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Nicholas McCarthy, Backstage at the theatre, Burnt review, Dominic Sandbrook

November 4th, 2015

Episode 1033 of 1502 episodes

Nicholas McCarthy will be performing Ravel's Piano Concerto for One Hand, the first one handed pianist to do so since Paul Wittgenstein's recital in 1951. He commissioned the work after losing his arm in WW1. Nicholas will also be playing pieces from his debut album, Solo, which recently went to number 4 in the classical charts. Front Row goes on air at 7.15, shortly before, in theatres all over the country, the curtain goes up. The programme's contribution to this month's BBC On Stage Season is a series of items in which Front Row goes backstage and eavesdrops on what's going on shortly before the show begins. Tonight we're with the cast of 'As You Like' as Jeanette Nelson, Head of Voice at the National Theatre, leads their vocal warm up before they take the stage in the vasty Olivier auditorium. In Burnt Bradley Cooper plays two starred Michelin Chef Adam Jones whose drinking, drug taking and diva behaviour have left his career in ruins. He is determined to rebuild his reputation with the help of talented but reluctant Sous Chef Helene (played by Sienna Miller) by gaining his third Michelin star. Antonia Quirke reviews. The author and historian Dominic Sandbrook discusses his study of the success and background of British modern popular culture - from Agatha Christie to The X Factor - in his latest book The Great British Dream Factory and a new four-part BBC2 series Let Us Entertain You which begins this evening.

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