Claudia speaks to John Waters, the American filmmaker who rose to fame in the early 1970s for his transgressive cult films.
Waters's 1970s and early '80s trash films feature his regular troupe of actors known as Dreamlanders - among them Divine, Mink Stole, David Lochary, Mary Vivian Pearce, and Edith Massey.
Starting with Desperate Living in 1977, Waters began casting real-life convicted criminals and infamous people.
And she meets Garry Fabian Miller one of the pioneers of the growing camera-less photography movement, currently being celebrated at the V&A in London.
He is one of very few artists that uses light as a raw material, passing it through coloured glass, liquid and cut paper onto photo sensitive paper to create luminous, visceral images.
Two-time Olivier Award-winning actress Tracie Bennett discusses her starring role in the musical drama End of the Rainbow, which is based on the final months of Judy Garland's life.
We look at the legacy of the iconic science fiction author HG Wells as two musicals based on his work; The Invisible Man at the Menier Chocolate Factory, and the War of the Worlds Tour around the country, are still keeping audiences entertained.
Plus Xan Brooks review this week's film releases, and Judith Mackrell has her recommendations of the best dance events to go and see.
Claudia is joined by John Waters, who rose to fame in the early 1970s for his cult films.
|Actor Henry Goodman Discusses Yes, Prime Minister||20100924|
Claudia talks to the actors David Haig and Henry Goodman who are starring in the world premiere of Jonathan Lynn and Antony Jay's play Yes, Prime Minister on the London stage, following its successful run at Chichester Festival Theatre. Henry Goodman plays Sir Humphrey Appleby alongside David Haig as Prime Minister Jim Hacker.
Plus Claudia also meets:
Leading historical fiction author Conn Iggulden who talks about his new book, the fourth in his number one best-selling Conqueror series.
Described as "one of the most versatile singers on the jazz/blues circuit", Kate Dimbleby, who is celebrating the women whose music inspires her. Kate performs music by singers and songwriters including Dolly Parton, Peggy Lee, Kirsty MacColl, Carole King and Dusty Springfield.
The actress Emily Bruni who is appearing in Arthur Miller's Laurence Olivier Award winning play Broken Glass.
Sue Steward has the latest news from the world of photography, and film critic Xan Brooks reviews the current movie releases, including Julia Roberts' Eat, Pray, Love.
And we look at a number of artists who have used different every-day sounds to create pieces of music. For example, Mira Calix who has been working with a neurologist to make a classical composition using the sounds from a brain scan machine, and the artist Lemon Jelly who put a special device under London Bridge to record people's footsteps and turn the vibrations into sound.
Claudia talks to actors Henry Goodman and David Haig, plus author Conn Iggulden.
Claudia talks to the actors David Haig and Henry Goodman who are starring in the world premiere of Jonathan Lynn and Antony Jay's play Yes, Prime Minister on the London stage, following its successful run at Chichester Festival Theatre.
Henry Goodman plays Sir Humphrey Appleby alongside David Haig as Prime Minister Jim Hacker.
Described as "one of the most versatile singers on the jazz/blues circuit", Kate Dimbleby, who is celebrating the women whose music inspires her.
Kate performs music by singers and songwriters including Dolly Parton, Peggy Lee, Kirsty MacColl, Carole King and Dusty Springfield.
And we look at a number of artists who have used different every-day sounds to create pieces of music.
For example, Mira Calix who has been working with a neurologist to make a classical composition using the sounds from a brain scan machine, and the artist Lemon Jelly who put a special device under London Bridge to record people's footsteps and turn the vibrations into sound.
|Author Jacqueline Wilson Discusses Her New Book||20101001|
Claudia talks to the celebrated author Jacqueline Wilson, known for her vast and diverse work in children's literature, about her new book 'The Longest Whale Song'.
Performance poets Ian McMillan and Murray Lachlan Young talk about National Poetry Day, which is on 7th October.
Mark White and Josh Darcy talk about their roles as the iconic Ian Dury and his shaven-headed collaborator Spider in 'Hit Me! The Life and Times of Ian Dury', the warts-and-all portrayal of the Blockheads' lead singer.
The stage show explores the highs and lows of Ian Dury's extraordinary life and career from a Dickensian childhood at a boarding school for disabled children to world-wide fame as a cult hero and the forefather of punk before his sadly premature death.
With the Design Museum in London currently staging a major exhibition on British architect John Pawson, the BBC's Jane Hill accompanies the acclaimed architect around the show during which he talks about some of his landmark projects.
And Claudia discusses the Brighton Comedy Festival with its programme manager and producer Alex Rochford, and the comedian Mark Watson who is performing there.
Over three weekends, around 50 of the best comedians working in live comedy strut the boards of the Brighton Dome's three venues the Concert Hall, Corn Exchange and Pavilion Theatre.
Claudia talks to the author Jacqueline Wilson, and discusses The Brighton Comedy Festival.
|Claudia Meets Ben Barnes, Star Of The Narnia Films||20101217|
Claudia speaks to Ben Barnes, who plays King Caspian in The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader.
Ben also stars in Birdsong in the West End in which he plays a World War One soldier.
Performance poet Roger Mcgough has two specially written poems about Christmas to get us in the festive mood.
Boyd Hilton reviews the season's best cultural TV, and Nick Duncalf has the film info, including his views on Burlesque, Tron: Legacy, and the forthcoming Christmas blockbusters.
We look ahead to the 60th anniversary of The Archers with actor Graham Seed who plays Nigel Pargeter, and series editor Vanessa Whitburn who will talk us through mounting the celebrations.
Singing star Camille O'Sullivan discusses bringing her smash hit Edinburgh Show 'Chameleon' to the Royal Festival Hall in London for one night only.
We showcase the work of Liverpool-based arts organisation DADA, whose yearly festival has gone from being a one-off regional event to the world's leading disability and deaf arts celebration.
Plus, there's the best of this year's guests on this, our last Radio 2 Arts Show of 2010.
Claudia speaks to Ben Barnes, who plays Caspian in the new Narnia film.
|Claudia Talks To The Nation's Favourite Tenor Alfie Boe||20101210|
Claudia is joined by Dan and Jeff from CBBC who will perform a potted version of Sleeping Beauty live - they are the creators of Potted Panto which features seven of the nation's favourite pantomimes, "potted" into 70 minutes.
Dan and Jeff write and perform the Potted shows and have gone from taking Potted Potter at a tiny Edinburgh venue to bringing the most famous British theatre genre back into the West End for Christmas.
The nation's favourite tenor Alfie Boe talks about his new album.
Author Michael Peppiatt gives us an insight into the Swiss sculptor Alberto Giacometti.
Michael is about to publish a new book to accompany an exhibition he has just curated in New York.
Titled 'In Giacometti's studio' the works on view include 100 sculptures, paintings and drawings, plus photographs and documents, with many previously unseen items as they come from an unprecedented loan from Giacometti's heirs and other private collections.
Actor Michael Fenton Stevens and musical director Philip Pope discuss Wilton's Vintage Christmas - a music hall style celebration of Victorian Christmas based around the idea of Dickens's A Christmas Carol, with Christmas Past, Present and Yet to Come, with poetry, music-hall songs, variety-style entertainment and Christmas carols.
Art critic Estelle Lovatt talks about the Turner Prize - the history of the competition, the artists competing, past winners, public reaction, plus all the controversy.
Theatre critic Michael Billington reviews the latest plays and shows from around the UK.
And Penny Smith follows the ancient Egyptians' journey from death to the afterlife in a once-in-a lifetime exhibition at the British Museum focusing on the Book Of The Dead.
Claudia is joined by the nation's favourite tenor Alfie Boe.
|Featuring Contemporary Artist Jack Vettriano||20101008|
Penny Smith sits in for Claudia and speaks to renowned music producer William Orbit about his new album.
Titled Pieces in a Modern Style 2, it follows the 600,000 selling Pieces in a Modern Style, which produced the hit Adagio for Strings and features more of William's interpretations of classical standards.
Also, celebrated contemporary artist Jack Vettriano discusses his new exhibition, and actress Daniela Denby Ashe talks about the play she's starring in - Mike Bartlett's Love, Love, Love.
We find out more about the British Museum's new exhibition China: Journey to the East.
China's long history of innovation in the arts has created one of the most important and influential civilisations in world history.
The major new exhibition in Manchester will combine objects from the British Museum with stories from one of the world's fastest growing economies.
We also celebrate British film, with critic James Kleinmann, and speak to graffiti pioneer Nick Walker about his new solo show In Gods We Trust.
Nick is known for pushing the boundaries of street art - working with many different media, frequently moving between the gallery and the streets and giving a rare insight into the secret world of 'high end' street art.
Penny Smith sits in for Claudia and speaks to the contemporary artist Jack Vettriano.
|Featuring Internationally Renowned Choreographer Matthew Bourne.||20101029|
Claudia is joined by Matthew Bourne OBE, celebrated ballet and dance choreographer.
his new production of Cinderella; an evocative journey through London during the Second World War.
A chance meeting results in a magical night for Cinderella and her dashing young RAF pilot, together just long enough to fall in love before being parted by the horrors of the Blitz.
First seen in the West End in 1997, but now completely revised, this brand new production has been created to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the London Blitz.
Comedy actress Jessica Hynes talks about her show at Bristol Jam - the UK's only festival of improvisation.
Debuting in 2009, this year's festival features a range of spontaneous performance from comedians, theatre-makers and musicians.
Singer Mari Wilson tells Claudia about her one woman musical The Love Thing.
Mari first came to prominence with her fully choreographed 12 piece band The Wilsations.
Her backing singers were called The Wilsations and at one time they included among their ranks former EastEnders actress Michelle Collins.
Her biggest hit Just What I Always Wanted reached number 8 in the UK charts in 1982.
The Great British Barber Shop Boys perform a song live.
From singing fishermen, to an album starring the pope and from The Coldstream Guards to The Priests, the last 12 months have seen an increase in more traditional forms of music finding success in the pop charts.
This month Winston Churchill was in the top ten as the Royal Air Force band used some of his speeches for their latest record - and in November a brand new album featuring a choir of Benedictine nuns will be released on Decca Records.
Following the increase and success of these niche acts, many of whom have signed million pound deals with major record labels, we investigate why these more unusual artists are finding success in the mainstream.
Also what does this mean for the musicians who, more often that not, never sought pop stardom?
Plus, Sue Steward reviews the latest photographic exhibitions, and Xan Brooks reviews the latest film releases, including The Kids Are All Right starring Annette Bening and Julianne Moore.
|Featuring Percy Jackson Author Rick Riordan.||20101105|
Claudia talks to author Rick Riordan.
Rick - a.k.a.
"The Myth Master - is best known as the creator of Percy Jackson - demigod hero of the bestselling sequence of books, translated into 16 languages.
Rick is called The Myth Master on account of his ability to make ancient mythology compelling, accessible and relevant to a new
February 2010 saw the release of the movie Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief, directed by Chris "Harry Potter" Columbus and starring Pierce Brosnan and Uma Thurman.
Further movie magic beckons as another of Rick's books, The 39 Clues, has been snapped up by Steven Spielberg and Dreamworks.
He's rarely been out of the Top 20 since making Percy the hottest thing in children's books since Twilight.
Claudia also meets David Bintley; director of Birmingham Royal Ballet.
David is recognised as one of Britain's finest choreographers, with an international reputation, and his ballets are performed by companies all round the world.
Writer and performance poet Tim Key discusses his new album of songs and poetry which he recorded on a boat with a string quartet.
Plus, Peter James, one of this country's most respected crime novelists.
His Roy Grace detective stories have sold over 5 million copies worldwide.
We preview the London Jazz Festival.
And, Claire Armitstead recommends the best of the most recently published books, and Nick Duncalf reviews film.
Claudia talks to Percy Jackson author Rick Riordan.
|Featuring Ruth Mackenzie; Director Of The 2012 Cultural Olympiad||20101119|
Claudia has a special interview with Ruth Mackenzie: Director of the 2012 Cultural Olympiad on why we need a Cultural Olympiad.
And there's Australian comedian, musician and composer Tim Minchin.
Tim's written the music and lyrics to
Matilda, A Musical, The Royal Shakespeare Company's forthcoming production on Matilda - Roald Dahl's magical story about a little girl with extraordinary powers which has been a favourite novel for millions of children across the world since it was first published in 1988.
Head of Education at the Anne Frank Trust, Lucy Glennon, tells us about the stories and fables which Anne Frank is less well known for which have recently been published in the UK under the title Anne Frank's Tales From The Secret Annexe.
Neil Hannon from The Divine Comedy and Tom Morris, artistic director of the Bristol Old Vic discuss the new production of Swallows and Amazons which Neil has written the music and lyrics for.
As the Young Vic Theatre celebrates its 40th anniversary, the BBC's Jane Hill looks back at the enduring success of one of London's most celebrated theatres, and whether it continues to live up to its original vision of being cheap, informal and democratic.
Plus the New Radio 2 Arts Show verdict on the new Harry Potter film; Deathly Hallows, and Estelle Lovatt reviews the latest art exhibitions.
Featuring a special interview with Ruth Mackenzie, director of the 2012 Cultural Olympiad.
|Featuring Top British Artist Paul Mellia||20101015|
Claudia meets the artist Paul Mellia, who's one of the world's fastest selling artists in today's contemporary art scene, renowned for his distinctive 3-D interpretations of celebrated icons.
Paul is also one of a select few artists in the world licensed by Marvel Comics to reproduce their super hero characters Spiderman and the Incredible Hulk, as well as Catwoman and The Joker.
These along with many other characters represent some of Paul's most popular recreations.
While his prints are more affordable, original works of art and proofs of Paul's work are known to fetch five and six figure sums.
Also featuring Illuminating York, an outdoor lighting festival using modern lighting and projection technologies to celebrate the city's unique architecture and history.
York Minster's facade will be lit up by night - the first use of the Minster as a canvas for a true "son et lumiere".
All-female comedy troupe Lady Garden preview the Manchester Comedy Festival.
Jan Pienkowski joins Claudia to tell of his rich and fascinating stories from his years in children's illustration.
Jan Pienkowski has won the Greenaway Medal twice - for his illustration of Joan Aiken's The Kingdom Under the Sea, and for Haunted House.
He is widely known for illustrating the Meg and Mog stories.
Michael Billington reviews theatre and Chris McCormack tells us about what's happening in the world of art.
And we go backstage at the English National Ballet to salute some of the unsung heroes who ensure it remains one of this country's premier dance companies.
Claudia meets Paul Mellia, one of a few artists licensed to copy Marvel characters.
|Feauturing Star Of Bbc1's Mistresses; Actress Sharon Small.||20101022|
On The New Radio 2 Arts Show tonight:
Claudia meets star of BBC TV's Mistresses Sharon Small, who is starring at the National Theatre in the rarely performed 'Men Should Weep' by Ena Lamont Stewart.
Set in the Glasgow tenements in the midst of the 1930s depression, 'Men Should Weep' was a forerunner for the kitchen sink dramas and 'angry young men' plays of the 1950s.
The composer Carl Davis who is a conductor with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, and regularly conducts the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra.
He has written music for more than 100 television programmes, but is best known for creating music to accompany silent films.
Denis Blais, the director/designer of The Spaghetti Western Orchestra.
Armed with over 100 instruments, ranging from the conventional to an incredible array of everyday objects, including nail clippers, an asthma inhaler, cornflakes, Tasmanian lottery balls and the orchestral whip - Spaghetti Western Orchestra's five musicians from Australia perform Ennio Morricone's classic scores written for Sergio Leone's Spaghetti Western films.
Featured soundtracks include the well-known themes for The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, For a Few Dollars More and Once Upon a Time in the West.
British horror film director Simeon Halligan, who is the Festival Director of Grimm Up North - the UK's premier horror and sci-fi film festival, based in Manchester.
Plus, Charles Gant reviews this week's film releases, and Ismene Brown has the latest from the world of dance.
And Brian Sibley meets Paige O'Hara; the voice of Belle in Disney's Beauty and the Beast.
Claudia meets star of BBC TV's Mistresses Sharon Small, and the composer Carl Davis
|Penny Smith Sits In And Chats To Author Julia Donaldson||20101126|
Penny Smith sits in for Claudia for one week only and talks to author T.G Rosenthal about his new book "The Art and the Artist" - the first full-length study of Laurence Stephen Lowry's extensive work for over a decade.
Lowry remains one of Britain's most misunderstood artists - to the academically minded he was an un-taught, naive painter of 'matchstick men'; to the art establishment, an amateur, or at best, a regional artist.
Yet now, at auction houses the best Lowry works sell for seven figure sums.
Tom Rosenthal gives us an insight into the man.
The actor Neil Stuke, one of the stars of the BBC's Reggie Perrin - he plays the boss - talks about The National Theatre production of Season's Greetings in which it's the adults, rather than the children, who spoil the festive fun.
He's part of an all star cast, which also includes Catherine Tate, Mark Gatiss, and Katherine Parkinson, in the Alan Ayckbourn play.
Author of The Gruffalo Julia Donaldson tells us about creating the hairy monster, whilst actor Scott Armstrong, who is about to start playing him/it on the London stages talks about bringing The Gruffalo to life.
And we discuss the Northern Art Prize, which offers people a snapshot of some of the best contemporary art currently hailing from the North of England.
Plus we'll be hearing about the unlikely love affair between some of the UK's biggest pop stars and Coronation Street, as the soap prepares to celebrate it's 50th anniversary, Charles Gant has the latest film info, and Alex Heminsley reviews the best of the latest celebrity biographies and autobiographies.
Penny Smith sits in for Claudia and she meets author of The Gruffalo Julia Donaldson.