Macy Gray, Morris Dance Protest at Parliament, Libraries - Threatened and Reprieved
To mark the 20th anniversary of her best-selling debut album, Macy Gray performs her smash hit I Try, and talks frankly to Kirsty about the challenges she faced after achieving fame and success. She also sings from her latest album, Ruby.
Tomorrow hundreds of Morris dancers will gather outside the Houses of Parliament to protest against the cancellation of next year's early May bank holiday. Gordon Newton, director of the Rochester Sweeps Festival, explains why this decision has so upset traditional dancers, and the impact it will have on events such as the Jack-in-the-Green in Hastings and others, all over the country.
After months of protests Essex county council has dropped plans to close 25 libraries. Instead, the council will now invest £3million into the service to make it “fit for the 21st century”. However plans remain in place to hand some branches over to community groups and the results of a public consultation will be made public tomorrow. To discuss what does make a library fit for the 21st century Kirsty is joined by Liz Miles; writer and Save Our Essex Library campaigner, Tim Coates; Former head of Waterstones bookshops and Councillor Susan Barker, Cabinet Member for Customer, Corporate, Culture and Communities.
Presenter: Kirsty Lang
Producer: Julian May
Fab 5 Freddy, Laurie Anderson, Summer reads, film trailers
Hip hop pioneer and art lover Fred Brathwaite, aka Fab 5 Freddy, hunts for the hidden black figures of Italian Renaissance art in a new BBC2 documentary, A Fresh Guide To Florence. He reveals some of the ground-breaking images he discovered of a multi-racial and multi-ethnic society that have slipped through the cracks of art history.
Artist Laurie Anderson discusses her new VR artwork To the Moon, currently at the Manchester International Festival.
The author of the bestselling Queenie, Candice Carty-Williams, makes her pick of paperbacks to take on holiday as great summer reads.
With the release of the trailers for Cats and the new Top Gun film attracting so much attention on social media, Katie Popperwell considers the importance of the film trailer, and what makes a good one.
Presenter John Wilson
Producer Jerome Weatherald
Illuminated River, Jon Favreau on The Lion King, RIBA Stirling shortlist
Illuminated River is a major new art project on the River Thames claiming to be the world’s longest artwork. 15 bridges across the river will be lit up by a series of LED displays for the next 10 years. Kirsty talks to director Sarah Gaventa and light artist Leo Villareal.
Twenty-five years since Disney’s animated film The Lion King broke records and won Oscars, a new live action version is roaring onto the big screen. Director Jon Favreau talks about what he learned from rebooting The Jungle Book and how he used virtual reality headsets to shoot the film.
The shortlist for the 2019 RIBA Stirling Prize for the UK's best new building has been announced today. It includes a whisky distillery, a railway station, an opera house, a social housing terrace, a new gallery and an experimental house made of cork. Architectural critic Oliver Wainwright reports.
Presenter: Kirsty Lang
Producer: Timothy Prosser
Conductor Karina Canellakis, a review of Channel 4 drama series I Am... and the director of cricket documentary The Edge
Karina Canellakis will be launching this year's BBC Proms on Friday, conducting Janáček's monumental Glagolitic Mass. She talks to John Wilson about her approach to this daunting task, why she loves the spiritual drama of the piece and how since early childhood her head has been filled with music.
Vicky McClure, Gemma Chan and Samantha Morton star in a series of stand alone television dramas focusing on women under pressure. Created with Dominic Savage, each episode of I am... has been improvised with the themes chosen by the lead actors. These include being in a coercive relationship, a single woman in her thirties facing with pressure to have a child and a single mother struggling to provide for her family. Alison Graham from the Radio Times reviews.
In the week that the England men’s cricket team won the World Cup, film director Barney Douglas discusses his new documentary The Edge, about the rise in the rankings for the England team from 2009 to 2013, and the psychological and emotional effect the game had on its players, including Kevin Pietersen, Jonathan Trott and Andrew Strauss.
Presenter: John Wilson
Producer: Julian May
Philip Glass and Phelim McDermott, Political knitting, Black women in theatre, Statues of performers
American composer Philip Glass is often cited as one of the most influential composers alive, combining minimalist, spare music with the harmonic tradition of Bach, Schubert and Mozart. Now, for the Manchester International Festival, he's teamed up with British performer and director Phelim McDermott to produce a very personal work with ten new pieces of music and ten meditations on life, death and Taoist wisdom.
In the month that Ravelry, a community site for knitters with over 6 million members, bans patterns that support US President Donald Trump, we consider the power of knitting as a political tool with Geraldine Warner, author of Protest Knits and crafter and haberdashery owner Rosie Fletcher.
How far has the representation of black women on stage changed in recent years? Martina Laird shares her experiences as an actor and tutor ahead of her talk, Standing on Shoulders, at the National Theatre.
A colossal statue of Ed Sheeran, relaxing on a green plinth in tight red shorts and shades, has been unveiled in Moscow’s Gorky Park ahead of his concert there this week. Travel writer Simon Calder reports on examples of statues of performers worldwide.
Presenter: Shahidha Bari
Producer: Hannah Robins