November 5th, 2015
Episode 1034 of 1420 episodes
Tom Rob Smith, the first crime writer to make it on to the Booker longlist with Child 44, discusses London Spy, his new TV thriller in which a young romantic, played by Ben Whishaw, is drawn through love into the dangerous world of espionage. Irish writer Kevin Barry talks about his new novel Beatlebone, in which a crisis-ridden John Lennon tries to get to the island he owned in real life in Clew Bay, Co Mayo, in 1978. Modern Scottish Women: Painters and Sculptors 1885-1965 is the first major exhibition of work by women artists to be mounted by the National Galleries of Scotland. Art critic Jan Patience reviews. As part of the BBC On Stage season, Front Row goes backstage and eavesdrops on what's going on shortly before a show begins. Tonight Neve McIntosh, who plays Elizabeth Proctor in The Crucible at the Bristol Old Vic, shares the ritual of her preparation in the last half-hour before curtain-up. Presenter Kirsty Lang Producer Jerome Weatherald.