Friday, January 20, 2012

Paul Merton; Neon Artwork; Adele's producer Paul Epworth

With John Wilson.

Paul Merton reviews the new silent film The
Artist, which with six Golden Globe nominations is already the surprise
hit of this year's Hollywood awards season.

Adele's producer Paul
Epworth discusses his part in creating this year's biggest album, 21,
for which he has received four Grammy nominations, and how he and Adele
came up with the hit song Rolling in the Deep.

It's almost a
century since a Parisian barber's shop began the urban romance with neon
when it put up the first commercial neon sign. Although neon has fallen
out of commercial favour, artists are breathing new life into the
medium. John went to the Neon Workshops in Wakefield, Yorkshire, to
learn how to make his own neon artwork.

The neon art is now
installed at the BBC's building in Salford. The graphic designer Peter
Saville, famed for his record sleeves for the likes of New Order, Joy
Division, Roxy Music and Pulp - and a huge neon fan - joins John, along
with the Junior Royal Northern College Brass Quintet and the BBC North
Staff Choir, to switch on the first Front Row artwork.

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