Cultural Exchange



Creative minds talk about the cultural work that inspires them, an arts project for BBC Radio 4. Each Cultural Exchange podcast contains the curators recommendation.


  • Armando Iannucci

    16/08/2013 Duração: 31min

    As the final Cultural Exchange Armando Iannucci chooses the Woody Allen film Stardust Memories. Also there are BBC archive interviews with Woody Allen and Armando Iannucci. Plus, as a bonus, presenters Mark Lawson and John Wilson also reveal their picks for the Cultural Exchange.

  • Riz Ahmed

    14/08/2013 Duração: 22min

    Riz Ahmed chooses the video game Street Fighter II, which was released in arcades in 1991. Plus related clips from the BBC archive, including rapper Bashy joins 1Xtra's J.M.E for a Street Fighter II battle, interviews with games writers Naomi Alderman and Rhianna Pratchett, games designer Paul Bennun and composer Joris De Man. Also Riz Ahmed himself talks Trevor Nelson about his starring role in The Reluctant Fundamentalist.

  • C J Sansom

    13/08/2013 Duração: 18min

    C J Sansom - author of the historical crime series Shardlake – picks the first incarnation of the Doctor in the Doctor Who, William Hartnell. Plus archive interviews with Verity Lambert, Tom Baker and William Hartnell's granddaughter Jessica Carney.

  • Michael Grandage

    12/08/2013 Duração: 24min

    Michael Grandage chooses a poem by WS Graham called Dear Bryan Wynter. Plus BBC archive featuring WS Graham, Peter Lanyon and Mark Rothko.

  • Josie Rourke

    08/08/2013 Duração: 21min

    Josie Rourke chooses the 1987 film Broadcast News. Plus BBC archive interviews with actress Holly Hunter and director James L Brooks.

  • Gemma Chan

    06/08/2013 Duração: 19min

    Gemma Chan chooses the film The Princess Bride. Plus archive BBC interviews with William Goldman, Christopher Guest, Harry Shearer and Frank Cottrell Boyce.

  • Cornelia Parker

    05/08/2013 Duração: 20min

    Cornelia Parker choose a photograph by Man Ray called Dust Breeding. Plus archive BBC interviews with Man Ray and Marcel Duchamp.

  • Cerys Matthews

    02/08/2013 Duração: 18min

    Cerys Matthews chooses Fanfare Ciocărlia and their album Queens and Kings. Plus BBC archive interviews about gypsy music including an interview with the band.

  • Jeffrey Archer

    01/08/2013 Duração: 17min

    Jeffrey Archer chooses the painting Ecce Homo by the 19th Century Italian artist Antonio Ciseri. Plus BBC archive about Pontius Pilate. Go to Front Row’s Cultural Exchange website for full details.

  • Philip Pullman

    31/07/2013 Duração: 20min

    Philip Pullman chooses a song by Georges Brassens, called Supplique pour être enterré à la plage de Sète. Plus BBC archive clips about Brassens featuring Quentin Blake, Posy Simmonds and Julian Barnes.

  • Nicola Benedetti

    30/07/2013 Duração: 19min

    Nicola Benedetti chooses Korngold’s Violin Concerto, played by Jascha Heifetz. Plus archive BBC interviews with Itzhak Perlman and Leonard Slatkin.

  • Richard Rogers

    29/07/2013 Duração: 15min

    Richard Rogers chooses the Piazza del Campo, a medieval square in Siena. Plus archive bbc interviews about the Palio horse race. Go to Front Row’s Cultural Exchange website for full details.

  • CE Kamila Shamsie

    26/07/2013 Duração: 16min

    Kamila Shamsie chooses the film All About Eve (1950), starring Bette Davis. Plus archive BBC interviews with Bette Davis, Joseph Mankiewicz, and Honor Blackman.

  • Terry Jones

    26/07/2013 Duração: 20min

    Terry Jones chooses Under Milk Wood by Dylan Thomas. Plus BBC archive of Dylan Thomas and Richard Burton. Full details at Front Row’s Cultural Exchange website.

  • Ruth Rendell

    24/07/2013 Duração: 19min

    Ruth Rendell chooses the oratorio Solomon by Handel. Plus archive interviews about Handel with conductors Christopher Hogwood John Eliot Gardiner.

  • James Blake

    24/07/2013 Duração: 21min

    James Blake chooses the film Stalker by Tarkovsky. Plus archive interviews about the Russian film-maker featuring Will Self, Geoff Dyer, Mike Hodges and Werner Herzog.

  • Cultural Exchange

    22/07/2013 Duração: 24min

    Mark Ravenhill chooses Casanova, Dennis Potter's first TV serial. Plus archive BBC interviews with and about Dennis Potter. Go to Front Row's Cultural Exchange website for full details.

  • Paul Franklin

    19/07/2013 Duração: 19min

    The Oscar-winning Visual Effects Designer, Paul Franklin chooses The Thief of Bagdad (1940). Plus archive interviews with Alexander Korda, Powell and Pressburger, Andy Serkis and Paul Franklin himself.

  • Laura Mvula

    19/07/2013 Duração: 18min

    Laura Mvula chooses the song Four Women by Nina Simone. Plus archive BBC interviews with Nina Simone, Joan Armatrading and Billy Bragg.

  • Paula Milne

    17/07/2013 Duração: 18min

    Paula Milne chooses the film Five Easy Pieces, directed by Bob Rafelson and starring Jack Nicholson. Plus archive interviews with Nicholson and Rafelson.

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