February 11th, 2015
Episode 763 of 1338 episodes
John Singer Sargent was one of the most celebrated artists of his generation known for painting portraits of his circle of friends including Henry James, Robert Louis Stevenson and Claude Monet. AN Wilson reviews a new exhibition of Sargent's work at the National Portrait Gallery. Lemony Snicket author Daniel Handler discusses his new novel We Are Pirates. With scenes shot entirely by candlelight in the BBC TV adaptation of Wolf Hall, its Director of Photography Gavin Finney discusses the challenges he faced, and Dr Farah Karim-Cooper, Chair of the Globe Theatre's architectural research group, reflects on the opportunities and limitations she faces in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse which is lit entirely by candles. As part of Radio 4's Reading Europe Season, Damian Barr finds out the latest French publishing news from three industry insiders, and hears about the thriving independent book shop scene, thanks to the policy of fixed price books.