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Maxine Peake and Sarah Frankcom, Mike Bullen on Cold Feet, Neon art, Star Trek at 50

September 5th, 2016

Episode 1265 of 1302 episodes

The creative partnership shared by the actor Maxine Peake and the director Sarah Frankcom has been running for over a decade. As their production of A Streetcar Named Desire prepares to open at the Royal Exchange in Manchester, they discuss how that partnership has helped them bring Tennessee Williams' celebrated play to life. Artificial light has played an important part in Blackpool's history as a seaside resort, so it's fitting that with the start of the town's famous Illuminations, the Grundy Art Gallery in Blackpool is now presenting the UK's biggest survey of neon art. Curator Richard Parry, and cultural historian Professor Vanessa Toulmin join Samira for a discussion to shed light upon neon. Cold Feet returns to our TV screens this week. Its creator Mike Bullen explains why 13 years on, this was the moment to revisit the Manchester-based couples and what the new series has in store. 8th September 2016 marks 50 years since the drama series Star Trek made its first appearance on American network television. To celebrate this landmark, author and critic Kim Newman analyses how the show's distinctive sound effects came to be synonymous with the way the soundscape of space was represented on screen.