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David Bowie's Blackstar, Emma Rice, Don Paterson, Jericho

January 5th, 2016

Episode 1079 of 1502 episodes

David Bowie's new jazz-influenced album Blackstar will be released on Friday to coincide with the singer's 69th birthday. Critic Kate Mossman gives her response to Bowie's 25th studio album, produced by long-term collaborator Tony Visconti, which has been described as 'the most extreme album of his career'. Emma Rice, the incoming Artistic Director of Shakespeare's Globe in London, discusses plans for her 'wonder season' of plays the theatre will be staging from this summer. Front Row's interviews with the winners of the Costa Book Awards continue with Don Paterson, whose collection, 40 Sonnets, has won the Poetry prize. ITV's new historical drama Jericho, set in a Yorkshire mining town in the 1870s, is reviewed by critic Rachel Cooke. Netflix's Making A Murderer is the latest true-crime documentary to hit the headlines. Seasoned documentary filmmaker Roger Graef considers the appeal of stories of possible miscarriages of justice. Presenter John Wilson Producer Jerome Weatherald.

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