April 1st, 2015
Episode 835 of 1305 episodes
Emma Thompson and Bryn Terfel star in English National Opera's new production of Sweeney Todd, the first production in the ENO's new strategy of staging musicals as well as operas. Critic and Sondheim fan Peter Kemp reviews the show. John Wilson visits musician, writer and film-maker Nick Cave at his Brighton home to discuss Cave's latest book The Sick Bag Song, written partly on sickbags during a recent US tour. Alexandra Harris reviews a new exhibition of the English painter, designer and illustrator Eric Ravilious, best known for his watercolours of the South Downs. Novelist and critic Peter Ackroyd has written biographies of Londoners including Wilkie Collins, Charles Dickens and William Blake. His latest subject is Alfred Hitchcock, whom he identifies as fitting into his 'Cockney Visionary' template. He explains what interested him about the controversial director. Presenter: John Wilson Producer: Ellie Bury.