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Ninety years since Dame Ninette de Valois founded what we know now as the Royal Ballet and 75 since her post war production of Sleeping Beauty, Tom Sutcliffe talks to Marianela Núñez, Principal Ballerina at the Royal Ballet about Sleeping Beauty's significance in the Royal Ballet's repertoire, the demands of playing such an iconic role and the chal…
 
As the Bank of England decides on its latest rates policy and support for the economy, Labour's former shadow chancellor says it's time to widen the central bank's role. John McDonnell, Labour MP for Hayes and Harlington and former shadow chancellor, tells Bloomberg Westminster's Caroline Hepker and Roger Hearing the central bank needs to be more i…
 
Surgeon General Vivek Murthy was picking up his dry cleaning in Brooklyn when he got a call from the Obama administration asking if he was interested in the job. He wavered at first, but realized it was the perfect blend of his healthcare nonprofit, advocacy and medical practice experiences. He is now on his second stint as America’s top doctor und…
 
We're speaking to all the authors shortlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction 2021 and tonight it's the turn of Cherie Jones. Her novel, How the One-Armed Sister Sweeps Her House, is set on and around the Barbados beaches of the 80s. Lala braids tourists’ hair in the idyllic setting but her home life is blighted by poverty, violence and lack of c…
 
After HS2 came up as an issue in the Chesham and Amersham by-election, Labour peer and former chairman of the Rail Freight Group, Tony Berkeley tells Bloomberg Westminster's Caroline Hepker and Roger Hearing the rail project is still a really bad use of scarce U.K. resources and does not answer the country's transport priorities. Berkeley says he i…
 
Joan Armatrading discusses her 22nd album, Consequences, and writing songs about love inspired by observation rather than personal experience and how, despite recording every element herself at her home studio, it’s not a lockdown album.Scottish contemporary composer Erland Cooper's latest work, Carve the Runes Then Be Content With Silence, marks t…
 
Stephen Crabb, Conservative MP for Preseli Pembrokeshire says there needs to be joined up government thinking on spending from Johnson and Sunak. Crabb tells Bloomberg Westminster's Roger Hearing and Caroline Hepker that building homes should be the priority for the party. And investigative journalist Paul D. Thacker says there needs to be far more…
 
On this episode of the podcast, join Dan Tudor for a 30 minute "Driving with Dan" talk that centers around a big question we've been getting after first contacts with new recruits are done:"What else should I be doing???"Dan will outline three important, but often overlooked, strategies that will be great as immediately follow-ups to that first con…
 
In two days' time, the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester will open its doors to an audience for the first time in over a year. And the first show to be presented will be a one-woman gig musical, a debut play from actor Lauryn Redding, she talks to Nick about penning the songs and the script and playing all the characters in Bloody Elle.Writer an…
 
The Tories didn't get their case across to voters in the Chesham and Amersham by-election, according to Bim Afolami, Conservative MP for Hitchin and Harpenden, and on the issue of the new planning regulations, didn't turn "nimbies" opposing any development into "yimbies" who will welcome it. Afolami also tells Bloomberg Westminster's Caroline Hepke…
 
50 years after last playing the Danish prince, Sir Ian McKellen is returning to the role of Hamlet, in an age, colour gender-blind production. At the age of 82, he has new insight to the character. He tells presenter John Wilson it’s clear to him Hamlet is bisexual, and how he is tackling the physical challenges of stage acting.He talks about his c…
 
How far are the government's ambitions from the reality when it comes to tackling climate change? Bob Ward from the Grantham research institute at the London School of Economics joins Bloomberg Westminster's Roger Hearing and Caroline Hepker. Sam Alvis from the Green Alliance is happy with the government's climate goal but not with the detail on ho…
 
We announce and speak to the winner of the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction. Peggy Ashcroft said that Winnie, in Happy Days by Samuel Beckett, ‘is one of those parts…that actresses will want to play in the way that actors aim at Hamlet – a ‘summit’ part’. She was right, several great actresses, Ashcroft herself, Billie Whitelaw and Maxine …
 
As MPs backed the prime minister's extension of Covid regulations, the SNP abstained, but David Linden, SNP MP for Glasgow East says he supports the cautious approach to reopening in the face of the Delta variant, which is already the policy of the government in Edinburgh. Linden also tells Bloomberg Westminster's Caroline Hepker and Roger Hearing …
 
Growing up was a political affair for activist Cecile Richards. She spent time stuffing envelopes at her family’s dining room table and got in trouble in high school for protesting the Vietnam War. Her activism later propelled her to the position of president of Planned Parenthood, which she led for more than a decade. She joined David to talk abou…
 
Starring James McAvoy and Sharon Horgan, Together is a new BBC2 drama following a couple forced to re-evaluate their relationship during lockdown. Polar opposites in personality and political opinion, the unnamed characters “he” and “she” are only together for the sake of their young son. Can physical proximity create a new emotional connection? Cr…
 
Liberal Democrats will be abstaining from the parliamentary vote on extending lockdown measures, says Alistair Carmichael, Liberal Democrat MP for Orkney and Shetland. He tells Bloomberg Westminster's Roger Hearing and Caroline Hepker that it is a protest vote against the government's Covid handling, even if the longer restrictions are needed. Bloo…
 
To play the celebrated British painter, J.M.W. Tuner, for Mike Leigh’s film, Mr Turner, the actor Timothy Spall learned to paint. Four years later, it was the paintings he created while playing the role of another famous British painter, LS Lowry, that led to his first commission for an exhibition of his own paintings. Timothy joins Front Row to ta…
 
Chris Palmer has created a great business called Angle of Attack, well known for incredible video content through YouTube and Instagram, but also running a great online ground school through his website. WEBSITE: https://www.angleofattack.com INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/angleofattack/ YOUTUBE: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCRDe2nrsxVaoI…
 
There has been anger from some business leaders and backbench Tory MPs about the decision to extend most remaining Covid restrictions for another four weeks as a result of surging infections. Mary Foy Labour MP for the City of Durham tells Bloomberg Westminster's Caroline Hepker and Roger Hearing the delay is justified, but the problem is of the go…
 
Lin-Manuel Miranda and Quiara Alegria Hudes discuss the new screen version of their smash hit musical, In the Heights, which celebrates the intertwined lives of Latino immigrants and their children in the Washington Heights neighbourhood of Manhattan, where both Miranda (who wrote the music) and Alegria Hudes (who wrote the script) grew up. The dra…
 
Government needs to give businesses added financial support if the Prime Minster keeps restrictions in place longer, according to Richard Holden, Conservative MP for North West Durham. Holden tells Bloomberg Westminster's Caroline Hepker and Yuan Potts vaccinating 12-16 year olds is something to consider further down the line. The tensions over Nor…
 
Poet Laureate Simon Armitage reflects on the experience of the pandemic in new BBC film, A Pandemic Poem: Where Did The World Go? Interspersed with interviews from people across the UK, the poem chronicles the pandemic from the first lockdown to the rollout of the vaccination programme. What one memory would you choose if you had to live it forever…
 
Rebel Tory MPs want the government to reverse the cut in foreign aid spending announced by the Chancellor. Former Prime Ministers Theresa May, Sir John Major and Tony Blair, speaking to Bloomberg, have all argued against the move. Ryan Jablonski, Associate Professor of Political Science at the London School of Economics, discusses the issues with B…
 
Noel Gallagher discusses his new album Back the Way We Came: Vol 1, a Greatest Hits compilation from a decade of his band High Flying Birds that he formed once Oasis broke up in 2011.In the week that the Football Association has appointed its first ever female chair, playwright Amanda Whittington talks to John Wilson about her play Atalanta Forever…
 
Dan Jarvis, Labour MP for Barnsley Central and Mayor of the Sheffield City Region says the best way to ensure the right level of devolution for Sheffield and enough Covid support is for him to retain both his roles. But Jarvis tells Bloomberg Westminster's Caroline Hepker and Roger Hearing communication between the government and the local authorit…
 
Danny Elfman has composed the score for over 100 films including Batman, Men in Black, Edward Scissorhands, as well as writing The Simpsons theme tune. Before he worked in film he was a rock musician in a band called Oingo Boingo, and when the movie industry went into lockdown he used the opportunity to return to his rock roots. He’s just released …
 
As England waits to learn whether June 21st will be the great reopening day, Wales is proceeding more cautiously with post-pandemic easing not tied to specific dates. Delyth Jewell, member of the Senedd from Plaid Cymru tells Bloomberg Westminster's Caroline Hepker and Roger Hearing that the better record of virus handling and vaccine rollout in Wa…
 
The artist Ai Weiwei has just unveiled his seven-metre-tall Gilded Cage at Blenheim Palace, a sculpture which addresses the international migrant crisis. He discusses this, as well as the largest exhibition of his work ever staged, in Lisbon, and why he has now made Portugal his home.In the run-up to the awarding of the Women’s Prize for Fiction 20…
 
On this episode of the college recruiting weekly podcast, we turn to our team of experts here at Tudor Collegiate Strategies to talk about what coaches learned over the past year, and what new trends they see emerging as we head into 2021-2022.Our panel:Dan Tudor @dantudorMandy Green @mandygreenCPSDan Christensen @recruitwithdanGreg Carroll @carrol…
 
Peter Bone, Conservative MP for Wellingborough and Rushden, says the benefits of Brexit are wonderful, from the Oxford Astrazeneca vaccine to trade away from protectionist Europe. He also tells Bloomberg Westminster's Roger Hearing and Caroline Hepker that although the Northern Ireland protocol is not working, there is a solution post-Brexit with '…
 
Florian Zeller’s play The Father was hailed as a masterpiece. Zeller made his debut as a director with his film of it, and Sir Anthony Hopkins won an Oscar for his performance as the patriarch sliding into dementia. Zeller tells Kirsty Lang how he was determined to make a film, rather a film version of a play, and how he makes the audience experien…
 
The government is looking at new cases, the new variants, hospital admissions and the vaccine rollout success before it makes up its mind about going ahead with the full reopening of England's economy. Peter Dowd, Labour MP for Bootle says the government is right to be cautious now, though we shouldn't forget the mistakes they made at the beginning…
 
When Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney was a little girl, she and her sister would spend Saturday mornings watching cartoons in the West Wing while their father, former Vice President Dick Cheney, served as Chief of Staff to President Ford. Rep. Cheney ultimately became a politician herself, rising to House GOP conference chair. She was removed from her lead…
 
Actress and writer Joanna Scanlan - best known for her comedic roles in tv series such as The Thick of It, Getting On and No Offence - talks to Tom about her role as Mary Hussain an Islam convert in Aleem Khan’s moving debut feature After Love.Journalist Lee Trewhela discusses the close of Cornish theatre company, Kneehigh after more than 40 years.…
 
How can the class of 2020 and 2021 make up for months of missed learning and avoid becoming the children that lost out during the pandemic? Lee Elliot Major is the country's first Professor of Social Mobility. He told us the crisis is a chance to reassess our whole education system. Marwa Alsaraf, a year three teacher in Birmingham, gave us her exp…
 
Sierra Leone’s best-known journalist, Sorious Samura, discusses his documentary, Sing, Freetown. After growing tired of hearing only negative stories from Africa, the film follows Sorious and playwright Charlie Haffner’s journey to create a play that shows the true Sierra Leone. The entire Liverpool Biennial, the UK’s largest festival of contempora…
 
A group of senior Conservatives are planning a surprise rebellion against government plans to force it to reverse its cuts to the foreign aid budget. One of the rebels, Tobias Ellwood Conservative MP for Bournemouth East and chair of the Commons defence select committee, tells Bloomberg Westminster's Yuan Potts and Roger Hearing it's essential for …
 
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has already faced a series of unprecedented crises during her almost four year tenure in the nation’s highest office. The young, progressive Prime Minister has led her country through a terrorist attack, a natural disaster, and most recently the Covid-19 pandemic, successfully keeping case and death numbers…
 
Es Devlin, who designed sets for Hamlet with Benedict Cumberbatch and Stormzy at the Britz, has created something more quietly contemplative as artistic director of the London Design Biennale, filling the courtyard of Somerset House in London with trees. She tells Elle Osili-Wood about how forests in literature are places of transformation and how …
 
Scotland moves to ease lockdown measures, but with much of the central belt remaining under tighter level two restrictions. SNP Shadow Treasury spokesperson Alison Thewliss tells Bloomberg Westminster's Roger Hearing and Yuan Potts a covid public enquiry is important to establish what could have been done better. Bloomberg Opinion editor Therese Ra…
 
Briony Hanson joins Tom to review two extremely different films starring animals as their central characters. First Cow - directed by Kelly Reichardt - is set in Oregon in the 1820s, in which two protagonists use stolen milk to survive in a harsh environment. Gunda – executive-produced by Joaquin Phoenix - is a 90 minute black and white, which foll…
 
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