The BBC Arts Hour with Stormzy
Nikki Bedi is joined in the studio by opera star Danielle de Niese who talks about the urbanisation of her latest soprano role in Fiona Shaw’s production of Massanet’s Cendrillon and her wish list of collaborations with hip hop stars. British-Lebanese writer and filmmaker Nasri Atallah joins discussion of highlights from this week’s BBC arts coverage including Stormzy’s headlining set at the Glastonbury Festival. Oscar winning director Danny Boyle and his lead actor Himesh Patel discuss their film Yesterday which creates a world where everyone has forgotten the Beatles’ music except one young singer! Hollywood star Keanu Reeves talks about his role in upcoming computer game Cyberpunk2077, theatre director Emma Rice talks about adapting Enid Blyton’s classic Malory Towers stories for the stage and Homeland actor David Harewood is candid about his experience of revisiting a breakdown he had 30 years ago, for the documentary film, Psychosis and Me.
The BBC Arts Hour with Colin Farrell
On The Arts Hour this week with Nikki Bedi, Irish actor Colin Farrell talks about working with Tim Burton on his remake of the Disney classic Dumbo. Director James Cameron on his latest blockbuster Alita: Battle Angel, drawn from the cult manga series. Hindi cinema legend Zeenat Aman talks about her life on screen and playing unconventional women. Malaysian writer Tash Aw on his new novel We The Survivors, which unpicks the rate of change in East Asia, and there’s stirring music from Cameroonian superstar Blick Bassy. Nikki Bedi also talks to the Italian theatre maker Cecilia Gragnani about her play Diary of An Expat and is joined in the studio by British Lebanese writer and filmmaker Nasri Atallah.
The BBC Arts Hour with Steve Carell
In The Arts Hour with Nikki Bedi, a rich festival of film. Hollywood actor Steve Carell talks about his extraordinary role in Welcome to Marwen. The multiple Oscar winning sound editor Walter Murch reminisces about working with Marlon Brando. Moonlight director Barry Jenkins discusses If Beale Street Could Talk, a moving, romantic adaption of James Baldwin’s classic novel. Also on the programme this week Mike Diamond and Adam Horovitz of the Beastie Boys' on their memoir. And joining Nikki in the studio is author Jean McNeil, who’ll will be talking about her Antarctic memoir Ice Diaries, and the British-Lebanese writer and broadcaster Nasri Atallah.