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Tamsin Greig, Birdman, Turner in January

January 2nd, 2015

Episode 706 of 1302 episodes

Tamsin Greig talks to Samira Ahmed about her debut in musical theatre in an adaptation of Pedro Almodóvar's film Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown. Michael Keaton has already been tipped for an Oscar for his role in Alejandro G Iñárritu's dark comedy Birdman. He plays a former superhero actor hoping to revive his career in a Broadway production. Tim Robey joins Front Row to give his verdict. This year has seen a huge rise in the number of photographs taken by drones. The artist James Bridle talks about the phenomenon. How will it change the nature of photography and what issues around privacy does it raise? And Turner in January: each year, the Scottish National Gallery opens its doors for a one-month, free exhibition of 38 watercolours by Turner, a bequest from the philanthropist Henry Vaughan in 1900. Curator Charlotte Topsfield talks about the work and how such limited exposure has helped preserve the quality of the colour.