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04/11/201720171105

The best global arts coverage from across the BBC.

Nikki Bedi is joined by award-winning choreographer Javier de Frutos and Syrian playwright Liwaa Yazji to discuss the hottest topics in the arts this week.

Actor Daniel Radcliffe reveals he's not a Method actor, British singer-songwriter Laura Mvula breaks down the experience of stage fright for us and there’s music from the Senegalese master kora player Seckou Keita.

The political satirist Armando Iannucci discusses his film The Death of Stalin and Liwaa Yazji tells us why her play about the Syrian war features real live goats on stage.

Tales of the City author Armistead Maupin remembers the racist, homophobic American South of his youth, and the British-Nigerian singer Eno Williams explains why her new album is sung in the Ibibio language.

(Photo: Left to right, Armistead Maupin (c) Christopher Turner, Daniel Radcliffe (c) Tim P. Whitby, Laura Mvula (c) Jeff Spicer)

The Arts Hour: Actor Tom Hanks On Writing Fiction, Musician St. Vincent And Actor Michael Fassbender20171030

Tom Hanks on becoming a fiction writer and Michael Fassbender on his new film The Snowman

Nikki Bedi is joined by Chilean novelist Gonzalo C Garcia and American film critic Richard Cline to discuss the hottest topics in the arts this week.

Hollywood actor and Academy Award winner Tom Hanks talks about the unique challenges of writing fiction as his first collection of short stories, Uncommon Type, is published.

Musician St. Vincent explains why she’s making a modern day film version of Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray, Irish actor Michael Fassbender on why he enjoys the challenge of a very long take and Kit Harrington, who plays Jon Snow in Game of Thrones, discusses how the epic show has changed the aesthetic and ambitions of TV.

Russian ballerina Olesya Novikova on why she started training for the classical ballet in St. Petersburg when she was just eight years old and music from French Cuban musicians Ibeyi.

(Photo shows: Michael Fassbender © Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images, St. Vincent © Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images, Tom Hanks © Christopher Polk/Getty Images)