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Louise Wener on Front Row with Kirsty Lang

posted Sep 21, 2012, 1:11 PM by Vu Nguyen   [ updated Aug 12, 2017, 1:07 PM ]
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Front Row - Untouchable review, Louise Wener interview, Ryszard Kapuscinski biography
BBC Radio 4, 7:15PM Fri, 21 Sep 2012

With Kirsty Lang.

Untouchable, a French comedy film about a wealthy disabled man and his young impoverished carer, has proved an unlikely hit across Europe, even taking more than Avatar in some countries. Critic Agnes Poirier explains its unexpected popularity and delivers her verdict.

Shout To The Top is a new music drama coming to BBC Radio 2, about a young girl band starting out in the 1980s. Writers Roy Boulter, drummer of The Farm, and Louise Wener, former singer with the Britpop band Sleeper, discuss how they set about creating radio drama and how far they drew on their own experiences of the music industry.

The Polish journalist Ryszard Kapuscinski was one of the most influential eyewitness reporters of the 20th century. Artur Domoslawski has written a new biography which examines the complex relationship between fact and fiction in Kapuscinski's work. He describes his feelings when he realised that he was going to have to be critical of his friend, whom he greatly admired.

As Radio 4 broadcasts the 10 short stories competing for the £15,000 BBC International Short Story Award, Front Row talks to each of the writers. Today, Miroslav Penkov discusses East Of The West, which will be broadcast on Monday at 3.30pm.

Producer Stephen Hughes.