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20170530

In the Studio takes us into the minds and processes of leading and emerging figures from across the creative world.

20171017
20171017

In the Studio takes us into the minds and processes of leading and emerging figures from across the creative world.

A volcano billowing smoke high on the rooftops of Jerusalem, documentary theatre bus trips and a big Kulna music festival performed by musicians from different parts of the city - just some of the events being created for Mekudeshet, a three and a half week season of arts and culture taking place across Jerusalem. Mekudeshet’s artistic director is Israeli Itay Mautner, who wants to dissolve boundaries through the arts. We follow Itay as he prepares for this big city wide festival, with the problems and joys of designing a season in the one of the most beloved and disputed cities in the world.

Producer: Andrea Kidd

(Image: Itay Mautner. Credit: Noam Sharon)

20171017

In the Studio takes us into the minds and processes of leading and emerging figures from across the creative world.

A volcano billowing smoke high on the rooftops of Jerusalem, documentary theatre bus trips and a big Kulna music festival performed by musicians from different parts of the city - just some of the events being created for Mekudeshet, a three and a half week season of arts and culture taking place across Jerusalem. Mekudeshet’s artistic director is Israeli Itay Mautner, who wants to dissolve boundaries through the arts. We follow Itay as he prepares for this big city wide festival, with the problems and joys of designing a season in the one of the most beloved and disputed cities in the world.

Producer: Andrea Kidd

(Image: Itay Mautner. Credit: Noam Sharon)

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20171024

In the Studio takes us into the minds and processes of leading and emerging figures from across the creative world.

Art expert Anne Ellis visits stained glass expert Rab MacInnes in his Glasgow basement studio where he creates and restores high end stained glass works. Rab reveals the tools of his trade and his painstaking attention to detail to authentically restore and recreate glass pieces some of which are centuries old.

He’s embarking on a couple of projects by esteemed architect Charles Rennie Macintosh famous for his “Glasgow Style? designs and stained glass work. Macintosh aficionado Anne and Rab discuss his glass art restoring the original Macintosh Willow Tea Rooms building in Glasgow and the recently fire damaged Art School. Unlike some art processes, stained glass, true to the original design and creation is expensive and Rab has to balance budgets with faithful reproduction.

In his studio he talks about the arduous process of achieving the exact stain colouring on the glass, some sheets of which cost thousands of pounds. He shows Anne his notebooks with the stain mix recipes, originally created using chemicals that are now deemed too hazardous to use. Then he introduces his firing kiln, nicknamed “Lola? who is more “temperamental? and less accurate the older she gets.

Then it’s over to the Macintosh designed Windyhill House 30 miles from Glasgow, where Rab restored all the glass work including the magnificent light fittings for Rab to sum up how he feels about seeing his work in location with natural daylight and in context in a working and living building.

20171024

In the Studio takes us into the minds and processes of leading and emerging figures from across the creative world.

Art expert Anne Ellis visits stained glass expert Rab MacInnes in his Glasgow basement studio where he creates and restores high end stained glass works. Rab reveals the tools of his trade and his painstaking attention to detail to authentically restore and recreate glass pieces some of which are centuries old.

He’s embarking on a couple of projects by esteemed architect Charles Rennie Macintosh famous for his “Glasgow Style” designs and stained glass work. Macintosh aficionado Anne and Rab discuss his glass art restoring the original Macintosh Willow Tea Rooms building in Glasgow and the recently fire damaged Art School. Unlike some art processes, stained glass, true to the original design and creation is expensive and Rab has to balance budgets with faithful reproduction.

In his studio he talks about the arduous process of achieving the exact stain colouring on the glass, some sheets of which cost thousands of pounds. He shows Anne his notebooks with the stain mix recipes, originally created using chemicals that are now deemed too hazardous to use. Then he introduces his firing kiln, nicknamed “Lola” who is more “temperamental” and less accurate the older she gets.

Then it’s over to the Macintosh designed Windyhill House 30 miles from Glasgow, where Rab restored all the glass work including the magnificent light fittings for Rab to sum up how he feels about seeing his work in location with natural daylight and in context in a working and living building.

Alain Boublil € The Master Of Musical Theatre20171121

Musical legend Alain Boublil behind the scenes on his latest show Manhattan Parisienne

The lyricist Alain Boublil is the creator of some of the world’s most popular and award winning musicals including Les Misérables, Miss Saigon and Martin Guerre, written with his long-time collaborator, the composer Claude-Michel Schönberg. Les Misérables, a story set on the barricades of post Revolution France, has been performed in 44 countries and is also an Oscar winning film starring Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe and Anne Hathaway.
The BBC’s Andrea Kidd follows Alain as he works on his latest show, Manhattan Parisienne. Along with a cast and creative team, they develop and then perform this work in progress in front of a paying audience before asking for their feedback.

Arnd Henning Heissen - The Art Of Mixology20171205

Top mixologist Arnd Henning Heissen creates the cocktails for his latest menu

Frankincense, tonka beans and a steam iron. Just some of the elements that top mixologist Arnd Henning Heissen uses to create his cocktails. Inspired by aromatherapy and the perfumes people wear, he searches the globe for unusual ingredients to recreate that smell in drink form, blending together bark juices and fragrant herbs, working with smell and memories to craft what he calls ‘liquid sculptures.’ Lindsay Leonard meets him in Berlin, Germany as he creates new tastes and sensations for his latest menu.

Producers: Lindsay Leonard and Andrea Kidd

Aron Warner: Animating For China20171003

Animator Aaron Warner invites us behind the scenes of creating an animation for China

Aron Warner won an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature as a producer of the blockbuster Shrek and has also worked on films such as Trolls and Book of Life. We join him in his Hollywood studio as he animates a film solely for a China audience.

Chinese markets have opened up to Hollywood but Aaron reveals that making a successful film in China is quite different to the normal Hollywood animation. For a start the lead has to be male, the story has be about a collective experience rather than from the point of view of the individual and Aron has to have in mind that instead of parents taking children to the cinema, the general trend in China is that young adults take their aging parents to the cinema.

Not only do we get a fascinating insight into the production of an animation we also get a greater understanding of how the Chinese audience differs, contrasting the different cultures Hollywood is trying to animate for.

Bolanle Austen-Peters – creating new theatre in Lagos20180109

In the Studio follows Bolanle Austen-Peters, artistic director of Terra Kulture in Lagos,

From the first script meeting to the final rehearsals, In the Studio follows Bolanle Austen-Peters, the artistic director of Terra Kulture in Lagos, as she develops and crafts her latest musical play. Called Fela and the Kalakuta Queens, the show tells the story of the legendary Nigerian musician Fela Kuti and his 27 wives, or his Queens as he called them.

Presenter: Peter Okwoche
Producer: Andrea Kidd

Bolanle Austen-Peters: Creating New Theatre in Lagos20180109

Follow Bolanle Austen-Peters, artistic director of Terra Kulture as she creates a play

From the first script meeting to the final rehearsals, In the Studio follows Bolanle Austen-Peters, the artistic director of Terra Kulture in Lagos, as she develops and crafts her latest musical play. Called Fela and the Kalakuta Queens, the show tells the story of the legendary Nigerian musician Fela Kuti and his 27 wives, or his Queens as he called them.

Presenter: Peter Okwoche
Producer: Andrea Kidd

Boris Akunin – Creator of Russia’s Crime Fiction Hero20180116

Russian Boris Akunin aka Grigory Chkhartishvili on the art of writing crime novels

Boris Akunin is one of Russia’s most widely read contemporary novelists. His crime fiction series with the impossibly brilliant detective Erast Fandorin has sold over 30 million copies worldwide. But Boris Akunin is a pen name. The author’s latest work is written under his real name Grigory Chkhartishvili and is something entirely different – a historical novel set in the time of Peter the Great. Andrea Kennedy meets Grigory in his London home to find out how he writes a novel, finds a plot, uncovers his characters and why moving from country to country every three weeks is essential to his writing.

Producer: Andrea Kennedy

Brazilian Artist Vik Muniz Wants To Tickle Your Brain20170425

Brazilian artist Vik Muniz likes to trap and fool his audience with trickery and illusion

Vik Muniz says he owes his artistic career to being shot as a young man, not because he had an epiphany about the meaning of his life, but because he won enough compensation from the accident to move to New York and kick start his career in the art world. He is now probably one of Brazil’s most successful visual artists and he divides his time between Rio and New York. His pieces can range from tiny specs that are photographed by microscopes to giant landscapes captured from helicopters. He’s arguably most known for working with unconventional materials; some of his most famous works have been created out of sugar, chocolate and a plate of left over spaghetti. Andrea Kennedy went to New York to meet him as he prepared for a recent exhibition, full of illusions designed to fool and trap his audience.

Brazilian Artist Vik Muniz Wants To Tickle Your Brain20170425

Vik Muniz says he owes his artistic career to being shot as a young man, not because he had an epiphany about the meaning of his life, but because he won enough compensation from the accident to move to New York and kick start his career in the art world. He is now probably one of Brazil’s most successful visual artists and he divides his time between Rio and New York. His pieces can range from tiny specs that are photographed by microscopes to giant landscapes captured from helicopters. He’s arguably most known for working with unconventional materials; some of his most famous works have been created out of sugar, chocolate and a plate of left over spaghetti. Andrea Kennedy went to New York to meet him as he prepared for a recent exhibition, full of illusions designed to fool and trap his audience.

Brazilian artist Vik Muniz likes to trap and fool his audience with trickery and illusion

British Composer Hannah Kendall20170905

Andrew McGregor follows Hannah Kendall as she creates her latest work Molten Madness

Molten Madness, silver sheen and the fortress of flames – some of the words that have inspired British composer Hannah Kendal’s latest work The Spark Catchers. Hannah was chosen by Chineke! the UK’s first black and ethnic minority orchestra, to create a celebratory piece for them and her World Premiere will be performed at the BBC Proms, the world’s biggest music festival.

Hannah often turns to literature for ideas and this piece was inspired by Lemn Sissay’s poem The Spark Catchers, written for the 2012 London Olympics and Hannah has transferred the story and the energy of the text into her music.

Andrew McGregor follows Hannah as she creates the piece from her living room studio to a performance at The Royal Albert Hall in London.

Producer: Andrea Kidd

British Composer Hannah Kendall20170905

Andrew McGregor follows Hannah Kendall as she creates her latest work Molten Madness

Molten Madness, silver sheen and the fortress of flames – some of the words that have inspired British composer Hannah Kendal’s latest work The Spark Catchers. Hannah was chosen by Chineke! the UK’s first black and ethnic minority orchestra, to create a celebratory piece for them and her World Premiere will be performed at the BBC Proms, the world’s biggest music festival.

Hannah often turns to literature for ideas and this piece was inspired by Lemn Sissay’s poem The Spark Catchers, written for the 2012 London Olympics and Hannah has transferred the story and the energy of the text into her music.

Andrew McGregor follows Hannah as she creates the piece from her living room studio to a performance at The Royal Albert Hall in London.

Producer: Andrea Kidd

Chef Esben Holmboe Bang € Norway On A Plate20170912

He's the youngest chef to hold three Michelin stars

He’s the youngest chef in the world holding three Michelin Stars and he has invited us into his kitchen as he prepares a brand new dish worthy of his restaurant - Maaemo. For Esben, every flavour is a note and the secret is to build those notes into a symphony. Although Danish by birth his food is designed to take you on a journey, telling the story of the culture and landscape of the country he calls home – Norway. From langoustines with pickled spruce and rapeseed, to a traditional sour cream porridge served with shavings of reindeer heart. The presenter is Andrea Kennedy.

Chef Esben Holmboe Bang € Norway On A Plate20170912

He's the youngest chef to hold three Michelin stars

He’s the youngest chef in the world holding three Michelin Stars and he has invited us into his kitchen as he prepares a brand new dish worthy of his restaurant - Maaemo. For Esben, every flavour is a note and the secret is to build those notes into a symphony. Although Danish by birth his food is designed to take you on a journey, telling the story of the culture and landscape of the country he calls home – Norway. From langoustines with pickled spruce and rapeseed, to a traditional sour cream porridge served with shavings of reindeer heart. The presenter is Andrea Kennedy.

Christian Louboutin - Shoe Designer20171107

Christian Louboutin takes us through his design processes for Paris Fashion Week

Christian Louboutin is one of the world’s best-known shoe designers. His famously red soled, beautifully-crafted creations can be spotted on film stars, royalty, even America’s first lady.
Oscar-nominated actress, Dame Kristin Scott Thomas, meets the designer in his private studio on the Rue Jean Jacques Rousseau in central Paris, France.

Despite being friends for over 20 years, Kristin has never been in this space before. As she discovers, the previous owner was an eccentric photographer, once married to Brigitte Bardot’s sister, who had three obsessions: ski chalets, bullfighting and boats. And the highly unusual decor was created for him by a famous 1950s French set designer Alexander Trauner.

It’s coming up to Paris Fashion Week and Christian is preparing to launch his collection for Spring Summer 2018. Christian gives us detailed insight into his creative process from the initial sketches to working with prototypes and the big reveal of the finished collection.

He describes himself as being a bit like Asterix the Gaul, in the famous French comic strip, who loved roasted boar and would see things everywhere transformed as his favourite dish. Except Christian sees things transformed as a shoe. For example, he shows Kristin a bow inspired by a cake decoration.

One of Christian’s major inspirations is travel, particularly India, and we learn how this influences his designs. And together they touch on the psychology of shoes in what is a fun and refreshingly intimate conversation between friends.

(Photo: Christian Louboutin with Dame Kristin Scott Thomas)

Cinematographer Christopher Doyle20171010

Andrea Kennedy went to meet him on the set of his latest production - The White Girl

Christopher Doyle, one of the most highly acclaimed cinematographers in the world right now. He has a string of awards, creating the visuals for epic productions like In the Mood for Love, Chungking Express and Hero. He is Australian born but has been based in Hong Kong for three decades, working mostly in Chinese language films.

Andrea Kennedy went to meet him on the set of his latest production – The White Girl – his own film that he has co-written and co-directed with Jenny Suen. It is something of a love letter to Hong Kong, the place he now calls home. We follow him as he frames and shoots and muses aloud about how a master of the craft creates cinema.

(Photo: Christopher Doyle. Credit: Getty Images)

Comic Book Artist, Frank Quitely20170808

Denise Mina joins acclaimed comic book artist Frank Quitely as he draws his superheroes

Denise Mina meets comic book artist Frank Quitely in his Glasgow studio. Frank is one of the biggest names in the comic world, responsible for drawing superheroes like Superman and Batman & Robin alongside his latest collaboration with writer Mark Millar “Jupiter’s Legacy?

Starting on Scottish underground cult comic 'Electric Soup' he progressed to working for Judge Dredd magazine and then The New X-Men gathering an international reputation.

As he completes the final few pages of comic book 'Jupiter's Legacy 2', artist Frank explains his artistic process as he completes the project that took over 3 years of his life. He will explain how he turns the written concepts from writer Mark Millar into a coherent visual story and finally put pencil to paper to painstakingly produce his signature style.
Denise follows his pencil strokes as he explains artistic and cultural influence as well as soaking in the landscape and atmosphere of his hometown of Glasgow. A real Superhero master class in storytelling, lines and shapes perspective, space and most importantly colour as he creates these last few pages.
They cross to the Glasgow Art Galleries where Frank’s career retrospective exhibition is being held and meet up with his writing partner Mark Millar. We’ll learn about their working relationship in this competitive industry of graphic storytelling.
During the conversation, Frank discusses with Denise the thoughts that go through his mind in these final stages and talk us through the pressures of creating, plus making, and breaking, deadlines.

(Photo: Frank Quitely. Credit: Demus Productions)

Comic Book Artist, Frank Quitely20170808

Denise Mina joins acclaimed comic book artist Frank Quitely as he draws his superheroes

Denise Mina meets comic book artist Frank Quitely in his Glasgow studio. Frank is one of the biggest names in the comic world, responsible for drawing superheroes like Superman and Batman and Robin alongside his latest collaboration with writer Mark Millar “Jupiter’s Legacy?.

Starting on Scottish underground cult comic 'Electric Soup' he progressed to working for Judge Dredd magazine and then The New X-Men gathering an international reputation.

As he completes the final few pages of comic book 'Jupiter's Legacy 2', artist Frank explains his artistic process as he completes the project that took over 3 years of his life. He will explain how he turns the written concepts from writer Mark Millar into a coherent visual story and finally put pencil to paper to painstakingly produce his signature style.
Denise follows his pencil strokes as he explains artistic and cultural influence as well as soaking in the landscape and atmosphere of his hometown of Glasgow. A real Superhero master class in storytelling, lines and shapes perspective, space and most importantly colour as he creates these last few pages.
They cross to the Glasgow Art Galleries where Frank’s career retrospective exhibition is being held and meet up with his writing partner Mark Millar. We’ll learn about their working relationship in this competitive industry of graphic storytelling.
During the conversation, Frank discusses with Denise the thoughts that go through his mind in these final stages and talk us through the pressures of creating, plus making, and breaking, deadlines.

(Photo: Frank Quitely. Credit: Demus Productions)

Denise Mina meets comic book artist Frank Quitely in his Glasgow studio. Frank is one of the biggest names in the comic world, responsible for drawing superheroes like Superman and Batman and Robin alongside his latest collaboration with writer Mark Millar “Jupiter’s Legacy?

Starting on Scottish underground cult comic 'Electric Soup' he progressed to working for Judge Dredd magazine and then The New X-Men gathering an international reputation.

As he completes the final few pages of comic book 'Jupiter's Legacy 2', artist Frank explains his artistic process as he completes the project that took over 3 years of his life. He will explain how he turns the written concepts from writer Mark Millar into a coherent visual story and finally put pencil to paper to painstakingly produce his signature style.
Denise follows his pencil strokes as he explains artistic and cultural influence as well as soaking in the landscape and atmosphere of his hometown of Glasgow. A real Superhero master class in storytelling, lines and shapes perspective, space and most importantly colour as he creates these last few pages.
They cross to the Glasgow Art Galleries where Frank’s career retrospective exhibition is being held and meet up with his writing partner Mark Millar. We’ll learn about their working relationship in this competitive industry of graphic storytelling.
During the conversation, Frank discusses with Denise the thoughts that go through his mind in these final stages and talk us through the pressures of creating, plus making, and breaking, deadlines.

(Photo: Frank Quitely. Credit: Demus Productions)

Dana Gioia - Poet Laureate Of California20171128

Poet Dana Gioia reveals the inspiration for his new poem The Ballad of Jesus Ortiz

Dana Gioia is a man with a mission: to take poetry to the whole state, reading his own work and listening to other poets’ and students, in all its 58 counties. He lives on an isolated hilltop and writes in a studio resembling a barn, lined with his 6,000 books. Sometimes, when he needs to get away, he works in a beautiful hut, with just a table and a stove, overlooking the hills and the oaks. He takes the BBC’s Julian May to these places and reveals the inspiration of a major new poem, The Ballad of Jesus Ortiz, and the surprisingly physical way he is working on it. There is, however, grave danger, from wildfires that are threatening to destroy his studio-barn, his writing hut, and his home.

Dj - The Black Madonna20170725

What’s it like to be a woman in dance music - a male dominated industry?

Curator, composer. DJ and feminist - the Black Madonna is the hottest DJ in the world right now and is determined to do things her own way. Already a veteran of the USA’s mid-west rave scene, she is set to conquer the main stages of Europe with her unique blend of House, Techno and Disco. But it is not always an easy ride.

With no formal training The Black Madonna cannot read sheet music. Instead, she has created her own system of notation, totally impenetrable to outside eyes. We join her and engineering partner Rupert in the studio as they put the finishing touches to her next single We Still Believe. The Black Madonna writes and produces all her own records but sometimes worries that pervasive sexism within the music industry means she does not always get the credit she deserves.

She is responsible for the revival of Chicago’s infamous ‘Smart Bar’ the cities home of House since the early '80s. To her, supporting and being supported by a scene of like minded artists is crucial. We join The Black Madonna at a festival she has curated in Lyon, France called Nuits Sonores. It is here we discover why she believes it is so important to build an inclusive and open community. As an excited mob surround the stage demanding photos, the struggles that accompany fame become apparent.

As a touring DJ, The Black Madonna’s life is constant movement, regularly playing shows in five different countries over the course of a weekend. We manage to catch a rare moment of peace as she relaxes in Ibiza, before joining her in the basement of Lonond club XOYO for the final night of her 13-week residency. DJing is not just pressing play. It takes a remarkable amount of passion, skill and dedication to rise to the top whilst remaining true to her art.

Dj - The Black Madonna20170725

What’s it like to be a woman in dance music - a male dominated industry?

Curator, composer. DJ and feminist - the Black Madonna is the hottest DJ in the world right now and is determined to do things her own way. Already a veteran of the USA’s mid-west rave scene, she is set to conquer the main stages of Europe with her unique blend of House, Techno and Disco. But it is not always an easy ride.

With no formal training The Black Madonna cannot read sheet music. Instead, she has created her own system of notation, totally impenetrable to outside eyes. We join her and engineering partner Rupert in the studio as they put the finishing touches to her next single We Still Believe. The Black Madonna writes and produces all her own records but sometimes worries that pervasive sexism within the music industry means she does not always get the credit she deserves.

She is responsible for the revival of Chicago’s infamous ‘Smart Bar’ the cities home of House since the early '80s. To her, supporting and being supported by a scene of like minded artists is crucial. We join The Black Madonna at a festival she has curated in Lyon, France called Nuits Sonores. It is here we discover why she believes it is so important to build an inclusive and open community. As an excited mob surround the stage demanding photos, the struggles that accompany fame become apparent.

As a touring DJ, The Black Madonna’s life is constant movement, regularly playing shows in five different countries over the course of a weekend. We manage to catch a rare moment of peace as she relaxes in Ibiza, before joining her in the basement of Lonond club XOYO for the final night of her 13-week residency. DJing is not just pressing play. It takes a remarkable amount of passion, skill and dedication to rise to the top whilst remaining true to her art.

Doris Salcedo € Colombian Artist Honouring The Dead20171114

A lifetime of works dedicated to mourning

Colombian sculptor Doris Salcedo is one of the most significant Latin American artists working today. For the last thirty years she has been making pieces on the theme of mourning. Her latest work is no exception, an installation that honours those who died during the ongoing migrant crisis. The names of the dead appear and disappear through water droplets that emerge out of stone. An immense technical challenge, the effect is that the stone appears to weep the names of those who died. Long term friend Tim Marlow joins Doris Salcedo at the peak of the process, in the final weeks before the piece is opened to the public, for unique access into the creative thinking behind her work.

Photo credit: David Heald

Elijah Moshinsky: Dissecting The Work Of A World Renowned Opera Director20170718

He’s had a long and celebrated career but each production still fills him with fear

He's had a long and prolific career as a theatre, television and opera director working with some of the world’s greatest opera singers and now he's opened up his rehearsal studio as he prepares for his latest production of Verdi's opera Macbeth. Lindsay Leonard joins Elijah Moshinsky as he coaxes and cajoles his leads and chorus, from the first cup of coffee in a South London gymnasium, to curtain up at the grand Buxton Opera House. We get a taste of his mercurial directing style – a mix of humour, charisma and confrontation as he teases out rich layers of music, drama and human interaction. And we tap into the tension as he cuts through the complexity of bringing his own vision to a Verdi classic. It’s a test of enormous practical and emotional stamina.

(Photo credit:Jeff Busby)

Elijah Moshinsky: Dissecting The Work Of A World Renowned Opera Director20170718

He’s had a long and celebrated career but each production still fills him with fear

He's had a long and prolific career as a theatre, television and opera director working with some of the world’s greatest opera singers and now he's opened up his rehearsal studio as he prepares for his latest production of Verdi's opera Macbeth. Lindsay Leonard joins Elijah Moshinsky as he coaxes and cajoles his leads and chorus, from the first cup of coffee in a South London gymnasium, to curtain up at the grand Buxton Opera House. We get a taste of his mercurial directing style – a mix of humour, charisma and confrontation as he teases out rich layers of music, drama and human interaction. And we tap into the tension as he cuts through the complexity of bringing his own vision to a Verdi classic. It’s a test of enormous practical and emotional stamina.

(Photo credit:Jeff Busby)

Eric van Hove – Sculpture that Goes 'Vroom'20180123

How Eric van Hove creates a working motorbike using traditional Moroccan craft techniques

Eric van Hove makes sculpture that goes “vroom?. For the past few years, this conceptual artist has been working in Morocco on a project called the Mahjouba Initiative, which involves building a series of motorbikes using only traditional craft materials. Eric calls this work “a socio-economic sculpture?, the idea being that the pieces can be exhibited as artworks but also used as the prototype for a new vehicle.
Anna McNamee meets Eric and his team as he works on the latest model – the Mahjouba III – which will be put on show at the 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair in Marrakech.

Producers: Anna McNamee and Emma Kingsley.

Ever Inventive Artist And Composer Samson Young20170801

He’s worked with ‘sonic weapons’ and created an orchestra of laptops

Samson Young’s career is on something of a meteoric rise. He’s won a series of awards and has just represented Hong Kong at the Venice Biennale – one of the most important international art fairs in Europe. He is an artist and composer with a fascination for sound and experimentation. During his career he’s worked with a long range acoustic device, a sound cannon usually used to disperse crowds and wildlife; he’s created an orchestra of smartphones and laptops. He is witty and wonderfully unpredictable.

For this edition of In the Studio we are following his latest project, a work that begins with a 17th century mythical story of a group of Chinese migrants who are said to have traveled all the way from China to the UK, on foot! Andrea Kennedy follows Samson through the months of preparations of this piece, from the first spark of an idea through to a journey to the remotest parts of China, to a final performance in front of a live audience at the Manchester International Festival.

Samson Young’s career is on something of a meteoric rise. He’s won a series of awards and has just represented Hong Kong at the Venice Biennale – one of the most important international art fairs in Europe. He is an artist and composer with a fascination for sound and experimentation. During his career he’s worked with a long range acoustic device, a sound cannon usually used to disperse crowds and wildlife; he’s created an orchestra of smartphones and laptops. He is witty and wonderfully unpredictable.

For this edition of In the Studio we are following his latest project, a work that begins with a 17th century mythical story of a group of Chinese migrants who are said to have traveled all the way from China to the UK, on foot! Andrea Kennedy follows Samson through the months of preparations of this piece, from the first spark of an idea through to a journey to the remotest parts of China, to a final performance in front of a live audience.

Ever Inventive Artist And Composer Samson Young20170801

He’s worked with ‘sonic weapons’ and created an orchestra of laptops

Samson Young’s career is on something of a meteoric rise. He’s won a series of awards and has just represented Hong Kong at the Venice Biennale – one of the most important international art fairs in Europe. He is an artist and composer with a fascination for sound and experimentation. During his career he’s worked with a long range acoustic device, a sound cannon usually used to disperse crowds and wildlife; he’s created an orchestra of smartphones and laptops. He is witty and wonderfully unpredictable.

For this edition of In the Studio we are following his latest project, a work that begins with a 17th century mythical story of a group of Chinese migrants who are said to have traveled all the way from China to the UK, on foot! Andrea Kennedy follows Samson through the months of preparations of this piece, from the first spark of an idea through to a journey to the remotest parts of China, to a final performance in front of a live audience.

Samson Young’s career is on something of a meteoric rise. He’s won a series of awards and has just represented Hong Kong at the Venice Biennale – one of the most important international art fairs in Europe. He is an artist and composer with a fascination for sound and experimentation. During his career he’s worked with a long range acoustic device, a sound cannon usually used to disperse crowds and wildlife; he’s created an orchestra of smartphones and laptops. He is witty and wonderfully unpredictable.

For this edition of In the Studio we are following his latest project, a work that begins with a 17th century mythical story of a group of Chinese migrants who are said to have traveled all the way from China to the UK, on foot! Andrea Kennedy follows Samson through the months of preparations of this piece, from the first spark of an idea through to a journey to the remotest parts of China, to a final performance in front of a live audience at the Manchester International Festival.

Francis Kr € Architect From Burkina Faso20170627

Architect Francis Kéré is bringing a slice of Burkina Faso to a London Royal Park.

Every year the Serpentine Gallery in London’s Kensington Gardens invites an international architect to create an original temporary structure in this iconic park, showcasing what’s possible in architectural design. This year the architect who has taken up the challenge is Francis Kéré. Originally from a village in Burkina Faso where no one could read or write, his father sent him away to school. Now a highly acclaimed architect he’s bringing a bit of Burkina Faso to London with his Pavilion inspired by a tree - a place where people can come together under the shade of the branches to discuss everything from love to village affairs. For In the Studio, Nicky Barranger follows the creation from the first doodle in his notepad, through the design and construction to the final reveal.

Francis Kr € Architect From Burkina Faso20170627

Architect Francis Kéré is bringing a slice of Burkina Faso to a London Royal Park.

Every year the Serpentine Gallery in London’s Kensington Gardens invites an international architect to create an original temporary structure in this iconic park, showcasing what’s possible in architectural design. This year the architect who has taken up the challenge is Francis Kéré. Originally from a village in Burkina Faso where no one could read or write, his father sent him away to school. Now a highly acclaimed architect he’s bringing a bit of Burkina Faso to London with his Pavilion inspired by a tree - a place where people can come together under the shade of the branches to discuss everything from love to village affairs. For In the Studio, Nicky Barranger follows the creation from the first doodle in his notepad, through the design and construction to the final reveal.

Architect Francis Kéré is bringing a slice of Burkina Faso to a London Royal Park.

Architect Francis Kéré is bringing a slice of Burkina Faso to a London Royal Park.

Every year the Serpentine Gallery in London’s Kensington Gardens invites an international architect to create an original temporary structure in this iconic park, showcasing what’s possible in architectural design. This year the architect who has taken up the challenge is Francis Kéré. Originally from a village in Burkina Faso where no one could read or write, his father sent him away to school. Now a highly acclaimed architect he’s bringing a bit of Burkina Faso to London with his Pavilion inspired by a tree - a place where people can come together under the shade of the branches to discuss everything from love to village affairs. For In the Studio, Nicky Barranger follows the creation from the first doodle in his notepad, through the design and construction to the final reveal.

How To Create A Circus Production20170704

Giffords Circus brings together acts from all around the world

The horses are learning their dance routines, the acrobats are perfecting their tumbles and sequins are being sewn onto leotards and leggings - In the Studio this week has ringside seats to the circus. Antonia Quirke meets the inner circle of Giffords Circus as they conceive and craft their current show where the theme this year is the 17th Century Spanish court. The team are led by circus creator Nell Gifford, who left home aged 18 to join her first circus. She then set up her own travelling troupe based in the West of England featuring performers from all over the world.

How To Create A Circus Production20170704

Giffords Circus brings together acts from all around the world

The horses are learning their dance routines, the acrobats are perfecting their tumbles and sequins are being sewn onto leotards and leggings - In the Studio this week has ringside seats to the circus. Antonia Quirke meets the inner circle of Giffords Circus as they conceive and craft their current show where the theme this year is the 17th Century Spanish court. The team are led by circus creator Nell Gifford, who left home aged 18 to join her first circus. She then set up her own travelling troupe based in the West of England featuring performers from all over the world.

Htein Lin: Finding Artistic Freedom As A Political Prisoner20170815

On finding inspiration in the streets and solitary confinement.

Htein Lin is one of Burma’s leading artists. A student activist against the oppressive military junta, he spent four years hiding in the jungle before being imprisoned for his pro-democracy views. It was during his many years as a political prisoner that he found his voice as an artist. A painter, sculptor and performance artist, he uses his own life and experiences in his works, from prison uniforms as canvases to reclaiming and reworking rubbish thrown away on the streets of Yangon, even the plaster cast from when his arm was broken has become part of a sculpture. Htein Lin shows the BBC’s Dixi Stewart around his studio in Myanmar where ongoing art includes a sculpture made from the offcuts of signs to his famous continuing political project A Show of Hands.

Htein Lin: Finding Artistic Freedom As A Political Prisoner20170815

On finding inspiration in the streets and solitary confinement.

Htein Lin is one of Burma’s leading artists. A student activist against the oppressive military junta, he spent four years hiding in the jungle before being imprisoned for his pro-democracy views. It was during his many years as a political prisoner that he found his voice as an artist. A painter, sculptor and performance artist, he uses his own life and experiences in his works, from prison uniforms as canvases to reclaiming and reworking rubbish thrown away on the streets of Yangon, even the plaster cast from when his arm was broken has become part of a sculpture. Htein Lin shows the BBC’s Dixi Stewart around his studio in Myanmar where ongoing art includes a sculpture made from the offcuts of signs to his famous continuing political project A Show of Hands.

Icelandic Novelist Sjn’s Secret Weapon20170606

How a second hand bookstore and a small black hut inspire his creativity

As well as being one of Iceland’s most popular novelists, Sjón is also a poet, screenwriter and lyricist - he was Oscar nominated for “I’ve seen it all,? the song he created with the singer Björk. He takes his inspiration from the country’s rugged, icy landscape, Icelandic history and myths. He shows the BBC’s Andrea Kidd his secret research weapon, his favourite antiquarian bookstore in central Reykjavik, as he scours its shelves for books to inform and inspire his latest novel, based on the dark history of Icelandic neo-Nazis. We then travel to his small hut on the south coast of the island, a place where he finds the peace and quiet he needs in order to create his works.

Producer: Andrea Kidd

Icelandic Novelist Sjn’s Secret Weapon20170606

How a second hand bookstore and a small black hut inspire his creativity

As well as being one of Iceland’s most popular novelists, Sjón is also a poet, screenwriter and lyricist - he was Oscar nominated for “I’ve seen it all,? the song he created with the singer Björk. He takes his inspiration from the country’s rugged, icy landscape, Icelandic history and myths. He shows the BBC’s Andrea Kidd his secret research weapon, his favourite antiquarian bookstore in central Reykjavik, as he scours its shelves for books to inform and inspire his latest novel, based on the dark history of Icelandic neo-Nazis. We then travel to his small hut on the south coast of the island, a place where he finds the peace and quiet he needs in order to create his works.

Producer: Andrea Kidd

How a second hand bookstore and a small black hut inspire his creativity

As well as being one of Iceland’s most popular novelists, Sjón is also a poet, screenwriter and lyricist - he was Oscar nominated for “I’ve seen it all,? the song he created with the singer Björk. He takes his inspiration from the country’s rugged, icy landscape, Icelandic history and myths. He shows the BBC’s Andrea Kidd his secret research weapon, his favourite antiquarian bookstore in central Reykjavik, as he scours its shelves for books to inform and inspire his latest novel, based on the dark history of Icelandic neo-Nazis. We then travel to his small hut on the south coast of the island, a place where he finds the peace and quiet he needs in order to create his works.

Producer: Andrea Kidd

In The Studio20170620

takes us into the minds and processes of leading and emerging figures from across the creative world.

Kwame Kwei Armah is an award-winning playwright, actor, and for the last six years artistic director of Baltimore’s Center Stage theatre. In June 2017, he is directing the world premiere of Jazz, an adaptation of Toni Morrison’s 1992 novel, a twisted love triangle set in 1920s Harlem.

During the frantic second week of rehearsals, Kwame talks to fellow Baltimorean David Simon (American TV producer, writer, journalist, and creator of The Wire and Treme) about the challenges of bringing this brand new play to the stage. The novel explores the African-American experience in 1920s Harlem and evokes jazz through its musical, improvisational structure - full of repetitions and revisions. For Kwame, the challenge is to open up this complex story in a theatrical way.

We join cast and crew as they sweat it out in rehearsals. The play’s World Premiere is in 10 days, and Kwame has just received the last 40 pages of script. It is a rough and ready process, and Kwame expects his actors to be ready to fly by the seat of their pants. We eavesdrop on the costume shop, props workshop and set builders who must bring Kwame’s vision to life and evoke the musical worlds of Toni Morrison’s book.

Kwame and David also discuss the energy and terror of being at the helm of an artistic institution in Baltimore. This is a city with a long history of racial tension, but hit global headlines in April 2015 when the death of Freddie Gray - a 25 year old black man in police custody - sparked mass protests and civil uprisings on a scale not seen since the death of Martin Luther King Jr, almost half a century ago. For Kwame, now is a time for artists to speak truth to power. At heart, he is a political playwright who is learning to be a responsible curator. His artistic mission is to sometimes gently lead the Baltimore community, sometimes gently poke it, and use metaphor to talk to the here and now.

(Photo: David Simon (L) and (R) Kwame Kwei-Armah)

In The Studio20170620

takes us into the minds and processes of leading and emerging figures from across the creative world.

Kwame Kwei Armah is an award-winning playwright, actor, and for the last six years artistic director of Baltimore’s Center Stage theatre. In June 2017, he is directing the world premiere of Jazz, an adaptation of Toni Morrison’s 1992 novel, a twisted love triangle set in 1920s Harlem.

During the frantic second week of rehearsals, Kwame talks to fellow Baltimorean David Simon (American TV producer, writer, journalist, and creator of The Wire and Treme) about the challenges of bringing this brand new play to the stage. The novel explores the African-American experience in 1920s Harlem and evokes jazz through its musical, improvisational structure - full of repetitions and revisions. For Kwame, the challenge is to open up this complex story in a theatrical way.

We join cast and crew as they sweat it out in rehearsals. The play’s World Premiere is in 10 days, and Kwame has just received the last 40 pages of script. It is a rough and ready process, and Kwame expects his actors to be ready to fly by the seat of their pants. We eavesdrop on the costume shop, props workshop and set builders who must bring Kwame’s vision to life and evoke the musical worlds of Toni Morrison’s book.

Kwame and David also discuss the energy and terror of being at the helm of an artistic institution in Baltimore. This is a city with a long history of racial tension, but hit global headlines in April 2015 when the death of Freddie Gray - a 25 year old black man in police custody - sparked mass protests and civil uprisings on a scale not seen since the death of Martin Luther King Jr, almost half a century ago. For Kwame, now is a time for artists to speak truth to power. At heart, he is a political playwright who is learning to be a responsible curator. His artistic mission is to sometimes gently lead the Baltimore community, sometimes gently poke it, and use metaphor to talk to the here and now.

(Photo: David Simon (L) and (R) Kwame Kwei-Armah)

In the Studio takes us into the minds and processes of leading and emerging figures from across the creative world.

Lady Skollie, South African Artist20170411

Lady Skollie on symbolic fruit and the pressures of creating a mural in just 2 days

Lady Skollie is a visual artist, passionate about defying taboos. Her works are explosions of colour often featuring symbolic fruit such as open ripened paw paws and bananas representing male/female relationships and highlighting the enormous problems of HIV/Aids and sexual violence in her native South Africa. The BBC’s Victoria Uwonkunda follows her from her studio in Johannesburg to the Tyburn Gallery in London, where as part of her first UK solo exhibition, she creates a mural on the wall in just 2 days.

Lady Skollie, South African Artist20170411

Lady Skollie on symbolic fruit and the pressures of creating a mural in just 2 days

Lady Skollie is a visual artist, passionate about defying taboos. Her works are explosions of colour often featuring symbolic fruit such as open ripened paw paws and bananas representing male/female relationships and highlighting the enormous problems of HIV/Aids and sexual violence in her native South Africa. The BBC’s Victoria Uwonkunda follows her from her studio in Johannesburg to the Tyburn Gallery in London, where as part of her first UK solo exhibition, she creates a mural on the wall in just 2 days.

Lee Child: Creating Jack Reacher20171031

Best-selling author Lee Child on crafting a new mystery for his character Jack Reacher

The Jack Reacher novels are a publishing phenomena, selling millions of copies worldwide and launching a film franchise starring Tom Cruise. And their author Lee Child, has allowed the World Service astonishing access to his writing room to record the first three days of writing on the next Reacher novel.

Producer Kevin Core is at his side as he sets to work on a 23rd bestseller, which will again dominate the book charts. He gets a glimpse into Child’s unusual technique, a free-wheeling lurch into story – with only a loose plot idea, no outline plan and no skeleton of events – a process he describes as like a fall from a building in the hope a crash mat will appear.

From his apartment near New York’s Central Park, he looks back on the drabness of an uninspiring post-war upbringing in Birmingham, UK, and sets out how he feels modern writers can succeed by taking on streaming TV and gaming in the war for readers’ attention. Between grappling with his opening pages and crafting a new mystery for a character loved by millions – he sets out a defence of the popular thriller, saying despite the condescension of critics and from some sections of the literary world – that the creation of a gripping story is an ancient and difficult craft.

(Photo: Lee Child)

In the Studio takes us into the minds and processes of leading and emerging figures from across the creative world.

Lee Child: Creating Jack Reacher20171031

Best-selling author Lee Child on crafting a new mystery for his character Jack Reacher

The Jack Reacher novels are a publishing phenomena, selling millions of copies worldwide and launching a film franchise starring Tom Cruise. And their author Lee Child, has allowed the World Service astonishing access to his writing room to record the first three days of writing on the next Reacher novel.

Producer Kevin Core is at his side as he sets to work on a 23rd bestseller, which will again dominate the book charts. He gets a glimpse into Child’s unusual technique, a free-wheeling lurch into story – with only a loose plot idea, no outline plan and no skeleton of events – a process he describes as like a fall from a building in the hope a crash mat will appear.

From his apartment near New York’s Central Park, he looks back on the drabness of an uninspiring post-war upbringing in Birmingham, UK, and sets out how he feels modern writers can succeed by taking on streaming TV and gaming in the war for readers’ attention. Between grappling with his opening pages and crafting a new mystery for a character loved by millions – he sets out a defence of the popular thriller, saying despite the condescension of critics and from some sections of the literary world – that the creation of a gripping story is an ancient and difficult craft.

(Photo: Lee Child)

Lisa Reihana € Maori History In 3d20171212

New Zealand visual artist Lisa Reihana on her portrayal of Pacific life and a new 3D film

Lisa Reihana is one of New Zealand’s most important artists. Her most recent work In Pursuit of Venus [infected] became one of the highlights of the 2017 Venice Biennale. It is a 26 metre long animated wallpaper that was many years in the making. It is a reinterpretation of a 200-year-old panoramic wallpaper created by Joseph Dufour that painted an exotic portrait of the life of Pacific people as described by Captain Cook. Now, Lisa is working on something brand new, a short 3D film which again looks at the meeting of two cultures, featuring an epic encounter between two female warriors. Presenter Tim Marlow joins Lisa Reihana in her New Zealand studio to talk about art, film and creativity.

(Photo: Lisa Reihana)

Lorna Goodison: Jamaican Poet Laureate20170829

The Jamaican Poet Laureate creates a new work for Jamaican Emancipation Day

Lorna Goodison has recently been appointed Poet Laureate of Jamaica and has decided to mark her first Emancipation Day in the role with a special poem.

The public holiday of Emancipation Day on the 1st of August commemorates the end of slavery in Jamaica and as a poet who feels it’s her duty to document the slave history of her native island in her work, this day is a very important one for Lorna, both professionally and personally – it’s also her birthday.

The BBC’s Andrea Kidd follows Lorna as she creates a poem fit for a nation. As someone who can spend years crafting a poem, will she meet her deadline?

Lorna Goodison: Jamaican Poet Laureate20170829

The Jamaican Poet Laureate creates a new work for Jamaican Emancipation Day

Lorna Goodison has recently been appointed Poet Laureate of Jamaica and has decided to mark her first Emancipation Day in the role with a special poem.

The public holiday of Emancipation Day on the 1st of August commemorates the end of slavery in Jamaica and as a poet who feels it’s her duty to document the slave history of her native island in her work, this day is a very important one for Lorna, both professionally and personally – it’s also her birthday.

The BBC’s Andrea Kidd follows Lorna as she creates a poem fit for a nation. As someone who can spend years crafting a poem, will she meet her deadline?

Louise Penny € Why Her Creativity Can Look Like Doing Nothing At All20170711

Louise Penny - taking inspiration from the changing landscape of Quebec

In the tranquil village of Three Pines, murder and mystery lurk. But like the Mounties, chief inspector Gamache always gets his man. The kindly cop is the creation of leading Canadian writer Louise Penny. As she completes her latest novel - Glass Houses - she reveals to Jennifer Chevalier how she gets inspiration from the changing Quebec landscape and despite publishing a a book a year, why her creative process can look like she’s doing nothing at all.

Producer: Andrea Kidd

In the tranquil village of Three Pines... murder and mystery lurk. But like the Mounties, Chief Inspector Gamache always gets his man. The kindly cop is the creation of leading Canadian writer Louise Penny. As she completes her latest novel - Glass Houses - she reveals to Jennifer Chevalier how she gets inspiration from the changing Quebec landscape and despite publishing a a book a year, why her creative process can look like she’s doing nothing at all.
Producer: Andrea Kidd

Louise Penny € Why Her Creativity Can Look Like Doing Nothing At All20170711

Louise Penny - taking inspiration from the changing landscape of Quebec

In the tranquil village of Three Pines... murder and mystery lurk. But like the Mounties, Chief Inspector Gamache always gets his man. The kindly cop is the creation of leading Canadian writer Louise Penny. As she completes her latest novel - Glass Houses - she reveals to Jennifer Chevalier how she gets inspiration from the changing Quebec landscape and despite publishing a a book a year, why her creative process can look like she’s doing nothing at all.
Producer: Andrea Kidd

In the tranquil village of Three Pines, murder and mystery lurk. But like the Mounties, chief inspector Gamache always gets his man. The kindly cop is the creation of leading Canadian writer Louise Penny. As she completes her latest novel - Glass Houses - she reveals to Jennifer Chevalier how she gets inspiration from the changing Quebec landscape and despite publishing a a book a year, why her creative process can look like she’s doing nothing at all.

Producer: Andrea Kidd

Loyiso Gola Wants to Make You Laugh20170926

"Loyiso Gola prepares to perform at the Edinburgh Festival in Scotland

What does it take to prepare a new stand- up show for the world’s biggest comedy festival? Loyiso Gola is one of South Africa’s most loved comedians he has performed across the globe and his satirical TV show Late Nite News with Loyiso Gola has had two Emmy nominations, one of television’s greatest accolades.

In the Studio follows Loyiso as he embarks on the challenge of taking his latest show, Unlearning, to the Edinburgh Festival in Scotland. With Unlearning, Loyiso takes on those everyday ideas that we’ve learnt throughout our lives, such as who we are as people and how our perceptions of culture and history, race and politics shape how we see and treat each other. But how do you make an audience laugh for an hour, as well as question their perception of the world?

Producer and Presenter: Mugabi Turya

Photo: Loyiso Gola (c) Getty Images

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Loyiso Gola Wants to Make You Laugh20170926

Loyiso Gola prepares to perform at the Edinburgh Festival in Scotland

What does it take to prepare a new stand- up show for the world’s biggest comedy festival? Loyiso Gola is one of South Africa’s most loved comedians he has performed across the globe and his satirical TV show Late Nite News with Loyiso Gola has had two Emmy nominations, one of television’s greatest accolades.

In the Studio follows Loyiso as he embarks on the challenge of taking his latest show, Unlearning, to the Edinburgh Festival in Scotland. With Unlearning, Loyiso takes on those everyday ideas that we’ve learnt throughout our lives, such as who we are as people and how our perceptions of culture and history, race and politics shape how we see and treat each other. But how do you make an audience laugh for an hour, as well as question their perception of the world?

Producer and Presenter: Mugabi Turya

Photo: Loyiso Gola (c) Getty Images

Loyiso Gola Wants To Make You Laugh20170926

Loyiso Gola prepares to perform at the Edinburgh Festival in Scotland

What does it take to prepare a new stand- up show for the world’s biggest comedy festival? Loyiso Gola is one of South Africa’s most loved comedians he has performed across the globe and his satirical TV show Late Nite News with Loyiso Gola has had two Emmy nominations, one of television’s greatest accolades.

In the Studio follows Loyiso as he embarks on the challenge of taking his latest show, Unlearning, to the Edinburgh Festival in Scotland. With Unlearning, Loyiso takes on those everyday ideas that we’ve learnt throughout our lives, such as who we are as people and how our perceptions of culture and history, race and politics shape how we see and treat each other. But how do you make an audience laugh for an hour, as well as question their perception of the world?

Producer and Presenter: Mugabi Turya

Photo: Loyiso Gola (c) Getty Images

Manoj Malde - Garden Designer20170523

An insight into what a former fashion designer brings to the world of garden design

Manoj Malde - Garden Designer20170523

An insight into what a former fashion designer brings to the world of garden design

Manoj Malde - Garden Designer20170530

Landscape Designer Manoj Malde designs his first garden for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show

Manoj Malde - Garden Designer20170530

Landscape Designer Manoj Malde designs his first garden for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show

In the Studio takes us into the minds and processes of leading and emerging figures from across the creative world.

Marlon James - Jamaican Novelist20171226

Marlon James - Jamaican Novelist

Since winning the Man Booker Prize for Fiction in 2015 for his novel A Brief History of Seven Killings, based around the assassination attempt on Bob Marley in 1970s Jamaica, Marlon has been researching and writing his much anticipated Dark Star Trilogy.
He now lives in Minneapolis, in the northern U.S. state of Minnesota and he shows the BBC’s Andrea Kidd around his new studio near downtown, where he works surrounded by books and by African and sci-fi images on the wall. He also reveals some of the characters that are exciting his imagination – from three hundred year old women to African vampires who attack in daylight.

Marlon James, Jamaican Novelist20170418

Marlon James reveals how he works and discusses his latest novels The Dark Star Trilogy

Since winning the Man Booker Prize for Fiction in 2015 for his novel A Brief History of Seven Killings, based around the assassination attempt on Bob Marley in 1970s, Jamaica, Marlon has been researching and writing his much anticipated Dark Star Trilogy.

He has lived in Minneapolis, in the northern U.S. state of Minnesota for the past ten years and he shows the BBC’s Andrea Kidd around his new office near downtown, where he works surrounded by books and by African and sci-fi images on the wall. He also reveals some of the characters that are exciting his imagination – from three hundred year old women to African vampires who attack in daylight.

Marlon James, Jamaican Novelist20170418

Since winning the Man Booker Prize for Fiction in 2015 for his novel A Brief History of Seven Killings, based around the assassination attempt on Bob Marley in 1970s, Jamaica, Marlon has been researching and writing his much anticipated Dark Star Trilogy.

He has lived in Minneapolis, in the northern U.S. state of Minnesota for the past ten years and he shows the BBC’s Andrea Kidd around his new office near downtown, where he works surrounded by books and by African and sci-fi images on the wall. He also reveals some of the characters that are exciting his imagination – from three hundred year old women to African vampires who attack in daylight.

Marlon James reveals how he works and discusses his latest novels The Dark Star Trilogy

Phil Grucci and the Art of Fireworks20180102

Phil Grucci prepares for another record-breaking pyrotechnic performance.

Some people have called Phil Grucci "the firework king," but that’s a title he politely rejects, adding that if anything it really belongs to his father and his uncle – older generations of a family-owned fireworks business that was founded in Italy in 1850. Phil Grucci is president and creative director, and is responsible for planning and designing award-winning pyrotechnic spectaculars all over the world. He invites the BBC World Service into his studio as he prepares for another record-breaking performance.

Producer: Martin Williams

(Photo credit: Getty Images)

Photographer Wolfgang Tillmans20180206

Award-winning photographer Wolfgang Tillmans prepares for his summer 2018 exhibition

Wolfgang Tillmans is an award-winning photographer and visual artist. In 2017, he completed two career defining exhibitions - The Tate Modern, London and Foundation Beyeler, Basel.

We join him in his Berlin studio as he attempts to keep up the momentum, with the final preparations for his debut African exhibition. We then travel from Berlin to Nimes in the south of France, the site of his summer 2018 show. This is the first time he has visited the exhibition space, giving a unique insight into his creative planning process, and exactly what it takes to put on a full scale gallery show.

(Photo: Wolfgang Tillmans)

Poet Imtiaz Dharker20170502

’s creative journey

Poet Imtiaz Dharker20170502

’s creative journey

Rab Macinnes Stained Glass Artist20171024

Scottish stained glass artist Rab MacInnes explains his glass art restoration craft

Art expert Anne Ellis visits stained glass expert Rab MacInnes in his Glasgow basement studio where he creates and restores high end stained glass works. Rab reveals the tools of his trade and his painstaking attention to detail to authentically restore and recreate glass pieces some of which are centuries old.

He’s embarking on a couple of projects by esteemed architect Charles Rennie Macintosh famous for his “Glasgow Style” designs and stained glass work. Macintosh aficionado Anne and Rab discuss his glass art restoring the original Macintosh Willow Tea Rooms building in Glasgow and the recently fire damaged Art School. Unlike some art processes, stained glass, true to the original design and creation is expensive and Rab has to balance budgets with faithful reproduction.

In his studio he talks about the arduous process of achieving the exact stain colouring on the glass, some sheets of which cost thousands of pounds. He shows Anne his notebooks with the stain mix recipes, originally created using chemicals that are now deemed too hazardous to use. Then he introduces his firing kiln, nicknamed “Lola” who is more “temperamental” and less accurate the older she gets.

Then it’s over to the Macintosh designed Windyhill House 30 miles from Glasgow, where Rab restored all the glass work including the magnificent light fittings for Rab to sum up how he feels about seeing his work in location with natural daylight and in context in a working and living building.

Sebastian Errazuriz’s Dangling Piano20170404

For five years, artist Sebastian Errazuriz worked with a piano dangling over his head

Chilean artist and designer Sebastian Errazuriz is best known for his innovative, provocative and playful designs from wooden cabinets that open out like paper fans to major public art projects and 3-D printed women’s shoes. For five years he worked in his studio with a piano suspended overhead. For him, it was a tool, a reminder of the transience of life and to knuckle down and get to work! His suspended piano has since become a feature at the New York Armoury Art Show. The BBC’s Tara Gadomski went to meet Errazuriz and his piano to find out about the extraordinary techniques this artist uses to focus the mind and encourage the creative muse to flow.

Sebastian Errazuriz’s Dangling Piano20170404

For five years, artist Sebastian Errazuriz worked with a piano dangling over his head

Chilean artist and designer Sebastian Errazuriz is best known for his innovative, provocative and playful designs from wooden cabinets that open out like paper fans to major public art projects and 3-D printed women’s shoes. For five years he worked in his studio with a piano suspended overhead. For him, it was a tool, a reminder of the transience of life and to knuckle down and get to work! His suspended piano has since become a feature at the New York Armoury Art Show. The BBC’s Tara Gadomski went to meet Errazuriz and his piano to find out about the extraordinary techniques this artist uses to focus the mind and encourage the creative muse to flow.

Skating to Gold20170919

"Join ice skaters Eric Radford and Meagan Duhamel, as they create a routine

What does it take to win an ice skating Olympic gold medal? Eric Radford and Meagan Duhamel are Canada’s double World Champions and one of the favourites for gold in the Pairs discipline in South Korea in 2018.

The Winter Games might not be until February, but their Olympic dream begins in June - seven months before they take to the ice to skate for gold.

In The Studio has been given exclusive access to Eric and Meagan’s training base in Montreal, Canada, to see how they create one of the two routines that they hope will see them reach the top of the podium in Pyeongchang.

From key decisions about music, to the choreography and the costumes, we are with them every step of the creative process. We hear from coaches and their support team about how they create a gold medal winning routine. Plus, we join Radford and Duhamel in training, on and off the ice.

Eric is unique amongst skaters. He is the only athlete in his sport to come out as gay whilst at the top of his career. Meanwhile, it is a family affair for Meagan, who is married to their Coach and is the sister-in-Law of their choreographer.

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Skating To Gold20170919

Join ice skaters Eric Radford and Meagan Duhamel, as they create a routine

What does it take to win an ice skating Olympic gold medal? Eric Radford and Meagan Duhamel are Canada’s double World Champions and one of the favourites for gold in the Pairs discipline in South Korea in 2018.

The Winter Games might not be until February, but their Olympic dream begins in June - seven months before they take to the ice to skate for gold.

In The Studio has been given exclusive access to Eric and Meagan’s training base in Montreal, Canada, to see how they create one of the two routines that they hope will see them reach the top of the podium in Pyeongchang.

From key decisions about music, to the choreography and the costumes, we are with them every step of the creative process. We hear from coaches and their support team about how they create a gold medal winning routine. Plus, we join Radford and Duhamel in training, on and off the ice.

Eric is unique amongst skaters. He is the only athlete in his sport to come out as gay whilst at the top of his career. Meanwhile, it is a family affair for Meagan, who is married to their Coach and is the sister-in-Law of their choreographer.

Skating To Gold20170919

Join ice skaters Eric Radford and Meagan Duhamel, as they create a routine

What does it take to win an ice skating Olympic gold medal? Eric Radford and Meagan Duhamel are Canada’s double World Champions and one of the favourites for gold in the Pairs discipline in South Korea in 2018.

The Winter Games might not be until February, but their Olympic dream begins in June - seven months before they take to the ice to skate for gold.

In The Studio has been given exclusive access to Eric and Meagan’s training base in Montreal, Canada, to see how they create one of the two routines that they hope will see them reach the top of the podium in Pyeongchang.

From key decisions about music, to the choreography and the costumes, we are with them every step of the creative process. We hear from coaches and their support team about how they create a gold medal winning routine. Plus, we join Radford and Duhamel in training, on and off the ice.

Eric is unique amongst skaters. He is the only athlete in his sport to come out as gay whilst at the top of his career. Meanwhile, it is a family affair for Meagan, who is married to their Coach and is the sister-in-Law of their choreographer.

South African Singer-songwriter Sisana20170822

Taking control of her music through starting her own label.

Despite being homeless on the streets of Johannesburg and desperate to record her first album, South African singer-songwriter Sisana turned down the chance of a recording contract in order to keep control of her music.

After scraping together the money to record a demo, Sisana caught the attention of a music publisher in the UK and together they set up a label – Kalimba Music. She explains how she finds inspiration for her intensely personal lyrics in her own experiences which range from admiring the natural beauty of people around her to yearning for a place to call home.

The BBC’s Justine Lang follows the young Zulu singer-songwriter as she starts to realise her dream, from recording her title track Africa in a professional studio, to hearing her songs getting nationwide play on TV and radio.

Photo credit: Through The Lens Photography Studio

South African Singer-songwriter Sisana20170822

Taking control of her music through starting her own label.

Despite being homeless on the streets of Johannesburg and desperate to record her first album, South African singer-songwriter Sisana turned down the chance of a recording contract in order to keep control of her music.

After scraping together the money to record a demo, Sisana caught the attention of a music publisher in the UK and together they set up a label – Kalimba Music. She explains how she finds inspiration for her intensely personal lyrics in her own experiences which range from admiring the natural beauty of people around her to yearning for a place to call home.

The BBC’s Justine Lang follows the young Zulu singer-songwriter as she starts to realise her dream, from recording her title track Africa in a professional studio, to hearing her songs getting nationwide play on TV and radio.

Photo credit: Through The Lens Photography Studio

Steve Hellier – Sound Artist20171219

Follow Steve Hellier to Seoul in South Korea on his latest commission

Sewing machines, 1980s computer games and cuckoo clocks - just some of the noises that have inspired the British sound artist Steve Hellier’s piece, Sound Systems. Steve manipulates everyday sounds to create an audio experience and In the Studio follows him, on his latest commission, to Seoul in South Korea, where he’s influenced, not only by the sounds, but also the architecture and the tensions within of the city.

Producer: Nick Luscombe

The Final Take: Bowie in the Studio20180130

A dramatised account of David Bowie working on his last album, Blackstar

This special drama is an imagined account of David Bowie as he works on his last album, Blackstar, to give a moving and revealing portrait of the star as he reflects on music, love, drugs, fame and death.

Impressionist Jon Culshaw, in a rare serious role, plays David Bowie. It is 2015, and music star David Bowie is secretly working in New York’s The Magic Shop studio, with his long-time producer Tony Visconti. The resulting tracks will become David Bowie's final album, Blackstar, which was released in January 2016, just two days before his death. The dialogue in this drama is partly constructed from Bowie’s own words, taken from the many hundreds of interviews he gave since the 1960s.

(Photo: Jon Culshaw, who plays David Bowie in The Final Take Credit: BBC)

The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition20170613

Behind-the-scenes look at the 249th annual Royal Academy Summer Exhibition

The annual Summer Exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts in London is the largest open-submission art exhibition in the world. It attracts over 12,000 entries. Only 1,200 paintings and sculptures will make it onto its walls and floors, including works from Gilbert and George, Yinka Shonibare and Tracey Emin.

The exhibition which takes place every June and July, attracts a quarter of a million visitors. It is an collection of works by Royal Academicians, invited professional artists and selected works from professional and amateur artists from all over the world. The open submissions form nearly 70% of the show.

An artist co-ordinator is chosen to oversee the show; this year it’s the job of Eileen Cooper RA, the Keeper of the Royal Academy. She works with a small committee of Academicians to select an exhibition which is then hung in the RA galleries, with the committee members each taking responsibility for a room.

We go behind the scenes at the Royal Academy as the Academicians decide on what is worthy of their imprimatur.

Producer: Divya Mittal and Roger James Elsgood.

(Photo: Installation view of the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2017. Credit: David Parry)

The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition20170613

Behind-the-scenes look at the 249th annual Royal Academy Summer Exhibition

The annual Summer Exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts in London is the largest open-submission art exhibition in the world. It attracts over 12,000 entries. Only 1,200 paintings and sculptures will make it onto its walls and floors, including works from Gilbert and George, Yinka Shonibare and Tracey Emin.

The exhibition which takes place every June and July, attracts a quarter of a million visitors. It is an collection of works by Royal Academicians, invited professional artists and selected works from professional and amateur artists from all over the world. The open submissions form nearly 70% of the show.

An artist co-ordinator is chosen to oversee the show; this year it’s the job of Eileen Cooper RA, the Keeper of the Royal Academy. She works with a small committee of Academicians to select an exhibition which is then hung in the RA galleries, with the committee members each taking responsibility for a room.

We go behind the scenes at the Royal Academy as the Academicians decide on what is worthy of their imprimatur.

Producer: Divya Mittal and Roger James Elsgood.

(Photo: Installation view of the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2017. Credit: David Parry)

Theaster Gates: Dream Whisperer For Old Materials20170509

American artist Theaster Gates on his recent Hong Kong show

Theaster Gates: Dream Whisperer For Old Materials20170509

American artist Theaster Gates on his recent Hong Kong show

Top Kenyan Hip Hop Artist Octopizzo20170516

How Kibera, Africa’s biggest slum, inspires his music

Top Kenyan Hip Hop Artist Octopizzo20170516

How Kibera, Africa’s biggest slum, inspires his music

Unique Tour Of Ai Weiwei's Studio20170328

Inside the underground warren that is artist Ai Weiwei's Berlin studio

Ai Weiwei is the most famous Chinese artist working today and in 2011 he was named the most powerful artist in the world. He makes works, often on an epic scale, to draw attention to freedom of speech and human rights and consequently is sometimes in conflict with the Chinese authorities. For the first edition of In the Studio Ai Weiwei invites Tim Marlow (Artistic Director of London’s Royal Academy) into the underground warren that is his Berlin studio for a unique tour of older pieces and works in progress. We’re here to find out how Ai Weiwei thinks and what drives his creative process.

Image: Ai Weiwei, Credit: Getty Images

Unique Tour Of Ai Weiwei's Studio20170328

Inside the underground warren that is artist Ai Weiwei's Berlin studio

Ai Weiwei is the most famous Chinese artist working today and in 2011 he was named the most powerful artist in the world. He makes works, often on an epic scale, to draw attention to freedom of speech and human rights and consequently is sometimes in conflict with the Chinese authorities. For the first edition of In the Studio Ai Weiwei invites Tim Marlow (Artistic Director of London’s Royal Academy) into the underground warren that is his Berlin studio for a unique tour of older pieces and works in progress. We’re here to find out how Ai Weiwei thinks and what drives his creative process.

Image: Ai Weiwei, Credit: Getty Images