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

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

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

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

Abraham Cruzvillegas - Turning Discarded Items Into Art20180313

Abraham talks to Jo Fahy about his latest exhibition, Autorreconstruccion: Social Tissue

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

The Mexican artist Abraham Cruzvillegas creates beautiful, thought-provoking sculptures using items that other people have thrown away - from old plastic crates and driftwood to childrens’ toys and birdcages. Anything can be transformed into his art. His inspiration comes from growing up on the outskirts of Mexico City, in a house built by his parents using any materials they could find.

He has exhibited across the world including at the prestigious Turbine Hall at the Tate in London. As Abraham constructs his latest exhibition, Autorreconstruccion: Social Tissue at the Kunsthaus in Zurich, Switzerland, he talks to Jo Fahy about his work, his ideas about inclusivity, the importance of beer to his creative process and the challenges when a sculpture collapses.

Producers: Andrea Kidd and Emma Kingsley

(Photo: Abraham Cruzvillegas)

African Luxury Fashion: Designer Aisha Ayensu20180515

Afua Hirsch follows, Aisha Ayensu, as she prepares her Ghanian fashion collection

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

Aisha Ayensu is the Founder and Creative Director of leading Ghanaian fashion house, Christie Brown. Infusing modernism into carefully crafted traditional African aesthetics, Christie Brown transcends international tastes, appealing to a diverse clientele, inspiring the cultural opulence of Africa without self compromise and with strong ethical and sustainable ambitions. Liberating and empowering women from the traditional layering of coloured fabrics, her designs are contemporary and charming. Winner of several awards the label has consistently achieved international acclaim, respect and recognition. But at what cost?

In one of the poorer areas of Accra, in a converted clinic, her workshop is home and work to machinists, cutters, designers and seamstresses. Fabrics sourced locally in the bustling markets and from other parts of West Africa and the Far East, are expertly created and cut into bespoke gowns, practical day wear, women's apparel and accessories. Making bold and brazen statements, twice a year they woo and wow the critics at the Collection launches. But how does it all come together? Where does Aisha get her inspiration from and – with constant staffing and sourcing challenges - will her ambitions to produce 40 different designs in less than four months come together?

Broadcaster, author and fashionista Afua Hirsch follows Aisha as she prepares her Autumn/Winter 2018 Collection, from design concept and model searches to runway launch.

Alain Boublil \u2013 The Master Of Musical Theatre20171121

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

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

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.

Alain Boublil \u2013 The Master of Musical Theatre20180918

Join Alain Boublil as he works on his latest show, Manhattan Parisienne

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

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 51 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.

Producer: Andrea Kidd

(Photo: Alan Boublil)

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.

Andre Rieu: Welcome to his World20180724

How does classical music star Andre Rieu create a concert series for Maastricht in 2018?

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

Andre Rieu creates, produces and performs up to 100 concerts a year. How does he maintain his stamina, preserve his creativity and sustain his interest for audiences around the world?

Andre Rieu is one of the world’s biggest classical music stars. His concerts bring audiences to their feet, dancing in the aisles, humming along and crying tears of joy to Shostakovich’s The Second Waltz and Strauss’ The Blue Danube. His Johann Strauss Orchestra is the biggest private orchestra in the world and his home – his castle – houses a state-of-the-art recording studio for their exclusive use.

Eleri Llian Rees follows Andre through the process of creating his new concert series for his home city of Maastricht. She watches as Maastricht’s Vrijthof is transformed from a quiet square to a concert venue, complete with a huge stage and seating for 11,000 people. She hears how Andre’s creative process builds from working alone on his set list, then bringing in his wife and family, to rehearsing with his Johann Strauss Orchestra and huge production team to create an experience for his audience that is both musically and visually spectacular. How does Andre keep himself motivated, interested and in love with the music he performs?

(Photo: Andre Rieu)

Andre Rieu: Welcome To His World20180724

How does classical music star Andre Rieu create a concert series for Maastricht in 2018?

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

Andre Rieu creates, produces and performs up to 100 concerts a year. How does he maintain his stamina, preserve his creativity and sustain his interest for audiences around the world?

Andre Rieu is one of the world’s biggest classical music stars. His concerts bring audiences to their feet, dancing in the aisles, humming along and crying tears of joy to Shostakovich’s The Second Waltz and Strauss’ The Blue Danube. His Johann Strauss Orchestra is the biggest private orchestra in the world and his home – his castle – houses a state-of-the-art recording studio for their exclusive use.

Eleri Llian Rees follows Andre through the process of creating his new concert series for his home city of Maastricht. She watches as Maastricht’s Vrijthof is transformed from a quiet square to a concert venue, complete with a huge stage and seating for 11,000 people. She hears how Andre’s creative process builds from working alone on his set list, then bringing in his wife and family, to rehearsing with his Johann Strauss Orchestra and huge production team to create an experience for his audience that is both musically and visually spectacular. How does Andre keep himself motivated, interested and in love with the music he performs?

(Photo: Andre Rieu)

Andrey Kurkov: Creating Mysteries Across Time20180731

One of Ukraine\u2019s most famous writers researches his latest novel

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

Andrey Kurkov is one of Ukraine’s most famous and prolific writers. His novel Death and the Penguin is a worldwide best seller and his books are full of black humour and intrigue.

As Andrey starts on his, as yet untitled, 23rd novel, set between the 11th Century and the 1970s Soviet Union, the BBC’s Olga Smirnova follows him from his studio in central Kiev to the calm of the capital’s St Sophia Cathedral, where he draws inspiration for this latest book.
Unusually Andrey will be collaborating with another Ukrainian writer who lives 500km away. We find out how this novel partnership is impacting his creativity.

(Image: Andrey Kurkov)

Andrey Kurkov: Creating Mysteries Across Time20180731

One of Ukraine\u2019s most famous writers researches his latest novel

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

Andrey Kurkov is one of Ukraine’s most famous and prolific writers. His novel Death and the Penguin is a worldwide best seller and his books are full of black humour and intrigue.

As Andrey starts on his, as yet untitled, 23rd novel, set between the 11th Century and the 1970s Soviet Union, the BBC’s Olga Smirnova follows him from his studio in central Kiev to the calm of the capital’s St Sophia Cathedral, where he draws inspiration for this latest book.
Unusually Andrey will be collaborating with another Ukrainian writer who lives 500km away. We find out how this novel partnership is impacting his creativity.

(Image: Andrey Kurkov)

Ann Goldstein: The Art Of The Translator20180703

What are the challenges of translating foreign language books into the English language?

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

Daniel Hahn and Ann Goldstein are translators, inhabiting a strange world between creation and publication, but with their own literary and linguistic creativity shaping the final form. Goldstein has been translating for decades, turning the words of Elena Ferrante, Primo Levi and Jhumpa Lahiri, amongst others, into English. She works prolifically, and in this episode Daniel, himself a prize-winning author and literary judge, will spend time with her over the course of three days as she translates a new, award-winning Italian book.

Daniel Hahn discuss with her how to know where to translate exactly and where to get the sense, how to translate phrases which have no translation, and share experiences about the politics of translation. He finds out how this literary great came to translating, how she chooses the books she wishes to translate and to what extent she acts – as so many translators do – as an advocate for foreign-language books to English-language publishers. And implicit in all this is what is core to the translator’s art – intercession between cultures, sharing ideas and stories which would otherwise go unshared.

Anna Meredith and Richard Slaney20180807

Anna Meredith and Richard Slaney create the first performance of Five Telegrams

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

Scottish composer Anna Meredith has been writing music for a new commission to be premiered at the opening of the BBC Proms to mark the centenary of the First World War. Entitled “Five Telegrams”, the piece is based on the theme of communication during the conflict. Anna’s music will be complemented by large scale projections on the Royal Albert Hall in London created by Richard Slaney and his team at 59 Productions. A further performance will take place in Edinburgh in August.

Emma Kingsley follows Anna and Richard as they prepare for the first performance- a curtain raiser the evening before the official First Night of the Proms. There are numerous challenges in getting the music and the visuals to work together successfully and in time with each other. And with only short summer nights to test out the projections during the hours of darkness, practice time is short.

Presented and produced by Emma Kingsley for BBC World Service.

(Image of Anna Meredith by Anna Victoria Best)

Anna Meredith And Richard Slaney20180807

create the first performance of Five Telegrams

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

Scottish composer Anna Meredith has been writing music for a new commission to be premiered at the opening of the BBC Proms to mark the centenary of the First World War. Entitled “Five Telegrams”, the piece is based on the theme of communication during the conflict. Anna’s music will be complemented by large scale projections on the Royal Albert Hall in London created by Richard Slaney and his team at 59 Productions. A further performance will take place in Edinburgh in August.

Emma Kingsley follows Anna and Richard as they prepare for the first performance- a curtain raiser the evening before the official First Night of the Proms. There are numerous challenges in getting the music and the visuals to work together successfully and in time with each other. And with only short summer nights to test out the projections during the hours of darkness, practice time is short.

Presented and produced by Emma Kingsley for BBC World Service.

(Image of Anna Meredith by Anna Victoria Best)

Arnd Henning Heissen - The Art Of Mixology20171205

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 \u2013 Creator Of Russia\u2019s Crime Fiction Hero20180116

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

British Composer Hannah Kendall20170905

Creating a new work for the BBC Proms.

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

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

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

Charli XCX20180911

Follow pop star Charli XCX into the studio and onto the stage

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

Charli XCX has been the mastermind behind songs for the likes of Rita Ora, David Guetta, Icona Pop, Iggy Azalea, Camilla Cabello, all while being a well respected artist in her own right, with her own devoted fan base: her 'Angels'.

Kate Mossman explores Charli XCX's duality as both a songwriter and a performer with exclusive behind-the-scenes access. Follow Charli into the studio to hear all about her creative process, travel with her to Wembley stadium where she supports Taylor Swift on her Reputation tour, hear exclusive new music in a feedback session she hosts with her fans and experience a rare headline show in London for one of Charli's Pop 2 shows.

You'll get to know Charli more personally and hear her discuss never before talked about topics like her favourite part of her studio process and what it means to her. Charli speaks honestly and articulately about how she combats loneliness on the road and what parts of her work are her least favourite.

Produced by Zoë Marcuzzi, A We Are Grape production for BBC World Service.

Image: Charli XCX (Credit: Andrew Thomas Huang)

Chef Esben Holmboe Bang \u2013 Norway On A Plate20170912

He's the youngest chef to hold three Michelin stars

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

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

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

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

Follow Christopher Doyle as he frames, shoots and muses on the filming of The White Girl

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

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)

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

Cinematographer Christopher Doyle20180814

Follow Christopher Doyle as he frames, shoots and muses on the filming of The White Girl

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

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 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.

Presented by Andrea Kennedy

(Image: Christopher Doyle. Credit: Getty Images)

Cinematographer Christopher Doyle20180814

Follow Christopher Doyle as he frames, shoots and muses on the filming of The White Girl

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

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 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.

Presented by Andrea Kennedy

(Image: Christopher Doyle. Credit: Getty Images)

Comic Book Artist, Frank Quitely20170808

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

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

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)

Composer And Pianist Nils Frahm20180327

Nils Frahm 0n the creative, emotional and physical processes involved in his new material

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

All Melody is the latest work and tour by contemporary composer and pianist, Nils Frahm. This programme reveals the creative, emotional and physical processes involved when new material is combined with vast stage shows for an international schedule of truly daunting proportions.

Captured during a number of visits to his studio, Nils opens up to his good friend, Sebastian Schipper, director of single-take Berlin heist, Victoria, for which Nils composed the award-winning original score. He also chats to his biggest fan, British TV, film and stage writer, Sam Bain. Not only does the show combine three incredible minds of music, film and TV, the audience is also treated to an immersive binaural experience, recorded at London’s Barbican Centre during a run of sold out concerts.

Costas Cacoyannis \u2013 Cyprus\u2019s One-man Orchestra20180522

Composing in the beauty of the Troodos Mountains

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

Costas Cacoyannis is one of Cyprus’s most prolific composers – turn on the TV or head to the cinema on this Mediterranean island and there’s a good chance you’ll hear his music. Add to that his compositions for ballet, theatre, Hollywood soundtracks, and the more than 25 albums he has released and you get a sense of the scale of his creativity. He lives and works from his studio high up in the Troodos Mountains in central Cyprus and it’s there that the BBC’s Karl Bos goes to meet Costas as he prepares for a major upcoming performance of his music in June.

His biggest live concert in over 18 years, it will performed at the Maison de l'UNESCO in Paris. Follow Costas on a walk through a nearby forest as he derives inspiration from nature, then to a rehearsal in Limassol with his choir, as he guides them on how to express and perform his music as the concert quickly approaches.

Producer: Karl Bos

(Photo: Cypriot composer Costas Cacoyannis)

Costas Cacoyannis is one of Cyprus’s most prolific composers – turn on the TV or head to the cinema on this Mediterranean island and there’s a good chance you’ll hear his music. Add to that his compositions for ballet, theatre, Hollywood soundtracks, and the more than 25 albums he has released and you get a sense of the scale of his creativity. He lives and works from his studio high up in the Troodos Mountains in central Cyprus and it’s there that the BBC’s Karl Bos goes to meet Costas as he prepares for a major upcoming performance of his music in June.

His biggest live concert in over 18 years, it will performed at the Maison de l'UNESCO in Paris. Follow Costas on a walk through a nearby forest as he derives inspiration from nature, then to a rehearsal in Limassol with his choir, as he guides them on how to express and perform his music as the concert quickly approaches.

Produced by Karl Bos for BBC World Service

(Photo of Cypriot composer Costas Cacoyannis)

Cressida Cowell \u2013 Thrilling Children With Dragons And Magic20180508

Cressida Cowell explores the magical world of magic and Iron Age warriors

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

Enter the magical world of children’s writer Cressida Cowell. She created the hugely successful How to Train Your Dragon series, which continues to excite children across the globe and has been turned into Oscar nominated animated films.

For her latest series, Cressida explores teenage magic and Iron Age warriors. As she works on the illustrations for the second book in this new trilogy, The Wizards of Once: Twice Magic, she gives fellow children’s author Michael Rosen an insight into how she creates these worlds.

From enchanted keys and philosophical giants to unlikely friends coming together to defeat evil witches, she explains what continues to inspire her about the legends and ancient sites of the British Isles, why creating maps of her imagined lands are vital to her writing and the importance of having a bed in her writing shed.

(Image of author Cressida Cowell)

Dana Gioia - Poet Laureate Of California20171128

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

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

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\u2019s it like to be a woman in dance music - a male dominated industry?

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

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 London 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.

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 \u2013 Colombian Artist Honouring The Dead2017111420180410 (WS)

A lifetime of works dedicated to mourning

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

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, called Palimpsest, 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. Palimpsest is heading to London, where it will be showing at White Cube Bermondsey from September 2018. In this programme, long term friend Tim Marlow joins Doris at the peak of the installation process, in the final weeks before the piece is first opened to the public at the Palacio de Cristal in Madrid, for unique access into the creative thinking behind her work.

(Photo Colombian sculptor Doris Salcedo. Credit: David Heald)

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

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\u2019s had a long and celebrated career but each production still fills him with fear

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

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)

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

Eric Van Hove \u2013 Sculpture That Goes 'vroom'20180123

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

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

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.

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\u2019s worked with \u2018sonic weapons\u2019 and created an orchestra of laptops

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

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.

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.

Francis K\u00e9r\u00e9 \u2013 Architect From Burkina Faso20170627

Architect Francis K\u00e9r\u00e9 is bringing a slice of Burkina Faso to a London Royal Park.

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

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.

Gabo Arora - Recreating The Memory Of Hiroshima Through Vr20180612

Gabo Arora's The Day The World Changed is an immersive VR film in memory of Hiroshima

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

In his studio in Dumbo, Brooklyn, Gabo Arora is working to finalise a fully immersive virtual reality experience called The Day The World Changed. The experience premiers at the Tribeca Film Festival and is in memory of the victims of Hiroshima. Using photogrammetry scans of everyday objects found after the bomb and survivor testimonies attached to them, the experience creates a moving first -hand account. It is a new way of experiencing VR as The Day The World Changed is experienced by four people at a time. This use of co- presence helps to create a more powerful social experience. Instead of seeing each other in the traditional physical representation people will see each other as shadows. It is a VR experience like no other and there is a great sense of nervousness, excitement, stress and collaboration as we take a look at the creative process of putting something like this together.

Presenter and producer: Kate Bissell

(Photo: Gabo Arora)

Gabo Arorarecreating The Memory Of Hiroshima Through Vr20180612

Gabo Arora's The Day The World Changed is an immersive VR film in memory of Hiroshima

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

In his studio in Dumbo, Brooklyn, Gabo Arora is working to finalise a fully immersive virtual reality experience called The Day The World Changed. The experience premiers at the Tribeca Film Festival and is in memory of the victims of Hiroshima. Using photogrammetry scans of everyday objects found after the bomb and survivor testimonies attached to them, the experience creates a moving first -hand account. It is a new way of experiencing VR as The Day The World Changed is experienced by four people at a time. This use of co- presence helps to create a more powerful social experience. Instead of seeing each other in the traditional physical representation people will see each other as shadows. It is a VR experience like no other and there is a great sense of nervousness, excitement, stress and collaboration as we take a look at the creative process of putting something like this together.

Presenter and producer: Kate Bissell

(Photo: Gabo Arora)

Gabriel B\u00e1 And F\u00e1bio Moon20180710

We follow F\u00e1bio and Gabriel through the process of creating their drawings

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

Gabriel Bá and Fábio Moon are not only twins, but they work in an identical artistic field - the world of comic books. The brothers, who are based in Brazil, have gained a worldwide reputation for their ability to convey whole worlds in a series of cartoon panels, which fuse drawings and script to create a powerful storyline.

The brothers often work together, with successes like “How to Talk to Girls at Parties” and “DayTripper” to their names. More recently they have been completing separate projects, with Gabriel working on “The Umbrella Academy ” and Fábio on “Casanova.”

But even when they work separately, they share the same studio space, sitting together for hours at a time and patiently sketching.

Camilla Costa visits Fábio and Gabriel to see them at work and follows them through the process of creating their drawings. We hear all stages of the process, from the first drawing to the final inking and explore the surprising potency of comic book images.

Producer: Emma Kingsley for BBC World Service

(Image: Brazilian artists Gabriel Bá and Fábio Moon)

Gandini Juggling \u2013 Weaving Patterns In The Air20180821

Felicity Finch follows Gandini Juggling as they prepare for their latest piece, Cascade

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

Formed in 1992 by world-renowned jugglers Sean Gandini and Kati Ylä-Hokkala, Gandini Juggling are trailblazers in their field. Fusing contemporary dance and circus, they have been delighting audiences in over 50 countries across the world.

This Summer they will be performing in the courtyard of London’s Somerset House working with the rise and fall of its 55 water jet fountains. Visual theatre producers Crying Out Loud have brought together the 27 jugglers accompanied by the French acrobat-musicians Circa Tsuica to celebrate the 250th anniversary of modern circus. Felicity Finch joins Sean and his company as they prepare to weave patterns in the air for their latest piece, Cascade.

(Image: Sean Gandini juggling some balls. Photography by Ash)

Gandini Juggling \u2013 weaving patterns in the air20180821

Felicity Finch follows Gandini Juggling as they prepare for their latest piece, Cascade

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

Formed in 1992 by world-renowned jugglers Sean Gandini and Kati Ylä-Hokkala, Gandini Juggling are trailblazers in their field. Fusing contemporary dance and circus, they have been delighting audiences in over 50 countries across the world.

This Summer they will be performing in the courtyard of London’s Somerset House working with the rise and fall of its 55 water jet fountains. Visual theatre producers Crying Out Loud have brought together the 27 jugglers accompanied by the French acrobat-musicians Circa Tsuica to celebrate the 250th anniversary of modern circus. Felicity Finch joins Sean and his company as they prepare to weave patterns in the air for their latest piece, Cascade.

(Image: Sean Gandini juggling some balls. Photography by Ash)

Hofesh Shechter20180501

Razia Iqbal follows the evolution of a Hofesh Shechter show with a new group of dancers

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

Hofesh Shechter - Dancing To Political Times20180501

Follow Israeli choreographer Hofesh Shechter as he brings to life a new show

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

Hofesh Shechter was born in Israel, but increasingly disillusioned by conflict and the politics of the region, he came to London in 2002, and is now one of the most exciting and sought after choreographers in the UK. Ten years ago he established his own company, which now tours the world performing to global audiences.

Razia Iqbal follows the evolution of a new show with a new group of dancers, from the initial idea to inspiring the dancers who ultimately bring his vision to life with energy and passion.

(Photo: Hofesh Shechter, Credit: Hugo Glendinning)

How To Create A Circus Production20170704

Giffords Circus brings together acts from all around the world

In the Studio takes us into the minds and processes of leading and emerging figures from across the creative 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 Train Your Dragon: Author Cressida Cowell20180508
Htein Lin: Finding Artistic Freedom As A Political Prisoner20170815

On finding inspiration in the streets and solitary confinement.

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

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 Sj\u00f3n\u2019s Secret Weapon2017060620180213 (WS)

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

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

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

Icelandic Novelist Sjn’s Secret Weapon20180213

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

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.

Itay Mautner - Dissolving Boundaries Through The Arts20171017

Artistic director Itay Mautner on creating Jerusalem's Mekudeshet arts festival

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)

Joana Vasconcelos: Mask Out Of Mirrors20180626

In The Studio follows renowned Portuguese artist Joana Vasconcelos

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

The Portuguese artist Joana Vasconcelos is renowned for her large scale sculptural pieces which have featured in galleries across the world. She’s used materials such as fabric, plastic and even tampons to construct her works.

Her new exhibition will open at the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain in June and for this she is working on a series of sculptures, including an enormous Venetian-style mask, made of overlapping mirrors. The construction and installation of the piece will be full of challenges as it takes shape in her Lisbon studio and is then moved to the exhibition space.

Anna McNamee follows Joana through the process of working with the mirrors and explores how the piece is designed, shaped and constructed.

Produced by Emma Kingsley and Anna McNamee

(Image of Joana Vasconcelos) Kenton Thatcher/© Unidade Infinita Projectos

Julie Baines \u2013 Making Movies Happen20180828

Following the roller coaster world of the British film producer

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

British film producer Julie Baines knows all about long lead times. She often has to work for years to get a project financed before any filming can happen at all. For over six years, Julie has been fighting to bring ‘Four Kids and It’, a script she loves, from page to screen. The story is based on the hugely popular children’s writer Jacqueline Wilson’s retelling of the 1902 book ‘Five Children and It’.

When we first meet Julie in March 2017, filming is scheduled to start in just a few months but there are still deals to be done and actors to be cast. Film stars including Academy Award winner Michael Caine are on board and the locations have been earmarked but will the money start flowing in time for filming to begin?

Film director Joseph Adesunloye follows Julie through the ups and downs of wrangling with lawyers and financiers as she works to get the cameras rolling.

Produced by Hilary Dunn and Karl Bos for BBC World Service.

(Image: Film producer Julie Baines)

Julie Baines \u2013 Making Movies Happen20180828

Following the roller coaster world of the British film producer

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

British film producer Julie Baines knows all about long lead times. She often has to work for years to get a project financed before any filming can happen at all. For over six years, Julie has been fighting to bring ‘Four Kids and It’, a script she loves, from page to screen. The story is based on the hugely popular children’s writer Jacqueline Wilson’s retelling of the 1902 book ‘Five Children and It’.

When we first meet Julie in March 2017, filming is scheduled to start in just a few months but there are still deals to be done and actors to be cast. Film stars including Academy Award winner Michael Caine are on board and the locations have been earmarked but will the money start flowing in time for filming to begin?

Film director Joseph Adesunloye follows Julie through the ups and downs of wrangling with lawyers and financiers as she works to get the cameras rolling.

Produced by Hilary Dunn and Karl Bos for BBC World Service.

(Image: Film producer Julie Baines)

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

Kwame Kwei Armah - Theatre Director20170620

Join Kwame in rehearsals for Jazz, an adaptation of Toni Morrison's 1992 novel

In the Studio 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)

Lady Skollie, South African Artist20170411

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

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

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 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

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

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 \u2013 Maori History In 3d20171212

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

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

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)

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)

Liz Gerring \u2013 Master Of Movement20180220

The choreographer who sees dancers onstage like paint on canvas

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

The American choreographer Liz Gerring specialises in abstract, intricately crafted modern dance pieces. For the past twenty years, she’s been creating works for her own dance company and her latest piece is the third in a trilogy – following the critically acclaimed Glacier (2013) and Horizon (2015). Tara Gadomski meets Liz at her rehearsal studio in New York as she starts exploring ideas and movements for this new dance show, which has the working title ‘Field’. Due to be premiered in New Jersey in Autumn 2018, we follow Liz as she works with her dancers to get the creative process moving.

Produced by Karl Bos

Liz Gerring € Master Of Movement20180220

The American choreographer Liz Gerring specialises in abstract, intricately crafted modern dance pieces. For the past twenty years, she’s been creating works for her own dance company and her latest piece is the third in a trilogy – following the critically acclaimed Glacier (2013) and Horizon (2015). Tara Gadomski meets Liz at her rehearsal studio in New York as she starts exploring ideas and movements for this new dance show, which has the working title ‘Field’. Due to be premiered in New Jersey in Autumn 2018, we follow Liz as she works with her dancers to get the creative process moving.

Produced by Karl Bos

The choreographer who sees dancers onstage like paint on canvas

Lorna Goodison: Jamaican Poet Laureate20170829

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

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

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 \u2013 Why Creativity Can Look Like Doing Nothing20170711

Louise Penny on taking inspiration from the changing landscape of Quebec

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

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

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

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

Lynette Wallworth \u2013 Changing the Way We See Reality20180904

Australian artist and director Lynette Wallworth pushes the boundaries of immersive film

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

Australian artist and director Lynette Wallworth loves to push the limits of technology and works with mixed reality developers, inventing new ways of experiencing art. Laura Hubber joins Lynette as she works with the team at the Technicolour Experience Center in Los Angeles, where she’s visiting artist in residence, to create a new immersive interactive walk around section to her film Awavena.

Awavena explores the way of life led by the Yawanawa community of the Amazon and their first female Shaman Hushahu and this new section will be shown for the first time at the Venice Film Festival.

Producer: Andrea Kidd

(Image: Lynette Wallworth. Photo Credit: Reuben Lehr)

Manoj Malde - Garden Designer2017052320170530 (WS)

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.

British landscape designer Manoj Malde has just designed and constructed his first garden for this year’s Chelsea Flower Show in London. But he is not your typical landscape artist. Having been an acclaimed fashion designer, his design is a homage to Mexican architect Luis Barragan. Manoj’s garden Beneath the Mexican Sky, celebrates standing out from the crowd with dramatic colours, vibrancy, and the use of raw, natural materials.

Fellow landscape designer Jack Dunckley is following Manoj from the first sketches to the last pebble in place. Whilst they share the same artistic passion, Jack is very much the opposite in style. Breaking with the rules of nature, Jack’s work is steeped in technology and conceptual design.

Jack explores how creative worlds can merge – and what a fashion designer can bring to the world of landscaping, as Manoj sees art through an entirely different lens.

Producer: Anishka Sharma
Assistant Producer: Gordon Radley

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

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

Marlon James - Jamaican Novelist20170418

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

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

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 Novelist20171226

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

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

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

Opening Ceremony20180925

Simon Pitts follows OC\u2019s Humberto Leon and Carol Lim as they create a new collection

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

The fashion label Opening Ceremony is led by its Asian-American creative directors Carol Lim and Humberto Leon, who are also the co-creative directors at fashion house Kenzo. Since it began in 2002, the pair have developed Opening Ceremony into a brand known for its bold clothing design, social activism and for artistic partnerships with film-maker Spike Jonze and the New York City Ballet amongst others.

In an exclusive programme, In The Studio follows Humberto and Carol through the entire process of creating their Pre-Spring 2019 collection. Simon Pitts joins the pair at their NYC Chinatown offices, learning about the cycle from initial design through to the final show. We hear how Carol and Humberto’s background as children of immigrants inspires their work and Simon meets the wider OC team who shape the designs, source materials and work out the crucial price points for each garment.

(Photo: Carol Lim and Humberto Leon. Credit: Inez and Vinoodh)

Peter Kimani \u2013 Bringing The World To Kenya20180619

Peter Kimani was chosen to compose a poem for Barack Obama\u2019s inauguration as President

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

The Kenyan author and poet Peter Kimani has won the country’s highest literary honour and was one of the poets chosen by National Public Radio in the United States to compose a poem to mark Barack Obama’s inauguration as President.

The BBC’s Anthony Irungu meets Peter as he writes his latest novel. Its working title is Kalifornia and it follows three young characters, one Kenyan and two Somali refugees, from the 1990s Nairobi neighbourhood of California, named after the film screenings that used to happen there, to its more famous name sake, half way across the world in the United States.

Resisting the temptation to go back to the neighbourhood, Peter is using music, his diaries and an old photograph to conjure up the memories of his youth.

Producer: Andrea Kidd

(Image of Peter Kimani. Credit to Yusuf Wachira)

Phil Grucci And The Art Of Fireworks20180102

Phil Grucci prepares for another record-breaking pyrotechnic performance.

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

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

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

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

\u2019s creative journey

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

From the clatter of trains and the rumble of meat lorries to the light over the River Thames, the Pakistani born British poet Imtiaz Dharker finds inspiration from the world around her. In 2014 she was awarded the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry in recognition of her contribution to poetry and this week, Imtiaz takes us on an intimate journey from the midnight quiet of her studio, carefully crafting her poems, to performing live to an audience of thousands of schoolchildren.

’s creative journey

Rab Macinnes Stained Glass Artist20171024

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

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.

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.

Romany \u2013 Diva Of Magic20180605

We hear how Romany works to create the perfect blend of magic and illusion

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

What does it take to create magic? How do you produce birdcages out of nowhere, turn a feather into a cane or pass a silk scarf through your neck?

For Romany, the British self-styled Diva of Magic, these tricks have been mastered through years of practice. She’s one of only a few female magicians in the industry, she’s won awards and performed in front of members of the British Royal Family. Now she has a new challenge. She’s preparing a show for the prestigious Magic Castle in Hollywood and she’s working on one very special effect in particular involving a mirror, a rose and a pair of glasses. This trick and many others will be tightly packed into a 4 minute opening routine. There’s a lot of work for Romany to do in a short space of time to get the act to work.

Natasha Serlin follows Romany through the process of creating her new act and watches as the effect with the rose and mirror takes shape. We hear how Romany works alone in her studio and with friends and mentors to create the perfect blend of magic and illusion.

Produced by Natasha Serlin and Emma Kingsley for BBC World Service.

(Photo of magician Romany, by Eddie Adams)

Romesh Gunesekera \u2013 Breathing Life Into Every Word20180306

Recreating reality from memory and imagination

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

Sri Lankan born author Romesh Gunesekera does not transcribe reality, he recreates it from a mixture of memory and imagination. Nominated for one of the world’s most prestigious literary awards, the Man Booker Prize for Fiction, for his debut novel Reef – Romesh has been publishing novels, short stories and poetry for more than 30 years.

Harriett Gilbert meets Romesh at his London home to find out how he is crafting his latest novel. Its working title is Suncatcher and it tells the story of two boys growing up in 1960s Sri Lanka, examining their friendship and the beginnings of a political awakening. Romesh has been working on his book for several years and is now meticulously revising the text – questioning each word – as he prepares to send his precious manuscript out into the world.

Producer: Karl Bos

(Photo: Author Romesh Gunesekera)

Romesh Gunesekera € Breathing Life Into Every Word20180306

Sri Lankan born author Romesh Gunesekera does not transcribe reality, he recreates it from a mixture of memory and imagination. Nominated for one of the world’s most prestigious literary awards, the Man Booker Prize for Fiction, for his debut novel Reef – Romesh has been publishing novels, short stories and poetry for more than 30 years.

Harriett Gilbert meets Romesh at his London home to find out how he is crafting his latest novel. Its working title is Suncatcher and it tells the story of two boys growing up in 1960s Sri Lanka, examining their friendship and the beginnings of a political awakening. Romesh has been working on his book for several years and is now meticulously revising the text – questioning each word – as he prepares to send his precious manuscript out into the world.

Producer: Karl Bos

(Photo: Author Romesh Gunesekera)

Sri Lankan born author Romesh Gunesekera doesn’t transcribe reality, he recreates it from a mixture of memory and imagination. Nominated for one of the world’s most prestigious literary awards, the Man Booker Prize for Fiction, for his debut novel Reef – Romesh has been publishing novels, short stories and poetry for more than 30 years.

Harriett Gilbert meets Romesh at his London home to find out how he is crafting his latest novel. Its working title is Suncatcher and it tells the story of two boys growing up in 1960s Sri Lanka, examining their friendship and the beginnings of a political awakening. Romesh has been working on his book for several years and is now meticulously revising the text – questioning each word – as he prepares to send his precious manuscript out into the world.

Producer: Karl Bos for the BBC World Service

(Photo: Author Romesh Gunesekera)

Sebastian Errazuriz\u2019s Dangling Piano20170404

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

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

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. For the BBC, 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.

Serge Attukwei Clottey - Making Art From Ghana\u2019s Plastic Waste20180529

Using plastic containers to create a major sculpture for Facebook\u2019s HQ in San Francisco

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

Serge Attukwei Clottey is one of Ghana’s leading artistic figures, renowned for his outsize sculptures and paintings. During the last few months he’s been working on a commission for the social media giant Facebook. The piece is a huge tapestry which will hang in the company’s new headquarters in San Francisco.

But the tapestry won’t be made of cotton or thread – instead, like many of Serge’s works, it will be made from the distinctive yellow gallons, or jerry cans, plastic containers which were originally brought to Ghana containing cooking oil, but have now become a huge environmental waste problem. Serge collects old gallons and along with his team, cuts them into squares and weaves them together to make artworks.

Sammy Darko follows Serge through Accra, from the relative quiet of his studio, to his busy workshop and the bustling streets of the La district. Serge collects the raw materials and with the help of the local community, puts the finishing touches to the piece.

Producers: Caroline Steel and Emma Kingsley

(Photo: Artist Serge Attukwei Clottey)

Sir Antonio Pappano - The Maestro Of A New La Boh\u00e8me20180227

Tom Alban follows Sir Antonio Pappano during their new production of La Boh\u00e8me

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

All major opera houses around the world have favourite much loved classics that they will repeat across the years. The Royal Opera House at London’s Covent Garden has been using the popular sets, costumes and staging of Puccini's La Bohème for over 40 years. They have decided the time has now come to replace it with a new production for a 21st century audience and the challenge to do that falls to the team of world renowned conductor and Music Director Sir Antonio Pappano and stage director Richard Jones.

The BBC’s Tom Alban follows Sir Antonio Pappano and his team as their new production of La Bohème takes shape – from working with the singers to preparing the huge stage, we hear candid insights into the often perilous journey to an opening night at the very highest level of operatic performance

Producer: Tom Alban

Sir Antonio Pappano - The Maestro Of A New La Bohme20180227

All major opera houses around the world have favourite much loved classics that they will repeat across the years. The Royal Opera House at London’s Covent Garden has been using the popular sets, costumes and staging of Puccini's La Bohème for over 40 years. They have decided the time has now come to replace it with a new production for a 21st century audience and the challenge to do that falls to the team of world renowned conductor and Music Director Sir Antonio Pappano and stage director Richard Jones.

The BBC’s Tom Alban follows Sir Antonio Pappano and his team as their new production of La Bohème takes shape – from working with the singers to preparing the huge stage, we hear candid insights into the often perilous journey to an opening night at the very highest level of operatic performance

Producer: Tom Alban

Tom Alban follows Sir Antonio Pappano during their new production of La Bohème

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 Gold - Meagan Duhamel And Eric Radford20170919

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

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

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.

Sophie Hannah: Recreating Poirot20180403

A unique insight into the last days of the author\u2019s work on her draft manuscript

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

The crime writer Agatha Christie remains the best-selling novelist of all time even though her death was over 40 years ago. Her fictional detective Hercule Poirot has attained legendary status, so for a modern novelist to breathe new life into the character is a considerable challenge. However, the English psychological crime author Sophie Hannah has been doing just that. In 2014 she wrote her first novel using Poirot as the central character and she is now preparing her third Poirot novel for publication, entitled “The Mystery of Three Quarters”.

Taking over another author’s character is a complex business. Sophie has to work with the Christie estate and make sure that they and her publishers are happy with the way the novel progresses - and most importantly, ends.

Felicity Finch has been following Sophie during the process of completing the novel and this programme gives a unique insight into the last days of the author’s work on the draft manuscript. We’ll hear how Sophie writes and have access to her discussions with her publisher. How do these shape her creative process - and will she be able to solve the problem of how to create a satisfactory ending?

Produced by Felicity Finch and Emma Kingsley for BBC World Service.

(Photo: Sophie Hannah)

South African Singer-songwriter Sisana20170822

Taking control of her music through starting her own label.

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

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 \u2013 Sound Artist20171219

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

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

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

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

Teatro La Fenice \u2013 Venice Opera House20180417

How you put on world class opera when everything has to be brought in my boat

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

How do you put on great art on an island in the middle of a salt water lagoon when everything on stage, from the Soprano singers to the spare lightbulbs and the tall scenery, must be brought in on a tiny barge twisting its way around narrow canals and under low bridges? The BBC’s Simon Pitts explores the passions and determination of singers, technicians and designers of Teatro La Fenice, Venice’s opera house, as it puts on a new production of “Die Lustige Witwe, known in English as “The Merry Widow.”
The programme gives a rare backstage view into one of Italy’s great cultural institutions. Featuring interviews with star opera director Damiano Michieletto, conductor Stefano Montanari, singer Nadja Mchantaf, as well as musicians and even the ‘La Traviata’ boat driver.
Produced by Andrea Kidd for BBC World Service.

(Photo: Gran Teatro La Fenice, Venice – Italy. Credit: Getty Images)

The Final Take: Bowie In The Studio20180130

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

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

** For rights reasons, this programme is no longer available.

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)

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 Immersive Hyper Reality World Of Star Wars20180717

In The Studio explores the hyper reality experience Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire

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

Welcome to Mustafar, the molten lava home planet of Darth Vader and to an inter-galactic adventure taking place in…a shopping mall. Edwina Pitman goes on a mission with the creative team behind Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire, a multi-sensory, immersive hyper-reality experience produced by Lucasfilm, ILMxLAB and The VOID. Speaking to Mohen Leo, Creative Director and Vicki Dobbs Beck, Executive in Charge of ILMxLAB, In the Studio explores the way that the burgeoning virtual reality industry, which has evolved at the junction of film, CGI and gaming, is pushing the boundaries of storytelling.

We also hear how creatives using VR technology, still in its infancy, foresee its development. With the help of neuroscientist Professor Sophie Scott, the programme looks at the psychological appeal of this new entertainment form and why virtual memories and experiences can feel as authentic as those created in the real world.

(Image: Star Wars Stormtrooper. Credit: Getty Images)

The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition20170613

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

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

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

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

We head to Hong Kong, where Chicago based American artist Theaster Gates is installing his latest work in a show called Tarry Skies and Palms For Now, at the White Cube Gallery there. Presenter Tim Marlow takes a path through Theaster Gates’ creative thinking. As the son of a roofer he spent many hours, with his father, fixing leaking Chicago rooftops with tar and felt. Now he is using those same materials to create paintings and sculptures that celebrate not only his dad but all the unsung black hands that built the USA.

Tod Machover - Composer And Inventor20180424

U.S Composer and inventor Tod Machover talks about his latest piece 'Philadelphia Voices'

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

From the famous Mummers’ New Year’s Day Parade to the sizzling of celebrated cheesesteaks, acclaimed U.S composer and inventor Tod Machover has been collecting sounds for his latest piece 'Philadelphia Voices,' a composition inspired by the heritage, sights and sounds of Philadelphia, the city known as the birthplace of American democracy.

Then in his barn studio, next to his Boston home, he manipulates these hours and hours of recording, crafting them into the music and soundscape for the piece. We also have behind the scenes access as the composition receives its premiere performed by the Philadelphia Orchestra and local choirs.

Presenter: Andrea Shea
Producers: Andrea Kidd and Isabel Sargent

(Photo: Tod Machover, U.S composer and inventor)

Tod Machover \u2013 Composer And Inventor20180424
Top Kenyan Hip Hop Artist Octopizzo20170516

How Kibera, Africa\u2019s biggest slum, inspires his music

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

Octopizzo is one of the biggest names in Kenyan hip hop, whose music continues to be inspired by his childhood growing up in Africa’s biggest slum. He takes the BBC’s Anthony Irungu on a night-time journey around Kibera, on the outskirts of Nairobi, as he explores the sights, sounds and people who influence his songs including his latest single Nu Afrika.
Octopizzo raps in the street slang of Sheng, but in a big new endeavour, his latest album has a jazz feel to it, a homage to the music his late father used to love. We also follow Octopizzo into his recording session as he departs from rap and sings on one of his songs for the very first time.

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

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

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.

(Photo: Ai Weiwei, Credit: Getty Images)

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

Unleashing The Olag\u00f3n20180320

The ancient Irish folktale T\u00e1in B\u00f3 C\u00faailnge and its musical and poetical retelling

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

The ancient Irish legend Táin Bó Cúailnge is a tale of greed, envy and hubris which has been passed down from generation to generation for centuries. At the centre of it is the Olagón - a cry of anguish from deep within.

Best selling author Colm Tóibín meets the international artists who have come together for the premier of the retelling of The Táin, and how, through poetry, music and an ancient singing style, they reimagine and retell the story as a commentary on modern day Ireland

He meets Pulitzer Prize winning poet Muldoon, Ó’Lionáird, the lead singer of The Gloaming and master of the ancient sean-nós style of singing, who made a cameo in the film version of Tóibín’s novel Brooklyn, and American composer Dan Trueman who has put the rich and varied themes of Olagón to music, along with the four-time GRAMMY award-winning Chicago sextet Eighth Blackbird.

As they put the last touches to the piece at Princeton University, Colm explores with the cast the reasons they are retelling this tale. What does this tale of an epic battle and tragic outcome tell us about Ireland now?

Updating Agatha Christie\u2019s Hercule Poirot: Sophie Hannah20180403

A unique insight into the last days of the author\u2019s work on her draft manuscript

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

The crime writer Agatha Christie remains the best-selling novelist of all time even though her death was over 40 years ago. Her fictional detective Hercule Poirot has attained legendary status, so for a modern novelist to breathe new life into the character is a considerable challenge. However, the English psychological crime author Sophie Hannah has been doing just that. In 2014 she wrote her first novel using Poirot as the central character and she is now preparing her third Poirot novel for publication, entitled “The Mystery of Three Quarters”.

Taking over another author’s character is a complex business. Sophie has to work with the Christie estate and make sure that they and her publishers are happy with the way the novel progresses - and most importantly, ends.

Felicity Finch has been following Sophie during the process of completing the novel and this programme gives a unique insight into the last days of the author’s work on the draft manuscript. We’ll hear how Sophie writes and have access to her discussions with her publisher. How do these shape her creative process - and will she be able to solve the problem of how to create a satisfactory ending?

Produced by Felicity Finch and Emma Kingsley for BBC World Service.

(Photo: author Sophie Hannah. Credit: Onur Pinar)

The crime writer Agatha Christie remains the best-selling novelist of all time even though her death was over 40 years ago. Her fictional detective Hercule Poirot has attained legendary status, so for a modern novelist to breathe new life into the character is a considerable challenge. However, the English psychological crime author Sophie Hannah has been doing just that. In 2014 she wrote her first novel using Poirot as the central character and she is now preparing her third Poirot novel for publication, entitled “The Mystery of Three Quarters ?

Taking over another author’s character is a complex business. Sophie has to work with the Christie estate and make sure that they and her publishers are happy with the way the novel progresses - and most importantly, ends.

Felicity Finch has been following Sophie during the process of completing the novel and this programme gives a unique insight into the last days of the author’s work on the draft manuscript. We’ll hear how Sophie writes and have access to her discussions with her publisher. How do these shape her creative process - and will she be able to solve the problem of how to create a satisfactory ending?

Produced by Felicity Finch and Emma Kingsley for BBC World Service.

(Photo: author Sophie Hannah. Credit: Onur Pinar)

The crime writer Agatha Christie remains the best-selling novelist of all time even though her death was over 40 years ago. Her fictional detective Hercule Poirot has attained legendary status, so for a modern novelist to breathe new life into the character is a considerable challenge. However, the English psychological crime author Sophie Hannah has been doing just that. In 2014 she wrote her first novel using Poirot as the central character and she is now preparing her third Poirot novel for publication, entitled “The Mystery of Three Quarters?

Taking over another author’s character is a complex business. Sophie has to work with the Christie estate and make sure that they and her publishers are happy with the way the novel progresses - and most importantly, ends.

Felicity Finch has been following Sophie during the process of completing the novel and this programme gives a unique insight into the last days of the author’s work on the draft manuscript. We’ll hear how Sophie writes and have access to her discussions with her publisher. How do these shape her creative process - and will she be able to solve the problem of how to create a satisfactory ending?

Produced by Felicity Finch and Emma Kingsley for BBC World Service.

(Photo: author Sophie Hannah. Credit: Onur Pinar)