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20100108

Claudia Winkleman welcomes you to a new year of fun and fascinating arts and entertainment programming.

To mark what would have been Elvis Presley's 75th birthday, Claudia reviews his singing career, film roles and those swivelling hips, when she examines the enduring legacy of the King of Rock 'n' Roll. Joining her is the man behind the Elvis studs and spangles look - stylist Gene Doucette. And film critic Nick Duncalf examines the King's contribution to the silver screen.

20100115

Claudia Winkleman rounds up the week's arts and entertainment action with top guests and great tunes for a fantastic Friday night in. Joining her is the genius behind Britpoppers The Auteurs, Luke Haines.

Their debut album New Wave was released in 1993 and Luke Haines later claimed it was the start of the Britpop movement. In his memoir of this most significant musical era, Bad Vibes: Britpop and My Part in Its Downfall, he derides the efforts of Britpop greats Oasis, Suede and Blur, and questions the value of the whole Britpop movement.

Plus, Claudia previews the Golden Globes, and talks photography with critic Sue Steward.

20100122

Claudia Winkleman is your guide to the world's biggest winter Arts Festival - Celtic Connections. The festival features the finest artists locally and from around the world. Claudia's show is live from the heart of Glasgow, with top guests and top tunes. Deacon Blue's Ricky Ross, Capercaillie and Donald Shaw also feature. And just a few days ahead of Burns night - Claudia celebrates the work of the Scottish Bard, samples haggis and threatens to strip the willow.

20100129

Claudia Winkleman's special guest is actress Gemma Arterton who talks about her latest role on stage in London's West End.

American author Maria V Snyder blends fantasy and fact brilliantly, and researches her subjects meticulously. Her approach to writing is similar to Robert De Niro and his acting - the method approach - which means total immersion in the subject and complete understanding. She reveals the lengths she went to write her new book.

Plus Estelle Lovatt talks about what's new and exciting in the world of art.

20100430

Claudia talks to the acclaimed writer Anthony Horowitz about his life and his career, and to the legendary musician Brian Eno.

Plus book critic Alex Heminsley discusses the latest rock biographies.

20110128

Claudia talks to Richard Thomas, writer of the hit show Shoes, along with Tim Howar, one of the show's lead singers.

Tim co-fronts the latest line-up of Mike and The Mechanics, and Shoes features over 250 pairs of shoes, the majority of which are worn by the dancers, and others of which will be incorporated in the set design.

One of the comics industry's most controversial and commercially successful writers Mark Millar discusses his new book Nemesis; a reversal of our expectations of the superhero genre.

A film adaptation of Nemesis is already in development with Twentieth Century Fox and will be directed by Tony Scott.

With a major new exhibition of Modern British Sculpture having just opened at the Royal Academy of Arts in London, broadcaster and art historian Tim Marlow looks at whether the show debunks the myth that the British aren't a sculptural nation.

And Michael Billington tells us about the latest plays in the West End and around the UK, and Ismene Brown reviews dance productions.

Claudia talks to creator of Jerry Springer: The Opera Richard Thomas about his show Shoes.

20110204

Claudia meets actor Charlie Clements - last seen falling off a roof as Bradley in EastEnders - who's about to star in Dickens' The Haunting, alongside Paul Nicholas.

Plus Claudia talks to Rowan Joffe, who has directed and written the screenplay of the big screen remake of Brighton Rock, which stars John Hurt, Helen Mirren and Andy Serkis.

With the curtain about to rise on Andrew Lloyd Webber's new production of the The Wizard of Oz, we accompany some of the cast and crew along the yellow brick road to discover more about the latest stage adaptation of one of the world's best loved movies.

Plus, film critic Charles Gant reviews The Fighter, Brighton Rock, Rabbit Hole and A Little Bit of Heaven, and Sue Steward tells us about the latest photography exhibitions which have caught her eye.

Claudia meets actor Charlie Clements who's about to star in Dickens' The Haunting.

20110401

Claudia meets Andrew Lloyd Webber's Wicked Witch of the West; actress Hannah Waddingham from The Wizard of Oz.

Children's author Giles Hargreaves, son of the late Roger Hargreaves who created the Mr Men, tells us about Douglas, the canine star of his new book.

Artistic director Tory Dobrin talks to us about The Trocks - a company of 16 male dancers, who perform the full range of the ballet and modern dance repertoire, including classical and original works.

Peter Bradshaw reviews this week's film releases, and Ismene Brown has the latest from the world of dance.

Plus, as the Victoria and Albert Museum in London prepares to stage the first major exhibition exploring The Aesthetic Movement, the BBC's Jane Hill looks at how its practitioners sought to escape the ugliness and materialism of the Victorian era by creating a new kind of art and beauty.

Claudia meets Andrew Lloyd Webber's Wicked Witch of the West, actress Hannah Waddingham.

20120224

Claudia previews Sunday's 84th Academy Awards with film critic Peter Bradshaw.

Artistic Director of the Bath Literature Festival James Runcie and actress and author Harriet Walter talk about this year's event which features special events and public readings to mark the 100th International Women's Day.

Minimalist artist and musician Martin Creed, who won the 2001 Turner Prize for his controversial work "The lights going on and off" and is a major cultural contributor to the upcoming Olympics, discusses his new single "Where You Go."

In the 'Tour Guide's Guide To Art', Claudia speaks to Rebecca Shawcross, Shoe Resources Officer at Northampton Museum and Art Gallery. One of the great shoemaking towns, Northampton's museum is home to the world's biggest shoe collection, and features 12,000 items from Egyptian to modern day, documentary footage and shoes depicted in fine art.

Plus Radio 2 Arts Show Poet In Residence Murray Lachlan Young returns with a specially written arts poem to celebrate World Book Day which is on Thursday 1st March.

20120504

Claudia meets iconic French shoe designer Christian Louboutin who discusses the first UK retrospective of his work at the Design Museum.

Timothy Sheader talks about his role as artistic director of the Regents Park Open Air Theatre and what this season holds in store.

Ria Parry tells Claudia all about the upcoming UK tour of Mad About The Boy.

Film critic Jason Solomons has a round-up of this week's movies, and Michael Billington reviews theatre.

And giving you the insider's view of Britain's best galleries, exhibitions and museums, in this week's 'Tour Guide's Guide To Art' Claudia speaks to Ian Wall from Creswell Crags, which features some of the most remarkable Ice Age artefacts ever found, and can lay claim to being Britain's oldest art gallery.

Claudia meets iconic French shoe designer Christian Louboutin.

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Looking at the latest books, films, plays and exhibitions.

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With actor Eddie Marson, comedienne Nina Conti and author Joanne Harris.

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Claudia meets crime writer James Sallis who discusses his new book Driven

Bafta Award winning writer Jack Thorne and artistic director of the Donmar Warehouse Rosie Rourke talk about their new play The Physicists.

Peter Florence, artistic director of the Hay Festival and award winning historian Bettany Hughes, join Claudia

to celebrate the 25th year of the literary event on the Welsh borders dubbed "the Woodstock of the mind."

Journalist Kate Spicer and her film director brother Will discuss their touching new documentary film, Mission to Lars, which follows their older brother Tom Spicer, a forty year-old man with fragile X syndrome, similar to autism, on his quest to meet his lifelong hero, Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich.

This week on the Tour Guide's To Art Claudia will be chatting to Katrina Burnett from Finchcocks Musical Museum in Kent, a musical centre and museum of international repute with over 100 historical keyboard instruments.

Plus film critic Charlie Lyne looks back at the Cannes Film Festival and photographer Joe Partridge previews the best of the best in photography exhibitions.

And remember you can get the download for the best bits of the Radio 2 Arts Show by going to the BBC Radio 2 website.

Bafta Award winning writer Jack Thorne and artistic driector of the Donmar Warehouse Rosie Rourke talk about their new play The Physicists.

Bafta Award winning writer Jack Thorne and artistic director of the Donmar Theatre Rosie Rourke talk about their new play The Physicists.

Looking at the latest books, films, plays and exhibitions.

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Claudia meets crime writer Peter James who discusses his new book.

Dominic Savage drops by to talk about writing and directing his first stage play Fear at the Bush Theatre. At the same time, his new series True Love begins on the BBC.

Ruth Carney takes over as Artistic Director of the Lantern Theatre in Sheffield. The Lantern is the oldest and smallest theatre in Sheffield and the only mid scale touring arts venue in the city.

This week on the Tour Guide's To Art Claudia chats to John Ford from 'Tudor World - The Falstaff Experience' in Stratford. The museum transports visitors back to the Tudor period with recreations, tours and top trivia, all contained in an original 16th century building

Plus film critic Peter Bradshaw looks ahead to the new releases and Alex Heminsley casts her critical eye over a well chosen selection of books.

And remember you can get the download for the best bits of the Radio 2 Arts Show by going to the BBC Radio 2 website.

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Actress and singer Laura Michelle Kelly discusses the revival of The Second Mrs Tanqueray.

Actors James Wilby and Laura Michelle Kelly discuss the UK revival of The Second Mrs Tanqueray.

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Claudia chats to writer Jonathan Lynn about 'Yes Prime Minister'

Actress Fiona Shaw talks about her new play 'Scenes From An Execution'

Author Bernard Cornwell joins Claudia with his new book about mercenaries, men-at-arms and swords with mythical powers - 1356

Plus Estelle Lovatt has the latest news on art exhibitions around the country. And film critic Helen O'Hara has all the up-to-date news and views on this week's movie and dvd releases.

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Claudia Winkleman with special guests, actors Stephen Tompkinson and Eliza Hope Bennett. Arts Show Correspondent Anna Bailey goes behind-the-seens of the V&A's latest exhibition to discover the myths and backstories surrounding the most iconic Hollywood costumes. And actor Bradley Cooper chats about his latest movie. Plus Alex Heminsley has all the news on the latest books. And film critic Peter Bradshaw has the latest news and views on movie and dvd releases around the country.

Claudia Winkleman with special guests, actors Stephen Tompkinson and Maxine Peake. Arts Show Correspondent Anna Bailey goes behind-the-scenes of the V&A's latest exhibition to discover the myths and backstories surrounding the most iconic Hollywood costumes. And actor Bradley Cooper chats about his latest movie. Plus Alex Heminsley has all the news on the latest books. And film critic Peter Bradshaw has the latest news and views on movie and dvd releases around the country.

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Claudia Winkleman chats to celebrated dance choreographer Matthew Bourne about his latest festive production Sleeping Beauty.

Director Mike Newell drops by to talk about his film for the holiday season Great Expectations

Arts Show Correspondent Thomas Magill goes behind-the-scenes of the War Of The Worlds

Plus Michael Billington has all the news on the latest theatre productions around the UK. And film critic Helen O'Hara has the latest news and views on movie and dvd releases around the country.

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Claudia chats to Simon Russell Beale and Dennis King about the new production of Privates On Parade.

Actors Roger Lloyd Pack and Louise Brealey drop in to talk about Shakespeare and Trojan Women. Arts Show Correspondent Anna Bailey goes behind-the-scenes of The Bodyguard.

Plus Alex Heminsley has all the news on the latest books. And film critic Charlie Lyne has the latest news and views on movie and dvd releases around the country.

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Claudia chats to award winning actor Dominic West about going from cop to crooner when he plays irascible Professor Henry Higgins in a new production of My Fair Lady at The Crucible in Sheffield. He's joined by his Eliza Doolittle co-star Carley Bawden

The Royal Ballet's former Prima Ballerina Tamara Rojo drops in to talk about celebrating her first season as Artistic Director of English National Ballet with an exquisite production of The Nutcracker

Arts Show Correspondent Anna Bailey has all the latest arts news from the Arts Desk and goes behind-the-scenes of the the hottest ticket in town - Viva Forever

Plus Michael Billington has all the news on the latest theatre productions around the UK. And film critic Peter Bradshaw has the latest news and views on movie and dvd releases around the country.

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Claudia chats to actress Tracy-Ann Oberman about the play Old Money.

Composer Ilan Eshkeri drops by to talk about collaborating with Razorlight's Andy Burrows on scoring the music for the re-make of Raymond Brigg's much loved The Snowman.

Arts Show correspondent Anna Bailey has all the latest news from the Arts Desk and goes behind-the-scenes of festive favourite - Scrooge - starring Tommy Steele.

Plus, Alex Heminsley has all the news on what books make the perfect Christmas gift. And film critic Peter Bradshaw has the latest news and views on movie and DVD releases around the country for the holiday season.

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As 2012 draws to a close, Claudia's joined by Michael Billington, Alex Heminsley and Peter Bradshaw from the worlds of theatre, books and film as they look back on this year in the arts. And Claudia recalls some sparkly moments from the best of her guests including Simon Callow, Sir Nicholas Hytner, Jackie Collins, David Bailey and new BBC Director General Lord Hall of Birkenhead when he was CEO of the Royal Opera House.

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Claudia chats to director Tom Hooper about the newly released Les Miserables

Author Andy McNab drops by to talk about his new book The New Recruit

Arts Show correspondent Thomas Magill opens up the Arts Desk with the next 7 days of not-to-be-missed arts news from around the country. And he catches up with the cast of Les Miserables including Hugh Jackman, Anne Hathaway and Eddie Redmayne.

Plus, Alex Heminsley reviews the latest books, it's thrillers this week. Film critic Peter Bradshaw has the latest movie and DVD releases around the country. And he takes a look at the Oscar and Bafta nominations, and looks ahead to the Golden Globes.

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Claudia chats to director Phyllida Law and actress Harriet Walter about the all-female Julius Caesar at the Donmar Warehouse.

Actress Tara Fitzgerald drops by to talk about her RSC debut.

Arts Show correspondent Anna Bailey opens up the Arts Desk with the next 7 days of not-to-be-missed arts news from around the country. And she catches up with the cast of Viva Forever at the Picadilly Theatre including director Judy Craymer and Spice Girl Geri Halliwell.

Plus, Alex Heminsley reviews the latest books. Film critic Xan Brooks has the latest movie and DVD releases around the country. And he looks back at the Golden Globes' winners and losers.

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Claudia chats to Nichola McAuliffe and Julian Glover about the national tour of Maurice's Jubilee, following a sell-out run at the 2012 Edinburgh Festival. This is Olivier Award winning Nichola McAuliffe's most recent play and she reprises her role as Katie, alongside Olivier Award winning Julian Glover as Maurice.

Queen of the relationship novel, Amanda Brookfield, drops by to talk about her new book The Love Child.

Arts Show correspondent Thomas Magill opens up the Arts Desk with the next 7 days of not-to-be-missed arts news from around the country. And he catches up with Richard O'Brien for the 40th anniversary tour of The Rocky Horror Show.

Plus, Alex Heminsley reviews the latest books. And film critic Charlie Lyne has the latest movie and DVD releases around the country.

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Claudia chats to Joanna Trollope about her new book The Soldier's Wife.

Arts Show correspondent Anna Bailey opens up the Arts Desk with the next 7 days of not-to-be-missed arts news from around the country. And she takes a tour of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Exhibition at London's Natural History Museum.

Plus, Michael Billington reviews the latest theatre. And film critic Helen O'Hara has the latest movie and DVD releases around the country.

20130208

Claudia chats to author Rachel Joyce about her book The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry which won her the New Writer of the Year Award at last year's National Book Awards

Arts Show correspondent Thomas Magill opens up the Arts Desk with the next 7 days of not-to-be-missed arts news from around the country.

Plus, Alex Heminsley reviews the latest fiction. And our film critic has the latest movie and DVD releases around the country and looks ahead to the Baftas.

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Actress Nicole Kidman talks about her latest role in her new film Stoker.

Best selling author Barbara Taylor Bradford drops by with her new book Secrets From The Past

Kathy Lette chats to Claudia about supporting adult literacy

Arts Show correspondent Anna Bailey opens up the Arts Desk with the next 7 days of not-to-be-missed arts news from around the country.

Plus, Michael Billington reviews the theatre. And film critic Xan Brooks takes a look back at the Oscars along with the latest movie and DVD releases around the country.

Plus, Michael Billington reviews the theatre. And film critic Peter Bradshaw takes a look back at the Oscars along with the latest movie and DVD releases around the country.

20130308

Actor Daniel Mays chats to Claudia about his new play Trelawny Of The Wells directed by Joe Wright.

Author Jeffrey Archer talks about his new book Best Kept Secret, the latest instalment of The Clifton Chronicles

Niamh Cusack stops by to reveal all about the play The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time

Arts Show correspondent Thomas Magill opens up the Arts Desk with the next 7 days of not-to-be-missed arts news from around the country. And he heads to Somerset for the Bath Literary Festival.

Plus, Alex Heminsley reviews the latest books. And our film critic has all the latest movie and DVD releases on offer.

20130607

Daniel Radcliffe joins Claudia to talk about his play The Cripple of Inishmaan, part of the Michael Grandage season in theatre

Author Mark Billingham drops in with his new book The Dying Hours

Actor Barrie Rutter reveals all about the Northern Broadsides production of Rutherford and Son, directed by Jonathan Miller.

We take Radio 2 Arts Show listener Nancy Strafford to Glyndebourne as we ask, can anyone learn to love opera?

Plus Xan Brooks has all the latest film news; Alex Heminsley is here with a selection of books to review; and Andy West has the arts round up with the next seven days of arts news around the country.

20130621

Actress Belinda Lang joins Claudia as she takes to the stage in Sheridan's The School for Scandal.

The play itself is about the buzzing London gossip scene in the eighteenth century. The production opens in London at the new Park Theatre, Finsbury Park before touring to Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds

Writer and director Paul Andrew Williams drops by to talk to Claudia about Song For Marion as the film is released on DVD

Plus Peter Bradshaw has all the latest film news; Alex Heminsley brings in a selection of books to review; and Thomas Magill is here with the arts round up - all the arts news from around the country in the next seven days.

20130628

Lauren Weisberger, author of The Devil Wears Prada, talks about her latest book.

Author Lauren Weisberger of The Devil Wears Prada fame joins Claudia to talk about her latest book.

Actors Anna Chancellor and Anthony Calf join Claudia to chat about starring in Private Lives.

We go behind the scenes of the Lowry retrospective at the Tate Britain - Lowry and the Painting of Modern Life - and catch up with Brian and Michael from Matchstalk Men and Matchstalk Cats and Dogs fame

Plus Robbie Collin has the latest film news; Alex Heminsley brings in a selection of books to review; and Andy West has the arts round up, looking at the events coming up around the country in the next seven days.

20130830

Claudia's back at the helm for the Radio 2 Arts Show

With special guests from the world of the arts including Stephen Poliakoff. One of Britain's most influential writers for the stage and screen, Stephen won the Evening Standard's Most Promising Playwright award for City Sugar and Hitting Town in 1976, aged just 23. For the first time ever Hitting Town - the TV drama that Mary Whitehouse tried to ban - will be available on DVD. Stephen chats to Claudia about his recollections of that time

Claudia talks to Matthew Kelly, who takes time out from rehearsing his new play To Sir With Love

And Sian Philips and Brigit Forsyth drop by ahead of starring in Alan Bennett's People, directed by Nicholas Hytner which re-opens the Birmingham Rep

Plus the latest film and theatre reviews with Helen O'Hara and Michael Billington.

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Billy Zane swaps acting for painting and talks to Claudia about his new art exhibition

Joanna Trollope launches the Austen Project as she re-invents Sense and Sensibility for the 21st century

Jim Broadbent and Lindsay Duncan reveal all about their new film Le Weekend

Ballerina Carlos Acosta takes the Arts Show on a tour of the Royal Opera House ahead of his performance in Don Quixote

And author Kim Newman shares his pick of the thriller and chiller movies in our Hallowe'en film review

Plus books with Chris White and our weekly arts news round up.

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Claudia chats to special guests from the world of the arts

Arts Show correspondent Thomas Magill opens up the Arts Desk with the next 7 days of not-to-be-missed arts news from around the country.

Plus, Michael Billington reviews the theatre. And film critic Xan Brooks has the latest movie and DVD releases around the country.

20140530

Claudia chats to special guests from the world of the arts

Arts Show correspondent Thomas Magill opens up the Arts Desk with the next 7 days of not-to-be-missed arts news from around the country.

Plus, Michael Billington reviews the theatre. And film critic Xan Brooks has the latest movie and DVD releases around the country.

20140606

Claudia chats to special guests from the world of the arts

Arts Show correspondent Thomas Magill opens up the Arts Desk with the next 7 days of not-to-be-missed arts news from around the country.

Plus, Michael Billington reviews the theatre. And film critic Xan Brooks has the latest movie and DVD releases around the country.

20140613

Claudia chats to special guests from the world of the arts

Arts Show correspondent Thomas Magill opens up the Arts Desk with the next 7 days of not-to-be-missed arts news from around the country.

Plus, Michael Billington reviews the theatre. And film critic Xan Brooks has the latest movie and DVD releases around the country.

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Claudia chats to special guests from the world of the arts

Arts Show correspondent Thomas Magill opens up the Arts Desk with the next 7 days of not-to-be-missed arts news from around the country.

Plus, Michael Billington reviews the theatre. And film critic Xan Brooks has the latest movie and DVD releases around the country.

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Claudia chats to special guests from the world of the arts

Arts Show correspondent Thomas Magill opens up the Arts Desk with the next 7 days of not-to-be-missed arts news from around the country.

Plus, Michael Billington reviews the theatre. And film critic Xan Brooks has the latest movie and DVD releases around the country.

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Claudia chats to special guests from the world of the arts

Arts Show correspondent Thomas Magill opens up the Arts Desk with the next 7 days of not-to-be-missed arts news from around the country.

Plus, Michael Billington reviews the theatre. And film critic Xan Brooks has the latest movie and DVD releases around the country.

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Claudia chats to special guests from the world of the arts

Arts Show correspondent Thomas Magill opens up the Arts Desk with the next 7 days of not-to-be-missed arts news from around the country.

Plus, Michael Billington reviews the theatre. And film critic Xan Brooks has the latest movie and DVD releases around the country.

20140905

Claudia Winkleman returns after the successful Radio 2 Arts Show Summer Season. We report from the 71st Venice International Film Festival, Alex Heminsley rounds up this week's book releases and we welcome Record Industry guru Nick Stewart who will be reporting on what's hot and what's not in the music world.

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Claudia Winkleman hosts a look at the latest films, plays, dance events, books and exhibitions, as well as an eclectic selection of music.

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Claudia Winkleman with an Arts Show special, celebrating 25 years of Miss Saigon ahead of the Radio 2 recording of the Gala Performance, recorded live from The Prince Edward Theatre. Claudia will be featuring Sir Cameron Mackintosh, it's original stars Lea Salonga, Simon Bowman and Jonathan Pryce, plus its current stars Eva Noblezada and Alistair Brammer. Also author Wilbur Smith is in to talk about his latest novel "Desert God". Thomas Magill takes a trip to "The Art Of Brick" at The Old Truman Brewery and this weekend it's all about the "Fun Palaces" and its director Stella Duffy tells us where to get our "Fun".

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Claudia Winkleman presents a look at the latest films, plays, dance events, books and exhibitions, alongside an eclectic selection of music.

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Claudia Winkleman presents a look at the latest films, plays, dance events, books and exhibitions, alongside an eclectic selection of music.

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Claudia Winkleman presents a look at the latest films, plays, dance events, books and exhibitions, alongside an eclectic selection of music.

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Claudia chats to special guests from the world of the arts

Arts Show correspondent Thomas Magill opens up the Arts Desk with the next 7 days of not-to-be-missed arts news from around the country.

Plus, Michael Billington reviews the theatre. And film critic Xan Brooks has the latest movie and DVD releases around the country.

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Claudia chats to special guests from the world of the arts, Michael Billington reviews the theatre, and film critic Xan Brooks has the latest movie and DVD releases.

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Claudia chats to special guests from the world of the arts, Michael Billington reviews the theatre, and film critic Xan Brooks has the latest movie and DVD releases.

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A lively and unpretentious look at the latest films, plays, dance events, books and exhibitions, alongside an eclectic selection of music.

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A lively and unpretentious look at the latest films, plays, dance events, books and exhibitions, alongside an eclectic selection of music.

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Neil Gaiman, Annabel Scholey And Oliver Cotton20130614

Author Neil Gaiman drops by with his new book The Ocean At The End Of The Lane

Annabel Scholey and Oliver Cotton join Claudia to chat about their play - Passion Play - at the Duke of York's Theatre

Director Joss Whedon talks about his new movie out this week Much Ado About Nothing

We go behind the scenes of the Christian Dior Exhibition at Manchester's Costume Museum

And Helen O'Hara has all the latest film news. Michael Billington reviews this week's theatre; Anna Bailey reviews the arts round up with the next seven days of arts from around the country

Plus, Amy Adams talks to the Radio 2 Arts Show about being Lois Lane, online at bbc.co.uk/radio2.

24 Islands In 24 Hours20140912

Joe Haddow follows Shetland author Ann Cleeves on her quest to visit 24 Scottish islands in 24 hours, delivering books and talks to the residents of Shetland and Orkney.

A Look Back At The Year In The Arts20140103

As 2013 draws to a close and 2014 dawns, Claudia's joined by Michael Billington, Alex Heminsley, Chris White, Samantha Buckley and Peter Bradshaw from the worlds of theatre, books and film as they look back on the year in the arts.

And Claudia recalls some sparkly moments from the best of her guests including Steve Coogan, Frank Langella and Val McDermid.

Plus another chance to hear BBC Director -General Tony Hall as he outlines his vision for the arts across the BBC.

Amanda Prowse, Landscape Photographer Of The Year And The Railway Children20141212

Claudia talks to Amanda Prowse about her latest book and finds out who the Landscape Photographer of the Year is.

Debut author Jessie Burton talks about the huge success of her novel The Miniaturist and Vanessa Feltz visits the set of The Railway Children.

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Following a critically acclaimed and sold out run as part of Chichester's Festival 2011, Anna Chancellor and Nicholas Farrell once again lead the casts in Terence Rattigan's one-act masterpiece The Browning Version, and David Hare's specially commissioned companion piece South Downs, which transfer to Harold Pinter Theatre this month. Claudia talks to them both about starring in this special double bill.

Former EastEnders star James Alexandrou, who played Pauline Fowler's son Martin in the soap, talks about starring in the Hull Truck Theatre production of DNA. Dennis Kelly's gripping tale of adolescent brutality follows the story of a group of teenagers who try to cover their tracks after making the biggest mistake of their lives. But their temporary harmony soon begins to unravel with dire consequences for all involved.

Choreographer Matthew Hart talks about English National Ballet's series of My First series, created to introduce children to ballet. My First Sleeping Beauty will run at the Peacock, London, before going off on a large scale national tour of major regional venues until June. Not just a show for young children, the project is also designed to entice those who have not seen ballet before to come and take their first glimpse at the art. The series will be performed by ENB2, English National Ballet's school, with students of between 17 and 19 years of age.

Giving us the insider's view of Britain's best galleries, exhibitions and museums, the 'Tour Guide's Guide To Art' this week comes from Liverpool. Claudia chats to Rachel Mulhearn, Director Of The Merseyside Maritime Museum, about Titanic and Liverpool: The Untold Story, a new exhibition that explores Liverpool's central role in the doomed passenger liner's tale through previously unseen letters, photos and items salvaged from the wreckage.

Plus Peter Bradshaw reviews this week's film releases and Estelle Lovatt reviews the latest art exhibitions.

Claudia meets actors Nicholas Farrell and Anna Chancellor

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This week Anneka Rice sits in for Claudia Winkleman on the Radio 2 Arts Show, Sir Jonathan Miller is in to talk about directing Northern Broadsides production of "King Lear". Head of BBC Arts, Jonty Claypole explains the BBC initiative "Get Creative". Film Critics Peter Bradshaw and Angie Errigo will tussle over the potential winners of this weekend's Oscars and Lord Jeffrey Archer chats to Anneka about his latest novel "Mightier Than The Sword".

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Each year the Art Fund host the Museum of the Year Awards with a transformative prize of £100,000.

For 2015, key Radio 2 daytime presenters visted the six shortlisted venues and report into Anneka on what they saw.

Chris Evans went to the Imperial War Museum in London; Sara Cox visited Dunham Massey in Cheshire; Jo Whiley went to The MAC in Belfast; Simon Mayo went to the Whitworth Art Gallery in Manchester and and Jeremy Vine visited the Tower of London.

There will be special composite package featuring highlights from each of these visits on tonight's Arts Show, and then next week the individual packages will be played out across daytime Radio 2.

The network's support of this initiative comes to a climax with a very special edition of Friday Night is Music Night: 'Friday Night at the Museum' - where curators from the six shortlisted museums will 'show and tell' some of their most intersting exhibits, and we will match them with appropriate music.

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Anneka Rice: Live From The Edinburgh Festival20140808

Anneka Rice is live from Edinburgh as part of the R2 Arts Show Summer Season. She celebrates Europe's largest arts festival, with music from Ladysmith Black Mambazo and flamenco guitarist Paco Pena.

She will also be talking to a host of guests from this year's festival line-up including Luke Kempner, Fascinating Aida, Simon Callow and Potted Sherlock.

Annie Lennox, Alex Jennings And Dorothy Koomson20130412

Annie Lennox, one of the nation's most internationally acclaimed singers, shows the Arts Show round The House Of Annie Lennox at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery. Tracing her unique career from its early beginnings, the exhibition includes The Tourists, Eurythmics, and Annie's solo work through to the present day, with an array of stunning photographs, iconic videos, and a dazzling selection of costumes taken from her personal archive.

Actor Alex Jennings chats to Claudia about his role in the new Alan Bennett play Untold Stories at the National

Author Dorothy Koomson talks about her new book The Rose Petal Beach

Arts Show correspondent Thomas Magill opens up the Arts Desk with the next 7 days of not-to-be-missed arts news from around the country.

Plus Alex Heminsley has the latest books. And film critic Robbie Collin looks at the latest movie and DVD releases around the country.

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Actor and comedian Ardal O'Hanlon drops in to chat to Claudia about his new play The Weir at the Donmar

Author Graeme Simsion talks about his new book The Rosie Project

Paula Daly joins Claudia with her debut novel Just What Kind Of Mother Are You

Tim Marlow takes the Radio 2 Arts Show on a tour of the Moore And Rodin: Giants Of Modern Sculpture exhibit

Plus Robbie Collin has all the latest movie news; Michael Billington is here with his theatre review; plus the arts round-up with the next seven days of arts news from around the country.

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Iain Banks discusses his new novel, Stonemouth, which is set in an estuary town north of Aberdeen and features a local crime family. Stonemouth is Iain's 24th novel and it's 28 years since The Wasp Factory was published.

Belinda Lang talks about starring alongside Hayley Mills in the world premiere stage production of Ladies In Lavender at Royal and Derngate in Northampton this spring, before embarking on a national tour. Based on the hit film screenplay by Charles Dance starring Judi Dench and Maggie Smith, and on the original short story by William J Locke, Ladies In Lavender tells the tale of two sisters Ursula and Janet who live in a close-knit fishing village in picturesque Cornwall, in 1936. When a handsome and talented young Polish-Jewish violinist bound for America is washed ashore, the Widdington sisters take him under their wing and nurse him back to health. However, the presence of the mysterious young man disrupts their peaceful lives and the community in which they live.

Co-director of the Bradford International Film Festival Tom Vincent tells us about this year's event, alongside filmmaker Harley Cokeliss who directed Ray Winstone in That Summer which is showing following Ray's appearance at the festival.

In the 'Tour Guide's Guide To Art', Claudia chats to James Wigington, Head Curator at Stratford Armouries Museum. James will talk about items ranging from Lawrence Of Arabia's dagger to a life-sized armoured horse, as well as revealing the fascinating family history behind the museum.

Book critic Alex Heminsley joins Claudia to discuss fantastical literature, and theatre critic Michael Billington previews Sunday's 2012 Olivier Awards.

Claudia is joined by actress Belinda Lang and author Iain Banks

Ben Chaplin On Starring In Farewell To The Theatre20120309

Claudia meets playwright Helen Edmundson who discusses her new play; Mary Shelley. West Yorkshire Playhouse is co-producing this nationally touring production by Shared Experience and it receives its world premiere staging on March 16th in Leeds before going on tour. Helen's recent work includes Swallows and Amazons and The Heresy Of Love for the RSC, which has just opened to fantastic reviews. Her new play sheds light on the remarkable life events that led Mary Shelley to write Frankenstein, one of the most astonishing novels in literature, when she was just 19 years old.

Olivier Award winning actress Nichola McAuliffe tells us about starring in the highly acclaimed Hull Truck production of Alan Bennett's The Lady in the Van which tells the story of Bennett's unusual neighbour - a lady who lives in a clapped out Bedford Van, parked in the playwright's front garden. The mysterious Miss Shepherd and her van move in one day - and never move out.

Actor Ben Chaplin talks about starring in the Hampstead Theatre's production of Farewell to the Theatre, a new play about Harley Granville-Barker, the visionary actor, director, producer and playwright credited with laying the foundations of modern British theatre in the early Twentieth Century.

In the 'Tour Guide's Guide To Art', Claudia chats to Bob Roe, Deputy Chairman and Trustee of Carnforth Station and Visitors Centre. No ordinary railway station, Carnforth was the setting for David Lean's classic film Brief Encounter, and having been lovingly restored at the turn of the 21st century, it now houses an exhibition dedicated to arguably the most romantic British film of all time.

Plus Estelle Lovatt reviews current art exhibitions and Alex Heminsley discusses crime literature.

Claudia meets actor Ben Chaplin, actress Nichola McAuliffe and playwright Helen Edmundson.

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Bill Nighy chats to Claudia about starring as MI5 spy Johnny Worricker, his slight obsession with Christopher Walken and the importance of wearing a suit on set. Plus Sexy Beast director Jonathan Glazer talks about his new film Under The Skin starring Scarlett Johansson as an alien seductress.

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Bill Wyman chats to Claudia about his new exhibition

Opera singer Noah Stewart drops by to talk about his role in Carmen

Arts Show correspondent Thomas Magill opens up the Arts Desk with the next 7 days of not-to-be-missed arts news from around the country.

Plus, Michael Billington reviews the theatre. And film critic Xan Brooks has the latest movie and DVD releases around the country, and looks ahead to the Oscars.

Bryan Adams, Iain Glenn And Richard Mccabe20131122

Bryan Adams tells Claudia about his latest project which is a world away from rock n' roll and showbiz glamour. Called Wounded: The Legacy of War, his photobook features British servicemen and women who've suffered life-changing injuries while fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan

Iain Glenn and Richard McCabe discuss their play Fortune's Fool at the Old Vic

Radio 2 goes behind the scenes of the Isabella Blow Exhibition at Somerset House. We look at the designers she influenced including Julien Macdonald

Plus films with Robbie Collin, books with Chris White and our weekly arts news round up.

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talk about starring in the premiere of Melanie Marnich's play These Shining Lives. The play is the inaugural production at the Park Theatre

Laurence Boswell chats to Claudia about his plans as the new Artistic Director for the Ustinov Studio in Bath

Neil Jordan and Gemma Arterton explain the attraction of vampires in their new film Byzantium

And a behind the scenes look at the Regent's Park Open Air Theatre with Jane Asher and Robert Sean Leonard

Plus Robbie Collin has all the latest film news; Alex Heminsley is here with the latest selection of books to review; and Anna Bailey has the arts round up with the next seven days of arts news from around the country.

Charles Hazelwood Talks About The 'orchestra In A Field' Festival20120629

Claudia chats to conductor and presenter Charles Hazelwood and actor/writer Hattie Morahan.

Plus this week's Tour Guides Guide To Art' comes from Dumfries, where Claudia will be chatting to Margaret Roberts from The National Museum Of Costume.

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Charlie Higson drops by to chat to Claudia about his new zombie book The Fallen

Alexa Chung shares her musings with Claudia in her new book IT

Plus films with Helen O'Hara, theatre with Michael Billington and the weekly arts round up.

Chris Evans Sits In And Meets Gilbert & George!20140725

Chris Evans kicks off the Radio 2 Arts Show Summer Season with a lively and unpretentious look at the areas of the Arts in which he has a particular interest...

Iconic British artists Gilbert and George talk to Chris about their latest exhibition which reflects the changing face of the East End, their home for decades.

Formula One engineer and designer Adrian Newey, currently the chief technical officer of the Red Bull Racing Formula One team, joins Chris to talk about the art of car design.

Film critics Angie Errigo and Jason Solomons discuss the significance of Orson Welles, his movies and the impact he's had on cinema as 'The Lady from Shanghai', the classic Film Noir directed by and starring him, returns to cinemas.

From Lowry to Hockney and from Banksy to Hirst, art critic Alastair Sooke will taking us on a journey round Tate Britain in which he picks his four must-see pieces of modern British art.

There'll be a lively debate about art auctions - how UK auctions differ from international art auctions, what's hot and what's not at the moment, and what's the most expensive painting ever sold?!

On the anniversary of Bob Dylan going electric, Cerys Matthews talks about how Dylan paved the way for many musicians and the impact this occurrence had on the music scene.

Plus Jason Solomons will be reviewing this week's big movie releases, including Hercules.

Claudia Chats Dance With Strictly Pro Brendan Cole20110107

Claudia is joined by the actress Haydn Gwynne, who was last on stage in the West End as Billy Elliot's ballet teacher in the multi-award-winning Billy Elliot the Musical, a role she went on to recreate on Broadway.

She's now starring in the American play Becky Shaw at London's Almeida Theatre.

Brendan Cole comes in to discuss 'Brendan Cole - Live and Unjudged', his dance spectacular which promises high-energy music, dance and entertainment.

Cornish abstract artist Anthony Frost talks about his work and his new exhibition in London.

We take a look at Tate Liverpool's first major retrospective of the ground-breaking artist Nam June Paik, the inventor of media art.

The exhibition showcases around 90 works from all phases of his career, many shown in the UK for the first time, alongside a selection of documentary materials from Paik's performances and early exhibitions.

The artworks range from scores of early music performances to TV works, robot sculptures and large-scale video installations.

Sue Steward has her recommendations of what to watch out for from the world of photography.

And critic Xan Brooks reviews this week's big movie releases, including The King's Speech and Danny Boyle's 127 Hours.

Claudia and Xan are joined in their discussion by John Smithson, a producer on 127 Hours who will talk about the making of the film.

Claudia is joined by the actress Haydn Gwynne, and by dancing star Brendan Cole.

Claudia Is Joined By Legendary Actress Vanessa Redgrave20120113

Claudia meets leading cartoonist, illustrator and children's author, well-known for his collaborations with writer Roald Dahl, Quentin Blake talks about the exhibition Quentin Blake - As large As Life which presents recent work commissioned by four hospitals in the UK and France. Featuring over sixty works it aims to enable visitors to reflect on artists' continuing contribution to hospitals and child welfare.

Author Shelley Harris discusses her debut novel Jubilee about a young boy who takes part in a reunion of the people at a street party captured in a photograph taken to celebrate the Queen's Silver Jubilee in 1977.

Xan Brooks reviews this week's films, including Steven Spielberg's War Horse, plus he previews Sunday's Golden Globes, and Judith Mackrell discusses the latest dance events.

Claudia is joined by leading illustrator Quentin Blake.

Claudia Meets Acclaimed Actress Juliet Stevenson20110218

Claudia talks to the acclaimed British actress Juliet Stevenson about The Heretic, the play she's starring in at the Royal Court Theatre.

Celebrated theatre director Ian Rickson whose West End hits include the much acclaimed Jerusalem, The Weir and Mojo, discusses his new production The Children's Hour at London's Comedy Theatre. The Children's Hour is much anticipated and has an all-star cast including Keira Knightley, Elisabeth Moss from Mad Men, Ellen Burstyn who starred in The Exorcist, and Carol Kane who played Andy Kaufman's wife in the American TV show Taxi. And Carol Kane will also be joining Claudia and Ian to discuss the play.

Jo Shapcott who won Costa Book of the Year 2011 for her poetry collection Of Mutability performs two of her prize-winning poems for us.

Author and illustrator Curtis Jobling who designed hit children's TV show Bob the Builder talks about his debut fantasy novel; Wereworld: Rise of the Wolf.

And with the first performances taking place in the newly redeveloped Shakespeare Theatre in Statford upon Avon, critic Baylen Leonard explores the exciting new additions to the iconic playhouse, along with some of the special events planned to coincide with the Royal Shakespeare Company's 50th anniversary in March.

Plus Claire Armitstead has her recommendations of the best new books, and James Kleinmann reviews film.

Celebrated theatre director Ian Rickson whose West End hits include the much acclaimed Jerusalem, The Weir and Mojo, discusses his new production The Children's Hour at London's Comedy Theatre.

The Children's Hour is much anticipated and has an all-star cast including Keira Knightley, Elisabeth Moss from Mad Men, Ellen Burstyn who starred in The Exorcist, and Carol Kane who played Andy Kaufman's wife in the American TV show Taxi.

And Carol Kane will also be joining Claudia and Ian to discuss the play.

Claudia talks to the acclaimed British actress Juliet Stevenson about her new stage play.

Claudia Meets Actresses Greta Scacchi And Anita Dobson20110429

Claudia talks to actresses Greta Scacchi and Anita Dobson who are starring in the play Bette and Joan by Anton Burge.

The play takes place on set of the film Whatever Happened to Baby Jane - the only film that Bette Davis and Joan Crawford ever made together.

Singing star Cerys Matthews discusses her first foray into children's book publishing, and introduces us to Tales from the Deep, which is based on two Welsh legends.

Artistic director David Nixon talks about the Northern Ballet's production of Cleopatra, alongside Martha Leebolt who dances the role of the iconic Egyptian queen.

Debut novelist SJ Watson tells us about his novel Before I Go to Sleep, which has, even before publication, been signed up by Ridley Scott for a major movie, and already been sold in 37 territories across the world in a major publishing bidding war.

Plus, Judith Mackrell reviews dance and Claire Armitstead reviews books, and we take a look at some sultry 60s cinema in a festival of rare spy films at the Riverside Studios in London next week to mark the 50th anniversary of the building of the Berlin Wall.

Claudia talks to actresses Greta Scacchi and Anita Dobson.

Claudia Meets Author Michael Morpurgo.20110610

Claudia meets author, poet and former Children's Laureate Michael Morpurgo.

Michael discusses his new novel Little Manfred.

Michael was commissioned to write the book to coincide with the Imperial War Museum's 'Once Upon a Wartime' exhibition which looks at books about conflict written for children and includes his novel War Horse.

Two of the stars of Ian Rickson's new production of Harold Pinter's Betrayal; Douglas Henshall and Ben Miles discuss the play, which is at London's Comedy Theatre.

We speak to director James Mullighan about this year's Edinburgh International Film Festival.

The 65th Edinburgh International Film Festival will take place at venues across the city from 15th-26th June, offering a 'film for all' remit and over 100 screenings for audiences to enjoy.

As well as a mix of groundbreaking global film, cutting-edge documentaries and shorts, this year will see some exciting changes to the festival format with a lively programme of new events, collaborations and innovative film experiences for the city.

On June 15th, a new series of contemporary music concerts will launch at Oxford Playhouse called 'Listen to this'.

Music will be made from the sounds of mechanical toys, from bags of leaves combined with wine glasses, the sounds from a New York city shower...

all sorts of everyday sounds presented in an unusual setting.

Curator, performer and composer Jennifer Walshe tells us about her quirky programme for the concert.

Estelle Lovatt reviews the latest art exhibitions, and Radio 3's Petroc Trelawny previews the 2011 BBC Proms season.

And we talk to the director and cast of Stephen Sondheim's most recent musical Road Show, about to have its European premier later this month in London's Menier Chocolate Factory Theatre.

Claudia Meets Brighton Rock Director Rowan Joffe20110204

Claudia meets actor Charlie Clements - last seen falling off a roof as Bradley in EastEnders - who's about to star in Dickens' The Haunting, alongside Paul Nicholas.

Plus Claudia talks to Rowan Joffe, who has directed and written the screenplay of the big screen remake of Brighton Rock, which stars John Hurt, Helen Mirren and Andy Serkis.

And she discusses the new production of Madam Butterfly which is at London's Royal Albert Hall with its director David Freeman, and Jee Hyun Lim, one of the principals who is playing Butterfly.

With the curtain about to rise on Andrew Lloyd Webber's new production of the The Wizard of Oz, we accompany some of of the cast and crew along the yellow brick road to discover more about the latest stage adaptation of one of the world's best loved movies.

Plus, film critic Charles Gant reviews The Fighter, and Sue Steward tells us about the latest photography exhibitions which have caught her eye.

Claudia Meets Comedian And Author David Baddiel20110304

Claudia meets international contemporary ballet choreographer Christopher Wheeldon and discusses his production of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.

Comedian and author David Baddiel tells us about his new novel, The Death of Eli Gold.

Broadcaster Chandrika Chevli goes behind the scenes of a fascinating new exhibition at the British Museum.

Afghanistan: Crossroads of the Ancient World explores the country's pivotal role at the heart of the ancient Silk Road with treasures from the National Museum of Afghanistan in Kabul that were safely hidden away during years of turmoil.

Author Michelle Magorian celebrates the 30th anniversary of her first book, the children's classic Goodnight Mister Tom, which has sold over 1.5 million copies in the UK alone.

There's a stage play touring the country to coincide, and the Imperial War Museum are including the original manuscript in a new exhibition called Once Upon a Wartime to showcase classic writing about the war.

We have a report from New York City on the state of Broadway, plus Alex Heminsley previews the Romantic Novel of the Year Awards, and Judith Mackrell reviews dance.

Claudia talks to comedian and author David Baddiel about his new novel.

Claudia Meets Comedian And Film Director Joe Cornish20110506

Claudia meets three craftspeople as part of our Craft of Art Series - textile artist Ptolemy Mann, potter Chris Keenan, and Ndidi Ekubia who makes silver vases and bowls using hammers.

They're all taking part in the international art fair for contemporary objects: Collect 2011, in London.

Comedian Joe Cornish talks about directing his new feature film Attack the Block, which has been described as a "story of unlikely hoodie heroes called into action during an alien invasion of England."

Original cast members of The History Boys, Samuel Barnett and Jamie Parker talk about being reunited on stage for Tom Stoppard's Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead at the Chichester Festival Theatre.

Chief Executive of Brighton Festival Andrew Comben tells us about the annual arts festival.

He's joined by Joe Bone who is performing Bane 3 - a high-octane one-man film noir parody.

Joe recently got into the Guinness Book of Records for performing the most characters ever in a one-man show in Bane 2, and is hoping to break the record during his Brighton Festival premiere of Bane 3 on 28th May.

Xan Brooks reviews film and Estelle Lovatt tells us about what's worth seeing in the world of art.

And with the Tate Modern currently staging the first major retrospective of Joan Miro's work to be seen in London for fifty years, we explore the legacy of the Spanish surrealist painter who is often described as being one of the most iconic of modern artists.

Claudia meets comedian turned film director Joe Cornish.

Claudia Meets Dance Stars The Ballet Boyz20110121

Claudia talks to William Trevitt and Michael Nunn - a.k.a.

the Ballet Boyz.

Comedian Alex Zane discusses the launch of The Royal Albert Hall's new comedy season.

We look at the Costa Book Awards with critic Alex Heminsley and author Jason Wallace, winner of the Costa Children's Book Award for 'Out of Shadows'.

Performance poet Luke Wright explains the ideas behind his 'cynical ballads'.

Plus we discuss one of 2011's most intriguing films, Black Swan; and with Burns Night celebrations taking place worldwide this weekend, Ken Bruce reports on the opening of a new museum in Alloway dedicated to Scotland's bard, and explores Burns' celebrity, relevance and reputation in 2011.

Claudia talks to William Trevitt and Michael Nunn, alias the Ballet Boyz.

Claudia Meets Film Director/photographer Mike Figgis20110624

Claudia meets film director and photographer Mike Figgis.

Mike Figgis is most famous for his 1996 film 'Leaving Las Vegas' which was nominated for four Academy Awards.

He has since worked on the cutting edge of creative digital filmmaking and photography, and he discusses his new exhibition 'Kate and Other Women'.

With Duckie's 'Lullaby' about to turn London's Barbican into a big bedroom for dreamers, where audience members will be soothed into a mass sleepover through the medium of performance and music, we turn the lights up on this soporific show.

We have Peter Bradshaw's verdict of Bridesmaids, plus three other films on general release this week.

And Sefton Samuels tells us about his new book of portraits of the North of England, titled Northerners.

Described as 'the photographic equivalent of Ken Loach', Sefton Samuels shot legendary figures of northern life, from Alan Bennett to Morrissey, LS Lowry to George Best and Sir Ben Kingsley, but most famously and vividly he captured the realities of everyday life across the north.

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Claudia is joined by Hollywood actor Rob Lowe.

The star of The Outsiders, St Elmo's Fire, About Last Night, Brothers and Sisters and The West Wing discusses his new autobiography.

She also meets triple Olivier Award-winner Maria Friedman, who will be the principal guest singer in Derek Deane's Strictly Gershwin at London's Royal Albert Hall.

The show features dancers from the English National Ballet and an array of special guests celebrating one of the finest composers of all time, the big band era and the razzmatazz of the forties for this dance spectacular.

Upcoming actor James D'Arcy discusses his role in the feature film Screwed, which is a semi-biographical story based on the experiences of a former prison guard who spent seven years working in some of the UK's most dangerous prisons.

James also has the lead role in the forthcoming movie WE - a two-tiered romantic drama focusing on the affair between King Edward VIII and American divorcée Wallis Simpson and a contemporary romance between a married woman and a Russian security guard.

James is King Edward VIII and the film's screenplay is written by Madonna, who also directs.

Xan Brooks reviews film and Michael Billington tells us about the latest plays in the West End and beyond.

And with this year's Meltdown Festival at London's Southbank Centre due showcasing an eclectic array of hand-picked musicians, comedians, composers, poets and filmmakers that include Michael Palin and Terry Gilliam, Michael Eavis, Madness and Yo La Tengo, this year's curator Ray Davies of The Kinks sheds some light on the event.

Claudia meets Hollywood star Rob Lowe and triple Olivier Award-winner Maria Friedman.

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and discusses their new book Art Titles - a complete catalogue of Gilbert and George's evocative titles.

The director of the Royal Ballet Dame Monica Mason tells us about its prestigious production of Romeo and Juliet at London's O2, with Edward Watson who dances the role of Romeo at one of the four performances.

Olivier award-winning actor Matthew Kelly talks about his role in the new musical comedy Lend Me a Tenor.

Author Ivo Stourton discusses his new novel The Book Lover's Tale - which is about how it's possible to seduce people with your literary prowess.

We take a look round the Hepworth Wakefield, a major new international art gallery for Yorkshire, specifically its Hepworth collection and its opening show of new work by sculptor Eva Rothschild.

Plus, James Kleinmann reviews film, and Alex Heminsley tells us about The Orange Prize and the Hay Festival.

Claudia meets iconic artists Gilbert and George.

Plus actor Matthew Kelly.

Claudia Meets National Theatre Artistic Director Nick Hytner20120120

Claudia meets the artistic director of The National Theatre; Nicholas Hytner. Nick will be discussing Nicholas Wright's new play Travelling Light, in which he directs Sir Anthony Sher, as well as the Broadway opening of One Man Two Guvnors.

Actress Kate O'Mara tells us about starring in a new production of Agatha Christie's classic thriller Murder on the Nile, which is touring the UK with an all star cast.

Celebrity photographer Andy Gotts talks about shooting some of the biggest stars in Hollywood, including Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts.

Plus Estelle Lovatt has the latest from the art world and Charles Gant reviews this week's films, including Madonna's W.E and J Edgar which stars Leonardo DiCaprio.

Claudia meets the artistic director of The National Theatre, Nicholas Hytner.

Claudia Meets Renowned Designer Sir Terence Conran20120106

Claudia returns to host The Radio 2 Arts Show and chats to Ruth Mackenzie, director of the Cultural Olympiad. Ruth updates us on the plans for the 12 week nationwide festival of the world's best music, theatre, dance, visual art, literature and film which runs alongside the sporting events.

Sir Terence Conran discusses the major exhibition at London's Design Museum; The Way We Live Now, which marks his 80th birthday and explores his unique impact on contemporary life in Britain. Through his own design work, Sir Terence has transformed the look of the British home. He has established a design studio and an architectural practice with a worldwide reach.

Claudia also meets Patrick Tresset whose newest work crosses art, robotics and computing - he has a robotic arm that creates his art for him.

Plus Peter Bradshaw reviews this week's movie releases, including The Iron Lady, and Claire Armitstead discusses the latest books.

Claudia returns and meets world renowned furniture designer Sir Terence Conran

Claudia Meets Star Of Lost Matthew Fox20110225

Claudia speaks to Matthew Fox, star of American TV show Lost, and actress Olivia Williams who are starring in the world premiere of Neil LaBute's new play - In a Forest, Dark and Deep, a dark comedy of sibling rivalry which escalates into a psychological thriller.

Actor Robert Bathurst of Cold Feet fame talks about his role in Blithe Spirit which is opening at the Apollo Theatre on London's Shaftesbury Avenue.

Award-winning comedian and troubadour Boothby Graffoe returns from a three year break to discuss his new album Songs for Dogs, Funerals.

Founding father of counter culture Michael Horowitz reviews the new film Howl which profiles the story of Allen Ginsberg's masterful poem, and we preview Sunday's Academy Awards with film critics Boyd Hilton and Peter Bradshaw.

Plus we take a look at the major new exhibition The Dr Who Experience at Olympia in London which charts the history of the programme from its first series in 1963 to the latest episodes, and features original costumes, a veteran Tardis, Cybermen and artefacts from the show's 47-year history.

Claudia speaks to Matthew Fox, star of American TV show Lost, and we preview the Oscars.

Claudia Meets The Actor Tom Conti20110311

who is starring in SMASH! - Jack Rosenthal's look at the journey to get a musical from page to stage, complete with a cantankerous composer, a fantasist lyricist, a neophyte female novelist turned playwright, a cocksure director and a bombastic producer.

Actors Reece Shearsmith and Adrian Scarborough discuss the new musical Betty Blue Eyes which is based on the film A Private Function.

Troy Powell, associate director of touring dance company Ailey 2 from New York, tells us about Ailey 2's company of 12 dancers who perform modern dance works, including new work by some of the most prominent choreographers of today.

Ailey 2 continues to embody Alvin Ailey's mission to establish an extended cultural community using the beauty and humanity of the African-American heritage and other cultures to unite people of all races, ages and backgrounds.

We preview this Sunday's Olivier Awards with our theatre critic Michael Billington, and Nica Burns, president of the Society of London Theatre.

Artist Angela Lizon discusses her new show which is part of the Modern Fabulists exhibition in Bristol.

Angela used to be a minimalist abstract artist.

After years of practicing minimalism, as she puts it she "painted herself into a corner".

She put down her paintbrush one day, only to pick it up the next and start painting the most enormous, most kitsch images she could find - in particular cats.

Charles Gant reviews a selection of this week's feature film releases for us.

Plus, we hear from Neil Tennant and award-winning choreographer Javier de Frutos about the Pet Shop Boys' new full-length dance work, The Most Incredible Thing, based on a Hans Christian Andersen fairytale.

Claudia talks to one of the finest actors of his generation, Tom Conti.

Claudia Meets The Actress Leslie Ash20120127

Claudia is joined by Horrible Histories creator Terry Deary. Terry's books poke fun at the beheadings, burnings and plagues of the "bad old days", and he's now preparing to shock theatre-goers with stories from our barmy British history in a new live show featuring Henry VIII, Anne Boleyn and Guy Fawkes.

Actress Leslie Ash discusses her starring role in the new play All The Single Ladies.

Wakefield-based artists Victoria Lucas and Richard William Wheater discuss their romantic visual art project Neon Love. Visible from the train, the striking installation sits atop the city centre's roofs, bringing to life in glowing red neon the lyrics of well-known love songs from Elvis's 'I'm in Love, I'm All Shook Up' to R.E.M.s 'This One Goes Out To The One I Love' - and they change on a monthly basis.

Plus Michael Billington reviews theatrical productions and Joe Partridge has the latest from the world of photography.

Claudia is joined by actress Leslie Ash and Horrible Histories creator Terry Deary

Claudia Meets Theatre Director Dominic Cooke20110513

Claudia speaks to the artistic director of London's Royal Court Theatre, Dominic Cooke, about the current and forthcoming productions, the theatre's aims and ambitions and its commitment to new writing.

Artist Jonathan Yeo discusses his forthcoming projects.

Jonathan rose to prominence in the 1990s as a contemporary portraitist, responsible for iconic paintings of Dennis Hopper, Prince Philip, Erin O'Connor and others.

Actor Zubin Varla tells us about playing one of the most iconic poets of all time - John Donne - in the world premiere of Into Thy Hands.

Irish novelist John Boyne, who wrote The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, talks about his new novel, The Absolutist.

Michael Billington reviews the latest plays on across the UK, and Sue Steward has updates from the world of photography.

And with a new exhibition commemorating the 50th anniversary of the event, eyewitness Judy Finnigan reveals the story of how cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin ended up in Manchester, just a few months after becoming the first man in space.

Claudia speaks to the artistic director of London's Royal Court Theatre, Dominic Cooke.

Claudia Previews Sunday's Academy Awards20110225

Claudia speaks to Olivia Williams who is starring in the world premiere of Neil LaBute's new play - In a Forest, Dark and Deep alongside American actor Matthew Fox, a dark comedy of sibling rivalry which escalates into a psychological thriller.

Actor Robert Bathurst of Cold Feet fame talks about his role in Blithe Spirit which is opening at the Apollo Theatre on London's Shaftesbury Avenue.

Award-winning comedian and troubadour Boothby Graffoe returns from a three year break to discuss his new album Songs For Dogs, Funerals.

Founding father of counter culture Michael Horovitz reviews the new film Howl which profiles the story of Allen Ginsberg's masterful poem, and we preview Sunday's Academy Awards with film critics Boyd Hilton and Peter Bradshaw.

Plus we take a look at the major new exhibition The Dr Who Experience at Olympia in London which charts the history of the programme from its first series in 1963 to the latest episodes, and features original costumes, a veteran Tardis, Cybermen and artefacts from the show's 47-year history.

Claudia Previews The Hay Festival With Peter Florence20110520

Claudia meets movie stuntman Vic Armstrong, who's worked on over 200 films.

From performing stunts as Indiana Jones, James Bond and Superman to directing action scenes in eagerly anticipated blockbusters - "Thor" and "The Amazing Spider-Man" - Vic Armstrong is a legend in the film industry.

Artistic director of the Hay Festival Peter Florence tells us what we can look forward to at this year's event.

He's joined by James Wrighton and Elliott Tiney from comedy four piece Idiots of Ants who are performing there.

Idiots of Ants have written and performed their unique blend of fast paced sketch comedy all over the world since 2007.

Comedian and musician Mitch Benn performs a special song for us.

The Hayward Gallery in London is staging a major exhibition of one of Britain's best-known artists, Tracey Emin.

The show includes key pieces from all periods of her career, as well as a new series of outdoor sculptures created especially for the event.

It's one of the highlights of the Southbank Centre's celebration of the 60th anniversary of the 1951 Festival of Britain, and Radio 2's Tom Sandars takes a look round for us.

Plus our film critic Charles Gant will be reporting live from the Cannes Film Festival, and Boyd Hilton previews this Sunday's British Academy Television Awards.

Claudia Talks To Actor-director Richard Wilson20110617

who is directing The Pride at Sheffield Theatres' Studio Theatre.

The Pride is Alexi Kaye Campbell's debut play, an exploration of what happens between men and women, it's about loyalty, loss and having the courage to stand up for who you really are.

She meets actors David Yelland and Lizzy McInnerny who discuss their roles in Sir Peter Hall's Henry IV parts 1 and 2 at Bath Theatre Royal.

Vicky Featherstone; Artistic Director and Chief Executive of the National Theatre of Scotland tells us about "5 Minute Theatre" - 235 five minute theatre pieces selected to take part in a 24 hour online broadcast of live theatre, taking place on Tuesday 21st June 2011, from 5pm until 5pm the following day.The National Theatre of Scotland's Five Minute Theatre project will feature over 1000 performers in eleven countries.

Million selling author Justin Somper discusses Immortal War, the sixth and final book in his cult Vampirates series.

Vampirates fuses the popular vampire and pirate genres, and a Vampirates stage production goes on tour this September until March 2012.

Charles Gant reviews this week's films, including Green Lantern, Bad Teacher and Beaver, and Claire Armistead reviews books.

And we look ahead to the Manchester International Festival, which will be staging world premieres by a number of big names from the worlds of theatre, music and arts.

One of the participants, Victoria Wood, tells us about the new play she has written for the event.

Claudia talks to actor-director Richard Wilson about Sheffield Theatres' The Pride play.

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about the play they're starring in as part of Sheffield's Crucible Theatres' David Hare Season.

John Wonnacott discusses his appointment as the first ever artist-in-residence on a major movie set. John's past commissions include a monumental portrait of the royal family which featured the first formal depiction of princes William and Harry.

Plus Claudia talks to the photographer Gered Mankowitz about his exhibition of prints of Jimi Hendrix in Manchester. Gered's photos were taken at a pivotal point in Jimi Hendrix's short career. The portraits capture the mystery and otherworldliness defining his public image, just as Gered's 1965-67 portraits of the Rolling Stones defined them as the antithesis of the Beatles. This Hendrix exhibition gives a clear insight into the real Jimi: relaxing upbeat, smiling and happy.

As a new stage adaptation of the cult French musical film The Umbrellas of Cherbourg opens at Leicester's Curve Theatre, we speak to the team behind the production and find out how a classic of French cinema has been re-imagined for the English stage.

And we preview this Sunday's British Academy Film Awards with Xan Brooks, and Estelle Lovatt reviews the latest from the world of art.

John Wonnacott discusses his appointment as the first ever artist-in-residence on a major movie set.

John's past commissions include a monumental portrait of the royal family which featured the first formal depiction of princes William and Harry.

Plus Claudia talks to the photographer Gered Mankowitz about his exhibition of prints of Jimi Hendrix in Manchester.

Gered's photos were taken at a pivotal point in Jimi Hendrix's short career.

The portraits capture the mystery and otherworldliness defining his public image, just as Gered's 1965-67 portraits of the Rolling Stones defined them as the antithesis of the Beatles.

This Hendrix exhibition gives a clear insight into the real Jimi: relaxing upbeat, smiling and happy.

Claudia talks to actress Patricia Hodge about the David Hare Season at The Crucible.

Claudia Talks To The Children's Laureate Anthony Browne20110325

Claudia speaks to American-born artist Kaffe Fassett about his colourful designs in the decorative arts - needlepoint, patchwork, knitting, painting and ceramics.

Children's Laureate, award winning illustrator and author Antony Browne.

Early next month, the first major retrospective of Anthony's work, Through the Magic Mirror, the World of Anthony Browne, opens at Seven Stories in Newcastle.

Performance poet and friend of the show Ian McMillan discusses The Ian McMillan Orchestra's new album.

American sculptor Will Corwin talks about his first London exhibition.

Claire Armitstead reviews books, and Estelle Lovatt has the latest from the world of art.

And as the Turner Contemporary in Margate prepares to open its doors to a new gallery on 16th April - we head along for a preview of the exhibitions it will hold, and see if they've succeeded in their mission of making Margate 'Kent's new cultural heart'.

Claudia speaks to textiles artist Kaffe Fassett and Children's Laureate Antony Browne.

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Claudia is joined by the star of a new Stoppard play, Dakota Blue Richards and Paul Bettany talks about his new film Mortdecai and working with Johnny Depp and Ewan McGregor.

We'll also have the latest film and theatre reviews and learn about ghostwriting with Andrew Crofts.

Daniel Evans, Artistic Director Of Sheffield Crucible20120210

Claudia meets Daniel Evans, artistic director of the Sheffield Crucible. Daniel tells us about the Crucible Theatre's 40th birthday celebrations which started last September and run until the end of the Spring, as well as the productions which form part of this: a major revival of William Congreve's rarely performed masterpiece, The Way of the World, and a season of work dedicated to the multi-award-winning playwright Michael Frayn.

Nigerian poet Inua Ellams joins Claudia to talk about his second solo tour and return to the National Theatre with "Black T-shirt Collection", an epic spoken word performance about two brothers who start a t-shirt business in Nigeria that goes global.

Plus we preview this Sunday's British Academy Film Awards, and critic Baylen Leonard looks ahead to the major arts events of 2012.

Claudia meets Daniel Evans, artistic director of the Sheffield Crucible.

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Daniel Mays chats to Claudia about starring in Jez Butterworth's dark comedy Mojo, one of the hottest shows in London and set in sleazy 1950s Soho.

Christos Tsiolkas is in the studio too. He's following up his middle-class baiting The Slap with a new book called Baracuda which again looks at class and sexual confusion in Australia. We'll also hear from Meryl Streep, who's currently getting rave reviews for her new film August: Osage County. Plus Peter Bradshaw will be reviewing all the other latest film releases.

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David Bamber and Jonathan Hyde chat to Claudia about new play, Travels With My Aunt.

David Bamber and Jonathan Hyde chat to Claudia about their new play Travels With My Aunt

Giovanna Fletcher drops in with her debut novel Billy And Me

We go behind the scenes of British Rock - The Glory Years - at the Lowri in Manchester.

Plus Peter Bradshaw has the latest film news and a Cannes update; Michael Billington is here with his theatre review; and this week's arts round-up with the next seven days of arts news from around the country.

David Seidler, Oscar Winning Writer Of The King's Speech20120203

Claudia meets best selling Woman in Black author Susan Hill. The film adaptation of Susan's classic novel is out in February, starring Daniel Radcliffe, and the book also inspired the long-standing West End play which has been running for over twenty years.

Oscar winning playwright and film and television writer David Seidler, most successful for writing the play and the screenplay for The King's Speech tells us about the world premiere of the play that inspired the award-winning film. David Seidler's story about how King George VI conquered his debilitating stammer with the help of maverick speech therapist Lionel Logue was one of 2010's most successful films, winning countless awards including four Academy Awards and seven BAFTAs and grossing over $400,000,000 worldwide at the Box Office.

Multi award winning dancer and choreographer Adam Cooper discusses leading the cast in the new West End production of Singin' In The Rain. Adam previously created the role of the Swan in Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake, which, after opening at Sadler's Wells Theatre, transferred to the West End, L.A and Broadway.

Plus book critic Alex Heminsley talks about bestsellers that people 'haven't heard of' - she discusses the big ebook explosion where writers who are never seen in the shops, or reviewed by the press, are making hundreds of thousands online.

And Jason Solomons reviews this week's film releases, including Carnage, and Martha Marcy May Marlene.

Claudia meets best selling Woman in Black author Susan Hill and dancer Adam Cooper.

David Walliams, Sheridan Smith And Rory Kinnear20130913

David Walliams and Sheridan Smith chat to Claudia about their roles as Bottom and Titania in A Midsummer Night's Dream - part of the Michael Grandage season

And Rory Kinnear talks about the world premier of his debut play The Herd

Plus film with Xan Brooks, books and the weekly arts round up.

Denise Van Outen, Reece Shearsmith And Peter May20140117

Denise Van Outen talks about her new one-woman show, Some Girl I Used to Know which highlights the risks of getting in touch with an old flame via social networking. The bestselling Lewis Trilogy author, Peter May once again delves into the history of the Outer Hebrides for his new crime novel Entry Island and Reece Shearsmith is about to star in Cool Rider - the cult musical of the much-maligned Grease 2.

Colin Firth discusses how he prepared for his role in The Railway Man and we go behind the scenes for a special concert and tour to celebrate the legendary songwriter, Irving Berlin.

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Dervla Kirwan joins Claudia to talk about her role in The Weir and Joanne Harris delves into the world of Norse mythology for her new novel, The Gospel of Loki. We'll also be hearing from Ralph Fiennes, who directs and stars in The Invisible Woman, all about Charles Dickens and his secret affair. Plus the latest film and book reviews with Helen O'Hara and Samantha Buckley.

Director Mike Newell On La Grande Illusion 75th Anniversary20120323

Claudia talks to Mike Newell who directed Four Weddings and A Funeral and Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire about Jean Renoir's classic anti-war masterpiece La Grande Illusion which has been restored for its 75th anniversary this year. It was the last French film with a French director to be nominated for Best Picture until The Artist - and Mike Newell is a huge fan.

Actress Gwen Taylor tells us about starring in The Butterfly Lion by Michael Morpurgo in a new stage adaption by Daniel Buckroyd, at the Curve Theatre Leicester. Gwen Taylor's extensive stage credits include as Mrs Cordon in 'Prick Up Your Ears' with Matt Lucas at the Comedy Theatre. She is currently portraying Ann Foster in ITV's Coronation Street. Michael Morpurgo's 1996 Award winning The Butterfly Lion is a tale of enduring friendship by the acclaimed author of 'War Horse'. When the orphaned white lion cub he has rescued from the African Veldt is sold to a circus owner and shipped off to Europe, young Bertie vows he will see his friend again. Little does he realise the adventurous, romantic, shocking turns his life will take before that momentous day finally comes.

Sculptor David Paynter tells us about his unique sculptures which each come with an accompanying poem.

The 'Tour Guide's Guide To Art' this week comes from our Newcastle studio as Claudia chats to Ed Carter, one of the men behind 'Flow' - a floating musical tidemill docked on the River Tyne.

Plus Jason Solomons reviews this week's films and Michael Billington critiques the latest plays.

Claudia talks to film director Mike Newell.

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, star of Sam Mendes' Charlie and the Chocolate Factory joins Penny Smith to talk about the new West End sensation.

Sean Foley, director of the Ladykillers drops in to chat about his latest production.

Sofia Ford Coppola talks to the Radio 2 Arts Show about directing her new film The Bling Ring.

We drop in on rehearsals of the Boston Ballet, as they prepare to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Colloseum.

Plus Xan Brooks has the latest film news; Michael Billingon reviews this week's theatre; and Anna Bailey has the arts round up, looking at the events coming up around the country in the next seven days.

East Is East, Jane Green And Amy20150703

Claudia talks to authors Jane Green about her novel "Summer Secrets" and Jonathan Freedland's "The 3rd Woman", actresses Paul McLynn and Sally Bankes about starring in "East Is East". Luke Jones interviews Stephen Merchant and Steffan Rhodri about the play "The Mentalists". Natalie Jamieson interviews Asif Kapadia and Mitch Winehouse about the Amy Winehouse documentary "Amy" and Jason Solomons reviews this weeks films.

Fact Not Fiction20151002

Tonight is the start of Fact Not Fiction; our non-fiction strand of the Radio 2 Book Club, exploring new and exciting titles which you may not otherwise discover, the first writer to enter the Club is Helen Bailey with her extremely moving account "When Bad Things Happen In Good Bikinis".

Actor Mark Rylance and writer Claire Van Kempen talk about the transfer of "Farinelli and The King". Professor Joann Fletcher unveils the wonder of Ancient Egypt by way of her fascinating book "The Story of Egypt". Kevin O'Hare, Director of The Royal Ballet, explains "World Ballet Day", Thomas Magill takes a trip to the exhibition "Dressed by Angels", Arts correspondent Natalie Jamieson talks about the launch of the London Film Festival and interviews composer Harry Gregson-Williams about his latest score for "The Martian" and Sunday Times film critic Camilla Long reviews this weeks films.

Frank Langella, Joanne Froggatt & Conn Iggulden20131018

From a President to a King - Frank Langella chats to Claudia about playing King Lear at Chichester

Actress Joanne Froggatt takes time out from all the comings and goings in Downton Abbey to talk about her new film Filth

Master of historical fiction, Conn Iggulden is in the studio to talk about the first book - Stormbird - in his brand new series War of the Roses

And we celebrate 50 years of the National Theatre

Plus all the very latest film and theatre reviews with Peter Bradshaw and Michael Billington, and our weekly arts round up.

Gemma Arterton And Natalie Young20140131

The former Bond actress Gemma Arterton chats to Claudia about starring in The Duchess of Malfi at the Globe's new candle-lit indoor theatre.

Author Natalie Young will explain just what inspired her to write a book called How To Eat Your Husband.

Plus the very latest film and book reviews with Robbie Collin and Alex Heminsley.

Guest Editors Summer Season With Arabella Weir20130719

Arabella Weir kicks off the Radio 2 Arts Show Summer Season of Guest Editors with special guests from the world of the arts including best selling crime writer Val McDermid who gives the Arts Show exclusive access to her study and her writing process

Actor and national treasure Richard Wilson takes time out from rehearsing his new play A Little Hotel On The Side in Bath

Award winning actress Hattie Morahan drops by ahead of the West End transfer of A Doll's House

Plus Peter Bradshaw has the latest film reviews; Emily Rhodes looks at the best summer reads; and Andy West rounds up the next seven days of arts news from around the country

The Radio 2 Arts Show Summer Season of Guest Editors continues next week with Stephen K Amos.

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Actor Hari Dhillon takes time out from rehearsals for Disgraced at the Bush Theatre

Crime writer James Oswald is here with his new book Natural Causes

We go behind the scenes of the latest smash hit musical to come to the West End - the Tony award winning Once

Plus Helen O'Hara has all the latest film news; Alex Heminsley is here with the latest selection of books to review; and the arts round up with the next seven days of arts news from around the country.

Henry Goodman, Lindsay Posner And Tracy Chevalier20130322

Best selling author Tracy Chevalier talks to Claudia about her new book The Last Runaway

Lindsay Posner directs and Henry Goodman stars in Terence Rattigan's compelling play, The Winslow Boy, at the Old Vic. Lindsay and Henry drop by to chat to Claudia

Arts Show correspondent Thomas Magill opens up the Arts Desk with the next 7 days of not-to-be-missed arts news from around the country.

Plus, Alex Heminsley has the latest books. And film critic Charlie Lyne looks at the latest movie and DVD releases around the country.

Iain Glen, Who's Starring In Uncle Vanya20120316

Claudia speaks to Olivier Award nominated actor Iain Glen who is known for roles both on stage and screen, including Sir Richard Carlisle in Downton Abbey, and as Ser Jorah Mormont in Game of Thrones. Iain is starring in a new production of Uncle Vanya; Chekhov's enduring masterpiece on frustrated longing and wasted lives, at The Print Room in London.

Ian McMillan performs two poems, plus he discusses Pure Gold: a 4x4 Relay Race - a movement in four 'legs' reflecting the different stages of a relay race with music by Luke Carver Goss and words by Ian.

Winner of the 2011 Costa Book of the Year Andrew Miller discusses his prizewinning novel Pure, which is set in a Parisian cemetery and has been described as "A structurally and stylistically flawless historical novel."

Giving the insider's view of Britain's best galleries, exhibitions and museums, the 'Tour Guide's Guide To Art' this week comes from Morpeth in Northumberland, as Claudia chats to Anne Moore, Museums Officer at The Morpeth Chantry Bagpipes Museum. Demonstrating that bagpipes aren't just a Scottish pastime, the museum traces the story of this musical instrument and highlights the different types of bagpipes available throughout the world.

Plus Judith Mackrell reviews the latest dance events, and Xan Brooks talks about this week's cinematic releases.

Claudia speaks to the actor Iain Glen, plus Ian McMillan performs two poems.

Interviews With Michael Xavier And Joanna Riding; Author Ned Beauman20140516

Claudia welcomes Pajama Game stars Joanna Riding and Michael Xavier currently at The Shaftesbury Theatre. Ned Beauman about his 3rd novel "Glow" a thrilller about a global conspiracy. Peter Bradshaw called with all the hot news from The 67th Cannes Film Festival. Television critic Julia Raeside with the hot tips in Sunday's BAFTAS. Arts Correspondent Thomas Magill, visits The National Gallery with art historian Andrew Graham-Dixon as part of the BBC Museums at Night Season. Anna Bailey catches us with Viggo Mortensen about his latest film "Two Faces of January" and Book Critic Alex Heminsley joins Claudia with her recommended reads.

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James Dreyfuss and Scarlett Strallen join Claudia as they rehearse Bernstein's Candide

Downton Abbey's Allen Leech chats to Claudia about his new film In Fear, a tense three-hander from the producers of Hot Fuzz and Attack the Block

Sarah Ruhl, writer of In The Next Room, talks to Claudia as the play opens at the St James Theatre

The Radio 2 Arts Show goes behind the scenes of Horrible Histories at The Garrick and chats to Charles II himself

Plus films with Peter Bradshaw, books with Samantha Buckley and our weekly arts news round up.

James Dreyfuss and Scarlett Strallen explain the fascination with Bernstein's Candide.

Jason Donovan, Fanny Blake And The Leicester Comedy Festival20150206

Claudia is joined by singer and actor Jason Donovan to talk about his new stage role and author Fanny Blake tells us all we need to know about a new set of Quick Reads.

We'll also have the lastest film and theatre reviews and be finding out what goes on at the Leicester Comedy Festival.

Javier De Frutos, Leading Choreographer20120217

Claudia speaks to leading choreographer Javier De Frutos. Hot on the heels of its sell-out success world premiere in 2011, Javier and pop legends Pet Shop Boys return with their hugely popular Sadler's Wells Production, The Most Incredible Thing. This modern fairytale based on Hans Christian Andersen's fable centres on a contest to produce 'the most incredible thing', with a prize of half the kingdom and marriage to the princess at stake.

Academy Award-winning writer Christopher Hampton; screenwriter for Dangerous Liaisons talks about A Dangerous Method; a historical film directed by David Cronenberg which stars Viggo Mortensen, Michael Fassbender, Keira Knightley and Vincent Cassel.

Curator Susanna Brown tells us about the V&A's special Diamond Jubilee exhibition; Queen Elizabeth II by Cecil Beaton which explores Beaton's long relationship with The Queen over three decades and her roles from wartime princess, young Queen, mother to majestic monarch. Beaton's photographs were some of the most widely published of the 20th century and he was credited for transforming the image of the Royal Family over the three decades photographed them.

This week the 'Tour Guide's Guide To Art' sees Claudia speaking to Susan Gardner, curator of the world's first museum about adolescence, the Museum of Childhood in Edinburgh. As well as displaying toys and games from across the generations, the Museum also explores other aspects of growing up, from schooldays and clubs to clothing, health and holidays

Plus Nick Duncalf reviews this week's cinematic releases, including Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close which stars Sandra Bullock, and Michael Billington reviews the latest theatrical productions.

Claudia speaks to choreographer Javier De Frutos and screenwriter Christopher Hampton.

Jeffrey Archer And Anne Reid20140314

Jeffrey Archer chats to Claudia about his new book Be Careful What You Wish For and actress Anne Reid discusses her new one-woman cabaret show. Expect celebrity anecdotes and language you wouldn't see in Last Tango in Halifax.

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Musical theatre stars Jenna Russell and Mark Umbers drop by to talk about Merrily We Roll Along

Author Sophie Kinsella talks to Claudia about her new book Wedding Night

We take a tour of the Bowie exhibition at the V&A

Plus Peter Bradshaw has all the latest film news and cinema releases; Alex Heminsley is here with books and Anna Bailey rounds up the next seven days of arts news from around the country.

Jenny Seagrove, Sara Crowe, Jeff Kinney20140110

Jenny Seagrove and Sara Crowe chat to Claudia about starring in Noel Coward's Fallen Angels.

Jeff Kinney explains why being boring is the secret to selling millions of copies of his Diary of a Wimpy Kid series.

Artistic Directors of the London International Mime Festival, Helen Lannaghan and Joseph Seelig will attempt to make the artform work on radio.

Back by popular demand, we go behind the scenes of Fuerzabruta at the Roundhouse

Plus films with Helen O'Hara, books with Samantha Buckley.

Jeremy Dyson Discusses Roald Dahl's Twisted Tales.20110114

Claudia talks to master of the macabre Jeremy Dyson about Roald Dahl's Twisted Tales: the first ever stage adaptation of the best-loved author's short stories for adults.

Jeremy Dyson's most well-known for his award-winning projects as part of The League of Gentlemen and his own collections of short stories including the most recently celebrated The Cranes That Build The Cranes.

Actor Paul McGann discusses his role at The Barbican where he plays Dr Rieux, the Narrator in Roberto Gerhard's The Plague.

Author Nigel Farndale talks about his novel The Blasphemer, and glass blower Layne Rowe explains his art.

Boyd Hilton previews the Golden Globes, which take place on Sunday in Beverly Hills, and Estelle Lovatt has the latest from the art world.

And, with many actresses vocalising their anger at the lack of roles for older women, Stella Gonet looks at what female theatre producers and directors are up against compared to their male counterparts.

Claudia talks to master of the macabre Jeremy Dyson about Roald Dahl's Twisted Tales.

Jeremy Dyson, Andy Nyman And Robert Lautnor20140221

The League Of Gentleman's Jeremy Dyson and Derren Brown collaborator Andy Nyman talk about the return of their terrifying horror show Ghost Stories. We'll also be celebrating the western with author Robert Lautner. His new book Road to Reckoning is a brutal yet at times beautiful coming-of-age tale played out against the vast wilderness of the Frontier territory.

We'll also hear from Hollywood star John Goodman about his new film The Monuments Men, based on the true story of the men and women tasked with rescuing works of art from behind Nazi lines.

Jeremy Vine Curates This Week's Show20140801

Jeremy Vine sits in for Claudia and curates a very special programme as part of the Radio 2 Arts Show Summer Season. He'll be talking to music journalist Mark Ellen about his record collection and why he has chosen to only listen to new music for a while now.

Mark Lawson will join Jeremy to discuss whether we can still appreciate great art, if we find out the creator is a bad person.

Jeremy will discuss his favourite poem, with a special rendition from various Radio 2 presenters, asking if the increased use of social media means we are all poets now.

He'll also review some of the latest theatre and take a look at some new film releases, as well as asking where we can see more independent films around the country.

Throughout the programme, artist Keira Rathbone will be creating an image using a typewriter and will reveal her creation at the end of the show.

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Jo Whiley sits in for Claudia this week.

She chats to author Cecelia Ahern about her new novel 'One Hundred Names.'

Actors Amy Lennox and Bonnie Langford talk about their new musical '9 To 5.'

Rafe Spall and Sally Hawkins, stars of the new stage play 'Constellations', are also in the studio.

And Jo meets Michael Gambon to discuss his role in Samual Beckett's 'All That Fall', directed by Trevor Nunn.

Plus Michael Billington has the latest news on theatre around the country and film critic Xan Brooks reviews this week's movie releases.

Jodi Picoult On Her New Novel Lone Wolf20120330

Claudia talks to best-selling American novelist Jodi Picoult about her new book; Lone Wolf.

Welsh poet, author and scriptwriter Owen Sheers discusses the National Theatre of Wales' memory event which marks the first anniversary of its award-winning production, The Passion, which starred Michael Sheen.

Chairman of The Brighton Festival 2012 Polly Toynbee talks us through this year's programme of events, alongside Ed Patrick, AKA Kid Carpet who is appearing there as Kid Carpet and the Noisy Animals who will be performing a punk rock musical for children.

In the 'Tour Guide's Guide To Art', Claudia talks to Dr Harriet McKay, curator of the 'Japan: Kingdom Of Characters' exhibition at the Sainsbury Centre For Visual Arts in Norwich. The exhibition examines why manga and anime characters occupy a special place in the psyche of Japanese people of all ages, and appear everywhere from train tickets and cheques to electric shavers and wine.

Plus Joe Partridge reviews the latest photography exhibitions and The Radio 2 Arts Show Poet In Residence Murray Lachlan Young performs another topical poem specially written for the show.

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Julian and Jiaxin Lloyd Webber join Claudia ahead of their concerts, A Tale of Two Cellos.

Julian and Jiaxin Lloyd Webber join Claudia ahead of their series of concerts A Tale of Two Cellos

Amy Tan is back with a new book and tells Claudia all about Valley Of Amazement

Plus films with Helen O'Hara, theatre with Michael Billington and our weekly arts news round up.

Juliet Stevenson And The Winner Of The Costa Book Award20150130

Claudia is joined by Juliet Stevenson to discuss her role in Happy Days and we'll be talking to the winner of the Costa Book Award and the head judge, Robert Harris.

Plus, we'll have the latest film and book reviews and will be talking to playwright Timberlake Wertenbaker about her new stage production.

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Claudia looks back at the events of 2Day

Actress Kara Tointon drops in to chat about her new play Relatively Speaking

Suranne Jones takes us behind the scenes of her new play Beautiful Thing

Plus Robbie Collin has all the latest film news; Alex Heminsley is here with the latest selection of books to review; and the arts round up with the next seven days of arts news from around the country.

Kate Atkinson, Amanda Palmer And Bob Monkhouse20150529

Claudia Winkleman is joined by author Kate Atkinson on her latest novel "A God In Ruins", American performer and Social Media Sensation Amanda Palmer on "The Art of Asking". Comedy writer Colin Edmonds on the 3-part UK Gold documentary "Bob Monkhouse The Million Joke Man" starting on Wednesday 3rd June. Joe Haddow takes a trip to The Hay Festival. Peter Bradshaw reviews this week's film. Alex Heminsley with her recommended read and news of "To Kill A Mockingbird" and Matt Everitt reviews the documentary "Amy" plus has a rare interview with Roger Waters and Nick Mason.

Kathy Lette On Her New Novel The Boy Who Fell To Earth20120302

Author Kathy Lette talks about her latest novel The Boy Who Fell To Earth.

Actors Patrick Robinson and Jeffery Kissoon talk about starring in Waiting For Godot which is touring the UK. After a premiere at The West Yorkshire Playhouse, Samuel Beckett's masterpiece is being produced in the UK for the first time with an all-Black British cast.

Photographer Simon Annand discusses his major new exhibition which captures the mystery and magic of backstage theatre, as he photographs actors in the final half an hour before curtain up. Including new and unseen images of London's leading theatre performers, for over 25 years Simon Annand has been given unprecedented access to the secret backstage world of London's West End, shooting everything from Chekhov to Panto. His photographic style reveals the private time of some of the world's best loved entertainers including Anthony Hopkins, Cate Blanchett, Daniel Day Lewis, Judi Dench and Ralph Fiennes.

In the 'Tour Guide's Guide To Art' Claudia speaks to Paul Goodman, Head Of Collections at The National Media Museum. Lauded as one of the country's best museums, it has seven floors full of galleries and exhibitions exploring subjects spanning photography, TV, radio, film, animation and gaming.

Plus Sue Steward reviews photography exhibitions and Charles Gant discusses this week's film releases.

Ken Bruce Curates This Week's Show20140829

Ken curates the last in a series of special summer Arts programmes for BBC Radio 2 and leads with a tribute to the British multi-award winning director and actor Lord Richard Attenborough...

Your carriage awaits for the 2014 Jane Austen Festival which gets ready to grace the Georgian City of Bath with our reporter Thomas Magill, who takes a trip to explore what's coming up in early September, which includes the 200th anniversary of 'Mansfield Park'...

Sing London's Creative Director Colette Hiller tells us how she's got statues talking...

Mitch Dalton, who's played with the likes of Van Morrison, Art Garfunkel and Robbie Williams gives us an insight into the life of a session guitarist...

And, Ken marks the 50th anniversary of the Towersey Festival in Oxfordshire by talking to British folk-rock guitarist, Richard Thompson who is headlining the main stage.

Ken curates the last in a series of special summer Arts programmes for BBC Radio 2 by celebrating the birthday of British multi-award winning director and actor Lord Richard Attenborough, who turns 91 years old!

And, the celebrations continue as Ken marks the 50th anniversary of the Towersey Festival in Oxfordshire by talking to British folk-rock guitarist, Richard Thompson who is headlining the main stage.

Kevin Whately, Harry Lloyd And John Cooper Clarke20140926

Claudia Winkleman interviews actors Kevin Whately about starring as Herbie in the Chichester Festival Theatre production of "Gypsy". Actor Harry Lloyd talks us through starring in a Dostoyevsky play which he is not only starring in but has adapted "Notes From Underground" which is about to open at The Coronet. Performance poet John Cooper Clarke visits the tailor Sir Tom Baker, to discuss the role of the suit in music as part of BBC Four and 6 Music month to celebrate the "Sound of Style". Thomas Magill, visits the winner of Museum of The Year - and guides us through the Yorkshire Sculpture Park. Samantha Buckley reviews this week's books including her pick of the week "Maggot Moon" by Sally Gardner. And music industry expert Nick Stewart looks at some of the releases including an exclusive play from the new Neil Diamond album and gets to talk to Mike Rutherford.

Kim Newman, Jim Ennis And Jessica Cohen20130927

Claudia's joined by the comedy vocal group, Fascinating Aida and meets the horror author, Kim Newman to chat about his new Anno Dracula novel. Anna Bailey interviews Jane Horrocks and Dexter Fletcher about their new Proclaimers-inspired movie, Sunshine on Leith. Plus, the latest theatre and arts reviews for the next seven days.

Launch Of Museum Of The Year 201520150424

Claudia announces the 6 lucky short listed museums with Art Fund Director Stephen Deuchar for The Art Fund Prize for Museum of the Year a celebration of museums and galleries across the UK - annually awarding one outstanding winner £100,000. Museum of the Year identifies the finest museums in the UK and awards £100,000 to the very best. The Prize champions what museums do, encourages more people to visit, and gets to the heart of what makes a truly outstanding museum. Edward Blakemore Director of the BBC Proms highlights some treats for the Season. And actress Gina McGee is in to talk about the UK Premiere of "The Mother" at the Ustinov Studio, Theatre Royal Bath.

Lucy Porter, Haydn Gwynne And Peter May20150116

Comedian Lucy Porter talks to Claudia about her love of silent cinema, Peter May discusses his latest book and Haydn Gwynne tells us about her role a new musical comedy, inspired by Pedro Almodovar.

Plus we'll also have the latest film and theatre reviews from our critics.

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Claudia welcomes writer and actor Mackenzie Crook who returns with the second series of "The Detectorists". Author Gerald Seymour talks about the 40th anniversary of his acclaimed novel "Harry's Game" and subsequent television series which spawned the hit theme tune by Clannad. Plus we'll learn what's to come this Autumn on the television with Guardian television critic Julia Raeside.

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Claudia welcomes Melvyn Bragg for his latest novel "Now Is The Time". Producer and presenter Brett Westwood, talks about the book Natural Histories: 25 Extraordinary Species That Have Changed Our World, which accompanies the Radio 4 series. Actor and Director Ray Panthaki talks about his highly acclaimed film "Convenience". Natalie Jamieson has a rare interview with Director Robert Zemeckis about his latest film "The Walk". Plus Guardian film critic Xan Brooks reviews this week's film and BBC Arts Editor Will Gompertz, picks his highlights of the Art Galleries.

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Miranda Hart chats to Claudia about her brand new stand-up tour. We're told to expect galloping and attempts at song and dance. Such fun. Plus best selling author JoJo Moyes discusses her new captivating love story The One Plus One. We'll also be talking to director Barrie Rutter and playwright Deborah McAndrew about the Northern Broadsides' production of An August Bank Holiday Lark, which explores the impact of the First World War on a rural community in East Lancashire.

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Nihal sits in for Claudia Winkleman to host the weekly look at the world of the arts.

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Nihal hosts the Radio 2 Book Club: Fact Not Fiction and welcomes Lizzie Ostrom to discuss her book, A Century Of Scents.

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for Claudia Winkleman to host the weekly look at the world of the arts.

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Nihal talks to author and illustrator of The Tiger Who Came To Tea, Judith Kerr. Reporter, Thomas Mcguill talks Panto with

Priscilla Presley and Radio 2's Book Club Fact Not Fiction delves into 438 Days, an Extraordinary True Story Of Survival At Sea. And funny man Paul Choudry discusses his show and DVD, PC's World.

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for Claudia Winkleman to host the weekly look at the world of the arts.

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Nihal sits in for Claudia Winkleman to host the weekly look at the world of the arts.

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This week Nihal will be joined by Brenda Edwards who will be performing a song from the musical Hairspray at Elton John's piano. Director, Charles Randolph-Wright brings Motown to London, and Princess Marya Bolkonsky from War And Peace, otherwise known as Jessie Buckley, will be hopping across town from performing in The Winter's Tale at The Garrick Theatre, Straight Off Stage to the studio. Natalie Jamieson talks to Sly Stallone about Creed and Radio 2's Book Club, Fact Not Fiction is back. Our first choice of 2016 is, One Child by Mei Fong, who will be talking to Nihal live from Washington DC about China's one-child policy and her time spent with people it affected.

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On tonight's show Nihal is joined by master of magic, Dynamo. Robbie Collin with film news and mutli-award-winning television producer behind shows such as This Life, Teachers and 20 Things to Do Before You're 30, Jane Fallon will be in chatting about her new book. Plus our arts correspondent Thomas Magill joins the Rocky Horror Show on tour.

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On tonight's show Nihal is joined by master of magic, Dynamo. Robbie Collin with film news and mutli-award-winning television producer behind shows such as This Life, Teachers and 20 Things to Do Before You're 30, Jane Fallon will be in chatting about her new book. Plus our arts correspondent Thomas Magill joins the Rocky Horror Show on tour.

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Barrie Rutter OBE, will be joining Nihal ahead of his UK Tour of William Shakespeare's, The Merry Wives. Mr Selfridge cast members Sam West and Zoe Richards, who plays one of the notorious Dolly sisters will be in the studio, plus Natalie Jamieson talks to Spotlight cast and the Radio 2's Book Club, Fact Not Fiction is back. This week we'll be discussing The Maverick Mountaineer - a biography of George Finch, one of the world's greatest alpinists. Acclaimed biographer Robert Wainwright will be in the studio to tell us more about this eccentric anti-hero.

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Nihal presents a lively and unpretentious look at the latest films, plays, dance events, books and exhibitions, alongside an eclectic selection of music.

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Journalist Rod Nordland joins us for Radio 2 Book Club: Fact Not Fiction to discuss his new book The Lovers.

Zakia and Ali grew up as neighbors and fell in love from afar. Defying their families and Afghan custom, the young lovers-both from different Muslim sects-eloped and went into hiding. When Rod Nordland came upon them, he felt obligated, having shared their story in the pages of the New York Times, to help them to safety-but there was a limit to how well he could protect them.

Despite more than a decade of American good intentions, women in Afghanistan are still subjected to some of the worst human rights violations in the world. Rod Nordland tells a compelling tale of forbidden love, governmental bungling, and reckless disregard for basic human rights, and illustrates the degree to which mysogyny persists in traditional Afghan culture. The Lovers is a story of one couple's unshakable self-determination and the irrepressibility of human feeling in the face of a shockingly repressive society.

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R2 Book Club; Fact Not Fiction welcomes Patti Smith to the Club. Plus Claudia talks to acclaimed author David Mitchell about his latest book "Slade House". Natalie Jamieson talks to the cast and creatives of the eagerly awaited Bond Film "Spectre". Telegraph film critic Tim Robey will also voice his opinion on Spectre and the rest of this week's movies and Theatre critic Mark Lawson will help us to the hottest seat at the theatre.

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Penny Smith meets acclaimed dance star Carlos Acosta who discusses his show Premieres Plus which features new works and collaborations with major UK and international dance stars and musicians, celebrating Carlos's dance vision. This staging is devised and produced by Carlos Acosta and combines his classical technique with some of the most celebrated contemporary works of recent years.

Actress Gemma Jones talks about the Woody Allen film You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger in which she stars alongside Sir Anthony Hopkins.

Acclaimed art writer and broadcaster Andrew Graham-Dixon discusses his new book Caravaggio: A Life Sacred and Profane, which he wrote after spending a decade piecing together scraps of evidence about the 16th Century Italian artist, who lived the darkest and most dangerous life of any of the great painters.

We speak to the people behind the 18th International Gilbert and Sullivan Festival in Derbyshire.

Sarah Frater reviews the latest dance events, and Brian Sibley reviews the final instalment of the Harry Potter series of films - Deathly Hallows: Part 2.

Plus we take a look at the Port Eliot Festival which is described as 'a celebration of literature with the craic of a music festival'. Set in St Germans, Cornwall the event encourages writers, poets and journalists to perform material they would not be given the opportunity to present at orthodox literary festivals.

Penny Smith meets actress Gemma Jones, and acclaimed dance star Carlos Acosta.

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Award-winning writer and novelist Fay Weldon joins Penny Smith.

Award winning writer and novelist Fay Weldon joins Penny Smith to discuss her latest novel. Actress Samantha Spiro chats about her role in The Taming of The Shrew at the Globe Theatre. Top crime writer Steve Mosby reveals all about his latest book.

This week on the Tour Guide's Guide To Art, Penny chats to Sara Huws from St Fagans National History Museum near Cardiff.

Plus theatre critic Michael Billington and film critic Jason Solomons discuss the latest releases.

And remember you can get the download for the best bits of the Radio 2 Arts Show by going to the BBC Radio 2 website.

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for Claudia this week with special guests Matt Milne and Miranda Raison. Plus Michael Billington has all the latest theatre news and Jason Solomons reviews the week's movie releases.

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for Claudia this week.

Penny chats to Molly Ringwald about her new book 'When It Happens To You.'

Robert Bathurst talks about his play Blue/Orange ahead of its West End transfer.

Oliver Ford Davies and Michelle Magorian chat about their new play based on the best selling book 'Goodnight Mister Tom.'

Plus Alex Heminsley has all the news on the latest books. And film critic Peter Bradshaw has the latest news and views on movie releases around the country.

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for Claudia and chats to actor Sir Antony Sher about his new role as an ex con at the Olivier

Freddie Fox drops in to talk about the Judas Kiss

Arts Show correspondent Anna Bailey opens up the Arts Desk with the next 7 days of not-to-be-missed arts news from around the country.

Plus, Alex Heminsley reviews the latest fiction. Film critic Peter Bradshaw has the latest movie and DVD releases around the country. And he looks back at the winners and losers at the Baftas.

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As part of The Voice on Radio 2, musical theatre actress Connie Fisher talks to Penny about the voice as an identity and how she came to terms with the loss of her soprano singing voice

Artistic Director David Nixon and Principal dancers Martha Leebolt and Tobias Batley pirouette into the studio to talk about new ballet The Great Gatsby

Author Mary Beth Keane talks about her new book Fever

Arts Show correspondent Thomas Magill opens up the Arts Desk with the next 7 days of not-to-be-missed arts news from around the country.

Plus Alex Heminsley has the latest books. And film critic Helen O'Hara looks at the latest movie and DVD releases around the country.

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Simon Pegg, Nick Frost and Edgar Wright chat about their new movie The World's End

David Starkey talks to Penny about his new book Music and Monarchy, telling the story of how the monarchy has shaped the history of British music

We go behind the scenes of Club To Catwalk: London Fashion In The 1980s at the V&A

Plus all the latest film news and the latest selection of books; and Thomas Magill has the arts round up, looking at the arts events around the country in the next seven days.

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Penny Smith sits in for Claudia Winkleman with a look at the latest films, plays, dance events, books and exhibitions, alongside an eclectic selection of music.

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Penny Smith is sitting in for Claudia this week. She's chatting with Richard E Grant about his delight at 'finally' being asked to be in Downton Abbey. Richard Ayoade talks about his new, Dostoevsky-inspired film The Double and reveals how he feels much more comfortable behind rather than in front of the camera. We'll also hear from the man behind the new biblical epic Noah, Darren Aronofsky.

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Penny Smith sits in for Claudia and meets the actor Richard E Grant, who's starring in the BBC drama The Crimson Petal and the White.

Author Eoin Colfer, who is celebrating the 10th anniversary of his bestselling Artemis Fowl series this year, talks about his career in writing.

Cellist Julian Lloyd Webber tells us about his 60th birthday concert which celebrates his lifetime of music-making.

Comedian Charlie Baker, one half of the winning duo in this year's Let's Dance for Comic Relief, tells us about his Edinburgh show.

Theatre critic Michael Billington reviews the latest plays and shows on in the West End and around the UK, and James Kleinmann tells us about this week's film releases.

Plus, we take a tour round a new art exhibition that, through a series of short films, visual art and music performances, explores our ambivalent relationship with, and attitudes to, dirt and cleanliness.

Penny Smith sits in and meets actor Richard E Grant and cellist Julian Lloyd Webber.

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Penny Smith sits in for Claudia and meets classical vocal quartet Blake.

Pop art artist Dave White tells us about his new exhibition of Americana.

Inspired by American heritage and the spirit of the West, this body of work features oil paintings in White's trademark expressive style.

Exploring iconic imagery of the Western Frontier, it highlights his ability to capture dynamic scenes with his distinctive impasto style, while presenting a pioneering approach to documenting the legacy of this era.

Coinciding with the centenary year of International Women's Day, we look at female achievement in sculpture and discuss the exhibition Women Make Sculpture, an all female show highlighting the diversity and creativity of women sculptors today, with artist Polly Morgan and curator Polly Bielecka.

We take a look at the major exhibition of the works of Andy Warhol, in Southampton.

The collection - on show across two of the city's galleries - features nearly 200 pieces, including photographs, paintings, prints, posters, self-portraits and iconic film works.

Plus, book critic Alex Heminsley has her recommendations of the best spring fiction, and Tess Morris reviews this week's film releases.

Penny Smith sits in for Claudia Winkleman and meets classical vocal quartet Blake.

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Penny Smith sits in for Claudia and meets American author and poet Garrison Keillor.

Ahead of World Poetry Day on March 21st, Garrison will perform two of his new love sonnets.

Oscar-winning composer Anne Dudley and Terry Jones of Monty Python fame discuss OperaShots - a double bill of new short operas.

OperaShots is part of an ongoing programme of opera development work which ranges from full-scale commissions to development workshops, courses and observer programmes.

Actress Phyllida Law talks about her book Notes to My Mother-in-Law.

Controller of Drama Commissioning at the BBC Ben Stephenson discusses the rebirth of drama on BBC2 and tells us about the exciting new dramas which will be on the channel in the coming months.

Nick Duncalf reviews this week's most significant film releases, and Sue Steward has the latest from the world of photography.

And as burlesque high-kicks its way from the sultry club scene into the mainstream we discover how the art form has gone from bawdy to beautiful.

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Penny Smith sits in for Claudia and meets actress, director and screenwriter Kay Mellor who talks about her acclaimed play and worldwide smash hit A Passionate Woman.

Set on the morning of her beloved son's wedding, the play tells the story of Betty, a fifty-something doting mother and housewife haunted by memories of a past affair.

Kay Mellor also plays the role of Betty.

Author Sophie Page tells us about her novel To Marry A Prince.

Fashion designer Wayne Hemingway and artistic director of London's Southbank Centre Jude Kelly tell us about the Southbank Centre's celebrations of the Festival of Britain's 60th anniversary which pay homage to the landmark 1951 Festival - described at the time as 'a tonic to the nation'.

Taking over the site for four months, the anniversary will celebrate British culture and creativity, featuring differently-themed weekends, performances, exhibitions, talks and events by some of Britain's leading artists and thinkers as well as a wide-range of free events and an outdoor festival environment inspired by four themes from the 1951 South Bank Exhibition.

We discuss the Stratford Literary Festival with the novelist Mavis Cheek and Festival Director Annie Ashworth.

NIck Duncalf reviews this week's film releases, comedy critic Veronica Lee reviews the latest stand-up, and we take a look at the world class talent taking part in this year's Cheltenham Jazz Festival, widely considered to be one of this country's most diverse and creative music events.

Penny Smith sits in for Claudia Winkleman and meets actress and screenwriter Kay Mellor.

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Penny Smith is sitting in for Claudia and she's chatting with Celia Imrie about her role in Love Punch, which also stars Emma Thompson and Pierce Brosnan as a couple who rope in their friends to steal a diamond. Will Attenborough and Bill Milner are also in the studio, talking about Another Country, the play loosely based on the life of the spy and double agent Guy Burgess.

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Penny sits in, live from Edinburgh with performances by Chris Difford and Barry Cryer.

Back by popular demand, the Radio 2 Arts Show is live from the Edinburgh Festival with Penny Smith. Joining Penny on the sofa to talk about their Edinburgh shows are....Rob Deering, Barry Cryer and Ronnie Golden, Chris Difford and Norman Lovett, Jan Ravens, Anny Bryson, Matthew Kelly, Claire Sweeney, and comedian Susan Calman. Plus Irish hip hop comic Abandoman and live music from The Blitz Sisters. The best in the world of the arts from Edinburgh.

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Claudia is joined by actor Tom Conti to discuss Twelve Angry Men, documentary film maker Fred Wiseman talks about the National Gallery and Danish ballet star Gregory Dean talks us through his special appearance at the Peacock Theatre in London.

Plus, Paul Gambaccini has a tour of a new Elvis exhibition, with Priscilla Presley as his guide.

We'll also look at the latest film releases with Camilla Long.

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Tonight Claudia Winkleman will announce the result of the search for the first ever official Radio 2 Artist In Residence in association with digital arts organisation The Space.

The lucky artist will win a golden pass to Radio 2 events and events that Radio 2 covers for 12 months, plus a bursary and a mentor who is a leading figure in the world of Arts and Culture. In return, they will create a minimum of four artistic responses to what they experience.

There were applications from all areas of the Arts but there is only one position up for grabs, so to find out who is the recipient and what area they work in, tune in tonight at 10pm.

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Claudia Winkleman launches the search for a Radio 2 Artist in Residence in association with The Space. The plan is to offer a working artist a golden pass to attend every Radio 2 event for the next twelve months. In return, Radio 2 will ask them to create a minimum of four artistic responses across the year, the winner will be decided by a panel including the renowned pop artist Sir Peter Blake, best known for designing the iconic album sleeve for The Beatles' "Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.

They don't have to go to everything we put on - but they have the chance to should they so desire! The first event they may find themselves attending could be Glastonbury, but as R2 covers a wide range of genres and subjects, they could find themselves at our Battle of Britain commemorations, Folk Awards, Young Brass Musician of the Year or CarFest.

They could work in any field - poetry, sculpture, painting or multi-media - and the search is open to 'professional artists', by which we mean someone who derives at least two thirds of their income from creative endeavour.

It's a rare opportunity to prove the versatility of the artist and Radio 2's commitment to the Arts.

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Claudia speaks to BBC Asian Network presenters Raj and Pablo about The IIFAs, Bollywood's equivalent to The Oscars. Actress Indira Varma about starring as Tamora Queen of The Goths, Titus Andronicus at The Shakespeare Globe. Lauren Owen on her smash debut novel "The Quick" a Victorian vampire novel. Arts Correspondent Thomas Magill interviews Michael Fassbender who stars in "Frank" and he visits Leicester's Curve Theatre and talks to the stars about the new musical "Water Babies".

Claudia chats to special guests from the world of the arts

Arts Show correspondent Thomas Magill opens up the Arts Desk with the next 7 days of not-to-be-missed arts news from around the country.

Plus, Michael Billington reviews the theatre. And film critic Xan Brooks has the latest movie and DVD releases around the country.

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Richard Eyre tells Claudia why he's enjoying directing Andrew Lloyd Webber's new musical Stephen Ward. And explains why that piece of history continues to fascinates

Now firmly established as a modern day classic, choreographer and director Matthew Bourne's production of Swan Lake - New Adventures takes to Sadlers Wells in time for Christmas. He lets Claudia in on the secret of its success

Terry Pratchett is currently collaborating with folk rock pioneers Steeleye Span on a record based on his Wintersmith novel. Terry and lead singer Maddy Prior join Claudia in the studio

The Radio 2 Arts Show pays a visit to the Curve Theatre in Leicester as it celebrates it's 5th anniversary

Plus films with Peter Bradshaw, books with Samantha Buckley and our weekly arts news round up.

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Multi award-winning actor and director Richard Wilson chats to Claudia. As Associate Director of Sheffield Theatres, he's directing the world premiere of a new play Love Your Soldiers.

Mark Williams reveals the joy of Moliere's Tartuffe playing at Birmingham Rep

Having travelled over 25,500 miles worldwide and performed almost 500 times as loveable chancer Francis Henshall, Owain Arthur has returned to the Theatre Royal Haymarket to lead the cast of One Man, Two Guvnors, the National Theatre's internationally acclaimed smash hit comedy. Co-star Kellie Shirley has also reprised her role of Pauline Clench and they both join Claudia in the studio

Currently starring in 12 Angry Men ahead of its West End transfer, Martin Shaw, Nick Moran, Jeff Fahey and Robert Vaughn tell the Radio 2 Arts Show why it's as relevant now as it was almost 60 years ago

Plus films with Xan Brooks, theatre with Michael Billington and our weekly arts news round up.

Multi award-winning actor and director Richard Wilson joins Claudia.

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Robert Powell joins Claudia as he takes to the stage to play Poirot and the award-winning Abi Morgan talks about her new play The Mistress Contract. Joaquim Phoenix will also reveal the truth about the ludicrously high-waisted trousers he has to wear in his new film 'Her' plus we'll have a special BAFTA-based movie review as Peter Bradshaw and Robbie Collin look at the likely winners and losers ahead of this weekend's awards.

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Poet and playwright Roger McGough chats to Claudia about the Misanthrope.

Crime author Cath Staincliffe talks about her latest book in the Scott and Bailey series Bleed Like Me

Arts Show correspondent Anna Bailey opens up the Arts Desk with the next 7 days of not-to-be-missed arts news from around the country. And she takes a tour of the Lichtenstein at the Tate Modern

Plus, Alex Heminsley has the latest books. And film critic Peter Bradshaw looks at the latest movie and DVD releases around the country.

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Rufus Hound sits in for Claudia Winkleman with a look at the latest films, plays, dance events, books and exhibitions, alongside an eclectic selection of music.

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Claudia meets artist David Gentleman who discusses his book of drawings of London landmarks, called London, You're Beautiful. David's distinctive prints and watercolours are familiar from a lifetime's work including stamps, political posters and the platform length wood engravings at London's Charing Cross station.

Actor Rupert Friend who's starred in films including The Young Victoria, and The Boy in Striped Pyjamas talks about appearing at the Arcola Theatre in the first major London revival of Dennis Potter's Brimstone and Treacle.

Acclaimed filmmakers The Quay Brothers discuss their plans to transform public spaces in Leeds through live performance, film and installations above and below the city's streets.

Xan Brooks reviews this week's films, including Albert Nobbs for which Glenn Close was Oscar nominated, and The Radio 2 Arts Show Poet In Residence Murray Lachlan Young performs another specially written poem.

Claudia meets artist David Gentleman to discuss his book of drawings of London landmarks.

Ruthie Henshall On Billy Elliot The Musical And Broadway Composer Andrew Lippa20140523

Claudia Winkleman welcomes musical star Ruthie Henshall, who has just taken over as Mrs Wilkinson, Billy's dance teacher in Billy Elliot The Musical at The Victoria Palace Theatre. Composer and lyricist Andrew Lippa arrives fresh from Broadway to be "The Life Of The Party - A celebration of the Songs of Andrew Lippa" at the Menier Chocolate Factory from 27th May to 14th June. Film Critic Robbie Collin is here with all the news from The Cannes Film Festival. Matt Everitt spreads the music news, including Metallica who have just been announced to the line-up at this year's Glastonbury. Arts Correspondent Thomas Magill interviews X-Men; Days of Future Past star Patrick Stewart and Michael Billington advises us what not to miss in Theatreland.

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Claudia discusses the World Shakespeare Festival with Michael Boyd, the outgoing artistic director of the Royal Shakespeare Company. Prized as the "trump card" putting art at the heart of the Olympics, the festival, which runs until the autumn as part of the 2012 Cultural Olympiad, features a huge programme of events including 70 Shakespeare productions and exhibitions nationwide, and contributions from thousands of UK and international artists and amateurs.

Actress Sadie Frost talks about starring in Touched...Like A Virgin at London's Soho Theatre. The one woman play by Zoe Lewis follows Madonna obsessed Lesley on her journey as a 14 year old virgin to a 38 year old stuck in the modern crisis; single, with no children and the clock ticking.

Award winning playwright Bola Agbaje talks about her new play; Belong, which questions our notion of home, and opens in London's Royal Court Theatre Upstairs on April 26th.

Plus Sue Steward talks about the latest photography exhibitions and Charles Gant reviews this week's films, which include Salmon Fishing In The Yemen, starring Ewan McGregor and Emily Blunt.

Claudia meets actress Sadie Frost, and discusses the World Shakespeare Festival.

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Claudia welcomes writer Salman Rushdie in to talk about this latest book "Two Years; Eight Months, and Twenty Eight Nights". We welcome the second writer to enter the R2 Book Club, Fact Not Fiction. Opera singers Corinne Winters and Rhian Lois talk about starring in ENO's production of "La Boheme" at the London Coliseum. Guardian film critic Peter Bradshaw reviews this week's films and Natalie Jamieson mixes with the cast and creatives of the film "Suffragette", which opened the London Film Festival last week.

Claudia welcomes writer Salman Rushdie in to talk about this latest book "Two Years; Eight Months, and Twenty Eight Nights". Actor Tom Bateman stars in the new TV series "Jekyll and Hyde", plus starring in the newly formed Kenneth Brannagh Repertory company. We welcome the second writer to enter the R2 Book Club, Fact Not Fiction. Opera singers Corinne Winters and Rhian Lois talk about starring in ENO's production of "La Boheme" at the London Coliseum. Guardian film critic Peter Bradshaw reviews this week's films. Book critic Alex Heminsley is in with her recommended reads plus looks at the Man Booker Prize winner and Natalie Jamieson mixes with the cast and creatives of the film "Suffragette", which opened the London Film Festival last week.

Claudia will also feature the second Radio 2 Book Club: Fact Not Fiction choice. This week, it's Home Is Burning, by Dan Marshall.

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Samuel West talks to Claudia about directing After Electra and Philip Pullman celebrates the 20th anniversary of "His Dark Materials". Plus, Joe Haddow visits the very first literary festival on Alderney and Thomas Magill talks to David Best about sculpting.

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Claudia chats to special guests from the world of the arts, Michael Billington reviews the theatre, and film critic Xan Brooks has the latest movie and DVD releases.

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A sparkling Christmas line up join Claudia on the Radio 2 Arts Show

Hollywood director Kevin Macdonald has woven together hundreds of hours of footage sent in by the public to create his new documentary Christmas in a Day.

Performance poet Mr Gee takes to the Radio 2 Arts Show stage and performs his poetry

Never Mind The Buzzcocks Host, comedian Simon Amstell goes back to his stand-up roots in his new dvd

The Radio 2 Arts Show goes behind the scenes of the Royal Albert Hall at Christmas

Plus the must-see films with Robbie Collin.

Simon Mayo Curates This Week's Show20140815

Simon Mayo continues the R2 Arts Show Summer Season by looking at the art of writing.

He is joined by authors Kate Mosse and Patrick Ness to discuss their habits and quirks. He will explore how to get published in this day and age and how the internet has changed the way people read and write, talking to the person who discovered Philip Pullman and Jacqueline Wilson, publisher David Fickling.

Author, screenwriter and playwright, Anthony Horowitz will also join Simon to explain how he writes for different mediums and why he uses a different pen for different genres.

Sam Sweeney of Bellowhead will be performing live in the studio and talking about his new tour - Sam Sweeney's Fiddle: Made In The Great War and Simon will also take a look at the latest film releases and review some of the latest theatrical experiences around the UK.

Plus, Boyd Hilton will be looking at how multichannel TV stations are changing out viewing habits and what it means for the future of the TV and film industry.

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Sir Anthony Sher chats to Claudia about playing Falstaff in the RSC's Henry IV. Two of the stars from the improv comedy troupe Austentatious, Cariad Lloyd and Andrew Hunter Murray discuss how they purposefully mangle the classics at the Bath Literature Festival. And Claudia will also be talking to the actor / director Barrie Rutter and playwright Deborah McAndrew about the Northern Broadsides' production of An August Bank Holiday Lark, which explores the impact of the First World War on a rural community in East Lancashire.

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Steve Coogan joins Claudia in the studio to talk about his new film Philomena

Laurence Fox and Jack Huston chat to Claudia about their new play Strangers On A Train

We go behind the scenes of the Turner Exhibtion, part of Derry-Londonderry's year as City of Culture

Plus films with Helen O'Hara, books with Alex Heminsley and the weekly arts round up.

We go behind the scenes of the Turner Exhibition, part of Derry's year as City of Culture

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The Radio 2 Arts Show Summer Season of Guest Editors continues this week with Alexei Sayle

With special guests from the world of the arts including comedian and magician Ali Cook. Plus the latest film and theatre reviews

The Radio 2 Arts Show Summer Season of Guest Editors continues next week with Anna Chancellor.

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The Radio 2 Arts Show Summer Season of Guest Editors continues with this week with Anna Chancellor

With special guests from the world of the arts including actor Nigel Lindsay, author Janette Jenkins, performance poet and spoken word artist Kate Tempest, and Loren and Tao from The W Project. Plus the latest film and book reviews with Peter Bradshaw and John James

The Radio 2 Arts Show Summer Season of Guest Editors continues next week with Julian Lloyd Webber.

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The final programme of the Radio 2 Arts Show Summer Season of Guest Editors ends with Julian Lloyd Webber

With special guests from the world of the arts including lyricist Tim Rice, conductor John Wilson, author Nigel McCrery and the first female conductor of the Last Night of the Proms - Marin Alsop

Plus the latest film and book reviews with Robbie Collin and Chris White

Claudia Winkleman's back next week.

With special guests from the world of the arts including Tim Rice

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The Radio 2 Arts Show Summer Season of Guest Editors continues with Stephen K Amos

With special guests from the world of the arts....actor and director Don Warrington, star of Book of Mormon Chris Jarman, comedian Rhys James and cabaret trio The Segues Sisters

Plus the latest film and theatre reviews

The Radio 2 Arts Show Summer Season of Guest Editors continues next week with Will Gompertz.

Summer Season Of Guest Editors With Will Gompertz20130802

The Radio 2 Arts Show Summer Season of Guest Editors continues with Will Gompertz

Joining Will for the Arts Show After Party are special guests from the world of the arts including comedian Dan Skinner, Swan Lake Reloaded choreographer Fredrik Rydman, Barbershopera, performance poet Mr Gee, beatboxer Beardyman and star of Rock of Ages Tim Howar.

The Radio 2 Arts Show Summer Season of Guest Editors continues next week with Alexei Sayle.

Suzy Klein Sits In20141121

for Claudia Winkleman and talks to author Michael Bond about his new Paddington Bear book. Plus a celebration of the sci-fi season with a trip to a convention.

Suzy Klein Sits In20141128

Suzy explores backstage at the National Theatre to find out about their new production of Treasure Island and we'll have reviews of the latest films and books.

Suzy Klein Sits In20141205

Suzy Klein sits in for Claudia Winkleman with a look at the latest films, plays, dance events, books and exhibitions, as well as an eclectic selection of music.

Theatre Rich Programme20140425

Claudia talks to the husband and wife team behind author Nicci French about their latest novel "Thursday's Children". She is joined by actor William Gaminara who has taken over the role as Juror No.10 in the hugely acclaimed play "12 Angry Men". Plus interviews with Imelda Staunton on her transfer to the Noel Coward Theatre with "Good People, Keith Duffy who makes his London debut in "A Handful of Stars". And a round-up of the latest films with Robbie Collin. And all the theatre news from Michael Billington.

Claudia chats to special guests from the world of the arts

Arts Show correspondent Thomas Magill opens up the Arts Desk with the next 7 days of not-to-be-missed arts news from around the country.

Plus, Michael Billington reviews the theatre. And film critic Xan Brooks has the latest movie and DVD releases around the country.

Tim Mcinnerny And Georgia Moffett On 'what The Butler Saw'20120706

This week Claudia is joined by director Steve Winter, who talks about 'Old Vic New Voices' - a season of work from newly discovered directors, writers and performers that's playing at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

After the success of his Britpop memoirs 'All A Bit Of A Blur', Alex James' latest book details his transformation from hedonistic rocker to cheese-making family man, and he'll be discussing Blur, books and brie after 11pm.

Tim McInnerny and Georgia Moffet are part of a starry cast in a new production of 'What The Butler Saw', and they'll be chatting about appearing in the latest revival of Joe Orton's final play.

In the latest 'Tour Guide's Guide To Art' Claudia will be talking to Sue Lea from Hatworks in Stockport, the country's only dedicated hat museum.

Plus Alex Heminsley reviews the latest books while Michael Billington gives us his take on the latest productions from Theatre Land.

Tim Pigott-smith On The Tempest20120817

Renowned actor Tim Pigott-Smith joins Claudia to discuss his latest role.

Renowned actor Tim Pigott-Smith joins Claudia to discuss his latest role, Jeffrey Kissoon and Ray Fearon talk about starring in the RSC's Julius Caesar set in modern Africa and Johnny Sharp discusses his new book highlighting the ridiculousness of rock 'n' roll.

Plus Michael Billington talks theatre and Alex Heminsley talks the best in books, and Joe Meek is inducted in to The Radio 2 Hall Of Fame.

And remember you can get the download for the best bits from each week's show by going to the BBC Radio 2 website.

Tim Rice And Arabella Weir20130405

Tim Rice drops in to talk about his first musical for ten years From Here To Eternity

Arabella Weir chats to Claudia about a new direction in her career - as assistant director on the play Smack Family Robinson with Richard Wilson

Director Danny Boyle talks about his new movie Trance

Arts Show correspondent Anna Bailey opens up the Arts Desk with the next 7 days of not-to-be-missed arts news from around the country. And she talks to Russian ballerina Sergei Poluni about his upcoming performance in the ballet Midnight Express

Plus Michael Billington has the latest theatre news, including a look at the Olivier nominations. And film critic Robbie Collin looks at the latest movie and DVD releases around the country.

Tony Hall, Director-general Of The Bbc, Plus Val Mcdermid And Sebastian Junger20131011

Tony Hall, Director-General of the BBC, speaks to Claudia with passion and enthusiasm about the future of the arts across the BBC, its importance for our cultural life as a nation and the legacy of the Cultural Olympiad

Sebastian Junger talks about the documentary he's made about his friend, photojournalist Tim Hetherington, who died covering the conflict in Libya

Crime writer Val McDermid discusses her latest chilling psychological thriller

Plus we go behind the scenes of the new West End musical The Commitments and talk to Roddy Doyle

And films with Xan Brooks, books with Samantha Buckley and the weekly arts round-up.

Tony Robinson, Julia Donaldson And Axel Scheffler20131206

Tony Robsinson takes to the stage for the first time in 16 years as Kenneth Graeme in the Royal Opera House's Production of Graeme's classic tale - Wind In The Willows - at the Duchess Theatre. Tony's joined by fellow performer Will Kemp (Ratty) and director-choreographer Will Tuckett as they tell Claudia why this story has such an enduring appeal for audiences young and old alike

With Christmas come reindeer, snowmen and red-breasted robins, but this festive season will also see the welcome addition of two less seasonal creatures - The Snail and the Whale. Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffer - author and illustrator - chat to Claudia about the theatre production of their much loved story at St James' Theatre which will delight children and grown-ups everywhere

Plus films with Peter Bradshaw, books with Alex Heminsley and our weekly arts news round up.

Trevor Nunn And Olivia Williams20130920

Sir Trevor Nunn and Olivia Williams lead St James Theatre into its second year with Scenes From A Marriage, directed by Trevor and starring Olivia

Plus films with Peter Bradshaw, books and the weekly arts round up.

Vanessa Feltz Sits In20140822

Vanessa Feltz presents the penultimate programme in the Radio 2 Arts Show Summer Season. She'll be reviewing the latest film releases and a West End show; she'll be discussing Shakespeare and comedy; and there'll be a focus on reggae music - her favourite!

Vanessa also looks at dance, which has played a big part in her life since appearing on Strictly last year.

Will Attenborough And Bill Milner20140328

Will Attenborough and Bill Milner chat to Claudia about starring in the classic public school drama Another Country. Bill was a child star in the brilliant film Son of Rambo and yes, Will is related to Sir David. Michael Billington's reviewing the latest theatre and Robbie Collin joins Claudia to talk movies.

Will Gompertz Sits In20141010

BBC Arts Editor Will Gompertz sits in for Claudia Winkleman, in an extended Arts Show. He talks to Kate Tempest who eighteen months after winning the Ted Hughes award for innovation in poetry, has had her album "Everybody Down" nominated for one of the UK's most prestigious music awards, the Mercury Prize. Another multi-talented guest joins Will, actor and writer John Challis is in to talk about his second novel "Reggie In The Future". And there will be the usual mix of news and reviews throughout the Arts World.

Will Gompertz Sits In20141107

BBC Arts Editor Will Gompertz sits in for Claudia Winkleman and is joined by the cast of the hit farce "The Play That Goes Wrong". International historical novelist Anne O'Brien is in to talk about her latest novel "The King's Sister" and staying with history, the historian and advisor on the world of the 1920s Alistair Bruce describes how he kept the Downton Abbey writers on the right track. Leading German author Daniel Kehlmann wins the award for the shortest title of the week his latest novel "F". Thomas Magill strolls around the Andy Warhol exhibition at Liverpool Tate. Plus our usual round-up throughout the world of films and theatre.

With charlie Higson And John Taylor20120928

Claudia chats to comedian and author Charlie Higson, Duran Duran's John Taylor, actor Gwen Taylor about her stage role in Driving Miss Daisy and former Sound of Music child stars Heather Menzies and Nicholas Hammond, who played Friedrich and Louisa Von Trapp beside Julie Andrews. Plus a profile of A Clockwork Orange's Anthony Burgess, the film review and Tour Guide's Guide to Bath Postal Museum.

Joining Claudia will be comedian and author Charlie Higson and Duran Duran's John Taylor

With Chariots Of Fire Director Hugh Hudson20120720

Artistic directors Tom Morris and Christopher Luscombe discuss their upcoming productions and Chariots Of Fire director Hugh Hudson chats about the film's timely re-release.

With Guests Pam Ayres And Julian Ovenden20120921

Pam Ayres, stage star Julian Ovenden, Doctor Who's Arthur Darvill, Harry Potter actor Matthew Lewis and War Horse film star Jeremy Irvine are Claudia's guests. There's also news from the Dorchester Teddy Bear Museum, a David Hemmings tribute and Michael Billington reviewing the latest Theatreland productions.

With Michael Palin And David Bailey20120713

Actor, author and adventurer Michael Palin joins Claudia to discuss his new novel 'The Truth,' and iconic photographer David Bailey previews his latest exhibition. Plus actor Richard Winsor discusses his role in Matthew Bourne's 'Play Without Words'.

In this week's 'Tour Guide's Guide To Art' we hear from Pete Heath, the curator of The Pinball Parlour in Ramsgate, one of only a handful of museums dedicated to pinball machines in the world.

And Judith Mackrell previews the latest in dance while Xan Brooks talks film.

With Philip Glenister And Jackie Collins20121005

The latest books, films, plays and exhibitions, with Philip Glenister and Jackie Collins.

With Sandi Toksvig, Jim Cartwright And Jacqueline Wilson20120831

In a packed show comedian Sandi Toksvig, actor Jim Cartwright and author Jacqueline Wilson join Claudia and Peter Sellars is the latest inductee in to the Radio 2 Arts Show Hall Of Fame

Plus critic Helen O'Hara casts her eye over the week's film releases and Estelle Lovatt shares the latests art news.

Comedian Sandi Toksvig, actor Jim Cartwright and author Jacqueline Wilson join Claudia.

With Simon Callow20120907

Actors Simon Callow, Michele Dotrice and Paul Bown are among this week's guests.

Actors Simon Callow, Michele Dotrice and Paul Bown are among Claudia's guests.

Woody Allen, Heartbreak Hotel And Louise Dearman20150911

Claudia talks to Jason Solomons on his biography "Woody Allen: Film by Film", Louise Dearman about her forthcoming concert with Kerry Ellis, Luke Jones talks to the cast and creative of "Wars of the Roses" at the Rose Theatre, Kingston. Gabriel Prokofiev about his "Concerto For Turntables and Orchestra 5th Movement", which is one of the Secondary Ten Pieces. Film Critic Robbie Collin live from Venice Film Festival and Producers Hannah Douglas and Zoe Wellman on the immersive theatre piece "Heartbreak Hotel".