investigation into the moral and physical chaos that consumed a hospital during Hurricane Katrina.

Janice Forsyth tunes into what is happening and what is buzzing in the arts world.

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Janice Forsyth tunes into what is happening and what is buzzing in the arts world.

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Janice Forsyth tunes into what is happening and what is buzzing in the arts world.

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Janice Forsyth tunes into what is happening and what is buzzing in the arts world.

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Janice Forsyth tunes into what is happening and what is buzzing in the arts world.

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The Grand Budapest Hotel - As the GFF begins today, Siobhan Synnot, will discuss The Grand opening film Wes Anderson's 'Grand Budapest Hotel' which will soon be on general release right around the country - she will also give us her informed roundup and recommendations!

Retro connoisseur, Alison Kerr will be discussing their big Retrospective - 'Hooray For Hollywood 1939' which includes many classics including the ageless The Wizard of Oz!

Music writer Fiona Shepherd talks about all the great music docs and films at the festival this year including 20 Feet from Stardom - a film about the backing singers who made the biggest names in rock sound great. One of the original 'Ikettes', and rumoured to the inspiration for the Rolling Stones Brown Sugar, Claudia Lennear will be on hand to explain.

We'll have LIVE music from BOY & BEAR

Film reviewers - Nigel Floyd and Siobhan Synott will also discuss Only Lovers Left Alive - idiosyncratic auteur, Jim Jarmusch's twisted take on the vampire genre, and Nymphomaniac Vols 1 and 2 from that other idiosyncratic auteur, Lars Von Trier.

Janice Forsyth tunes into what is happening and what is buzzing in the arts world.

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This Wide Night is a drama at Glasgow's Tron Theatre, about two former cellmates adjusting to life outside of prison. Janice speaks to stars Elaine C Smith and Jayd Johnson, and director David Greig.

Author Sally Gardner's new book began life as a work for children, she talks about rewriting it for an adult audience.

Singer Louise Rutkowski, fomerly of This Mortal Coil, tells Janice about her new solo album, Diary of a Lost Girl.

Comedian Raymond Mearns shares his thoughts on using stand-up to overcome a mid-life crisis, and he and Des Clarke discuss the art of the comedy compere. And there's a new comedy monologue from Ashley Storrie.

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Janice Forsyth tunes into what is happening and what is buzzing in the arts world.

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Janice Forsyth tunes into what is happening and what is buzzing in the arts world.

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As Spitting Image turns 30, co-creator Roger Law and voice actor Steve Nallon look back at the secret of its enduring success.

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Terry Gilliam joins Janice to discuss Zero Theorem - his latest sci-fi fantasy parable..

Film Reviewer Paul Gallagher will also be on hand to talk about The Book Thief - and we'll hear from the film's director Brian Percival.

Best-selling children's author, Julia Donaldson will be talking about her work and how the short animation of one her stories has been Oscar nominated!

and talking of Oscars, our man in Hollywood Peter Bowes previews this year's gong fest.

Janice Forsyth tunes into what is happening and what is buzzing in the arts world.

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Janice Forsyth tunes into what is happening and what is buzzing in the arts world.

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Janice Forsyth tunes into what is happening and what is buzzing in the arts world.

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Janice Forsyth tunes into what is happening and what is buzzing in the arts world.

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Janice Forsyth tunes into what is happening and what is buzzing in the arts world.

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Nina Persson, iconic frontwoman for The Cardigans talks to Janice about her solo career.

Film Reviewers, Ian Hoey and Jonathan Melville discuss the enduring appeal of This Is Spinal Tap which is about to be re -released on blu ray to celebrate its 30th Anniversary.

They will also discuss 300: RISE OF AN EMPIRE.

They will also discuss the deeply unsettling 'cult classic' Wake In Fright which is about to get a theatrical release.

We will hear from the great magician Ricky Jay discussing Deceptive Practice: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay.

And mark the 100th anniversary of the Usher Hall on The Culture Studio with a live discussion on the venue from the point of view of what it offers, and has offered, both performer and spectator over the years.

Janice Forsyth tunes into what is happening and what is buzzing in the arts world.

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Janice Forsyth tunes into what is happening and what is buzzing in the arts world.

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Janice Forsyth tunes into what is happening and what is buzzing in the arts world.

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Janice Forsyth tunes into what is happening and what is buzzing in the arts world.

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Janice Forsyth tunes into what is happening and what is buzzing in the arts world.

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Filmmaker Mark Cousins discusses a UK-wide film season, Cinema of Childhood, curated by him and inspired by his latest feature documentary, A STORY OF CHILDREN AND FILM.

Director Jonathan Glazer discusses his new feature, Under the Skin and Film Reviewers Nicola Balkind and Alistair Harkness join Janice to discuss it.

Actor Dominic Cooper discusses his role in need for Need For Speed - Reviewers Nicola Balkind and Alistair Harkness join Janice to review it.

Frank Cotterill Boyce, children's author whose work, including Millions and The Forgotten Coat, has seen him awarded the Carnegie Medal and the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize willl discuss his work and explore the power stories have to trap us. Professor Cottrell-Boyce is also a successful screenwriter, responsible for the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympics, and The Railway Man, starring Colin Firth and Nicole Kidman.

We will also preview a new BBC 4 documentary, THE BYRD WHO FLEW ALONE The Triumphs And Tragedy Of Gene Clark.

Janice Forsyth tunes into what is happening and what is buzzing in the arts world.

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Janice Forsyth tunes into what is happening and what is buzzing in the arts world.

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RICKY WILSON of the Kaiser Chiefs talks about 'The Voice UK' and the band's new single 'Coming Home' which is out on 31st March.

The multi-award winning comedian, acclaimed author and star of Live at the Electric and Unzipped - RUSSELL KANE chats about touring his show 'Smallness'.

Crime writer LOUISE WELSH drops by to talk about her new book 'A Lovely Way To Burn'.

We celebrate theatre company Borderline's 40th anniversary with one of the company's longest serving Producers EDDIE JACKSON. And 'A Slow Air' by David Harrower goes on tour this week and is the first event of Borderline's 40th anniversary celebrations which are taking place throughout the year. Janice talks to David Harrower about what it means to him to be bringing his most personal and local play to smaller venues across the country.

Plus from the Glasgow International Comedy Festival, 'Butterfly Kiss' written by and starring DAVE ANDERSON is a play full of Glasgow banter and seasoned with a teenage love of all things Americana.

And we're waiting by the letter box for another Poetry Postcard, tune in to find which Commonwealth country it comes from this week.

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Janice Forsyth tunes into what is happening and what is buzzing in the arts world.

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Janice Forsyth tunes into what is happening and what is buzzing in the arts world.

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Janice Forsyth tunes into what is happening and what is buzzing in the arts world.

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Janice Forsyth tunes into what is happening and what is buzzing in the arts world.

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Sophie Ellis Bextor joins Janice for a special extended interview and performs two live tracks from her new album 'Wanderlust'.

And with the Referendum only a few months away we take a glimpse of a possible future in new BBC Radio 4 play 'Dividing the Union'. Janice is joined by writer James Graham and director David Stenhouse to discuss the drama.

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Janice Forsyth tunes into what is happening and what is buzzing in the arts world.

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Janice Forsyth tunes into what is happening and what is buzzing in the arts world.

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Janice Forsyth tunes into what is happening and what is buzzing in the arts world.

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Janice Forsyth tunes into what is happening and what is buzzing in the arts world.

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Janice Forsyth tunes into what is happening and what is buzzing in the arts world.

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Janice Forsyth tunes into what is happening and what is buzzing in the arts world.

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Janice Forsyth tunes into what is happening and what is buzzing in the arts world.

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Janice Forsyth tunes into what is happening and what is buzzing in the arts world.

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Edi Stark tunes into what is happening in arts, culture and music across Scotland.

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Edi Stark tunes into what is happening in arts, culture and music across Scotland.

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Edi Stark tunes into what is happening in arts, culture and music across Scotland.

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It's a sessions special on The Culture Studio: Janice presents a selection of interviews and performances from musical guests who have played exclusively on the show. Highlights include KT Tunstall talking about the emotional experiences which fed into her last album, Travis playing songs from their Where You Stand album for the very first time, Josh Record on his love of road trips, and bluegrass band Hayseed Dixie giving Janice an anarchic lesson in hillbilly history.

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Irvine Welsh joins Janice to talk about his latest novel: "The Sex Lives of Siamese Twins".

Janice reviews the life and work of poet, playwright and jazz musician Tom McGrath, whose pamphlet "Sardines" is being re-issued.

The Indian poet and novelist, Salma, sends us her Commonwealth Poetry Postcard.

Before there's a game onscreen, there's art. But where does the artwork behind video games come from?

Craig Smith reckons a traipse round the pubs on the Royal Mile is the best way resolve the independence argument. Has he got a point? And while we're at it, is anyone else laughing in this debate?

Janice Forsyth tunes into what is happening and what is buzzing in the arts world.

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Janice Forsyth tunes into what is happening and what is buzzing in the arts world.

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Mindreading with Colin Cloud, folk-rockers Wildflowers and Salena Godden reciting poetry.

Artist Frank To's latest exhibition is based on Leonardo da Vinci's anatomy drawings and we have him and Caroline Erolin Lecturer, MSc's Medical & Forensic Art at Dundee University join us for a lively discussion on the coming-together of science and art.

BBC Radio Scotland playlist favourites, Indie-Folk rockers, Wildflowers, chat to Janice from Bristol ahead of their Glasgow gig on Saturday.

Doyenne of the spoken word scene and Neu! Reekie! star, Salena Godden, will treating us to a couple of her poems.

Author and travel writer Patrick Richardson tells Janice about the adventures that inspired his latest book 'In Search of Landfall: The Odyssey of an Indefatigable Adventurer'.

And forensic mind-reader Colin Cloud will be working his magic on Janice live in the Culture Studio.

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That Sinking Feeling - star of the film, Robert Buchanan, and Film Lecturer David Archibald discuss the new BFI Blu Ray Release of the Bill Forsyth classic kitchen sink caper.

Tracks - In 1977, Robyn Davidson walked across 1700 miles through the Australian desert, with nothing but four camels and a dog to keep her company! It took her 9 months, and eventually, she wrote a book about it; 'Tracks', has now been made into a film and Robyn will be on hand to discuss it.

Super Duper Alice Cooper - a new "shockumentary" or 'doc opera' on the king of schlock rock: Film critic and superfan, Ian Hoey shares his thoughts on it all.

Sophie Hannah - The Telling Error.' Prize winning poet and short story writer turned novelist Sophie Hannah discusses her new crime novel.

All that and Ralph McTell - the gifted singer, composer and guitarist discusses his work and current tour.

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Writer Anne Donovan tells Janice why she's moved from her usual setting of contemporary Glasgow to medieval Scotland for her new novel.

When singer-songwriter Fiona Bevan co-wrote a song called Little Things with a friend from the touring circuit, little did she know it would end up being a chart-topper for One Direction. Now she's releasing her own debut album, and she plays live in studio.

This week's Comedy Monologue ponders the perils of Modern Shopping in an episode called Supermarket Sweet.

Funky Australian musicians the John Butler Trio talk about exploring the human psyche and writing zombie love songs.

Youngsters from the Scottish Youth Theatre share their experiences of exploring politics through drama.

And with the news that the Oxford English Dictionary may disappear from bookshelves as the printed version is no longer viable, Janice asks what the future holds for those who love flicking from A to Z.

Janice Forsyth tunes into what is happening and what is buzzing in the arts world.

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Janice Forsyth tunes into what is happening and what is buzzing in the arts world.

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Janice Forsyth tunes into what is happening and what is buzzing in the arts world.

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Janice Forsyth tunes into what is happening and what is buzzing in the arts world.

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Scottish singer-songwriter and former Arab Strap mainman, Aidan Moffat, will be performing live in the Culture Studio.

Critics Siobhan Synnot and Nigel Floyd will discuss the classic American revenge story Blue Ruin and we'll hear from the star of the film Macon Blair.

They will also discuss the latest incarnation of Tarzan - 'Tarzan 3D' and the star of that film, Kellan Lutz will be on hand to share his thoughts too.

Pompeii - they will also review this epic story of Milo (Kit Harington), a slave turned invincible gladiator who finds himself in a race against time to save his true love Cassia.

British Pathe News - the newsreel maker which documented all walks of life on video during the 20th Century, has uploaded its entire collection of moving images to YouTube - Alistair White, British Pathe General Manager of will be here tell us all about it.

Ace In The Hole - Pasquale Iannone discusses the new blu ray release of the brilliant Ace in the Hole was the first film directed and also produced by Billy Wilder.

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Janice Forsyth tunes into what is happening and what is buzzing in the arts world.

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Janice Forsyth tunes into what is happening and what is buzzing in the arts world.

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Janice Forsyth tunes into what is happening and what is buzzing in the arts world.

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Jonathan Ross discusses The Wind Rises - the new film from Studio Ghibli's Hayao Miyazaki.

Frank - Critics Paul Gallagher and Stephen Carty discuss this film inspired by Frank Sidebottom - one of the strangest pop stars in history.

Jon Ronson, who played in his band, and has co-written the film starring Michael Fassbender, and he will also be on hand to explain all!

The Canyons- they will also review Paul Schrader's erotic drama about a warring couple played by Lindsay Lohan and adult movie star James Deen.

Star of Back To the Future and Charlie Angels, Holywood Maverick, Crispin Glover discusses the UK tour for his film - What is it?

Ankhil Sharma -the acclaimed author discusses FAMILY LIFE - a memoir in the guise of a novel that tells of Akhil's family's emigration from Delhi to New York, and his older brother's tragic accident that alters the family and Akhil's own upbringing.

Wicked - We hear about the production that is coming to the Kings Theatre in Glasgow - Winner of 90 international awards, Wicked has been casting its magical spell over audiences across the world for a decade and continues to break records.

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Janice Forsyth talks to Matthew Bourne about his dance production of Lord of the Flies, actor Kevin McKidd phones into The Culture Studio for a chat, we hear about the weird and wonderful ensembles at Glasgow's Tectonics festival, live music from The David Latto Band, and author Ned Beauman talks about his new book. It's Vinyl Verdict day and Janice asks listeners to pick between hearing Chic's Le Freak or Roxy Music's Love is the Drug spun on the record player. Janice also plays music throughout the show.

Janice Forsyth tunes into what is happening and what is buzzing in the arts world.

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Today it's part three of our monthly mini-series 'Artists at War' with Anne Ellis. Last month we discussed William Lamb and in March it was Sir John Lavery. Today we discuss one of the great Scottish Colourists FCB Cadell.

After leaving one of the most successful UK bands of the nineties The Beautiful South, Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott reunite and tell us about their new album 'What Have We Become' which marks the 20th anniversary of Paul and Jacqui's first album together.

Festival of Museums is an annual three day event which takes place in museums, galleries and other venues throughout Scotland. We talk to curator Joanne Orr who tells us more about what's in store.

And as part of the Festival of Museums we look at St Cecilia's Hall the oldest purpose-built concert hall in Scotland and one of the major venues for the festival. Serena Frederick from Edinburgh University talks about transforming St Cecilia's Hall into its 1940s ballroom setting for a series of events exploring and celebrating 1940's culture.

Our Commonwealth Poetry Postcard this week comes from Cyprus.

Janice Forsyth tunes into what is happening and what is buzzing in the arts world.

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Janice Forsyth tunes into what is happening and what is buzzing in the arts world.

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Author Allan Gurganus, winner of the LA Times Book Prize and a Guggenheim Fellowship talks to Janice about his latest novel - Local Souls. This is his first work of fiction in a decade and returns to the mythic site of his immortal novel OLDEST LIVING CONFEDERATE WIDOW TELLS ALL. Adaptations have earned him four Emmys.

Scottish rock legends Nazareth are releasing their 23rd album this month. It's most likely to be the last one as Dan McCafferty the lead singer is currently being treated for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Janice catches up with Dan to talk about the band's 45 year career, and the album which marks the end of an era especially as the band has influenced so many others along the way.

Music journalist Billy Sloan places Nazareth in the pantheon of Scottish rockers and comments on the reopening of the Kelvingrove Bandstand ahead of a string of Commonwealth Games concerts this summer.

We have live music in the studio from home-grown singer Niki King to herald the programme launch of this year's Edinburgh International Jazz and Blues Festival.

Hear Janice interview 'Rev' actor Tom Hollander on the challenges of portraying Dylan Thomas in the final days of his life in New York City.

Janice Forsyth tunes into what is happening and what is buzzing in the arts world.

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Cannes 2014 Live on the line from Cannes, French Film Festival Director UK, Richard Mowe offers a sneak peek at some of the more anticipated films in this year's lineup. Live report from Cannes

Godzilla - Film Critics Alistair Harkness and Jane Graham review 'Godzilla' 2014 reboot.

The Two Faces of January - Actor Viggo Mortensen discusses his role in this big screen adaptation of Patricia Highsmith's book - set against a backdrop of historic Greece it elegantly blends Sixties flair with murder and deceit!

Pulp Fiction As Park Circus reissue Tarantino's classic film Jane and Alistair revisit it.

Barbed Wire Kisses': writer Zoe Howe discusses her new Jesus and Mary Chain biography.

Abandoman - Winner of Hackney Empire New Act of the Year, the Musical Comedy Awards and the 2012 Adelaide Fringe Festival's Best Comedy Newcomer Award, Abandoman creates hilarious freestyle songs at lightening speed.

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Janice Forsyth tunes into what is happening and what is buzzing in the arts world.

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Janice Forsyth tunes into what is happening and what is buzzing in the arts world.

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Janice Forsyth tunes into what is happening and what is buzzing in the arts world.

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Children's Laureate, Malorie Blackman is undertaking a tour of Scottish schools this week, talking to children and adults alike about encouraging reading and writing. Janice will be finding out a bit more about what drives this prolific and award-winning author.

Money: The Game Show, an interactive new play soon to open at The Traverse that takes a playful and politically sharp look at the roots of the financial crisis and its impact, and asks the big questions: what is money? What is it worth? And what happens if we stop believing in it? Writer Clare Duffy and one of the stars, Stuart Ryan give us a flavour.

Janice chats to Fish about his new album and preparations for his tour.

Crime-writers Craig Robertson and Neil Broadfoot discuss their respective new releases and the role location plays in their writing.

Cultural commentators Lynne McCrossan and Phil Miller cast their eyes over the ECA and Dundee's Duncan of Jordanstone graduate degree shows.

Janice Forsyth tunes into what is happening and what is buzzing in the arts world.

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Janice Forsyth tunes into what is happening and what is buzzing in the arts world.

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Janice Forsyth tunes into what is happening and what is buzzing in the arts world.

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Janice Forsyth tunes into what is happening in arts, culture and music across Scotland.

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Janice Forsyth tunes into what is happening in arts, culture and music across Scotland.

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Play My Name Is opens at the Tron on Thursday. It's based on interviews with Molly Campbell and her parents, in the aftermath of the media attention when Molly "disappeared" to Pakistan in 2006. Janice speaks to writer Sudha Bhuchar and the actress playing Molly's mother Louise, Karen Bartke. They'll also be joined by Louise and Molly Campbell.

Author Mitch Cullin talks to Janice about his novel, A Slight Trick of the Mind about a long-retired Sherlock Holmes in his twilight years.

Geoff Dyer writes about life aboard the USS George H.W. Bush in Another Great Day at Sea. The first title in a new Writers in Residence series of books that bring together great writers and photographers to reveal more about the normally faceless organisations that shape the modern world

A Sam Shepard Roadshow comes to town with a multi-media celebration of the great man's work, created by director Simon Usher and actor Jack Tarlton.

Making your own clobber is in vogue at the moment - fashion designer Emily Millichip tells Janice about her pursuit of the perfect Hawaiian shirt.

Janice Forsyth tunes into what is happening in arts, culture and music across Scotland.

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Janice Forsyth tunes into what is happening in arts, culture and music across Scotland.

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Janice Forsyth tunes into what is happening and what is buzzing in the arts world.

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Janice Forsyth tunes into what is happening and what is buzzing in the arts world.

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Janice Forsyth tunes into what is happening in arts, culture and music across Scotland.

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Janice Forsyth tunes into what is happening in arts, culture and music across Scotland.

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Janice Forsyth tunes into what is happening and what is buzzing in the arts world.

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Hailed as one of the most powerful vocalists and greatest bassists of his time Glasgow born Jack Bruce drops in for a chat about his new album 'Silver Rails'. Perth Theatre's Out and About series continues with two newly commissioned plays by Scottish playwrights Alan Bissett and Peter Arnott in 'Cross Country Stories'. The Magic Numbers are back with a new album this summer. They join Janice live in session. With all eyes on Brazil for the World Cup this week Toni Marques, Brazilian journalist and writer speaks to Janice to talk about his new book 'The Book of Rio' which is comprised of ten short stories collaborated into a 'literary map' around the city. George Ezra drops by for a chat ahead of the release of his new debut album 'Wanted on Voyage'. And this week's Poetry Postcard comes from Rwanda.

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Janice Forsyth tunes into what is happening in arts, culture and music across Scotland.

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Janice Forsyth tunes into what is happening in arts, culture and music across Scotland.

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Janice Forsyth tunes into what is happening in arts, culture and music across Scotland.

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Janice Forsyth tunes into what is happening and what is buzzing in the arts world.

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James Dean Bradfield from Manic Street Preachers joins Janice to discuss the band's new album.

Author of The Female Eunuch, Germaine Greer drops by ahead of her imminent visit to Edinburgh when she will unveil an inscribed flagstone for one of Scotland's most important women - the first published poet, Elizabeth Melville.

We find out about 'Textiles Migration', an exhibition programme exploring the impact immigration has had on Scotland's contemporary textile identity and visual culture.

And we examine 'Syria Speaks: Art and Culture on the Frontline' - it's the first book to showcase Syrian art and creativity since the uprising. Everything from art, music, film-making, literature - to finger puppets (which can be smuggled easily past checkpoints). We talk to one of the editors Malu Halasa.

Plus we are off to Fiji for this week's Commonwealth Postcard.

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Michael Clark 'British dance's true iconoclast' is currently touring his latest show ANIMAL/VEGETABLE/MINERAL in Scotland, before it continues touring in Europe. He's hotfooting it from the airport to drop in to chat with Janice about what he's up to this year.

Janice talks to Anneliese Mackintosh young debut author of ANY OTHER MOUTH, which is described as gut-wrenching and shockingly frank account of sexual misadventure, familial disintegration, bereavement and self-discovery.

Singer/songwriter Kirsty Bertarelli drops into Pacific Quay for a chat with Janice. Her new single 'There she goes' is released next month. It's from her recent album INDIGO SHORES. In her twenties she co-wrote the All Saint's number one hit 'Black Coffee' which she had called 'I wouldn't wanna be' Now in her 40s she's recording and performing her own work.

Also on Tuesday's programme we chat to the internationally acclaimed British artist Barnaby Barford renowned for his work with antique and mass-produced figurines which he dissects, combines, reassembles and paints to create narrative sculpture with often darkly comic titles and satirical implications. We caught up with him as he arrived at the Dovecot studios in Edinburgh to see the exhibition of his work for the first time.

We hear about the Commonwealth Ceilidh which will span the globe starting in New Zealand and ending in Hawaii on Saturday 21st June. Elizabeth Foster from the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society and someone from the New Zealand Ceilidh will tell Janice all about it.

We also have a chat about big music icons ahead of Dolly Parton's concert in Glasgow.

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Edinburgh based alternative hip hop trio Young Fathers perform live in the studio ahead of taking to the stage at the World Refugee Concert this Friday in Glasgow.

Beyonce, Katy Perry and Lady Gaga have all been seen sporting their pins in beautiful bejewelled tights created by two talented Scottish designers, Chloe Patience and Mhairi McNicol who join Janice in the studio.

Nicola Meighan, music journalist discusses music from beyond the grave and how Freddie Mercury and Michael Jackson are still producing hit songs.

Leith Late 14 is on this weekend in the capital, a weekend long multi-arts event taking place along Leith Walk and Great Junction Street. Janice is joined by Morvern Cunningham, Event and Festival Producer and artist Jamie Johnson who has curated the Stacks exhibition, part of the festival.

And we hear from Alexa Ipsas and Jo Clifford about Govanhill Theatre Group's presentation of Hyperion adapted by the classic Romanian poem Luceafarul.

Janice is joined by Leith Late 2014's Morvern Cunningham and artist Jamie Johnson.

Leith Late 14 is on this weekend in the capital, a weekend long multi-arts event taking place along Leith Walk and Great Junction Street. Due to the success of past years, since 2011 it's grown to a two day event for 2014 and to get a flavour of it, and of that part of the world with a special character all its own Janice is joined by Morvern Cunningham, Event and Festival Producer and artist Jamie Johnson who has curated the Stacks exhibition, part of the festival.

Nicola Meighan, music journalist on music from beyond the grave and how Freddie Mercury and Michael Jackson are still producing hit songs.

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Janice Forsyth tunes into what is happening in arts, culture and music across Scotland.

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Janice Forsyth tunes into what is happening and what is buzzing in the arts world.

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David Greig (The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart, Dunsinane) and the late David MacLennan (A Play, A Pie and A Pint series at Òran Mór), joined forces to curate The Great Yes, No, Don't Know, Five Minute Theatre Show, a one day event, filled with over 200 micro theatre shows, all performed in front of live audiences and providing hundreds of answers to one very important question - a democratic dramatic response to the theme of 'Independence'. David Greig joins Janice to discuss the Five Minute Theatre Show and we hear from a selection of people who chose to get involved.

Schoolchildren from Castlepark Primary School, Irvine, and Cregagh Primary School, Belfast, will literally bring the Scottish Maritime Museum in Irvine to life as they perform amongst the exhibits in an innovative theatrical collaboration at 1:30pm on Tuesday 24th June. We find out more from Philip Crawford and Vicky Robb.

Poet Kathleen Jamie sends The Culture Studio a Commonwealth Poetry Postcard this week.

LA based band Vintage Trouble drop in for a chat ahead of their Edinburgh gig tomorrow night.

And Art Historian Anne Ellis presents the fourth installment of 'Artists at War' - part of The BBC's 'World War One at Home' series which marks the centenary of The First World War. This month she imparts her knowledge of Muirhead Bone who in 1916 was the first person to be appointed Official War Artist.

Janice Forsyth tunes into what is happening and what is buzzing in the arts world.

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Janice speaks to artist Jim Lambie, as a retrospective of his work opens at Edinburgh's Fruitmarket Gallery.

Director Philip Howard and actors Lewis Howden and Muirean Kelly talk about new play In My Father's Words, a play in English and Gaelic about identity and language.

Julian Cope has turned his hand to fiction - Janice finds out more about his Gnostic whodunit.

Plus music from young Dunfermline band The Moon Kids, and poet Tom Pow tells Janice about the 18th century convict who inspired his new book.

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Janice Forsyth tunes into what is happening in arts, culture and music across Scotland.

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Janice Forsyth tunes into what is happening and what is buzzing in the arts world.

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Janice Forsyth tunes into what is happening and what is buzzing in the arts world.

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Janice Forsyth tunes into what is happening in arts, culture and music across Scotland.

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Neil Gaiman is a prolific writer of novels, comic books, graphic novels and much more. His new book, a collaboration with artist Eddie Campbell, is a tale of revenge set in a mythical Scotland. It's called The Truth Is A Cave In The Black Mountains and on Sunday he'll be reading it in Edinburgh along with a string quartet. Neil joins Janice to give us a taste.

Glasgow Comic Con is four years old and rapidly becoming a must-go event for lovers of comics and graphic novels. Producer and artist, Sha Nazir, joins comic fan Graeme Virtue to look forward to this weekend's events.

We review this week's big films with our razor-toothed critics Nigel Floyd and Eddie Harrison. Will Melissa McCarthy score with Tammy? Does The Hundred Year Old Man Who Climbed Out Of A Window and Disappeared have enough life in it to become a hit? Or will the Beatles triumph over both with the 50th anniversary release of A Hard Day's Night?

And we take a visit to the Scottish Screen Archive to find out about their fascinating collection of films from some of the country's film clubs and amateur film-makers.

All that and some great music.

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Janice Forsyth tunes into what is happening and what is buzzing in the arts world.

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Janice Forsyth tunes into what is happening and what is buzzing in the arts world.

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Janice Forsyth tunes into what is happening in arts, culture and music across Scotland.

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Janice Forsyth tunes into what is happening in arts, culture and music across Scotland.

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Janice Forsyth talks to Stuart Murdoch from Belle and Sebastian about his new film God Help the Girl, sixteen year old singer and songwriter Eleanor Nicolson drops in from Stornoway, Bob Dickson explores the Art of Golf and we hear about Tenement TV.

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Acting veterans Robert Vaughn and Julian Sands talk about Edinburgh International Festival production Forgotten Voices, using real testimonies from World War One, Frightened Rabbit frontman Scott Hutchison joins Janice Forsyth on the release of his debut solo album under his new guise Owl John, Ricky Ross and Lorraine McIntosh of Deacon Blue talk to Janice the morning after their performance at Glasgow's Commonwealth Games Closing Ceremony, Arlene Phillips and Pamela Stephenson talk about their Brazilian dance production Brazouka, Olivier award winning producer, actor and director Guy Masterson talks about his numerous Edinburgh International Festival productions, Karine Polwart performs live music on WW1 Commemoration Day, and comedy writer Abigail Burdess talks about The Ruby Dolls' new feminist musical comedy show and they perform live, all in the Big Blue Tent at the BBC Village, live in front of an audience at the Edinburgh International Festival at Potterrow.

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Janice Forsyth tunes into what is happening in arts, culture and music across Scotland.

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Janice Forsyth tunes into what is happening in arts, culture and music across Scotland.

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The Culture Studio's mid-week offering at the BBC Blue Tent promises to brighten up your afternoon whether you're in the audience or listening on the radio. Janice Forsyth will be talking to Simon Callow about 'Juvenalia' - The one-man show, could be described as historic stand-up comedy. It was written by the Roman 'Juvenal', who was born around AD 55 and last performed the piece, that attacks the decadence of Rome and lambasts almost everyone, in AD 100! It's a scabrous commentary on his own times but startlingly pertinent and laugh-out-loud funny: filthy and deeply, gloriously, politically incorrect!

Award-winning pianist, singer, songwriter and film nerd, Joe Stilgoe, will be performing and talking about how he is paying tribute to 100 years of Hollywood cinema and the film music that shaped his own musical life.

Another great actor - Mr David Hayman joins Janice to discuss is new play, 'The Pitiless Storm' and we'll have more music and conversation from the wonderful 'Lady Rizo' who is back at the Fringe with her unique, glamorous, intimate musical show. 'Dumb Instrument', formed in Ayrshire in 2006 when they collectively decided that playing music collectively was 'more fun than fun', will also be playing live.

All that. and thought-provoking theatre, with Rhodri Miles, who is appearing on stage at the Festival portraying not one, but two remarkable Welsh Icons - Dylan Thomas and Richard Burton!

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Prepare to have any notions you might have of 'an acoustic set' blown out of the water. Showhawk Duo are two young guys who met whilst busking on the streets of Bath. Their eclectic and energetic playing style spans a huge spectrum of genres from 70's rock hits, to gypsy jazz, to operatic overtures and 90's dance classics. They perform two tracks live for us in the big blue tent at BBC Potterrow.

Famous for her role as 'Madge' in Neighbours, Anne Charleston drops by with Fringe co-star Jon Kenny to talk about their comedic play 'The Matchmaker' about finding love later in life in the times before internet dating.

Sir Kenneth Calman's new book A Doctor's Line; Poetry and Prescriptions in Health and Healing is the subject of an event at the Edinburgh International Book Festival later this month. Sir Kenneth joins Janice to explain how Scottish literature can teach us about the practices of medicine and well being.

The Carousel is a poignant, one-woman play about a women's journey of discovery and is set to make big waves this year at the Fringe. Starring Maureen Beattie and directed by Muriel Romanes, it's the second part of a trilogy of plays (part 1: The List in 2013) written by dramatist Jennifer Tremblay and translated by Shelley Temperman. Maureen Beattie and Muriel Romanes drop by to discuss the play.

It wouldn't be the Fringe without her. Irish songstress Camille O'Sullivan first appeared at the Fringe 10 years ago this year. She appears in the big blue tent with Janice to chat and perform live.

Plus, Andy Bell, lead singer of 90's band Erasure, is about to dip his toe into theatre this summer as Torsten The Bareback Saint. Andy joins Janice on the sofa to discuss the show and performs two songs live.

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Janice Forsyth is joined by author Jackie Kay, musician Withered Hand who performs live, Sabrina Mahfouz who received a Fringe First for Chef and actor Jade Anouka who performs an extract from the play, Movin Melvin Brown who sings Ray Charles and Gospel songs, In Cahoots who perform comedy sketches, the cast of Connected - a musical about cyber-bullying, sixteen year old critic Rory Docherty who reviews Edinburgh Fringe Festival shows, and an audience of 300 people in our big blue tent at Potterrow, the BBC's pop-up Festival Viallage in Edinburgh.

Janice Forsyth tunes into what is happening in arts, culture and music across Scotland.

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Janice Forsyth presents her live Edinburgh Show from the BBC's Pop Up Village at Potterrow in her big blue tent with a live audience and guests including singer and mimic Jess Robinson; new musical from the South Pacific, The Factory; theatrical musical event This is Ceilidh; performance from Return to the Voice; Audience Choice award-winning Auckland drama On the Upside Down of the World; and Irish actors and dancers Steve Blount and Janet Moran from Edinburgh Fringe Festival show Swing.

Janice Forsyth tunes into what is happening in arts, culture and music across Scotland.

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Janice Forsyth tunes into what is happening in arts, culture and music across Scotland.

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Janice Forsyth tunes into what is happening in arts, culture and music across Scotland.

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The Culture Studio team have flitted from the Big Blue Tent back to the studio today, but we're still delving into the Festival: Janice Forsyth will be talking to Blythe Duff and Sofie Gråbøl (best known perhaps as the star of the Killing) about the 'James Plays' - 3 plays: about James I, II and III of Scotland - described as "a seven-and-a-half-hour feast of blistering drama, poetry and emotion"

Katy Brand will also be on hand - discussing her first novel 'Brenda Monk Is Funny', the team behind 'Potted Sherlock' will be explaining why their high speed romp through the canon of Arthur Conan Doyle is fabulous fun for the whole family! And the American writer, actor and convicted drug smuggler Billy Hayes - best known his autobiographical book Midnight Express, recounts his experiences in and escape from, a Turkish prison in the 1970's.

All that plus great music too: from a true Fringe Favourite: the wonderful and very witty, Mitch Benn.

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Janice Forsyth tunes into what is happening in arts, culture and music across Scotland.

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Janice Forsyth tunes into what is happening in arts, culture and music across Scotland.

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Scottish writer Alan Warner joins Janice to talk about his new novel "Their Lips Talk of Mischief", which is launched at the Edinburgh International Book Festival on Thursday.

She talks to singer/songwriter Mike D'Abo who's about to go on tour with The Manfreds in the autumn.

As the Edinburgh International Book Festival draws to a close so the Inverness Book Festival gets underway. Janice explores what's on the agenda.

She and Creative Scotland's Jenny Niven will pick out some of the authors vying for the First Book Award at the Edinburgh Book Festival.

High-flying business woman Mary Lou Quinlan's life changed when she discovered a box of notes and prayers belonging to her mother. She's turned her journey of discovery into a one-woman show called the The Godbox.

And at 19 Ross Gunning is the founder and conductor of the Glasgow Philharmonia. He drops by to tell us all about it.

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Janice Forsyth tunes into what is happening in arts, culture and music across Scotland.

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Janice Forsyth tunes into what is happening in arts, culture and music across Scotland.

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Janice Forsyth tunes into what is happening in arts, culture and music across Scotland.

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Janice Forsyth tunes into what is happening in arts, culture and music across Scotland.

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Andy Burrows, singer-songwriter and ex-drummer with Razorlight, is live in session and chats to Janice about his new solo album 'Fall Together Again'.

Charlaine Harris, author of the Sookie Stackhouse novels (adapted to True Blood) discusses her brand new novel, Midnight Crossroad.

Author and athlete - we talk to sisters Catriona and Eilidh Child.

Plus we find out about 'Rocking All Over The World' a new app for music lovers which launches today.

And Call Mr Robeson, a play based on the life of African-American singer and activist Paul Robeson comes to four Scottish towns and cities this week. Tayo Aluko who plays Mr Robeson chats to Janice about the play's appeal.

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Janice Forsyth tunes into what is happening in arts, culture and music across Scotland.

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Janice Forsyth tunes into what is happening in arts, culture and music across Scotland.

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Janice Forsyth tunes into what is happening in arts, culture and music across Scotland.

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Janice Forsyth tunes into what is happening in arts, culture and music across Scotland.

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Alexander McCall Smith, best known for his No 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series, is reworking Jane Austen's Emma with a contemporary twist as part of a project to open up the stories for modern sensibilities.

And internationally bestselling author Sophie Hannah breathes new life into the incomparable detective Poirot.

Jamie MacDougall gives the inside track on Proms in The Park.

Harriet Vine and Rosie Wolfenden founded cult British jewellery brand Tatty Devine in 1999. They drop into The Culture Studio to talk about celebrating 15yrs in the business.

And Edinburgh based band Night Noise Team join Janice to chat about their influences and we play new single 'Days'.

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Janice takes romantic break with Shobna Gulati and Joe McGann, squabbling stars of a new production of John Gobner's "April in Paris".

Former Ronelles frontman Raymond Meade's back in studio. He's recording a new album with producer Owen Morris of Oasis fame. He'll give us a preview of some his new songs.

At the height of her fame Dame Alicia Markova was a ballerina with stadium appeal, capable of selling out 30,000 seaters. She could also shift potatoes - at least the ad men thought she could. But her success was hard-earned. Find out how she battled shyness and prejudice to become one of the greatest ballerinas of the twentieth century.

30 years on from the miners' strike, the National Theatre takes a play about another miners' strike from another generation on the road. Director Graham McLaren tells us about "In Time O' Strife".

And audiences the world over have been wowed by the evocative power of "War Horse", with its cast of fabulous horses created by Handspring Puppet Company in South Africa. Well Handspring has a show of its own at the Edinburgh International Festival. "Ubu and the Truth Commission" recalls the horror and atrocities of apartheid through a multimedia burlesque involving actors, puppets and documentary footage. Janice speaks to the creative team behind these two plays.

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Its film review day here in The Culture Studio and Janice Forsyth will be hearing from Directors Jane Pollard and Iain Forsyth who will be discussing their new docu-fiction film about Nick Cave - 20,000 Days On Earth.

Regular Critics Ian Hoey and Alistair Harkness will also be on hand to share their thoughts on it, and we will also be joined by Alison Kerr to discuss this week's other big cinematic releases: including Woody Allen's Magic in The Moonlight and 'Wish I Was Here.'

Author Zoe Howe discusses her new biography of Stevie Nicks and we'll hear all about the Kirkcaldy Film Festival with artistic director Alan Morrison.

All that and the legendary Sandie Shaw!.

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Janice Forsyth is joined by author Victoria Hislop and Ezra Vine performs a live session.

In the first hour, Janice Forsyth talks to Victoria Hislop about her new book and Ezra Vine performs an exclusive live music session. In the second hour, in tribute to one of Scotland's great poets, Alastair Reid, who died earlier this week, another chance to hear him in conversation with Richard Holloway in an edition of BBC Radio Scotland's Sunday Morning programme, first aired in 2008.

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Its film review day here in The Culture Studio and Janice Forsyth will be hearing from Directors ANDY HAMILTON and GUY JENKIN; they will be discussing their new film WHAT WE DID ON OUR HOLIDAY (Starring ROSAMUND PIKE, DAVID TENNANT, BILLY CONNOLLY).

Film Critics Jane Graham and Chris Fyvie will also be on hand to share their thoughts on it, and to discuss this week's other big cinematic releases: including David Cronenberg's 'Maps to The Stars' and 'The Equalizer', starring Denzel Washington.

Brighton Indie Poppers, Fickle Friends will be discussing their current tour and the legendary Jacqueline Bisset talks about her role in Abel Ferrara's Welcome to New York.

All that and the amazing Ryan Adams live in the Culture Studio!

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What a treat on today's Culture Studio, not only is Jessie J performing live in studio, broadcaster turned author, Kirsty Wark is with us ahead of the release of her debut novel on paperback and her escape from Newsnight to Dumfries and Galloway's Wigtown Book Festival. We'll also be taking a nostalgic look back at cassette tapes as Saturday is Cassette Store Day. Mary Brennan also pops in to discuss how Arthur Miller and Dylan Thomas are influencing the ballet world. Not forgetting The Sunday Post is celebrating its 100th birthday.

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Lionel Shriver (best known for We Need To Talk About Kevin) has just won the BBC National Short Story Award - Janice catches up with her after the ceremony.

Singer and musician Jamie Cullum reveals just how improvised some of his new album Interlude really was.

As Glasgow's Creative Mackintosh festival gets underway, art critics Anne Ellis and Johnny Roger discuss the architecture of Charles Rennie Mackintosh. And Anne discusses the Scottish National Portrait Gallery's exhibition of art from the First World War.

Janice speaks to her second literary award winner of the day: poet Kei Miller has just won the Forward Poetry Prize for his collection The Cartographer Tries To Map A Way To Zion.

And writers Kerry Hudson and Damian Barr, both appearing at the Wigtown book festival, talk to Janice about how their backgrounds influence their work, and how to create a sense of place in books.

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Janice is joined by Sheila Hancock who'll discuss her new novel, Miss Carter's War and we hear about John Wilson's new album, Cole Porter in Hollywood. There's also live music from Leeds band, The Dunwells and tomorrow's Super Thursday; how does the biggest day in publishing impact the booksellers across the UK? Finally author, Sarah Thornton is in Edinburgh ahead of her lecture on her new book, 33 Artists in 3 Acts.

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Janice talks to the stars of an all-female production of Gogol's classic play, The Gamblers - a 19th Century version of Hustle!

Lady Antebellum reveal what it was like recording with Stevie Nicks.

Artist Archie Forrest takes a break from putting the finishing touches on a new exhibition to tell Janice all about it.

Dance Derby is a new theatrical dance show based on the dance marathons of Depression-era America - couples would dance for hundreds of hours in the hope of winning a cash prize.

And folk rock singer, Jon Allen, plays live in the Culture Studio.

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Artist Jenny Soep specialises in drawing experiences as they happen, particularly live music. As Janice's session guests Hyde and Beast play live in studio, and talk about their new album Keep Moving, Jenny draws them live in studio.

Janice speaks to Sophia George, games designer in residence at the V&A, about Strawberry Thief, the first game she has created in the role. Plus Neil Cullen from the RSNO, who created the music, talks about composing for a computer game.

Frank McElhinney, the winner of this year's Jill Todd Photography Prize, talks about the experience of seeing his work destroyed in the Glasgow School of Art fire.

Plus The Moonlit Road - a spooky play for Hallowe'en, and David Bowie is dabbling in jazz with his latest song - but is it any good? Stephen Duffy and Nicola Meighan give their verdict.

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Janice Forsyth meets the Shires and Ward Thomas, rising stars of British country music.

The Shires and Ward Thomas- country duos making names for themselves on the mainstream music scene- join Janice to look forward to the joint gig they'll be performing in Glasgow next month.

Author Adrian Searle will be talking about his follow-up to Look Up Glasgow... Look Up Edinburgh - an exploration of the rooftops of Scotland's beautiful capital, which offers a seldom-seen look at an extraordinary architectural heritage.

Irish writer Mary Costello joins Janice to chat about her heart-breaking and evocative debut novel, Academy Street.

What do you get when you cross ancient pipe tunes with VJs (that's video jockeys) and electronica club night specialists from New Delhi? A unique mash up with electronic video jockey club act BLOT from Delhi and Stornoway traditional musician Iain Morrison that's closing Faclan, the Hebridean Book Festival, on Saturday. We meet the people behind it.

And we hear about a new venture - a psychic thriller set in Edinburgh which is being paid for by crowd-funding.

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It's film review day here in The Culture Studio and Janice Forsyth will be talking to actress, Juno Temple - she will be discussing her role alongside' co-star Daniel Radcliffe, in the upcoming fantasy-horror, Horns:

Film Critics Paul Gallagher and Eddie Harrison will also be on hand to share their thoughts on this week's big cinematic releases: including Mike Leigh's hotly anticipated, 'Mr Turner', and the, newly reissued, classic 'The Killing Fields.'

We'll also hear from rising American country star Katie Armiger and author Marcus O' Dair talks about his book, Different Every Time: The Authorised Biography of Robert Wyatt'

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David Eustace is a prison warden turned celebrity photographer. As a retrospective of his career is published, he discusses his career behind the camera.

A new exhibition at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Beauty By Design, aims to ask questions about historical and contemporary ideas of beauty.

Orla O'Loughlin from Edinburgh's Traverse Theatre and Jean Denis Leduc from Montreal's La Licorne tell Janice about an exchange between the two theatres.

Martin Green from the band Lau has just won a Paul Hamlyn Award for Composers, and actor Maurice Roëves talks about his role in indie film Luna.

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Its film review day here in The Culture Studio and Janice Forsyth will be hearing from director, Tate Taylor who will be on hand to discuss his new film Get On Up: the James Brown Story. Continuing our biographical theme, acclaimed filmmaker, Randall Wright offers an insight into his new documentary HOCKNEY - the definitive exploration of one of the most important artists of his generation.

Regular Critics, Alistair Harkness and Gavia Baker-Whitelaw will also be on hand to share their thoughts on this week's big releases including The Hunger Games Mockingjay - Part 1 which finds Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) in 'District 13' after she literally shatters the games forever! and we'll also have a special report on Ayr's Gaiety Theatre and a discussion on 'Teknowomen' - part of the BFI Sci-Fi season - they have teamed up with Glasgow Film Theatre (GFT) to bring us a season of film that charts the depiction of women in Science Fiction, from silent classic Woman in the Moon through to 1980s feminist titles, right up to more recent films.

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A special edition of The Culture Studio featuring some of the best music performances from Studio 1 in Glasgow including Simple Minds, Tori Amos, Joan as Policewoman, Ella Eyre, Andy Burrows, A Band Called Quinn and Roddy Frame.

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Janice Forsyth looks back at some of the programme's highlights across 2014 featuring performances from Hozier and Jessie J and conversations with guests including Gregory Porter, Simon Callow, Phill Jupitus, Arthur Smith and Sofie Grabol.

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Comedian Robin Ince drops into The Culture Studio to talk about his stand up show 'Blooming Buzzing Confusion'.

Nu-folk, singer/songwriter Zoe Bestel performs her new single live.

And did you make a new year's resolution and maybe it's a decision to finally write that novel? We talk to author Laura Marney about New Year's resolutions and she offers some tips to budding writers.

Author Will Boast discusses his extraordinary family story in new book 'Epilogue: A Memoir'.

Plus Janice talks to Samantha Colley about her role in the National Theatre's production of 'The Crucible' which will be shown across UK cinemas this week.

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Its film review day here in The Culture Studio and Janice Forsyth will be hearing from 'Game of Thrones' star, Kit Harington and Alicia Vikander, who will be discussing their roles in 'Testament of Youth: Remembrance for a Lost Generation' - the cinema adaptation of Vera Brittain's World War I memoir.

Regular Critics, Stephen Carty and Nicola Balkind will also be on hand to share their thoughts on the film and on 'American Sniper' - the hotly anticipated American biographical war drama film directed by Clint Eastwood and written by Jason Hall. They will also review 'Wild' - Reese Witherspoon's 'Oscar buzzed' film about Cheryl Strayed, who embarked on the 1,100-mile journey after abusing drugs, suffering through a failed marriage and losing her mother. Also up for review is Whiplash which uses the very competitive setting of a New York college jazz band as a metaphor for American society.

We'll hear from Anton Corbijn ahead of the Blu ray release of his critically acclaimed Espionage thriller 'A Most Wanted Man' and Scots author Peter May will be discussing his new stand- alone novel 'Runaway'.

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Wolf Hall director Peter Kosminsky looks forward to tonight's BBC 2 broadcast of the dramatisation of Hilary Mantel's Booker Prize-winning novels, featuring an all star cast led by Mark Rylance.

Conductor and composer James MacMillan discusses the very first opera he ever wrote, Ines de Castro. This week he'll conduct it himself for the first time ever.

Canadian author Emma Hooper on the buzz surrounding her debut novel, Etta and Otto and Russell and James.

TV and Film- we hear what happened this morning as the Scottish Parliament heard from industry experts in its inquiry into funding and facilities in Scotland.

And musician Findlay Napier plays live and talks Burns and his new album.

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It's film review day here in The Culture Studio and Janice Forsyth will be hearing from Director and writer, Alex Garland who will be discusses his 'sci-fi thriller' Ex Machina

Regular Critics, Alison Kerr and Alistair Harkness will also be on hand to share their thoughts on the film and on 'A Most Violent Year' - the hotly anticipated crime drama from J C Chandor which also stars Oscar Isaac!

Also up for review is The Gambler - Mark Wahlberg stars in this remake of the classic 1974 film starring James Caan.

We'll also have a preview of this year's GFF with co- directors Allan Hunter and Alison Gardner

And Mike Scott from the Waterboys will on hand to tell us all about his new album!

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Janice talks to actor Dean Chisnall, star of Shrek the Musical - who describes the two-and-a-half hours in make-up needed to transform him into the lovable green monster.

TV critic Paul Whitelaw gives his verdict on Russell T Davies new series Cucumber, Banana and Tofu, and the forthcoming documentary from Adam Curtis, Bitter Lake.

It's 100 years on Sunday since the birth of songwriter Ewan MacColl. Janice hears about a tribute concert in Glasgow, put together by his sons.

Composer Craig Armstrong is performing at Celtic Connections with the orchestra of Scottish Opera - Janice finds out how he feels about this homegrown celebration of his work.

And this weekend will see many a Burns Supper. Poet Kevin Williamson and actor Tam Dean Burn talk about learning poetry, singing songs, and what Robert Burns means in the 21st century.

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Soul boys, Spandau Ballet, will hit the road next month for an arena tour - their first since 2009. They drop by to recall the glory days and talk about their film sensation "Soul Boys of the Western World".

How can a painting "just disappear" only to turn up years later in an attic or a store room?

Feeling down in the dumps? How about a poetic pick me up? We speak to Deborah Alma aka Nurse Verse, who has a poem-cetamol for occasion.

This year's BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year is Claire Hastings from Dumfries. We'll grab a word with her.

And we speak to Amit Chaudhuri - author, academic and musician - ahout his new novel "Odysseus Abroad".

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Director of the Edinburgh International Festival, Fergus Linehan, reveals this year's music programme.

An acclaimed stage version of To Kill A Mockingbird is opening in Glasgow tonight. Actors Daniel Betts and David Carlyle join us.

Rory Mackay tells us about bringing toymaker Dr Coppelius to life in Birmingham Royal Ballet's production of Coppelia.

Bob Dylan's new album, Shadows In The Night, is a collection of songs from the Great American Songbook made famous by Frank Sinatra. Peter Ross reviews it for us.

Nicola Meighan talks to The Kaiser Chiefs ahead of their two Scottish gigs.

All that and some great music!

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Its film review day here in The Culture Studio and Janice Forsyth will be hearing from David Oyelowo who will be discussing his role in Selma, which draws inspiration and dramatic power from the life and death of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Regular Critics, Gavia Baker-Whitelaw and Graeme Virtue will share their thoughts on the film and on the hotly anticipated epic, science fiction space opera 'Jupiter Ascending.' They will also discuss the action-comedy which caused so much controversy last year, The Interview.

We'll have a retrospective on the great Ennio Morricone with film expert, Pasquale Ianonne, an interview with the writer directors of Shaun the Sheep, and author Helen Fitzgerald will be on hand to discuss her new book The Exit.

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Janice Forsyth is joined by singers Judy Collins and Rachael Sage, and crime writer Val McDermid, who talks about a growing interest in Forensics.

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Louise Welsh and Bob McDevitt give us a preview of Glasgow's annual book festival Aye Write! 2015.

Roxy Music guitarist Phil Manzanera discusses his new album 'The Sound of Blue'.

Janice finds out about 'The Falkirk Music Pot' - two concerts performed by some of the area's most talented musicians and created and directed by acclaimed Falkirk musician Brian McNeill.

Elaine C Smith discusses her new TV documentary 'Burdz Eye View' which sees her tour her unique brand of stand-up to many of Scotland's once much sought after holiday destinations by the sea. And Des Clarke who has just announced details of his first stand up tour in five years, drops by to join the conversation.

Plus a new play from Horsecross Arts and Random Accomplice about a couple whose obsession with Sonny and Cher acts as a distraction from a deep, dark secret in 'And The Beat Goes On'.

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Alan Rickman tells Janice about A Little Chaos, his first film as director in 18 years.

Anthony Horowitz discusses 15 years of his Alex Rider adventures and tells us about taking part in an event for Scottish children.

Genre-crossing cellist, Oliver Coates, discusses his gig in Glasgow with Cryptic Theatre and video maker, Laura Colmenares Guerra.

American singer, Beth Hart, shares her experiences on overcoming addiction and making music with Jeff Beck.

Chrys Salt, the organiser of Big Lit will be talking about the Dumfries and Galloway festival while Michele Roberts tells us how not to write about sex in novels.

And singer-songwriter, Nadine Shah, plays live in the studio and discusses her new album Fast Food.

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Dance International Glasgow is a major new celebration of dance for Glasgow and Scotland

which takes place from Friday 24 April to Saturday 6 June. Marc Brew and Colette Sadler drop by to tell us more.

Irish singing legend Mary Black drops in to talk about 30 years in music and her farewell tour. She admits she will never stop singing in and around Ireland but says she has had enough of being ' out on the road'.

Harry Enfield and Paul Whitehouse celebrate 25 years as a comedy duo with their first ever live UK tour. But why haven't they done it before now?

Plus, theatre critic Neil Cooper reviews 'The Woman In Black' which opens at Glasgow's Theatre Royal this week.

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Janice Forsyth tunes into what is happening in arts, culture and music across Scotland.

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Janice Forsyth tunes into what is happening in arts, culture and music across Scotland.

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It's film review day here in The Culture Studio and Janice Forsyth will be discussing, 'Avengers: Age Of Ultron'- in which Earth's Mightiest Heroes return to combat the threat of a genocidal artificial intelligence!

Film Critics, Nigel Floyd and Chris Fyvie will share their thoughts on the film and on The Good Lie - based on an incredible true story, it recounts the tale of four Sudanese refugees immigrating to the USA at the turn of the millennium in hope of a better life. They will also discuss The Falling - a mesmerising psychological drama, which explores a mysterious fainting outbreak in 1969 at an all-girls school, and the director of the film Carol Morely will tell us more.

Later in the show, Former advisor to the Archbishop of Canterbury and Middle East hostage, Terry Waite talks about his first venture into fiction, The Voyage of the Golden Handshake, and, ahead of his concert at Edinburgh Queen's Hall, Marc Almond discusses his current tour- The Velvet Trail.

All that and English singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Emma Stevens is live in session!

Don't Miss it!

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Janice Forsyth tunes into what is happening in arts, culture and music across Scotland.

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Janice Forsyth tunes into what is happening in arts, culture and music across Scotland.

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Janice Forsyth tunes into what is happening in arts, culture and music across Scotland.

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Janice Forsyth tunes into what is happening in arts, culture and music across Scotland.

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Janice Forsyth tunes into what is happening in arts, culture and music across Scotland.

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Janice Forsyth tunes into what is happening in arts, culture and music across Scotland.

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Janice Forsyth tunes into what is happening in arts, culture and music across Scotland.

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Janice Forsyth tunes into what is happening in arts, culture and music across Scotland.

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Janice Forsyth tunes into what is happening in arts, culture and music across Scotland.

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Mothers, daughters, fathers feature large on the Culture Studio today.

Jung Chang rose to international fame when she published Wild Swans, her true story of three generations of Chinese women. She's back now with a new book, a biography of the Dowager Empress Cixi. And she's in the Culture Studio to tell us all about that remarkable woman.

Fathers in fiction are a varied bunch - often distant, sometimes cruel, and sometimes not there at all. Biographer Selina Hastings and novelist Candia McWilliam are appearing together at the Boswell Book Festival this weekend to discuss fictional fathers. Before that they discuss with Janice the fathers that are revealed in their own writing and in fiction down the centuries.

Rites is the latest production from the National Theatre of Scotland. It examines the practice of female genital mutilation in the UK and beyond. Director Cora Bissett and actor, Paida Mutonono, tell Janice how they made a compelling piece of theatre out of such difficult subject matter.

Paul Abbott created one of television's most memorable fathers - Shameless' Frank Gallagher. Now he's back with a new TV series, No Offence. He tells us all.

And Paul Whitelaw reviews this week's big TV comedy releases.

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Janice Forsyth tunes into what is happening in arts, culture and music across Scotland.

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Janice Forsyth tunes into what is happening in arts, culture and music across Scotland.

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Janice Forsyth tunes into what is happening in arts, culture and music across Scotland.

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A special edition of The Culture Studio featuring some of the best music performances from Studio 1 in Glasgow including Simple Minds, Tori Amos, Joan as Policewoman, Ella Eyre, Andy Burrows, A Band Called Quinn and Roddy Frame.

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BRIT Awards preview from music journalist Nicola Meighan.

Fay Fife from The Rezillos joins Nicola to review the new memoir from Sonic Youth front woman Kim Gordon, 'Girl in a Band'.

As part of the BBC Arts initiative, Get Creative, we hear from the members of the Wise Guys workshop collective, based at the Highland Print Studio in Inverness.

Love 2.0- the writers and cast of this new play 'about social networking and how it's messing it up for everyone'.

Paris Kiss is a novel that tells the fascinating story of the friendship between Camille Claudel and Jessie Lipscombe, the female sculptors in Paris who were the proteges of Auguste Rodin. Author Maggie Ritchie will be in studio.

And we discuss being inspired by travelling with writers who have been sent around the globe by the British Council.

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In a special extended interview for The Culture Studio, Alan Cumming discusses his brand new memoir 'Not My Father's Son'.

Author Lauren Child famous for her Charlie and Lola books, talks about 'Ruby Redfort: Feel The Fear' which is the fourth book which follows 13 year-old, super cool, code cracking, secret agent Ruby.

Plus Andrew Williams tells Janice about his latest book 'The Suicide Club' - a World War 1 spy thriller set in Occupied Belgium in the latter half of 1917 which focuses on the intelligence gathering efforts of the British forces on the western front.

And a brand new exhibition which explores the relationship between Britain and India during the 18th and 19th centuries has just opened at the Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh. One of the stories it tells is about Maharaja Duleep Singh, who was the last ruler of the Sikh Empire in the Punjab. The Culture Studio's Anna Magnusson finds out more about the exhibition from curator Friederike Voigt and British artists, The Singh Twins who were commissioned to create a painting in response to the collection.

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Andre Rieu, violinist and composer, has, together with his Johann Strauss Orchestra, turned waltz music into a huge draw for audiences all around the world. His latest album, released last month, soared as high as number 3 in the official charts. He joins Janice for an interview as he prepares to start his UK tour, culminating in a grand finale pre- Christmas gig at the Hydro in Glasgow.

Slava's Snowstorm- we get a preview of an Olivier award-winning Christmas spectacular.

For some the train station is simply a mundane part of the daily routine, but for others, it's a place of possibility, where we undertake journeys with companions unknown. It was with this environment in mind that artist Sven Werner was commissioned to create a piece of art for Homecoming 2014. We immerse ourselves in Station Stories, which aims to bring the magic of the Age of Steam to the daily commute, through stories, music and theatre.

TV critics Andrea Mullaney and Paul Whitelaw join Janice to talk essential Christmas viewing, Christmas adverts for stores that are more like short feature films than adverts, and the best box sets to stockpile for the holidays or give as gifts.

And poetry band Little Machine play live for us as they warm up for a joint gig with none other than Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy.

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Annie Lennox joins Janice Forsyth for a special one to one interview to talk about her first jazz album, Nostalgia, her career, pop music and more.

In a special extended interview for The Culture Studio, Alan Cumming discusses his brand new memoir 'Not My Father's Son'.

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American country rockers John and Jacob talk about playing Glasgow tomorrow night off the back of their recent hit, Be My Girl.

Beatboxing wizard Beardyman discusses his second album.

Author MC Beaton talks about detective Hamish Macbeth's 30th police case in her new novel, 'Death of a Liar'.

In 1937, during the Spanish Civil War, 4,000 children - known as 'Los Niños de la Guerra' - were evacuated to the UK. We hear about a piece of dance theatre following one of them, Esperanza, a typist, twenty years later in post-war Britain, who decides to make the dangerous journey back to her past, and Franco's Spain.

Award-winning film and television composer Malcolm Lindsay guides us through the influences on his new album, After the Snow, which include Martin Luther King, photography and recorded street sounds.

Desire Lines is an open conversation about the cultural and creative future of Edinburgh happening in the city right now. Leading creative figures Nick Barley, Director of the Edinburgh International Book Festival, architect Malcolm Fraser and arts writer and theatre critic Neil Cooper bring us up to speed on the ideas and themes being discussed so far.

In 1937, during the Spanish Civil War, 4,000 children - known as 'Los Niños de la Guerra' - were evacuated to the UK. We hear about a piece of dance theatre following the of one of them, Esperanza, a typist, twenty years later in post-war Britain, who decides to make the dangerous journey back to her past, and Franco's Spain.

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80s heartthrob and former a-Ha frontman Morten Harkett about his new solo album, Brother.

80's heart throb and former A-Ha frontman, Morten Harkett, discusses his new solo album Brother.

Film Critics, Graeme Virtue, Andrea Mullaney and Alison Kerr share their thoughts on The Amazing Spiderman 2 and the new theatrical release of the three films that made Jamed Dean great: East of Eden, Giant and Rebel Without A Cause.

Comedian, Katherine Ryan reviews American Rom-Com, The Other Woman....and, actor, director, teacher and poet, Crispin Bonham-Carter, discusses his favourite poems.

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Australian indie rock-folk band Boy and Bear are live in session.

Young James Bond is back! Writer Steve Cole will join Janice to talk about how he's taking the best-selling series forward, following the first five books which were written by Charlie Higson.

Brazil's internationally acclaimed dance company Grupo Corpo describe the origins and inspiration behind their work- and explain how it all comes from the hips! Broadcaster Edi Stark reviews their Edinburgh show.

Author Fiona Rintoul was one of the few British students ever allowed to study in the former East Germany. She'll be in to discuss how her experience inspired her debut novel, "The Leipzig Affair", set in 1985 in East Germany during the grips of communism.

And we'll hear how the BBC scheme Ten Pieces is, with the aid of star power from the likes of Nicola Benedetti, inspiring children across the UK to discover some of our greatest pieces of classical music.

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One quarter of folk supergroup Crosby, Stills, Nash (and Young), Graham Nash, joins Bryan in the studio to talk about his new book, Wild Tales: A Rock and Roll Life, ahead of the band's gig in Glasgow.

EUSA Events Manager, Rae Baker; Insider Festival Director, Gordon Reilly; and musician Aidan O'Rourke enthuse about the Pleasance Sessions, a new festival in Edinburgh showcasing Scottish music, comedy, and spoken word events, and we hear a live performance from Aiden O'Rourke.

We explore the viral phenomenon that is Prankvertising, and director of Neo Marketing in Glasgow Gene Munro, and lifestyle journalist Lynne McCrossan debate whether it's a step too far for advertising.

We're joined by two young members of Tramway's theatre company Junction 25 to hear about their latest production, Figment.

Author Adrian Searle teaches reporter Tom Allan to 'Look Up' when walking through the streets of Glasgow as they discuss the idea behind his latest book collaboration with photographer David Barbour and Scottish poets, and one of the collaboraters Kona McPhee performs poetry live in the Studio.

Bryan Burnett tunes into what is happening and what is buzzing in the arts world.

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Bryan Burnett tunes into what is happening and what is buzzing in the arts world.

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Since the success of Mamma Mia, there've been a slew of musicals that reintroduce classic pop catalogues using an original story. Our House is the latest, taking inspiration from 80's lynchpins Madness's extensive catalogue. The two leads, Alexis Gerrard and Daniella Bowen join Bryan live.

Eleanor Catton was announced as winner of the 2013 Man Booker Prize last night. Member of this year's judging panel and literary critic Stuart Kelly will be telling us about the youngest winner with the longest book.

New play Couldn't Care Less aims to confront the hidden epidemic of unpaid caring in today's society. Performer Liz Strange and director Tim Licata were inspired by the real-life testimonies of family members caring for their own.

The National Theatre of Scotland applying its customary verve and imagination to its current production, Dragon. Co-directors Candice Edmunds and Jamie Harrison tell Bryan about the challenges of exploring grief as experienced by children through the story of 12 year old Tommy.

Tabloid editor turned crime-writer, Matt Bendoris explains why many of the characters in his book, Killing with Confidence may have taken inspiration from real life figures in Scotland.

Joe Nisbet Jr is the alter ego of music business veteran and guitarist Stuart Nisbet. He's just recorded an album of gospel songs, a project he has wanted to undertake for more than 20 years and he plays something for Bryan live.

Bryan Burnett tunes into what is happening and what is buzzing in the arts world.

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Bryan Burnett tunes into what is happening and what is buzzing in the arts world.

Critics Nigel Floyd and Nicola Balkind join Bryan Burnett to take a look at this week's best and worst movie releases.

Director Paul Greengrass tells us why he spent 60 days at sea with Tom Hanks to film modern-day pirate thriller Captain Phillips. Sly and Arnie are together at last in prison break film Escape Plan - but aren't they getting a bit old for this sort of caper? Snails get their shot at the big time in Turbo 3D from Dreamworks Animation and we'll be having a good cry over James Gandolfini's penultimate film, Enough Said.

The Beatles: The BBC Archives 1962 - 1970 is a new book that explores the huge variety of Fab Four material in the BBC's written archives. Author Kevin Howlett shares some of the highlights with us and we play a couple of previously unheard Beatles tracks from a forthcoming album of BBC sessions.

The MOBO awards are coming to Glasgow for the third time this weekend. But Paul N'Jie has been championing black and urban music in Scotland for over twenty years. He tells us what the MOBOs mean for Glasgow and about the past, present and future of urban music in Scotland.

And the Document Human Rights film festival returns this weekend. Festival director Lindsay Reid gives us the highlights and we hear from director Emma Davie about her award-nominated film I Am Breathing.

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Bryan Burnett tunes into what is happening and what is buzzing in the arts world.

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It's movies day! Bryan Burnett hears from critics Rob Fox and Eddie Harrison, with reviews of Simon Pegg's The World's End, serial-killer chase The Frozen Ground, and trafficking thriller Eden. Plus the BBC's man in LA, Peter Bowes, on why Hollywood of all places is struggling to attract filmmakers.

And let us know your favourite examples of daft song lyrics - music writer Lorraine Wilson picks out some of the best (or should that be worst?)

Comedian Daliso Chaponda tells us about his show Laughafrica, and moving from Malawi to Canada to the UK.

And there's live music from The California Honeydrops, in Scotland for the first time to perform at the Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival.

Forsyth and tunes into what's happening and what's buzzing in Scotland's arts, culture and music.

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Janice Forsyth presents a special programme live at the CCA in Glasgow, celebrating the start of Celtic Connections.

Artistic Director Donald Shaw gives a preview of this year's festival, and violinist and composer Greg Lawson speaks about the previous night's opening concert "Nae Regrets" - turning the late Martyn Bennett's studio-based album Grit into a live event featuring over 80 musicians and singers.

Karine Polwart talks about her festival experiences and performs live with the Karine Polwart Trio.

Fiona Ritchie and Phil Cunningham tell Janice about Wayfaring Strangers, a collaborative concert from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and Boston's Berklee College, exploring their musical tradtions. The show is inspired by Fiona's book of the same name, tracing the movement of songs from Scotland and Ulster to Appalachia.

There's live music from Tennessee-born singer Chastity Brown, who has been called a 21st century Nina Simone, and from up-and-coming local act Dean Owens & The Whisky Hearts.

Fiddle player Sam Sweeney tells the extraordinary story he uncovered when he bought his violin - which had been made by a soldier who died in Flanders during the First World War.

Irish company Fidget Feet talk about The Second Coming an acrobatic fusion of music and dance inspired by the work of WB Yeats.

And Blue Rose Code, aka songwriter Ross Wilson, reveals the first fruits of his project to set poems from the Scottish Literary Renaissance to music.

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Christopher Brookmyre discusses his new book, plus Dark Green Tree play a live session.

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Dave Grohl, lead singer and founder of Foo Fighters and Nirvana drummer, speaks to Janice about their new album "Sonic Highways".

Tim Wheeler, front man of Ash, talks about how the piano became a way he could communicate with his father as his dementia developed, and discusses the album that he wrote as a response to that period.

After a 120 year hiatus, the return of one of Scotland's most important literary traditions: a new edition of the periodical that celebrates local tradition, living nature and culture, The Evergreen. We talk to Editor Sean Bradley and contributor Stuart Kelly.

Plus a look ahead to the BAFTA Scotland Awards; and the Frontiers Orchestra - a new youth music initiative from the Tinderbox Project.

Long The Shires and Ward Thomas- country duos making names for themselves on the mainstream music scene- join Janice to look forward to the joint gig they'll be performing in Glasgow next month.

Author Adrian Searle will be talking about his follow-up to Look Up Glasgow... Look Up Edinburgh - an exploration of the rooftops of Scotland's beautiful capital, which offers a seldom-seen look at an extraordinary architectural heritage.

Irish writer Mary Costello joins Janice to chat about her heart-breaking and evocative debut novel, Academy Street.

What do you get when you cross ancient pipe tunes with VJs (that's video jockeys) and electronica club night specialists from New Delhi? A unique mash up with electronic video jockey club act BLOT from Delhi and Stornoway traditional musician Iain Morrison that's closing Faclan, the Hebridean Book Festival, on Saturday. We meet the people behind it.

And we hear about a new venture - a psychic thriller set in Edinburgh which is being paid for by crowd-funding.

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Edi Stark tunes into what's happening in arts, culture and music across Scotland.

Singer-songwriter Kathryn Williams came to public attention when she was nominated for a Mercury Prize in 2000. She joins us to play live in the Culture Studio and tells Edi all about her new album, Crown Electric.

Hilary Brooks and Karen MacIver are award winning composers and musicians who've teamed up as Piano Piano to record an album of duets dedicated to some of history's most inspiring women.

DanceLive, Aberdeen's award-winning festival of contemporary dance is back. Choreographer Hayley Durward and Matt Foster of David Hughes Dance give us the lowdown.

Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet are a New York dance company who've made a big name for themselves with their energetic, boundary-crossing repertoire. Edi talks to dancers Matthew Rich and Ebony Williams.

And we've got comedy too with a preview of Mòd The Week - the new comedy competition at the Royal National Mòd - with Carina MacLeod and Eilidh Daniels.

All that and a new series of comedy monologues, The Outsiders featuring Scottish comedians sharing their experience of feeling like an outsider in a modern Scottish society. Billy Kirkwood shares his story about living life as the youngest in a Scots family.

Singer-songwriter Kathryn Williams tells Edi Stark about her new album Crown Electric.

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Edi Stark sits in for Janice Forsyth and tunes into what is happening and what is buzzing in arts, culture and music across Scotland.

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Edi Stark sits in for Janice Forsyth and tunes into what is happening and what is buzzing in the arts, culture and music across Scotland.

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Edi Stark sits in for Janice Forsyth and tunes into what is happening and what is buzzing in the arts, culture and music across Scotland.

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Edi Stark sits in for Janice Forsyth and tunes into what is happening and what is buzzing in the arts, culture and music across Scotland.

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Edi Stark tunes into what is happening in arts, culture and music across Scotland.

Edi Stark sits in for Janice Forsyth and tunes into what is happening in arts, culture and music across Scotland.

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Edi Stark sits in for Janice Forsyth and tunes into what is happening in arts, culture and music across Scotland.

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Baltimore band Future Islands play a live session for The Culture Studio.

Includes a review of a new TV channel dedicated to Scotland's largest city, Glasgow.

Tony Black is an author who moves between literary genres with an ease that must be the envy of many of his peers- he discusses his latest novel.

Find out what came out of an exchange between a poet from New Zealand, Glenn Colquhoun, and one of Scotland's very own finest, Shetland-based Jen Hadfield.

And Scotland's International Crime Writing Festival has reached its third birthday; their recent programme announcement revealed they are featuring a drama that uses actual court transcripts from the real-life trial of a serial killer. The festival Director, Dom Hastings, joins Janice to talk controversy and, of course, about this autumn's line up.

Janice Forsyth tunes into what is happening in arts, culture and music across Scotland.

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Grammy Award-winning singer Gregory Porter talks about the deluxe version of his album Liquid Spirit, released this week, and about his collaboration with British jazz singer Laura Mvula on the single Water Under Bridges.

Scorsese, Spielberg, Cate Blanchett, Bill Murray, Liam Neeson- Glasgow-born screen make-up artist Morag Ross has worked with them all. We speak to her as she returns to her home city to give a masterclass.

TS Eliot Prize-winner David Harsent talks about what winning the most prestigious poetry award means to him.

As this month marks the 50th anniversary of TS Eliot's death, Janice discusses his life, legacy and significance in his own time- and ours- with writer Roz Kaveney.

Sean O'Callahan, star of Faith Healer, talks about the new production of the Brian Friel classic play opening at Edinburgh's Royal Lyceum this week.

Norfolk- we talk to the director and producer of the film that's the only UK film in this year's Hivos Tiger Award competition at this year's Rotterdam International Film Festival.

And- as Mel and Sue's new chat show gets underway in the afternoons, and James Cordon prepares to take on The Late Late Show in America, we discuss the changing face of the format.

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Screenwriter Jimmy McGovern talks about his new drama, Banished. Plus we have a review of that and the new BBC adaptation of Poldark from TV critic Paul Whitelaw.

Kazuo Ishiguro - the Booker Prize winning author talks to Janice about his first novel in ten years, The Buried Giant.

Paul Mealor, Chair in Composition at the University of Aberdeen and composer of a choral piece for the wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton in 2011, talks to Janice about the opportunities for young people to get into composition and how to build a career.

Katrina Marcal is a Swedish economist and broadcaster discusses her new novel on the women in the life of economist Adam Smith.

Ahead of International Women's Day we hear about The March of Women, a pageant and procession from The Glasgow Women's Library and the Royal Conservatoire Scotland.

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Janice Forsyth presents a special programme live from The Hub in Edinburgh, home of the Edinburgh International Festival which starts today. Janice is joined by world-renowned flamenco guitarist Paco Peña, whose latest work is inspired by the writings of Federico García Lorca. Ladysmith Black Mambazo sing live, and choreographer Mark Baldwin and composer Ella Spira talk about creating "Zulu Ballet" Inala. And South African playwright Brett Bailey discusses his work Exhibit B, inspired by Victorian ethnographic exhibitions, which places Africans in display cases in an examination of colonial history and attitudes towards immigration.

There's also highlights from the Fringe, as comedian Lucy Porter explains why she was inspired to turn her hand to playwriting by the story of a group of young women from 18th century Edinburgh, and Irish theatre-maker Olwen Fouéré on the extraordinary task of turning James Joyce's Finnegans Wake into one-woman play riverrun.

Janice Forsyth tunes into what is happening in arts, culture and music across Scotland.

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Malcolm Middleton is live in session playing new material, and talks to Janice about his new album, Music and Words, created with artist David Shrigley.

Picasso, Matisse, Warhol- Gill Saunders, Senior Curator, from the V&A gives us an insider's view of the Modern Masters in Print exhibition that's just arrived in Inverness.

We meet the young illustrators whose artwork for new versions of traditional Scottish folk and fairy tales form the basis of an exhibition launched at Edinburgh's Scottish Storytelling Centre tonight. Winner of the 2009 Kate Greenaway Medal Catherine Rayner joins them in studio to share experiences of building a career as an illustrator.

We hear about an exciting retail concept that's bringing together the best of Scottish design at an unexpected location- a shopping centre- and finding out why banding together makes sense for fashion creators.

And Zero Waste Textiles- how a new fund is tapping into the design industry's enthusiasm to reduce waste and increase creativity.

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MNEK, 19 year old producer and Grammy-nominated songwriter from South London, is taking his first steps as a solo artist. He'll join Janice in Glasgow specially this afternoon to play live for us in the studio. Includes a performance of his first single, Wrote a Song about You.

Michael Rosen might just be the busiest man in literature. As he prepares to participate in three events at the Edinburgh International Book Festival this weekend we talk to him about celebrating 25 years of his children's classic, We're Going on a Bear Hunt, and about starting a National Conversation by asking What is the Point of Books?

Michael's question notwithstanding, we all love a good story, whether it's one that's told in the comfort of our own home or in a pub. The Moth is an American organization dedicated to the art and craft of storytelling and since its beginnings in 1997, thousands of stories have been told live and without notes, to standing-room-only crowds worldwide. Artistic Director of The Moth and editor of the book of the same name, Catherine Burns, will be in the studio as The Moth comes to Scotland this weekend.

TV critic Paul Whitelaw looks ahead to the new series of Doctor Who, which starts this weekend, and reviews Fringe musical The Whosical. He'll also give us his pick of TV treats coming our way this autumn, starting with BBC 4's Kate Bush documentary, screening tonight.

And- we'll meet the just- announced winner of the So You Think You're Funny award, run by Edinburgh Fringe Festival comedy venue The Gilded Balloon.

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Janice Forsyth meets Canadian band Nickelback, plus Gerda Stevenson discusses her album.

Canadian rockers Nickelback discuss what's kept them 20 years in the business, and their new album.

It wasn't her deeply musical family that prompted Scottish actress and director Gerda Stevenson to write and release her debut album of songs, but rather the local primary school. She'll be in studio to explain all.

As Previously...Scotland's history festival is happening across the country just now and Gerda stays on and theatre critic Joyce Macmillan joins us to talk about recent successes in dramatising Scotland's past, such at the James Plays that wowed the Edinburgh International Festival in the summer.

Edinburgh's Botanic Gardens have been experiencing large crowds to see their Botanic Lights exhibition. Nick Balneaves goes along to experience the illuminations for himself.

And singer-songwriter Yvonne Lyon and project founder Alec Galloway talk about the finale of Absent Voices, an archive of material built by eight local artists to explore and preserve in words, pictures, song and sound the legacy of Greenock's once mighty sugar industry.

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Nicola Meighan sits in for Janice Forsyth and tunes into what is happening in arts, culture and music across Scotland.

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Nicola Meighan sits in for Janice Forsyth and tunes into what is happening in arts, culture and music across Scotland.

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Nicola Meighan sits in and tunes into what is happening in arts, culture and music across Scotland.

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Pasquale Iannone sits in and tunes into what's happening in arts, culture and music across Scotland.

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Phill Jupitus sits in for Janice Forsyth and tunes into what is happening and what is buzzing in the arts world.

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Rab Noakes, Hamish Stuart of the Average White Band and Barbara Dickson talk to guest presenter Phill Jupitus about the Gerry Rafferty Festival, Bring It All Home, taking place in Paisley. Author Simon Goddard will tell us about his book, which is the first dedicated to documenting the history and legend of Postcard records, and we'll hear about new telly adaptations Jamaica Inn and Fargo.

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Phill Jupitus presents.

Golden Globe-winning actress Anne Archer stars in the world premiere of The Trial of Jane Fonda at this year's Festival. Anne and writer/director Terry Jastrow talk to Phill about Fonda's controversial effort to end the Vietnam War centering on her 1972 trip to the war zone.

Scottish charitable organisation, The Soundhouse is aiming to find itself a permanent home that functions as a new state-of-the-art music venue for Edinburgh, offering a fair deal for musicians, and a warm welcome to audiences of all ages. Founder Douglas Robertson, along with four of the musicians involved in this project will explain further and also play some live music in the studio.

Actress Celia Imrie talks about the fun had filming her latest comedy caper, The Love Punch. Also starring Pierce Brosnan, Emma Thompson and Timothy Spall, it opens in cinemas nationwide on Friday.

Science meets fashion with the Edinburgh International Science Festival's Techno-Threads Fashion Show taking place today. Designers Francesca Rosella and Ryan Genz will be bringing one of their garments with to show Phill the technology they've used.

We look ahead to Record Store Day with music journalist Fiona Shepherd and Stephen Pastel (of The Pastels) who runs Monorail in Glasgow. They'll also be helping Phill introduce our new weekly feature - Vinyl Verdict. You, dear listener, will have the choice of hearing one of two of Phill's favourite tracks on vinyl. We've dusted off the grammophone in anticipation for a bit of a vinyl revival on the Culture Studio.

Golden Globe-winning actress Anne Archer stars in the world premiere of The Trial of Jane Fonda at this year's Festival. Anne and writer/director Terry Jastrow talk to Phil about Fonda's controversial effort to end the Vietnam War centering on her 1972 trip to the war zone.

Science meets fashion with the Edinburgh International Science Festival's Techno-Threads Fashion Show taking place today. Designers Francesca Rosella and Ryan Genz will be bringing one of their garments with to show Phil the technology they've used.

We look ahead to Record Store Day with music journalist Fiona Shepherd and Stephen Pastel (of The Pastels) who runs Monorail in Glasgow. They'll also be helping Phil introduce our new weekly feature - Vinyl Verdict. You, dear listener, will have the choice of hearing one of two of Phil's favourite tracks on vinyl. We've dusted off the grammophone in anticipation for a bit of a vinyl revival on the Culture Studio.

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for Janice Forsyth.

Don Letts, legendary DJ, film maker, and clothing retailer will be joining Phill to discuss the music, the clubs and the fashion of the 60s, 70s and 80s.

Billy Elliot The Musical has been wowing audiences for nine years. Now, for one night only, a new version is set to be streamed to cinemas across Europe. Twelve-year old Ollie Jochim who plays Billy and Deka Walmsley who plays 'Dad' join us to reveal what audiences can expect.

Swedish sisters, First Aid Kit, join us ahead of their Glasgow gig to discuss their latest album, Stay Gold.

Riot Club is a new film loosely based on the exploits of Oxford's infamous Bullingdon Club. Stars Sam Claflin and Douglas Booth tell us all about it.

And can iPads ever replace paint, inks, brushes and pencils? Artist Gerard M. Burns brings in his pen and paper to slug it out with Phill in an on-air quick-draw decider.

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for Janice Forsyth and tunes into arts, culture and music.

Phill Jupitus sits in for Janice Forsyth and tunes into what is happening in arts, culture and music across Scotland.

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Ricky Ross talks to Grant Nicholas, singer with Feeder, as he releases his first solo single.

Endurance is a new performance as part of the 2014 Cultural Programme, exploring the experience of women participating in the Commonwealth Games.

Bestselling author Lesley Pearse has written 22 novels - quite a feat for a former bunny girl who wasn't published until she was 48. She tells Ricky about writing, research and meeting David Bowie.

Art historian Anne Ellis continues The Culture Studio's Artists at War series, today focusing on James McBay.

And Ricky speaks to dancer Marc Brew, who has created a new outdoor work involving performing in and on six tons of sand, taking place on a street in Glasgow's Merchant City.

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Ricky Ross sits in for Janice Forsyth and tunes into what is happening and what is buzzing in the arts world.

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for Janice Forsyth and tunes into what is happening and what is buzzing in the arts world.

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Ricky Ross sits in for Janice Forsyth and tunes into what is happening and what is buzzing in the arts world.

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Ricky Ross sits in for Janice Forsyth with arts, culture and music news and discussion.

Ricky Ross sits in for Janice Forsyth and tunes into what is happening and what is buzzing in the arts world.

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Joining Ricky Ross on The Culture Studio, Paul Merton and Suki Webster who'll tell us about their forthcoming Edinburgh Fringe Shows. Former Sex Pistol, Glen Matlock looks back on his punk career and we reach the culmination of our Poetry Postcards project. Plus live music from new country sensations, The Shires.

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The new Artistic Director of Northern Stage, Lorne Campbell tells Sanjeev he's still to recruit cast for The Bloody Great Border Ballad Project which the company will be bringing to the Fringe this year. Find out what that's all about on Monday.

Niche author, Marcus Hearn shares his naughty postcards with Sanjeev. His illustrated book, Saucy Postcards: The Bamforth Collection sheds light on British culture and humour from the 1950's through to the 1970's. Initially controversial, they're and interesting window on a world gone by.

Lead guitarist and founder of The Kinks, Dave Davies has more than a couple of stories for Sanjeev and he also talks about his new album, 'I will Be Me'.

Tractor-driving, crime-writer James Oswald's debut novel "Natural Causes" was a best-seller. He'll be telling Sanjeev that he's successfully followed it up with his latest title, Book of Souls.

Independent Booksellers Week, a national celebration of the Britain's indie bookshops kicks off on Saturday. Barry Young of Young's Interesting Books in Shawlands, tells Sanjeev why small bookshops should be championed.

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for Janice Forsyth and tunes into what is happening in the arts, culture and music across Scotland.

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for Janice Forsyth and tunes into what is happening in the arts, culture and music across Scotland.

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It's film review day! Sanjeev Kohli takes the director's chair while critics Alistair Harkness and Nigel Floyd give their verdicts on The Wolverine, Frances Ha and The Heat.

It's 60 years since Roman Holiday, the film which introduced Audrey Hepburn to the world, was first on the big screen. Writer Alison Kerr explains Audrey's enduring appeal as a style icon.

A new exhibition at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Witches and Wicked Bodies, explores the witch in art - from hideous hags to seductive sorceresses.

The Aberdeen International Youth Festival takes place this weekend - director Stewart Aitken and performer Rosalind Watt tell Sanjeev what's planned.

And a look at the revival of the stage play that kicked things off for a wee sitcom called Still Game.

Sanjeev Kohli sits in for Janice Forsyth and tunes into what is happening in the arts, culture and music across Scotland.

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Sanjeev Kohli talks to Downton Abbey's Joanne Froggatt and writer Val McDermid.

Woman of the moment, Downton Abbey's Joanne Froggatt, talks to Sanjeev about starring in Filth, her new film uwantme2killhim and- of course- being at the centre of the controversial storyline that shocked viewers of Downton on Sunday night.

It's movie day! Film critics Andrea Mullaney and Paul Gallagher review:

Bitter-sweet comedy starring Jim Broadbent and Lindsay Duncan- Le Week-End

Karen Gillen's new film Not Another Happy Ending

Aquatic-based disaster flick- Sharknado

And we look forward to Benedict Cumberbatch's turn as Julian Assange in The Fifth Estate.

Crime writer Val McDermid talks about the latest instalment in the Tony Hill series, her new novel Cross and Burn.

Why do people have readings from children's literature at their wedding? Sanjeev finds out about a growing trend.

And sapphire-decorated skeletons- we hear about the 15th century human remains and the tradition that turned them into gem-encrusted works of art in their own right.

Sanjeev Kohli tunes into what is happening in the arts, culture and music across Scotland.

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Sanjeev Kohli sits in for Janice Forsyth and tunes into what is happening and what is buzzing in arts, culture and music across Scotland.

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Sanjeev Kohli hosts a special Christmas Eve edition of the Culture Studio where he'll be talking about Ghost stories, finding out how other cultures spend the holidays, legendary Blues guitarist John Hunt will be talking about building his own guitars, Michael Pederson will perform funny poems, Zoe Bestel will regale us with Christmas tunes on her ukulele and Sanjeev will play more great music throughout the show.

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Classical guitarist Sean Shibe plays live and the Neil Cowley Trio discuss their album.

We'll be joined by Scottish based writer and playwright MERRYN GLOVER to talk about her debut novel A HOUSE CALLED ASKIVAL, set in Northern India. It's the story of the troubled relationship between a father and daughter stretching from Partition to the present day. Merryn who was born in former Royal palace in Khatmandu draws on her own family experience of growing up in Nepal.

Bannockburn Live kicks off this weekend. Trying to imagine what life was like for ordinary Scots in 1314 is not easy but we get an insider's guide to the mediaeval wardrobe and concept of fashion with Malin Heen-Allan from Clanranald Trust for Scotland.

In America, some people refer to Wednesday as hump day. Wednesday is in the middle of the working week and people often see it as a "hump" that they must get over in order to get closer to the end of week. Lynne McCrossan shares some ideas of things to get us through the week.

Young Scottish classical guitarist Sean Shibe is Edinburgh based and performing two concerts at East Neuk Festival will be performing for us and chatting to Janice.

And- the Neil Cowley Trio talk about their brand new album "Touch and Flee". They're playing Glasgow International Jazz Festival this week.

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Actress Sharon Rooney (My Mad Fat Diary) and director Phyllida Lloyd (Mamma Mia!, The Iron Lady) from the recent Donmar Warehouse hit production of Henry IV talk about the song the cast has recorded and released in time for Christmas to raise money for charity- the Glasvegas song Daddy's Gone.

Singer-songwriter John Otway talks about his own bid for Christmas No 1.

Happy Christmas from the Glasgow School of Art: we hear from graduate Ross Hogg about blending history with old and new techniques to make a unique animated 'christmas card' to be projected on the side of the building every night between now and the big day.

We drop in on the pantomimes currently running in Ayr and Dunfermline and talk frocks, stamina and the technique behind belting out the big numbers night after night.

And modern libraries- how digital technology and social networking is being used to increase visitor numbers and create community around the library.

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for Janice Forsyth and tunes in to what is happening and what is buzzing in Scotland's arts, culture and music.

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Shereen Nanjiani tunes into what's happening in arts, culture and music across Scotland.

Shereen Nanjiani sits in for Janice Forsyth and tunes in to what is happening and what is buzzing in Scotland's arts, culture and music.

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Sanjeev Kohli presents Stand Up for Pudsey, a special edition of The Culture Studio recorded at The Stand comedy club in Edinburgh for Children in Need, where comedians Jo Caulfield, Janey Godley, Charlie Ross, David Kay, Keir McAllister, Julia Sutherland, Jay Lafferty, Ally Houston, Richard Melvin, Jojo Sutherland, Keara Murphy and Andrew Learmonth, perform quick-fire comedy spots, BBC Radio 4's Sketchorama favourites How Do I Get Up There and Endemic perform sketch comedy, and Eleanor Morton performs musical comedy, to try to make the audience smile and raise money, and Lou Hickey entertains with music throughout the show.

Sanjeev Kohli presents a special edition of The Culture Studio for Children In Need.

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for Janice Forsyth and tunes into arts, culture and music.

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Stuart Cosgrove sits in for Janice Forsyth and tunes into what is happening in arts, culture and music across Scotland.

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for Janice Forsyth and tunes into what is happening in arts, culture and music across Scotland.

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Today we have a T in the Park theme. As the festival gears up for its last year in the site it's occupied for 18 years we'll be listening to some of the great bands who've headlined there. Geoff Ellis, the man who created the festival, and music journalist Nicola Meighan will be sharing some T in the Park memories.

Esteemed landscape photographer and founder of the Landscape Photographer of the Year Award, Charlie Waite, looks back at his long career so far- which began when he was an actor fascinated by the work of the lighting technicians on set- and gives us insights into his approach to taking stunning pictures of our beautiful country.

Midweek blues? Journalist Nicola Meighan will be lifting our spirits by recommending her pick of the arts and cultural events happening in Scotland right now.

Naromode' meaning 'narrative fashion', is the creative venture of textile designers Anna Thorn and Iain MacDonald and we'll be hearing how they use stories as a stimulus to create textile designs for clothing.

And singer-songwriter Angus Munro will be playing live for us and talking about how to build a career on the festival circuit as he starts out as a solo artist.

Janice Forsyth tunes into what is happening in arts, culture and music across Scotland.

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Janice chats to Ian Rankin ahead of the opening of his debut stage play Dark Road.

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Californian musical duo The Pierces talk about enduring the slow burn that led to their career finally taking off with their fifth album.

It's the second-highest grossing show in the history of the King's Theatre,Glasgow: the stars of Dirty Dancing The Musical discuss the challenge of taking on the roles made famous by Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey in the 1987 film.

Innovative contemporary music group Ensemble musikFabrik describe bringing Delusion of the Fury to the Edinburgh International Festival- a work where the instruments are so large that they become the stage set, and the musicians are small figures moving round a strange landscape...

As the Edinburgh Fringe venues close down for another year we hear about a new comedy club that's being opened in Glasgow by one of the famous Edinburgh comedy production houses, The Gilded Balloon.

And before the transmission of a two part documentary on BBC Scotland and BBC 3 looking at the pressures and pleasures facing 16 year olds in 2014 we meet two of the young people who were followed by the cameras to hear what they made of the experience.

Janice Forsyth tunes into what is happening in arts, culture and music across Scotland.

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The Simon and Garfunkel Story - stars Dean Elliott and Jonny Smart talk about reproducing the famous duo's tight harmonies and immersing their audience in the turbulent period of American history that was the backdrop for their songs. They'll also perform some of Paul and Art's hits live for us.

As Glasgow gears up for next month's Short Film Festival, BAFTA winning Scottish short film makers Ainslie Henderson and Will Adamsdale talk about the short film scene in Scotland and how the GSFF has played a part in their careers.

Choreographer Jean-Christophe Maillot's Romeo and Juliet has been performed more than 300 times around the globe since 1996. It was performed for the first time in the Middle East in January, in Dubai, by the company Jean Christophe directs. But it's never before been to the UK, until now. Next week it opens at The Festival Theatre in Edinburgh, performed by Leeds-based Northern Ballet. Janice talks to Jean Christophe and Northern Ballet's Artistic Director David Nixon.

Nicola Benedetti, Eduardo Paolozzi, Sharleen Spiteri, Peter Capaldi - any list of the stars of Scottish culture has to have a significant number of Italian names in it. But the history of Italian immigration to Scotland hasn't always been an easy one. The forebears of today's stars often came to Scotland to escape poverty, starvation or war. Writer / director, Laura Pasetti tells us about A Bench On The Road, a new play telling the real-life stories of six Italian women who left Italy and made their home in Scotland.

And- how do you feel about film adaptations of the books you've really enjoyed? Andrea Mullaney and Hannah McGill discuss books you should read now before they hit the big screen.

Its film review day here in The Culture Studio and Janice Forsyth will be discussing the hotly anticipated film adaptation of the bestselling book that has become a global phenomenon - Fifty Shades of Grey!

Regular Critics, Alistair Harkness and Nigel Floyd will also review, Love Is Strange - a 'graceful tribute to the beauty of commitment in the face of adversity,' and rom com, Two Night Stand - which follows the adventures of the participants in a one-night stand - who then end up stuck together when a blizzard traps them!

Scottish novelist, Andrew O' Hagan will also be on hand to discuss his new book 'The Illuminations' and 'Public Service Broadcasting' will tell us about their new album 'The Race for Space'.

All that and Helen Lederer!!! who will be here to discuss her new book-'Losing it.'

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for Janice Forsyth with reviews of this week's big new movie releases. Critics Nigel Floyd and Angie Errigo are on hand to discuss The Hangover 3, Epic 3D, the re-release of The King Of Marvin Gardens and Les Miserables on DVD.

Also on the show, author Simon Goddard explains why his latest biography Ziggyology focuses on David Bowie's 1970s spaceman alter-ego.

We look back at YouTube's first ever Comedy Week and ask will the online channel ever overtake the traditional TV broadcasters?

And we celebrates all things six-string with one of the directors of the Edinburgh Guitar Festival.

Janice Forsyth tunes into what is happening and what is buzzing in the arts world.

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for Janice Forsyth and tunes into what is happening.

Janice Forsyth tunes into what is happening and what is buzzing in the arts world.

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for Janice Forsyth and tunes into what is happening and what is buzzing in the arts world.

Janice Forsyth tunes into what is happening and what is buzzing in the arts world.